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Annual Reports



of



THE TOWN OF



LEE



NEW HAMPSHIRE



For The Year Ending



JUNE 30th, 1984



Unlvf



TOWN SERVICES

Selectmen's Office, Town Hall, Lee Hill. Office hours: Mon., Tues.,
Wed., and Fri. 9 am to 12 noon and 1 pm to 5 pm. Selectmen
meet every Monday at 7:30 pm In the Town Hall.
Telephone: 659-5414.

Town Clerk/Tax Collector's Office, Town Hall, Lee Hill. Office
hours: Mon., Wed., Fri., 9 am to 12 noon and 1 pm to 5 pm.
Telephone: 659-2964.

Police, Town Hall Annex, Lee Hill. Office hours: Mon. thru Fri. 1 pm
to 5 pm. The police handle dog complaints.
Telephones: EMERGENCY NUMBER 868-2400; all other
police business: 659-5866.

Fire Department: Fire Station, Mast Road. Permits required for all
outdoor fires. For permit call Fire Warden Michael Main
659-3982 or Deputy Fire Warden Roger Comeau 659-3998.
Telephone: EMERGENCY NUMBER 868-2400.

Ambulance Service: The McGregor Memorial Ambulance Service.
Telephone: EMERGENCY NUMBER 868-2400.

Building Inspector/Health Officer: Gerald Preston, Fox Garrison
Road. Office hours: Mon., Wed., Thurs. 6 pm to 9 pm and
Saturday 9 am to 3 pm.
Telephone 659-5130.

Highway Department, behind the Fire Station, Mast Road.
Randolph Stevens, Road Agent
Telephone: 659-2101.

Planning Board, Town Hall, Lee Hill. Office hours: Tues., Wed., and
Fri. 9 am to 12 noon.
Telephone: 659-5414.

Zoning Board of Adjustment, Town Hall, Lee Hill. Office hours:
Tues., Wed., and Fri. 9 am to 12 noon.
Telephone: 659-5414.

Lee Library, Lee Hill. Hours of operation: Tues. & Wed. 6 pm to 8
pm; Mon. & Thurs., 2 pm to 5 pm; Sat. 10 am to 12 noon and 2
pm to 5 pm. Closed on Fri. and Sun.
Telephone: 659-2626.



