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Annual Reports of the

Town of Seabrook



New Hampshire



1987




For the Year Ending December 31st
As Compiled by the Town Officers






COVER:

The Seabrook Community Center is located at 311 Lafayette Road on
Route #1 in Seabrook, New Hampshire and is a facility of which its
citizens can be proud. The Community Center was opened in March of
1984 and offers a variety of on-going recreational activities for pre-
schoolers through senior citizen years.



Annual Reports
of the

Town of Scabrook

New Hampshire
For the Year Ending December 31st

1987



As Compiled by the Town Officers



March 29, 1907



IN MEMORIUM
RALPH CLIFTON VERNON EATON, SR.



March 4, 1987




I'd like to think when life is done
That I had filled a needed post,
That here and theve I'd paid my fave
With move than idle talk and boast]
Tliatl had taken gifts divine,
The breath of life and manhood fine.
And tried to use them now and then
In service for my fellow men.

Edgar A, Quest



Ralph was born in Seabrook on March 29, 1907, the son of James S.
and El lie (Souther) Eaton and was a life-long resident. The son of a
selectmian and the father of a selectman, both having the same names,
Ralph's interest and dedication to public service was a family tradi-
tion. As a young man he served as a constable and was Seabrook's first
elected Chief of Police in 1939. He also served as a volunteer fire-
fighter and was a life member of the Seabrook Firemen's Association.
He became Building Inspector for the Town in 1962 and served in that
capacity for twenty-two years until 1984.

He was a carpenter by trade and built or remodeled many homes in
Seabrook, particularly Seabrook Beach and performed many remodeling
jobs for the Town when the Town Offices were located at the Seabrook
Firemen's Association Building.

Ralph and his wife Anna of nearly 59 years were the parents of
three chidren. He served many years as an election worker at the polls
on election day and his presence will be missed by the many voters who
pass through the polls on that day. The first election day in many
years that he was absent was in March, 1987, just after his death on
March 4, 1987.



July 25, 1916



IN MEMORIUM
WILLIAM E. FELCH



January 8, 1987



"When I first served as
Road Agent the townspeople
did not want to pay to put the
extra page a Road Agent's re-
port would have required in the
Town Report". The voters worked
with a yery tight budget.




William E. Felch (better known as Bill) was born on July 25,1916,
Newburyport, Massachusetts, the son of Ralph F. and Viola E. Hersey
Felch. His father Ralph (Jabe) Felch was notorious for his jokes and
tales of days past.

Bill was a life-long resident of the Town of Seabrook and married
Lorenda Dow; the couple had three children, Stanley J. Saracy, Ralph
E. Felch and Charles W. Felch.

He served 4i years in the United States Army and was a World War
II Veteran. During '48- '49 he served as Commander of the Raymond E.
Walton Post #70 American Legion and was a member of the Seabrook
Firemen's Association for many years.

Bill worked for the State Highway Department for five years prior
to first becoming Road Agent for the Town of Seabrook. He was the
Town's first full-time Road Agent and held that position for nearly
30 years, retiring in 1982.

He was an avid hunter, fisherman and was "jery sports minded.
Woodworking was one of his hobbies and he also enjoyed antiques. He
is fondly remembered by many of his friends as being of a quiet,
serious nature and as a family man first and foremost.



