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ANNUAL REPORTS

of the

TOWN and SCHOOL OFFICERS

OF THE TOWN OF
BARRINGTON, NEW HAMPSHIRE

FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 1975



UNIVERSITv or NEW HAMPSHIRE
LIBRARY



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The Waldron Homestead In Barrington, N.H. was built by Colonel Isaac
Waldron about 1780, The old militia training grounds were across from
the house on the flat land between the house and the Province Road. Here,
except during the War of l8l2, the militia gathered twice a year for
training musters. The colors were kept in the house and color ceremonies
took place in the front yard.

Colonel Isaac Waldron fought in the War of 1812. His father, Ric lard
Kenney, fought in the French and Indian War. David Waldron, Isaac's brother,
fought in the Revolutionary War and is buried in the Solomon Waldron gr-ive-
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Pen and ink sketch by Ellen Caverly



TOWN OF BARRINGTON
H)URS AND TELEPHONE NUMBERS



SELECTMEN:

W. Richard Burrows 664-281?

Ronald P. Seaver 66^2624

George T. Musler 66^28??

TOWN OFFICE 664-900?

OFTICE OF THE SELBCIMEN:

Rose Fogg, Clerk Monday and Thursday-

Tuesday and Wednesday
Chris Kirk, Clerk-typist/Bookkeeper Monday-Friday
Sally Sousane, Administrative Assistant Monday-Friday

OFFICE OF THE TAX COLLECTOR

Judith Lee Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday

Wednesday
Stsnraer hours - Wednesday

OFFICE OF THE TOWN CLERK

Muriel Leocha Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday

Wednesday

Friday

Summer hours - Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday

Wednesday
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ROAD AGENT
Steven P. Lenzl

BUILDING INSPECTOR
Earl M. Colby



DOG OFFICER
Sarah Bigelow

HEALTH OFFICER
Salvatore Farina



POLICE

FIRE



664-9640

664w9379

Hours in Town Office - Wednesday

868-2270 or 664-900?

332-6297
664-9770



664-7700
(Fire permits call 664-2815 or 664-5554)



DUMP HOURS - Off Smoke Street



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TOWN OFFICERS
COMMITTEES AND BOARDS

For The Year Qiding Decmber 31, 1975



SELECTMEN

George T. Musler, Chairman
W. Richard Burrows
Ronald P. Seaver

TOWN CLERK

Muriel T. Leoeha

TREASURER

Katherlne C. Swain

TAX COLLECTOR

Judith W. Lee

TRUSTEE OF TRUST FUNDS

Dorothy B, Berry, Chairman
Robert V, Drew
Frederick N. Tlnm

AUDITORS

Clarence J. Gamett
Avis J. Taylor
Lynda L. Sanders

SUPERVISORS OF CHECK LIST

Gertrude L. Moreau, Chalman
Ruth E. Leighton
Elaine G. Nettleton

MODERATOR

£. Richard Rowell

CONSERVATION COMMISSION
Donald H. Smith
Mary C. Bnhardt
John F, Barr, Chairman
Raymond Spinney
Ralph J, Boodey
Warren C. Leighton
Patricia L. Hanson

SPECIAL TRUSTEE FOR LIBRARY FUNDS
Dorothy B. Berry

PLANNING BOARD

VH.lllam H. Wallace, Chairman

W. Richard Burrows

Dawn F. Hatch

£. Richard Rowell

David J. Allaln

Donald H. Smith

Gerald Plnsarl



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BOARD OF ADJUSTHEOT

Gerard E. Cossette, Chairman
Frederick M. Ramsdell
Faith M. Wallace
Lawrence C. Robie
Edward H. Young
Ethelyn Gibb, Secretary

