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Traffic Circle/liquor store area.

In addition, Planning Board members reviewed soil tests for
thirty-nine lots of record and approved a boundary line adjust-
ment on Route 155.

A final draft of the Capital Improvements Plan for the next six
years was presented to the Selectmen in September. This will be
incorporated in the 1986 Master Plan Revision which is near
completion and should be ready for public hearing in early 1986.


Planning Board members also prepared fourteen zoning
amendments and nine amendments to the Lee Building Codes.
Six zoning amendments were adopted by voters at a special town
meeting in October; eight will be presented on the March Town
Meeting Ballot. In October, voters adopted a sign ordinance.
Amendments proposed for March include a proposed Commercial
Zone expansion south on Route 125 (which was presented by
resident petition); creation of an aquifer protection ordinance;
and a multi-family development ordinance as well as several

Board members extend their appreciation to Russell Valentine
who served on the Lee Planning Board for eight years and Natalie
Allan, a board member since 1978. Both members resigned their
positions in 1985 but have remained active in town affairs by
assisting on special committees. The Planning Board welcomes
two new members: Gil Priestly of Mitchell Road and John
McLean of Turtle Pond Road.



The Zoning Board of Adjustment held pubUc hearings on four-
teen applications in 1985.

Special exceptions were granted, after review by the Lee Con-
servation Commission, to BeechHill Corporation and to Inland
Acres to permit the construction of subdivision roads over the
Wetlands Conservation Zone on property located on Route 152
and on Route 155 and Tuttle Road.

A special exception was granted to Farrell, Martin and Pulitzer
to permit the development of 28 apartment units on Route 125
near the Epping Town Line in the Residential Zone. Two public
hearings were held and special exceptions granted twice to per-
mit expansion of Fogarty Lumber Company on Route 125 by the
addition of an office and lumber drying area.

A dimensional variance was granted to Don Albro to permit a
lot line adjustment on property on Granger Drive. A setback
variance was granted to James Stoakes for a garage addition on
Lee Hook Road. A dimensional variance was granted to Helen
Sills to permit a State directional sign on Route 125 pertaining to
an antiques shop on Bennett Road.

Applications for special exception was also approved for the
expansion of Hills Acres Mobile Home Park in North Lee.

Variance applications to permit the expansion of Evergreen
Terrace by the addition of a mobile home site was denied as well
as application from Otto Leighton for mobile home placement on
Route 125.

Application was heard and denied to Norman Michaels for a
condominium development on eight acres off Route 155 on Little
River Road and to James Allen for a frontage variance on Mast

The Board of Adjustment welcomed Natalie Allan who was
appointed as an alternate in November.



The Conservation Commission members continue working with
the Planning Board in the reviewing of site plans of developments
being proposed in Town. We appreciate the close working rela-
tionship with the other Town boards, especially alerting us to the
possible dredge and fill permits needed by the developers It also
allows the Commission to be aware of wildlife habitat changes,
firepond siting and shoreline development.

We have continued working with the Selectmen on the problems
of the Recycling Center. A survey has been made and with the
help of the Soil Cons. Service a plan to eliminate the hazardous
slope has been developed. A dredge & fill permit was obtained as
the project is filling more of the nearby wetland. Surface water
below the dump has been tested for many chemicals and no
hazards were found. This water enters Wheelwright Pond. Sewage
disposal will be eliminated by transporting it to the Durham
plant. The fire pond below the dump was cleared of a great accum-
ulation of debris by Ethan and Jessica Gilsdorf and Commission

The Commission will bring the purchase of the Durgin Property
on Wheelwright Pond to the Town Meeting. This property consists
of 21 acres with 850 ft. frontage on the Pond and is adjacent to the
Town Forest. Lee is one of the few towns to be accepted for Federal
Cost sharing on a project.