CONTENTS



Administrative Assistant




21


Property - Town Owned


26


Assessing Department




24


Recreation Commission


43


Audit




71


Road Agent


42


Brown Memorial Library




48


Selectmen


21


Financial Report




49


Statement of Appropriations




Budget Proposal 1988 ■




11A


& Expenditures


69


Building Inspector




28


Statement of Payments


60


Cable T.V. Scholarship Committee


29


Street Lighting


35


Civil Defense


V


39


Tax Collector


54


Debt Schedule




73


Town Clerk


53


Directory - Officials &


Boards


88


Town Election Results


3


DPW Facility Study Commi


ttee


40


Town Meeting Minutes
Annual


7

7


Fire Department




37


Special


19


Ambulance Report




38






Fire Chief




37


Town Officials


1


Fire Report




38


Treasurer


57


Fire Station Building Committee


36












Trust Funds


79


Health Department




41


Village District


40


Housing Authority




29


Building Inspector


40


Summary Inventory of Val


uation


25


Vital Statistics
Births


80
80


Mosquito Control




47


Deaths
Marriages


86
81


Payroll




74


Warrant 1988


1A


Pol ice Department




30






Animal Control




31


Water Department


50


Police Chief




30


Accounts Receivable


52


Prosecutor


.^


32


Annual Report


50


Services Division




34


Statement of Payments


52


Statistics




33


Summary of Receipts


52


Youth Services




33







Welfare Agent
Police Station Building Committee 35



41



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TOWN OF SEABROOK
TOWN OFFICIALS 1987

TOWN CLERK Three Year Term
Virginia L. Fowler 1990

SELECTMEN & ASSESSOR Three Year Term

Clyde 0. Brown 1988
Elizabeth A. Thibodeau 1989
James S. Eaton 1990

TRUSTEE OF TRUST FUNDS Three Year Term



Leon W. Clark 1988

Bruce G. Brown 1989
Gary K. Fowler 1990

TAX COLLECTOR Three Year Term

Lillian L. Knowles 1988

TREASURER Three Year Term

Carol L. Perkins 1990

ROAD AGENT One Year Term

Vernon G. Dow Sr. 1988

FIRE CHIEF One Year Term

Ernest B. Sanborn 1988

CONSTABLES One Year Term



M. Marty Cerasi


1988


Everett H. Felch


1988


John L. Randall


1988


MEMBERS OF PLANNING


BOARD ■


Alan Himmer


1988


Mildred Siress


1988


Oliver W. Fowler


1989


William Moore Jr.


1989



Three Year Term



James L. Conlon 1990

Paul A. Himmer 1990

Elizabeth A. Thibodeau ( Selectmen ' s Rep.)

MEMBERS OF BUDGET COMMITTEE Three Year Term

John G. DeMarco 1988 Frederick Moulton Jr. 1989

Warren G. Crawford 1988 Roy F. Crossland 1990

E. Albert Weare 1988 Ivan Q. Eaton Sr . 1990

Ernest L. Knowles (School Rep.) John J. Oneail (Beach Rep.)
Clyde 0. Brown (Town Rep.)

PARK COMMISSIONERS Three Year Term

Gerald J. Turcotte 1988 Stanley Boyd 1989 Hollis G. Eaton 1990

SUPERVISORS OF CHECK-LIST Six Year Term

Milan W. Knowles Sr. 1988 Elsie M. Small 1990 Bruce G. Brown 1992

MODERATOR Two Year Term

Charles H. Felch Sr. 1988

TRUSTEE OF LIBRARY Three Year Term
Charlotte K. Marshall 1989

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REPRESENTATIVES TO GENERAL COURT Two Year Term



Charles H. Felch Sr. 1988

Robert R. Gushing Jr. 1988

Ellen Cressy (Flotorial District) 1988

BUILDING INSPECTOR Appointed

Robert S . Moore

HEALTH OFFICER Appointed

Robert S. Moore

CIVIL DEFENSE DIRECTOR Appointed

Norman L. Brown

CHIEF OF POLICE Appointed

Paul J. Cronin

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT Appointed

William V. Dolan (Alternate) 1988

William E. Kelley (Alternate) 1988
Robert C. Lebold 1988

Lucille Moulton (Alternate) 1988
Nancy Crossland 1988

Susan Crowley 1989

James C. Falconer 1989

Phila Sturgis 1990

Elizabeth A. Thibodeau (Selectmen's Dep . )

CONSERVATION COMMISSION Appointed

Betty Jane Janvrin 1988

Timothy F. Willis 1988

WELFARE AGENT Appointed

James C • Falconer

FENCE VIEWERS Appointed

Bruce G. Brown
Frederick L. Moulton Jr.

RECREATION COMMISSION Appointed

Sandra L. Beaudoin (Director)
Charlotte M. Dow (Alternate)
Gerald Turcoote (Parks Rep.)
Harry R. Knowles
BROWN MEMORIAL LIBRARY



Anne Ferreria (Children Lib.)
Elizabeth G. Heath (Librarian)
Sharon Rafferty (Assist. Lib.)

