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Beach Village District for a period of five (5) years to be used
by the Seabrook Police Department".

Motion by Eric N. Small, second by Clyde 0. Brown to accept as read.

MOTION ADOPTED

ARTICLE 36 - read by the Moderator: "appropriate One Thousand Eight Hundred

($1,800.00) Dollars for the purchase of a vault door to be installed
in the Town Offices".

Motion by Eric N. Small, second by Clyde 0. Brown to accept as read.

MOTION ADOPTED

ARTICLE 37 - read by the Moderator: "appropriate the sum of Two Thousand Four
Hundred Thirty Dollars and Six Cents ($2,430.06) to purchase credit
under N.H. Retirement Systems for Horatio C. Lattime for the period
which he served as a permanent fireman from March 1954 to March 1966".

Motion by Emery N. Eaton, second by Eric N. Small to accept as read

MOTION ADOPTED



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ARTICLE 38 - read by the Moderator: "appropriate the sum of Eight Thousand

($8,000.00) Dollars for the purpose of purchasing two small pick-
up trucks".

Motion by Eric N. Small, second by Clyde 0. Brown to accept as read.

MOTION ADOPTED

ARTICLE 39 - read by the Moderator: "appropriate the sum of Two Thousand Five

Hundred ($2,500.00) Dollars for the purpose of defraying the expenses
of an Old Home Celebration".

Motion by Eric N. Small, second by Emery N. Eaton to accept as read.

Hand vote taken YES 70 NO 19

MOTION ADOPTED

ARTICLE 40 - read by the Moderator: "vote by a yes or no ballot to raise and
appropriate the amount of Eleven Thousand ($11,000.00) Dollars to
create a Mosquito Control Program as approved by the Selectmen".

Motion by Daniel Gretsch, second by Ann Downer to vote on motion
and eliminate the yes and no ballot.

MOTION ADOPTED

ARTICLE 44 - read by the Moderator: "appropriate the sum of Five Hundred ($500.00)
Dollars to be used for the application of gravel to Ledge Road in
Seabrook, N.H.".

Motion by Ronald D. Locke, second by Earlene Locke to accept as read.

Hand vote taken YES 44 NO 43

MOTION ADOPTED

ARTICLE 46 - read by the Moderator: "increase the Dog Officer's salary from Six
Hundred Thirty ($630.00) Dollars to One Thousand Eight Hundred
($1,800.00) Dollars".

Motion by Thomas A. Riley, second by Ann Downer to postpone indefinitely.

MOTION POSTPONED INDEFINITELY

ARTICLE 47 - read by the Moderator: "to see what sums of money the Town will vote
to raise and appropriate for the expense of the General Government,
for the protection of persons and property, for health and sanitation,
for highways and bridges, for the support of the Town Poor and all
necessary expenditure for the ensuing year".

Motion by Stanley A. Hamel , second by Emery N. Eaton to amend Budget
so that Library figure will read appropriation of $15,474.00.

Motion by Eric N. Small, second by Clyde 0. Brown to accept $1,216,743.86
as total budget.

ADOPTED AS READ



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ARTICLE 48 - read by the Moderator: "to transact all other legal business that may
come before said meeting".

Motion by Bruce 6. Brown, second by Gary Fowler to move that the
Moderator appoint a comnittee of 3 legal residents of the Town to
study the possibility of acquiring the Parkman Property at the
Smithtown Circle so called, and if possible; that said committee
be instructed to bring an Article before the next Annual Town Meeting
that will accomplish the same.

Selected by the Moderator to serve on committee:
Bruce G. Brown, Chairman
James E. Champoux
Lillian L. Knowles

Motion by Gertrude L. Hutchins, second by Thomas A. Riley to see if
the Town will check and see why the Town will not accept New Zealand
Road.

Motion by Bruce G. Brown, second by Clyde 0. Brown that meeting be
adjourned. 10:48 PM.



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SELECTMEN'S REPORT



For the first time in more than a decade all delinquent water bills were paid
in full to the town.

On December 23, 1976, the Board of Selectmen enacted an ordinance, entitled
"Regulations Regarding Discontinuance of Water Service." At that time the outstand-
ing water account was $60,101.86. By mid-May the entire amount was collected with
the exception of $755.86 which covered abatements and service shut-offs.

