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programs aimed at elementary aged children were started in the fall. These programs
focus on art showing the participants various techniques, seeing the techniques in use
by major artists and then providing a chance to put those concepts into practice..

The Kelley Library, as a member of the GMILCS (Greater Manchester Integrated
Library Cooperative System) consortium, upgraded to Polaris, an ILS [Integrated
Library System) providing a better circulation system as well as a new online catalog.
The migration was relatively seamless with less than 4 days offline. The
improvements are an ongoing process with Polaris offering the capability to tailor to
the needs of the user.

Alison Baker

Andy Richmond
Assistant Director

Eleanor Strang
Director (Retired)

In addition to the new ILS, membership in GMILCS offered another dramatic
enhancement to Kelley Library's service. This year the consortium opened their
holdings to reserves by individuals so that now a resident of Salem can requests titles
from the collections of 13 public and academic libraries in New Hampshire. A popular
innovation, the Kelly Library has seen a 270% increase in requests.

We continued to upgrade the physical plant, adding gutters and repairing and
pointing the chimney. The door into the lower lobby was made fully handicapped
accessible with the addition of an automatic door opener.

The Kelley Library saw big changes with the retirement of both Eleanor Strang and
Jean Williams, long term Director and Assistant Director. The Kelley Library
flourished and grew as a leading library in New Hampshire under the steady hand
and clear vision for the future of both these highly professional librarians. With
sorrow, the Kelly Library lost another vital guide and leader when Rosemarie
Hartnett, president of the Library Board of Trustees, passed away in December. 2009
will be an interesting year as the Library continues its high quality service under the
leadership of several new additions.

Did You Know?

The Kelley Libran' delivers books to
home-bound residents in Salem.

"Dedicated to Senice 'Sou"


Books, Magazines, and Paperbacks

Books on tape and CD, Music CDs, and Electronic Media

Video Cassettes and DVDs

Museum Passes

Downloadable audio books









Books, Magazines, and Paperbacks

Books on tape and CD, Music CDs, and Electronic Media

Video Cassettes and DVDs







12803 KeseiA'e Requests Placed

4878 Reserve Requests Processed

7745 Inter-Library Loans Processed, Gmilcs Libraries

1249 inter-Library Loans Processed, other than Gmilcs Libraries

2737 Adult and Children's Library Cards Issued (Total of 16543 registered patrons)

4512 Stoi7 Hour Attendance at 229 Story Hours (lor ages 9 mos. - 6)

1456 Program Attendance at 58 Other library Programs

133 Field Trip Attendance at 4 Kield Trips to Library

985 Meeting room usages by Salem Non-Proflt Organizations

7481 Computer Bookings (7 public computers)


6983 Books (including paperbacks)

1033 Books on tape and CD, Music CDs, Electronic Media, Video Cassettes, DVDs, and

Microfilm reels
7992 Total Library Materials Added

9928 Total Library Materials Withdrawn (damaged, worn out, outdated)

COLLECTIONS: As of December 31, 2008 the library offered:

116012 Books: hard and soft cover, large print, reference

299 Current Magazine and Newspaper Subscriptions in hard copy, plus access to neariy
11,118 subscriptions online

4678 Music CDs and other Electronic media

3264 Books on Tape and CD

8073 Video Cassettes and DVDs

12 Museum passes

33 Online research databases



Balance of cash on hand January 1, 2008

Income, 2008

Town of Salem

Library Fees

Materials of Trade (fines & payments for lost/damaged items]

Brock, Bailey, & Council of Fine Arts Trust Funds

Gifts & Grants


Total Income:

Total Available Funds, 2008

Expenses, 2008

Personnel Services

Fees & Charges

Materials of Trade


Services & Charges: Building

Services & Charges: Other

Equipment & Furniture

Total Expenses:

Balance of Cash on Hand, December 31, 2008

Cash Balances, December 31, 2008
Cash on Hand
Checking Account
Certificate of Deposit
Madeleine L. Marois Trust Fund
Brock Trust Fund
Petty Cash

