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power. This question was answered by Paul Hatch, a member of
the volunteer fire department. He explained that there are two
types of extrication tools, one which uses hydraulic fluid to open
the jaws and the one which uses electric power, generated from a
truck battery, with cables to open the jaws. He added that the
battery power is preferable in that there is no noise.

Mr. Banks asked if that restricted the area in which the vehicle
could be used. Mr. Hatch responded that it did not.

Frank DiRocchi, Allen's Avenue, suggested that since the police
and ambulance are more frequently present at an accident, the
vehicle may be more accessible and useful as part of those

Pat Ahearn, of the Durham Ambulance Corps stated that the
Ambulance Corps is a medical function, the "Jaws" would be a


rescue function and therefore, not compatible as part of that
department. He said that he knew of no plans for the Corps to
purchase a vehicle of this type.

Mr. Dennis added that the fire department does respond in the
majority of the accidents for gasoline wash-down at least. He
also added that the fire department had the most storage area for
this vehicle.

Mr. Hatch added that the dispatching of the "Jaws" would be a
standard operational procedure which would be handled by the
Fire Chief and Dispatch and would not be a problem.

Mr. DiPentima asked about the training necessary and the
number of men required to operate the vehicle. Mr. Hatch an-
swered that one person could operate it and that some training
would be required. This type of instruction can usually be done in
a weekend session.

A count was taken of the vote on this article. The vote was as
follows: Yes, 56; No, 40.

Article XI was adopted.

ARTICLE XII: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appro-
priate the sum of five hundred dollars ($500.00) for the Strafford
County Community Action Program.

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

Mr. Ford explained that the Community Action Program aids
Lee residents through their fuel assistance and weatherization
programs. The $500 is the same amount as that appropriated in

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

ARTICLE XIII: To see if the Town will vote to raise and
appropriate the sum of six hundred dollars ($600.00) for the
Newmarket Health Center.


Article XIII was moved by Mr. Ford and seconded by Mr.

Mr. Ford explained that this is a voluntary nonprofit orgrani-
zation that provides outpatient clinic services as well as a trans-
portation service for the handicapped and the elderly; they pro-
vide a pre-natal service as well as diagnostic clinics for cancer
and diabetes. This request is an increase of $50 over the 1983

There were no questions with regards to this article. Article

XIII was adopted.

ARTICLE XIV: To see if the Town will vote to raise and
appropriate the sum of two thousand nine hundred fifty dollars
($2,950.00) for the Oyster River Home Health Association.

Article XIV was moved by Mr. Dennis and seconded by Mrs.

Mr. Dennis explained that this was another non-profit organi-
zation which assists Lee residents with home nursing and servi-
ces. He added that Everett Sackett was instrumental in promot-
ing this program.

There were no questions with regards to this article. Article

XIV was adopted.

ARTICLE XV: To see if the Town will vote to raise and approp-
riate the sum of four thousand thirty-three dollars ($4,033.00) for
the Durham Ambulance Corps.

Article XV was moved by Mrs. Clark and seconded by Mr.

Mrs. Clark commented that the Durham Ambulance Corps
services the people in Lee and we, therefore, help to finance it.
Aaron Chadbourn commended the Ambulance Corps on the
response which it gives to the Town.


Mr. DiPentima mentioned the discussion at the 1983 Town
meeting concerning the housing of the ambulance in the Fire
Station on arrival of the new fire engine.

Mrs. Clark informed Mr. DiPentima that the ambulance is now
housed in the old Durham Fire Station. There is not sufficient
space in the Lee Station.

Pat Ahearn, of the Durham Ambulance Corps, explained that
the vehicle was removed from Lee, pending the arrival of the fire
engine. It is currently being housed in part of the University
garage system. On completion of the renovations to the
UNH/Durham Fire Station, both ambulances will be housed in
what is commonly called the "grounds" building. Expected time
of move is August of 1984.

Mr. DiPentima asked if this would affect the response time. Mr.
Ahearn responded that it would not, as most of the ambulance
personnel comes from the Durham, Madbury area.

Mr. Dennis explained that one of the concerns with the housing
of an ambulance is that it must be kept in a heated garage due to
the medicine and equipment carried in the vehicle.