ANNUAL REPORTS

of the
Town of

LEE

NEW HAMPSHIRE



For The Fiscal Year Ending
DECEMBER 31, 1984



Printed and Bound By

CGC/Center for

Graphic Communication

Rye, NH

1985



TABLE OF CONTENTS

Page

In Memoriam 5

Town Officers 6

Minutes of Town Meeting— 1984 9

Schedule of Town Property 31

Summary of Inventory 31

Auditor's Certificate 32

Report of the Selectmen to the Town 33

Selectmen's Report of Expenditures 37

Comparative Statement of Approp. & Expenditures 46

Summary of Payments 48

Report of the Treasurer 49

Report of the Tax Collector 51

Interim Report of the Tax Collector 54

Financial Report 57

Report of Revenue Sharing 62

Report of the Town Clerk 63

Report of Lee Library 64

Report of Lee Library Fund Drive 66

1985 Town Warrant Blue Insert 1

1985 Town Budget Blue Insert 7

Article II -Text of Proposed

Zoning Amendment Blue Insert 11

Article III- Operating Budget Blue Insert 21

Article Vlll-Signs Blue Insert 27

Report of Lee Library Trustees 67

Report of Trustees of Trust Funds 68

Report of Police Department 69

Report of the Planning Board 73

Report of the Lee Zoning Board of Adjustment 75

Report of Lee Conservation Commission 77

Report of Lee Conservation Commission Financial 78

Report of the Lamprey Regional Solid Waste Cooperative 79

Lee Fire Department 80

Lee Fire Department Auxiliary 82

Report of the Building Inspector 83

Report of the Health Officer 84

Report of Lee Recreation Commission 85

Report of Oyster River Youth Association 86

Report of the Strafford Regional Planning Commission 89

Report of the Newmarket Regional Health Center 90

Report of the Oyster River Home Health Association 92

Report of the Oyster River

Home Health Association Financial 95

Vital Statistics 97

1984 Property Valuations 103



In Memoriam

FRANCIS A. WALDEN
1903-1984

A resident of Lee since 1958, Frank Walden spent most of his
adult life in the Massachusetts communities of Salem and Peab-
ody, having immigrated to this country as a young man from his
native England in the early 1920's. He retired to New Hampshire
after 20 years with the A.C. Lawrence Leather Corporation of
Peabody. Frank was especially proud of his tour of duty with the
U.S. Navy in World War H, when he served aboard the USS
Forrest, a naval destroyer, seeing action in both the Atlantic and
Pacific theaters of operation. While in Lee he served as police
chief during the 1960's and as a trustee of trust funds for the
town. He was an active member of the Odd Fellows lodge; a
member and historian of Mitchell Post No. 51, American Legion
of Epping; and a member of the Lee Congregational Church.
Whether patrolling neighborhoods as police chief or supervising
operations at the town recycling center, Frank will be remem-
bered as a quiet but spunky overseer of the community interest.

WILLIAM BOYD
1921-1984

A native of New Hampshire, Bill Boyd retired to his home on
Lee Hook Road in 1973, following a career of 31 years as an
officer in the U.S. Air Force. Born at the family home in North
Barnstead, he was educated at the Petty School for Boys in New
Jersey and Bates College in Maine. In 1942, as a young man of 21
and an avid flyer, he entered the Air Force where he received
advanced pilot training and flew B-25 bombers and C-47 trans-
ports during World War II. Remaining in the service, he subse-
quently flew missions in the Korean War and the conflict in
Vietnam. In 1968 he was awarded the Air Force Cross for
"extraordinary heroism in military operations" at Kham Du
airfield in Vietnam. Upon his retirement to Lee he became active
in the community and in 1974 was elected to the board of select-
men where he served for several years at a difficult time in town
affairs. He was a member of the Jeremiah Grange of Lee and the
Lee Congregational Church. Bill will be remembered by his
friends as a person of warmth and generosity, a man who cared
deeply for his family, country, and community.



