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HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION





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Beverly Glynn. Marllni Brccn (Chainnan). Patricia Good. Nol pictured: Susan Gregory,
Kathy Burk. Philip .•/ Smith (Selectmen Rep)

The voters at the 1965 Town Meeting estabhshed Salem's Historic District Commission. This
newly established committee would consist of five members of the public who were to be
appointed by the Selectmen. Currently, the commission remains unchanged with five regular
members along with a representative from the Board of Selectmen. Defining the area that would
constitute Salem's Historical District followed two years later when adopted at Salem's 1967
Town Meeting. The Historical District begins at the Hannah Tenney Methodist Church and
continues east on both sides of Main Street until reaching the Spicket River near Rockingham
Toyota/Dodge/Nissan and Crawford's Towing. A few houses at the beginning of Bridge Street
and School Street are also included in this area. A quick review of Salem's Municipal Code
Book identifies the historical district boundaries by lisfing property owner's names and footage.
These familiar names provide a link to our not-so-distant past.

The Historic District Committee's mission is to maintain the original spirit and atmosphere of the
area. The Commission regulates changes to the exterior of structures within the historical



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district. Proposed renovations/additions must first be reviewed and approved by the Historic
District Commission. Discussions affecting such decisions often include the historical and
architectural changes proposed and its affect on the historical district. Also taken into
consideration is a proposed design's compatibility to its surrounding structures, landscaping and
parking issues, green space and other important factors designed to preserve and promote the use
of historical districts for the education, pleasure and welfare of our citizens.

Last year, the Historic District Commission worked with the Board of Selectmen and proposed
to establish an Expendable Trust Fund. Voters supported this initiative and the Land and
Heritage Expendable Trust Fund was created. The fund provides resources for the restoration of
conservation or historical projects. Annual support of this program will enable the Historic
District Commission, in conjunction with other Boards and Committees to identify and evaluate
potential projects to consider. New Hampshire's Land and Community Heritage Investment
Program (LCHIP) is a natural partner to Salem's Expendable Trust Fund. Successful petitioners
will receive matching grants for communities and non-profit organizations to protect locally
identified open spaces and restore cultural and historic sites. The Commission acknowledges
this as an important issue to residents as expressed in past community profile and planning
sessions.

In closing, let me express a warm thank you to my fellow commission members for volunteering
their time, talents and energy throughout the years. Lastly, we encourage all to accept our
invitation to volunteer some time and/or visit the Town museum. We are confident that this
experience can be both informative and rewarding.

Respectfully submitted,
Chairman



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HISTORIC MUSEUM




Both the Salem Museum Committee and the Salem Historical Society work together to preserve
the History of Salem. The Salem Historical Society will be having the following speakers for the
year 2002 at their meetings and the meetings will be held at the Salem Town Museum, 310 Main
Street at 7:30 p.m. unless othenvise listed.

March 19"' Dan Zavisza: Presentation on the histor>' of gunpowder. This presentation

should be a bang.
April 9"' Charles Sambataro: Sports writer. Mr. Sambataro has a long history in regards

to the Salem sportsman.
May 14"' Granite State Electric: Storms and power outages.

Junell"' Fred Paitrowski: The history of boat building.

July 16"' Allen Koop: An historian from Dartmouth College will speak on Darby Field

and the first ascent of Mount Washington.
August 13'"' Ken Shewmaker: An historian from Dartmouth College will speak on Daniel

Webster - his life and times.
September 14"' Tour and lunch at Shaker Village in Cantebury. Limited seating, sign up at

March' April meetings.
October S"' Richard Noyes: Our own Town historian. His topic is the history and

construction of Route 28.
November 12''' Eleanor Strang: Library Director for the Salem Kelley Library. Ms. Strang will

speak bout mill history' along the Merrimack River.



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SALEM HOUSING AUTHORITY




Back Row: Georgette Smith and Delbert Downing. Front Row: Susan Desmet (Vice-Chairman),
James Galluzzo (Chairman) , Diane Kierstead (Executive Director). Not pictured: Mary Frances Renner.

In 2002, the Salem Housing Authority actively pursued available properties to expand our
affordable housing inventory. As a result, two additional single-family sites were acquired.