Throughout the year the Board has explored several methods of easing our water
shortage problem. We met with representatives of the town's industries(the biggest
of water users) regarding the feasibility of recycling the water used in their pro-
duction lines. Since then, the Spherex Co., has developed its own well and has built
its own water tower. It now uses about 1,400 gallons a day (gpd) - a savings of near-
ly 72,000 gpd. The USM Corp., plans to install a recycling unit later in 1978 which
will recycle about 40,000 gpd.

In the Fall, our water system engineers Whitman & Howard Inc., tested twenty-
seven sites for a groundwater supply in the towns of Seabrook, South Hampton, Kensing-
ton and Hampton Falls. Not one potential water supply was found. Many locations in
the bordering towns could not be tested, as some landowners would not grant permission.

The engineers have been authorized to continue groundwater tests and to research
the possibility of a reservoir.

We have considered the purchase of water from the Salisbury Water Works well
on Folly Mill Road in Seabrook, but negotiations were abandoned due to the cost and to
the high iron content of that well.

In September 1976, the Hampton Water Works line crossing Hampton River was
damaged,' requiring a temporary tie into our line. When the -board was made aware of
this Action, it placed a deadline of November 30th for the repair of the line. This
timetable could not be met and an extension was granted to April 30, 1978. The
company -was charged $70 for each of its sixty-seven services.

The Public Service Company of New Hampshire met with the board several times to
discuss the water needs for its plant. On the advise of our engineers, it was in-
formed that the town would be unable to supply it with any water; however, this order
was adjusted and a maximum of 5S000 gpd was authorized until December 31st. This
daily useage was extended until March 31, 1978.

The summer water ban was again adopted to protect our wells from the severe
demands during this season. The four wells were designed for a combined daily capacity
of 1,008,000 gpd and should not be pumped more than sixteen hours per day. Even with
this ban, our daily useage exceeds this amount by nearly 200,000 gpd, with the pumps
operating non-stop twenty-four hours a day.

In October, the Board revised the moratorium on building. Any building or use of
land for commercial or industrial use must now supply its own water. Under the old
ordinance any business or industry could build and could use our water provided it did
not use more than 2,000 gpd. The Board felt this regulation was inconsistent with the
problem and that no new demands should be placed on our wells until a new source has
been developed.



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To curtail property owners from tieing into the water system without the per-
mission of the Board, an ordinance was passed in December, entitled "Unauthorized Use
of Town Water Supply." A violation of this regulation carries a fine of $25.

Two vacancies have occurred in the water department. Foreman Douglas Perkins,
who has worked in this capacity since the inception of this system in 1956, resigned.
Assistant Warner Knowles has assumed the responsibilities as foreman. Another employee
was transfered to the rubbish department.

The Bartlett family in Salisbury approached the board in August, expressing an
interest in swapping land which it owns near our well fields for other town-owned land.

An easement was granted to the Salisbury Water Works through town property near
Wells No. 3 and 4. This allows the pumping station in Salisbury a connection with the
Exeter & Hampton Electric Co.

In January, the town contracted with RESCO of Saugus to dispose of our waste.
This costly arrangement requires the town to pay a minimum of $9,000 a month and to
be charged $18 a ton over 350 tons of waste. A ramp and a retaining wall was constructed
by RESCO for the transfer station.

On the advise of the Solid Waste Contnittee, the board enacted an ordinance, called
the "Town Waste Transfer Station Use and Charges for Industrial and Commercial Disposal,"
to recover the costs of this operation. The system was set up with a fee schedule,
tickets and a transfer station attendant to gauge the volume of waste deposited there.
Water Department Clerk Barbara Richardson administers the permits and sells the tickets.
During the three month period of its enforcement about $12,700 was collected.

To reinforce a past action of a town meeting, the Board issued a directive to the
rubbish department foreman that no waste be collected from any business or industry.
Some businesses had been receiving this service from the town.

In regards to a long term and less expensive solution to our waste problem, the
Board has been briefed regularly on the options of a county-wide program and of the
Northeast Solid Waste's Resource Recovery project by our Solid Waste Committee and by
our representative on the Northeast Solid Waste Committee.

Plans are being made to purchase the land on which our transfer station now operates.
The USM Corp., is willing to lift its deed restrictions(it has exclusive rights to land-
fill its solid waste on the twenty-nine acre parcel which it sold to Public Service
Company) on the ten acre portion which the town wishes to purchase. Public Service
Co., has expressed an interest in selling the land to the town. As you may recall, town
meeting voted two years ago to release the funds from the Town Waste & Disposal Land
Fund for the purchase of a site for this operation.

