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great effort making the Collections Department a success; they are all assets to the Town of
Salem. These clerks work under the supervision and direction of both the Town Clerk and
the Tax Collector

Deputy Town Clerk Mary Fawcett retired in |une after 23 years of service in the Town
Clerk's office. We wish Mary the very best in her retirement Lisa Wojtas was appointed
Deputy Town Clerk in July. Lisa and I continue to perform all other functions of the Town
Clerk which mclude marriage licenses, vital statistics, town records, voter registration
applications and information, elections, UCC terminations, State liens and attachments,
dredge and fill applications, pole permits. Article of Agreement (non-profit filings), oaths of
office and Sheriffs writs. We also are available to help in the collections department when
needed and continue to do the bookkeeping duties of the Town Clerk's office, which
maintains an accounting of its own revenue.

There were 127 resident marriages, 116 resident deaths and 34 resident births which took
place in NH in 2008. We have no record of any out of state vital events.

I would like to thank the residents of Salem for allowing me the honor to serve as your
Town Clerk.

Did You Know?

The Town Clerks have existed
almost since the beginning of

*I^J5 '1/ 2008 Receipts and Vital Statistics


Automobile Tax Permits $4,733,766.00

2008 [35,637]

Title Fees 13,286.00

Marriage License Fees* 20,835.00

Certified Copy Fees** 27,071.00
Dog License Fees***

2008 (3,867) 26,198.50

Elections 282.00

Uniform Commercial Code & Other Liens 7,845.00

Collection Fees 556.00

Filing Fees 86.00

Recording Fees 519.85

Legal Fees - Dogs 6,375.00

Gross Receipts Remitted to the Treasurer $4.836.820.35

*Less Remittance to State of NH for Marriage License Fees - 17,594.00

**Less Remittance to State of NH for Certified Copy Fees - 17,553.00

(1,295 copies @ $8.00 ea. :^ $10,360.00]

(l,446copies @ $5.00 ea. = $ 7,230.00]

***Less Remittance to State of NH for Dog License Fees - 1,933.50

(3,867 Licenses @ .50 ea. - $ 1,933.50]

***Less Remittance to State of NH for Animal Population Control Fees - 7,134.00
(3,567] Licenses @ $2.00 ea - $ 7,134.00]

Net Revenue to the Town $4,792,605.85



Salem Residents - JVlarried in NH 127


Resident Births - Born in NH 34


Salem Residents - Died in NH 116





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

Susan Covey

Michael Carney, Jr.

Peter Ravno

James Randazzo

Stephen Campbell

Ann Marie David

Roland Theberge

A historically difficult economic climate has set the tone for Salem's Municipal Budget
Committee in 2008. Operating under New Hampshire Budget law RSA 32 the committee
is charged with "assisting voters with the prudent appropriation of public funds" and
must reconcile the needs and wants of the Town and the School District with its ability
and willingness to pay for them.

The Budget Committee consists of nine voting members, seven of whom are elected to
three year terms as well as a representative from both the School Board and the Board of
Selectman. This year's committee consisted of experienced members with the empty
seats filled by former Budget Committee chairs Peter Rayno and Michael Carney who each
ran unopposed. Longtime committee member Kathy Cote chose not to run for re-election.

rhe year began with the news that our town charter had never been approved at the state
level to work with a budget committee making the role of this committee unclear at best
A unified effort on all fronts with the help of our State Senator Michael Downing gained
.some clarification and allowed the committee to continue its work while the legalities of
this issue were and continue to be worked out. This spurred the formation of a Charter
Reform Advisory Committee to review our charter as well as some other pressing issues.
The Board of Selectman continues to work with the findings of this committee.

The Board of Selectman and Budget Committee were in agreement that the voters would
only tolerate a very conservative budget. This message was sent loud and clear in March
when projects such as the new Police Department and the Salem High School renovations
were voted down by startling margins. This year such issues as Kindergarten, rising
health care costs and desperately needed bridge and road repairs have been the focus of
our attention. Fortunately the skyrocketing costs of fuel and heating oil threatened in the
summer months plunged dramatically in the fall allowing us to focus on other more
tangible needs. Each department head worked closely with the Town Manager and
overall a very thoughtful budget was presented to the Selectman and then the Budget
Committee. The School Budget has some challenges, but overall supports the mission of
the School District to provide our students with excellent curriculum provided by top

The Budget Committee will continue to act in a fiscally responsible manner throughout
the review of warrant articles and bond requests in the following months. We always
welcome your participation at public hearings and deliberative sessions as this process is
what makes our town a truly great place to live.

