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Party at Harris Pelham Inn and the Salem Firefighters 15"" Annual Holiday luncheon.

Upon advanced request, a handicapped accessible van provides seniors with free, roundtrip
transportation to the Center, grocery shopping, medical appointments and visiting family or
friends at Salemhaven.

Our Salem Seniors continue to give freely of themselves as they volunteer at Salem Schools,
Town Office, Police Station, Nursing Homes, Churches, area Hospitals and the Center. We
work hard to keep seniors informed of the services, programs and opportunities available to
them. The Senior Column is published weekly in the Salem Observer, Manchester Union Leader,
and Lawrence Eagle Tribune. Salem's Public Access TV - Channel 17 posts specials at the
Center along with activities and trips offered. The Center's newsletter was given a new style in
design and content, adding photos and more articles showcasing the Center's members and
activities. 'Salem Senior News' is published every two months and direct mailed to more than
2,500 senior households.



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Some of the other services we provide are photo identification cards, a "Good Morning" program
which serves as a daily check-in for those who hve alone. Advance Care planning (Durable
Power of Attorney for Health Care and Living Will), Notary Public services, income tax
preparation, assistance with Medicare, medical and general problems, referrals and disbursement
of information. This fall we updated the Vial of Life Program with the input of collaborating
senior service agencies as well as the Fire and Police departments. The kit consists of a vial,
which contains a statistical paper with pertinent medical information, hospital preference, next of
kin to be notified in case of emergency, etc. Medics are trained to look for this vial in the case of
an accident or emergency, and having one could potentially be an invaluable, lifesaving measure.

Change continued to weave its way through the year. The Center received a facelift with a tresh
coat of paint applied to the interior's first level as well as flowerbeds and mulch added to the
island out front. Several other new programs were created, including the monthly Newcomers
reception. Ladies Tea, and Men's morning. To augment our ability and depth of knowledge in
providing assistance, we became a satellite location for Ser\'iceLink. Every Tuesday from 9 to 11
a.m., a representative from Scr\iccLink is available to connect seniors and disabled adults with
infomialion and support needed to maintain or enhance quality independent li\ing.

The new Senior Tax Relief program, a Council on Aging initiative, was rolled out in November.
Under this program, up to thirty senior residents who meet the eligibility requirements may work
up to 100 hours for the town and ha\c their compensation applied to their property tax
obligation.

And, prohabl\ the most understated new activity is the constmction and preparation for the new
Ingram Senior Center, projected to open in June 2002. We hosted a Groundbreaking Ceremony
on September 29'"' with nearly one hundred people in attendance, including many local, state and
federal officials as well as all those involved in making this dream a reality. In addition to
constmction, design and furnishing planning, we have been actively fundraising for new
furnishings and equipment. We are extremely thankful for the following generous donations
received in 2001 : In Memory of Alice Day S250, Mary Lambert - 2 Red Maple Trees, Thurley
Allen S200, Roberta & Albert Cemota 3150, Carolyn & Howard Chase SI 50, Salem Visiting
Nurses 545,908, Vera Gnffen SI 00, In memor>' of Stanley Bartuia - Rockingham Nutrition S50,
Charlotte Nimiroski S220, Donald & Joan Stewart SI 5; William MacCord - Victorian DoUhouse
Raffle $1,312, Anna Twitchell S25, Salem Seniors Bingo Group - Craft & Bake Sale S412,
Salem Seniors Line Dance Group - Red, White & Blue Ribbon Pins Sale SI 03, and Salem
Council on Aging/Simon Malls Evening of Giving Fundraiser S660.

I consider myself very fortunate to ha\c joined the Town's statTin June as Senior Services
Coordinator. 1 find the people, work and opportunities connected to this position both exciting
and rewarding. I greatly appreciate inheriting the wonderfully seasoned and dedicated staff team
at the Center. I thank and commend Lois Kurgan, Dan Pacheco, and Rose Campagnone for
maintaining their high level of professionalism and enthusiasm throughout this incredible year of
change.

