Salem (N.H.).

Annual report of the Town of Salem, New Hampshire (Volume 2008) online

. (page 13 of 14)
Online LibrarySalem (N.H.)Annual report of the Town of Salem, New Hampshire (Volume 2008) → online text (page 13 of 14)
Font size
QR-code for this ebook


The Planning Board recommends disapproval of this amendment.

Article 12 - Rezone Land on South Policy Street

To see if the Town will vote to adopt Amendment #10, as proposed by citizens petition, to amend the Salem Zoning

Ordinance as follows:

To rezone properties at 38, 40, and 42 South Policy Street, shown on Tax Map 97, Lots 3996, 3997, and 4000, from

Residential to Business-Office District 1

The Planning Board recommends disapproval of this amendment.

Article 13 - Rezone Land on Church Avenue and Main Street

To see if the Town will vote to adopt Amendment #11, as proposed by citizens petition, to amend the Salem Zoning
Ordinance as follows:

To rezone property at 8 Church Avenue, shown on Tax Map 89, Lot 1081, from Residential District to Commercial-
Industrial A District, and property at 126-138 Main Street, shown on Tax Map 89, Lot 11045, from partly Residential
District-partly Commercial-Industrial C District to all Commercial-Industrial C District
The Planning Board recommends approval of this amendment.



124



BOND ARTICLE

Article 14 - Bridge Construction- Bond Issue - $2,394,500

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Two Million Three Hundred Ninety-Four Thousand Five
Hundred Dollars (S2. 394. 500 00) for the replacennent of bndges at Lawrence Road over the Spicket River and Cluff
Crossing Road over Policy Brook and to cover the costs associated with obtaining a bond issue, and to authorize the
issuance of not more than 52,394.500.00 of bonds or notes for such purpose in accordance with the provisions of the
Municipal Finance Act (RSA 33): and to authonze the Board of Selectmen to accept any and all State Aid or other
revenue source that may be or may become available and take any and all actions necessary to carry out any vote
hereunder or take any other actions relative thereto The bridge construction is eligible for 80% reimbursement through
the NHDOT Municipally Managed Bridge Aid Program (Requires 2/3 vote to pass)

Recommendation Board of Selectmen: With Budget Committee: With



Layman s Language

If this article passes, the Town will begin replacement of the aforesaid bndges in 2009.

Background: There is no tax impact in 2009. Replacement of Lawrence Road Bridge over Spicket River - Project cost
$1,689,000. Lawrence Road Bridge over Spicket River is classified by the NHDOT as a municipal red-list badge. In
addition, the structure has a current weight limit posting of 13 tons. Pnor appropnations have facilitated the
advancement of a design for replacement of the existing structure. A replacement structure is warranted in order to
accommodate normal and routine traffic loads in the area and to improve the hydraulic capacity of the structure. In
addition, the cost of the bndge construction will be 80% reimbursable through the NHDOT Municipally t^anaged Bridge
Aid Program

Replacement of Cluff Crossing Badge over Policy Brook - Project Cost $683,000 Cluff Crossing Bridge over Policy
Brook was downgraded by NHDOT to a municipal red-list bridge in December 2007. In addition, the structure has a
current weight limit posting of 10 tons Prior appropnations have facilitated the advancement of a design for
replacement of the existing structure. A replacement structure is warranted in order to accommodate normal and
routine traffic loads in the area In addition, the cost of the badge construction will be 80% reimbursable through the
NHDOT Municipally Managed Badge Aid Program.

Other Costs Associated with obtaining a Bond Issue

Description Cost

Bond Counsel $ 5. 000

Moody's Rating $ 7.000

Financial Sen/ices $8,000

BAN ($500. 000 for 60 days $ 2.500

Total $22,500

Funding Source: Property Tax - No Tax Rate Impact in 2009



125



OTHER ARTICLES

Article 15 - 2009 Operating Budget - $32,950,575

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Thirty-Two Million Nine Hundred Fifty Thousand Five
Hundred Seventy-Five Dollars ($32,950,575) for the operational expenses of the Town for fiscal year 2009.

Recommendation: Board of Selectmen: With Budget Committee: With



Layman's Language

If this article passes, the operating budget for 2009 will be $32,950,575.