Arthur E. Barnes
Selectmen Rep.

Bernard Campbell
School Board Rep.

Did You Know?

Salem's Municipal Budget
Committee Operates under New
Hampshire RSA 32'?

33 Gereraontv' Drive

(603) 890-2080

In 2008, the Conservation Commission continued its makeover which started in 2007. The
commission lost 2 key members in 2008. The passing of Bill White our secretary and
resignation of Maureen Pomeroy our vice-chair caused the Commission to seek 2 full time
members. Filling those positions and filling 2 alternate positions has slowed the
Commission's business. I thank both Bill and Maureen for their service to the town of
Salem. Education of new Commission members started in late 2008 and will continue into
2009. We will continue to strive to educate our Commission members on wetlands and
shoreland protection issues in the coming year.

In 2008, the Salem Conservation Commission was very active in the community, offering
opportunities for residents to learn and explore about issues and properties within the
town. The Commission offered an Earth Day nature walk in the Town Forest in April. The
Commission participated in this year's SalemFest where we highlighted the Town Forest
and our work in organizing the Bike-Ped Corridor project. We expanded our website and 1
would like to thank Derek Schultz for all his hard work developing the website.

In 2008, the Conservation Commission conducted a 25-acre tree harvest in the Town
Forest. This was the first harvest in the Town Forest since 1994 and I believe that this
harvest will help the forest regenerate for the enjoyment of future generations. The
Commission made 2 key land acquisitions in 2008. First, in early 2008 we purchased the
property at 114 Lawrence Road which is located along the Spickett River. Plans for this
property are ongoing and we look for this to help in mitigation of potential flooding along
the Spickett. Our second purchase was the Hawkins Farm property at 38 Town Farm
Road. This 15-acre parcel located on the eastern side of Salem is one of the prime
properties in our town, with wetlands, floodplain, an open farm field, and beautiful views.
We all know how much the Hawkins family has dedicated to the town and the commission
has many plans for the site. Farming the site will start in April. We have also started a
nature path around the property and hope to start community gardening over the next
year on the property. The house there will be managed by the Salem Housing Authority as
affordable rental housing. 1 thank the residents of Salem for their support of these

In closing, it is the Commission's goal to continue its efforts in 2009 for the preservation
of town land and protection of our wetlands. We have offered our assistance to the Flood
Management Action Committee in their efforts with the flooding issues in town. We are
developing a gameplan to inventory all town owned lands and conservation easements in
the Town of Salem. I encourage all residents in Salem to help keep our town clean.

The commission would like to thank all the voters and taxpayers for their support. We
thank Ross Moldoff, Sue Strugnell, and Judy Day for their support over the past year. I
personally would like to thank all the members of the Commission for their dedication
month after month and their time and talent to make this a better community.

William Carter

Joan Blondin

WiUiam Dumont

Anthony Drago

Linda Harvey

Patrick McDougall

Julie Vondrak

Did You Know?

The I'own forest off Route 111
contains about 200 acres of forested
conser\'ation land and over 4 miles of
trails for walking, mountain biking,
snovvshoemg and cross countr}'

Town Hall | 33 Gercmonty Drive | (603)890-2190

Ann Si. Hilairc

Russell Ingram

Gerri Beck

Linda Cignoni

Barbara Jacques

Josie Simard

David Tilton

Elizabcdi A. Roih
Selectmen's Representative

The Salem Council on Aging (COA) serves as an 'Advisory Board' to Salem Senior Services.
There are seven members of the Council, appointed by the Board of Selectmen to insure a
liaison with all of our Senior Citizens. This year we welcomed Linda Cignoni as a new
member to the Council. We extend our great appreciation to Ben Holmes for his years of
service to the Council.