BROWN MEMORIAL LIBRARY TRUSTEE'S

Kevin Fleming (Resigned)
Evelyn Fowler

Stanley A. Hamel (Treasurer)
Eric N. Small



William W. Moore Jr. (Plan Board)
Salvatore Rubera (AltefRste)
Vernon R. Small



James S . Eaton



(At Large)
(S^fhaxr..



Chair . ,
il. Rep)



Betty Jane Janvrin (Resigned)
(C) Charlotte M. Marshall (Town Rep.)
Elinor P. Mawson



TOWN OF SEABROOK

RESULTS OF TOWN ELECTION

MARCH 10, 1987

TOTAL NUMBER OF VOTES CAST 1317

TOWN CLERK VOTES

Three Year Term (Vote for One)

Virginia L. Fowler 1109

TREASURER

Three Year Term

Carol L. Perkins 998

SELECTMEN & ASSESSOR

Three Year Term (Vote for One)

James S. Eaton 340

Maria Y. Felch 82

Alan W. Hiitmer 1 32

Roy M. Ki rkpatrick 16

Asa H. Knowles Jr 211

Earlene U. Locke 123

Frank J. Palazzo 201

E. Albert Weare 186

FIRE CHIEF

One Year Term (Vote for One)

Ernest B. Sanborn 1027

TRUSTEE OF TRUST FUNDS

Three Year Term (Vote for One)

Gary K. Fowler 916

ROAD AGENT

One Year Term (Vote for One)

Vernon G. Dow 1021

PARK COMMISSIONER

Three Year Term (Vote for One)

Hollis G. Eaton 591

John B. Fowler Jr 544

MEMBER OF PLANNING BOARD
Three Year Term (Vote for Two)

James L. Conlon 600

Paul A. Hiimier 639

MEMBER OF PLANNING BOARD

Two Year Term (Vote for One)

William W. Moore Jr. (Write-in) 15

MEMBER OF BUDGET COMMIHEE
Three Year Term (Vote for Two)

Roy F. Crossland 673

Ivan Q. Eaton Sr 574

John J. Riley Jr 503

CONSTABLES

One Year Term (Vote for Three)

M. Marty Cerasi 733

Everett H. Felch 734

John L . Randal 1 715

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Article 2: Shall the municipality approve the Charter Amendment reprinted
below?

To amend the Seabrook Home Rule Charter, Part II, by adding Section
XXIV, Public Works , as follows:

There is hereby created the Department of Public Works. It shall
consist of a Director of Public Works who shall be head of the
department and all officers and employees assigned thereto. The
Director shall be appointed by the Selectmen. All officers shall
perform their duties subject to the supervision of the Director.

A. The Department of Public Works shall have charge of and
supervision over the construction, management, and control of the
Town's water system and all storm, water, and sanitary sewers.
Including the setting of rates which shall be done only with the
approval of the Selectmen.

B. The department shall have charge of the care, maintenance, and
construction of public dumps, public parks and playgrounds,
cemeteries, public beaches, public forests, shade and ornamental
trees, and the collection of waste and refuse. These duties shall
not, however, conflict and Interfere with the duties and
responsibilities of the Recreation Conmisslon so long as said
Comnlssion continues in existence.

C. The department shall have charge of the street lighting system
and shall be responsible for the maintenance, repair, and extension
thereof.

D. All physical properties of the Town, Including water
distribution, parks, playgrounds, and all municipal utilities not
assigned to some other department or office shall be and are hereby
assigned to the Department of Public Works.

E. The Director of Public Works shall be custodian of all tools,
equipment, and other personal property belonging to the Town and not
assigned to the care of any other public officer.

F. All persons currently holding office or performing duties In
conflict with or duplicating the authority granted to the Department
of Public Works herein, shall continue in office or In performance of
these duties until the Selectmen appoint a director, at which time
the said office and duties shall be discontinued.

