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for a town office facility. This property consists of 1.7 acres with
394 feet of frontage on Lafayette Road, 302 feet of frontage on Main
Street and 345 feet of frontage on the circle. It is bounded north-
erly by the Trinity United Church and the boundary line is about five
(5) feet from the church building.

Mr. George Dow, a local contractor, was engaged by the Committee
to give his opinion on the condition of the building on this proper-
ty. He reported that it is one of the best built buildings in town.
It is about 40 years of age and in very good condition and well kept.
The timbers and floor beams are strong as the building was made for
commercial use. The wiring is up to date with a 200 amp. service and
the heating is almost new and adequate. He is also of the opinion
that it could be easily and quickly converted to use by the town.

The building has approximately 3500 square feet of space on the
ground floor; with a large usable upstairs; a fairly large cellar,
large restrooms and a good septic system. If needed, there is plenty
of area for a addition especially to the west. There are adequate
areas for parking on the sides and to the north. The over-grown area
between the parking lot and the church could be made into a town com-
mon type area with walkways and park benches. This property is very
accessible to all areas of town and traffic would not be a problem
here for anyone.

The Town War Memorials are here at the circle, the old cemeteries
are here and are being beautified; the church is at one end and with
the town office building at the other end, this area could well rank
with the other beautiful Town COmmons throughout New England and
would be something we could be very proud of.

The price is $295,000.00 with $37,500.00 being available from the
Federal Government if the town wished to set aside the area between
hte parking lot and the church for recreation. The cost to the town
would then be $257,500.00.

Article #2 is to purchase the Chase Homestead on the west side of
Lafayette Road or to take an option thereon.

This property consists of about 11.8 acres with 475 foot front-
age on Lafayette Road and runs back for a considerable distance over
a brook to higher land.

Mr. Dow also was engaged to give his opinion on the condition of
the building on this lot. He reported that the building is old (the
south part being Colonial) and in poor condition. Some corner posts
and sills are gone, but timbers are sound. There is no central heat,
the wiring is not good, septic system is questionable. The building
needs a lot of repair and in his opinion is not suitable for use as
a town office facility.

He dose however feel that the Colonial or south part with repairs
could be used as a museum type building.

The Committee feels that several buildings about town, of a hist-
orical nature, could be moved onto this property and that the land
to the west of the brook, approximately 7.4 acres, could be used for
many recreational purposes which the Federal Government would pay one
half of.

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It is also a possibility that a completely new town office bui-
lding could be constructed on the front part of this parcel, however
there is a growing need in Seabrook for some type of housing for the'
elderly for our Sen tor Citizens whtch might be a better use for this
parcel, one reason betng its closeness to the shopping centers and
Post Office and Bank.

It must be pointed out however, that a severe traffic problem
exists in this area; especially during the suniner months.

The price is $216,850.00 with $15,000.00 being available from
the government if the area west of the brook is set aside as a re-
creational area. Also, the Chase Homestead Trustees might give
$16,850.00 as a gift to the town to perpetuate the "Chase Homestead".

The cost to the town would be $201,850.00 for the Chase Homestead
parcel .

In surma ry, the committee recommends that the town purchase the
Parkman Clinic for use as a Town Office Facility at a net cost of
$257,500.00. Also, that the town purchase the Chase Homestead for
use as a historical and recreational area and any other use it finds
suitable at a net cost of $201,850.00.

Total cost of both parcels would be $459,350.00. There is precen-
tly available $250,000.00; raised at the March Town Meeting and in-
cluded in this years tax rate, and over $90,000.00 in the Municipal
Building Trust Fund being a total of $340,000.00, meaning that if we
buy both parcels, only $119,350.00 would have to be raised at the
1979 Town Meeting.

We urge y ou to vote YES on Articles 1,2, and 3.



Bruce G. Brown, Chairman
for the Building Committee



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SELECTMEN'S REPORT
Our community has witnessed perhaps more activity in the year 1978 than
in any year since its founding two hundred ten years ago. It has been a year
of change, a year of chaos and, above all, a year of controversy.

There was the proposed mall and the traffic tie-ups on the main road, the
blizzard, the water ban, the late night construction noise, the apartment build-
ing fire, the so-called combat zone with its drugs and vandalism, the countless
burglaries, the cooperative high school bond issue.

Demonstrations, occupations, parade permits, special town meetings, demands
on town water for construction use, rumors of a religious cult moving into town,
the Ku Klux Klan - Seabrook has become a household word across America.

