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Mr. Dennis spoke in opposition to the amendment; stating the
importance of recognizing merit and retaining qualified person-
nel. Mrs. Clark supported this position, pointing out that a
chronic problem in small towns is low wages which causes rapid
employee turnover.

Chief Burke opposed the amendment, stating that some of the
salary increases in the budget were to correct disparity within
the town and this amendment would prohibit doing that.

The amendment was defeated.



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Mr. Barney questioned several items: (1) He asked for an
explanation of the overbudgeted figure for salaries on page 37. (2)
He questioned the sufficiency of the $1500 appropriated for dog
care and cited several instances of dog problems. (3) He urged
resolution to the road agent issue, recognizing the important fact
that Randy Stevens owns road equipment which is a great sav-
ings to the Town.

Mrs. Clark discussed the road agent situation at length
explaining the current road agent does not like the administrative
aspect of the position. He has difficulty in hiring help to work
such abbreviated shifts. She admitted that the selectmen are
trying to work out some arrangement with Mr. Stevens; the other
option is hiring a part-time administrator with some engineering
background. Also discussed was funding the position for
full-time.

Mrs. St. Jean asked for an explanation again of the overbud-
geted salaries. Mr. Ford explained that this is not a line item
budget. The overage occurred when the position of the Deputy
Town Clerk/Tax Collector changed hands, causing a period of
time when the new employee was trained.

Richard DiPentima questioned line item budgeting. It was
explained by Mr. Ford that the Towns of New Hampshire do not
operate on line item budget but that overexpenditure of the total
budget appropriation would require returning to the town to ask
more money.

Mr. DiPentima also asked the total amount in the Capital
Reserve for Highway Equipment. Mr. Ford informed him there
was $43,000.

An amendment was presented by Cathy Swanson to increase
the budget by $32,400 to include a way to adopt Plan HI as set
forth in the town report to hire two full-time men for the police
department. This amendment was seconded by Mrs. Clark.

Chief Burke explained in detail the three plans for poHce pro-
tection which had been set forth in the town report. The reason
for the plans is the increase in the number of calls generated for
police services.



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Plan III would employ two additional full-time officers; Plan II
would employ one additional full-time officer and supplement
with specials; Plan I would retain the current structure of one
full-time officer and specials with increased patrol coverage.

The advantage of part-time specials is that no benefit package
is necessary, therefore it is less expensive. The disadvantages are
the lack of training, continuity of service and commitment. Full-
time personnel require extensive training which is mandated by
the state but they would also require a retirement and insurance
package.

Mrs. St. Jean referred to the Town Meeting of 1972, when an
article on the warrant asking for a full-time police department
was defeated by the voters. She asked for an explanation of this
situation.

Mr. Swanson read from the minutes of the 1972 Town Meeting
pertaining to this matter. A large increase in the police budget
had been voted; the creation of the position of full-time police
chief is within the statutory authority of the selectmen.

Mrs. Clark stated that the point of view of the Board of Select-
men with regards to the police department budget was as follows:
Plan III is the most cost effective program because it represents a
relatively small percentage increase from Plan II for a full-time
department. She pointed out that it is difficult to get good part-
time officers and that turnover is high. The selectmen recognized
the other large budgetary increases and felt that the voters should
decide how much coverage is necessary and how it should be
funded.

Mr. Dennis added that it is also important that the officer live
within a close proximity to the Town of Lee.

Stephen Panish asked the comparison of Lee's per capita
expenditures for the police department to other area towns.

Chief Burke responded that this is a difficult comparison due
to different configurations of various townsвАФ for example, down-
town sections, bedroom communities, assessed valuation, walk-
ing beat, etc.



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Mr. Panish noted that the Town of Nottingham rehes heavily
on support from State Police. He suggested that dogs be disposed
of in a more economical fashion.

Chief Burke noted that he had inherited the dog problem, that
a dog officer could be hired. He recognized this was a burden on
the police department. He also noted that the State Police are also
understaffed.