This article provides funding for the recurring annual operating costs of providing a broad range of public sen/Ices to
the community. Please review the financial report (column eight, page two of proposed budget) and recommendations
of the Budget Committee at the beginning of this warrant for a more detailed listing of those sen/ices. The operating
budget Is a "bottom line budget" by law In New Hampshire. Therefore, the final vote taken on this article will be based
on the aggregate appropriation.

Funding Source: Property Tax Water Rate Sewer Rate

Rate Impact: Tax: $3.96 Water: $3.00 Sewer: $3.35



Article 16 - 2009 - Operating Budget - $32,950,575

To see if the Town will vote, if article 15 fails to pass, to raise and appropriate the sum of Thirty-Two Million Nine Hundred
Fifty Thousand Five Hundred Seventy-Five Dollars ($32,950,575) for the operational expenses of the Town for fiscal year
2009, or such other amount as the Town Meeting shall determine, for the operational expenses of the Town for fiscal year
2009.

Recommendation: Board of Selectmen: With Budget Committee: With



Layman 's Language

If this article passes, the operating budget for 2009 will be $32, 950, 575.

Bacl<ground: This article provides funding for the recurring annual operating costs of providing a broad range of public
services to the community. Please review the financial report (column eight, page two of proposed budget) and
recommendations of the Budget Committee at the beginning of this warrant for a more detailed listing of those
services. The operating budget is a "bottom line budget" by law in New Hampshire. Therefore, the final vote taken on
this article will be based on the aggregate appropriation.

Funding Source: Property Tax Water Rate Sewer Rate

Rate Impact: Tax: $3.96 Water: $3.00 Sewer: $3.35



Article 17 - Expendable Trust Fund - Employee Separation - $350,000

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Three Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($350,000), to be
placed in the Employee Separation Benefits Expendable Trust Fund previously established for the purpose of funding the
buy-out of employee benefits upon separation of employment.

Recommendation: Board of Selectmen: With Budget Committee: With



126



Layman s Language

If this article passes. $350. 000 will be placed in the employee separation trust fund.

Background: Over the past 5 years the annual cost of required payments to separating employees has averaged
$425,589. The payments reflect accrued sick and vacation leave and other benefits that separating employees are
due based upon union and employee contractual obligations. There is a $1 appropriation within the 2009 operating
budget for this particular appropnation This fund will provide the only appropriation that the Town has available to pay
these required obligations. The benefit of utilizing this fund is that the money not used, if any. remains from year to
year and accumulates interest which will be used to offset years in which more than the historical average is spent.
The 2008 appropnation was $350,000 and the actual expenditures in 2008 were $401,699 with a balance in the trust
fund of $1.00.

Funding Source Property Tax

Rate Impact: Tax: $0 08



Article 18 - Expendable Trust Fund - Kelley Library Employment Separation - $30,783

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Thirty Thousand Seven Hundred Eighty-Three Dollars
(S30,783 00), to be placed in the Kelley Library Employment Separation Benefits Expendable Trust Fund previously
established for the purpose of funding the buy-out of library employee benefits upon separation of employment, and to
authonze the transfer of the December 31 , 2008 General Fund Unreserved Fund Balance in that amount for this purpose.

Recommendation Board of Selectmen: With Budget Committee With



Layman s Language

If this article passes. $30. 783 will be placed in the Kelley Library employment separation trust fund and the December
31, 2008 general fund unreserved fund balance will be transferred to this trust fund.

Background: At the request of the Kelley Library Trustees, an expendable trust fund was created at the 2006 Town
Meeting to fund the payment of accrued vacation and sick leave owed to library employees who retire or resign. This
fund mirrors the Town s employee separation trust fund. The figure being requested is the amount needed, in addition
to what is in the fund, to pay the employees who plan to retire in 2009.

Onginator: Petitioner

Funding Source: Use of Fund Balance



Article 19 - Winter Weather Operations - $1,000,000

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of One Million Dollars (SI ,000,000), for the purpose of winter
weather operations, including but not limited to, plowing and removing snow, sanding and chemically treating streets, and
otherwise responding to hazardous road conditions related to winter weather

Recommendation Board of Selectmen With Budget Committee: Without



Layman s Language

If this article passes. $1,000,000 will be placed in the 2009 operating budget for snow removal and other winter
weather operations.

Background: This article funds the total anticipated cost of winter weather operations for the calendar year 2009.