G. The effective date of this amendment is July 1, 1987.

(On the Official Ballot)
YES 303 NO 882

Article 3: To see if the town is in favor of the adoption of Amendment No.
1, as proposed by the Planning Board, for the Town of Seabrook Zoning Ordinance:

1. To amend the Zoning Ordinance Article 1, Section X, DEFINITIONS, by
adding the following definition of "SIGN" as follows:

SIGN - A sign is a name, identification, description, display or
illustration or any other visual display which is affixed to or
painted or represented directly or indirectly upon a building,
structure, or piece of land In view of the general public and
which directs to an object, product, place, activity, person,
institution, organization, or business.



However, a sign shall not include any display of official court
or public notice nor any official traffic control device, nor
shall It Include the flag, emblem, or Insignia of a nation,
state, county, municipality, school, or religious group.

(On the Official Ballot)

YES 480 NO 596

Article 4: To see if the town is in favor of the adoption of Amendment No.
2, as proposed by the Planning Board, for the Town of Seabrook Zoning Ordinance:

2. To amend the Zoning Ordinance, by adding a new section as follows:

SECTION XI SIGNS

ARTICLE 1 GENERAL REGULATIONS

A. The Intent of this Article is to allow the erection of signs for
the purpose of providing information and advertising In an
orderly, effective and safe manner. Restrictions on type,
location, and size of signs protect the public from hazardous
and distracting displays and create an attractive environment
which is conducive to business. Industry and tourism.

B. All signs shall comply with the regulations affecting the
erection and construction of signs as required by such State and
Federal Agencies having jurisdiction over the location and
erection of same.

C. Any traffic or directional sign owned or Installed by a
governmental agency shall be permitted.

D. All signs to be located ten (10) feet from a Street Lot Line or
a Public Right of Way except by special exception by the Board
of Adjustment.

E. The maximum height for all signs shall be thirty-five (35) feet.

F. The minimum ground clearance for all permanent signs shall be
six (6) feet.

G. Signs, any part of which moves or flashes, and all signs with
traveling llght(s) or of an animated type are prohibited,
except by special exception by the Board of Adjustment. Any
signs, if lighted, shall be Illuminated by a luminous tube or
by an Indirect shielded light. A sign or its Illuminator shall
not, by reason of its location, shape or color Interfere with
public traffic or be confused with or obstruct the view or
effectiveness of any official traffic signal.

ARTICLE 2 SIGNS IN ZONES 1 and 5

A. No more than one (1) nameplate and/or identification sign shall
be allowed for each dwelling unit.

B. No sign may be larger than four (4) square feet per side.
ARTICLE 3 SIGNS IN ZONES 2 and 3

Business signs are permitted in Zones 2 and 3 in accordance with
the following regulations:



A. No more than two (2) signs shall be allowed for any one business.

B. One wall or projecting sign for each lot street frontage on each
establishment. Maximum surface area shall not exceed two (2)
square feet for each foot of building frontage for all wall
signs and fifteen (15) square feet for projecting signs.

C. One pole or free-standing sign for each lot street frontage.
Maximum surface area shall not exceed forty (40) square feet per
side except that a shopping center or industrial park having two
(2) or more businesses may have a coimion sign containing a
registry of all tenants and/or occupants with a maximum surface
area of eighty (80) square feet per side.

ARTICLE 4 TEMPORARY SIGNS

One temporary sign per business shall be allowed. Such sign shall
have a maximum surface area of thirty (30) square feet per side.

ARTICLE 5 SIGN PERMITS

A. No sign shall be erected until a permit for same has been

obtained from the Building Inspector and appropriate fee paid.
No permit or fee is necessary for the following:

1. Yard Sale and Flea Market

2. Real Estate Sale or Rental Signs

3. Institutional Signs

4. Political Signs

5. Signs indicating the name and nature of approved
home occupations.

B. There shall be no fee charged to non-profit organizations for
temporary signs.

C. All political signs shall be removed within seven (7) days after
the election.

(On the Official Ballot)

YES 514 NO 529



TOWN MEETING

MARCH 10, 1987

SEABROOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL



Motion by Charlotte M. Dow, second by Virginia L. Fowler, to dispense with the
reading of the complete Warrant. MOTION CARRIED. Town Warrant partially read by
Assistant Moderator, Arthur Wicklund. Election Boxes inspected by Election
Workers and declared clear. Town Meeting declared open at 10 AM.

