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Nancie Martin of Salem, New Hampshire

Nancie has lived in Salem her entire life. She loves the change of the seasons in New Eng-
land and feels there is nothing better than capturing the memories with photographs.

2006 marks the Town of Salem, New Hampshire's 2nd annual photography contest. This
program includes monthly contests, the winners of which are selected by the employees of
the Town. The monthly winners are featured on the Town's website and at the end of the
year, they are entered into a competition for the grand prize - the cover of the Town Report.




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1 he year's Town Report is dedicated to Lance Corporal Robert Moscillo and Corporal Nicholas Arvanitis both of
whom died in 2006 while fighting the war in Iraq. Both Nicholas and Robert were Salem residents and graduated
from Salem High School in 2003.

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Lance Corporal Moscillo was a member of the B
Company l^t Combat Engineers Battalion. He lost his
life while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar
Province, Iraq on May 1, 2006. Robert would have
turned 22 on November 24, 2006.
1984 - 2006

Corporal Arvanitis was a squadron leader for the 3"^ Brigade,

82"'' Airborne Division based in Fort Bragg, NC. He was on

his second tour of duty when lost his life in Northern Iraq on

October 6, 2006, one day after his 22nd birthday.

1984 - 2006

When the Salem community learned that Lance Corporal Moscillo and Corporal Arvanitis had lost their lives in
Iraq, there was an outpouring of support from residents, visitors, businesses and even strangers, all of whom par-
ticipated in memorial services. The citizens of Salem are obviously extremely proud of these young men who un-
selfishly volunteered to serve their country knowing they were in harms way. We salute Lance Corporal Moscillo
and Corporal Arvanitis for their supreme sacrifice and extend our sincerest sympathy to the families for their loss.

We would also like to thank the many men and women from Salem currently serving overseas and here in the
United States for their continued dedication and sacrifice to preserving our democratic way of life.






Assessing Department 13

Community Development Department 14

Building Division 15

Health Division 16

Planning Division 17

Engineering Department 18

Finance Department 19

Fire Department 20

Report of the Forest Fire Warden and State Forest Ranger 22

Southeastern NH Hazardous Materials Mutual Aid District 23

Human Resources Department 24

Information Technology Department 25

Human Sewices Department 26

Police Department 28

Public Works Department 30

Recreation Department 32

Senior Sei-vices Department 33

Tax Collector 34

Town Clerk 35


Budget Committee 39

Consei-vation Commission 40

Council on Aging 41

Historic District Commission 42

Housing Authority 43

Museum Committee 44

Kelley Library Board of Trustees 45

Kelley Library Director's Report 46

Kelley Library Statistics 47

Kelley Library Treasurer's Report 48

Planning Board 49

Recreation Advisory Committee 50

Trustees of the Trust Funds 51

Zoning Board of Adjustment 52


Town Treasurer's Report 55

independent Auditor's Report 56

Government Funds Balance Sheet 57

Government Funds Statement of Revenues, Expenditures and Changes 58

Nonmajor Government Funds Combined Balance Sheet 59




Nonmajoi' Government Funds Statement of Revenues, Expenditures & Changes 60

Nonmajor Special Revenue Funds Combined Balance Sheet 61

General Fund Comparative Balance Sheet 62

General Fund Statement of Revenues, Expenditures & Changes 63

General Fund Schedule of Estimated and Actual Revenues 64

General Fund Schedule of Appropriations, Expenditures & Encumbrances 65

General Fund Schedule of Changes in Unresei"ved-Undesignated Fund Balance 66

Water Fund Comparative Balance Sheet 67

Water Fund Schedule of Revenues, Expenditures & Changes 67

Sewer Fund Comparative Balance Sheet 68

Sewer Fund Schedule of Revenues, Expenditures & Changes 68

Capital Assets 69

Statement of Town Debt 70

Bank Balances 71

Summary of Taxes and Assessed Valuation 72

Tax Collector /nS-61 Report 73

Trustees of the Trust Funds ins-9 Report 76

Trustees of the Trust Funds MS-IO Report 83




Board of Selectmen 3-year elected terms

Terms expire in Inarch

Michael Lyons, Chairman 2008

Everett McBride, Vice-Chairman 2008

Elizabeth Roth, Secretary 2009

Ronald Belanger 2007

Arthur Barnes, 111 2009

Budget Committee 3-year elected terms

Terms expire in Marct]

