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The District is managed by an Operations Committee consisting of Chief Fire Officers from each community. This committee is
overseen by a Board of Directors consisting of elected representatives from each community. This year Board of Directors
approved a change to the District's by-laws to allow a community that has withdrawn from membership to reapply for
admission within one year. The Town of Deerfield did not reapply and has joined an other district. The District employees a
part-time REPC Director to manage the administration functions of the District including grants management financial
management, and emergency planning.

The District operates a technical emergency response team. This response team is overseen by one of the member
community's Chief Fire Officer who serves in the Technical Team Liaison position. The team maintains a four level readiness
response posture to permit it to immediately deploy an appropriate response to a District's community's request for help
involving an unplanned release of potentially dangerous chemicals within their jurisdiction. While the team primarily
prepares for response to unplanned accidental chemical releases it is equipped and trained to deal with a variety of weapons
of mass destruction (WMD) scenarios. The team maintains a host of specialized response equipment to deal with chemical and
environmental emergencies.

The Emergency Response Team:

The Emergency Response Team is made up of 50 members drawn from the ranks of the fire departments within the District
The team consists of 6 Technician Team Leaders, 40 Technician Level members, 4 Communication Specialists. In addition to
members drawn from member fire departments, the team also includes members from various backgrounds that act as
advisors to the team in their specific areas of expertise. These advisors include an industrial chemist a micro biologist, a
medical examiner and several police officers.

The Team maintains a fleet of vehicles and specialized equipment with a value of close to $1,000,000. The vehicles consist of a
mobile Command Support Unit, 2 Response Trucks, 2 Spill Trailers, an Entry/Intervention Trailer and a Mobile
Decontamination Trailer. This mobile apparatus carries the team's equipment which includes chemical detection and
identification instruments, containment supplies, plugging, patching and intervention supplies, communication equipment,
computer based and other chemical reference guides as well as chemical protective equipment The team equipment is store


Southeastern New Hampshire Hazardous Materials District (continued)

at various locations within tiie District, allowing for rapid deployment when the team is activated. Activation of the team is
made by the request of the local incident commander through the Derry Fire Department Dispatch Center.

Response Team Training

In 2008 the Emergency response team completed 1200 hours of training, during monthly training drills and specialized
classes attended my team members. This training included confined space entry, hazardous materials operations. Level A
entry drills, chemical detection equipment operations, chemical identification, facility familiarization, transportation
emergencies. Additionally training was conducted with the NH State Police, Federal Bureau of Investigations, and the Drug
Enforcement Administration.

Emergency Responses

In 2008 the Team responded to numerous calls for technical assistance for member departments where a Response Team
Leader provides consultation to the fire department on the handling of an incident Additionally team responded to several
incidents including, spills of unknown substances, substantial hydrocarbon spills, and ammonia leaks.

For further information about the Southeastern New Hampshire Hazardous Materials District please visit our website at


Town Hall | 33 Geremonty- Drive

(603) 890-2070

Lvnn A. Rapa

Our Human Resources Department interacts with every other Department in the Town by
providing a myriad of services including: recruiting, background investigations, testing,
training, benefits and worker's compensation administration, resolving union-related
issues involving contract administration, grievance resolution, counseling personnel, labor
negotiations and much more! It is essential that the Touti monitors its policies and
complies with the ever-changing Federal and State laws that govern employment such as
the Family Medical Leave Act and the American with Disabilities Act and many others.

• We encourage our employees to focus on their personal health, nutrition and
general well being. This effort reduces our health care cost, minimizes sick time
usage and increases productivity. With the cooperation of our health partner, the
Local Government Center (LGC), we were able to offer one-hour classes at no cost
to the Town on Nutrition and Sleep Smarts. Our Five-Star Customer service class
provided basic training and "refresher" techniques. This type of training
demonstrates our commitment to continuous improvement in customer service.

• As in years past, the Human Resources department works tirelessly with other
Town Departments to recruit the "best of the best" In 2008, we hired a total of
twenty-two new employees: three in Public Works, ten in the Police Department,
six in the Fire Department, one in Engineering, one in Human Services and one in
Elderly Services.