ALTERNATES

Louise Esehmann
Ralph Boodey

BUILDING INSPECTOR
Earl M. Colby

DOG OFFICER

Sarah Bigelow

CHIEF or POLICE

Ralph W. Swain

FIRE CHIEF

Sumner A. Hayes

FOREST FIRE WARDEN
Sumner A. Hayes

DEPDTI FIRB WARDENS
Russell D. Hay«s
George A. Calef
Lsroy Miller
Harlan Calef

ROAD AGENT

Steve Lensi

HEALTH OFFICER

Sal va to re Farina

TOWN MAP

Harold E. Flower

CIVIL DEFENSE DIRECTOR
Clarence J. Gamett



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TOWN MEETING - MARCH k, 1975

At the lagal meeting of tha inhabitants of the Town of Barrington
in the County of Strafford and State of New Hampshire the following action
was taken on the Town Vferrant on Tuesday, the 'fth day of March, 1975.

The meeting at the Town Ball in Barrington was called to order by the
Moderator, E. Richard Rowell, at 10:00AM. The polls for voting on Arti-
cles 1, 2, and 3 were opened at iO:OOAM and closed at 6:00PM. At 7:35PM,
the following action was taken on the Articles of Business:

Number of eligible voters on check list: 1»287

Number of votes cast from 10:00AM - 6:00PM 575

ARTICLE 1. To choose, by ballot and major vote, one Selectman, one
Trustee of Trust Funds, one Special Library Trustee, and one Auditor for
three years.

Result ;

Selectman: Ronald Seaver, 2$k votes

Trustee of Trust Funds: Dorothy B. Berry, 516 votes

Special Library Trustee: Dorothy B. Berry, 50^ votes

Auditor: Patricia M. Flynn, 216 votes

ARTICLE 2. To choose, by ballot and major vote, one Town Clerk, one
Treasurer, and one Tax Collector for one year.

Result ;

Town Clerk: Muriel T. Leocha, 555 votes

Treasurer: Katherine C. Swain, 530 votes

Tax Collector: Judith W, Lee, 510 votes

ARTICLE 3. To vote, by ballot, to determine If the Town is in favor
of continuing three-year terms of office for the Town Clerk, Tax Collector
and Treasurer.

This article was Included on the official ballot, and the result was
as follows:

les: 462 No: 77 Result : Adopted

ARTICLE k. To authorise the Town of Barrington to purchase stamps,
postcards, etc. with which to notify all registered voters of the time,
date and place of any Town, School, Planning Board or other meeting which
woxild reqviire a Town vote (by petition) .

On Motion made by Gertrude Moreau and seconded by Elaine Nettleton,
it was

VOTED: That Article 4 be found inexpedient to legislate.

ARICLE 5. To see if the Town will vote pursuant to RSA 31:105 to
indemnify and save harmless for loss of damage any member or officer of
its governing board, administrative staff or agencies, from personal fi-
nancial loss and expense including reasonable legal fees and costs, if
any, arising out of ny claim, demand, suit or Judgement by reason of neg-
ligence or other act, resulting in accident or injury to a person or aecl-
dentlal damage to or destruction of property if the indemnified person at
the time of the accldant restilting in the injury, damage or destruction








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Selectmen W, Richard Burrows and Ronald P. Searer raise the Bicentennial
Flag on new Town Hall Flagpole, June I'*, 1975. Flagpole gift of Barrington
Amei-ican Revolution Bicentennial Goramitt«», Ralph Eoodey, chairman.



Rochester Courier Photo



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v&a acting in the scope of his employment or office.

Mr, Burrows explained RSA. 31:105 as being permissive legislation. He
further added that a policy covering all town officials would ran approxi-
mately $500.00, and the Town is liable for any suit brought against an
onployee.

On Motion made by Alice Gamett and seconded by Fred Timin, it was

VOTED: To accept Article 5 *s written in the Town Wari^nt.

