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is invaluable in assisting the Town in providing better service and improvements to the
community.

The highlights of FY03 revolve around the development of a second drop-off area at the
Town's Transfer Station, begiiming stages of a new high capacity system for Wastewater
and a very snowy winter.

The Town and its Citizens should feel confident the DPW Employees will manage your
infrastructure and capital assets in a professional and dedicated manner.

Transfer Station

During F Y03 the Transfer Station operation increased the monitoring of customers who
utilize the facility with the intent of assuring that only Derry residents use the facility and
that the Town improves its recycling program.

A major effort was made by the Town to improve its Recycling Program by finishing
"Recycling Boulevard". This new recyclable drop off area has helped improve recycling
and reduce general traffic backups at the Transfer Station. This new drop-off area was
designed and built by the Transfer Station Crew.

Ultimately with an improved recycling program Solid Waste costs will be stabilized or
reduced and Deny will have done its part of protecting the environment.

During FY03 the Town constructed a new second residential drop-off area to ease traffic
backups during busy periods at the Transfer Station. This improvement was a low cost
project in lieu of a multi-million "$" improvement to the Transfer Station. An expansion
of the existing cardboard baler building was completed that will help to improve Derry's
very successfiil cardboard recycling program.



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Highway Department

The Public Works Department, Highway Division has continued its successful roadway
management program. Derry's commitment to its roadway management program is
apparent throughout Town. Some of the more notable projects completed in FY03
include the complete reconstruction of South Ave and the reclamation of North Shore Rd.
(Island Pond), Berry Rd and Miltimore Rd.

The winter season this year was extremely challenging with over 100 inches of snowfall ;
the average snow fall for Deny is about 60 inches. The Presidents Day snow storm was
actually declared a federal disaster and the Town of Deny was able recoup approximately
$47,700.00 from FEMA for the costs associated with this storm. The employees of the
Public Works and Parks Department worked tirelessly to keep the roadways of Deny safe
through a very tough winter.

The department was also required to develop a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan
(SWPPP) mandated by the EPA. This plan will be an ongoing program incorporatmg
public outreach, public participation, testing of storm system outlets, mapping of the
storm water collection system, policing of construction site runoff, review of plans to
ensure post development runoff does not exceed predevelopment runoff, and pollution
prevention measures.



Vehicle Maintenance



The Town has committed to fimd a very successful vehicle replacement program. This
program has shown that by replacing aged equipment, maintenance costs can be reduced
and/or stabilized. An excellent example of this is the long-term costs of this Division.
Over the last seven (7) year period the bottom line costs of this Division has not varied by
more than 1-2%. From a maintenance perspective costs have actually decreased.

This Division manages the Town's very successful Waste Oil Program. Ciurently the
Town heats the Vehicle Maintenance Garage, Highway Garage, and Water Division
Equipment Building. This low cost heat source has saved the Town tens of thousands of
dollars over the last decade. Local gas stations and repair garages supply most of the
waste oil being burned by the Town's heaters. The Town picks up waste oil on a monthly
basis. This is a free service to stations and repair shops owners and saves them money
and the Town as well. This is a fine example of Local Government working with local
business and taxpayers.



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Water Division

In December 2000, Manchester Water Works began the fluoridation of Deny' s municipal
water supply. Derry's water currently has a fluoride level of 0.9 milligrams per liter.
More water quality information can be found in Derry's 5* Annual Consumers
Confidence Reports, which have been mailed to our customers and are also available on
our website ( www.derrv-nh.org ) or by calling our office at 432-6144. These reports
summarize the water quality testing of the Town's Municipal and Community Water
Systems. Derry is also preparing for EPA's new regulations for Radon, Arsenic and
disinfection (chlorine) by-products.

In an effort to improve fire flows and reduce long term maintenances costs the division
replaced a very old 6" water main in South Ave. This project was coordinated through the
Town's Engineering Division who carried this project forward in a very professional
manner. The Water Division continues to work successfully with the Town's Roadway
Management Program to coordinate our capital utility and roadway projects to keep costs
down.