Sara Gilsdorf asked which proposal the selectmen would
support.

Mr. Dennis responded that the selectmen had agreed to
recommend Plan H for economic reasons but that they felt Plan
III to be the most cost effective.

The question was moved. The amendment was defeated by a
vote of 60 to 86.

Diane Spires then returned to the issue of the town officers
salaries and asked for an explanation of hours worked for several
positions and wages per hour. Her questions were answered by
Mrs. Clark. Mrs. Spires suggested that the selectmen provide job
descriptions, and noted that the salary increases appeared to be
arbitrary.

Mrs. Clark felt that job descriptions were meaningless, since
many of the positions were established by statute. She added
that of primary importance is retaining and attracting good
employees.

John Wheeler agreed with Mrs. Spires. Rich DiPentima sug-
gested that this issue be discussed under Article 22.

Mr. Dennis stated opposition to "across the board raises."

Cathy Swanson moved to amend Article HI to increase the
budget by the sum of $19,900 which would be applied to the police
department budget for the purpose of hiring one full-time person
and specials. This was seconded by Mrs. Spires.

Dan St. Jean asked if there would be additional hidden costs.

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Chief Burke responded that this figure would include the benefit
package including insurance, FICA, and retirement.

Robert Hart asked if the increase has taken into consideration
estimated costs for mileage on the vehicles, and gasoline. Chief
Burke responded that gas, oil, tires and maintenance had been
included. With two full-time policemen automobile changeover
would probably increase to every 18 months. Burke estimates
with one additional full-time man, there would not be a more
rapid turnover. Automobile turnover is not included in the bud-
geted figures.

Mr. Dennis noted that the residents from Steppingstone Road
had been particularly vocal in recent months concerning the
need for more police coverage.

Maurice Hatch, a member of Durham Dispatch, argued that
the need in the police department did not seem to be for more call
out time, or more patrol time, but that it should be devoted to more
investigative or prosecution work as well as more secretarial
coverage of the office. He stated that he did not feel that this was
a good year economically to make this major increase in the
police department. He also felt that the police department spent
too much time devoted to dog calls.

The question was then moved. The amendment was adopted.

Mrs. St. Jean moved to amend Article IH to reduce the total
budget by the amount necessary to hold all salary and wage
increases to 6%. This was seconded by Mr. St. Jean. Mrs. St. Jean
stated that she felt that the entire salary structure of the town
was out of line and that merit raises were given repeatedly to the
same individuals.

Richard Weyrick urged voters to defeat this amendment and to
devote time to other more important issues.

The motion was defeated.

Article HI was adopted.



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ARTICLE IV: To see if the Town will vote to raise and
appropriate the sum of five thousand dollars ($5,000) for repairs
and improvements to the town buildings and attendant grounds.

This article was moved by Mrs. Clark and seconded by Mr.
Dennis.

Mrs. Clark explained that $2000 would be used for the library
ramp and landscaping and the other $3000 for continued repairs
to the Town Buildings and outdoor lighting.

Ben Gooch stated that he had understood that the ramp for the
library was included in the original bid for construction on the
addition and that he had included this in his bid.

Article IV was adopted.

ARTICLE V: To see if the Town will vote to raise and
appropriate the sum of four thousand, five hundred dollars
($4,500) for the purchase of a plow and wing for the highway
department.

This article was moved by Mrs. Clark and seconded by Mr.
Dennis.

Mrs. Clark noted that this had been requested by the road
agent. Mr. Dennis added that a later request would designate
$5,500 for the Capital Reserve Funds for highway equipment as
compared to the usual $10,000.

Mr. Michaels asked if this equipment would fit an existing
truck. Mrs. Clark responded that she assumed that it would.

Daniel St. Jean noted that the town now owned two plows; he
asked why this was needed. Mr. Stevens responded that the
current equipment is outdated but still usable.

Dwight Barney commented that the selectmen should be made
to be more accountable for the way the money which is approp-
riated should be spent.