There have been meetings with interested land owners on Con-
servation Easements and more are being planned. We feel this is
one way that open space and the preservation of fields and forest
land can be realized. We are presently working with the University
on an easement along the Burley-Demeritt and Dudley Farms
they would protect V/z miles of river frontage.

We continue working with the Mast Way school on Outdoor
Education. We also work with interested landowners in wildlife
planning of their property. We have also been involved in the
Aquifer Zoning proposal.

David Allan, Chairman

Lee Conservation Commission



Treasurer's Report
June 30, 1985

Balance on Hand 12/31/84 $14,694.91

Dues: New Hampshire Association

of Conservation Commissions (95.00)

E. Patricia Gary, land appraisal (50.00)

Peter Parker, supplies for

improvements on James Farm Trail (48.03)

Interest -Money market account,

12/31/84-6/28/85 570.81

Balance on Hand 6/28/85 $15,072.69

Respectfully submitted,
Jeannette Roberts, Treasurer




The Directors of the Lamprey Regional SoUd Waste Coopera-
tive are pleased to report that the incinerator/energy recovery
plant located on the University of New Hampshire campus is
operating on a continuous twenty-four hour, seven day a week

The day-to-day operation is carried out under the supervision
of the Cooperative's Administrator, under the general supervisory
control of the three member Operations Committee from the
Joint Board of Directors. The plant personnel, in addition to the
administrator, includes two mechanics, a truck driver, two daily
shifts of 12 hours each involving 8 persons, plus a daily clean-up
crew and the secretary. This organization operates the incinerator
system, maintains records, and coordinates with the University's
Power Plant staff to monitor the boiler and steam production
elements of the plant. The Cooperative's organization also han-
dles the collection of refuse from the transfer stations of five
communities, and handles the ash removal and its transfer to the
landfill site.

During 1985 the Cooperative purchased a new Mack chassis
with roll-on capability to handle the ash containers and the
Canisters from the five communities with transfer stations.

The decline in the price of oil during the past year was of course
welcomed by home owners and business operators, however, the
price drop significantly reduced the income of the Cooperative
for the sale of steam to the University, as the revenue from steam
is controlled by the price of fuel oil. Some unexpected mainte-
nance items coupled with the plant being shut down for two
weeks during which the University had the area between the
plant and the recently relocated fire station regraded and paved
also reduced the Cooperative's revenue from the sale of steami.


The rubbish from member communities increased by 9.375% in
1985 over that of 1984.

A major problem to be resolved during 1986 will be to locate an
approved site for ash disposal. The regulatory agencies have
rather arbitrarily taken the position that the ash must be disposed
of within a secure landfill.

Ranee G. Collins

Chairman, Joint Board of Directors



The Durham Ambulance Corps, founded in 1968 in memory of
Dr. George C. McGregor, provides emergency medical and ambu-
lance services to the communities of Durham, Lee, Madbury and
to the University of New Hampshire Durham campus. These
emergency services are provided free of charge to residents of
these communities, and to their guests.

Corps members are volunteers, who donate their time to provide
professional emergency medical care and to standby in cases of
possible emergency. As well as the many hours this requires, our
members also volunteer their services to tend to the administra-
tive, clerical, and maintenance duties that are necessary for
day-to-day operations. This includes maintaining close com-
munications with cooperating and concerned area agencies. Our
members attend numerous district and regional meetings, com-
munication center meetings, area trauma critiques, and other
related meetings and events, in addition to our own business and
training meetings.

Each corps member devotes a considerable number of hours to
training, in order to maintain our high standard of patient care.
DAC members are encouraged to upgrade their training; al-
though the State of New Hampshire merely requires a 40-60 hour
Advanced First Aid course for licensure, all of the 26 current
DAC members have at least EMT-A training (120 hours) as well.
Most have advanced training, such as Advanced Patient
Assessment, use of MAST (Medical Anti-Shock Trousers), EOA
(Esophagal Obturator Airway), etc. Six have gone on to become
Paramedics, and we now have a seventh DAC member enrolled
in the 2-year, 1500 hour Paramedic Program at New Hampshire
Technical Institute.