We are blessed to have extremely committed leaders who give freely of their time and talent for
the bettennent of our programming. I take this opportunity to publicly thank and recognize:



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Jeanne C. Dunn, Steve Hajjar & Mike Scelzi (Bingo); Peg Jalbert & OUie Brobst (Bridge);
Adeline Ippolito (Ceramics), Angie Sparta (Line Dancing and Painting), Fran Whiteside (Easy
Tone Machines), Barbara Blaine & Anita Dow (BJ's Food Program), Roland Bemier (45 's),
Gloria Carpenito (Knit & Crochet), Millie Cartier (Low Impact Exercise), Norman Marshall &
Anna Marie Nicosia (Senior Singers), George McGibbon (Square Dancing), Theresa Peters
Desilet (Tai'Chi), Bob Gagne, Bill Ferguson, Rico Casaletto, John Bums, Frank Rawa, and Sally
Sweet (Taxes); Bob Frank (Whist), and Al Poitras & Barbara Corrente (Weight Conscious
Group). A special thanks goes to Olga Boland, who elected to retire this December after teaching
our Arts & Crafts classes for the last nine years.

No organization is successful without the gift of volunteers who come in and help with any little
task you ask of them, no matter how big or small (mailings, programs, trips, office help, etc.).
Our angels are too numerous to list here, but you know who you are and please accept our
heartfelt gratitude for all you do.

The Council on Aging is a tremendous resource for you as well as me. The Council consists of
seven appointed residents and one Selectmen's representative. They have been highly energized
this past year, please read more about them in their report printed elsewhere in this Annual
Report. I thank them for their encouragement and hard work, especially with the Annual Health
Fair.

Last, but certainly not least, I want to thank all of the Seniors who have made me feel welcomed
here and endured all the changes as well. I greatly appreciate their support and ideas. Overall, in
the year 2001, participation in activities at the Center increased by more than 10%. We all look
forward to a very exciting year ahead as we make the move to our new and much larger facility,
which will enable us to take programs, services, and most importantly, participation to new
heights.

Respectfiilly submitted.
Senior Services Coordinator



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TAX COLLECTOR

Since 1996, I have served as Tax Collector for the Town of Salem. The Tax Collector's
office hours are 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. I am assisted by Deputy Tax
Collector Patricia Carter and bookkeeper Donna Bergeron. I wish to thank them for their
dedication in those positions and to congratulate Betty Oldeman, our former bookkeeper who
was promoted to a position in the Salem Fire Department.

The office of the Tax Collector is responsible for collecting revenue for property taxes, resident
taxes, yield, excavation, and current use taxes. Town utility fees and all permits and fees issued
by other Town departments. Other major departmental responsibilities include responding to
inquiries from banks, mortgage companies, attorney's offices and the general public. .Ml these
transactions are handled in a courteous and timely manner.

When I reviewed the business transactions handled by the office of the Tax Collector over the
past year, it was difficult to do so without thinking of the many people who have lost so much
since the September 11'^ terrorist attack on our great country'. It is a sad time for the people who
suffered loss, for all of America and the good people of the world. So, at this time, I extend
thoughts of goodwill to all fellow Americans, especially those in the armed services, and the
citizens of the world and sincere hope for a peaceful year to come.

Respectfully submitted.
Tax Collector



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TOWN CLERK

The Town Clerk's office was very busy in 2001 . Our total gross revenue for Town Clerk
functions was over $4,660,000 an increase from 2000 revenue of over $370,000. Staff from both
the tax office and the town clerk's office are cross-trained to perform most of the functions of
both offices. The staff register and title motor vehicles, license dogs, sell landfill permits, accept
payments for both resident and property tax bills, water and sewer bills, recreation fees, building
permits and other miscellaneous collections. This "one stop shopping" has worked very well for
both the employees and for the residents of Salem.

The full time combined collection staff are Patricia Carter and Jacqueline Delaney. The two
part-time employees are Mary Ann Bell and Susan Wall. I would like to thank them for their
cooperation and great effort in making the Collections Department a success; they are an asset to
the Town of Salem. These employees work under the supervision and direction of both the
Town Clerk and the Tax Collector.

The Deputy Town Clerk Mary Fawcett and I continue to perform all the other functions of the
Town Clerk which include marriage licenses, vital statistics, town records, voter registration
applications and information, elections, UCC's, IRS and other liens and attachments, dredge and
fill appHcations, pole permits, Articles of Agreement (non-profit filings), oaths of office and
Sheriffs writs. We also are available to help in the collections department when needed and
continue to do the bookkeeping duties of the Town Clerk's office, which maintains accounting of
its own revenue.