Article XV was adopted.

ARTICLE XVI: To see if the Town will vote to raise and
appropriate the sum of one thousand four hundred twenty-nine
dollars ($1,429.00) for the Strafford Regional Planning

Article XVI was moved by Aaron Chadbourn and seconded by
Mrs. Clark.

Mr. Chadbourn referred the Town to page 69 of the Town
Report where there is a complete report on the contributions to
the Town of Lee from Strafford Regional Planning this past year.
He added that the dues have decreased this year due to some new
dues-paying members, and also stated that the Commission was
still trying very hard to make every town become a dues paying


Mr. Dennis asked if the work done was on a fee paying basis.
Mr. Chadbourn explained that dues paying members receive a
quantity of service for free and then are billed at a lower rate than
towns which do not pay dues. He added that all the services to
Lee in the past year were free of charge and that a substantial
contribution was made by the town of Dover, not a dues paying
member, for assistance to that town.

Mrs. Clark also added that as a small town, we cannot afford to
hire professional services of engineers and consultants and that
Strafford Regional Planning provides us with many of these
type of services when we need them.

Article XVI was adopted.

ARTICLE XVH: To see if the Town will vote to appropriate
and authorize the withdrawal from the Revenue Sharing Fund
established under the provisions of the State and Local Assist-
ance Act of 1972 for use as setoffs against appropriations for the
following specific purposes and amounts indicated herewith or
take any other action thereon.

Appropriation Amount

PoHce Cruiser $10,422.07

Article XVII was moved by Mr. Dennis and seconded by Mrs.
Clark. Mr. Dennis added that this was part of Article VIII, pre-
viously moved and adopted.

There were no questions on this article.

Article XVII was adopted.

ARTICLE XVIII: To see if the Town will vote to authorize the
Planning Board to prepare a capital improvements program for
the Town.

Article XVIII was moved by Mrs. Clark and seconded by Mr.


Mrs. Clark explained that the Town had experienced a great
deal of growth this past year and the Planning Board was pres-
ented with petitioned amendment to the Zoning Ordinance con-
cerning controlled growth. In order to adopt a growth control
program, state statute requires a town to have a Master Plan and
a Capital Improvements Plan. The Town has completed and
adopted a Master Plan. It is necessary for the Town to authorize
the Planning Board to prepare a Capital Improvements Plan.

There were no questions with regards to the article.

Article XVIII was adopted.

ARTICLE XIX: To see if the Town will vote to retain ownership
of the parcel of land located off Steppingstone Road (tax map
#10-02-03) for conservation purposes. This 9.7 acres of land was
formerly owned by Shively Robinson and was acquired by the
Town through a Tax Collector's deed.

Article XIX was moved by Mrs. Clark and seconded by Mr.

Mrs. Clark explained that this tract of land has no road fron-
tage and abuts some property which the owners are using as a
conservation area. The land is partially hardwood and partially
swamp and has some blue heron on it.

Mr. Dennis added that the land is landlocked and is not of
great use for development purposes. It is not of great taxable
value and is a nice conservation area.

Mr. Barney asked for a more detailed explanation of the loca-
tion of the property. This explanation was provided by Dave
Allen. The parcel is located off West Steppingstone Road, to the
left adjacent to the Barrington Town line. The land cannot be
seen from the road.

Article XIX was adopted.

ARTICLE XX: To see if the Town will vote to call upon the
Governor and Executive Council, its State Representatives and


State Senator to promptly convene a Special Session of the Legis-
lature for the sole purpose of preventing the imposition of huge
cost increases in electric rates resulting from Seabrook Nuclear
Power Plant on the citizens, businesses, schools and agencies in
the Town of Lee, and to direct the Selectmen to promptly notify
our above listed elected officials of the Town's desire. (By petition
of Roy Morrison and at least nine other registered voters.)

Article XX was moved by Roy Morrison and seconded by Har-
vey Epstein.

Mr. Morrison explained that the only protection to the citizens
can be provided by the state legislature. He urged the voters to
adopt this article to urge the general court to come back into
session to take action to protect the consumers; it could only save

Richard Weyrick noted that this article will not have much
impact if Lee is the only town considering it; he asked if there
were other towns acting upon a similar article. Mr. Morrison
responded that there are 158 towns in the state with a similar
article on the warrant.