2008 Highlights:

The Council on Aging successfully met its goal to raise the 5200,000+ necessary for the
construction of a two-story addition to the Center. The Addition will be located in the
Iront, right-hand corner of the building. Each floor would be approximately 750 sq. ft. The
lirst floor would create a safer front entrance to the building as well as allow for more
Lltlcient placement of reception and staff offices. The second floor is planned to remain as
one large open space for various dance and exercise classes. Construction is underway, at
no cost to the taxpayers, and we anticipate completion in the spring. We wish to express
our tremendous gratitude to the Salem Kiwanis Club for pledging S25,000 to the Addition

We also want to thank ALL who have helped us in our fundraising efforts. We continue to
actively fundraise, solicit donations and seek grants, resulting in more than 592,000 in
2008. As in the past, the 'Off Broadway Thrift and Gift Shop' continues to be a huge
contributor to this fund, bringing in 513,571 this year. Other major contributors include
51,500 from Salem Cooperative Bank to sponsor our Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon,
51,051 from Salem Seniors Bingo, S671 from the lobby donation box and 5600 from the
45's Card Group. More than 50 others gave very generous donations, memorials in
memory of a loved one totaled 58,713. We received a grant from the State Wellness
Initiative for 52,500 which helped underwrite a new "Matter of Balance" program. We
continued our commitment lo volunteering our lime as a designated charily for the Texas
llold'em events at Rockingham Park. This effort raised 549,093.

We expended more than 59,050 to help enhance and supplement the programs and
services offered by Salem Senior Services. Some of our major expenditures included the
Volunteer Appreciation event, booth set-ups for the Senioi" Fair, laminated name badges
for all participants, the monthly internet fees for the computer lab, awards for the
Tournament Challenges held during the annual Anniversary Celebralion event, several
entertainment events, mailing packages for the 'support our troops project', and several
miscellaneous repairs, supplies and enhancements to the Ingram Senior Center building.

Patti Drelick, Director of the Senior Center, and her staff, work tirelessly to continually
bring new activities, events, programs and services to our Senior residents. We thank
them for their talent and devotion.

Please drop in and check us out when you're in the neighborhood!

Did You Know?

The Council gives $9,060-1- to support
Salem Senior Scr\-ices.

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

The Historic District Commission has been very active this year, preserving the heritage of
our town. The year began with the appointment from the Board of Selectman, designating
the commission with the restoration of the Salem depot train station. The Salem depot has
been the focal point of the town for many years, and the commission is dedicated to this
project. The committee delegated to this assignment is as follows:

Dr. Henry E. LaBranche, Chairman

Bill Scott, Town of Salem Community Development Director

Elizabeth A. Roth, Selectmen representative

Howie Glynn, Salem Historical Society

Donna Velt, Fundraising Coordinator

Orazio Guevara, Orazio Designs

Dianne Paquette, Special Activities

A big thank you goes out to Tom Gioseffi, Project Manager.

Donations both large and small have made the significant progress on this project
possible. Alton Mosher a very talented model maker has hand crafted a replica of the
Salem depot in miniature. His attention to detail is remarkable. This duplication will be
housed in the museum part of the train station, for public viewing. Thank you to Jonathan
Smith for his contribution on this project.

jim Southwick earned his Eagle Scout badge by building a new manger for the town. You
may have noticed it on display during the holiday season. Everyone appreciated his work.
Jim funded his own project by fund raising and volunteers.

In the year 2008, the district lost two barns. It was a great loss as both were very old and
significant to the area. School House #5 had a new roof put on but not before water
damage to the interior of the building. The museum also received a new roof.

On the town warrant this year, the commission is asking the town to approve the monies
for putting the museum on the State Register, one of the steps in preserving this building
for future generations.

Historical facts:

The first surfaced road was a stretch of the old "turnpike", now Broadway, from the
Methuen line to the Salem Depot. This was done by multimillionaire Edward F. Searles of
Methuen, and approved at a special town meeting on September 10, 1904.