For the ninth year in a row, the Town Clerk's office had a large increase in revenue. This
increase of over $370,000 was mostly in motor vehicle tax. Other revenues are shown in the
statistical report of the Town Clerk, many of which show an increase over 2000.

In December of 2001, we began a new mail-in registration program. This program has been
successful so far and hopefully we will improve its efficiency as we continue to provide this
service to the residents of Salem. We are very excited about this new registration program and
hope our residents are as well.

Respectfully submitted,
Town Clerk



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RECEIPTS -2001

Automobile Tax Pemiits $4,552,730.00

2001 (35,076)

Title Fees 15,230.00

Marriage License Fees* 36,670.00

Certified Copy Fees** 21.224.00
Dog License Fees***

2001 (3,192) 21.594.50

Elections 200.00

Uniform Commercial Code & Other Liens 10.807.50

Collection Fees 540.00

Filing Fees 3.00

Recording Fees 3 1 .00

Legal Fees - Dogs 775.00

Dredge & Fill Applications 160.00

Pole Permits 70.00

Postage . 62.48

Miscellaneous Receipts 23.10

Gross Receipts Remitted to the Treasurer $4,660,120.58

*Less Remittance to State ofNH for Marriage License Fees (36,670.00)

**Less Remittance to State of NH for Certified Copy Fees (13,953.00)

(1.376 copies (aj $8.00 each = SI 1.008.00)

( 589 copies (a> S5. 00 each = S 2.945.00)

***Less Remittance to State of NH for Dog License Fees (1.596.00)

(3.192 Licenses (a- .50 each = SI. 596.00)

***Less Remittance to State of NH for Animal Population Control Fees (5,858.00)

(2.929 Licenses (rt^ S2.00 each = S5.858.00)



Net Revenue to the Town $4,602,043.58



Barbara M. Lessard. Town CTerk:. Salem NH

VITAL STATISTICS - 2001

Recorded in Town Clerk's Office:

Marriages (filed in Salem) 902

Births (Bom in Salem)
Deaths

Salem Residents— Died in Salem 78

Salem Residents— Died in other towns buried in Salem 31

Non-Residents — Died in Salem 22

Non-Residents — Died in other towns buried in Salem 30

Barbara M. Lessard, Town Clerk, Salem NH



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SALEM DISTRICT COURT



The Salem District Court caseload continues to increase, as it has in most recent years. Not only
does the state budget not provide sufficient judicial time to handle this caseload comfortably, but
we are also currently one person short in the clerk's office, a position that I do not predict being
filled in the next year. The judicial branch was also taken by surprise with a severe decrease in
the security budget for the courts which has caused us to operate court without a security officer
present. The obvious danger to people in the building causes me great concern, which I have
expressed both to the governor and the legislature. I appreciate those members of the legislature
who took the time to contact me and visit the court to gain a better understanding of the situation.
It is my sincere hope that the legislature will correct this situation before a crisis develops. I once
again take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to the court staff for their efforts to
serve the public properly given these circumstances.

Our clerk of court, David Wajda, a member of the coast guard reserves, was called to active duty
on July 1 and spent six months in Bahrain. He returned in December only to be reactivated for
another twelve months. We all very much appreciate his efforts on our behalf and wish him
safety in his current tour of duty.

Finally, the Honorable Urville J. Beaumont, Special Justice of the Salem District Court since
1974, retired on December 3, 2001 . Many Salem residents know Judge Beaumont well as a result
of his tireless efforts on behalf of the court, his many clients in his law office and the many
committees and organizations on which he has served in Salem and the Merrimack Valley. The
staff here at the court joins me in wishing Judge Beaumont and his wife Vera the very best of
health and happiness in the future. We certainly do miss him and look forward to his occasional
visits to the court.

A visit to the court is always available to the public. The staff will be happy to answer any
questions or to receive your comments.

Respectfully submitted,
John A. Korbey, Justice



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BOARDS, COMMITTEES & COMMISSIONS



MUNICIPAL BUDGET COMMITTEE




Standing: Robert Mayer, Stephanie Micklon. Stephen Campbell. Seated: Kathleen Cote,
Everett P. McBride. Jr. (Selectmen Rep.), Earl Merrow (Vice-Chairman), Brenda Sack.
Not pictured: Robert Johnson (Chairman). Bernard H. Campbell (School Board Rep.).