• Sixteen long-time employees retired after many years of dedicated service and
several others left to pursue other career opportunities.

Anne M. Fogarty


In 2008, Human Resources was instrumental in exploring new health and
disability benefit options for its employees and established a pre-tax Flexible
Spending Account as well as a Dependent Care Account.

Did You Know?

Human Resources continues to participate in the joint Loss Management
Committee that strives to reduce work-related accidents and the resultant
worker's compensation claims. During 2008 all of the Town-owned facilities were
inspected v\nth an eye towards eliminating safety hazards and improving working

l^dljli \.m (Jlcave, Chiiirman of rlic Socicn-
of Ilumaii Resource Managancnr stated:
'Tee leanirrl from my pubUc-stcior HR experiencr
thai tiom of us succttds olom. You mid to build
partnerships and mutual understanding. You learn
that nlationsh'rps art forged by collaboration,
compromise and personal integrity. These are more
eifectii'e and long lasting than those created by a
single individual focused on personal gain. "

Town Hall I 33 Geremonty Drive


Recognizing that its employees are its most valuable resource, the Town of Salem,
takes its responsibility for employee safety very seriously. Every reasonable effort is
made to provide and maintain safe facilities, equipment, materials, procedures and
methods. Salem's Safety Committee was formed to meet the requirement of RSA 281-A,
and meets regularly to maximize the safety of our staff and the public to minimize the cost
to taxpayers. The committee is a cooperative effort involving staff and management from
various departments working together to control workplace hazards. Anyone may
participate in this committee and new members are welcomed.

We encourage employees to be safety conscience when performing their work duties and
encourage them to report all unsafe conditions so the matter can be investigated and
properly corrected. The committee compiles and reviews injury reports and coordinates
safety training. This work involves: providing consultation to departments, departmental
safety committees and managers to help to identify and resolve health and safety
problems; implementing related NH Department of Labor regulations and/or programs;
and coordinating the dissemination and sharing of information relative to occupational
safety and health matters.

In 2008 we more than doubled our annual facility inspections by including the several
unmanned facilities in town. There were a total of 47 inspections for 2008, completed
within two months. The inspections bring to light any potential safety hazards and allow
the Town to address any needed repairs. Also in 2008, there were 64 reported incidents
and/or accidents for personnel, a reduction from our three-year average. The goal of the
JLMC is to decrease this number each year, therefore reducing insurance costs to the

The committee launched several new programs during the 2008 year. Each month the
committee recognized a national health and safety observance. Such observances
included Eye Health, Fireworks Safety and Fire Prevention. Each month's topic would
provide information regarding the hazards and tips on keeping family and friends safe.
The JLMC sponsored a Get Walking program providing the employees with an opportunity
to incorporate more physical activity into their daily routine. The employees walked a
total of 3,952 miles in 12 weeks, which is enough to make it from Salem, NH to San Diego,
CA and then some!

The members of the Joint Loss Committee are a group of employees who consistently
dedicate their time to the health and safety of Salem's employees and patrons utilizing the
Town's facilities. The additional responsibility of participating in the tasks of this
committee requires extra effort and we appreciate and acknowledge our members'
dedication and their supporting departments.

Cynthia Crescenzi, Information
Technology Director. JLMC Chairman

Kevin Breen, Fire Chief, JLMC Vice-

Lynn Rapa, Human Resources
Director, JLMC Liaison

Christopher Dillon, Recreation
Director -JLMC Secretary

David Boucher, Senior Services

Charles Flahive, Police Officer

Judy Machnik, KeUey Library

Ronald Peddle, Police Lieutenant

Sharon Savage, Police Records

Kenneth Sherwood, Electrical

Scott Witkowskj, Water Meter

Did You Know?

