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Board of Selectmen Report 4

Town Manager Report 5

Town Officers 6


Police Department 9

Fire Department 14

Water Department 17

Landfill 18

Sewage Treatment 19

Engineering Department 22

Health Officer 23

Building Department 24

Recreation Department 27

Kelley Library 29

Southern Rockingham Regional

Planning Commission 32

Salem District Nursing Association 34

Salem District Court 35


Town Clerk 36

Tax Collector 37

Treasurer 39

Trustees of Trust Funds 45

Town Budget 5q

Town Warrant | 52



Left to right, W. L. Kelly, Town Manager;
Richard Lockhart, George Khoury, Bert Ford,
Chairman; Walter Stickney, Jr., Michael

Townspeople of Salem:

1973 saw a continued expansion of our Public
Services due to ever increasing demand.
General Revenue Sharing came on the scene and
enabled us to develop plans for a South Salem
Fire Station as recommended in the 1969
Underwriters Report, secure a new tanker for
the Fire Department, a larger building to accom-
modate the Water Distribution men and
equipment, additional garage facilities for the
Highway Department, a new heating unit at the
Old Town Hall in anticipation of its use as a
Drop-in Center for the Elderly and air condition-
ing for the Kelley Library.

The fuel and energy crises broke upon us with
full impact and precipitated the formation of an
Energy Information Exchange Committee to
share data on the various energy problems.

1973 saw the tax rate held to its 1971 level as we
benefited from continued construction and
development programs.

On behalf of the Board of Selectmen, I want to
specially thank the citizens who have given of
their time and talents on various boards and
committees for the benefit of the town and thus
assist Salem toward an orderly and productive
growth into maturity.

Bert H. Ford, Chairman
Board of Selectmen




William L. Kelly, Town manager

As in 1972, growth was again an important fac-
tor of our year. However, we now are experienc-
ing a plateau or "settling-in" rather than the
"building-up" that has been our recent ex-
perience. All types of new construction slowed
from previous levels; however, AAFE Corp. on
Keewaydin Drive initiated Phase Two of their
development program, which will double their
available space, and General Tire Company
started construction of their new Tech-Center off
Pelham Road.

During 1973, the Town started looking critical-
ly at not just where we are, but where we are go-
ing and how best to get there. Obviously, many
differing opinions will be expressed, but from
such discussion, we can all share in the future of
Salem. Through adoption and implementation of
the Master Plan and the Comprehensive Traffic
Study, the people of Salem can help determine
our future by design rather than by accident.

Program development and implementation
were the key words in municipal affairs during
1973. We initiated plans for the new South Salem
Fire Station, acquired a building to house the
Water Distribution Department, constructed an
addition to the Highway Department garage to

house most of their vehicles and to provide an
enlarged maintenance area, provided an air con-
ditioning system for Keiley Library, and install-
ed a new heating unit for the Old Town Hall, all
through the use of General Revenue Sharing
Funds, not direct tax dollars from the Salem tax-
payer. In addition, the District Court moved into
the Frost School Building and all Court related
functions are now housed in one building; con-
struction was started on our 1.6 million gallon
water reservoir and connecting main; the sewer
system continues to expand with new lines being
installed to serve more residential areas; and
general services of the Town continue to expand
in response to the ever-increasing needs of the
residents of the fourth largest municipality in
New Hampshire.

Our Town will continue to face the problems
and issues of a changing community by the par-
ticipation of its citizens: elected, appointed and
volunteer. The quality of our answers to the
problems and issues will be a direct result of the
quality of these people serving you. I am grateful
to those who give unselfishly of their precious
time, knowledge and experience to keep Salem
foremost among New Hampshire municipalities.




Bert H. Ford, Chairman

George J. Khoury

Walter E. Stickney, Jr.

Michael J. Carney

Richard A. Lockhart

Town Manager
Administrative Assistant
Town Clerk

William L. Kelly

Donald R. Jutton

Eleanor B. Barron

Moderator Marshall N. Decker

Chief of Fire Department

William E. Kingdon, Jr.