In spite of these difficulties, our town government has made much progress
in meeting the challenges of these times in countless ways.

Town Meeting '78 supported our efforts to control growth by adopting a
minimum lot size of 30,000 square feet and by passing the controlled growth
ordinance. It voted to retain our appraiser, to hire an administrative assistant
to the Board of Selectmen and to support our efforts to limit the demands on
our water by enacting the 1974 moratorium on building.

The meeting gave the Board tv;o options from which to select a long term
solution for our solid waste disposal. It passed the $250,000 bond issue to
purchase a town office building, and in November, the voters chose the Parkman
Clinic for our new town office and approved an option on the Chase Homestead for
future development.

The old way of selecting a police chief by ballot was rescinded, a youth
study committee was established and regulations were adopted, allowing those
living in flood-pron areas to acquire national flood insurance.

In turn, the Board has pressured its engineering firm to locate a source of
water, has forced the large businesses to correct their faulty sewage systems,
and has taken steps to contract with a new engineering firm.

An equitable and non-political method for hiring town employees has been
adopted by the Board, with the State Department of Personnel administering written
and oral examinations for applicants of the police and fire departments.

The Board adopted a personnel policy for all town employees and it re-
appointed a conservation commission to protect the town's natural areas.

We have met with our state legislators and senator, requesting them to
resolve problems such as dredging the harbor, state taxation of Seabrook Station,
establishing a district court in town, erecting traffic lights at the inter-
section of Rte 1 and Railroad Ave., and demolishing the Railroad Ave. bridge.

The Board has devoted hours handling problems concerning water. Extensive
well explorations have resulted in a potential well of small yield on the Lower
Collins Road. Iron bacteria was found in Well #4, causing discoloration in many
water services. When it was shut down for purging, the water levels in the holding
tanks began to fall, which could have created a serious problem had a major fire
occurred during this period.

The Board has been negotiating with a landowner to the north of the
Crovetti well field. Plans have been registered for a nineteen lot subdivision,
which may create problems for our wells in the future. Also, the road agent has
been directed not to salt on a section of True Road and of Riley Road. Wells
# 1 and #3 are within 400 feet of these roads and could become contaminated over
a long period of time.

The dogs have been removed from the Fogg-Pineo wells, which have been re-
activated for testing purposes only. The wells were discontinued for some
unknown reason in 1973. They could provide a valuable source to the water system.

An agreement was reached with Public Service Company concerning its use
of town water, after much deliberation! No more than 55,000 gpd can be used by
the utility for domestic purposes;however, the town "will make additional water
available for construction purposes as water is reasonably available."

The commercial-industrial rate for town water was increased from 30(t to 55(t
per thousand gallons. The USM, Bailey Division, installed a recycling unit
which conserves an additional 40,000 to 100,000 gpd. Ornsteen Chemical drove its
own well and set up a recirculation system.



Town water has been used by the residents of the Hampton side of Seabrook
Beach since September 1976. The American Water Works was put on notice that our
town water would be cut off to them unless their line across the Hampton River
was repaired. An agreement was reached whereby the Salisbury Water Company
supplied twice the water to our system than was consumed by the Hampton residents.
Service to Hampton was terminated in September.

All overdue water bills were paid in full. Likewise, action was taken to
collect all unpaid water installation bills, including a 4°o interest charge, and it
was voted to bill private contractors for damages to the system.

The Board directed the water foreman to survey all water services and to update
all individual water service record cards. With the resignation of our water clerk
Barbara Richardson, the position was filled by Judi Melansen, who also takes
the minutes of our weekly meetings.

To guard against vandalism to our new stand pipe, two large sodium flood
lights have been installed to the rear of the fire station. The graffito on the
tower was repainted.

With the aid of the health officer, the Board corrected many faulty sewage
systems of the big businesses and industries. In several cases, the assistance of
the attorney general was called upon.

Applications are being sought for a study of the cluster system method for
handling municipal sewage problems. Fourteen deficencies were spotted by the state
regarding our $30,000 sewage study. It did not assess the effect of such a
system on our water supply nor the need of such a plant. The Board denied a
request for $20,000 to complete the study.

Our solid waste is still hauled to the RESCO facility in Saugus. The Board
is negotiating with Public Service Company and with US^, Bailey Division, for the
purchase of the land at the transfer station off the Rocks Road. Landfill rights
must be secured for USM. Scales were installed at the site in December.