Pennichuck Water Works, Derry's largest private water utility, continues to make
substantial improvements to their East Derry Water Systems, improving water service to
the area as well as providing fire protection.



Wastewater Division

This Division continues to make significant improvements to the overall wastewater
treatment plant. Working with NH DES, the Town started a lagoon liner replacement
project and has started design work on a significant improvement to the existing
wastewater pipeline, which carries treated wastewater fi-om the Treatment Plant off
Fordway to the Merrimack River in Litchfield. This project once completed will provide
the ability to pump a greater volvime of treated effluent wastewater and thus provide the
long-term ability to better service Derry's wastewater customers in addition to lure new
business connections to the system. New sewer customers are very important to the long-
term stabilization of wastewater rates.

The Wastewater Division was very active in the planning of a new sewer main extension
for the new school off Scenic Drive. This extension should begin during FY04.



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Buildings & Grounds Division

The Buildings and Ground Division has had a very challenging year. Learning the
operations of the new Municipal Center and continuing the routine maintenance of
several other buildings throughout town. This department completed an audit of each of
its public buildings reviewing the mechanical facilities, safety issues, and ADA
requirements. The Municipal Center requires a night shift to be staffed by two
employees. Three employees are assigned to the day shift to meet the cleaning and
maintenance requirements of the Adams Memorial building, Veterans Hall, and the
Police Department.

The Division has developed a plan for the renovations needed to bring Veteran's Hall up
to date through the assistance of an architectural firm. This construction season, the
heating system will be upgraded to improve the heat in the gymnasium area. There will
also be improvements made in the basement area.



Cemetery Division

From July 1, 2002 to June 30, 2003, there were a total of 95 burials. The moratorium on
the sale of lots to Deny Residents only continues with approximately one acre remaining
on the existing space. Over the upcoming year, the Town will be developing a plan for
the expansion of the cemetery to the Shepard property that was purchased last year. The
cemetery crew continues to keep busy with the maintenance and upkeep of the 27 plus
acres.



In conclusion, I would like to thank all Public Works Employees for their hard work and
dedication in keeping the DPW a vital element in the overall Town commitment to
service Derry's Residents.



Respectfiilly Submitted,
aeon g. Sutan, ^£.

Director



Beautify Derry



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SUPERVISORS OF THE CHECKLIST



The Supervisors of the Checklist have been busy changing the voters from the East Derry
Fire District to the Derry Fire District because of boundary changes made by the Town
Council. More than 60 hours were spent making the necessary database changes.

We have also been kept very busy with changes of name, address and party and adding
many new voters. In addition we have kept the checklist current by deleting voters that
have moved and the obituaries.

Our system has been updated making voting history available to us. To date we have sold
$700,000 of disks containing voting history to the major political parties and individual
candidates.

We are preparing for the Presidential Primary, as well as the East Derry Fire District
Meeting, Aimual School District Meeting, and the School District and Town Election.



Respectfully submitted,
^eOM ^oAmAok, Chair
Sdmutid ^oAmAok
TXoitftMdV. AmiA




Beautify Derry



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TAX COLLECTOR



In the 2002 tax year, property owners experienced an increase in the tax rate over 2001 of $1.84
for Deny and $2.13 for East Deny. An average home assessed at $185,000.00 in Deny received
an increase of $340.40 over the 2001 property tax. In East Deny, the increase from 2001 to 2002
was $394.05 based on the average assessment of $185,000.00. Even with the increase,
collections remained constant and there were fewer tax liens recorded for non-payment of the
current year tax.

Reducing the education property tax rate and updating the calculation of adequate education
grants, House Bill 608 was legislated in the 2003 Session with the first phase beginning July 1,
2003. This decreases the education property tax rate from $5.80 to $4.92 for the 2004 fiscal year
and also changes some of the factors used to figure the statewide costs of an adequate education.
This change was made in an effort to stabilize the grants and to diminish the State's fimding to
school districts to fiscal year 2005.