Mr. St. Jean asked if the money was appropriated, need it be

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spent. The moderator responded that it did have to be spent as
appropriated.

The article was adopted.

ARTICLE VI: To see if the Town will vote to raise and approp-
riate the sum of five thousand, five hundred ($5,500) to be depos-
ited with the trustees of the trust funds as capital reserve for
highway equipment.

This article was moved by Mr. Dennis and seconded by Mel
Jenkins.

Mr. Dennis noted that the money in the reserve funds was
invested in CD's and draws interest and urged voters to continue
this sound future financial planning.

Richard Fleming spoke in favor of this motion and urged that
the selectmen thoroughly look into the issue of the town road
agent.

Article VI was adopted.

ARTICLE VII: To see if the Town will vote to raise and approp-
riate the sum often thousand ($10,000) to be deposited with the
Trustees of the Trust Funds as Capital Reserve for Fire
Equipment.

This article was moved by Mr. Dennis and seconded by Mrs.
Clark.

Mr. Dennis spoke in favor of this motion, reminded the voters
that new fire equipment appears to be necessary every 10- 14
years both to meet the growing needs of the town and the needs of
the insurance carriers.

This article was adopted.

ARTICLE VIII: To see if the town will vote to raise and approp-
riate the sum of one thousand, five hundred dollars ($1,500) for
the Lee Conservation Commission.



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This article was moved by Mr. Ford and seconded by Mr.
Dennis.

Mr. Ford explained that this money goes into a land acquisition
fund.

Mrs. St. Jean spoke in opposition to this article stating that
this was the only town agency with the right to purchase land
without coming before the town.

David Allan, Chairman of the Conservation Commission,
stated that they had attempted to purchase 21 acres of the last
open space on Wheelwright Pond this year but had been unable
to do so. He noted that it was difficult to find properties available.
Mr. Allan also noted that a group of young people in town should
be commended for hours donated in conservation work this last
year.

Mr. Ford added that state statute grants the Conservation
Commission this authority to purchase land.

Article VIII was adopted.

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

This article was moved by Mr. Ford and seconded by Mr.
Dennis.

Mr. Ford explained that this amount was appropriated last
year. This program administers federal funds for fuel assistance
and weatherization programs and helps to distribute surplus
foods to the needy; it also operates head start. Lee people are
served by this program.

There were no comments on this article. Article IX was adopted.

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



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This article was moved by Mr. Ford and seconded by Mr.
Dennis.

Mr. Ford explained that this was the amount appropriated last
year. This program is a voluntary non-profit organization which
provides out-patient clinic services, prenatal services, screen-
ing clinics and transportation services for the elderly and
handicapped.

There were no comments on this article. Article X was adopted.

ARTICLE XI: To see if the town will vote to raise and approp-
riate the sum of two thousand nine hundred fifty dollars ($2,950)
for the Oyster River Home Health Association.

This article was moved by Mr. Ford and seconded by Mr.
Dennis.

Mr. Ford explained that this voluntary non-profit organization
provides visiting nurse services, a maternal child health program,
dental clinic, well-child clinic and blood pressure screenings. In
1984 21 Lee residents received 393 home visits.

There were no comments on this article. Article XI was adopted.

ARTICLE XII: To see if the Town will vote to raise and approp-
riate the sum of four thousand, three hundred seventy dollars
($4,370.00) for the Durham Ambulance Corps.

This article was moved by Mr. Ford and seconded by Mr.
Dennis.

Mr. Ford explained that this amount indicated an increase
from last year which was attributable to the increased cost of
insurance coverage. Lee's share is based upon the total number
of ambulance "runs" to Lee, 14% in 1983.

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

ARTICLE XIII: To see if the Town will vote to raise and approp-
riate the sum of one thousand four hundred sixty-eight dollars



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($1,468) for the Strafford Regional Planning Commission.

This article was moved by Aaron Chadbourn and seconded by
Mr. Dennis.