The North East Solid Waste Committee conducted a study of our transfer station.
It recommended remaining with our present program for at least two years, rather
than replacing the open hauling method with a compaction station. The Solid
Waste Committee, however, recommends the town purchase such a facility. It looks
toward the county for a long-term solution.

The fire chief is developing guidelines for the use of the ambulance. Vernon
R. Small was appointed superintendent of the fire alarm system, and he is training
the men to install the lines. The 1977 police station wagon was purchased by
the fire department for official use by the chief and two permanent positions were
filled in the department.

An ordinance was adopted prohibiting parking of motor vehicles on any fire
lanes, as requested by the police and fire chiefs. The Board coordinated the
handling of arson cases by the police and fire departments by resolving the
communication gap and by giving two firemen special police appointments for arson
investigations.

Three permanent positions were filled on the police department. Each new
officer must sign a two year agreement with the Selectmen, pledging to stay with
the town for this minimum time.

With the high rate of motor vehicle accidents within the department, the Board
has attempted to have the officers engage in a driver training program. An
additional officer was allowed to assist the lieutenant-detective on investigative
cases involving burglaries.

The Board will appoint a police chief in March by having the New Han-pshire
Municipal Association advertize the position and screen the applicants. The final
selection will be made through a joint interview of the applicants by the Selectmen
and by five members of the Association of New Hampshire Police Chiefs.

Two permanent men were appointed to the highway department. The Road Agent
keeps a maintenance chart for town vehicles at our urging, and a no parking ordinance
was promulgated - no cars can park on town roads during snow storms. The Board
has requested the road Agent to create a plan for 1979 re drainage, street signs,
tree cutting, hot topping and solid lines for town roads.

We propose to survey the entire Hillside Cemetery in Smithtown. The stone
wall was extended, with only a small section needing to be reconstructed. The fee



for a grave site increased from $25 to $100, revenues to be deposited with the
Trustees of the Trust Fund for maintenance purposes. Many complaints were made
about mini-bikes and snowmobiles damaging grave stones. The Board hopes to purchase
a chain link fence to enclose the Elmwood and Wildwood graveyards.

The dog officer was allowed the use of an old h ton pickup, and he was directed
to dispose of animals by creamation. An ordinance prohibiting the drinking of
alcoholic beverages at town parks was passed, and the town's mosquito program will
be handled by the Rockingham County Mosquito Control program in 1979.

The Civil Defense director has met several times with us regarding precautions
in the event of another storm, and the Street Light Committee has been before the
Board concerning its plans for meeting the town's lighting needs.

The Board will soon be adopting guidelines for the distribution of aid to
the needy. In 1977, $22,500 was appropriated for the town poor account, total
funds dispersed in this budget was $12,815. In 1978, $17,000 was appropriated
and approximately $9,000 was spent.

Twelve cease and desist orders were issued for zoning violations, with two
court cases pending, involving two mobile home parks. Two joint meetings were held
with Town Counsel, the Building Inspector, the Planning Board and the Board of
Adjustment to discuss zoning violations and to clarify interpretations of the
ordinance. The Selectmen now review all building permits with the building inspector,
and applications for federal funds have been made for designing a master plan
for Seabrook.

Our most helpful aid has been the administrative assistant - Steven Coes.
Correspondence, office management and research have never been handled more
efficiently at the office. The Board is able to transact twofold its business by
delegating the more time-consuming work to the assistant.

We adopted a much-needed personnel policy. A one-write accounting system was
set up for the selectmen's clerk, and the town ordinance book was updated with the
help of the town clerk. In August, Margaret Nedeau resigned; she was replaced by
Nona Griggs.

The Board meets twice weekly - Tuesday evening and Thursday morning. The 7 am
to 12 noon meeting permits the Selectmen to see through much more work and enables
the Board to tranact business with the town employees more conveniently.

A new building committee was appointed after the November meeting; it consists
of Stanley A. Hamel , Bruce G. Brown and Bessie S. Hamel , A short term note has
been issued for the purchase of the Parkman property.

A tax map for all land west of the marshes was completed, and six cases were
approved for non-conforming use assessment on Lafayette Road. By state law, all
tax inventories not returned by the set deadline receive an automatic fine.

The Board has had the town's insurance policies thoroughly updated, with some

substantial savings made. George Castleton was appointed the town's insurance

broker. It was found that premiums were being paid mistakenly on two individuals.

To date, the town has been credited for one and has applied for reimbursement on
the other.

An inventory of all town vehicles was conducted with photos of each one placed
on file, and a plan for a house numbering system has been drafted with a map
containing the house lot numbers.