Total Cash Balances:




















Note: Activity in the Madeleine L. Marois Trust Fund [restricted to the purchase of recorded classical music] was as

Balance on January 1, 2008

Interest, 2008

Expenses, 2008

Balance on December 31, 2008






Town Hall | 33 Gercmonty Drive

(603) 890-2080

James Keller

Ronald Belanger

It is my pleasure and honor to report to you a summary of the initiatives and activities
undertaken by the Salem Planning Board in 2008. In 2008 the Board established a very
aggressive and important set of strategic goals it wished to enact in order to strengthen
Hid increase the quality of commercial development in Salem. These initiatives were an
■ utgrowth of the realization that Salem's available commercial property is shrinking
rapidly and that creative land use alternatives need to be developed in order to assure
continued tax rate balance. The two primary goals the Board worked through were the
newly proposed "large-scale" redevelopment initiative on Route 28 and also the
allowance for taller commercial building in and around the Exit 2 area.

A majority of the projects reviewed by the Board in 2008 were commercial and
principally retail. New projects focused on residential homes were nearly non-existent
\.\hich is a reflection of both the economy as well as Salem's lack of usable open land. In
fact, the only substantial housing project approved by the Board in 2008 was a 53-unit
apartment project on Hampshire Road.

The Planning Board held 26 regular meetings and considered 80 agenda items throughout
the year. This represents a 20% decrease in items considered from the previous year.
The Board spent nearly the entire year reviewing, and finally approving, the Lowe's Home
Improvement store project to be located on South Broadway on the Methuen border.
This project, when complete, will have totally redeveloped the State Line shopping plaza.
As a condition of the approval, Lowe's is required to invest over 52,000,000 in road, traffic
signal, drainage, and related improvements. Other large projects reviewed by the Board
included two new office buildings to be located on Keewaydin Drive. As a function of the
Board's various reviews and approvals the town collected $206,000 in road impact fees,
599,000 in school impact fees, 522,000 in recreation impact fees, and 549,000 for public

Phyllis O'Grady
Secrc tan-
Gene BrN'ani,

Robert Campbell

Linda Harvey

Edward DeClerq

Jason Haroutunian

Michael Lyons
Selectmen's Rep

Did You Know?

'lliere are 12.00(1 dwellings in Salem,
including 8,000 singlc-familv homes,
3.000 multi-famil\- units (duplexes,
apartments, condos, etc.), and 1,000
manufacrured homes.

Salem is undergoing a transformation from a rapid residential growth community to one
that is redevelopment centric. As the Planning Board moves forward wc will need to
continue to think creatively and be aggressive about providing additional ways in which
our commercial and industrial properties values can be maximized. You can expect to see
additional zoning recommendations in the coming years as we strive to strike the balance
between our quality of life and the need for increased commercial tax revenues.

Thank you for your continued support of the Planning Board and I thank all of the Board
members and town staff for their dedication and tireless work on your behalf

2008 Major Projects Approved by Planning Board


lava Properties



23 Keewaydin Drive


Keewaydin Drive Realty

AAA-Merrimack Valley

Methuen Construction


W/S Stateline

BSS Properties

Stonehill Builders


Additional 23 seats in restaurant

Conversion of house to office

Revised site plan for 88 senior housing


36,192 sf office bidg.

21,420 sf office bldg.

4100 sf retail bldg.

8400 sf industrial bldg.

53-unit apartment project

201,122 sf retail plaza (including Lowe's)

90 seat restaurant (change of use)

7 lot subdivision


North Broadway
Pelham Road
Braemoor Woods Road
Keewaydin Drive
Keewaydin Drive
South Broadway
Lowell Road
Hampshire Road
South Broadway
North Broadway
Butler Street

Town Hall I 33 Geremotitv Drive

(603) 890-2140

Included in this report are the activities of the Recreation Advisory Committee for year
2008. The committee focused on continuing projects started in previous years while also
seeking new recreational opportunities going forward for future generations.