TOWN OFFICERS

MODERATOR

Dale T. Swanson, 1986

BOARD OF SELECTMEN

Shirley M. Clark 1985

Wallace E. Dennis 1986

Joseph R Ford 1987

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Alice M. MacKinnon

TREASURER

Faye E. Keniston 1986

TOWN CLERK -TAX COLLECTOR

Penelope A. Stetson 1987

DEPUTY TOWN CLERK -TAX COLLECTOR

Donna F. Eisenhard

SUPERVISORS OF THE CHECKLIST

Hazel Walden 1986

Joan Seeley 1988

NataHe Allan 1990

TRUSTEES OF THE TRUST FUNDS

Cynthia M. Taylor 1985

Ruth Howarth 1986

Renata Dodge, Chairman 1987

LIBRARY TRUSTEES

Bonnie Wilkinson 1985

Pamela Bishop 1986

Catherine R. Swanson 1987

LIBRARIAN

Helen MacDonald

ASSISTANT LIBRARIAN

Jacqueline R. Steffen

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ROAD AGENT

Randolph Stevens

AUDITORS

Diane Spires 1986

Beryle Banks 1985

BUILDING INSPECTOR & HEALTH OFFICER

Gerald Preston

STRAFFORD REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION

Aaron Chadbourn
Alice MacKinnon

PLANNING BOARD

James Miller, Chairman

Gus Zaso, Secretary

Shirley M. Clark, Selectman, ex-officio

Natalie Allan

John Damon

Robert Moynihan

Russel Valentine

PLANNING ASSISTANT

Peggy Rochette

CONSERVATION COMMISSION

David Allan, Chairman

Charles Brady

L. David Meeker

Anne Nickerson

Jeannette Roberts

Richard Weyrick

ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT

W. Scott Gibb, Chairman

Dale T. Swanson, Clerk

Sally Barney

Ralph Booth

Robert Simpson

Paul Bishop, alternate

James Lietz, alternate



ADVISORY BUDGET COMMITTEE

John Wheeler, Chairman 1986

James S. Dolph 1985

Aaron Chadbourn 1987

Terrence Spires 1985

Joseph P. Ford, Selectman, ex-officio 1987

RECREATION COMMISSION

Donna Bucar, Chairman
Raymond Marshall David Kelsey

Gerald Stefanski Ronald Wilkinson

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Brian Burke, Chief

Richard Doucette, Corporal

Charles Fuller, Inspector

Stephen Johnson Brian MacLean

Randy Keravich Robert Rice

Karen Long Susan Whitford

FIRE DEPARTMENT

G. Michael Main, Chief
Roger Comeau, Captain

Patti Clark Jack LaRoche

Brian Comeau David Minor

Gary Comeau David Pevear

Lisa Comeau George Pevear

James Davis Philip Sanborn, Jr.

Richard Doucette Richard Smith

Lawrence Friling Paul St. Pierre

Ellsworth Garrity Lloyd Stevens

Paul Hatch Randolph Stevens

Warren Hatch Richard Stevens
W. Scott Gibb Christopher Wellington

Lee Keniston Douglas Wellington

Oliver Kennard Richard Wellington

Diane Kelsey

LAMPREY SOLID WASTE COOPERATIVE

Joseph P. Ford



MINUTES OF TOWN MEETING

-1984-

The 1984 Town Meeting for the Town of Lee, New Hampshire
was called to order at 8:00 a.m., T\iesday, March 13, 1984 at the
Lee Town Hall by the Town Moderator, Dale Swanson.

Sworn in as Assistant Moderators were Suzanne DiRocchi and
Alice MacKinnon. Sworn in as ballot clerks were: Claire Webb,
Euna Keniston, Dave Allan, Susan Whitford, Joan Seeley,
Suzanne DiRocchi, Aaron Chadbourn, Gay Sturgeon, and
Charles Brady.

Articles I through HI of the 1984 Town Meeting Warrant were
moved and Seconded by Selectmen Shirley Clark and Joseph
Ford. These articles were voted on by Ballot.

ARTICLE I: To choose all necessary Town officers for the ensu-
ing year.

For Selectman:

Harold Demers 41

Joseph Ford 230

For Town Clerk/Tax Collector:

Penelope Stetson 267

For Moderator:

Dale Swanson 259

For Supervisor of the Checklist for four years:

Natalie Allan 261

For Supervisor of the Checklist for six years:

Joan C. Seeley 259

For Trustee of the Trust Funds:

Renata Dodge 248



For Library Trustee:

Susan Gleason 23

Catherine Swanson 147

Phyllis K. Warnock 97

For Advisory Budget Committee for three years:

Aaron Chadbourn 249

For Advisory Budget Committee for one year:

Terry Spires 239

For Auditor for two years:

Donna Eisenhard 240

Diane Spires 207

ARTICLE II: To see if the Town will vote the changes in the
Zoning Ordinance pertaining to definitions, residential setback
requirements, condominium and cluster development net devel-
opable area, and mobile home parks, travel trailers, and mobile
homes subdivision and campgrounds as proposed by the Lee
Planning Board.

Amendment # 1 : Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment
#1 as proposed by the Planning Board as follows:

Amending Article II by the deletion of the current definition for
road frontage and substituting the following:

Frontage, Road. Contiguous length of the lot bordering on and
accessible from a public right-of-way?

Yes, 203 No, 65

Amendment #2: Are you in favor of the adoption of amendment
#2 as proposed by the Lee Planning Board to the Lee Zoning
Ordinance as follows:

Amending Article IV Section B(2) to require a fifty (50) foot front
yard setback?

Yes, 182 No, 85

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Amendment # 3: Are you in favor of the adoption of amendment
#3 as proposed by the Lee Planning Board to the Lee Zoning
Ordinance as follows:

Amending Article XII Section D(2) and Article XIII Section C(3)
pertaining to condominium and cluster development by changing
wording to "85,000 square feet of Net Developable Area?"

