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their continued hard work and dedication. We face a lot of obstacles but I'm pleased with the
perseverance with which we keep striving for the best. We will look forward to the challenge of
the upcoming projects of this next year.

Respectfully submitted.
Information Services Manager



POLICE DEPARTMENT

The Salem Police Department experienced several significant changes in the year 2001. These
changes came in the forms of a change of Chief Executives, promotions, retirements,
resignations, new hires, and on a sad note, the death of a Salem Police Officer. We also have had
an officer called to active military duty in response to 9-1 1 .

Personnel: Former Chief Stephen MacKinnon moved on to a Pohce Chiefs position in
Arizona. Chief Paul T. Donovan came on board on September 4, 2001. Promoted to the rank of
Lieutenant was Philip Smith, Jr., with promotion to the rank of Sergeant going to Fred Rheault
and William Teuber. Michael Campfield was assigned as a Detective in July. Newly hired police
officers for 2001 included Louis Currier Jr. and Anthony Oliveri. Mr. Jack Danahy was hired
under a JAIBG grant as Truant Officer. Sadly, the Salem Police Department lost Officer Ted
Anagnos to an untimely death, caused by the criminal act of another, in Lowell, Massachusetts.
His loss is still strongly felt throughout the Department. Retirements included Officer George
Winchell. Captain Alan Gould resigned to accept the Police Chief position in Rye, NH and
Officer Todd Nickerson resigned to accept a position with the United States Customs Service.



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Crime Statistics: The Police Department has compiled the below listed statistics for 2001:



Calls For Service


33,631


Murder/Att. Murder


1


Assault


188


Sexual Assault


18


Burglary


89


Robbery


18


Larceny


844


Stolen Vehicles


144


Arson


1


Other Violations:




Liquor Violations


89


Trespass


33


All Other Offenses


673


Services/Interventions:




Missing Persons


20


Mentally Disturbed





Recovered Motor Vehicles


92


Attempted Suicides


17


Non-Criminal Reports


118


Transports


305


Alarms


2,226


Pistol Permits


44


Reports:




Case Numbers Assigned


7,140


Adult Arrests


2,006


Adults Charges


2,806


Juvenile Arrests


231


Juvenile Charges


308


Accidents:




Reported


1,309


Investiyated


1,009



Intimidation/Threatening


133


Counterfeit/Forgery


30


Fraud


83


Stolen Property


92


Vandalism


337


Weapons Violations


8


Drug Violations


242


Bad^Checks


28


DWI


221


Other Department Arrests


61


Warrant Arrests


129


Disorderly Conduct


74


Overdose


15


Runaways


31


Family Offenses (non-viol


ent) 15


Domestics (non-violent)


155


Escorts


97


Property Checks


74


Insurance Requests


1,814


Records Checks


227


Summons/Warnings


8,270


Restraining Orders


137


Field Interviews


203


State Police Arrests


130


Motor Vehicle Charges


274


Criminal Calls


17,132


Non-Criminal Calls


10,455


Calls For Service


33,631



Calls for service continue to rise. Part 1 crime in several areas has decreased. Motor vehicle
accidents are up, as are drug offenses/arrests.

Investigative Services: The Property Room operation was updated and improved through the
efforts of Officer Doug MuUin.



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Drug investigations were up considerably, with more of an effort put into this area. Several fairly
large seizures of drugs were effected through the efforts of the Detectives, working in
partnership with Regional, State and Federal Agencies.

Lt. Larsen, along with Sgt. Patten and several Detectives are coordinating our Homeland Defense
measures to gather and maintain the timeliest Intelligence and Terrorism Information as it
becomes available. Training, provided by the State, has been attended in order to keep up our
contacts with other agencies. The regional police and fire departments are also continuing to
work together to provide the most efficient and effective services.

The Department obtained two digital 35mm cameras for evidentiary use via a grant. These items
were much needed.

Community Services: Officer Jonathan Hoellrich was selected as the D.A.R.E. Officer in May.
Ms. Kalie Lydon was named Youth Services Liaison in November.