Absentee Ballots opened by the Moderator, Charles H. Felch, and Town Clerk,
Virginia L. Fowler, at 1:30 PM. Completed at 2:20 PM.

Polls declared closed by Moderator at 7:02 PM.
Counting of Ballots completed at 11:45 PM.

Total Number of Voters on Check-list 4503

Total Number of Ballots printed 6001

TOTAL NUMBER OF VOTES CAST 1317

ELECTION WORKERS



Michael Boyd
Chester Carr
Nancy Crossland
Connie DeMarco
Amy Difazio
Charlotte Dow
Faye Eaton
Marilyn Erickson
Doris Falconer
James Falconer
Gertrude Humphrey
Betty J. Janvrin
Donna Janvrin



Karen Janvrin

Martha Janvrin

Russell Jones

Marion Kin lock

Abbie Knowles

Charlotte Marshall

Dorothea Merrill

Dorothy Nicholson

Paula Pletrowski

Mildred Siress

Joanne Souther

Phila Sturgin

Arthur Wicklund (Assistant Moderator)



ADJOURNED TOWN MEETING HELD AT SEABROOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
SEABROOK, N.H.
MARCH 12, 1987

Adjourned Town Meeting called to order by Moderator Charles H. Felch, Sr. , at
7:16 p.m.

Salute to flag led by Harry Brown.

Moderator stated that all visitors must sit to the right.

Moderator will recognize sponsor of article first.

No consideration of articles at a subsequent meeting if we adjourn to a later
date.

All amendments must be presented to the Moderator in writing and must be signed.

Speaker entitled to be heard, but loud discussions must be taken to the lobby.

State law about smoking in a public place enforced - RSA 155:45.

After an article has been explained to body. Moderator will accept a motion to
lay on table.

Personal privilege given to Clyde 0. Brown. Mr. Brown explained about the Board
of Selectmen holding meetings behind closed doors.

Article 5: To see if the town will vote to establish a scholarship/trust
fund for the purpose of accepting yearly royalties from the town's cable T.V.
franchise and expending such sums to benefit high school graduates residing in
the Town of Seabrook who are pursuing post-secondary education or training in the
mass-media field, and to transfer into said fund the sum of Three Thousand Four
Hundred Nine Dollars and Eight Cents ($3,409.08) which represents accrued
franchise fees paid to the town. And further, to establish a Scholarship Fund
Coimittee of three citizens, one of whom shall be a Trustee of the Trust Funds,
appointed by the Board of Selectmen to establish qualifications and procedures
for the use of said fund and make yearly recomnendations to the Trustee of the
Trust Funds for awarding of scholarships.

(Not Reconmended by the Budget Conmittee)

Motion by Clyde O.Brown, second by Elizabeth A. Thibodeau, to adopt Article 5 as
read. Amendment by Albert Weare, second by Frederick Moulton, to amend figure
amount to read $3410.00. ARTICLE 5 ADOPTED AS AMENDED.

Article 6: To see if the town will vote to fund the Cemetery Trust Fund
entitled "Care of Cemetery Lots" by depositing in said fund an amount of money
from accumulated surplus in the amount of Six Thousand One Hundred Twenty-Five
($6,125.00) Dollars (being the amount of receipts from sale of cemetery lots).

(Reconmended by the Budget Coimittee)

Motion by Clyde 0. Brown, second by Frank Fern, to adopt Article 6 as read.
ARTICLE 6 DEFEATED.

Article 7: To see whether or not the town will vote to adopt the ordinances
and regulations, together with a change of numbering, titleing and formatting
thereof, the entire text of which are as published by General Code Publishers in
"The Code of the Town of Seabrook" on file with the Town Clerk, effective on
passage; this vote shall supersede and replace by reference to said Code the
ordinances and regulations heretofore adopted by the Town of Seabrook.

Motion by Elizabeth A. Thibodeau, second by Clyde 0. Brown to adopt Article 7 as
read. ARTICLE 7 ADOPTED.



