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Annual Reports

of
THE TOWN OF

LEE

NEW HAMPSHIRE



For The Year Ending



June 30th, 1985



UWiytRSiTC OF NEW KAMPSHIHk
LIBRARY



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: 659-6515

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, 1985



Printed and Bound By

CGC/Center for

Graphic Communication

Rye, NH

1986



TABLE OF CONTENTS

Page

In Memoriam 5

Town Officers 6

Minutes of Town Meeting— 1985 9

Minutes of Special Town Meeting— May 1985 37

Minutes of Special Town Meeting— October 1985 40

Schedule of Town Property 44

Summary of Inventory 45

Auditor's Certificate 45

Selectmen's Report of Expenditures 46

Comparative Statement of Approp. & Expenditures 54

Summary of Payments 56

Report of the Treasurer 57

Report of the Tax Collector 59

Interim Report of Tax Collector 61

Financial Report 64

Report of Revenue Sharing 70

Report of the Town Clerk 71

Report of Lee Library 72

1986 Town Warrant Green Insert 1

1986 Town Budget Green Insert 7

Article Il-Proposed Amendents to

Building Regulations Green Insert 13

Article Ill-Proposed Amendments to

the Zoning Ordinance Green Insert 17

Article IV-Operating Budget Green Insert 27

Report of Lee Library Fund Drive 73

Report of Lee Library Trustees (Financial) 74

Report of Trustees of TVust Funds 75

Report of Police Department 76

Report of the Planning Board 81

Report of the Lee Zoning Board of Adjustment 83

Report of Lee Conservation Commission 84

Report of Lee Conservation Commission Financial 85

Report of the Lamprey Regional Solid Waste Cooperative 86

Report of Durham Ambulance Corps 88

Report of the Building Inspector 91

Report of the Health Officer 92

Report of Lee Recreation Commission 93

Report of the Strafford Regional Planning Commission 94

Report of the Newmarket Regional Health Center 95

Report of the Squamscott Home Health Association 97

Report of the Squamscott Home Health Association Financial .... 100

Vital Statistics 101

1985 Property Valuations 109



In Memoriam

JOSEPH B. MORIARTY
July 13, 1916- April 26, 1985

RUTH BIXBY HOWARTH
June 15, 1921 -May 5, 1985

HANNAH S. CHADBOURN
July 19, 1916- May 15, 1985

ELMER KENNETH FOGG
August 3, 1902- June 15, 1985



TOWN OFFICERS

MODERATOR
Dale T. Swanson, 1986

BOARD OF SELECTMEN

Wallace E. Dennis 1986

Joseph R Ford 1987

Shirley M. Clark, Chairman 1988

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

Natalie Allan 1990

TRUSTEES OF THE TRUST FUNDS

Renata Dodge, Chairman 1987

Cynthia M. Taylor 1988

LIBRARY TRUSTEES

Pamela Bishop 1986

Catherine R. Swanson, Chairman 1987

Barbara McNamee 1988

LIBRARIAN
Helen MacDonald

ASSISTANT LIBRARIAN
Jacqueline R. Steffen

ROAD AGENT
Randolph Stevens

AUDITORS

Diane Spires 1986

Beryle Banks 1987



BUILDING INSPECTOR & HEALTH OFFICER

Gerald Preston

STRAFFORD REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION

Aaron Chadbourn
Alice MacKinnon

PLANNING BOARD

James Miller, Chairman

Gus Zaso, Secretary

Shirley Clark, Selectman, ex-officio

John Damon

Robert Moynihan

Gil Priestley

John McLean

PLANNING ASSISTANT

Peggy Rochette

CONSERVATION COMMISSION

David Allan, Chairman

L. David Meeker

Jeannette Roberts

Richard Weyrick

Eileen Miller

George Webb

ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT

W. Scott Gibb, Chairman

Dale T. Swanson, Clerk

Sally Barney

Ralph Booth

Robert Simpson

Paul Bishop, alternate

James Lietz, alternate

Natalie Allan, alternate



ADVISORY BUDGET COMMITTEE

John Wheeler, Chairman 1986

Aaron Chadbourn 1987

Terrence Spires 1988

Richard WelUngton 1988

Lloyd Stevens 1986

David Minor 1986

Joseph P. Ford, Selectman, ex-officio 1987

RECREATION COMMISSION

Donna Bucar, Chairman
Raymond Marshall Richard Dipentima

Gerald Stefanski Robert Henry

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Brian Burke, Chief