Two additional property tax relief programs offered were the Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief
Act and the Low and Moderate Income Homeowners Property Tax Relief Program administered
through the State of New Hampshire Department of Revenue. Many applications were given out
before the filing deadline of June 30 for the 2002 tax refund.

There were two properties taken by Tax Collector's Deed for non-payment of the 1999 Tax
Liens. Land lots located at 1 9 Partridge Lane and 7 Frost Road were transferred to the Town of
Deny on November 25, 2002.

Yearly comparisons for balances of 1999 Liens show the trends for property that qualify for
deeding to the Town of Deny in the cunent fiscal year and also over the last four as follows:

Type FY99 FYOO FYOl FY02 FY03



Bankruptcy


23%


10%


8%


3%


8%


Payment Plans


54%


44%


80%


80%


54%


To be deeded


15%


41%


2%


14%


34%


Cannot deed


8%


5%


10%


3%


4%



Due to the usually large number of property owners refinancing to take advantage of the low
interest rates, there is a marked increase in advance payments for the first billing of 2003. This
occurred as mortgage companies and closing companies paid the same bill twice. Most of these
payments will be either sent back to the payer or forwarded to the property owner as we are
instructed.

From the staff at the Tax Collector's Office, thank you for your patience and understanding as we
perform our duties. We invite you to access our web page at the Town of Deny website
(www.derry-nh.org) for more information about the Tax Collector's Office.

Respectftilly submitted ,
^aivicia Jp(l£ane

Tax Collector



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TAX COLLECTORS REPORT
FOR THE TOWN OF DERRY, NH - FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2003



DEBITS

UNREDEEMED LIENS
BALANCE AT BEGINNING
OF FISCAL YEAR

LIENS EXECUTED
DURING FISCAL YEAR

INTEREST & COSTS
COLLECTED AFTER LIEN
EXECUTION

OVERPAYMENTS

EXCESS DEBIT

TOTAL DEBITS

CREDITS

REMITTANCE TO
TREASURER

REDEMPTIONS
INTEREST/COSTS AFTER
LIEN EXECUTION

EXCESS CREDIT

ABATEMENT OF
UNREDEEMED TAXES

LIENS DEEDED TO
MUNICIPALITIES

UNREDEEMED LIENS
BALANCE END OF PERIOD

TOTAL CREDITS



2002



LAST YEAR'S

LEVY PRIOR LEVIES

2001 2000 1999 & PREVIOUS



$1,001,733.13
7,907.63



$211,044.00
7,907.63



11,723.93



$793,788.40 $275,949.35



62,621.88
61,093.09



11,016.19
7,475.00
$1,028,131.95 $917,503.37



69,108.25



192.13



$345,249.73



$467,306.96
62,621.88



$226,369.73
69,108.25



62,956.93



3,076.75



797,456.39 321,540.85



$1,028,131.95 $917,503.37



192.13



1,567.59



48,012.03



$345,249.73



$67,049.12



22,740.40



176.26



$89,965.78



$43,135.56



22,740.40



176.26



644.17



23,269.39



$89,965.78



TAX COLLECTOR'S SIGNATURE Patricia Milone



. DATE August 6. 2003



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TAX COLLECTOR'S REPORT
FOR THE TOWN OF DERRY, NH - FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2003



Levy for Year of This Report



2003



2002



CREDITS

REMITTED TO TREASURER DURING FISCAL YEAR:

PROPERTY TAXES $

LAND USE CHANGE

YIELD TAXES

WATER

SEWER

SEWER BETTERMENT

WASTEWATER ACCESS FEE

WATER BETTERMENT

INTEREST ON DELINQUENT TAX

SEWER PENALTY

WATER INTEREST

WATER JOB WORKS

ADVANCE CUSTOMER PAYMENTS

EXCAVATION TAX

CONVERSION TO LIEN

ABATEMENTS MADE:

PROPERTY TAXES

LAND USE CHANGE

YIELD TAXES

WATER

SEWER

SEWER BETTERMENT

SEWER PENALTY

CURRENT LEVY DEEDED

WATER INTEREST

WATER JOB WORKS

EXCAVATION TAX



1,114,848.89 $


35,548,431.76




118,315.00




16,272.09


343,442.47


937,515.34


445,582.43


1,255,685.42


38,337.73


111,409.22


7,398.98


16,783.11


7,127.70


16,808.10




87,214.63




11,399.78




6,887.05




15,672.91




42,979.37




2,984.00




1,001,733.13




66,366.28




700.00




25.54


5,504.53


10,631.35


5,300.08


17,121.40


246.00






752.95




2,988.50




261.42




342.00




3,283.53



2001



4,412.41



26.16



229.26



UNCOLLECTED TAXES END OF PERIOD:

PROPERTY TAXES 4,643,726.24

LAND USE CHANGE

YIELD TAXES

WATER 214,824.72

SEWER 306,437.56

SEWER BETTERMENT 30,750.00

WASTEWATER ACCESS FEE 3,528.10

WATER BETTERMENT 4,727.70

SEWER PENALTY

WATER INTEREST

WATER JOB WORKS

ADVANCE CUSTOMER PAYMENTS 158,377.63

EXCAVATION TAX



TOTAL CREDITS



104.88

607.65
76.00



$ 27,330,160.76 $ 39,293,352.41 $



4,667.83



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TAX COLLECTOR'S REPORT



2003



DEBITS

UNCOLLECTED TAXES BEGINNING OF YEAR*:

PROPERTY TAXES

LAND USE CHANGE

YIELD TAXES

WATER

SEWER

SEWER BETTERMENT

WASTEWATER ACCESS FEE

WATER BETTERMENT

SEWER PENALTY

WATER INTEREST

WATER JOB WORKS

ADVANCE CUSTOMER PAYMENTS

EXCAVATION TAX

TAXES COMMITTED THIS YEAR:

PROPERTY TAXES $

LAND USE CHANGE

YIELD TAXES

WATER

SEWER

SEWER BETTERMENT

WASTEWATER ACCESS FEE

WATER BETTERMENT

SEWER PENALTY

WATER INTEREST

WATER JOB WORKS

EXCAVATION TAX

OVERPAYMENTS:

PROPERTY TAXES

LAND USE CHANGE

WATER

SEWER

WATER INTEREST

WATER JOB WORKS

ADVANCE CUSTOMER PAYMENTS

INTEREST ON DELINQUENT TAX



Levy For Year of This Report



2002



2001



$


8,792,053.72




15,685.00




1,171.76




247,819.01




415,685.39




37,278.49




5,594.37




4,952.70




926.74




455.88




1,171.21




14,711.07




5,787.53


25,911,920.96


27,401,561.42




102,630.00




15,125.87


563,771.72


700,227.65


757,320.07


857,085.26


69,333.73


74,130.73


10,927.08


11,188.74


11,855.40


11,855.40




11,330.87




6,640.01




15,413.35




556.00


5,031.80


350,551.86




700.00




100.03




36.17




52.58




38.00




28,268.30




162,567.30



$3,000.57



1,411.84



229.26



26.16



TOTAL DEBITS



$ 27,330,160.76 $ 39,293,352.41 $



*This amount is the same as last year's ending balance.



4,667.83



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TAYLOR LIBRARY



PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

We have continued to break records for circulation and attendance at our programs
throughout this past year. Our Adult Book Reading Group has continued to be very
popular. We have taken the summer off but will resume in September.

In December we once again hosted our very popular Holiday Readings. Marge Palmer
and Serena Levine once again presented the program to a full house. We would like to
continue this tradition at the Taylor Library for many years to come.

On December 17* and 19"^ we turned the library into the Polar Express. The children
came dressed in their pajamas and hopped aboard the Polar Express Train. We road to
the North Pole to see Santa and his helpers. The children enjoyed the various Christmas
and Hanukkah stories. A big thank you to Ginny Mooney for designing the Polar
Express Train and to Robert Mears for helping out that night at the North Pole!! This
program was so popular we had to run it 2 nights at the library. We could have done it 2
more. Both nights were full. Many of the children have already started to ask if the Polar
Express would be back to the library this December. We have a few surprises up our
sleeves for this Christmas.