Article 8: To see if the town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen
to borrow money in anticipation of taxes and to renew and refund town notes.

Motion by Clyde 0. Brown, second by Elizabeth A. Thibodeau, to adopt Article 8 as
read. ARTICLE 8 ADOPTED.

Article 9: To see if the town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen
to apply for, accept and expend, without further action by the town meeting,
money from the state, federal or other governmental unit or a private source
which becomes available during the fiscal year in accordance with the procedures
set forth in RSA 31:95-b.

Motion by Elizabeth A. Thibodeau, second by Clyde O.Brown, to adopt Article 9 as
read. Article explained by Town Counsel, Gary Holmes. ARTICLE 9 ADOPTED.

Article 10: To see if the town will vote to authorize and empower the Board
of Selectmen to appoint such permanent police officers, firemen and employees for
all other departments of the town as they deem necessary.

Motion by Elizabeth A. Thibodeau, second by Clyde 0. Brown, to adopt Article 10
as read. ARTICLE 10 DEFEATED.

Article 11: To see if the town will vote to authorize the Board of
Selectmen to sell at public auction or by advertised sealed bids such town
property as is no longer used by the town.

Motion by Elizabeth A. Thibodeau, second by Ann Downer, to adopt Article 11 as
read. ARTICLE 11 ADOPTED



Article 12: To see if the town will vote, pursuant to authority under RSA
80:42 and RSA 80:42-a, to retain and hold all real property located within the
marshlands and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to sell all other tax title
property, in the first instance to former owners of the property, or the
grandparents, parents, children, and spouses of said former owner, for a sum not
less than the outstanding taxes owed plus accrued interest to the date of tax
deed; or failing such sale, then by advertised sealed bids or public auction, at
the discretion of the Board of Selectmen.

Motion by James S. Eaton, second by Elizabeth A. Thibodeau, to adopt Article 12
as read. ARTICLE 12 ADOPTED.

Article 13: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum
of Seven Million Eight Hundred Sixty Thousand Nine Hundred Twenty-Four
(7,860,924.00) Dollars or such other sum as may be necessary, to pay and/or
settle judgments of the Superior Court against the town for refund of a portion
of the taxes assessed against the owners of the Seabrook project for the years
1978-1982 inclusive, and to authorize the selectmen to calculate and pay
additional interest at the rate of six (6%) percent per annum on the principal
sum of these judgments, from the date of the 1987 town meeting to date of
payment, adding such additional interest to the total amount to be raised and
appropriated; and to take any other action relating thereto.

(Recommended by the Budget Conmittee)

Motion by Elizabeth A. Thibodeau, second by Clyde 0. Brown, to adopt Article 13
as read. Amendment by Clyde 0. Brown, second by Elizabeth A. Thibodeau, to
amend figure amount to $8,037,285.00. ARTICLE 13 ADOPTED AS AMENDED.

Article 14: To see if the town will vote to authorize withdrawal from the
Federal Revenue Sharing Fund for use as an offset against the following debt
service:

Bond Purpose Amount

1975 Water Bond Principal $50,000

(Reconmended by the Budget Conmittee)
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Motion by Elizabeth A. Thibodeau, second by Clyde 0. Brown, to adopt Article 14
as read. ARTICLE 14 ADOPTED.

Article 16: To see if the town will vote to appropriate Sixty-Two Thousand
Five Hundred ($62,500.00) Dollars as the total cost of a Coastal Zone Management
(CZM) grant, to apply for Fifty Thousand ($50,000.00) Dollars from the state and
federal governments as the 80% match towards said grant, and to raise Twelve
Thousand Five Hundred ($12,500.00) Dollars from taxes as the town's 20% match to
the above CZM grant.

(Recomnended by the Budget Coimiittee)

Motion by Timothy Willis, second by Elizabeth A. Thibodeau, to adopt Article 16
as read. ARTICLE 16 ADOPTED.

Article 17: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum
of Seventeen Thousand ($17,000.00) Dollars for the purpose of paying the salary
of a Department of Public Works Director.

(Not Recomnended by the Budget Comnittee)

Motion by Elizabeth A. Thibodeau, second by Clyde 0. Brown, to postpone Article


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