The Crime Prevention Officer position is vacant at this time, as are the four P.O. P. (Problem
Oriented Policing) positions. Sworn personnel position vacancies have prevented the Department
fi-om filling these positions at this time.

Bill Teuber was promoted to Sergeant in December, leaving a vacancy for a Juvenile Detective.
This position has been posted.

Grant funds have been approved to provide funding for training in D.A.R.E, G.R.E.A.T and
JOLT.

Patrol: The Patrol Division was staffed fully in September, but has again felt reductions due to
resignations, promotions, military activation and the death of Officer Anagnos. The Department
has endeavored to keep the staffing level of Patrol at full, but the aforementioned losses have
kept this from being a reality. Additional personnel are being sent through the testing process, to
be hired in early 2002. As the statistics indicate, the Patrol Officers are "call-driven", leaving a
minimum amount of time for officer initiated activity such as Traffic Enforcement, enforcement
of Quality of Life issues, random patrol, etc. For 2002, the Department will begin to gather
information to analyze in order to be able to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the units
presently on the street. This information will also offer insight into the personnel and staffing
levels presently employed by the Salem Police Department. Patrol, being the most critical part of
the Department, must be properly staffed to maintain peak efficiency.

The Future: The Department is suffering from a severe shortage of space in the present
building. There are plans underway to build a new, functional, modem facility. This facility is
expected to last at least twenty to thirty years, so the planning going into it is meticulous. Every
member of the Department has been invited to provide input in order to ensure that we do it
right.

As new personnel are hired, we will attempt to address the issues revolving around traffic.
Increased Traffic Enforcement efforts will be employed in order to reduce accidents, make the



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roadways safer and to educate drivers in order to make them more aware of their contributions to
accidents and fatahties. The issues of speed, discourteous drivers and reckless operation are
complaints we receive on a regular basis. We will endeavor to address these complaints in 2002.

To Our Communit>': We thank you for your support and good wishes. We will endeavor to
bring you better service, increased accountability and an increased quality of life in Salem for
2002.

Respectfully submitted.
Chief of Police



DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

Highway Division, i'tilities Division, Engineering Division

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! And it did for the winter of 'OO-'Ol . In fact, by the time April
had rolled around over 90" of snow had fallen in Salem. Snow fell in November of 2000 and
never left the ground until April of 2001. The first week of March included two storms and more
than 20" of snow. A State of Emergency was declared for this event. Ultimately the Town did
received re-imbursement for some of these extraordinary expenditures from the State Office of
Emergency Management. As weather in New England goes, by the end of March we
experienced heavy rains and flooding. This flood event was somewhat unique because of all the
snow and snow banks that were still on the ground. The two new river gauging stations along the
Spicket River, installed by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), one at Cowbell Comer
and one at the Methuen town line, played an intrigul part in the management of this flood event.
These gauging stations provide real time data on the status of the Spicket River.

Finally spring arrived and with spring began the construction season, including our maintenance
etTorts and road improvement program. Maintenance and repair of our storni water collection
system remains a top priority for the Highway Division. Repair of catch basins and the
replacement of cuhcrts last all construction season. Minor pavement repairs, crack sealing, and
infrared repairs help extend the life of our roadways. Our road improvement program began in
the Stanwood Road and Sherwood Circle neighborhood. This program involves the
reconstruction of existing roads by pulverizing the existing paved road, minor drainage and
utility improvements, and repaving. The next neighborhood was Granite Ave and Dunbar
Terrace. A minor sewer extension was installed on Park Ave, providing service to five existing
households, and the water line in Bemice was replaced. Next on the list for improvements were
Emier Road and Liberty Street, two roads in obvious need of help. The water main in Liberty
Street was replaced in its entirety. This particular main averaged one water main break a year,
with twelve breaks in twehe years. The new main will provide a better level of service for many
years to come. Prior to this w ork. Liberty Street was the number one street requested for pothole
repairs, not any more.

For the first time in many years, two employees were specifically assigned to landscape
maintenance for the town buildings and Michelle Park. These employees were in addition to the



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employees assigned to the cemeteries, who continue to provide outstanding service to the town.
This effort was initiated to take advantage of and continue the beautification effort from our
250' celebration last year. Many compliments were received on the improved aesthetics of these
landscape areas. The Town Common, in our Historic District on Main Street, remains our focus
and we will continue to improve our maintenance of this area.