Tlie Libem- Mutual Research Institute
for Safer\' has revealed tliat there is a
S3-$6 savings for ever^' SI invested in

Kathleen Walton

Barbara Riley


Robert Loranger (Retired)
(In Memor\)

Foss School I 287 Lawrence Road | (603)890-2130

The Human Services Department provides financial assistance to Salem residents as
defined by State Statue RSA 165. Eligibility is based on need and determined each time a
ormal request for assistance is made through the application process, based on guidelines
adopted by the Salem Board of Selectmen. Assistance is provided through vouchers or
directly to vendors for such basic needs as food, fuel for heat, utilities, shelter,
prescriptions and other necessities. Referrals to other resources, such as State and Federal
Programs, food pantries, etc., are made before local tax dollars are utilized whenever

Due to budget constraints the Human Service Department has slightly downsized from two
full time employees to 2 part time employees who are keeping the hours of the Human
Service Office from 8:30-3:30 Monday - Friday at the Mary Foss School on 287 Lawrence
Road, Salem. Phone: 890-2130. The new director Kathleen Walton-DeAmato has
numerous degrees in Paralegal studies. Psychology, Mediation as well as a Master's Degree
in Human Service Administration from Springfield College and was hired in May 2008.

In 2008, the Town provided direct assistance to 128 families and 270 individuals with food
@ S9,281, fuel @ SI 1,020, medical assistance (for the uninsured) @S2,652, rent @S24,500
(both rent and emergency shelter costs, and eviction prevention money @$10,320. Based
on a total 2008 budget for Direct Assistance of 5109,900, S68,622 was spent. Also in 2008,
the Human Services Department collected 564,271 in reimbursements from past
assistance provided to residents in need.

The Human Services office, through private donations, was able to assist families with
Easter dinner. 53 school children with back packs, notebooks and supplies for Back to
School, and 137 families or 412 individuals with Thanksgiving Food Baskets. We also
assisted the Salem Christmas Fund which provided food, clothing and toys to many Salem
individuals and families.

In 2008, the Town funded the lollowing seventeen human service agencies to help serve
Salem residents:

AIDS RESPONSE SEACOAST allocated S500 to Aids Response Seacoast; provided
prevention education and direct services to residents.

BRIDGES allocated 52,000; for support services to sexual violence victims; helped
Salem residents with primarily education services; with crisis intervention services
and advocacy.

CENTER FOR LIFE MANAGEMENT [CLM) allocated 55,000 to fund two programs:
Community Education Programs; and Critical Incidents in the community when CLM
provides stress debriefing teams.

Did You Know?

Did you know tliar in 1~18, the New
Hixmpsliire Legislature recognizing
the seriousness of poverty- required all
towns to tax themselves to meet the
indigent's needs?

THE CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER allocated 51,000; provided a safe environment for the
protection of children being evaluated as child abuse and exploitation victims; services
are coordinated and community education is provided to prevent future abuse.

HOME HEALTH CARE CLINICS allocated 51,000 for home health care and clinics;
Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital provided skilled home visits to frail and elderly
residents; Holy Family Hospital provided blood pressure readings and glucose
screening at the Salem Senior Center.

GREATER SALEM CAREGIVERS allocated 515,000; plus free rent for the agency at the
Foss School. They provided volunteers to help the elderly and frail with rides and
other services.

Foss School I 287 Lawrence Road | (603) 890-2130

SAFE PLACE allocated $4,000; provided battered women and their children
emergency shelter, a 24-hour crisis intervention hot-line, court advocacy, support
groups. A Safe Place also has a drop-in center locally.

RETIRED SENIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM (RSVP] allocated $4,000; provided means
for recognized and meaningful retirement life for older Americans by providing
volunteers to non-profit agencies in Salem.

BIG BROTHERS/BIG SISTERS PROGRAM allocated $15,500; provided 7-14 year old
children from single parent families mentors; to prevent problems; to promote
healthy growth and development.

plus free rent for the agency at the Foss School. The agency served the needs of low-
income residents by assisting them with homeless crisis assistance, food pantry food,
rental assistance and fuel assistance.