In regards to the beach, the proposed ramp at the harbor should be constructed
in 1979. An archealogical review of the site was required before federal funds
could be released. A sodium flood light was placed at the town peir for the fishermen.

On the advise of the fire chief, the no parking ordinance was made more
restrictive. The south side of each east-west street was prohibited from parking
during the summer for emergency reasons. The Board will conduct a program to
remove all obstacles on the town-owned right of ways extending to the ocean front.

We extend our sincere thanks to the town officials, employees, committeemen
and individuals who have made possible the progress we have worked for during the
year 1978.

Eric N. Smal 1 , Chairman

Clyde 0. Brown

Janes C. Falconer



ASSESSING DEPARTMENT



LEGISLATIVE :

There have been no major Legislative changes
this year regarding assessment procedure other than
the area of State Assessment Ration studies. The
State Department of Revenue Administration will be
conducting the study annually instead of Bi -Annually
as in the past. Our new ratio of Assessment value
to market value is 84%.

PENDING LEGISLATION

Significant legislation is being introduced in
the House this year that would alter the method of
taxing and the distribution of taxes from Public
Utility Power Plants. Seabrook has no intention of
sitting idly by while others decide how to "spread"
its taxable Real Estate. Both of our Representatives,
as well as our special legal counsel and our Assessor,
are concentrating on the Defeat of such Legislation.
At this writing, our research and efforts make us
optimistic of a favorable outcome for the Town.

NUCLEAR PLANT

The Atomic Power Plant being constructed here
in Seabrook will continue to be appraised on "partial
construction" basis this coming year. The Assessing
Department has a program of continuing research which
involves both Law and Appraisal Theory, in order to
conduct fair and equitable assessment with regard to
this property.

TOWN MAPPING

On Dece.nber 29th. "Parker Survey" delivered the
final working set of Tax Maps to the Town of Seabrook.
This coming year the Town plans to hold hearings and
viewings for the General Public. At that time, cor-
rections and adjustments will be made as the need
ari ses .

We are now in compliance with State Law for 1980



MAP MAINTENANCE

The Assessing Department will now take over the
Lot Line changes and corrections on a Yearly basis.
This information will come from approved Plot Plan
changes and Registry Deeds.

OFFICE FACILITIES

We have found many advantages to our new layout
of Offices, Centralization of Facilities being the
foremost. The citizen can now conduct all of his
business in one building, and information can be
exchanged between departments with ease. In addition,
we have considerabl ey better records control and
storage facilities.

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PROJECT CONTINUATION S

Set-up of Mortgagee-Mortgagor file
Transfer file maintenance
Placing property owner name on Town Map
Continuation of Sales Analysis record books
Keeping current "Mobile Home " owner record book
Appraisal of New Construction and additions
Inventory record & maintenance system
(exemption system & classification)
Processing and cataloguing building permits

(maintenance collection & filing system)
Continuation of plan file system
Assigning map & lot numbers to Assessment Record
System
Distribution and receipt of Inventories



Respectfully submitted
Robert F. Quinn
Appraiser



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PROPERTY OWNED BY TOWN
Acquired through Tax Collector's deeds



Taxes to:
Effie Bagley
Chas. Brewster, hrs,
Chas, Chase
Thomas Charles, Est.
J. Smith Chase, Hrs.
Josiah Chase, Hrs.
George Chase



Donald Clark
Walter Clark
Joseph Comley, Hrs.
Ellen Connor, Est.
Phillip or Phyllis Dagget
Joseph Delong
Albert Dow, Hrs.
William Dow, Hrs.
Charles Eaton, Hrs.

Harrison L. Eaton, Hrs.
Lena Eaton, Hrs.

Amy Evans
Harry Evans

Jerome Evans, Hrs.
Albert Flannagan
Fannie Fowler Hrs.
Willard Fowler Est.
William Fowler, Hrs.
Dr. E.B. Goodall
Benjamin Gove, Hrs.
David Gove Hrs.
Julia Hodgekins
D. Geo. Jewell
Dennie Laimard

Charles W. A. Lamprey

George Locke, Hrs.

Albert Merrill

John Moody

Wal ter Morri 1 1 , Hrs .

J. Morris Jr. &

Marie Beal

Ed. L. Perkins, Hrs.

N. B. Pevear, Hrs.

John Delores Pettiglie

Carlene Perusse

Seabrook Development, Inc.

Ruth Short

Susan Sibley, Hrs.