ARTICLE 6. To see if the Town will vote pursuant to the mandatory
provisions of RSA 31:106 to indemnify and save harmless any person employed
by it and any manber or officer of its governing board, administrative
staff or agencies from personal financial loss and expense, including rea-
sonable legal fees and costs, if any, arising out of any claim, demand,
suit or Judgement by reason of any act or omission constituting a violation
of the civil rights of any employee or was not committed with malice and
if the indemnified person at the time of such act or omission was acting
within the scope of his employment or office.

The mandatory provisions of RSA 31:106 was explained by Mr. Burrows
as the Town authorizing the Selectmen to acquire insurance for the Town
employees.

Oa Motion made by Norman Arlin and seconded by Fred Timm, it was

VOTED: To accept Article 6 as written in the Town Warrant.

ARTICLE 7. To authorize the Selectmen to negotiate for and procure
appropriate comprehensive general liability insurance to protect the Town
against liability for property damage or other personal injury resxilting
from acts or omissions of the Town, its officers or employees.

On Motion made by Norman Arlin and seconded by Raymond Berube, it was

VOTED: To aocept Article 7 as written in the Town Warrant.

ARTICLE 8. To see if the Town will reaffirm action taken at a pre-
vious Town meeting and establish a fund in trust for the purchase of beach
front property, and authorize the Selectmen to insure transfer of funds
already in the possession of the Trustee of Tirust f\mds to said trust.

Mr. Arlin reported that the sum of $6,172.96 was on hand as of Dec-
ember 31. 197^.

On Motion made by Alice Gamett and seconded by Norman, Arlin, it was

VOTED: To accept Article 8 as written in the Town Warrant.

ARTICLE 9. To see if the Town will authorize the Selectmen to borrow
up to the sum of $100,000.00 in anticipation of taxes,, if necessary.

On Motion made by Norman Arlin and seconded by Raymond Berube, it was

VOTED: To accept Article 9 as written in the Town Warrant.

ARTICLE 10, To see ^rtiether the Town will vote to join the Strafford
Regional Planning Commission and the Strafford-Bocklnghara Planning Council
as authorized by RSA 36:46, and raise the sum of $1,796.00 to cover the



Town's share of the expenses during the next fiscal period.

Mr. Wallace, Chalraan of the Planning Board, spoke In behalf of the
Board stating he didn't feel the amount involved would warrant acceptance
of this Article.

On Motion made by William Wallace and seconded by Alice Gamett, it
was

VOTED: That Article 10 be found inexpedient to legislate.

ARTICLE 11. To see if the Town will raise and appropriate the sum of
$311.00 for the control of white pine blister rust within the confines of
the Town.

Mr. Calef voiced his objections as to the amoiint in the respect that
it was in excess and the sura of $1 55.00 was more reasonable for the land
affected between Beauty Hill Road and Young Road.

On Motion made by Russell Fogg and seconded by Norman Arlin, there
was a motion to amend the motion made by Michael LaRocca and Melanie La-
Rocca to the sum of $155.00, it was

VOTED: To accept the amendment.

ARTICLE 12. To see if the Town will authorize the fire department to
go to the aid of another city, Town, village or fire district within or
without the state, for the purpose of extinguishing fires therein, as pro-
vided in RSA 154:24.

Chief Hayes informed the meeting that even thoxigh they had been doing
this for 25 years, there was nothing in writing therefore making the fire
department vulnerable to suits resulting from personal injuries, omission
of duties, or damages.

In response to a question concerning the protection of Barrlngton
during the runs to other towns, Cheif Hayes replied they woxild only take
one piece on a run, and that the Town is automatically covered by neigh-
boring towns.

On Motion made by Wayne Monaghan and seconded by Gerald Plnzari, it
was

VOrED: To accept Article 12 as written in the Town Warrant.

ARTICLE 13. To see if the Town will raise the sum of $5,000.00 to be
placed in trust for the future purchase of the fire truck.

On Motion made by Nonnan Arlin and seconded by Wayne Monaghan, it was

VOPED: To accept Article 13 as written in the Town Wiaprant.