The engineering firm of Whitman & Howard Inc., prepared the wastewater treatment
study which was authorized by the 1974 town meeting. A hearing was held in December
for public imput regarding its environmental impact - a requirement of the Environmental
Protection Agency. A bond issue of $251,200 will be proposed at the upcoming town
meeting for the final design of the facility.

Several new policies were adopted for the reorganization of the town office. Guide-
lines were set up for the working practises of the clerks, and the hours were recently
changed from 7 am - 4pm to 7:30 am - 4:30 pm.



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The Board itself also reorganized and adopted new policies. Rather than meeting
once a week, the Board meets bi-weekly due to the work load. Monthly meetings are held
with the department heads, and purchase orders are required for any item costing over
$25. In addition, an agenda is prepared for each meeting.

The Board contracted the services of an assessor for a three year period, and
the assessor's office has experienced a remarkable change under Mr. Quinn's efficient
management. Also, the firm of Plodzik and Sanderson of Concord was hired to audit
the town's financial records.

Over $8,000 in manpower aid was granted to the town from the federal government
through the CETA program. An administrative assistant was obtained for the office,
and a town planner and secretary were employed for our growth study project. An
attendant was hired for keeping a record of the waste hauled to the transfer station,
several boys were placed under the direction of the road agent during the summer,
and two painters were used to refurbish several of Seabrook's historic buildings.

A new building permit application form was adopted which contains permits for
building, water service connection, electrical hookup and occupancy. The Board made
arrangements with the Exeter & Hampton Electric Co., whereby the electric company
will not install a s"ervice without a permit from the town— a measure to insure that
all building in town be reviewed by the building inspector.

More than ten cease and desist orders were issued by the Board for violations
of the Zoning Ordinance. Two decisions are pending in court involving a mobile home
which was moved onto a non-conforming lot and a business which built too- close to the
road.

The zoning regulations require that if the development of a non-conforming use
lapses' for more than a year without any further construction then it must adjust to
the current rules. In two instances this law was applied to the expansion of a
mobile home park and to the building of an apartment house.

The trailor park may not expand until it increases the lot sizes within its
development, but the apartment complex can construct one building; however, it must
supply its own water to it, and it cannot build its last building as proposed in its
original plans.

The Board plans to reactiviate the Conservation Commission, and will be appoint-
ing members to the five member board in the spring of 1978.

A system for charging patients for the use of our ambulance was established, and
the Board plans to apply for insurance for our men working on this vehicle.

The fire chief has kept the Board posted of his proposal for a master plan for
the fire alarm system. In addition, the fire department has cooperated entirely in
regards to the burning of dilapitated buildings.

The Board adopted a policy whereby all permanent police appointees must receive
a passing grade from the basic police entrance examination as administered by the New
Hampshire Department of Personnel.

Five permanent police positions have been filled and two resignations have been
accepted. Town Counsel will be drafting a contract which wilT require any police
officer that attends the New Hampshire Police Academy at the expense of the town to
stay with the force for a minimum of two years.



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The Board ruled that officers will not be allowed to work any planned con-
secutive shifts. A gas tank was installed at the station, and with the expansion
of the precinct building in 1978, the department will be able to use the old court
room for storage of its confiscated items.

Concerning the hazardous traffic conditions at the intersection of Railroad
Ave., and Lafayette Rd,, the Board has made several complaints to the state highway
department, requesting action to correct this problem.

The Hillside Cemetery in Smithtown has undergone vast improvements during the
summer. Several acres were cleared off for future lots, and it is hoped that a master
plan of this cemetery can be adopted in 1978. The front wall which has been in ruin
for many years was partially reconstructed, with the remainder to to rebuilt this
coming summer.

A deed for a 12' by 89' parcel of land was transfered to the Village District
to accomodate the proposed addition to the precinct building. A public hearing was
held in September to extend the bounds of the district so that the addition will be
located within the precinct.

The necessary easement papers have been signed so that the New Hampshire Depart-
ment of Resources and Economic Development can build the proposed 300' longplerat
the Seabrook harbor.

The Board added Groveland Street to its list of streets where off street parking
is prohibited, and an ordinance was adopted in early June which prohibits the use
of alcoholic beverages on the beach.