This year's report of the Municipal Budget Committee (MBC) has a lot of similarities to last
years': MBC personnel replacement, no agreement within the state on school funding,
improving relations between the boards and the replacement of a key town employee.

This year the SBC lost the dedicated services of Ed Huminick and we welcomed Kathy Cote to
the board to fill the vacant seat.

Salem has a new police chief who stepped in right at budget presentation time. Chief Donovan
quickly adapted to the very unfamiliar New Hampshire Budget Committee process.

The state is still in a turmoil over how to fund equal education. Luckily Salem continues to be a
recipient tovm. We'll keep our fingers crossed that this status will continue into the future.

In effort to smooth out the budget process, the MBC called a joint meeting with the Board of
Selectmen and the School Board to review the type of data we need to see in order to accurately



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assess the budget requests of the two boards. We also agreed upon the format for this data. This
meeting allowed the Boards to obtain an understanding of why we needed the data we normally
request and identified for them the format that would allow us to most efficiently review that
backup data. While there were a few rough spots and omissions, this process improved the
quantity and quality of the backup material that we were provided. It was apparent that viewing
this data also helped the two boards to better prepare their budgets, as they were able to see the
historical spending trends that the BUDCOM looks for.

As in every year the MBC struggles with its primary responsibility to balance the desires of the
Town and the School to provide new services with the ability of the taxpayers to pay for those
services. This is not easy, but providing a stable, relatively low tax rate is just as important for
attracting new businesses and citizens as is a high level of services or a good school system.
Further, we have a responsibility to maintain the affordability of Salem for those people who
already live in the town and want to stay here. Further, even when a service is needed, we review
the funding and expenditure plans to ensure that the service is obtained in the most cost effective
manner possible.

The BOS has continued to do a good job over the last few years in maintaining a stable town tax
rate. This has provided us with an opportunity to invest more in the town road program next
year and hopefully over the next several years. The School Budget continues to grow at a rate
significantly exceeding inflation. However, since we receive more state education funding than
we pay, the actual tax increases over the last two years have been modest.

The members of the MBC thank the taxpayers for their continued support and appreciate the
trust that they have shown us.

Respectfully submitted.
Chairman



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CONSERVATION COMMISSION




George P. Jones. Ill, James E. Holland. Jr. (Selectmen Rep.). John Hill. Thomas Campbell (Chairman)
Linda Hanxy. IVilliam Schultz. William Valentine. Not pictured: Janet Wilson. George Mailtos

It is my pleasure to submit this report as Chairman of the Salem Conser\'ation Commission.
From January to December 2001 we held 12 meetings. There were 18 wetlands applications that
were reviewed during those meetings. In December of 2001 we had a work session with New
Hampshire DOT to discuss the 1-93 widening. Several members of the Commission have been
following this and have attended se\ eral other meetings in Salem and other communities to
follow the progress of the plans.

At the polls in March the voters removed the Prime Wetlands designation in the middle of 1-93
as part of a swap with the NH DOT. In exchange Salem will get some very important wetlands
along Rockingham Park Boulevard as well as some uplands near the Soule School. The Town
may be able to use the uplands for some ball fields.

We had several Public Hearings during the year. The items included land donations, Open Space
Preservation, Prime Wetlands designation (to go on the March 2002 Town Ballot), Town Forest
rides and the potential banning of all hunting in the Forest. The Commission decided to leave
the current hunting regulations for the Town Forest but will continue to monitor all activities. I
would encourage anyone who has not been out to the Town Forest to go out and see one of the
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I would like to thank many people who have helped us with the Town Forest. Among those is
Ashley Mason who built the new bulletin board, produced a new brochure and put out some
nature signs. Chris Wilt designed, built, and installed trail markers as an Eagle Scout project.
Glenn Davis and all the extreme bikers who helped remove an illegal structure, remove trash,
and help with trail maintenance. Special thanks to Bob Harvey for all his hours helping to
determine the boundaries of the forest, trail maintenance, and just about anything else I ask of
him. I would also like to thank Tim Barraclough for his Eagle project at Cow Bell Comer
(Haverhill Road and North Main). Tim cleaned up the comer and put in some picnic tables
overlooking the brook.