Funding Source: Property Tax

Rate Impact: Tax: $0 1 1



127



Article 20 - To Reimburse the Roadway Capita! Reserve for Bridge Aid Funds - $249,701

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Two Hundred Forty-Nine Thousand Seven Hundred One
Dollars ($249,701) to be deposited into the Roadway Capital Reserve Fund. This sum to come from the December 31,
2008 General Fund Unreserved Fund Balance, such sum representing the amount received from the New Hampshire
Department of Transportation for Bridge Aid for the Town's Haverhill Road Bridge Project.

Recommendation: Board of Selectmen: With Budget Committee: With



Layman's Language

If this article passes, $249, 701 will be used to reimburse the roadway capital reserve fund for bridge aid.

Bacliground: This article seeks approval to transfer $249, 701 from the 2008 General Fund Unreserved Fund Balance
to the Roadway Capital Reserve Fund. The Town received this amount from NHDOT Bridge Aid Funds as partial
reimbursement for the Town's reconstruction of the Haverhill Rd Bridge. The purpose of the transfer is to reimburse
the Roadway Capital Rese/ve Funds for funds that the Board of Selectmen voted to use to advance the design of
replacement structures at Lawrence Road, Cluff Crossing Road and Pelham Road.

Funding Source: Use of Fund Balance



Article 21 - Replacement Engine - 5 Year Lease Purchase Option - $112,438

To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to enter into a five year lease agreement for $508,845 for
the purpose of leasing a new fire engine for the Fire Department, and to raise and appropriate the sum of One Hundred
Ten Thousand Nine Hundred Thirty-Eight Dollars ($110,938) for the first year's payment and further to raise and
appropriate an additional amount of One Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($1,500) for the purchase of additional
equipment for a total appropriation of $112,438. This lease agreement contains an "escape clause". (Majonty vote
required).

Recommendation: Board of Selectmen: With Budget Committee: With



Layman's Language

If this article passes, the Town plans to lease a replacement engine for 5 years.

Background: This Engine replaces Engine 3 which is a 1988 Kovach Motor Equipment (KME) which has approx.
90, 000 miles. The additional piece of equipment is a Radio and Knox Box.

Funding Source: Property Tax

Rate Impact: Tax: $0.02



Article 22 - Medium Duty Rescue Ambulance - 5 Year Lease Purchase Option - $60,066

To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to enter into a five year lease agreement for $212,000 for
the purpose of purchasing a new Ambulance for the Fire Department and to raise and appropriate the sum of Forty-Six
Thousand Two Hundred Twenty Dollars ($46,220) for the first year's payment and further to raise and appropriate an
additional amount of Thirteen Thousand Eight Hundred Forty-Six Dollars ($13,846) for the purchase of additional
equipment for a total appropriation of $60,066. This lease agreement contains an "escape clause". (Majority vote
required).

Recommendation: Board of Selectmen: With Budget Committee: With



Layman's Language
If this article passes, the Town plans to enter into a 5-year lease/purchase of a new ambulance.

Background: This article includes $13, 846 for additional equipment The equipment breakdown is as follows:

• Stretcher, Stair Chair $5,500

• UHF Radio $4,146

• Radio & Knox Box Installation $4,200

Funding Source: Property Tax

Rate Imoact: Tax: $0.01



128



Article 23 - DPW Sweeper • 5 Year Lease Purchase Option - $42,841

To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to enter into a five year lease agreement for 5196,500 for
the purpose of purchasing a new Sweeper for the Department of Public Works and to raise and appropnate the sum of
Forty-Two Thousand Eight Hundred Forty-One Dollars (542,841) for the first year's payment for that purpose. This lease
agreement contains an "escape clause". (Majonty vote required)

Recommendation Board of Selectmen With Budget Committee: With



Layman s Language

If this article passes, the Town plans to enter into a 5-year lease/purchase of a new DPW Sweeper

Background: This Sweeper will replace 1997 model SW-34 Johnson Sweeper which has 18.531 miles and 3.406
hours.

Funding Source: Property Tax

Rate Impact: Tax: $0.01



Article - 24 - Dump Truck - 5 Year Lease Purchase Option - $25,836

To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to enter into a five year lease agreement for $118,500 for
the purpose of purchasing a Cab and Chassis Dump Truck for the Department of Public Works and to raise and
appropriate the sum of Twenty-Five Thousand Eight Hundred Thirty-Six Dollars (525 836) for the first year's payment for
that purpose This lease agreement contains an "escape clause" (Majority vote required)

Recommendation Board of Selectmen With Budget Committee With



Layman s Language

If this article passes, the Town plans to enter into a 5-year lease/purchase of a new dump truck.