Two low-income families, in occupancy in other single family properties owned by the Housing
Authority, are nearing the completion of their long-term leases, and we hope to assist these
families in realizing the dream of home ownership. Also, under the local affordable housing
program, the Salem Housing Authority (SHA) continues to process applications and maintain a
waiting list for the Policy Brook Estates complex (owned privately - constructed under the 1989
Affordable Housing Ordinance).

Our three federally subsidized public housing facilities (Millville Arms, Telfer Circle and Hilda
Place) remain fully occupied, and we have seen our waiting list grow to over 170 applicants.
Applicants continue to wait substantial periods of time before receiving the much-needed
housing assistance.

The SHA was able to complete two major modernization projects at our Millville Arms location
in 2001 - kitchen cabinet/countertop replacements and lock hardware replacements for added
handicap accessibility. Other projects included the dredging of our retaining pond at Telfer
Circle, interior hall painting, exterior trim painting and gutter replacements.



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The addition of the Resident Service Coordinator to our staff has been a great benefit to our
elderly/disabled public housing residents, and our Millville Arms community/office building
remains occupied by the Greater Salem Caregi\ ers. also a plus in meeting resident needs.

Our financial contributions to the Town of Salem, in water/sewer payments as well as our annual
Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT), through December 2001, now total $945,782.96 !

We extend our thanks to the Town of Salem for their support of our goals in expanding the
supply of affordable housing in the community.



Respectfully submitted, BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

^ia^ne %. QKce')«U€<icl ^^^z^tica ^a//axM)^, Chairman

Executive Director (Suaa/n ^ea^net, Vice-Chairperson

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KELLEY LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES




Ethel Faiiweather. Martha Breen and Rosemarie fhirliie!l( Chairman)

The Kelley Library Trustees are Rosemarie Hartnett, Martha Breen and Ethel Fairweather. Each
of us has dedicated time and energy to the Kelley Library to ensure its place as an important
cultural and informational resource for the community. We thank Eleanor Strang, Director, for
her dedication in performance of her job as Library Director and for making certain the materials
of trade at the library are current and meet the needs of the patrons.

In 2001, the Library Trustees welcomed the residents of Greystone Farm as patrons of the Kelley
Library. We were the recipients of a planting on Arbor Day by the Garden Club in memory of
Laura Micklon, and we received a grant from WalMart Foundation for literacy programs. The
Citizens Advisory Committee concluded their work and the response to the survey showed that
our patrons had as their top priority the library's collections - fiction, non-fiction, museum passes
and videos.

If you have a Kelley Library card, there are many resources available to you including books,
magazines, CDs, videos and DVDs, and museum passes. Also, you can take an interesting trip
on the Internet. Computers, as well as the numerous materials in our public collections, are
available to all our patrons. The Kelley Library Trustees and staff invite you to navigate the
Internet by signing up for computer time on our Internet access computers or by joining the
computer instruction classes offered by our Reference Department.



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Upgrades to the building and the hbrary site are an important part of the operation of the Kelley
Library through the budget approved by the Town. Last year, we made improvements to the
interior of the Kelley Librar>' building and have received numerous compliments on the stairway
modification project, the new lighting in the upper level of the library, as well as the lower level
corridor to the Children's wing. Improvements for the lower lobby entrance are in progress and
should be completed by early Spring. The parking lot has been resurfaced and a new sidewalk
completed at the Main Street entrance.

We are thankful for the dedication of the Director and her staff, for the cooperation of the Board
of Selectmen and Budget Committee, the Citizens Advisory Committee and the support of the
community. When the terrorists struck the site of the World Trade Center in New York, the
Pentagon in Washington, DC and the field outside of Pittsburgh, it changed the world as we
knew it and our lives forever. I would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere
sympathy for those who lost their lives and our heartfelt gratitude for the leadership of our
country and the ser\'icemen and women who are protecting our freedom.

Respectfully submitted.

Chairman

KELLEY LIBRARY DIRECTOR'S REPORT

For the Kelley Libraiy, 2001 was a year in which we rededicated ourselves to our core purpose,
while continuing to develop new services for the citizens of Salem. It was also a year in which
we made very significant impro\ements to the physical plant.