Yes, 178 No, 71

Amendment #4: Are you in favor of the adoption of amendment
#4 as proposed by the Lee Planning Board to the Lee Zoning
Ordinance as follows:

Amending Article VII pertaining to mobile homes, travel trailers,
mobile home parks, subdivisions and campgrounds such that
wording is clarified and authority for approval of mobile home
parks and campgrounds would come under the jurisdiction of the
Lee Subdivision Regulations following a special exception by the
Zoning Board of Adjustment?

Yes, 198 No, 70

ARTICLE III: To see if the Town will vote the changes in the
Building Regulations Ordinance pertaining to electrical wiring
size and to adding the "Life Safety Codes" as proposed by the Lee
Planning Board.

Amendment # 1 : Are you in favor of the adoption of amendment
#1 as proposed by the Lee Planning Board for the Lee Building
Regulations as follows:

Amending Article 4(j) by the deletion of the wording pertaining
to electrical wiring size such that article 4G) shall read: "All
electrical wiring shall conform with approved methods and prac-
tices for safety to life and property. All wiring in new homes and
rewiring of any structure shall be in compliance with the National
Electrical Code as published by the National Board of
Underwriters?

Yes, 248 No, 23

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Amendment #2: Are you in favor of the adoption of amendment
#2 as proposed by the Lee Planning Board for the Lee Building
Regulations as follows:

Amending Article 4 by adding "and The Life Safety Does" such
that all new or remodeled buildings in Lee must conform to the
"Life Safety Codes"?

Yes, 231 No, 35

The polls were closed and the Town Meeting recessed at 7:00
p.m. on March 13, 1984

The 1984 Town Meeting for the Town of Lee, New Hampshire
was reconvened on Wednesday, March 14, 1984 at 7:30 p.m. at the
Mast Way School by the Town Moderator, Dale Swanson, for the
purpose of acting upon articles IV through 25 of the warrant.

ARTICLE IV: To see of the Town will vote to raise and approp-
riate such sums of money as may be necessary to defray the
Town charges for the ensuing fiscal year for general government,
including town officers' salaries, town officers' expenses, election
and registration, town buildings expenses, employees' retirement
and social security, building inspector's salary and fees, civil
defense, police department, fire department, conservation com-
mission, insurance, planning and zoning, legal expenses, health
officer's salary, transfer station, town highway department, pub-
lic library, public welfare of town poor and old age assistance,
Memorial Day and Old Home Day, cemeteries and abandoned
cemeteries, dog care, debt service for interest on temporary loans,
bulk gas, special duty, Lamprey Regional Solid Waste Coopera-
tive, Town reports, recreation, appraisal of property and contin-
gency fund.

Selectman Ford moved that the town appropriate the sum of
$420,713 for the Town Operating Budget for the 1984-85 fiscal
year. Such amounts to be allocated for the following categories:

Town Officers' Salaries $ 27,100

Town Officers' Expenses 30,100



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Election and Registration 7,500

Town Hall and Other Buildings 9,150

Retirement and Social Security 13,500

Insurance 20,700

Property Appraisal 5,500

Legal Expenses 12,000

Contingency Fund 3,600

Interest, Short term Notes 3,600

Police Department 76,612

Dispatch Center 5,196

Fire Department 17,050

Highway Department 90,000

TVansfer Station 11,000

Lamprey Solid Waste Cooperative 18,598

Building Inspector 2,000

Health Officer 200

Recreation Commission 1,000

Oyster River Youth Association 3,222

Civil Defense 100

Conservation Commission 50

Library 12,935

Town Poor 9,000

Old Age Assistance 6,000

Patriotic Purposes 400

Cemeteries 5,000

Dog Care 1,500

Planning & Zoning 7,200

Bulk Gas 7,500

Special Duty 14,000

This motion was seconded by Mr. Dennis.

A comparative budget analysis handout was distributed which
listed the budgeted items, as well as special warrant items for
separate appropriations which totalled $54,112. Mr. Ford referred
to this handout and compared the $420,713 budget for this year
with the budget of $368,857 for the current year, 1983-84. This is
an increase of approximately 14 per cent. With the special war-
rant items, the total budget would be $474,825 compared with
$421,586 for the previous year or an increase of 13%. Mr. Ford



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explained that the increase is due partially to anticipated infla-
tion rate of 6% and partially related to the growth of the town.