The Utilities Division continues to provide excellent municipal water and sewer service to the
community. Canobie Lake and Arlington Pond share the responsibility of providing the water
source for our customers. As the division continues to grow the future becomes so very
important. More and more effort is being directed to plarming for the build out of service and the
long-term management of our water sources and other assets. The remediation for MtBE
contamination issues appears to be best served via municipal water service. The Blake Road
water main extension project, approved last year, will provide this relief to 46 homes by
springtime. Just recently, the NH Department of Environmental Services has agreed to
participate in an investigative effort north of Blake Road along Arlington Pond to Sunset Road.
We will be sampling up to 150 private wells to determine the extent of MtBE contamination in
this area. Phase II of the Blake Road water main extension project is proposed in the 2002
budget.

Two major maintenance projects were undertaken in 2001, the painting (inside and out) of the
Lawrence Road Water Storage Tower and the I&I Sewer line rehabilitation project. The first
project required the complete draining of the tower, removal of all the paint on the structure
inside and out, sandblasting, welding repairs, and repainting. This effort will keep the tower in
good shape for another twenty years. The I&I (Infiltration and Inflow) Sewer line project is
specifically targeted to the removal of groundwater and surface water that enters the sewer
collection system. This "clean" water takes up pipe capacity and eventually flows to the Greater
Lawrence Sanitary District (GLSD) where it is treated and discharged. Every gallon of "clean"
water we remove from the sewer collection system re-establishes needed capacity in the sewer
collection piping and reduces our costs of wastewater treatment at GLSD. This is an ongoing
program and is again scheduled for 2002.

The Department, in its entirety, wishes to express it's thanks to all the residents and traveling
public who have endured the inconveniences encountered throughout the year due to road and
utility construction, emergency work, and weather emergencies. Your cooperation and
understanding means a lot to the employees of the department who are working diligently for
your health and safety.

All the employees of the Department of Public Works have performed both their day-to-day and
emergency responsibilities with professionalism and expertise. The Town should be very proud
of this group of professionals. The long and difficult hours spent in adverse conditions
responding to weather emergencies and infrastructure failures require an unselfish response from
these employees.

2001 was another year of changes for the Engineering Division as we are no longer a part of the
Community Development Department and became a division of the Department of Public
Works. We also saw the retirement of Administrative Assistant Ro Hartnett and Capital Projects



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Manager George Sealy and the hiring of Bill Scott our new Community Development Director.
With these retirements and the hiring came new changes with support staff as Carolyn
Maldonado came from the Engineenng Division to support the Community Development
Department and Maureen Sullivan came from Human Ser\ices to support the Planning and
Engineering Divisions of the Community Development Department. These changes have lead to
a sharing of support staff between Community Development and ourselves, which is working
very nicely. We wish George and Ro healthy and happy retirements and congratulate them on
their many years of dedicated serxice to the Town of Salem.

We, along with other staff members, were called upon to help complete Capital Projects that
were underway and start new projects. We devoted a lot of time and effort to these projects and
worked closely with Public Works Director Rodney Bartlett and our other divisions on the
Town's construction efforts this year.

The Engineering Di\ision provides the Town of Salem, its residents, businesses, development
community, construction community, staff. Boards and Commissions with a variety of ser\ices
related to the field of Municipal Engineering. We review the design plans and specifications of
the subdivision developments; site developments; water, sewer and drainage systems; septic and
well systems and roadways that become our resident's neighborhoods and the communities
businesses. In doing so the Engineering Division reviews the plans for compliance to regulations
and codes while keeping in mind that the design must be functional and maintainable. After the
various plans and specifications have been deemed to comply and are approved the Engineering
Division then is responsible for over seeing the implementation of the plans during the
construction phase. In the construction phase of development the Engineering Division issues the
following pertinent pemiits: subdivision construction, street opening, septic system, well, sewer
connection, grease interceptor, water connection, driveway and natural gas. In addition we
provide inspection services for the construction of the various utilities, driveways, roadways and
associated improvements of the developments. Other important functions provided by the
Engineering Division during the constniction phase are setting and monitoring the bonding
requirements of the \arious de\elopments and contractors and reviewing the Subdivision
As-Built plans and Deeds for Roadways that are proposed to the Town for acceptance.