Mr. Dennis spoke against the adoption of this article. He felt
that it was simply another delay tactic of those opposed to Sea-
brook. He said that he did not favor Seabrook or nuclear power
but did not feel that this article would serve any purpose.

Delevan Whaley also spoke in favor of the adoption of Article
XX. He expressed concern about the effect the increasing electric
rates would have on the business and industry in the State of
New Hampshire.

Mr. DiPentima also expressed concern about the loss of busi-
ness growth in the State. He added that he felt that it was the
responsibility of the legislators to protect the citizens' interests.

Frank DiRocchi urged voters to take a stand on this issue and
to let opinions be known at the State level.

Article XX was adopted.


ARTICLE XXI: To see if the Town will vote to authorize the
Selectmen to transfer tax liens and convey property acquired by
the Town by Tax Collector's deeds, by public auction, or adver-
tised sealed bids, or in such other manner as determined by the
Selectmen as justice may require.

Article XXI was moved by Mr. Dennis and seconded by Mrs.

There were no questions with regards to this article. Article
XXI was adopted.

ARTICLE XXII: To see if the Town will vote to authorize the
Selectmen to accept on behalf of the Town monies, gifts, legacies,
and investments, and services, and to accept any Federal or
State funds which may become available during fiscal 1984-85.
Further, to see if the Town will vote to authorize the Selectmen to
make application for said funds and then to expend the same for
the purposes designated within applicable Federal or State

Article XXII was moved by Mr. Ford and seconded by Mr.

Mr. Ford explained that this was a standard article the purpose
of which is clear in the motion.

There were no questions on this article.

Article XXII was adopted.

ARTICLE XXIII: To see if the Town will vote to authorize the
Selectmen to sell surplus equipment valued at less than three
hundred dollars ($300.00) at private sale and to sell surplus
equipment valued at more than three hundred dollars ($300.00)
at public auction or by advertised sealed bids; if the property
remains unsold, to see the remaining property through private

Article XXIII was moved by Mrs. Clark and seconded by Mr.


Mrs. Clark explained that the Town does not currently have
anything to sell but that in 1983 a grader was sold through bid.
She added that it was very expensive to advertise small items.

There were no questions on Article XXIII.

Article XXIII was adopted.

ARTICLE XXIV: To see if the Town will vote to authorize the
Selectmen to borrow money in anticipation of taxes.

Article XXIV was moved by Mrs. Clark and seconded by Mr.

Mrs. Clark explained that with semi-annual tax billing, it is
not expected that there will be a need to borrow. It was not
necessary this year. This would, however, grant the authority
should it be necessary to do so.

Roland Cathcart asked the amount of the Town surplus. Mrs.
Clark responded that the surplus was $107,545.30 of which
$75,000 was used to offset property taxes. The remaining $27,545
is the amount the Town is now carrying as surplus.

Mrs. Dennis added that the State does not permit the develop-
ment of a large surplus.

Article XXIV was adopted.

ARTICLE XXV: To transact any other business which may
legally come before this meeting.

Mr. Dennis referred the voters to the 'Tn Memoriam" section of
the Town Report concerning Everett Sackett and Jack Hull.

Dwight Barney expressed concern over the apathy of the Lee
residents and the low attendance at both the Town meeting and
the School District meeting. Mr. Swanson expressed agreement
with this concern.


Myles Goldberg, a resident of Steppingstone Road in Lee, took
this opportunity to express his concern over the speed of traffic
along East Steppingstone Road and the problem of young people
congregating and drinking at the beach area during the summer
months. He presented a petition as follows:

We the undersigned, all residents of the Town of Lee, New Hamp-
shire and tax paying citizens of said Town and State, do by this
instrument, petition the appropriate Town Officials to take
immediate remedial action to correct the below cited situation.

Whereas, East Steppingstone Road is a narrow, unlighted, wind-
ing roadway and.

Whereas, several families residing on said roadway have small
children and.

Whereas, the Town Beach is located along said roadway and
attracts both vehicular and pedestrian traffic, and

Whereas, there have been recent incidents involving speeding
and reckless driving along said roadway, endangering the lives
of the residents.