Mr. Chadbourn referred voters to page 89 of the Town Report
for a summary of the services provided by Strafford Regional
Planning. He also noted that at the current rapid growth rate of
the area, Regional Planning becomes increasingly important.
Several new members have joined the commission this year.

There were no comments on this article. Article XIII was
adopted.

ARTICLE XIV: To see if the Town will vote to raise and approp-
riate the sum often thousand dollars ($10,000) for water resources
monitoring and protection and for aquifer mapping.

This article was moved by Mrs. Clark and seconded by Mr.
Dennis.

Mrs. Clark explained that the Durham well action had moti-
vated this article. The money would be used to begin to identify
water sources and monitor potential pollution sources.

Mrs. St. Jean asked if the maps that would be obtained from this
project would be better than those done previously by the Army
Corps of Engineers, exactly what would the town get for $10,000.

Mrs. Clark responded that the aquifer maps would be much
more extensive; a hydrologist would be employed to do them.

Richard DiPentima stressed his concern for pollution from
underground gas tanks and noted that Lee Hill with the store
and the police tank was also a potential source. He hoped that
some of these funds would be designated to draft ordinances to
protect underground water sources, once identified.

Mrs. Clark responded that a major purpose in obtaining the
information would be so that proper aquifer ordinances could be
drawn up.



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David Allan spoke briefly on the Water Resources Action
Committee, of which he is the chairman. He noted that this
committee was studying all water resources in the area in the
interest of future protection. Assistance to this committee was
being offered by state water pollution people and water resources
experts.

Mr. Dennis noted that the original maps done by the Army
Corps of Engineers have not proven to be accurate.

Newell Whitford asked who would be employed to do this study
and if the findings would be made public.

Mrs. Clark responded that a private consultant would be
employed. All maps would be public information.

Paul Bishop informed the voters that the Town of Salem is
currently in the process of conducting this type of study, using
some university students and a private firm. The study usually
comes up with a set of maps which delineate the water. Mr.
Bishop noted that he was also concerned about the landfill area
in Lee.

Ken Hill felt that $10,000 was not sufficient funding for this
project. Mr. Ford responded that an estimate had been received
from BCI in Laconia, for approximately $5,000 to map the second
largest aquifer, that being in Lee Hill. Mr. Dennis and Mr. Ford
noted that this money would be a beginning.

Article XIV was adopted.

ARTICLE XV: To see if the Town will vote to authorize the
Board of Selectmen to act as Trustees or Agents of the Town to
receive form the Trustees of the Trust Funds, pursuant to RSA
35:3 and 15, the sum of three thousand dollars ($3,000) and to
expend such sums for the planning for an alternative septage site
and for planning for the landfill area of the recycling center, such
expenditures to be taken from the capital reserve fund established
to defray the costs of complying with state requirements banning
open dump burning pursuant to RSA 125:78.

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

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Mr. Ford explained that septage waste is currently being dep-
osited in open pit lagoons which are close to wetland areas. The
lagoons have been barely passing the periodic state inspection
and the selectmen have been looking into alternatives to the
lagoons. The three possible alternatives are: (1) A better area for
lagoons; (2) A joint venture with the Town of Nottingham; or (3)
depositing the Lee waste into the Durham waste treatment plant.
The money would be used to defray any costs incurred in
exploring these alternatives.

David Allan spoke in favor of this article. He stated that the
current situation was a hazard. The banks are pushing into the
Wetland areas; cans are being pushed over the banks; the bank
itself is a steep drop and is a hazard; the area is heavily rat
infested.

Mr. Dennis also noted that the town resources were overtaxed
and a solution is imperative. Mrs. Clark added that cans are not
being recycled and should be included in the regular trash.

Mrs. St. Jean asked if glass was being recycled. Mr. Ford
responded that we were and that income was derived from this.

Paul Bishop, as a member of the New Hampshire Solid Waste
Management Board noted that the Town of Lee is currently
under investigation for closing out the facility because it is in
such bad shape. He noted that he was also a member of the
Durham Waste Water Board and although the cost for Lee to use
the Durham facility would be high, it would probably be worth-
while pursuing.