Descripti

1 a. Fowl
7 a. Tilt

2 ac. Mar
Eaton Ld.
Gove Mars
Flats

28 rods. ,
1 a. (2pc
Dow's Isl
J a n V r i n L
Certain P
7 ac. Mar
3% a. stu
River St.
^h a. Mar
Marshland
1 a. Id.
h Homeste
So. Main
.14 a Mars
h Homeste
So. Main
Id. Lafay
9 a Marsh

4 a Marsh
Evans Stu
Lot 52 Se
Ld. Worth
Marshld.
Marshld.

5 a. Perk
3/4a. Mar
Sanborn S
7 a. Ld.
Js of 2 a.



on

er marsh

on Ld.

shld.

hid.

Cradle Ln.

. )Marshld.3J5 a.

d.1/3 deeded.

d.

arcel/tract of Id

shld.

mp & wood Id.

Id.
shl and



ad Id. & bldgs.

St.

h

ad & Bldgs. ,

St.

ette Rd.

, 10 a Marsh

mp & Pond wood Id,
abrook Beach
ley Ave.



7 a.
4% a
1% a



Coll
spr
Tra



2 lots, h

3 a. Flat
3^5 a. Mar
12 a. Mar



ins wood Ld.

sh Ld.

chool , 1 d/bl dg

Marshl d .
ins Wood Id.,
out
ct Ld.

a. Stump Ld.
s

shld.
sh 96 pes.



Pickens Ave.

3h a. Marsh

2 a. Chase Stump, 11 a.

Fogg Woodld.

Ld. & B-ldg. So. Main St

Store Building

# 56 Lake Shore Dr.

7 a. Marsh

3- 2 a. pes. Marshld.

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Property Owned By Town con't,



Emily Smith, Hrs.


1 a. Joy wood, 1^ a. Lock




Tillage, h a. valve. Cross




Id. , \h Perkins Id. 3a.




Gills Roak Ld.


Jacob Smith, Hrs.


1^ a. Boynton Ld.


James Smith, Hrs.


h a. Wood Ld. , 2 a. Dow




% a. Stump


Madeline Smith


4 a. Smith Stump




B. Chase Ld. Ih a.




Pettengill Stump




\h a. Tillage Ld.


El bridge Steven


Marsh & Spreading Place


Charles Sullivan


3/4 a. Ld.


Joseph Tilton Hrs.


4 a. Marsh


Edith Thurlow


3 a. Dow Wood, % a. Marsh


Howard Towle


Marshld.


Geo. Walton, Est.


Land


Jonathan Walton, HRs.


h a. Rowe Ld. & Homestead


John N. Walton, HRs


MarshLd.


Marie Walton


Ld. & Bldg. Rocks Rd.


Theresa Walton, Est.


Marshld.


Wm. H. Walton, Est.


Marsh Id. & Philbrick


Charles F. Janvrin, Hrs.


2% a. Joy Marshld.




2 a. Flats


PURCHASE




Riley Well Field


28.6 Acres


Fogg-Pineo Well


17.3


Crovetti Well Field


10.00 "


Gift




Gov. Weare Park


3.5


Vet. Park


7.8


Hillside Cemetery


18.2


Elmwood


2.0


Farm Lane Dock


Tax Title



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BUILDING PERMITS



TOWN PERMITS JANUARY - DECEMBER 1978



Type






No.


Value


New Homes






5


$ 155,000


Large Remodel


ing




3


35,000


Miscellaneous






69


130,000


Businesses






16


2,044,700


Mobile Homes






56


840,777


Temporary & M


isce


11


aneous 4


6,500




153


$3,195,226


Denial s






12




No Fee






18





The above accounting does not include the
ieach from January 1, 1978 to December 29th., 1978



Respectfully Submitted,
Ralph C.V. Eaton
Building Inspector



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PLANNING BOARD

During the past year we have acted upon eleven (11)
requests for sub-divisions, ten (10) site plan reviews,
and seven (7) plans for recording purposes.

There are five (5) proposed changes to the Zoning
Ordinances offered for your consideration this year.
Four (4) are proposed by the Planning Board, and one (1) is
proposed by the Conservation Commission.

We have set ourselves a goal for the coming year to
up date the Master Plan for the Town, establish a viable
site plan review regulation, and republish all Zoning
regualtions in a small booklet.

Our regular meetings are held on the third (3rd) Tuesday
of ewery month at 7:30 P.M. at the Town Offices and we


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