Forest Fire Wardens John Dawson

Richard Spofford

Francis Frame

William Kingdon

George Taylor

Anthony Kuncho

Augustine Bodenrader

Chief of Police Department John P. Ganley

Justice of District Court Kenneth F. Romprey

Special Justice James A. Sayer, Jr.

Clerk of Court Mary Kitson

Representatives to
General Court James A. Sayer, Jr

Laurence Belair

Marilyn Campbell

Grace DeCesare

Elizabeth Goff

Margaret Lemay

William Stevens

Vesta Roy

Richard Southwick

John Sununu

William Tuttle

Building Inspector
Electrical Inspector
Plumbing Inspector
Highway Supervisor

Armand Hebert

Joseph Bourque

Henry Potvin

Byron Harding

Cemetery and Parks Superintendent

Russell Collins

Water Distribution Superintendent

Edward Puzniak

Water and Sewer Utilities Office Lloyd Miller

Engineer Richard A. Smith

Planning Board

John Sununu, Chairman

Stephen Wight

Wallace Stickney

David Vartanian

Emil Corrente, Jr.

Terence McGrath

Sel. member Richard Lockhart

Board of Adjustment

Charles McMahon, Chairman

Douglas Seed

Maurice Murphy

Kenneth Folsom

Arthur Little

Carnick Kachadorian, Alternate

Peter Tokanel, Alternate

Leonard Kabala, Alternate

Ralph Parolisi, Alternate

Carl Montequin, Alternate

Supervisors of Check List

William Knightly, Chairman

John Grant

Beatrice Laycock

Collector of Taxes

John H. Lamprey


Director of Recreation Arthur D. Corbett

Coordinator of Elderly Programs

Dorothea Hanna
Recreation Committee John Pierro, Chairman

Beatrice Laycock

Mary Lou Brienza

Colleen Collins

Barbara MacLean

James McNeill

Clarence Hall

Richard Lockhart, Sel. member

Stephen Leone, Alternate

Joseph Castricone, Alternate

Laurie Nelson, Alternate

Marilyn Ralph

Michael R. Lehane, Jr.

Historic District Commission

Muriel Killam, Chairman

Carol Gookin

Charles Coll

John Sununu, Planning Board member

Group Living

Daniel and Mary Berry

Council on Aging Louise Ackerman, Chairman

Lydia Greenfield

George Linehan

Patricia Romano

Alfred Collins

Ruth Terpsten

Emma Chase

Harriet Fortune

Vesta Roy

William J. Stevens

Geraldine Dryden

Jacqueline Tatlis

Ethel Poitrast

Elmer Barney

Janet McPherson

Barbara Bender

Francis Wormald

Richard Lockhart, Sel. member

President Golden Age Club,

Honorary member

Conservation Commission

John Watkevitch, Chairman

William Schultz

William Taylor

Carol Morway

Mrs. Joseph Schultz

Arthur Chick

Salem Highway Safety
Coordinating Committee

Selectman, George Khoury

Police Chief, John P. Ganley

Fire Chief, William E. Kingdon, Jr.

Tov\/n Engineer, Richard Smith

Town Manager, William L. Kelly

Safety Officer, James Holland

Highway Supervisor, Byron Harding

Planning Board Member, John Sununu

School Board Member, Philip Smith

Director of Civil Defense

Anthony Coco

Housing Authority

George Gelt, Chairman

Harold Telfer

Arnold Leriche

Betty McLean

Wendell Davis

Southern Rockingham Regional

Planning Agency



Michael Carney
Terence McGrath
Wallace Stickney

Richard A. Willis

Budget Committee Arthur Campbell, Chairman

Ralph Brandano

Donald Roulston

Richard Tibbetts

Joseph Bezuka

Philip Cronin

Margaret Lemay, School Board member

Walter Stickney, Jr., Sel. member

Trustees of Trust Funds


Ivan Gile, Treasurer

William A. Brown

Russell Gladwin

Trustees of Public Library

Robert Kelly, Jr., Chairman

Earl Woodbury

Kathryn Gilmore

Library Director

Edward V. Reed, Jr.