Mrs. Spires asked if $3000 would be sufficient funds. Mr. Ford
explained that this money would not be used to purchase land,
only to continue the study.

John Grady asked who was currently using the Lee facility.
Mrs. Clark responded that all residents would use the site unless
the trucker took the waste to another town. Mr. Dennis noted that
we do have a permit system which permits only residents to use
the Lee facility.

Article XV was adopted.

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ARTICLE XVI: To see if the Town will vote to appropriate and
authorize the withdrawal from the Revenue Sharing Fund estab-
lished under the provisions of the State and Local Assistance 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

Water Resources Protection and mapping $10,000.00

Transfer S tation Operation 5,664.18

Total $15,664.18

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

Mrs. Clark explained that this is where the aquifer mapping
funds would be obtained. The remainder of the funds would be
used to continue operation of the existing transfer station.

Mr. DiPentima asked how these items would be addressed
should the Revenue Sharing funds be discontinued. Mrs. Clark
responded that we had received these funds already; and would
face the discontinuation of Revenue Sharing funds in future
years.

Mr. DiPentima asked if any communication was planned to
Washington concerning the proposed elimination of these funds.
Mrs. Clark responded that the Municipal Association and every
town and other organization has complained.

Article XVI was adopted.

ARTICLE XVII: To see if the Town will vote to designate as a
scenic road the entire length of Birch Hill Road (from High Road
to the Epping town line) in accordance with the provisions of
RSA 231:157 & 158. (By petition of Gus Zaso and at least ten other
registered voters).

This article was moved by Mrs. Clark and seconded by Mr.
Dennis.

Mrs. Clark explained that the scenic designation means that a

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public hearing will have to be held before any improvements
such as widening can be done.

Mrs. St. Jean asked if a scenic road could be designated when
the road is partially in Epping. Mrs. Clark responded that the
designation could go to the town line.

Mrs. St. Jean commented that she was pleased to see that the
petition was submitted by the only resident on this road; as she
found, living on a scenic road, that the scenic designation to be of
questionable merit. She felt that the designation as such
indicated a lack of faith in the road agent as the controls were
only on the road agent and not on the property owner.

Mr. Stevens, road agent, stated that he did not care whether or
not this was designated a scenic road.

John Grady asked for more specific information concerning
the scenic designation. Mrs. Clark informed him that the inten-
tion was to retain the road in the natural state. Mr. Ford explained
that the scenic road bill was originally passed at the request of
the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and
other groups; it acts as a restraint upon the road agent in that a
public hearing, with the Planning Board and abutter representa-
tion is required.

Article XVII was adopted!

ARTICLE XVIII: 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 adverti-
sed sealed bids or in such other manner as determined by the
Selectmen as justice may require.

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

Mr. Dennis explained that this was a standard article; there is
not much land that is acquired for nonpayment of taxes in Lee
but this would authorize the selectmen to dispose of it properly.

There were no comments on this article; article XVIII was
adopted.

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ARTICLE XIX: 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 1985-86. 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
regulations.

This article was moved by Mr. Dennis and seconded by Mrs.
Clark. Mr. Dennis noted that this was a standard article.

There were no comments on this article. Article XIX was
adopted.

ARTICLE XX: To see if the Town will vote to authorize the
Selectmen to sell surplus equipment valued at less than three
hundred dollars ($300) at private sale and to sell surplus equip-
ment valued at more than three hundred dollars ($300) at public
auction or by advertised sealed bids; if the property remains
unsold, to sell the remaining property through private sale.

This article was moved by Mr. Dennis and seconded by Mrs.
Clark.

Mr. Dennis stated that this was a standard article; there had
been only one item which was sold for over $300 which was an old
grader sold in auction for $1000.

There were no comments on this article. Article XX was
adopted.

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

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

Mr. Dennis commented that it is not anticipated there would be


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