Our big event of the year was on June 23. We finally unveiled the plaque at the Town Forest
Parking lot dedicating the bridge to long time commission member Wally Schultz. Wally has
been on the commission over THIRTY YEARS. Thank You Wally.

Respectfully submitted,
Chairman



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COUNCIL ON AGING




Standing: Philip A. Smith (Selectmen Rep), lictor MailluiLX. Dr. Elliott Fair. James Cheesemaii.
Seated: Brenda Burke. Ron "Tony" Giordano (Chairman). Ann St. Hillaire. Not pictured: Robert Castricone

The Council on Aging tackled a lull agenda this year. In April, we welcomed two new members
to our Board, Brenda Burke, RN and Dr. Elliott Fair. The election of officers resulted in naming
Ron 'Tony' Giordano as Chaimian, James Cheeseman, Vice Chairman; Victor Mailloux,
Treasurer and Ann St. Hilairc, Secretary.

The investment of time, research and development proved fruitful as we brought two new
programs to fruition this year. The Salem Senior Center became a satellite office for ServiceLink
of Southwestern Rockingham County in July. Every Tuesday, ServiceLink provides residents
with the opportunity to visit with a 'live person' who can connect them to information and
answers on such issues as available homecare options, transportation, state assistance, caregiver
support, financial/retirement planning, active aging and community involvement. We have found
this to be of great value to our residents. While it may seem insignificant to note meeting with a
'live person', the reality is this is so important. So often most assistance programs put seniors
through a nightmare of 'digital phone' options resulting in nothing more than frustration and
unresolved issues.

In November we unveiled the Senior Tax Relief Program. The goals of the program are: to assist
eligible seniors through a tax relief work plan, to improve municipal services through job
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program will act under the following guidelines: Eligibility: 65 years of age or older. Must be a
Salem resident, Occupant of property for which taxes are paid, Provide a copy of current tax bill
upon application to the program. Income not to exceed $20,000 for one person or $25,000 for
two persons. Jobs Opportunities: Job openings offered to all Town Departments, Jobs determined
by needs of departments. Experience and qualifications considered to match job assignments.
Salary: Minimum wage per hour for all jobs, Wages subject to withholding of federal income
taxes, Earnings to be credited toward the senior's property tax obligation to the Town of Salem,
The maximum number of hours eligible to work is 10 hours per week for a total of 10 weeks.
Seniors will receive receipts of their earnings credited against their property tax obligation.
Selection: Participation in the program will be offered on the basis of qualifications and
availability.

In September we began taking our monthly meetings on the road, enabling us to have a
presentation and tour of other Salem agencies that support our elderly. We visited Salem
Housing Authority's Telfer Circle office and Greystone Farm.

The 27' Annual Senior Fair on November 3rd was a huge success! The hundreds of Seniors who
attended this festive event enjoyed a few new twists. Exhibitor participation grew by nearly 50%,
presenting many more educational and health screening opportunities. 'Elvis' of American
Legends filled the air with music and throughout the day demonstrations were given by the Tai'
Chi and dance classes. A record 505 flu shots were administered to Salem Seniors and residents
identified as high-risk.

The opening of the new Ingram Senior Center remains on our agenda to help in any way we can.
We participated as a working charity for the annual Evening of Giving fundraiser produced by
Simon Malls/The Mall at Rockingham Park. This event enabled us to raise $660 towards
furnishings for the new Center. We are exploring other fundraising opportunities and look
forward to being a strong resource as needs develop and plans are identified.

We have begun to investigate the possibility of creating a directory of services to help meet
seniors needs in the area of 'handyman' type tasks that they can no longer perform. We would
develop a process to prescreen for reputable, reliable and affordable contacts.

As the year progressed, all members of the Council became highly engaged and discussed their
interest in doing more for Salem's senior population. To that end, at our last meeting of the year
we voted to increase our number of meetings from six to ten. We plan to continue to visit sister
Senior organizations and agencies. We want to be known as an active council who has a pulse on
our Seniors' needs and aggressively assist Patti Drelick, our Senior Service Coordinator, in
developing programs, services and solutions to meet those needs. We ask Salem residents to seek
us out and let us know their ideas and/or concerns. Please call any member of the Council or
Patti at 890-2 191. We want to hear from you.

Respectfully Submitted,


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