New Hampshire's first Baldwin apple tree was planted in South Salem, near the junction
of Ansel Street and Lawrence Road. Col. Loammi Baldwin did the planting himself

Beverly Glynn

Cynthia Brown

Jeff Batraclough

Kathtyn Burke

Patricia Good

Elizabeth A. Roth
Selectmen Representative

Did You Know?

Years ago Salem had its own radio
station and the call letters were


Housing Authority I 70 Telfer Circle | (603)893-6417

After many months of discussion and consideration, the Board of Commissioners voted to
prohibit smoking in ail indoor areas, including dwelling units, at all three public housing
facilities. The indoor smoking ban went into effect on October 1, 2008, at Millville Arms,
Telfer Circle and Hilda Place.

George E. Maihos

Virginia E. Consoli

Man,' Frances Renner

Georgette Smith

Lorraine Thibault

Diane E. Kierstead
Executive Director

This policy change is in keeping with the desire to reduce the risks associated with
second-hand smoke in multi-family dwelling unit buildings, thereby creating a healthier
L nvironment for residents, visitors and agency employees.

The waiting list for our public housing facilities remains extensive, with average waiting
limes of three to five years. The program provides federally subsidized rental housing for
low-income elderly and/or disabled households. By definition, low income is annual
income which is at or below 80% of the median income for the area, adjusted by
household size. The 2008 income limit for a two-person household is 549,200.

Downing Way [completed in 2007) is also available for persons 62 years of age or older,
with income at or below 60% of the median for the area. Downing Way is a Low Income
Housing Ta.x Credit property (consisting of 24 rental units) which does not receive federal
subsidies. The building is located adjacent to the Telfer Circle housing complex.

Modernization grant funds received through the US Department of Housing & Urban
Development (HUD) are utilized each year to make capital improvements at the public
housing facilities. Future projects include hot water heater replacements, flooring
replacements and exterior entrance repairs.

The Housing Authority is continuing to apply for tax credit financing in order to construct
the planned Braemoor Highlands rental project (twelve additional units of affordable
senior housing). The tax credit financing is essential to this project becoming a reality.

2008 Highlights

• Annual Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) was made to the Town of Salem in the
amount of 547,105.98

• Downing Way completed its first full year of occupancy

• Smoking indoors prohibited in all public housing buildings and dwelling units

• Office/community building renovations - Telfer Circle

• Automatic door operators (exterior) installed - Telfer Circle

Did You Know?

In 2008, the Housing .Vuthonn-
received approxim-atclv SI 500 per
public liousing unit as operating
subsidy from Hl'D.

33 Geiemoiitv Drive

(603) 890-2280

The Salem Historical Museum consists of three buildings located in the Salem Center
Historic District: the Old Town Hall (built 1738), Alice Hall Memorial Library [built 1861],
and Schoolhouse #5 [built 1873). Artifacts of historical significance to Salem from various
time periods are housed in these three buildings, offering visitors a view of what life was
like for residents of Salem throughout the town's history.

In 2008, the Historical Society used some grant money to upgrade the Museum's
computer and audio-visual capabilities. The Museum now has a DVD player and flat
screen monitor that is used to play video slide-shows for visitors as part of their visit.
Two such slide shows have been prepared that show historic images of Salem schools, the
Salem Fire Department, Canobie Lake Park, and various historical sites around town using
early photographs in the Museum collection. One such DVD is being sold as a fund raiser
for the Historical Society. A Museum Guide is also now available that aids visitors as they
explore the museum's exhibits.

Some recent additions to the Museum collection include two stained-glass windows and
the metal spire from the old First Baptist Church building [Samantha's Restaurant), the
last fire alarm box taken out of service by the fire department, the first TV camera owned
by Salem Community Television in the 1970s, and a full set of summer and winter female
Navy uniforms used during World War II by a Salem native.

The Salem Museum is open to the public April through October on Mondays from 2:00 -
5:00 p.m. and by appointment. School classes, youth organizations, and other groups are
invited to visit any time of the year. The Museum is a volunteer-run organization and is
always looking for additional help. Anyone interested in learning more about the history
of Salem is encouraged to get involved by volunteering during museum hours and
attending meetings of the Salem Historical Society on the second Tuesday of each month
in the museum's meeting room. The Historical Society features interesting lectures on
topics related to the history of Salem and New England.