Edward Levesque, Corporal

Richard Doucette, Corporal

Stephen Johnson, Inspector
James Gardner Robert Rice

Steven Irving Paul Thompson

Randy Keravich Susan Whitford

Karen Long

FIRE DEPARTMENT

G. Michael Main, Chief

Roger Comeau, Captain

Richard Wellington, Captain

Richard Doucette David Minor

W. Scott Gibb David Pevear

Paul Hatch George Pevear
Warren Hatch Philip Sanborn, Jr.

Diane Kelsey Rick Smith

Oliver Kennard Paul St. Pierre

Jack LaRoche Lloyd Stevens
Richard Stevens

LAMPREY RIVER SOLID WASTE COOPERATIVE

Joseph P. Ford



MINUTES OF TOWN MEETING

-1985 —

The 1985 Town Meeting for the Town of Lee, New Hampshire
was called to order at 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 12, 1985 at the
Lee Town Hall by the Town Moderator, Dale Swanson.

Sworn in as Deputy Moderator was Suzanne DiRocchi. Sworn
in as ballot clerks were: Claire Webb, David Allan, Euna Kenis-
ton, and Ernest Langlois.

Also present were the supervisors of the checklist: Natalie
Allan, Hazel Walden and Joan Seeley; the Board of Selectmen:
Shirley Clark, Joseph Ford and Wallace Dennis.

Articles I and II of the 1985 Town Meeting Warrant were
moved by Shirley Clark and seconded by Joseph Ford. These
articles were voted on by Ballot.

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

For Selectman:

Aaron W. Chadbourn 168

Shirley M. Clark 219

For Trustee of the Trust Funds:

Cynthia M. Taylor 348

For Library Trustee:

Barbara McNamee 340

For Advisory Budget Committee for three years:

Terrance T. Spires 261

Richard H. Wellington 295

For Auditor:

Beryle S. Banks 325



ARTICLE II: To see if the Town will vote the changes in the
Zoning Ordinance pertaining to the expansion of the commercial
zone as proposed by the petition of Ivan Fogarty and at least
twenty-five (25) other registered voters and pertaining to defini-
tions, sanitary protection, shoreland conservation district, the
recreational zone, earth removal regulations, accessory use,
signs, land requirements, in the commercial zone and the net
developable area for cluster subdivisions and condominium
developments as proposed by the Lee Planning Board.

Amendment # 1 : Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment
#1 as proposed by resident petition of Ivan Fogarty and at least
twenty-five other registered voters to the Lee Zoning Ordinance
as follows: (The Planning Board does not recommend this
amendment.)

Amending Article I such that Zone C, the Commercial Zone,
would be extended to encompass the area on Route 125 running
South of Route 4 to the Lee/Epping Town Line and extending
seven hundred (700) feet to the east and west of the Route 125
right of way?

Yes, 166 No, 218

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

Amending Article II by deletion of the current definitions for
Accessory Building and Accessory Use and substituting the
following:

Accessory Building. Any building attached or unattached to the
main residential building in which a permitted accessory use
may exist.

Accessory Use. A use which is clearly incidental to the principal
use of the premises and which is conducted in the same residential
structure or on the same residential lot?

Yes, 264 No, 84



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

Amending Article II by deletion of the current definition for Lot
of Record and substituting the following:

Lot of Record. A distinct tract of land recorded in a legal deed and
filed in the records of Strafford County, New Hampshire?

Yes, 286 No, 67

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

Amending Article II by deletion of the current definition for
modular home and substituting the following:

Modular Home. Factory built, transportable residential unit in
one or more sections which does not contain a permanent chassis
and is designed to be placed on a permanent foundation?