ROCKINGHAM NUTRITION MEALS ON WHEELS allocated $9,250 in 2007; provided
hot noon lunches at the Salem Senior Center and delivered noon meals to those
residents who are homebound.

ROCKINGHAM VNA AND HOSPICE allocated $8,500; provided Hospice care to Salem
residents that were terminally ill. [and their families.]

COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES, INC. allocated $16,000; provided comprehensive
health care including primary care physicians, pharmaceutical medications and
hospital care at low cost to residents who work, are without health care insurance.

SONSHINE SOUP KITCHEN allocated $500; provided free meals to individuals from
Southern NH area.

SALEM SUCCESS BY 6/FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER allocated $4,000; provided home
visiting nurses and child development services to young mothers and mothers with
newborns (parenting workshops, parenting libraries, babysitting training and

Kathleen Walton

Barbara Riley

Robert Loranger (Retired)
(In Memory)

Did You Know?

Did vou know that the Town of
Salem, NH liired its first professional
full- time Welfare Administrator in

Town Hall | 33 Gercmonty Drive | (603)890-2000

Cynihia Crcscenzi

Karen Landnt'
Systems Administrator

Michael Weston
Systems Administrator

Robert Gannon
GIS Project Lead

Salem's Information Technology Department strives to provide a secure and stable
computing environment for the Town's staff and customers. The computing environment
includes general user applications, specialized business applications, email, phone systems,
CIS services and the infrastructure required to run the network. Information Technology
works closely with other Town departments to identify, select and implement applications
and technology that help staff perform their jobs efficiently. The Information Technology
Department consists of four employees who support about 250 employees throughout the
departments. Help desk style services are also provided to Salem employees with 24x7
support in the event of emergencies.

Utilizing technology to increase productivity and efficiency of all departments in a time of
shrinking resources is a clear necessity'. Delivering services in cost-effective ways that meet
the changing needs and preferences of Salem residents is critical. Information technologies
offer essential tools for increasing Touti productivity, improving decision-making with
more complete and timely information and addressing new approaches to service delivery.

Ihe information Technology Department has the dual roles of supporting Tovim
departments in delivering services to city residents and other clients, and of looking
beyond the needs of today to ensure that the technology infrastructure is in place to
support future applications and tools when needed. Key to this is management of the
technical environment, including technical standards and policies, the Information
Technology infrastructure, and corporate data and information. Technology innovation is
an essential investment that, over time, can enhance the capacity of the organization.

In 2008, we continued with our progress in replacing the Town's main AS/400 system.
Although this project has gone longer than expected, we are progressing towards the end
with only a few areas left to complete. Systems performing Accounting and Finance
operations as well as Payroll, Tax, Building, Code Enforcement, Human Resources,
Inventory, Work Orders, Planning, Zoning and Utility Billing are all involved with this

The Town continued to utilize technology to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of
all procedures to the best of its ability. Unfortunately, it is growing more difficult to
maintain the efficiency of our desktop systems. Originally scheduled to be replaced in the
2007 budget year (prepared in 2006], the replacement schedule hit another obstacle this
year with the removal of the warrant article lo raise the money for the replacements in the
2009 budget year (prepared in 2008), the third consecutive failure to raise such funds in
three years. The result is an increase in repairs and down-time as older computers
approaching the end of their life fail; as well as the realization of slower performance from
equipment that cannot meet today's demands. A commitment to technology in order to
achieve the level of efficiency that is needed is a requirement from employees,
management, boards and citizens alike.

Did You Know?

Ha\'ing a backup of files stored on
your computer is vour insur;mce
polic\- for the preser\'ation of vour
financial, personal and business files.
Backup any files that would be
disastrous to lose and ideallv store
them in a fire-proof container or off-

Also in 2008, we continued work on some major Town projects such as Fiber networking,
ITS and the Police AS/400 replacement. Fiber networking will connect all Town buildings
via fiber optic cable and save on charges paid to the telephone companies for such
connections today. The ITS project is lead by the Community Development Department
and is an innovative project designed to accommodate parallel alternate tiaffic routing.
The replacement of the Police AS/400 system is being brought forward for the 2009
budget year and will be voted on at the 2009 Town Meeting. This project looks to replace
the oul-of-date AS/400 system that the Police Department uses for their daily operations
and records. Other highlights for the past year include systems documentation, policies
and procedures, minor hardware upgrades and regular support maintenance.