The Engineering Division is also responsible for working with and overseeing the expansion of
Public Utilities in existing Rights of Way and issuing the associated Permits, Petitions and
Licenses. We work very closely with the Health Department on sepfic system failures and tattoo
establishment inspections and Licensure. Also providing engineering support services for other
Public Works Divisions, Capital Projects Department, the Town Manager's Office, and other
various departments. Boards and Commissions, development of the GIS system requires a close
working relationship with the Infonnation Services Department, maintenance and management
of the maps and records associated with the Engineering Division and providing copies of maps
to the extent possible, and assisting the Assessing Department and Information Services in
updating the Tax Maps. All this information and data is provided to the general pubUc, various
Engineers, Surveyors, Septic Designers, Contractors, Developers, Realtors and Businesses etc.
that call and visit our office.



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The Engineering Division would like to thank Joe Chamberlain, Carolyn Maldonado and
Maureen Sullivan for all their hard work and dedication during an extremely busy year for a job
well done. Thank you to all the people that we have worked with over the past year for their
patience and understanding, as 2001 proved to be another extremely busy year for the
Engineering Division.

Respectfully submitted.

Public Works Director Senior Engineer



RECREATION DEPARTMENT

The Recreation Department offers a variety of activities and special events for all ages.
Instructional programs range from youth art classes, karate, swimming lessons, termis lessons to
CPR courses and the Open Gym programs. Special events such as the Halloween Costume party
for young children which had more than 300 in attendance plus the July 4"" Celebration are only
a few of the activities that the Recreation Department offered in 2001.

Hedgehog Park, the only Town beach, is located on Route 38, Lowell Road. This popular
summertime swim area is used daily throughout the summer months from May to August for
swimming. The Recreation Department has met their goal in replacing the playground
equipment.

Hedgehog Park received a new playground this year with the help of Dr. Play and the Parks and
Property Department. The new equipment was installed in October 2001 and includes two toss
up basketball hoops, a rectangle sandbox and a tower with a slide plus two benches.

The Palmer School experienced a change in their staff this past year. Sheryl Kellet, a Co-
Director at Palmer School left Palmer School and is now a teacher with the Atkinson Academy
School. We would like to extend our thanks to Sheryl for doing a great job for us at Palmer
School. Heidi Walsh has joined us this year at Palmer School and we welcome her to our staff.

The Recreation Department and the Field of Dreams, Inc. continue their partnership. The
Recreation Department will continue to schedule all activities for the Field of Dreams except for
the concerts. If any organization, business or individual who is interested in scheduling an
activity at the Field of Dreams, please contact the Salem Recreation Department.

Thanks to the Voters of Salem, the Recreation Department is in the planning stages of
developing the Cluff Crossing Road Complex (located at 128 Cluff Crossing Road). The facility
will consist of athletic fields (soccer fields), parking, irrigation, etc. Site plans are being
developed now and the Town is hoping to begin site work in the late spring/early summer time.

If you should have a skill or hobby that you would like to share with us, an idea for a new
program, or ways to improve our existing program, please give us a call and we will be more
than happy to discuss your ideas with you.



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At this time, I would like to thank all of the following Recreation Department's employees who
have contributed to the success of the Recreation Department: the Palmer School staff, the
playground staff, the special need coaches, the many volunteers, the Recreation Department
Secretary, Jeanine Bannon and the Parks and Property Department for all their work they
completed for us.