Background: This Truck replaces a 1997 model D-19 Ford N80 Dump Truck, which has 40.214 miles and 4.168
hours.

Funding Source: Property Tax

Rate Impact: Tax: SO 01



Article 25 - Two Cab and Chassis- 5 Year Lease Purchase Option - $38,372

To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to enter into a five year lease agreement for SI 76,000 for
the purpose of purchasing two Cab and Chassis for the Department of Public Works and to raise and appropnate the sum
of Thirty-Eight Thousand Three Hundred Seventy-Two Dollars (538,372) for the first year's payment for that purpose.
This lease agreement contains an "escape clause" (Majonty vote required)

Recommendation Board of Selectmen: With Budget Committee: With



If this article passes, the Town plans to enter into a 5-year lease/purchase agreement for two cab and chassis for the
Public Works Department.

Background: These Cab and Chassis replace two 1999 Freightliner FL:80 Salter S24 has 23.448 miles and 2.893
hours. S25 has 23. 1 06 miles and 3. 085 hours.

Funding Source: Property Tax

Rate Impact: Tax: $0.01



129



Article 26 - Bridge Construction - $468,000

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Four Hundred Sixty-Eight Thousand Dollars ($468,000)
for the replacement of bridges, including but not limited to, the bridge at Pelham Road over Porcupine Brook.

Recommendation: Board of Selectmen: With Budget Committee: With



Layman's Language

If this article passes, the Town Plans to repair/replace the Pelham Road Bridge.

Background: Pelham Road Bridge Replacement over Porcupine Brool<. Project Cost is $468,000

Pelham Road Bridge over Porcupine Brool< is a location that was subject to road over-topping and temporary closure
during the May 2006 flood event. The current culvert is structurally inadequate and hydraulically deficient. Intenm
repairs were conducted after the 2006 flood in order to reopen the roadway. However those repairs are also starting
to approach their functional lifespan. Prior appropriations have facilitated the advancement of a design for
replacement of the existing structure. A new replacement structure is warranted to replace the deficient bridge. In
addition, after discussions with NHDOT, the structure location has been included in the State's Municipally Managed
Bridge Aid Program and, as such, the cost of the bridge construction will be 80% reimbursable through the NHDOT
program.

Funding Source: Property Tax

Rate Impact: Tax: $0. 1



Article 27 - Roadway Stabilization Program • $400,000

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Four Hundred Thousand Dollars ($400,000), for the
purpose of reconstructing/resurfacing roads to include, but not be limited to, Rte 28 Kelly Road to Pattee Road, Rte 28
near Denny's, Rte 28 from Main Street to the Post Office and Rte 28 from Main Street to Old Rockingham Road, and to
further authorize that this amount be placed in the Roadway Capital Reserve Fund previously established for
reconstructing/resurfacing roads and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to take all other action necessary in connection
therewith.

Recommendation: Board of Selectmen: With Budget Committee: With



Layman's Language

If this article passes, the Town plans to reconstruct/resurface area roads.

Background: The intent of this five year program is to provide interim measures to stabilize the condition of roadways
to lessen the need for major investments in future years. The advantage is the reduction of future costs associated
with major reconstruction of roadways due to complete deterioration. The project will employ the use of shim paving
coats ranging from 1 to 2 inches depending on conditions to address roadway sections with evidence of multiple
pavement failures. The road program has a definitive implementation sequence of roadways. As the roadways are
improved the Town loses ground on the condition of other roadways slated for future years. In addition, key sections of
roads present continual maintenance obligations that a shim coat could eliminate. In the absence of this type of
program, the Town reacts to potholes and other complaints and repeatedly employs resources to address issues in a
scattered format. The coordination of interim measures eliminates the reactionary approach and reduces the repeated
maintenance obligation.

• Improved roadways for tra vel

• Reduction of maintenance obligations

• Reduction of major work in future years.

Funding Source: Property Tax

Rate Impact: Tax: $0. 09



130



Article 28 - Roadway Improvements Program - $523,000

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropnate the sum of Five Hundred Twenty-Three Thousand Dollars (5523,000)
for the purpose of repair and/or reconstruction of existing roads and associated drainage improvements on Ball Avenue,
Matthew Drive, and Tudor Drive and to further authorize that this amount be placed in the Roadway Capital Reserve
Fund previously established for reconstructing/resurfacing roads and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to take all other
action necessary in connection therewith.