The Information Technology Department looks forward to another year of serving the
Town and its departments.

Town Hall | 33 Geremonty Drive


The Town of Salem's Parks and Recreation Department iiad over 658 participants in its
programs throughout 2008. These individuals participated in programs including karate,
ski and snowboarding, bowling, basketball, track and field, tennis, sport camps, drawing,
mad science programs, pre-k and kindergarten and our summer playground programs.

In addition to these programs, the Recreation Department in cooperation with the
Methuen/Salem Rotary Club ran the Regional Special Olympic Basketball Tournament in
March which had over 400 individuals throughout the state visit and participate in this
event. On April 19*, the Recreation Department in cooperation with the Greater Salem
Rotary Club ran the Annual Fishing Derby. This event is always successful and provides
an opportunity for youngsters to spend time with their parents and/or grandparents
while competing in a relaxing day at Hedgehog Pond. Other special events ran by the
Recreation Department in 2008 include the July 4* festivities and the Annual Halloween
Party. The Halloween Party was co-sponsored by the Salem Lion's Club this year which
provided refreshments for all those attending the event. This year the Recreation
Department with the help of the High School Key Club ran games for the 304 people that
attended the event. On December 6* the Recreation Department had their final special
event of 2008 with its annual Holiday Craft Workshop.

Throughout 2008 the Recreation Department was involved in various other projects. New
play equipment was installed at Michele Memorial Park in early spring. A Master Plan was
completed for Hedgehog Pond which includes the addition of a skate park, volleyball
court, horseshoe pits, play equipment, basketball court and tennis courts. These
renovations are to be completed primarily through donations, impact fees and grants. It is
a multi-year plan which is scheduled to be completed the end of 2012. An assessment was
completed on the Palmer School which brought a structural deficiency to light and will be
worked on in 2009. Also, the Michele Memorial Park Soccer Field was opened for light use
in the fall.

It is at this opportunity the Recreation Department would like to thank the people that
make the programs possible. Whether it be the participants, volunteers, summer staff
members. Department of Public Works, Police and Fire Departments, Palmer School
instructors, youth leagues, the taxpayers or other town employees, our programs would
not be possible without you. The Recreation Department appreciates the help of the
Recreation Advisory Board for the direction it provides the Department. Last, but not
least, the Recreation Department would like to thank jeanine Bannon for her dedication
and hard work she provides to the Department and those that utilize our programs.
Jeanine makes sure questions are answered, things go on, and does so with a smile every
day. Thank you.

Christopher Dillon

Jeanine Bannon

Did You Know?

Tliat the Town of Salem has 399
acres of land used for Rccrearion.

Police Department I 9 Veterans Memorial Parkway | (603)893-1911

Paul Donovan
Cliief of Police

William Ganley
Dcpim- Police Chief

Shawn Patten

Wiliiatn Teuber

Did You Know?

You can call CnincUne ot Soudiern
NH at 1-800-498-41140 to pro\nde
information regarding a crime to SPD


The Salem Police Department saw a number of veterans retire from service and a number
of new members come on board. We also marked the loss of DeL Mark Sambataro who
died unexpectedly after retiring only a short time before his death. Mark was a friend and
colleague who will be missed by all. His funeral was well-attended by Local, State and
Federal law enforcement officers as a tribute to his professionalism.

The Salem Police Department launched a new, professional look in 2008. The light blue
shirts were replaced by the midnight navy blue uniform. The new uniform looks
professional, is easier to maintain, and the traditional navy blue clearly identifies the
wearer as a police officer. The cruisers are now the traditional black & white pattern that
clearly identifies the cruiser as a law enforcement vehicle. This was done without cost to

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