The Museum Committee greatly appreciates the continued support of the Salem Historical
Society and the group of Monday afternoon volunteers who faithfully manage the
museum's collection and give tours. Without your work and dedication, Salem would not
be able to enjoy this great community resource.

Jeffrey Barraclough

Beverly Glynn

Kathryn Burke

Patricia Good

Jonathan Smith

Daniel Zavisza, Phd.

EUzabeth A. Roth
Selectmen Representative

Did You Know?

'ITie Salem Museum is open to die
public ,\pril through October on
Mondays from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. and
by appointment.

Martha Brcen
Acting Chairman

Sally Gilman

Joan Farella

Rosemarie Hartnett
(In Memorj)

Kelley Library | 234 Main Street | (603)898-7064

The year 2008 will be remembered for the changes it brought Kelley Library.

In June, the community said goodbye to Director Eleanor Strang and Assistant Director
lean Williams with a gala retirement party. Eleanor had been at the library 31 years and
jean had 29 years of service. We wish them both the best

Si.x months later, we suffered the loss of Rosemarie Hartnett. "Ro" was first elected to the
Board of Trustees in 1994 and in the next 14 years, devoted her time and energy to Kelley
Library. Throughout her illness, she was in constant contact with the board and director
and conducted her last meeting a few short weeks before her death Dec. 19. She will be
sorely missed.

Kelley Library welcomed Alison Baker as new director; Andy Richmond as assistant
ilirector and Joan Fardelia as interim trustee in 2008.

Alison officially took over as director July 1. She came to Salem from her job as operations
manager of mobile library services in western Pennsylvania. Alison and her husband have
settled in Salem and are having a great time exploring New England and visiting with
Alison's sister and her family in Stoneham, MA.

Andy came to Salem from Kingston where he had been director of Nichols Memorial
Library for four years. A resident of Portsmouth, he began his new job Jan. 5.

Joan joined the Board of Trustees in December when she was appointed by selectmen to
fill the remainder of Rosemarie's term, joan is well-known at Kelley Library as a patron,
Inend and leader of the book discussion group.

Fortunately, the majority of the library's staff remained in place, contributing lo a
seamless transition when Alison became director. Howard Chase, the former night
custodian and pc support technician retired too. We also wish him well.

Kelley Library continues to expand its offerings to the community.

The new ILS (Integrated Library System) was launched in 2008 for members of our
library consortium. For patrons, it means more information about movies and books,
pictures of the many items, links to reviews posted by other users, the ability of users to
post their own reviews, a variety of search options and the ability to get an email
reminder when an item is due the next day. The program also makes it easier to handle
requests from other libraries.

Our KLAS (Kelly Library Adult Series) and book discussion group were more popular than

Children's services continued to flourish. Thanks to a donation from the Kiwanis Club of
Salem, an AccuCut machine was purchased for the Children's Room, enhancing the arts
and crafts projects.

Did You Know?

llic' website offers a wide
vancH' of online databases that
include genealog)- searcliing,
automotive repair guides, practice
tests for standardized exams and
hobbv and craft projects!

Kelley Library

(603) 898-7064

The motto of the Kelley Library is "dedicated to serving you," and every member of the
staff takes that very seriously. We strive to make the library a dynamic organization by
adding new collections and services, evaluating and improving existing ones, and
upgrading the facility. We invite you to come and see for yourself what's new at the


Each year, a major revamping is accomplished in some part of the library collection,
and in 2008, the major focus was again the Children's Room. Staff did a thorough
evaluation of the children's non-fiction, removing older titles that were worn out or
outdated. New books were purchased to fill in the gaps and update the collection as a
whole. Further rearrangement of the shelving was done to provide better shelving
for videos and DVDs, while allowing easier and better access to the picture book

The library's website f www.salem.lib.nh. us ) continues to evolve with enhanced links
and calendars showing the programming planned for each month. New databases
were added for residents to access from home as well as in the library. The webpage
is dynamic, with constant and regular updating.

The children's department added to the programming offered to the community. In
addition to the traditional preschool Story Times and the Baby Story Times, monthly

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