We moved into new quarters in February — both ambulances
are finally under one roof! Our members spent countless hours
building walls, installing a kitchen, and learning the peculiarities
of drywall and paint. To pay for this, it was necesary to spend our
reserve fund of $6,800; we are most grateful to the Town of
Durham for its support, and to area merchants who gave us


donations, discounts, and endured our questions. The new station
has already proved to be an enormous asset. Not only are both
ambulances stored together, vastly simplifying maintenance and
logistics, but also, having an office of our own has streamlined
and organized our administrative processes. Finally, we have a
meeting room that provides a central place to gather for meetings,
practice, and training, and where our members can study or
work. This means that the chances of responding instantly to a
call are much greater; people are more apt to be at the station
already. Overall, the station has been of incalculable value in
building esprit de corps.

The station is, however, yet unfinished. There is a lot of interior
work still to be done such as installing a suspended ceiling. Right
now we look up and see fiberglass stuffed between rafters. If you
are interested in seeing the new station, or helping out, we'd love
to show it to you. The building is kept locked, but arrangements
can be made by calling our business number, 862-3674. (Please do
not use the old numbers, 862-1426 or 868-5531). You may reach an
answering machine instead of a member, but the machine is
checked daily by an officer of the Corps. In case of emergency you
should still dial 862-1212 from Durham or Madbury (1212 on the
UNH phone system) or 868-2400 from Lee.

In October, the Corps launched a capital fund drive in antici-
pation of replacing the 1980 Ford Van Ambulance (Al). The
national life expectancy of a front line ambulance is only five
years, and Al has begun to show signs of aging. The anticipated
cost of a new vehicle, depending on design and without the
majority of equipment, is between $35,000 and $50,000. So far, the
fund drive has yielded over $7200 towards this goal. If the amount
we will have raised by the time we need a new ambulance, plus
the trade-in value of the old ambulance is insufficient, we will
request appropriations on the basis of percent usage by each
community we serve.

The volume of calls handled by the DAC has dramatically
increased over the years, from only 480 in 1975 to 678 in 1985.
Other demands on our volunteers have likewise increased; the
growing professionalism of pre-hospital emergency care demands
far more training and recertification than was required ten years
ago. We are very fortunate to have EMT classes offered on a


regular basis at UNH; these courses are open to non-students.
Traditionally, our membership has been bolstered by University
students, whose flexible schedules help us to maintain coverage
during working hours; but our mainstay has always been per-
manent residents. We are always looking for interested, qualified
citizens to join our organization.

As the field of Emergency Medical Services grows, and the
area population increases, the DAC and citizens need to begin
thinking about our role, and plans for the future. The level of care
we offer requires considerable training. Response time is limited
by volunteers having to drop what they are doing at home or
work, and rush to the station. As a general policy we can only
provide emergency transport to area hospitals. The cost of a
volunteer network is very low, but depends on a small number of
people devoting a lot of time. We could offer dramatically
improved services (for instance, Paramedic service), but we will
not be permitted to unless we can guarantee definitive hours for
those services. As a volunteer service, such guarantees are
unrealistic. Should we create full or part-time paid positions? We
all, DAC, citizens, town governments, and the EMS network,
need to consider these factors and direct our future plans.

Finally, we wish to encourage all citizens to complete a CPR
(Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) course as given by the Ameri-
can Heart Association or the American Red Cross. Bystander
CPR has proven to be a crucial factor in cardiac arrest cases,
stabilizing the victim until those with more advanced training
can arrive. CPR courses probably represent the best investment
you can make; CPR really does save lives. Several members of
the DAC are CPR instructors; call us or the American Red Cross.
We can also offer the use of practice dummies to keep up your
skills. Please learn CPR— it enables you to help your friends and
neighbors, and helps us to better serve the community.