At the beginning of 1973, the Salenn Police
Departnnent was in good operating condition
overall. Sonne problems at that time were evi-
dent in equipment condition and in areas of
assignment of personnel. In the latter category,
for example, patrol routes had not been modified
to any great degree since 1964. Three patrol cars
were assigned to the line function and Patrolled
the Town on a 3 car — 3 shift basis. Our problems
were primarily in the areas of numbers of
available personnel, vehicle condition,
availability of specialized equipment, such as
weaponry and armament, and a need for ad-
ditional vehicles.


In January 1973, the Department strength
chart authorized thirty (30) sworn positions and
four (4) civilian positions. As the result of action
at the Town Meeting, the department's authoriz-
ed strength rose to thirty-three (33) sworn and
seven (7) civilian positions. Three Patrolmen, an
additional dispatcher, an additional clerk and a
custodian were added in 1973. At present approx-
imately70%of our sworn personnel are assigned
directly to the uniformed patrol force. The
balance are divided between administrative, in-
vestigative and service positions. With the ex-
pansion of department activities and their
related resultant impact, a need for a special
assignment became obvious. In 1973 one (1) Of-
ficer was assigned full-time to the post of the

Department prosecutor. Responsibility for
maintenance of equipment was placed on one in-
dividual and a total preventive maintenance
program was initiated. The Department began a
daily personnel activity accounting, and
stronger emphasis on the management and mid-
line supervision of personnel was imposed.


Personnel from the Police Department were
required to attend over 3,000 hours of training in
1973. Our three newly appointed Officers and two
additional Officers attended the Police Training
Academy, for a six-week training period. Four
supervisors attended the Command Training
Law Enforcement Institute, at Babson College,
for an intensive Police Management Course.
Other schools to which Department personnel
were assigned included: The Civil Disorder
Orientation Course, at Augusta, Georgia, The
Armorer School, at Smith and Wesson Factory,
Springfield, Massachusetts, and specialized
schools for finger prints, criminal investigation,
narcotics investigation, accident investigation,
breath examiner training and firearms instruc-
tor training. In addition to these nearly 300 hours
of in-service basic training was provided to our
new special Officers. We are also proud of the
fact that a large number of our Police Officers
are currently attending College level programs
at St. Anselm's College and at Northern Essex
Community College.


The condition of tiie equipment, with which
any law enforcement agency is provided has a
direct effect upon the overall efficiency of that
Department. Currently our Police Vehicle fleet
is in excellent operating condition, primarily due
to an improved maintenance program. With the
modification of our patrol routes in 1973, we are
now able to provide four patrol routes throughout
the day, and have improved our capability of
responding to calls for service. The line cars with
their distinctive, high-visibility appearance have
been well received. It is my opinion that this ad-
ditional patrol capability along with other im-
provements such as our Patrol Sergeants, has
had a positive effect on the rate of reported
crimes in Salem. Our cruiser communication
equipment is now the best available. The patrol
officer has, from his cruiser, access not only to
our headquarters, but directly to. State Police,
The Sheriff's Department and in fact any other
similarly equipped cruiser in the State. In 1973, I
approved the sharing of our frequency with our
neighbor the AAethuen Police Department on a
temporary, trial basis. This one step was
resulted in increased efficiency, improved
accessibility to Massachusetts Law Enforce-
ment Assistance, and provides for a greater and
quicker dissemination of information in both
communities. With the increase in so called
"Violent Crimes" or "Street Crimes", this type
of cooperation is necessary more than ever.


In order to properly support the efforts of the
Police Officer in the Street, a large number of
auxiliary services are necessary. Supervision,
communications and records keeping are but a
few. To provide improvements in this area in
1973, the Governors Commission on Crime and
Delinquency provided LEAA funding to support
these improvements. Salem acquired through
that agency, equipment to improve and up-date
our records-keeping capability. We have entered
into a Micro-Film system that will provide for
better storage and retrieval of statistical data
and of all of our records. We now have a modern
and efficient system. Through these im-
provements we are now able to provide data
relative to our total activities in addition to what
had been maintained adequately in the past.