Peter Rayno, Chairman 2007

Patrick Hargreaves, Vice-Chairman 2007

Michael Carney, Jr., Secretary 2008

Kathleen Cote 2008

Susan Covey 2009

Ann Marie David 2009

Roland Theberge 2009
Bernard Campbell, School Board Representative
Michael Lyons, Selectmen Representative

Conservation Commission 3-year appointed terms

Terms expire in April

George Jones, 111, Chairman 2007

Linda Hai'vey, Vice-chairman 2008

William Carter, Secretary 2007

Joan Blondin 2009

Maureen Pomeroy 2008

William Valentine 2009

William White, Alternate 2009

Vacancy, Alternate 2008
Arthur Barnes, 111, Selectmen Representative
William (Wally) Schultz, Member Emeritis

Council on Aging 3-year appointed terms

Terms expire in April

Ben Holmes, Chairman 2009

Elizabeth Beshara, Vice-Chalrman 2007

Ann St. Hilaire, Secretary 2008

Russell Ingram, Treasurer 2008

Gerri Beck 2009

Victor Mailloux 2007

Josephine Simard 2007
Robert Castricone (resigned November 2006)
Ronald Belanger, Selectmen Representative

Historic District Commission 3-year appointed terms

Terms expire in April

Beverly Glynn, Chairman 2008

Cynthia Brown, Secretary 2009

Jeffrey Barraclaugh 2009

Kathryn Burke 2007

Patricia Good 2009
Elizabeth Roth, Selectmen Representative

Housing Authority 3-year appointed terms

Terms expire in April

George Maihos, Chairman 2008

Georgette Smith, Vice-Chairman 2007

Virginia Consoli 2011

Irene Marquis 2008

Mary Frances Renner 2009
Ronald Belanger, Selectmen Representative

Kelley Library Trustees 3-year appointed terms

Terms expire in March

Martha Breen, Chairman 2007

Rosemarie Hartnett 2009

Sally Gilman, Treasurer 2008

Museum Committee 3-year appointed terms

Terms expire in April

Jeffrey Barraclaugh, Chairman 2009

Kathryn Burke 2007

Beverly Glynn 2008

Patricia Good 2009

Jonathan Smith 2009

Dan Zavisza 2007
Elizabeth Roth, Selectmen Representative

Planning Board Staggered elected terms

Terms expire in March

James Keller, Chairman 2007

Adam Webster, Vice-Chairman 2007

John Morris, Secretary 2007

Christopher Goodnow 2007

Rosemarie Hartnett 2007

Jody LaChance 2007

Donald Begg, Alternate 2007

Gene Bryant, Alternate 2007

Phyllis O'Grady, Alternate 2007
Elizabeth Roth, Selectmen Representative



Recreation Advisory Committee 3-year appointed terms

Terms expire in November

Steve Stewart, Chairman 2009

Frank Russo, Vice-Ciiairman 2007

Victoria McKinney-Vareschi, Secretary 2009

Mazen Kiiawatmi 2007

Richard Murray 2008

Anne Priestley 2008

Kimberly Sanga 2009

Thomas Woelfel 2007

Dianne Wright 2007
Robert Bryant, School Board Representative
Everett McBride, Jr., Selectmen Representative