ARTICLE 14. To see if the Town will adopt, as a Town ordinance, the
rules and regulations of the State Fire Marshall as provj-ded in RSA 153: l'^
1973 supplement.

On Motion made by Norman Arlin and seconded by Clarence Gamett, it
was

VOTED: To accept Artide 14 as written in the Town Warrant.



ARTICLE 15. To see if the Town will authorize the Selectmen to make
use of the services of the Strafford County dispatch center, and approve
expenditure of the sum of $1,865.00 in support of the Town's action.

Mrs. Calef voiced objections in the respect that we are getting the
service for nothing and even though it would cost $1.00 per capita this
year, it covild be higher in the coming years.

Mrs. Rowell praised the County Dispatch Center for their valuable
service to the Town and invited everyone to visit the Center. She said
that some monies are directed to the Center from the county tax, but the
Town was asked to contribute.

Mr. Calef spoke with regard to the valuable service the Dispatch
Center performed, but suggested that it stay in the county budget.

Mr. Pinzari asked the question of Chief Swain as to what effect there
would be if the Article was turned down, and Chief Hayes answered that
after federal funding, he did not know what would happen.

On Motion made by Dana Caswell and seconded by Norman Arlin, due to
the closeness of the vote a show of hands was required. The count revealed
79 to 58 in favor of Article I5.

VOTED: To accept Article 15 as written in the Town Warrant.

ARTICLE 16. To see if the Town will approve the establishment of a
trust fund for the purpose of setting monies aside for the purchase of a
Police Department vehicle, and what sum the Town will raise and appropriate
to be placed in said trust.

Chief Swain suggested the sum of $800.00 be put into the fund for a
cruiser.

On Motion made by Dawn Hatch and seconded by Pat Newhall, it was

VOTED: That the Town establish a trust fund in the amount of
$800.00 to be set aside for the purchase of a Police
Department vehicle.

ARTICLE 17. To see what sum the Town will raise to help the Police
Department to purchase a portable radio.

Chief Swain said that a radio is no longer available for the Town
through federal funding. He added that a portable radio would be more
satisfactory since a base was not needed and they could communicate among
themselves. He suggested the figure of $1,143.00 as this was the amount
needed for a new one but i40uld accept any amount up to that figure.

On Motion made by Michael LaRocca to adopt the Article >rlth the limi-
tation of $1,1^3.00 and the Department to solicit these funds in a manner
that is conducive with the correct attitude to the new appropriations from
the Town and seconded by Melanie LaRocca, there was a motion to amend the
motion made by William Dean and seconded by Eleanor Ames to put the s\nn of
$'K)0.00 tovjard the purchase of a Police Department radio with the stipula-
tion the Department raise the remaining funds necessary by a policeman's
ball, it was

VOTED: NOT tc accept the amendment.



On Motion made by Fred Tlam and seconded by Robert Day to reconsider
Article 17, It was

VOTED: To appropriate the saa of $400.00 for the purchase of
a portable radio.

ARTICLE 18, To see if the Town will raise and appropriate the sua of
$5,000.00 for preparation of the tax map,

Mr. Musler infonned the meeting that they have about $3,000.00 in the
tax map, and that a lot of local people had contributed to this outstanding
project.

On Motion made by Raymond Dionne and seconded by Rajnnond Spinn^, it
was

VOTED: To accept Article 18 as written in the Town Warrant.

ARTICLE 19. To see if the Town will raise and appropriate the mmot
$39,000.00 for general maintenance of the Town roads and bridges.

A question was raised as to wkiat services the Town would get for the
amount to >Aiich Mr. Musler replied that this included summer and winter
maintenance, some sealing, cold patching, and maintenance on the Town truck
which was attributed to the increase, and other projects of this nature.
The Road Agent's salary is also included.