Yes, 297 No, 65

Amendment #5: Are you in favor of Amendment #5 as proposed
by the Lee Planning Board for the Lee Zoning Ordinance as
follows:

Amending Article II by deletion of the current definition for
Variance (Dimensional) and Variance (Use) and substituting the
following:

Variance. A deviation from the terms of the ordinance, not oth-
erwise permitted which may be granted by the Zoning Board of
Adjustment pursuant to its discretionary powers, where the
Board finds that the granting of such variance will do substantial
justice and the intent of the ordinance will still be observed. The
Board of Adjustment may in such cases grant a variance only
where such literal enforcement would result in unnecessary
hardship to the applicant. In order to support such a variance it
must be found:



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(1) That no diminution in value of surrounding properties will
occur;

(2) That its denial would result in unnecessary hardship to the
owner seeking it;

(3) That special conditions exist which distinguish the property
from other similarly restricted property in the area and create
such unnecessary hardship;

(4) That by granting the variance substantial justice would be
done;

(5) That the change will not be contrary to the spirit and intent of
the Ordinance.

A variance for nonresidential use is subject to site review by the
Planning Board?

Yes, 267 No, 76

Amendment #6: Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment
#6 as proposed by the Lee Planning Board for the Lee Zoning
Ordinance as follows:

Amending Article III Section E(3) by adding the following:

Any subsurface waste water disposal system which is not
expressly prohibited within the Town of Lee by Ordinance may
be considered acceptable if such system meets all applicable
State requirements?

Yes, 291 No, 64

Amendment #7: Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment
#7 as proposed by the Lee Planning Board for the Lee Zoning
Ordinance as follows:

Amending Article III by the addition of Section E(4) as follows:

A well may not be installed less than seventy-five (75) feet from
an existing or proposed septic system leach bed or closer than
forty (40) feet from the property line of an undeveloped lot?

Amendment #8: Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment
#8 as proposed by the Lee Planning Board for the Lee Zoning



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Ordinance as follows:

Amending Article III Section I. such that the Shoreland Conser-
vation District is expanded to include the shores of Dube Brook,
Chesley Brook, and Wheelwright Pond?

Yes, 261 No, 85

Amendment #9: Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment
#9 as proposed by the Lee Planning Board for the Lee Zoning
Ordinance as follows:

Amending Article III Section I, such that within the Shoreland
Conservation District, the following are expressly prohibited in
addition to dwelling units: structures other than pump houses,
roads, waste water disposal systems, excavation and filling, boat
ramps, or swimming areas in excess of twenty-five feet of frontage
per property owner, and clearing and cutting without a plan
approved by the Planning Board. The following uses are
expressly permitted: wells, unpaved footpaths, dry hydrants
where necessary?

Yes, 248 No, 103

Amendment #10: Are you in favor of the adoption of Amend-
ment #10 as proposed by the Lee Planning Board for the Lee
Zoning Ordinance as follows:

Amending Article IV Section B(l) to require that any lot within
the residential zone which does not meet minimum size and
frontage requirements and is contiguous to another lot in the
same ownership be combined with the contiguous lot prior to
devlopment?

Yes, 256 No, 93

Amendment #11: Are you in favor of the adoption of Amend-
ment #11 as proposed by the Lee Planning Board for the Lee
Zoning Ordinance as follows:

Amending Article IV Section B(3) such that part-time residences
which are to be converted to year-round homes shall be on lots



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which conform to size, frontage and soil requirements of the
Town of Lee?

Yes, 267 No, 92

Amendment #12: Are you in favor of the adoption of Amend-
ment #12 as proposed by the Lee Planning Board for the Lee
Zoning Ordinance as follows:

Amending Article IV Section C to read as follows:

Accessory Use. A resident may use his domicile for customary
uses such as consultant, engineer, architect, lawyer, real estate or
other recognized professions or home occupations such as. . . .?

Yes, 298 No, 57

Amendment #13: Are you in favor of the adoption of Amend-
ment #13 as proposed by the Lee Planning Board for the Lee
Zoning Ordinance as follows:

Deleting Article V and all reference throughout the Ordinance
to the Recreational Zone? (Subsequent articles would be
renumbered.)

Yes, 288 No, 89

Amendment #14: Are you in favor of the adoption of Amend-
ment #14 as proposed by the Lee Planning Board for the Lee
Zoning Ordinance as follows:

Amending Article VI to require a minimum lot size within the
Commercial Zone of 85,000 square feet with a minimum road
frontage of 250 feet?