In closing, the Board thanks all the town'officials, department heads, employees
and special committee members for the cooperation given to the town and to the Board
which enables our government to better serve its people and to make this community
a better place in which to live.

Respectfully submitted.



Eric N. Small, Chairman
Emery N. Eaton
Clyde 0. Brown



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ASSESSING DEPARTMENT

In 1977 the Town of Seabrook established an Assessing Department.
Some major considerations for it's establishment are as follows:

There is presently and has been great major shifts in real estate values
throughout the town. Presently we are carrying $101,000,000.00 in Real Estate
on our books and expect an increase to approximately $130,000,000.00 for the
year 1978. The business of appraising the value of this property has become
increasingly important and complex. Improperly done, this could result in
major income losses, as well as inequities in assessments.

Legislative: E ach year the Legislature adds new laws regarding assessment
practices, while other laws are repealed and changed. The changes this year
involved veterans benefits, elderly exemptions, open space legislation,
inventory requirements, reporting forms and practices, commercial value
assessments. Yield tax forms, tax title takings. It is necessary that these laws
be examined, interpreted and implemented through proper office procedures and
operations.

Nuclear Plant : The Atomic Power Plant being constructed here in Seabrook
is the first of it's kind in the State of New Hampshire. The business of
appraising partial constructions up until completion and then completed
construction is highly sophisticated and not generally in the relm of non-
professional capacity. It involves considerable law and appraisal theory as well.
It is also an area where the Town of Seabrook could stand to loose millions of
dollars in taxable revenue if improperly handled.

GENERAL OPERATIONAL HISTORY "1977"

I.B.M. This year the Assessing Department changed over it's former system
to a new I.B.M. system. The Town is using the facilities of the Arlington Trust
Co.'s computer center in Lawrence, Mass. This operation entailed the work of
putting all the former information contained on approximately 3000 assessment
record cards onto new I.B.M. cards, as well as double checking the information
on return, through "Read-Out Sheets". Errors have been checked and adjusted and
we are satisfied with the results.

It should be noted that this work was done in conjunction with "normal
office work" and to the credit of our Clerk, did not cost the town any addition
in labor or overtime charges.

Aerial Photographs : In 1977 the town purchased a complete set of aerial
photographs which are ground control scaled at 200' to the inch. We were able
to purchase these through a government agency at less than 1/3 the normal industry
costs.

Town Mapping : In 1977 the Assessing Department consolidated a large amount
of previous mapping work and assembled it on a series of 15 "plates" at 200' to
the inch. This assemblage was put in book form and is presently kept in the
Assessing Office. We now feel we have a great starting point towards completing
the town mapping project.



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Engineering Plan File : We have got a good start, and are in the process
of cataloging, and maintaining a filing system that will enable us to quickly
produce the many recorded plans of land in the Town of Seabrook. This will be
a continuing project for the year 1978.

Transfer Files : Another of our projects for "1977" has been to up-date our
Title Deed Transfer Files. It has been some time since this was done and we
have gone back through 1969 and brought records up to date chronologically.
This project will also continue through 1978.

Legal Work : The Assessing Department has defended 26 appeals cases
brought before the Board of Taxation (appellate tax court) in Concord, N.H.,
for the year 1977. Each case required a certain amount of research work by the
Assessing Official as well as a personal appearance before the "Board" in
defense of each. However, the results were favorable towards the town, with
23 sustained and 3 granted. There is one case pending in Superior Court.

Mobile Homes : The 1976 Legislative change has required considerable
additional bookkeeping work for the year 1977. All new Mobile Homes now
entering after April 1st., are to be appraised at a pro-rated value up to
April of the next year. This required a review of all Mobile Homes during
November "1977" in order to keep the correct name changes and compile the 1977
tax rate.

Change In Inventory Filing Requirements : This legislation passed in 1977
will not become effective until 1978. Basically it states that henceforth;
failure to return the yearly inventory form will result in fines up to $50.00.
This law will encumber our record keeping process, since this department will
have to check our books for all non-filings and send notification of fines
imposed.

Building Permit Applications : We now have a newly designed form to replace
the old one. This was done to consolidate all information in one area, thereby
simplify our record process.

Respectfully submitted,
Robert F. Quinn
Assessor



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1977 SUMMARY INVENTORY OF VALUATION



Land

Buildings

Mobile Homes

Commercial

Industrial

Apartments

Utilities

Public Service

Property, Inc.