When a Department reaches the size of Salem's,
documentation and factual reporting becomes
extremely important. Stronger emphasis on ac-
curacy, and completeness of our records-
keeping system was a goal in 1973. With the
growth experienced by the Community and its
Police Department have come greater demands
in these areas. We now have the capability of
reporting critical data on an up-to-date basis,
with immediate recall availability.

It is interesting to note that in addition to our
primary function of protecting the life and
property of Salem Citizens, the Department ex-
panded its other areas of service. Approximately
a quarter of a million dollars worth of stolen
property was returned to its owners through the
efforts of the Police Department. An improve-
ment in a number of areas of our activity was
noted. For instance, of the total of 872 accidents
reported to this department, which is a reduction
over the 1972 figure, only 183 or approximately
21% resulted in personal injury. Our safety
program has been improved and up-dated.
Every child entering first grade of the Salem
School system is shown a movie, and given a talk
on both Highway Safety, as it applies to these
youngsters, and the areas of danger that these
little ones could become exposed to. The fact that
we have yet to have injuries to youngsters in-
volved in our school transportation program, is a
tribute, in my opinion, to the Department efforts.
Since the initiation of the Crossing Guard
Program, we have not had a youngster injured at
these high traffic locations. In addition, our Safe-
ty Program was expanded to include some
emphasis on abuse of controlled drugs, with the
hope that prior knowledge of the problems that
can arise through abuse of these controlled drugs
will help to deter a youngster from becoming in-
volved. Our Juvenile Bureau has continued to
have an impact on youth, in our community, with
the emphasis in this area being placed on deterr-
ing delinquency and hopefully reducing and
retarding the number of youngsters entering the
court process. While we are not a social agency,
it is obvious that there can be and should be op-
tions available in circumstances and incidents
involving youngsters in violation of our laws. In
general, I feel that our auxiliary services are
responding to the Community's needs, and £>n an
overall basis are effective and worthwhile.



The year 1974 will be one of challenge for the
Police Department. The continuing growth, both
of our population and our business Community
puts additional burdens on the Department. In
order to continue to provide a high level of ser-
vice, in view of the growth factor, the economic
climate and the crisis in energy, the Department
must continue to be alert and responsive. Salem
is no longer an isolated community, as it may
have been in the past. The constant expansion of
the metropolitan areas around us bring ad-
ditional probems to emergency service agencies.
It is a tribute to the personnel of the Police
Department that, in spite of the growth and the
increase in crime all around us, Salem remains a
safe Community in which to live. Salem is still a
Community in which you can walk the streets
without fear. While we have recorded an in-
crease statistically in complaints made and
responded to, it is worthy of note that the bulk of
these are minor in nature. Serious and violent
crime in Salem, is being held in check. In order
to maintain these conditions our planning for the
coming year includes improvements in our
patrol efforts, our communications capabilities
and personnel selection and training. Additional-
ly we plan modification to improve ad-
ministrative and service efficiency.

Under the constitution and in our society, a
Police Department has, as a reason for its ex-
istence, only the protection of life and property
and the service of its citizens. It is my personal
opinion that the citizens of the Town of Salem,
have supported, do support and will continue to
support the efforts of their Police Department.

John P. Ganley,
Chief of Police


Patrol Mileage

Property Damage

Personal Injury



M/V Bicycle



D.W.I. Arrests

Motor Vehicle Arrests (other)

Adult Arrests (all others)

Juvenile Arrests (Delinquency)

Grand Total Arrests

Escorts (deposits, etc.)
Property Checks
Firearms Licenses Issued
Bicycles Registered
Complaint Service Calls
Non-Criminal Service Calls
Miscellaneous Service Provided












Salem Police Department

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The year 1973 saw a significant increase in
Fire Alarms. However, tliese were primarily
minor in nature — mostly grass and brush fires
due to dry conditions in the Spring and Fall.