Yes, 242 No, 99

Amendment #15: Are you in favor of the adoption of Amend-
ment #15 as proposed by the Lee Planning Board for the Lee
Zoning Ordinance as follows:

Amending Article VI Section B2 to increase the minimum setback



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requirements from side and rear property lines for Commercial
structures to one hundred (100) feet?

Yes, 250 No, 96

Amendment #16: Are you in favor of the adoption of Amend-
ment #16 as proposed by the Lee Planning Board for the Lee
Zoning Ordinance as follows:

Amending Article VI by the addition of Section C which would
provide for the waiving of side setback requirements within the
Commercial Zone to encourage abutting commercial structures
to share one highway access?

Yes, 268 No, 74

Amendment #17: Are you in favor of the adoption of Amend-
ment #17 as proposed by the Lee Planning Board for the Lee
Zoning Ordinance as follows:

Amending the Ordinance by the deletion of Article III Section F
and substituting an Article exclusively pertaining to the control
of the erection, installation and maintenance of signs within the
Town of Lee.

Yes, 233 ' No, 96

Amendment #18: Are you in favor of the adoption of Amend-
ment #18 as proposed by the Lee Planning Board for the Lee
Zoning Ordinance as follows:

Amending Article IX pertaining to Earth Removal Regulations
by adding the requirement that all trucks carrying excavation
material must be covered?

Yes, 285 No, 62

Amendment #19: Are you in favor of the adoption of Amend-
ment #19 as proposed by the Lee Planning Board for the Lee
Zoning Ordinance as follows:

Amending Article IX pertaining to Earth Removal Regulations

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by the Addition of the following:

Hours of operation wdll be restricted so as not to present a public
nuisance.

Yes, 266 No, 81

Amendment #20: Are you in favor of the adoption of Amend-
ment #20 as proposed by the Lee Planning Board for the Lee
Zoning Ordinance as follows:

Amending Articles XII and XIII pertaining to condominium and
Cluster Development such that the definition and all reference to
"net developable area" be deleted?

Yes, 233 No, 92

The polls were closed and the town meeting was recessed at
7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, 1985.

The Town Meeting for the Town of Lee, New Hampshire for the
year 1985 was reconvened at 7:30 p.m. at the Mast Way School for
the purpose of acting upon Articles III through XXII of the 1985
Town Meeting Warrant. The meeting was called to order by the
Town Moderator, Dale Swanson following some brief announce-
ments, some procedural comments and the tally of votes from the
previous day's election.

The moderator noted that a challenge had been presented to
him concerning the proper posting and warranting of the Zoning
and Referendum Ballot. He directed the resident to prepare a
proper motion for rehearing as set forth in state statutes.

ARTICLE III: To see if 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, insurance, police department, fire department, conser-
vation commission, planning and zoning, legal expenses, health
officer's salary, transfer station, town highway department, pub-



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lie 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 con-
tingency fund.

Article III was moved by Selectman Ford and seconded by
Selectman Dennis. Mr. Ford moved that the town vote to raise
and appropriate the sum of $466,465 for the town's operating
budget for the fiscal year 1985-86 with such sums to be appor-
tioned as follows:

Town Officers' Salaries $ 30,700

Town Officers' Expenses 36,300

Election & Registration 6,100

Town Hall & Other Buildings 10,900

Retirement & Social Security 14,700

Insurance 21,000

Property Appraisal 7,000

Legal Expenses 12,000

Contingency Fund 4,200

Interest, Short Term Notes 2,000

Police Department 84,600

Fire Department 20,450

Highway Department 109,000

Transfer Station 11,600

Lamprey Regional Solid Waste Disposal 20,026

Building Inspector 2,400

Health Officer 200

Recreation Commission 1,000

OR Youth Association 3,976

Civil Defense 100

Conservation Commission 50

Library 14,913

Town Poor 9,000

Old Age Assistance 6,000

Patriotic Purposes 400

Cemeteries 5,000

Dog Care 1,500

Planning and Zoning 9,350

Bulk Gas 6,000



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Special Duty 10,000

Dispatch 6,000

TOTAL $466,465

Mr. Ford referred the citizens to the handout which had been
distributed and to page 23 of the Town Report Insert. Several of
the major increases were noted as shown on the Comparative
Budget Analysis handout and explained. Some specific items
which were discussed were:

The Town Officers' Salaries reflects an increase in the salary of
the Treasurer from $3000 to $3600; the salary of the Town Clerk/-
Tax Collector from $14,500 to $16,000 and the Deputy Town
Clerk/Tax Collector from $5.50 per hour to $6.00 per hour. These
increases reflect an increase in the work volume and the compet-
ency of the officers. The salary of the auditors will be raised from
$400 to $600.

In Town Officers' Expenses, the major increase is a change in
the salary of the Administrative Assistant from $18,000 to $21 ,000.
This reflects the competency of the employee and an effort to
make this position competitive in the field. Increases also exist
for postage, office supplies and equipment and telephone.

There is no increase in Election and Registration. The modest
increase in Town Hall reflects fuel costs. Insurance costs are
reasonably stable as are legal expenses.

Property Appraisal increases because of the increased amount
of building activity.

There is a 20 per cent increase in the fire department, reflecting
a request for some new equipment. The 21 per cent increase in the
highway department is necessary to keep up with the proper
maintenance of the roads, many of which need some work. The
Police Department figure as shown at $84,600 reflects staying
with the present structure within the department although alter-
native proposals have been presented.

Alternative proposals have also been presented for the high-
way department due to the fact that the current road agent
indicated a desire to leave the position. A full-time position is



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currently being discussed.

For the Lamprey Regional Solid Waste Disposal, the increase
has occurred due to increased tonnage; there is no increase in
tipping fee.

The Contingency Fund is based upon 1% of the previous year's
operating budget.

Oyster River Youth Association is based upon a formula, Lee's
share of the total is 22%.

The increase in the Library Expense reflects the costs of books
and proposed plan to maintain longer library hours.

Planning and Zonng increase reflect the amount of work hours
due to the rapid growth of the town. Postage and supplies have
also increased. Expenses have also been incurred for training
seminars for the Planning Board members.

Special Duty and Bulk Gas are in/out items which have no
effect on the property tax.

Mr. Ford noted that the total budget increase is 11% over that of
last year. Most of the increase is due to inflation and the growth
of the Town of Lee.

Mr. Ford then referred the voters to the second page of the
analysis containing special warrant items, the total of which is
$49,388, a decrease from last year. The total budget increase
would therefore amount to 9%.

Mr. Ford explained that the county budget increase is 18.7% or
a total amount of $165,349. The amount which Lee is to contribute
to the Oyster River School District is up 20% or $1,265,344. These
amounts all come out of property tax; although 70 per cent of the
town operating budget is paid from nonproperty tax revenues
such as the motor vehicle fees. Mr. Ford estimated that the total
amount to be raised in property taxes would be $1,583,497.

The total valuation of the Town of Lee in 1984 was 48 million;
in 1985 it is estimated to be 50-52 million. The tax rate with the



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budget as proposed would be around $31.00 per thousand; up
from $26.95.

Mr. Ford estimated that 80% of the property tax collected would
go to the schools; 10'/2% to the county and 9^2 per cent to the town.
He estimated that it costs approximately $3000 to send one child
to school for one year.

John Wheeler, Chairman of the Advisory Budget Committee
stated that the budget committee had raised two major questions
with regards to the budget as proposed. These were (1) salary
increases and the lack of a standard personnel policy and job
descriptions; and (2) the fire department budget should be lowered
by $1000. The budget committee also recommended that the
police department should decrease the use of part-time or specials
and hire two additional full time policemen as presented in Plan
III set forth in the Town Report.

Much discussion followed concerning the lack of personnel
policy; all three of the selectmen agreed that this could and
should be done but emphasized that the Town only had two
full-time employees. It was pointed out that the salary of the
Administrative Assistant is well within the guidelines set forth
in the survey of Job and Wage which had been done by the N.H.
Municipal Association.

An amendment was made by Lorraine St. Jean and seconded
by Dan St. Jean to hold all salaries and wage increases to a
maximum of 5%.


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