Patrick D. Ahearn, President
Claire Curtis, Operations V.R
Loretta B. Chase, Administrative V.P.
Laura Decoster, Training Coordinator
Scott Ellis, Secretary
Lorelei Oilman, Treasurer



This year was a record setting year in terms of the number of
building permits issued for new construction and alterations to
present structures. Over all, the building permits that were issued
for conversions and new construction will add one hundred
thirty-six (136) new housing units to the housing inventory. In
the last two years there has been a significant increase in the
building of multi-family structures (both apartment buildings
and condominiums) in town as well as a dramatic increase in the
number of single family homes being built in town. Another
indication of the growth of the town is the number of permits
issued for the construction of duplexes.

A grand total of 112 building permits were issued in 1985. A
breakdown of the type of construction for those permits follows:


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Respectfully submitted,
Gerald Preston
Building Inspector



I received several complaints for malfunctioning and /or failed
septic systems. Each complaint was investigated and the prop-
erty owner notified that corrections to the system had to be
completed. Most of the complaints concerning septic systems
have been for apartment buildings that are twenty years old and
older. Most of these buildings are located on small lots since they
pre-date zoning and frequently there is little or no room for
replacement systems; repairs and replacement when feasible
tend to be costly and time consuming. Tenants who rent the
apartments should be aware that the process for correcting the
problem is not something that can be accomplished overnight
and is something that can take more than a month. Therefore, it
would help if I were notified of the problem as soon as it begins.
This would help me do my job and would lead to a quicker
solution to the problem.

Also, as part of my duties as the health officer, I have inspected
new septic systems as they are being installed. The State of New
Hampshire also inspects new systems to insure that the installa-
tion of the systems is completed to the design specifications.

Finally, I investigated a complaint concerning the proper dis-
posal of dead farm animals. Following my investigation, steps
were taken that have corrected the problem to everyone's

Respectfully submitted,
Gerald Preston
Health Officer



The Lee Recreation Commission continues to sponsor several
fitness activities for town residents. Exerstretch and aerobics for
women had a full attendance of 25-30 mornings at the Lee Church.
Also held at the Lee Church, Kindercise classes in fall and winter
had 20-24 preschoolers attending. A six week Hatha Yoga class
was held in October and November at Mast Way School gym; also
a Tai Chi Clinic in December and January. Muscles in Motion, a
new fitness workout for elementary school students, has a large
attendance of 30 this January. Volleyball will be a new recreation
and fitness activity for men and women coming this spring.
Minimal registration fees are charged for most classes and all
activities are self supporting.

Basketball for men continues Tuesday and Thursday evenings
at Mast Way School gym, a most popular activity during winter

A Halloween Party/Ice Cream Smorgasborg was held October
25, 1985 at Mast Way School in cooperation with the Mast Way
Home School Committee. Over 200 children attended in costume.
Storytelling, a cake walk, craft table, prizes and gallons of local
ice cream were the highlights of the party. Adults as well as
children enjoyed the activities.

The backstop at Lee Town Park was repaired. Work on the
bleachers has started. Flowers were planted by the flag this
summer. Cub Scouts assits in spring clean up at Town Park.

Donna Bucar


Lee Recreation Commission



The Strafford Regional Planning Commission (SRPC) pro-
vides professional planning services to member communities in
both Strafford and Rockingham Counties. SRPC staff expertise
is primarily focused in four areas: transportation planning,
environmental assessment, community/economic development
and land use planning. Technical assistance is also provided in
solid waste management, federal grant preparation assistance
and local zoning and site review regulations.

This year SRPC completed a comprehensive groundwater
study of the Strafford region which will assist communities in
their efforts to protect regional groundwater supplies. The Com-
mission also prepared a septage management plan which will
assist municipalities in SRPC's jurisdiction in compl3dng with
state law mandating that each city and town have a fifteen year
plan for the disposal of waste from septic systems.

SRPC continues to plan for an efficient regional transportation
network through its contract work with the New Hampshire
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