Mr. Musler explained the difference between Article 19 and 20 being
that Article 19 was state money that could be applied under certain condi-
tions to certain roads and could not be a duplication of any existing roads
and had to be designated by the Selectmen with the approval of the state.
Article 20 is to upgrade a road and put a top on a road.

Mr, Pinaari questioned the deficit and Mr. Lenti answered that this
was due to tar and trucking costs that hadn't been anticipated. Mr. Musler
said that most of the increase was due to the bituminous seal and other
road projects that ran over. He also said that cs a result of a recent
Supreme Court decision, the Town is liable for any injury on the roads as
of July.

On Motion made l^ Ted Sink and seconded by Raymond Spinn^, it was

VOTSD: To accept Article 19 as written in the Town Warrant.

ARTICLE 20. To see if the Town will raise and appropriate the sum of
$1,239.^2 for Town road aid, State share to be $8,262.81.

Mr. Musler Informed the meeting that in addition to the money raised
in Article 20, we have $10,000.00 in tmsts to our credit witU the state.
Speaking for the Selectmen, Mr. Musler said that it was their intent to put
a top on the upgraded ends of Young Road (Woods Road) and Second Crown
Point Road.

On Motion made by Noxnan Arlln and seconded by Raymond Berube, it was

VOTED: To accept Article 20 as written in the Town Warrant.

ARTICLE 21. To see if the Town will raise and appropriate the sum of
$18, 9^+6. 77 to be used to improve all or portions of various roads (re:
RSA 241 section 14),



Mr. Musler explained the Road Agent, Steve Lenzl, had recommended this
money for a top on Pine Top Road, Sloper Road, and Barrington Oak Road.

On Motion made by Edward Beal and seconded by Nonaan Arlln, It vas

VOTED: To accept Article 21 as written In the Town Warrant.

ARTICLE 22. To see If the Town vdll raise and appropriate the sum of
$'♦■,000.00 for the use In repairing the following roads at the parti ctilar
points noted:

1. Young Road (near Bushby's)

2. Mt. Misery Road (on the hill from Nippo Country C3.ub to Rt. 126)

3. Pond Hill Road (near the Strafford line)

On Motion made by Walter Lovell and seconded by Pamela Lenzl, it was

VOTED: To accept Article 22 as written in the Town Warrent.

ARTICLE 23. To see if the Town will raise and appropriate the sum of
$16,500.00 for the use in applying bituminous seal to the following roads:

1„ Hall Road (from France to Beauty Hill)

2. Smoke Street (along the previously paved way)

3. Canaan Road, (from intersection with North River Road to Strafford line)
k. Gulf Road

5. Young Road (spotted over approximately 2 miles)

6, Province Road (from Rt. 125 to intersection with Mallego Road)

On Motion made by Ralph Swain and seconded by Edward Beal, it was

VOTED: To accept Article 23 as written in the Town Warrant.

ARTICLE 2'f. To see if the Town will raise and appropriate the sum of
$5,000.00 for the following items of equipment for the Highway Department.

1. York rake

2. Street sweeper

3. Portable brush cutter

In response to a question regarding the need for a York rake and street
sweeper, Mr. Lenzl recalled the difficttltles he has had in the previous
years renting these items at the times they were needed.

On Motion made by Walter Lovell and seconded by Edward Beal, it was

VOTED; To accept Article Zk as written in the Town Warrant.

ARTICLE 25. To see what sum of money the Town wishes to appropriate
for the paving of at least fmlle of Brewster Road so-called, from its in-
tersection with Staioke Street, so-called, towards the intersection of Rowell
Road, so-called, (by petition).

Mr. Baker suggested the figure of $9,000.00 to preserve the work done
last year on the road and said the paving would eliminate the repeated
grading.

The question was asked of the Selectmen as to how they felt regarding
this article. Mr. Musler said consideration shotild be given to this road
as any other road, but that there had been some concern with the respect



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to the log road \inder this road. He added that being this is a dirt road,
it would deteriorate as would any other road uith l6 families residing
there.