Books and Book-Related Services

The results of both our Survey of Library Users in 2000 and our Community Survey of a random
sample of the total community in 2001 clearly show that, while the people of Salem are
interested in a wide variety of collections and services, books continue to top the list of what they
want from their librar\'. Accordingly, we have rededicated ourselves to excellence in our book
collections and our book-related services. Our collections of hardcover and paperback books
totaled 105,954 as of the end of 2001 . During the year, the staff worked very hard to reorganize
portions of the non-fiction and fiction collections to make it easier for library users to find the
books they want. We hosted the statewide book discussion series entitled "What is New
Hampshire Reading This Month," and also ran our own book discussions for adults. The
children's librarians organized a wide variety of book-oriented programs, ranging from 178 story
hours for pre-schoolers to a special summer reading program for school-aged children in which
the enthusiastic participants read a total of 6,472 books.

Computer-Based Services

The reference librarians not only assisted individuals in using print and online resources for
research, but also taught a total of 77 introductory computer classes on the following topics:
Computer Basics; World Wide Web; Search Engines; E-Mail; and Kelley Library Databases.
These classes were first offered toward the end of 2000, and proved to be immensely popular in
2001, usually booked up weeks in advance. During the year, we also inaugurated an addifional



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Internet computer for the public, bringing the total of such computers to five, all with high-speed
access thanks to AT&T Road Runner.

Website Enhancements (www.salem.lib.nh.us)

When we did our Survey of Library Users, we found that two potential services in which people
had a very strong interest were renewing books online and reserving books online. We are
pleased to report that the online catalog on our website is now much more interactive, so that
people at home are now able not only to search the catalog from home, but also to renew their
own materials, and put themselves on the reserve list for items which they find are currently
checked out. We invite you to come to the library to set up your PIN number, and then try out
these new features from home. We also invite you to try the high-quality databases to which we
subscribe and which we make available on our website. These databases specialize in the
following areas: general information, health, business, and literature.

Building Improvements

Three very significant projects were accomplished during 2001 . Badly needed new lighting was
installed in a large portion of the upper level, literally transforming that part of the library from
night to day. We also renovated the railing system of the main stairway to make it safer, and
repaved the parking lot to stabilize previous repairs and prolong its life. These projects not only
accomplished their intended purposes, but also greatly enhanced the appearance of the library.

A New Home for the Old Card Catalog

When we implemented the online catalog in 1 996, the card catalog was no longer kept up to
date, and gradually became less and less reflective of what was actually in our collection. We
left it in place to ease the transition for people who were inifially uncomfortable using the new
computers, but by 2001, it was time to find another home for the card catalog. The Salem
Historical Society provided the perfect solution: the card catalog, with all the cards intact, was
moved to the Alice Hall Memorial Library, Salem's former public library, which recreates the
look and feel of a library of an earlier era. It will help today's children, and future generations,
understand how people accessed a library's collection in the era before computers.

Thank You!

In conclusion, I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to all the groups and
individuals who work so hard on behalf of the library: the Board of Library Trustees for their
inspiration and guidance; the library staff, particularly assistant director Jean Williams, for their
dedicafion and hard work; the members of the library's Citizens Advisory Committee for their
ideas and input; and the Town staff for all their assistance. I would also like to thank the
following community groups for their many contributions to the library: the Salem Women's
Club, the Salem Junior Women's Club, the Salem Garden Club, the Salem Historical Society,
and the Greater Salem Artists Association. Finally, I want to thank the people of Salem for your
ongoing support. We welcome your suggestions as to how we can continue to improve our
services for you.

Respectfiilly submitted.
Director



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KELLEY LIBRARY TREASURER'S REPORT

Balance of cash on hand January 1, 2001 S 44,142.25

Income, 2001

Town of Salem 1,080,163.32

Library Fees 7,890.45

Materials of Trade (fines & payments for lost/damaged items) 21,347.72

Brock, Bailey, & Council of Fine Arts Taist Funds 2,223.29

Gifts 2,157.62

Interest 646.72

Total Income: 1,114,429.12

Total Available Funds, 2001 1,158,571.37

Expenses, 2001

Personal Services 791,095.50

Fees & Charges 7,910.41

Materials of Trade 131,287.36

Supplies 15.748.27

Services & Charges 162,616.42

Equipment &. Furniture 9,771.13

Total E.xpenses: 1,118,429.09

Balance of Cash on Hand. December 3 1 , 2001 40,142.28

Cash Balances, December 31, 2001

Cash on Hand 889.48

Checking Account 24,384.26

Certificate of Deposit 10,137.51

Madeleine L. Marois Tmst Fund 4,688.52

Petty Cash (2 accounts) 42.5 1

Total Cash Balances: 40,142.28

Note: Activity in the Madeleine L. Marois Trust Fund (restricted to the purchase of recorded
classical music) was as follows:

Balance on January 1 , 200 1 4,6 17.82

Interest, 2001 70.70

Expenses, 2001 0.00

Balance on December 3 1 , 2001 4,688.52



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2001 KELLEY LIBRARY STATISTICS

"Dedicated to serving you"

The Kelley Library offers not only the latest best-sellers but also current books on every subject,
magazines and paperbacks, video cassettes, books on tape, music on compact disc, and CD-
ROMs.

As of December 31, 2001 the library offered:

84,365 Books

21,589 Paperbacks

320 Current Magazine and Newspaper Subscriptions in hard-copy, plus access to over
5,200 subscriptions online

2,919 Compact Discs and CD-ROMs

2,304 Audio Cassettes (Books on tape)

5,275 Video Cassettes

19,860 Barcoded Library Cards issued (since March 1996)

We also offer you:

• A website on the Internet (www.salem.lib.nh.us) featuring access to our online catalog and
to Ebsco and Proquest, for magazine research; to InfoUSA, a business database; and to
Student Resource Center for research for school reports and self-education.
Ability to reserve and renew library materials via the website.
Five public Internet computers with high-speed access via AT&T Road Runner.
Free computer classes: Computer Basics, Introduction to WWW and Search Engines,
E-mail, and Using the Kelley Library Online.

Ability to search the holdings of eight public and two academic libraries, in addition to the
Kelley Library collection, through our Online Public Catalog terminals.
Ability to receive library notices via e-mail.
Wordprocessing workstation for public use.

Business Library Cards for Salem businesses and non-profit organizations.
Access to statewide and nationwide inter-library loan.

Ability to use your Kelley Library card directly at nine other NH libraries through the
"Common Borrowing Program."

Outreach library service to home-bound Salem residents.

Story hours for three separate groups of preschoolers: age 2 (Parent & Tot), age 3, and ages
4-6, plus drop-in storytimes for 3 to 6 year olds.
Family passes to seven museums.
Photocopiers for public use.
Print-enlarging machine for the sight-impaired.
Quiet Study Room within the Reference Department.
Notary Public services by appointment.
Meeting room facilities for Salem organizations.
Community bulletin boards and display facilities.



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ADULT CIRCULATION:



Books, Magazines, and Paperbacks

Compact Discs, CD-ROMs, and Audio Cassettes

Video Cassettes

Museum Passes

ADULT TOTAL:

CHILDREN'S CIRCULATION:

Books, Magazines, and Paperbacks
Compact Discs and Audio Cassettes
Video Cassettes

CHILDREN'S TOTAL:

TOTAL CIRCULATION:

OTHER ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES:



99.424

19.061

28,851

507

147,843



76,302

2,994

21,685

100,981

248,824



5,124 Reser\c Requests Processed

2,341 Intcr-Library Loans Processed

5,923 Reference and Research Questions Answered

10,959 Overdue Notices and Bills Processed

29,913 Overdue Materials Processed

1,262 Adult Library Cards Issued

273 Children's Librar>' Cards Issued

178 Story Hours

2,506 Story Hour Attendance

32 Field Trips and Other Programs

1.059 Field Trips and Other Programs Attendance

77 Computer Internet Classes

344 Computer Internet Classes Attendance



MATERIALS PROCESSED:

Books Cataloged and Processed

Paperbacks Processed

CDs, CD-ROMs. Audio and Video Cassettes Cataloged and Processed

Microfilm Reels Processed

Total Library Materials Processed

Total Library Materials Withdrawn (damaged, worn out, outdated)



4,816
2,891
697
20
8,424
8,383



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PLANNING BOARD




Standing: Doris Levesque, Mane Ilaiiullon (l'icc~Chuirnui/i). Michael Lyons, Gene Bryant.

Seated: Adam Webster, James Keller (Chairman), Richard Gregory (Selectmen Rep.).