Supervisors of the Checklist 6-year appointed terms

Terms expire in March

Sheila Murray, Chairman 2010

Janice Habib 2008

Joan Sabatini 2012

Trustees of the Trust Funds 3-year appointed terms

Terms expire in March

Harley Featherston, Chairman 2007

Robert Carpinone 2009

Michael Garofalo 2008

Welfare Fair Hearing Committee 3-year appointed terms

Terms expire in September

Mark Dufour, Sr. 2009

Hope Micklon-Joudrey 2009

Jefhey Hatch 2009

Zoning Board fo Adjustment 3-year appointed terms

Terms expire in April

Edvi^ard Huminick, Chairman 2008

Daniel Norris, Vice-chairman 2007

Gary Azarian, Secretary 2007

James Randazzo 2009

Chris Sousa 2009

James Broadhurst, Alternate 2008

Jeffrey Hatch, Alternate 2008

Ross Miller, Alternate 2009

Michael Smith, Alternate 2009

Edward Suffern, Alternate 2007

Charles Morse
Tax Collector
Cheiyl-Ann Bolouk
Town Clerk
Barbara Lessard

2-year elected term

Term expires in March


3-year elected term

Term expires in March


3-year elected term

Term expires in March


3-year elected term

Term expires in March

John Sytek


NH State Representatives

District 4

Terms expire November 2006

Charles Morse, State Senator - District 22

Ronald Belanger


D. J. Bettencourt


James Coburn


Richard Cooney


Janeen Dalrymple


Anthony DiFruscia


Christopher Doyle


Mary Griffin


Russell Ingram


John Manning, Jr.


Charles McMahon


Anne Priestley


Kevin Waterhouse








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^J Evacuation Areas

♦Jurely, the most remarkable community event in 2006 w/as the
May flood. The challenges of responding to and managing this
historic incident were met not only by fire personnel but by all
town employees. Town personnel provided assistance to hun-
dreds of residents during and after the flood. Property loss was
significant throughout the community yet we are thankful no
lives were lost. The flood received a Presidential disaster decla-
ration. As such, Salem became eligible for Public Assistance
(PA) and Individual Assistance (lA) through the Federal Emer-
gency Management Agency (FEMA). In response, Salem resi-
dents and businesses filed claims for Individual Assistance (lA)
and Small Business Administration (SBA) loans to help in their

During an emergency such as
this, emergency personnel must
prioritize their efforts to best
serve the public good. As a re-
sult, assistance for transporting
people back to their homes lo-
cated in flood areas isn't always
an immediate option. Crews
must remain engaged in evacua-
tion and assistance to remove
residents from danger before
they can assist with material re-
covery. The primary goal is the personal safety of the residents; property while impor-
tant is a secondary concern. The cooperation
and understanding by the residents of such
issues are greatly appreciated. It is important
that they also understand that issues such as
flood elevations and the continued presence
of electricity pose a considerable danger in
areas where shutoffs have not occurred. The
residents are encouraged to adhere to the ad-
vice of public safety officials as their instruc-
tions are made in your interest and safety.

The impacts from the flood were felt through-
out the town: schools were closed for several
days, there was significant roadway damage,
businesses remained closed and unable to
open from flooding and the Emergency Opera-
tions Center (EOC) remained active for 7 days.
Significant Town resources and personnel
worked tirelessly to restore Salem to its nor-
mal operation as quickly as possible for our
almost 30,000 residents and the estimated
additional 51,000 that work or visit here eve-
ryday. During the flood event, a total of 36
roads were closed from flooding or flood re-
lated damage, including portions of the main
retail Route 28 corridor. Luckily, at no time
did Salem have a drinking water emergency.
The public water remained safe to drink, while
the waters rose to record levels.




Major Flood Stage

Moderate Flood Stage
Record Stage

Spicket River at Hampshire Road


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X Action Stage

12-May 13-May 14-May 15-May 16-May 17-May 18-May 19-May 20-May 21-May 22-May 23-l\/lay

On May 16, 2006 the water discharge rate at this gage exceeded the 100-year Recurrence Interval and approached
the 500-vear Recurrence Interval.

1 he Emergency Operations Center is a group of key per-
sonnel who Vi/ork together in a command center when the
EOC is activated. The head of the EOC is the Emergency
iVIanagement Director, Fire Chief Kevin Breen who among
others aided in securing Public Assistance (PA) and Fed-
eral Highway funds for reimbursement and recovery of
town expenditures. To date, Salem has received over
$400,000 to offset flood related expenses. However, we
recognize the importance of evaluating our performance
for improvements and to minimize future impacts.