Mr. Timm recommended the petitioners carry this over for another year
for the road to settle since the road was just filled in last year.

On Motion made by David Baker and seconded by Raymond Berube, it was

VOTED: NOT to accept Article 25 as written in the Town

Warrant.

ARTICLE 26. To see if the Town will accept the following roads in
Speedwell Pines, (so-called) area, Lakeshore Drive (so-called), starting
from the Southwest side of Beauty Hill Road and going in South, South-
westerly for 750ft. (approximately). Then running South, Southeasterly
and going 2,217ft. (approximately) to a terminus. Woodhaven Drive (so-
called) starting on the Southwest side of Beauty Hill Road and going in a
South, Southwesterly 4^10ft. (approximately), tvirning South, Southeasterly
for 395ft. (approximately), then turning South, Southwesterly for 400ft.
(approximately), and intersecting with Lakeshore Drive (so-called) as Town
roads subject to applicable ordinances (by petition).

In reply to a question as to whether the roads come up to standards
as in Article 20 of last year's minutes and if th^ would be accepted under
the same conditions, Mr. Lenzi replied that they did but the Town had
enough roads.

Mr. Musler referred to the ordinances on the acceptance of new streets
that if the Town did accept a road, it was on a conditional basis for two
years after acceptance.

The Moderator pointed ont that a developer or owner is required to
have an article placed in the Town Warrant for acceptance of the street
when at least &Qil> of the proposed buildings have been completed and
occupied on said street. He also pointed out that the Town is obligated
to accept a street ^en all specifications had been met. In reply to a
request, Mr. Rowell read the Town's ordinances on roads being accepted.

Mr. LaRocca said a safety factor existed with regard to school child-
ren and that these families should have the secuirity of their mail being
delivered.



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On Motion made by Wayne Monaghan and seconded by Michael LaRocca, it

VO'EED: NOT to accept Article 26 as written in the Town
Warrant.

ARTICLE 27. To see if the Town will aceept a certain highway over
and upon the property of Thomas F. Saulnier for the aecomodation of the
public. The aforesaid highway consists of a road, named Fogarty Road,
being fifty (50) feet wide and approximately 2600ft. long and providing
access to 16 lots as approved by the Planning Board, on the northerly side
of Beauty Hill Road, one mile west of Route 125, *8 shown upon the sub-
division plan on Shamrock Acres, "Plan of Land of Thomas F. Saulnier,
Barrington, N. H.", dated 1972, and revised by Frederick E. Drew Associates
Surveyor, dated August, 1-7^. (submitted by developer).



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Mr. Saulnier, the developer, said he had put a whole new top on the
road, and that he was responsible to keep the road in shape for tws years.
He informed the meeting that he has offered the present owners of lots
sold the option to biiy adjoining lots in order for the sxibdivision to be a
good one, and in that respect the market value would stay up. He also
stated that 80^ of the houses were not occupied.

Mr. Tiaim said that a law is a law sd therefore the article should be
turned down but recommended to the Selecttaen the law be revised to make it
applicable to the point in question of occupantcy.

Mr. Saulnier replied he preferred to have the development the way it
was and not have a house on every lot.

Mr. Colby said that as long as the lots were ^, 000ft. they would be
acceptable to build on even though th^ had one owner and would be nec-
essary to go thi^ough the P?^anning Board for a subdivision.

Mr. Musler advised that if the article passes, the previous article
could be reinstated if seven registered voters petitioned the Chair for a
vote on a reconsideration en the article by ballot. He also said that the
Selectmen recognize the fact the ardinance had to be modified but could not
be modified at the meeting without a hearing.

On Motion made by Wayne Monaghan and seconded by William Dean, a show
of hands was required due to the closeness of the vote resulting in a 78 to
78 tie. A second hand vote was called for by the Moderator with the sec-
ond count revealing 89 to 86 in favor of the article. However, on a motion


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