In conclusion, I would like to extend my appreciation and thanks to everyone who participated in
our programs and special events for the year 2001. Without everyone's help and dedication, we
would not be able to offer the variety of programs that we offer. The Recreation Department is
looking forward to ser\'ing the community with programs and special events in the coming year

Respectfully submitted,
Qjutie Q/Ca/nta/

Recreation Coordinator

SENIOR SERVICES

Aristolle. the Greek philosopher, once said. "Change in all things is sweet. "

For Salem Senior Ser\iccs, the year 2001 has certainly been a year of change, and 'sweet' has
dual meaning. The first is 'bittersweet" for. in April, we all expressed our appreciation and best
wishes for a happy and healthy retirement to Sally 'Sweet'. Sally has ser\ed as the hallmark for
Salem's senior programming and serx'ices for more than a quarter century and we shall long be
grateful for all that she has done for our community in building an invaluable Senior Services
program and facility.

The mission of Salem Senior Ser\ices is to assist the Town of Salem's Senior Citizens in
maintaining self-sufficiency in their homes; acquaint them with local, county, state and federal
programs; increase their opportunities to interact in the community; and provide them with a
center which fosters mental, physical, social and nutritional well-being in a wholesome
environment.

A great deal of this is accomplished at and through the existence of our Senior Center. Currently
housed at the fonncr Mary Foss School at 287 Law rencc Road, the Center is open Monday
through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for community residents 60 years of age and older.
Seniors can drop in any time just for coffee and conversation or partake in any of our more than
30 stmctured activities, programs and services.

For our Seniors' continued wellness we offered weekly programs in Tai' Chi, Low Impact
Aerobics, Easy Tone Machines, Line Dancing, Square Dancing and a Weight Conscious Club.
Two free health clinics are provided on a monthly basis. Holy Family Hospital conducts blood
pressure and sugar checks while American Hearing Services conducts hearing tests. In
November we added a foot clinic, wherein a registered nurse from Rockingham Visiting Nurses
Associafion & Hospice provides pedicures the first Friday of every month for a $10 donation.
We also accept, and loan-out, medical equipment such as walkers, canes, wheelchairs, crutches,
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The 27'*" Annual Health and Information Fair was held on November 3rd at the Woodbury
Middle School. More than 30 exhibitors provided health screenings and/or information to the
hundreds of seniors in attendance. 505 seniors and residents in a 'High Risk Group' received Flu
shots free of charge.

The Rockingham County Nutrition Program provides full meals every weekday in our
diningroom at 1 1:30 a.m. for a $2 donation. The meals-on-wheels program, which delivers
breakfast, lunch and/or dinners to homebound seniors, grew by more than 25% this year. Salem
Seniors can also enjoy a special program at our center thanks to the generosity of BJ's Wholesale
Club. Every Monday and Friday, from 9:00 a.m. until it's gone, seniors can stop in and help
themselves to complimentary products such as cakes, pies, cookies, muffins, bagels and breads
from BJ's bakery department.

Our weekly enrichment classes include oil painting, ceramics, arts & crafts, knitting & crochet,
and a choral group. The Salem Senior Singers not only enjoy getting together for the sake of
singing each week, they also take their show on the road and entertain residents of local
retirement and nursing homes, always receiving rave reviews. In 2001, they gave 20
performances, including some which raised money for the benefit of the Greater Salem
Caregivers.

The ever-popular recreational activities consist of Bingo, Bid Whist, Bridge, Scat, 45's, parties
and trips. Over 750 Salem Seniors traveled on 21 different day, overnight and weeklong
excursions. They enjoyed an Irish Bash, Myrtle Beach, Carnival Victory Cruise, Mystery Day
Trip, Lobster Bake, the Walker & Wolfe Show, Cape Cod & Martha's Vineyard, the Fall
Foliage, Mama Mia!, a Gambling Getaway, a Holiday Enchantment with Bright Lites, a New
York City Christmas, and seven trips to Foxwoods. V.F.W. Post 8546 & Auxiliary held both
Valentine and Halloween dances. The Derry/Salem Elks hosted Thanksgiving Day dinner at
their lodge with local residents volunteering their time to provide rides to Seniors who had no
transportation as well as deliver dinner to the homebound. The Salem High School Student
Council sponsored the Senior Citizen "Young at Heart Ball" in May. In December, more than
200 Salem Seniors attended one or both of the traditional holiday events - the Annual Christmas


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