Some major activities of the EOC and emergency person-
nel were:

• Continually monitored water levels and managed the
controlled water release

• Manages 36 road closures

• Monitored roadway conditions and access

• Opened roadways when possible

• Enacted an Emergency Street Ordinance

• Evacuated homes as necessary

• Communicated with school. State and Federal

• Coordinated National Guard assistance

• Provided over 20,000 sandbags and assisted
wherever possible

• Posted information and pictures on SCTV and

• Answered resident calls for assistance and





Fifty years from now residents of Salem will remember 2006 as the year of the
Mother's Day Flood. The Board of Selectmen acted quickly declaring a State of Emer-
gency and implemented the Emergency Operations Plan, which remained in effect for
eight days. Many residents and businesses were impacted by the worst natural dis
aster in our history, principally the Mulberry Road and Haigh Avenue neighbor-
hoods. This event also marked the first activation of our Citizen Corp. On behalf
of the entire Board, I would like to thank the Town Manager Henry E. LaBranche,
his senior staff particularly EOC Director Chief Breen, and all our town employees
who put service above all else during this event.

Once the waters had receded, the Board began working with the Town Manager
and his staff on the long hard road to recovery. As a result of the disaster, the Town
incurred over $500,000 in operational expenses, previously not budgeted, in substa
tial damage to our infrastructure. To meet these unforeseen obligations, the Town Man-
ager implemented a freeze on unnecessary spending while the Board solicited the help
of elected officials in Concord and Washington. Additionally, the Board suspended half
of the Neighborhood Road Program (Linwood Avenue neighborhood) in order to reopen
bridges and roadways as fast as possible and make application to FEMA for disaster
relief. As a result of our efforts, FEMA reimbursed the town approximately $400,000.
Once the recovery plan was in place, the Board took up the budget for 2007.

Recognizing a strong desire in the community for the rebuilding of our infrastructure
without adversely affecting the tax rate the Board, working with Dr. LaBranche, set out
to get our operational expenses under control. To that end, the proposed operational
budget is being recommended by both the Municipal Budget Committee and the Board
of Selectmen. Assuming the voters approve, this summer will see road programs on
Mary Anne Avenue, Linwood Avenue neighborhood and Marsh Avenue (this is also a
sewer project). The reconstruction of East Broadway and North Main Street, which was
approved by the voters last March, will also commence. Voters will have the opportunity
to approve the Board's $3.8 million Bridge Bond appropriation, which will provide a per-
manent solution to several bridges including those at Pelham Road, North Main Street,
and Haverhill Road. A part of this bond is a hydrological study to determine the effects
of bridge reconstruction on downstream neighborhoods. A significant portion of these
construction costs will be reimbursed by the state.


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Michael J. Lyons,

Everett P. McBride Jr.

Elizabeth A. Roth,

Ronald J. Belanger

Arthur E. Barnes III

If all these infrastructure improvements are approved, town spending is projected to
increase no more than 3% over the previous year. In addition, the Board has proposed
$1.4 million bond appropriation which will give voters the opportunity to finally bring
town water to North Salem. Initially, the water users will be fund the cost of the addition
to the water system. As North Salem residents hook up to the water system, these
costs will be recouped by the Demand Betterment Assessment.

Finally, the Board would once again like to express its sincere thanks to Town Manager
Dr. Henry E. LaBranche for bringing stability and integrity to our town government these
last three years.



Dr. Henry E.


Town Manager

Maureen Witley,
Executive Assistant

oting that my tenure as Town Manager by definition was finite, two key elements
have been the underpinnings of my administration. The first was to achieve stability
throughout town government. The past two and half years have been marked by the
implementation of a comprehensive planning process that includes input from other
boards and committees as the Board of Selectmen and Town Manager annually re-
establish their vision for the Town of Salem. Further, after an initial period of dis-
ruption, the leadership team has been solidified. The most recent promotions
of Kevin Breen and Rick Russell are testimony to the strength of our organiza-

The second significant element that needed attention was our infrastructure.
Notwithstanding, the setback created by the May flood, over these past two years
we have developed a two-pronged comprehensive road improvement program that
resses both arterial and neighborhood improvements. The North Salem Fire Sta-
tion was completed and planning is underway for a new police station. Both Millville and
Wheeler Dams are in the process of receiving needed up-grades and the voters will be
asked to approve a Town-wide bridge program. In addition, road maintenance has been
initiated on a planned basis throughout the community and we look ahead to major
road repairs on Shore Drive in the next year.

Once again it was our pleasure to serve the community of Salem.