On May 4, 1973 the National Committee on Fire
Prevention and Control submitted their report to
the President. A two-year study had been com-
pleted to find the causes of nearly 12,000 deaths
by fire each year and a staggering 11.4 billion
dollars in losses caused by fire.

The Committee found that in most com-
munities fire protection was fair to good, but that
training, fire prevention and education of the
public to react to fires was lacking.

The Salem Fire Department has been aware of
these problems for some time. In 1973 the
Department logged 5,500 hours of In-service
training. An additional 1,600 hours of training
were- taken by some of the men in specialized
fields such as Rescue and First Aid, Under-water
recovery and arson investigations. At the pre-
sent time there are also six (6) men within the
Department attending New Hampshire
Vocational Colleges working toward their degree
in Fire Science.

The Fire Prevention program has also been
expanded. Inspections of buildings are con-
siderably up over the previous year. The number
of oil burner inspections tripled over the
previous year. A number of violations of all types
were discovered and caused to be corrected dur-
ing the year.

It is common knowledge that many victims of
fires would have been saved if they had only
known how to react when fire does occur. To help
educate the public in this area, the Department
has obtained safety films and visual aids. These
have been used the past year in Civic Organiza-
tion meetings, and Commercial and Industrial
locations. We also intend to use them throughout
the school system throughout this coming year.
Any group, public or private, that wishes to have
this program given can do so by contacting the
Fire Prevention Officer of the Fire Department.

Respectfully submitted,

William E. Kingdon

Chief of the Fire Department


The following is a report of all calls answered
in 1973 by this department.

Fire calls 915

Ambulance Calls ...915

Total calls



Building Fires
Brush and Grass
Cars and Trucks

False or Accidental
Wash Gas and Oil
Service Calls
Oil Burners
Rubbish and Dump
Lock Outs
Mutual Aid


Fire cal

Is for January



Fire cal

Is for February



Fire cal

Is for March



Fire cal

Is for April



Fire cal

Is for May



Fire cal

Is for June



Fire cal

Is for July



Fire cal

Is for August



Fire cal

Is for September



Fire cal

Is for October



Fire cal

Is for November



Fire cal

Is for December




Places of business 238

Schools inspected 28

Fire Drills in Schools 23

Oil Burner Permits 159

Lectures to Public 13

(On Fire Safety and First Aid)

Fires investigated 137

Fees received fronn Oil Burner Permits $935.00

Fees received from Blasting Permits . . .$150.00

Fire loss $249,722.00 (approx.)

Respectfully submitted,

Anthony Kuncho

Lieutenant Inspector

A copy of the Report of the National Com-
mission on Fire Prevention and Control is
on file at the Salem Fire Department. The
Chief or one of his men would be happy to
review it with any concerned citizens or

Oommisaat on Fire Preventiai



Newly acquired Water Department Facility

1.6 million gallon water reservoir under con-

The construction of the new water tank at
Lawrence and Cluff Roads is progressing well.
Completion is scheduled for April, 1974. The tank
capacity is 1,600,000 gallons and the cost will be
slightly over $400,000. The old tank on Howard
Street will be thoroughly inspected when it is
taken out of service and a decision made at that
time on how it will, if at all, best serve the

The income from water sales for 1973 increas-
ed over 1972 by $24,404.90, yet failed to provide
the funds necessary to cover operating and
maintenance expenses, that have steadily in-
creased over the years, plus the principal and in-
terest payments on bonds to finance the con-
struction of the new tank and main, and capital
necessary to upgrade the distribution system. A
new rate structure has been presented to the
Selectmen for study to provide revenue to meet
these expenses.

The engineering survey of the water system is
nearly complete. The long range planning ex-
pected from this report should do much for the
department in the years ahead in the effort to
supply adequate service to a steadily increasing

Funds have been requested in the 1974 Budget
to finance the study of additional water supply
sources. This knowledge must be available for
future planning if the demand, residential or in-
dustrial, should reach a point where the present
source is not adequate.

Respectfully submitted,

Lloyd Miller

Water Department Office Manager




Getting rid of humanity's waste is not a new
problem; it is as old as man himself. The trouble
now is that people are throwing away more than

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