Not pictured: Phyllis O' Grady, Gary Azarian, Robert Boucher

It is once again my pleasure to report to you as Chairman of the Salem Planning Board. 2001
was a year in which the board focused on our strategy towards new and re-developed areas of
Salem by developing an updated Salem Master Plan. As a result of the Master Plan adoption the
board has put forth a series of regulatory changes that will help ensure that the quality of
development in Salem continues to improve. Let me now review several key aspects of the
Planning Board's initiatives this year.

Long Term Planning

2001 was a very instrumental year for the Planning Board in terms of working very diligently to
construct a strategic roadmap for Salem in the form of a new town-wide Master Plan. The newly
constructed plan focuses on some very important aspects of Salem's key attributes including
Open Space, Traffic Management, Wetlands, Senior/Affordable Housing, and Conservation.
Moving forward the board will utilize this plan as the framework for future changes to the town's
regulations. I am also proud to note that many citizens and town board members actively
participated in the process and certainly helped in making the plan reality.



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Major Projects Approved

In 2001 the Planning Board held 21 regularly scheduled public meetings and reviewed 106
different items. This represents a decrease of nearly 45% in number of new items brought to the
board for consideration. Once again this past year was fairly slow in terms of substantial
residential development with the approval of only 25 new house lots. This is a decrease of 50%
in the number of newly approved lots from the previous year. The most notable project
approved this year was the new Salem Senior Center. The Planning Board is proud to have been
given the opportunity to review and recommend changes to a very strong design plan. The board
continued to see a small number of commercial/industrial developments which included only 2
major projects; a new hotel on Keewaydin Drive and a Class 'A' office building on the comer on
Pclham Road and Keewaydin Drive. No new large retail businesses were approved by the
Planning Board in 2001 . Obviously, the Planning Board continues to strive for development that
maximizes the economic benefit to Salem while minimizing the traffic impact in key bottleneck
areas.

Regulations

The Planning Board spent a considerable amount of time working on strengthening and refining
our ordinances to belter ensure both the quality and type of development we see in Salem. We
are all certainly well aware of our need for a larger quantity of Senior Housing. So, we have
modified our regulations to create incentives for this type of development but to not compromise
our design and architectural standards. Continuing our philosophy of Salem looking the best it
can we have recommended modifications to the town's sign ordinances to establish more
consistent and reasonable limits on the number and size of commercial/retail signs along streets
and on buildings. Lastly, we have taken the recommendations of our Conservation Commission
and recommended the designation of new Prime Wetlands in town to absolutely ensure that they
will not be disturbed in any \\i\\.

In closing, 1 want to thank all members of the Planning Board, planning staff, and citizens for
their input, dedication and long hours as we strive to make Salem a community we can condnue
to be proud of

Respectfully,
Chairman



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MAJOR PROJECTS APPROVED BY PLANNING BOARD - 2001



APPLICANT


PROJECT


LOCATION


MAP & LOT


Lamplighter Lane LC


14 lot subdivision


Concord Coach Rd


139-10518


Linchris Hotels


99 room hotel (59,000 sf)


Keewaydm Dr.


106-7864


Astoria Salem


30,000 sf office bldg


Northwestern Dr


95-12110


B.P. Realty


3 lot subdivision


Route 1 1 1


5-5940


StockerYale.


15,187 sf industrial addition


Hampshire Rd


150-9498


HoneyDew Donuts


20 seat restaurant (change of use 1845 sf)


So. Broadway


143-200


Cooper Homes


5 lot subdivision


Brady Ave


133-9277


Snowdance Realty


65,460 sf office bldg


Pelham Rd


97-7851/2


Salem Bible Church


6,350 sf addition


Ermer Rd


10-5918


Aviant Realt


3 lot subdivision


Meadow Lane


68-7376


ProSite Construction


1,824 sf office addition


Main St.


90-1257


DeMoulas


8,251 sf addition to market


So. Broadway


108-734


Town of Salem


12,257 sf senior center


Veterans Parkway


100-7534


Quatro Donuts


1,560 sf restaurant (10 seats)


So. Broadway


89-1087


Canobie Lake Park


Space Blaster ride


No. Policy St.


70-3608



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RECREATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE




Slanding: Michael Loonus. Ranald Iravaglini. banici Dippo.

Seated: Kerri Gaiiley. Martha Brccn (School Board Rep). Not pictured: Ralph Mattia.

Michael Crosby. Stephen Kniaz (Chairman). Michael Wallace. Everett P. McBride. Jr.. (Selectmen Rep.)


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