Hedgehog Park: The team looked at ways to improve the Hedgehog Park experience.
Some of the ideas were to create a nature trail, landscape with woodchips where
appropriate and remove several of the dead or dying trees to open up more of the land for
future activities and equipment. One of the pieces of equipment to be installed would be
for the skate park. Implementing this skate park would provide the youth of our
community the opportunity to have local access for skate boarding without having to
travel to another town. The team also sponsored Hedgehog Park cleanup days and has
been instrumental in trying to restore renewed excitement for this park to the

Town Owned Land: Throughout the year the Recreation Advisory Committee continued
to look for town owned land that would meet the needs for additional recreational field
space. The committee reviewed land maps as available and even toured several areas
throughout the town to evaluate the usefulness of the property. Some of the land we
evaluated met the size requirements, but the one area that the group agreed would meet
our current need was the land at the Salem Transfer Station. Our recommendation for use
of this land was given to the Recreation Director.

Skate Park: As referenced above, the Skate Park is currently planned to be located at
Hedgehog Park, but during the past year the committee went back and forth trying to find
it a home. The town has owned the skate park equipment for a while and was originally
planning on installing it at the Field of Dreams Park, but due to circumstances out of our
control this location wasn't a good fit and it was decided to install it at Hedgehog Park.

Michele Park Play Equipment: One of the Recreation Directors projects during the year
was to purchase and install play equipment at the Michele Park location. The Recreation
Advisory Committee helped evaluate the different options in regards to equipment and

Fields: The committee provided some guidance and direction for the renovation of two
town fields during the year. These fields are the Palmer Field and the Michele Park Soccer
field. Both of these fields were landscaped and reseeded over the past couple of years, but
had issues. The committee continued to monitor the situation and provided input as
needed on possible resolutions.

Rail Trail: Through the selectmen representative who serves as a member of both the
rail trail and recreation advisory committees, the team was able to provide some input
and recommendations on the implementation of this trail. The trail will run from South
Salem along the existing railroad track and continue north through the town. Its purpose
is to provide a course for the citizens to bike, walk or run.

Palmer School Renovation: The committee made a number of recommendations for the
repair and renovation of the palmer school. One of the committees monthly meetings
were actually held at the school in an effort to try and experience firsthand some of the
issues that we are frequently asked to address. The team hopes to continue this practice
going forward into 2009.

In closing I would like to say it has been a real pleasure to be a member of this committee
for the last few years and it was a privilege to serve as the committee chairman for 2008. 1
would like to thank the other committee members for helping foster a great team
atmosphere and for their tireless efforts in working towards continuous improvement of
the towns recreational activities. I would also like to recognize Chris Dillon for leading us
during the year. Without Chris' enthusiasm and dedication none of what we accomplished
would have been possible.

Fred Russo

Kevin Richard
Vice Chairman

Diane-Barcellona- Wright

Thomas Woelfel

Victoria Vareschi

Rick Murray

Steven Stewart

Matthew Motin

Pat Hargreaves
Selectmen Representative

Patricia Corbett
School Board Representative

Did You Know?

Tlie Recreation Advison- Comminee
helps to guide tlie Recreation
Department m programs and
facilities. It meets dre first
Wednesday of even- month at the
Town Hall.


Town Hall | 33 Ccrcmonty Drive


Janice Ilabib

Joan Sabatini

Sheila Murrav

This past year was the third year that the Salem Supervisors of the Checklist used the new
Electionet State List. After many training sessions hosted by the State, we are finally
comfortable with the new system. It was truly a learning experience for all of us. The
program allows us to maintain a more accurate and complete voter list, with easier access
to individual voter history and name and address changes. We encourage anyone who
became a registered voter In Salem prior to 2003, to complete a new registration form
available at the Town Clerk's Office. This will assure that the Supervisors have updated
Information on file. At present the Tovm of Salem has 20,401 registered voters. We had
1,291 same day voter registrations at the Presidential Election.

Our town is unique because we have sl.x separate polling areas. Voters vote in the area in
which they reside, but the ballot is identical. For those who are Interested in their voter
status, there are copies of the checklist available to view at the reference desk In the
Kelley Library and also at the Town Clerk's Office.