Recommendation Board of Selectmen: With Budget Committee With



Layman s Language

If this article passes, the Town plans to repair and/or reconstruct Ball Avenue. Matthew Drive and Tudor Drive.

Background: Ball Avenue. Matthew Dnve, and Tudor Drive. The Road Program and road reconstruction effort
continues towards improving overall road conditions within the Town. Within the context of the overall road program,
pnorities are generally guided by road condition and PCI ratings, as well as the efficiency of selecting roads in
geographic proximity to each other. Occasionally, isolated roads are situated such that they cannot be readily
incorporated into an efficient neighborhood program In this circumstance, a broader area of the Town is targeted in
an attempt to specifically address scattered individual roads which are in poor condition and warrant reconstruction
Roads under consideration for 2009 include: Ball Avenue. Matthew Dnve. and Tudor Drive. The condition of these
roads, along with their relatively isolated locations, require that they be incorporated into a road prograrh that does not
necessarily benefit from the normal proximity of a typical program.

Funding Source: Property Tax

Rate Impact: Tax: SO. 1 1



Article 29 - Police AS-400 Replacement - $288,565

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropnate the sum of Two Hundred Eighty-Eight Thousand Five Hundred Sixty-
Five Dollars (S288.565) for the purchase of technology equipment, software and related services. This sum to be offset
by a Federal Grant (Byrne Grant - Department of Justice) in the amount of S25 496 with the remaining amount to be
raised by taxation.

Recommendation Board of Selectmen: With Budget Committee With



Layman s Language

If this article passes, the Town plans to replace the AS-400 in the Police Department.

Background: Reliability in the area of public safety is a must, and the public safety force relies heavily on the ability to
accurately and efficiently access records and data as well as process information and offenders quickly and logically.
The Police Department has an AS/400 system that runs the records management, dispatching and reporting functions.
This system was purchased in 1997. and like other technology of this age. it has served its purpose well but has
become obsolete. It no longer meets the demands of departmental use and its hardware has reached the extent of its
life. The Town is searching for a solution to replace this system with a solution that not only will continue to address
the same functions, but will also enhance sen/ice and efficiency by providing software and solutions to areas that had
not been incorporated previously

The current system is of a type and configuration that does not allow for feasible options for interim upgrades. The
operating system is no longer supported by the manufacturer and cannot be upgraded due to hardware limitations.
The public safety software with which the department processes all recorded functions is being decommissioned and
will no longer be supported by 2009. An RFQ process has been completed and a vendor has been selected.

Funding Source: Property Tax

Rate Impact: Tax: $0.06



131



Article 30 - Engineering Cluff Road, Cluff Crossing Road, and South Policy Street - $130,000

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of One Hundred Thirty Thousand Dollars ($130,000) for the
purpose of engineering, plans, specifications, costs estimates, permits, and bid specifications for the reconstruction of
Cluff Road, Cluff Crossing and a portion of South Policy Street.

Recommendation: Board of Selectmen: With Budget Committee: With



Layman's Language

If this article passes, ttie Town plans to prepare engineering and construction plans to reconstruction Cluff Road, Cluff
Crossing Road and a portion of Soutti Policy Street

Bacl<ground: Engineering Design for Cluff Road, Cluff Crossing Road and a portion of South Policy Street
Reconstruction. This engineering project will plan and design for improved road conditions on various significant and
high traffic town roads which are presently in poor condition. The design area will focus primarily on deteriorated
sections of Cluff Road, Cluff Crossing Road, and South Policy Street (between Kelly Road and Macgregor Avenue).
The roads under consideration total approximately 1.7 miles, and are generally east-west routes within the central
portion of town. Performing the engineering in 2009 will facilitate timely road reconstruction subsequent to the
replacement of the Lawrence and Cluff Crossing bridges and will complete a significant east-west roadway corridor
across Route 28 which connects Lawrence Road to Cross Street at Kelly Road.

Funding Source: Property Tax

Rate Impact: Tax: $0. 03



Article 31 - Drainage Program Capacity Plan - $225,000

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Two Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand Dollars ($225,000)


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 13

Online LibrarySalem (N.H.)Annual report of the Town of Salem, New Hampshire (Volume 2008) → online text (page 13 of 14)