Mr. Ford explained some of the major increases in the budget
and the reasons for them. The significant increase in Town
Officers' salaries is due to the increase in the working hours of
the assistant to the Town Clerk/Tax Collector. This is due to the
increase in the activity in that office and the services provided
there. Salary increases are to be five per cent. Mr. Ford added that
the increased activity also generates increased income in fees for
the town.

Elections and Registrations is increased due to the two major
upcoming elections in this fiscal year.

Retirement and Social Security increases is primarily due to
the addition of the Administrative Assistant and the Town Clerk
to a retirement program. Currently only the Chief of Police has
had a retirement program funded by the town.

Insurance has increased due to increases in basic coverage and
to the increased costs of coverage for the new fire engine and the
Police Cruiser, proposed to be purchased in the 1984 - 85 fiscal
year.

The Police Department budget increase is 11%, due to a 5%
wage increase for the department and due to the additional
coverage of nine hours per week. Dispatch Center has been
removed from the Police Budget and will be listed as a separate
item. This item has increased by 18%. Lee is assessed for $1.50 per
capita and a $1000 usage fee.

The Fire Department budget is up 15% due to the necessary
purchase of additional equipment for the new fire engine.

The Highway Budget is up 15%. This item will be funded in
part by the State Block Grant Aid in the amount of $28,000.

The cost of Lamprey Regional Solid Waste has risen due to an
increase in the tonnage shipped by Lee and to the decreased



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revenue from the sale of fuel to the University. The Cooperative
has also raised the tipping fee to $17.00 per ton.

There were no questions on this article. Article IV was adopted.

ARTICLE V: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appro-
priate the sum of five thousand dollars ($5,000.00) for repairs and
improvements to town buildings and attendant grounds.

Article V was moved by Mrs. Clark and seconded by Mr.
Dennis.

Mrs. Clark explained that it was the intent of the Selectmen to
try to make some reasonable improvements to Town Buildings
each year. Last year, it had been planned to use the Revenue
Sharing Funds for the pointing up of the bricks on the Town Hall
but due to stringent regulations concerning wage standards for
labor costs paid by Revenue Sharing Funds, this was not done.
These funds have been diverted to the furnishings and finishings
of the library.

There were no questions on Article V. Article V was adopted.

ARTICLE VI: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appro-
priate the sum often thousand dollars ($10,000) to be deposited
with the Trustees of the Trust Funds as capital reserve for high-
way equipment.

Article VI was moved by Mr. Dennis and seconded by Mr. Ford.

Mr. Dennis explained that the Town has adopted the practice
of appropriating money to invest in Certificates of Deposit for
purchases of major equipment when necessary.

There were no questions on Article VI. Article VI was adopted.

ARTICLE VII: To see if the Town will vote to raise and approp-
riate the sum of ten thousand dollars ($10,000) to be deposited
with the TVustees of the Trust Funds as capital reserve for fire
equipment.



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Article VII was moved by Mrs. Clark and seconded by Mr.
Dennis.

Mrs. Clark explained that this permits the town to purchase
major fire equipment when necessary without having to borrow
or bond when the need arises.

Mr. Dennis referred to the fire engine which was purchased at a
cost of $71,000; only about $15,000 was taken from the current
year's taxes.

There were no questions on Article VII. Article VII was
adopted.

ARTICLE VIII: To see if the Town will vote to raise and
appropriate the sum of ten thousand, five hundred dollars
($10,500.00) for the purchase of a police cruiser.

Article VIII was moved by Mr. Dennis and seconded by Mrs.
Clark.

Mr. Dennis explained that it has been the practice of the town
to purchase a new police cruiser every other year. The cruisers put
on 40,000 miles per year. He added that the selectmen have
proposed to use the Revenue Sharing Funds for this purchase.

There were no questions on Article VIII. Aricle V 11 was
adopted.