Exeter & Hampton Electric Co.

Northern U

New England Tel . & Tel .

Salisbury Water Works



37,054,335.00

60,788,500.00

4,104,800.00

11,039,450.00

6,860,750.00

9,212,250.00

8,892,700.00

1,274,700.00

2,012,100.00

329,585.00

48,950.00

53,000.00



62,234,250.00



Total of Commercial , only
Industrial
Apartments
Utilities



39,713,485.00



Full Total



101,947,735.00



Elderly Exemptions
Veterans Exemptions



$694,050.00
22,900.00



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POLICE REPORT FOR 1977



1976 1977



5,877


6,913


762


872


156


223


58


74


33


45



Complaints logged which required Police response
Informational or miscellaneous complaints logged

Medical and ambulance assists

Motor vehicles reported stolen
Motor vehicles recovered

415 474 Reported motor vehicle accidents, resulting in 78
cases of reported personal injuries, and two
(2) fatalities. This includes two (2) acci-
dents involving pedestrians.

615 558 Escorts made by cruisers, including money runs for
businesses, banks, escorting boats, etc.

n 12 Missing persons reported

ON THE DEPARTMENT'S STATE AND FEDERAL REPORTS WE HAVE LISTED THE FOLLOWING:

16 Assults

3 Robberies, for the reported total amount of $1,216.00

236 Burglaries for the reported total amount of $100,546.37

318 Thefts, for the reported total amount of $68,160.49

74 Motor vehicles stolen for reported amount of $184,920.00

MAKING THE TOTAL REPORTED VALUE OF PROPERTY STOLEN THIS YEAR $354,842.86

TOTAL VALUE OF PROPERTY RECOVERED THIS YEAR $131,170.00

The amount recovered and the cases that were solved were due mainly to the
fact that I used one of the permanent Sargeant as a full-time Detective, part of
the time, and got some of the cases cleared up. Also, many more of these cases are
close to being solved. The money to do this came from the difference between the
pay for permanent and regular officers. As I was short permanent men and used
regular men to fill their shifts.

REPORT OF SEABROOK POLICE DEPARTMENT CASES IN HAMPTON DISTRICT COURT, 1977

1344 Cases presented

808 Guilty

26 Not Guilty

58 Nolle prosequi or dismissed, for various reasons such as bringing a lesser
charge, absence of witnesses, etc.

339 Cases continued to a later date



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Police Report For 1977 con't.
24 Defaults
1034 Adults
131 Juveniles
56 Cases to Grand Jury
50 Cases to Superior Court



Respectfully submitted

Rayenold F. Perkins,
Chief of Police



FIRE DEPARTMENT FIRE REPORT 1977



There were 59 Bell


Alarms and


277 Still Alarms for a total


of 336.




Bell Alarms




Still Alarms






Woods & Brush


9


Woods & Brush




45


Grass


2


Grass




44


Buildings


12


Buildings




3


Mobile Homes


6


Motor Vehicles




24


Chimney


1


Motor Vehicle Accidents




13


Bailey Co.


4


Trash




13


Ornsteen Chemical


2


Smell of Gas & Gas Leaks




10


Motor Vehicle


1


Gas wash down




8


Motor Vehicle Accident


1


Smoke Investigation




9


Station Cover


1


Heat tape on water pipe




1


Food burning on stove


2


Chimney




6


Lost Child


2


Oil Burner problem




5


Mutual Aid To Other Towns


8


Electrical




6


False Alarms


8


Station Cover




1




59


Food burned on stove
Dumpster




2
• 2


Called other towns for




Water problem




2


mutual aid 6.




Cat in tree

Alarms from Bailey Co.
Alarms from Spherex Co.
Alarms from Wei pro Shoe




1
26

3

1






Alarms from Cimarron Apartments


7






Alarms from Elementary School


8






False Alarms




36






Mutual Aid to other towns




1




277



Respectfully Submitted
Ronald Eaton, Fire Chief



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FIRE DEPARTMENT AMBULANCE REPORT 1977

There were 472 ambulance calls in 1977

Anna Jaques Hospital 188

Exeter Hospital 184

Amesbury Hospital 12

Manchester VA Hospital 5

Boston Childrens Hospital 5

St. Josephs Hospital Lowell, Mass. 3

Exeter Clinic 2

Exeter Hospital to Court St. Annex 8

Portsmouth Hospital 2

Pease Air Base Hospital 2


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