New residents may register to vote during regular office hours at the office of the Town
Clerk, or during any publicized session of the Supervisors of the Checklist These sessions
are posted on the town bulletin board. Sessions mandated by the State are posted
additionally on the local government channel (LGC 23) and In local newspapers.

Prior to any election, there is a ten day cutoff period during which time no voter may
register at the Town Clerk's office. They must then wait to register on Election Day at their
polling area, as New Hampshire has a same day registration policy.

Proof of domicile must be presented at the time of registration. A driver's license is
acceptable as It proves identity as well. A current utility bill or mortgage statement may
also be used along with some type of picture ID. Anyone who has become a citizen after
moving to the United Stales will need to show naturalization papers or a current passport.
Documentation of name changes Is helpful to assure that all information is current.

Our present board of three elected Supervisors has each served the Town of Salem for
more than twenty-five years. We make ourselves available to the public upon request. In
addition to our mandated sessions and general work sessions, we hold twice yearly
sessions at Salem High School for newly eligible students. We will also register a resident
at their home or nursing facility if they are disabled or ill. Our goal is to make the privilege
of voting accessible to anyone who is eligible and to maintain an accurate, complete, and
updated list. It has always been an honor to serve the people of Salem in this capacity.

Did You Know?

Salem has 20,401 registered voters,
which exceeded the 18,000 expected
to register by the 2008 Presidential

33 Geremonty Drive

(603) 890-2109

The three Trustees of Trust Funds are authorized by NH State Statute (RSA 31:19-38-a) to
administer various non-expendable trust funds created by gifts and legacies to the Town.
In accordance with their fiduciary duties, the Trustees seek to preserve the capital of the
funds. The Trustees also currently administer separate capital reserve funds appropriated
by Town Meeting.

The Trust funds are held to maintain cemetery plots, purchase library or educational
material, and scholarships. The Capital Reserve Funds are appropriated for road
improvements, school district improvements or the purchase of capital equipment.

The Trustees disburse funds throughout the year as necessary from the capital reserve
accounts and disburse income annually to carry out the designated purposes of the non-
expendable trusts. Since 1994, the day-to-day management of these funds has been
performed by Citizens Bank Investment Services.

In accordance with their fiduciary duties, the Trustees seek to:

1. Preserve the capital of the funds;

2. Generate modest principal growth real [inflation-adjusted] purchasing power of
the non-expendable funds; and

3. Generate income sufficient to annually fund the expenditures contemplated by
the trusts.

Harley G. Feathetston

In October 2002, the Trustees and Citizens Bank implemented a new system to handle the
day-to-day transactions of the Expendable Trust Funds and the Capital Reserve accounts.
This system continues to work well and the Trustees are able to save the Town
approximately $6,500 in management fees every year.

The Trustees would like to thank Tax Collector Cheryl-Ann Bolouk for volunteering her
assistance of their record keeping for the past eighteen years.

On May 30, 2008, Michael Garofalo tendered his resignation as a Trustee of Trust Funds
because of his out of state relocation. Michael served the Town of Salem for the past
thirteen years as a Trustee. His dedicated service to the Town of Salem will be missed.

On August 25, 2008, Attorney Ralph Stein was welcomed as a Trustee of Trust Funds after
his appointment by the Board of Selectmen to complete Michael Garofalo's term.

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the Trust Funds please contact the
Trustees at the Town Hall.

Robert A. Carpinone
Ralph Stein, Esquire

Did You Know?

The Trustees of Trust Funds
administer expendable trust funds
which include private piupose
donations or funds which ate
appropriated at Town Meeting.

Town Hall | 33 Cercmonty Drive | (603)890-2020

This year was an interesting year for the Zoning Board of Adjustment. In March 2007, the
voters of Salem approved Article 16 which changed the appointment of members by the
Board of Selectmen to an elected position by the Salem voters. Thus Chris Sousa, Jeff
Hatch and Diana Seifertare our first elected officials.