In February we celebrated Taylor Library's 125* Birthday with an all day open house.
Many patrons brought us presents to help celebrate the occasion. Many people donated
money to our building fund. The children and adults had fun all day celebrating our 125
years of continuous service to the Town of Deny.

In April the Town Council charged us with going out and finding an architect to draw up
plans for the future expansion of the Taylor Library. We have been exploring this all
spring and have advertised. We have narrowed the field down to four architects and are
in the process of interview each one. A decision will soon be made. We hope to present
to the town in October 2003 a plan for the future expansion of the library. We certainly
do need the space especially for children's programming.

I would like to once again thank Eric Bodenrader and Barbara Beliveau fi-om the Parks
and Recreation Department for the wonderful kickoff program for their Summer Program
and our Summer Reading program. We jointly sponsored the Little Red Wagon and
the Wayne From Maine Program this summer.

Dana Marcinkowski again volunteered several bedtime story hours through out the year.
She also started a young adult reading group this summer. Thank you Dana for all of
your time and effort you spent doing these wonderful programs for us. The children of
the Taylor Library love you.



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BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS

In October we had new carpeting installed in the library. It certainly has spruced up the
inside of the building. Thanks go to R&S Carpet of Hudson for doing a beautifiil job.

Brita Hoskinson, our next door neighbor continues to make our outside gardens beautifiil
throughout the spring and summer months. Thank you so much for your generosity.

OTHER

I would like to thank Shelley Thompson and Kate Harper from the Derry News for all the
pictures and articles you have done for our various programs this year at the library. The
children certainly love to see themselves in the paper.

On behalf of the Trustees at the Taylor Library, I would like to invite you all to come to
our "Little Library" on the hill to see what we have to offer. You will certainly be
surprised at what we do here.

Respectfully submitted,
JSindaMeivull

Director



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TOWN CLERK



Another year of growth has passed. Over 38,400 vehicle registrations were processed
last year, 2257 dogs were licensed, 3733 certified abstracts of vitals events were issued,
255 marriage licenses, and much, much more. Last year was very busy. A complete
revenue report follows.

Next year promises to be even busier, with all the usual tasks, plus four elections,
beginning with the Presidential Primary in January 2004, (date to be determined), the
Town election on March 9, 2004, the State Primary on September 14, 2004, and the ever
popular Presidential Election on November 2, 2004. Come on out and join the process! ! !
VOTE!!!

Ask about our mail-in renewal program for vehicle registration and avoid the long lines at
the end of the month.

Thank you to all my clerks, Nancy, Debbie, Barbara and Patty. Great Job!

Thank you to everyone.



Respectfully submitted,
MofijoHie C Sutanaon

Town Clerk



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REVENUES COLLECTED
JULY 1, 2002 - JUNE 30, 2003

MOTOR VEHICLE PERMITS - 38,474 ,...4,502,069.50

TITLES, , . . „ 19,692.00

4,521,761.50

STATE DECAL FEES 85, 062. 00

DOG LICENSES Tovm 9,501.50

State 5 ,314.50
14,816.00

DOG FINES . . 6 , 848 . 00

RETURNED CHECK FINES 3,711.00

RECLAMATION FEES 110 ,171.00

UCC RECORDINGS 9 , 214. 00

MARRIAGE LICENSES . Town 1,785.00

State 9,690.00

VITALS. . Town. 13,233.00

State 24,767,00

MISC. FEES ............ ,, 590.58

RESIDENT VITALS RECORDED
2002

BIRTHS ,,,,,.,.536
MARRIAGES 243

DEATHS. . ., 154



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2003
TOWN OF DERRY
ELECTION WARRANT

TO THE INHABITANTS OF THE TOWN OF DERRY, IN THE COUNTY OF
ROCKINGHAM, STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE QUALIFIED TO VOTE IN
TOWN AFFAIRS:

Voters in Districts 1 and 4 are hereby notified to meet at the Grinneil
School, Voters in Districts 2 and 3 are hereby notified to meet at the West
Running Brook School, in said Town on Tuesday, the Eleventh (1 1'^) day of
March, 2003 at Seven o'clock in the forenoon (the polls will be open between the
hours of seven a.m. and eight p.m.) to act upon the following matters:

To cast your votes for One Councilor District 1 (3 yr. Term); One Councilor-at-
Large (3 yr. Term); Two Derry Public Library Trustees (3 yr. Terms); One
Taylor Library Trustee (3 yr. Term); One Trustee of Trust Funds (3 yr. Term)

To act upon the following Article:

"Shall the municipality approve the Charter Amendment reprinted (summarized)
below?"



That Section 4.2 (C) of the Derry Town Charter shall be amended to read as
follows:

Conservation Commission. There shall be a Conservation Commission
whose powers and duties are provided by State Law. The Commission shall
consist of 7 members appointed by the Town Council for terms of 3 years,
except that initial terms shall be staggered so that no more than 2 members
shall have terms that expire in a single year. Vacancies shall be filled for the
unexpired term. 4 Alternate members shall be appointed in a like manner,
except that no more than two alternate member's term shall expire in a single
year.

(The effect of this amendment would increase the number of members from
five to seven and alternates from three to four as permitted under RSA 36-
A:3)



•''



Paul Hopfgarten
Councilor.r^-L^g

James MacEachern
Councilor-at-Large





Paul Needham

iior-at-Large



Beverly Ferrante
Councilor District #3



Michael Relf
Councilor District #4



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OFFICIAL BALLOT
ANNUAL TOWN & SCHOOL ELECTION
DISTRICT 1-2-3 -4

DERRY, NEW HAMPSHIRE
MARCH 11, 2003



TOWN CLERK



INSTRUCTIONS TO VOTER

A. TO VOTE, COMPLETELY FILL IN THE OVAL to the RIGHT of your choice(s), like this: •

B. Follow directions as to the number of candidates to be voted for each office.

C. To vote for a person whose name is not printed on the ballot, write the candidate's name

on the blank line provided and completely fill in the oval.



COUNCILOR DISTICT#1

Three Years Vote for not more than ONE



TRUSTEE OF DERRY
PUBLIC UBRARY

PHYLLIS KATSAKIORES 821 CSSt Three Years Vote fornot more than TWO



(WRITt-IN) CD



COUNCILOR AT LARGE

Three Years Vote for not more than ONE
ALBERT M. DIMMOCK, SR. 492 O



KEVIN COYLE



836 O



JUNE M. FAHEY



1081 O



JAMES P. MACEACHERN 1651 CEi>



(WRrrE-iN) CD



PHYLLIS D. HOWARD 1976



NORMAA.SABELLA 2042 &



CHARLESA.ZOELLER1673 O



(WRrrE-iN) CD

(WRrTE-IN) CD



TRUSTEE OFTAYLOR LIBRARY

Three Years Vote for not more than ONE



PAMELA J. OTIS



2956 ®



(WRrTE-IN) CD'



TRUSTEE OF TRUST FUNDS

Three Years Vote for not more than ONE



GRANT G. BENSON, JR. 3113 M.'



(WRITE-IN) CD



RESOLUTION REGARDING 2003 CHARTER AMENDMENTS

The Derry Town Council, having considered advisability of amending the Derry Town Charter at the 2003 annual election,
hereby adopts the following resolution:

RESOLVED that the following amendment to the Derry Town Charter be submitted to the voters of the Town of Derry on
the 2003 Town ballot as follows:

1 . That the Derry Town Charter shall be amended as follows:
That Section 4.2(C) of the Derry Town Charter shall be amended to read as follows:

Conservation Commission. There shall be a Conservation Commission whose powers and duties are provided by State
Law. The Commission shall consist of 7 members appointed by the Town Council for terms of 3 years, except that initial
terms shall be staggered so that no more than 2 members shall have terms that expire in a single year. Vacancies shall be


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