We do hereby petition the Town Officials to: 1) Increase police
patrols, speed traps, to apprehend speeding violators; 2) Erect
speed limiting and caution signs along said roadway; 3) Take
any other appropriate actions to make East Steppingstone Road
a safer road on which to live.

The petition was signed by eleven residents of East Stepping-
stone Road.

Police Chief Burke responded admitting the area referred to
which is commonly called the "town beach" is a problem. For
several reasons this is a difficult problem to solve. The beach is in
fact private property which is owned by Ben Merrill. Mr. Merrill
does not object to the congregation on his beach and refuses to
post the area. With a part-time police force, an officer cannot
constantly be at this area. When the young people are dispersed,
they return immediately. This congregation is not only a neigh-
borhood nuisance, it is a source of noise and debris and young


people obstruct the normal flow of traffic. Teenagers have been
arrested for possession of alcohol and disorderly conduct.

James Staigers, also a resident of Steppingstone Road, con-
curred that this was a problem area; he asked if a citation for
noise violation has ever been issued.

Chief Bruke responded that the Town does not have a noise
ordinance. He would not be in favor of the adoption of a noise
ordinance due to the difficulty in enforcing and proving the
violation. Disorderly conduct, primarily because of traffic, is
easier to prove in court.

Staigers asked if the police chief or the Selectmen would be in
favor of an open container law. Chief Burke said that he would
not oppose this if the ordinance was adopted by the Town, if that
ordinance was clear and well written.

Ray Marshall of Steppingstone Road added that the problem is
not restricted to the night time hours but that the area is so
congested at times that it is difficult for joggers to pass. He added
that he has lived here for twelve years and the problem is getting

Robert Simpson, Mitchell Road, raised the issue of the change
of ownership of the Lee Raceway and the proposed expansion of
the track. He emphasized that expanded hours of racing opera-
tion would have a detrimental effect upon the lifestyles of many
Lee families.

Mr. Cathcart moved to adjourn. The motion was seconded. The
1984 Town Meeting for the Town of Lee was adjourned at 9:20
p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, 1984.

On March 14, 1984 the following officers were sworn in by the
Town Moderator:

Penelope Stetson, as Town Clerk /Tax Collector

Natalie Allan, as Supervisor of the Checklist

Joseph Ford, as Selectman

Joan Seeley as Supervisor of the Checklist


On March 14, 1984, the Town Moderator Dale Swanson was
sworn into office by the Town Clerk.

On March 16, Donna Esenhard was sworn into the office of
Auditor by the TDwn Clerk.

On March 28, Diane Spires was sworn into the office of Auditor
by the Town Clerk.

On March 30, Renata Dodge was sworn into the office of
TVustee of the TVustee Funds by the Town Clerk.

On April 2, Terence Spires was sworn into the office of Advisory
Budget Committee by the Town Clerk.

Respectfully submitted,

Penelope A. Stetson

Town Clerk

Town of Lee, New Hampshire


As of June 30, 1984

Description Value

Town Hall, Lands & Building $116,700.00

Furniture & Equipment 15,000.00

Library, Land & Building 56,500.00

Furniture & Equipment 20,000.00

Town Hall Annex 41,900.00

Equipment (Police) 25,000.00

Fire Department, Land & Building 92,800.00

Equipment 125,000.00

Highway Department, shed 12,000.00

Equipment 40,000.00

Materials & Supplies 4,500.00

Parks, Commons & Playgrounds 27,400.00

Recycling Center (land & buildings) 123,000.00

Historical Building 25,400.00

Lands Acquired thru Tax Collector's Deeds

Land (9.7 acres) 15,800.00

Land (3.0 acres) 4,500.00

TOTAL $745,500.00


1984 Tax Year

Land (including current use assessment) $16,096,350.00

Buildings 29,394,100.00

Mobile Homes 1,640,000.00

Public Utilities 1,189,000.00



Elderly Exemptions (299,800.00 )


Tax rate at $1,000 assessed value $26.95
(Town 2.75, County 2.87, School 21.33)


Gross property taxes assessed 1,294,143.21

Less veterans' exemptions 11,000.00

Resident Tax Warrant 15,550.00

TOTAL WARRANTS $ 1,298,693.21

Added Taxes

Property Taxes 49,937.80

Resident Taxes 990.00





October 17, 1984

We have examined the accounts of the Selectmen, the
Treasurer, Library Trustees, Town Clerk, Tax Collector, Trustees
of the Trust Funds, Road Agent and Building Inspector and find
them to be correct to the best of knowledge and belief.