ARTICLE IX: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appro-
priate the sum of three thousand, six hundred dollars ($3,600.00)
for the purchase of police radios.

Article IX was moved by Mr. Dennis dnd seconded by Mrs.
Clark.

Mr. Dennis explained that the selectmen had requested a long
range radio proposal from the Police Chief. He asked the Chief to
explain the need for these radios.



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Chief Burke explained that the University Dispatch Center is
going to a repeater system which requires the capability of being
able to transmit on more than the four frequencies which the
Town radios now have. He stated that the repeater system will be
of great benefit to the Town of Lee as it will remove some of the
"dead spots" currently existing in town. The appropriation would
purchase two new radios with capability of more frequencies so
that the department will be able to continue to communicate with
the Dispatch Center.

The price is based upon a quote from Motorola Communica-
tions. It is possible that General Electric will offer the radios for a
lower price.

Dwight Barney, of Cartland Road, asked how long the new
radios would last and how long the University would remain
with the new system.

Mr. Burke responded that radio communications is a changing
art so it is difficult to predict how long this type of radio will be
serviceable. The new radios would not have crystals and would
therefore require less maintenance than the current radios. With
regards to the system used by the Dispatch Center, Chief Burke
felt that the change-over would be quite expensive for the Uni-
versity and would not be anxious to change right away. He stated
that there was some concern that the State would switch to
microprocessors and microwave frequencies but felt that this
change would be a minimum of five years from now.

Mr. Cathcart noted that the cost for dispatch was previously
included in the police budget— the cost last year for that service
being $4200. He suggested that the radios could, therefore, be
covered by the Police Budget.

Paul Hatch, of Mast Road, asked the proposed disposition of
the current radios.

Chief Burke responded that the current four channel radios
would be stacked to make one eight channel radio— thus necessi-
tating the purchase of only two radios.



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Article IX was adopted.

ARTICLE X: To see if the Town will vote to raise and approp-
riate the sum of one thousand, five hundred dollars ($1,500.00) for
the Lee Conservation Commission.

Article X was moved by Mrs. Clark and seconded by Mr.
Dennis.

Mrs. Clark explained that this appropriation was to create a
fund for the purchase of recreational /conservation land should it
become available.

David Allan, Chairman of the Conservation Commission,
spoke concerning some of the projects which the Commission
has recently completed. He explained that a report had been
compiled which was distributed at the door concerning the results
of the questionnaire which had been distributed at the 1983 town
meeting concerning the uses of the town forest land.

He added that the County Commissioners have recently
approached the Conservation Commission concerning the use of
prisoners to aid in forestry practices on town lands. The Com-
mission will explore this source of free labor further. The Com-
mission also plans to aid the library in landscaping and plantings
for the new addition.

There were no questions concerning Article X. Article X was
adopted.

ARTICLE XI: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appro-
priate the sum of four thousand dollars ($4,000.00) for the pur-
chase of a "Jaws of life" for the fire department.

Article XI was moved by Mrs. Clark and seconded by Mr.
Dennis.

Mrs. Clark explained that the fire department was not at the
meeting as there had been a fire. She stated that the "Jaws of
Life" requested by the fire department operates by battery. It is



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used in automobile accidents to cut the auto frames to extricate
victims in the accidents.

Mr. Dennis added that he had spoken with the fire chief con-
cerning this request. Chief Main had explained to him that a
battery operated vehicle costs about $4000; the gasoline one costs
about $10,000, although the $4000 seems to have the same capa-
bilities as has been demonstrated to the department. He felt that
this was necessary for the Town of Lee due to the increasing
number of auto accidents. Even though Durham has one which
could be used by Lee it is possible that this may not be available
when needed.

Aaron Chadbourn, Chairman of the Budget Committee, stated
that they had reviewed this request and had suggested that this
item could be purchased through a fund drive campaign similar
to that for the library addition.

Richard DiPentima, Decato Drive, asked the historical need
for a vehicle of this sort. Mrs. Clark stated that the town had
called for this vehicle from Durham six times in five years and
has actually used it three times.

James Banks asked for further explanation of the battery


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