• $4 Million Bond for Arterial Roads Passes

• Fire Department Veteran, Kevin Breen named Fire Chief

• May Flood Causes over $500,000 Damages to Infrastructure

• Rick Russell to Lead the Department of Public Works

• Major Repairs Underway at Wheeler Dam

• Five collective bargaining agreements tentative settlements achieved

• Canobie Lake "No-Swim Rule" Up-held by DES

• Demand and Benefit Assessment Lawsuits Settled

• Completed first phase of depot improvements


Salem benefits from a



tax rate,
one of the lowest in the area

The Assessors' office continues to offer our assessment data on line at This service has helped reduce traffic to our office
while giving the public the opportunity of doing research on our data base at their
convenience. In 2006 we completed our first statistical assessment update. We
were mandated by the State to bring all properties to between 90% - 110% of ma
value for the 2006 tax year. All residential properties were done in-house while the com-
mercial values were set by Vision Appraisal. The average residential home doubled in
value since our last revaluation in 2000. The average assessment for a single family
home is now $350,000. We will now be on a five-year cycle to bring our values back to

Salem enjoys one of the lowest tax rates in the area: Salem-$12.62, Atkinson-$13.80,
Windham-$15.35, Hampstead-$18.12, Londonderry-$ 18.28.

Our office offers several programs for the elderly, blind and veterans to help offset their
property tax bills. Further information is available on our website at and click on Assessing or calling the Assessors' office directly.

I would like to thank my staff for their continued hard work and dedication. Jillian Taylor,
Mary Ann Bell and Cathy Arsenault have made my job a lot easier and I look forward to
working with them in the coming year.




Total Gross Valuation

Elderly Exemptions

Blind Exemptions

Total Net Valuation

Equalized Tax Base

Taxes Before Exemptions

Minus Veterans Exemption


$ 809,815,419
$ 24,876,400
$ 12,245,700
$ 1,027,100
(52%) $4,684,803,151
E 53,630,609
5 723,500

Net Property Tax Commitment $ 52,907,109

Tax Rate $ 22.06

Total Current Use Acreage 1,725

Total Taxable Properties 11,790

Total Exempt Properties 505




$ 33,503,600


$ 23,045,600

$ 1,667,400



$ 57,154,780

$ 734,000

$ 56,420,780

$ 12.62





Normand Pelletier,
Chief Assessor

Cathy Arsenault,
Deputy Assessor

Mary Ann Bell,

Jill Taylor,




'EfcCerfy exemption
rates were increased
in 2006.



William Scott,

Donna Mae D'Agata,

'Kjtow 1^


million in grant funding

over the last 3 years

The Community Development Department's mission is to provide information,
tecinnical expertise and services to tine community to plan, manage, and coordi-
nate the natural, constructed, and economic environment of Salem in order to
provide a better quality of life for its citizens.

The Community Development Department staff consists of William J. Scott, Director
Donna Mae D'Agata, Administrative Assistant. The divisions managed by the Com-
munity Development Department are: Building Inspection, Health, and Planning. The
Director also serves as a special projects coordinator for the Town Manager and facili-
tates the development of the Capital Improvements Plan.

We consider Community Development as an internal consulting organization providing
technical and organizational services to the public and fellow departments toward im-
plementing community projects. In April, we update the Community Development por-
tion of the Town website for these listed projects and new
projects resulting from Town Meeting:


• In June of 2006, 24 residents from the Haigh Avenue area petitioned the Town to create
flood mitigation strategies. Research and a presentation by the Community Development Of-
fice to 85 Haigh area residents led to the establishment of an 11 household committee and
the creation of a position paper on flood mitigation. The Board of Selectmen honored the re-
quest to create an action plan to mitigate flooding impacts. The mitigation effort will be tai-
lored to implementation by creating the necessary information for future flood mitigation
grant applications.

• The Community Development Office working with the Salem Housing Authority wrote and suc-
cessfully received a Community Development Block Grant for $450,000 to provide funds for
site work for 24 units of elderly affordable apartments.

• Each year the Community Development Office manages the development of the Capital Im-
provements program process to create a ten-year plan. The new road program is part of this
process and this approach concentrates improvements in areas that have poor condition rat-
ings and sequences projects based on those ratings and other factors. The proposed road
program not only addresses projects based on conditions, the program focuses on including
more complex integrated factors including drainage, water, and sewer where applicable.

• The Intelligent Transportation System is a project is funded by a $750,000 grant from the

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