Respectfully submitted,

Diane Spires
Beryle Banks
Auditors, Town of Lee



During 1984, much of the Selectmen's efforts were focused on
the problems of protecting and preserving our natural resources
and on the problems of residential growth and the increasing
pressures such growth places on the town's ability to provide
basic Town services.

Lee, as we all know, is part of the growth spiral of the southern
tier of New Hampshire. Last year alone we added approximately
40 new housing units to our housing stock. In 1985, we anticipate
that the growth will continue: the Planning Board has already
approved a twenty-one (21) unit condominium complex which is
presently under construction; a fifteen (15) lot mobile home sub-
division across from Wheelwright Pond has also been approved,
and it is anticipated that construction of the access road to
service this development will begin this spring; a new sixty (60)
unit apartment complex located on Route 125 is presently under-
going the site review process and appears headed for approval;
the conversion of an old colonial house into a five (5) unit apart-
ment building has also been approved; and pending before the
Planning Board is a proposal for the first cluster housing devel-
opment in Lee, which in its final form will probably add another
40 building lots to the town's inventory. Everywhere you go, in
every section of town, new homes are being built at a faster rate
than ever before.

What this means, of course, is that the present level of town
services is being pushed to the limit. This fact is reflected in the
1985-86 proposed municipal budget; this year, Town Meeting is
being asked to examine three proposals for the expansion of the
police department. Also in the municipal budget proposal we are
requesting an increase in the amount of money appropriated for
the highway department. The increase requested is an attempt to
fund the department at a level to insure that proper maintenance
can continue to be done to our expanding road system. The Town
has been blessed for the last thirty years with superb road agents,
first with Lloyd Stevens, who served the town in that capacity for
twenty-seven years, then for the last three years with Randy
Stevens who has carried on his father's tradition of excellent
maintenance with frugal finances. However, Randy has notified
us that he is unwilling to continue in the appointed position


beyond the expiration date of his present term. His reasons for
not continuing in the position center around the difficulty in
finding part-time, seasonal help, and the difficulties stemming
from the increasing administrative burdens that the job entails.
What this means for the town is that we must find a new road
agent or a new method of administration for the highway
department. Several alternatives have been discussed; the pro-
posed budget allows some flexibility for solving this upcoming

Highway and police are not the only two departments facing
increased demands and increased work loads. The sanitary
landfill area and recycling center are also feeling the pressures of
growth. The use of the area both for general garbage disposal
and for septage dumping has steadily been increasing over the
past three (3) years. To do some planning for the problems of our
septage lagoons (whose life expectancy is approximately two
years at best) and for the problems created by the landfill area we
are requesting $3,000 from Town Meeting. The septage issue is
almost to a crisis point and needs to be addressed both for short
term alternatives and for long term solutions. We did have test
pits dug on town owned land near the present site to see if it
would be possible to move the lagoons within the landfill area.
However, the test pits showed that the soil types were too perme-
able and that the site was not suitable for new lagoons. We are
presently negotiating with the Town of Durham for the use of its
sewer treatment plant; this would provide us with a short term
solution and would buy us some time to investigate alternative
sites either in Lee or in Nottingham with whom we have been
discussing the possibility of an intertown solution.

Another area of growing concern is the issue of water quality
and the protection of Lee's water resources. This became para-
mount last June when the issue of the Durham well surfaced.
Although we were successful in negotiating certain standards
and safeguards for the well, the lesson we learned is that the
town does not have enough good data about its own water
resources nor does it have a plan to protect those resources. Since
water and its use are going to be one of the most important issues
for communities in the next ten years, we have included in the
municipal budget (by separate warrant article) a request that the
town appropriate $10,000 for the monitoring and protection of
our water resources and for the mapping of our aquifers.


The other benefit of the Durham well issue was Lee's selection

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