The Board's power to hear petitions and to render decisions is derived from the New
Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated [RSA) and from the Town of Salem Zoning
Ordinances. The Board is a Board of Appeal and hears cases brought forth by the
|iroperty owner who request relief from the Town of Salem zoning requirements. Relief is
i^ranted by way of special exceptions and variances as well as appeals of administrative
ilccisions made by town officials.

The primary goal of the Board when hearing a petition is to be fair and just to the
^ properly owner, along with any abutters, while keeping in mind all applicable ordinances,
statues and court cases. In this way, the integrity of the Salem New Hampshire Zoning
Ordinance can be upheld while granting relief in situations where it is warranted.

This year the Selectmen did approve of a new fee schedule which came into effect in
September 2008.

The public is welcome to attend the ZBA meetings that are held on the 1" Tuesday of each
month. Additionally, the meetings are broadcast live on SCTV, and will be rerun
throughout the current month.

Jeff Hatch

Ross Miller

Diana Scifcrt

Michael Smith

Steven Diantgikis

Tina Gauthier



Granted with



















Appeal of















Robert Uttley

Did You Know?

ilie Zoning Ordmancc is located on
rlic web sire in Planning; Regulations
& Ordinances. Go ro our website at
www. town o f sal emn It . org and click on
the Planning Department link.


(i^ 4i

Town Treasurer

One ut the chief responsibilities of the Town Treasurer is to maximize the earnings on the balances of Town accounts. This is
the money collected in property taxes and various fees, and held for use in paying the operating expenses of the town. These
balances are considerable, amounting on average to one quarter of the Town and School District budgets.

The Town earns interest on these funds chiefly through financial instruments called "overnights" (described below). In the
years since 9/11 interest rates have declined (despite occasional upticks) and as a result so have the dollars earned. During
2008 the Federal Reserve dropped the discount rate to historic lows in its effort to stimulate the economy. While low interest
rates may help some sectors of the economy, they have substantially reduced interest income to the town. Interest rates
limped into 2008 in the 2% range and by year's end had sagged to an astonishing 0.25%. In the year 2008, the Town earned
$273,988 in intere.sL For the sake of comparison, the interest rate in the year 2000 w^s5.3%and earnings were $693,884 on a
budget that was 68% of that of 2008. In general, our interest rates tend to be low because the safety and liquidity of Town
funds must take precedence over all other considerations.

1 include the following remarks for reference and for new readers to this space. RSA 41:29 provides in part that: 'The town
treasurer shall have custody of all moneys belonging to the Town, and shall pay out the same only upon orders of the
Selectmen . . ." However, essentially all the financial dealings of the Town are handled by the Finance Department Nonetheless,
the Town Treasurer, a part-time elected official, has specific tasks and responsibilities not handled by it This is due to both
statute and Town practice.

The Financial Report section of this Town Report contains a comprehensive listing of town revenues and expenses. Here I
describe how the Town actually manages its cash. As I mentioned above, the cash amounts in custody are substantial and vary
throughout the year. In order for the Town to maximize the interest earned on these amounts, they are "swept" every night
and invested in overnight repurchase instruments. In 2007 because the rate on "overnights" had dropped well below 7 day
CDs, the Town started putting all its operating funds not actually required for a given week's expenses into CDs. However, the
uneven drop in interest rates towards the end of 2008 resulted in the anomalous situation that overnights actually earned
more than CDs. Until this reverses to the more usual situation, all operating funds will continue to be swept into overnights.
The safety of all these investments is guaranteed by being fully collateralized by the bank with U.S. Government securities
purchased by the bank in the Town's name.

In 2008, the Town secured a tax anticipation note ('TAN"). Often such borrowing is necessary because property tax revenues
(the bulk of cash receipts) which are received twice a year lag expenses for portions of the year. The Town usually self-funds
by using its fund balance - typically money that has been budgeted but not yet expended. The fund balance for 2008 was lower
than in previous years so the TAN was secured to be sure that the Town could meet its obligations. The tax anticipation note

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