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facility, built by New Hampshire Yankee, in June. After
months of negotiations on a five year lease between the
Department of Resources and Economic Development - the
owner of the facility, the town, and the Co-op, a grand
opening was held on June 20, 1991, to officially transfer
the management of the facility to our local fishermen.
Though still the goal of the fishermen and the town to
have the facility turned over to the town, the terms of
the lease will provide the Co-op with the stability they
need to make the project viable in a stagnant economy.

Mother natures fury created the greatest level of
activity in the fall. The Atlantic Coast was hit by
Hurricane Bob on August 19, 1991. The storm required the
full response of the town's emergency workers and
volunteers. Their immediate response and dedication
through the storm helped to avoid harm to the public and
limit the amount of damage to public and private property.

No sooner had our highway crew cleared the debris
from Hurricane Bob when the town was hit by another
tropical storm. The storm caused damage to a number of
beach front homes, but damage to public property was
minimal. To avoid future damage and to protect the beach,
the town will be looking to restore the dunes that act as
a natural barrier against flooding.

The tax rate was set just before Thanksgiving, and
tax bills were sent out in early December. Many property
owners saw a reduction in assessed value of their homes
because of the slumping real estate market, but saw an
overall increase in their tax bill due to a significant
increase in the tax rate. Home values were adjusted due
to the second year's use of a computer appraisal system in
the assessing department, but the town meeting
appropriations caused a doubling of the tax rate. The
rate increase was due primarily to the financing of the
sewer project. In 1992 a stabilization of the rate should
occur now that the sewer cost is built into the tax rate.


In reviewing the events of 1991, it would not be
appropriate to close this report without commenting
briefly on a number of events that happened outside the
border of our community. In January - Seabrook, our
nation, and the world, were faced with an armed conflict
in Iraq. A number of our residents, including two members
of our police force, were called to serve our country in
this hour of need. Indeed our own town government could
not function as a democracy without the brave courage of
the men and women who served in our armed forces. A deep
hearted thank you goes out to those from Seabrook and our
nation who served us well in desert storm.

The other significant event that captivated the world
as an audience was the fall of the Soviet Union and the
end of communism as an organized threat. The world is
still watching to see how Russia and the independent
states will embrace democracy, but the United States is
now the world symbol of what can be born of a government
by the people, for the people.

To this end, this board encourages your participation
in Seabrook 's government. This can be accomplished by
serving as a volunteer on many committees which town
government has, or attending meetings and voicing your
input on how you would like to see us function. The
office of the selectmen and town manager is here to serve
you. Please let us know how we can improve our service.

Respectfully submitted,

Elizabeth A. Thibodeau, Chairman
Board of Selectmen Ivan Q. Eaton, Sr.

Asa H. Knowles, Jr.

Steven A. Clark
Town Manager


Acquired through Tax Collector's Deed

Taxes To:
Anderson, A. J.
Bagley, Effie
Beckman, Hiram G.
Brewster, Charles, Heirs

Brown, Lowell

Charles, Thomas, Est.

Chase, Charles

Chase, George Heirs of

Chase, Harry

Chase, Josiah, Hrs.

Chase, J.Smith, Hrs.

Clark, Donald
Clark, Walter

Comley, Joseph, Hrs.
Connor, Ellen, Est.

Daqqet. Phillip or

Delong, Joseph
Dow, Albert, Hrs.
Dow, William, Hrs.
Eaton, Charles, Hrs.

Eaton, Clarence
Eaton, N/F

Eaton, Harrison L. Hrs,
Evans, Harry

Evans, Jerome, Hrs.
Felch, George E. , Hrs
Flannagan, Albert


4 1/2 acres marsh

1 acre Fowler marsh
Cross Beach

7 acres of Til ton


Railroad land off

Railroad Ave.

Map S Lot 59

Eaton land

2 acres marshland
1/8 interest-2pcs.
marshland; 1 ac.
Chase land; 4 acs.
Chase Zc Pike Id. ;

1 acre Felch stump;

3 acres Eaton Home-
stead; 3 1/2 acres
Dow's Island;
Twombley land; -land
on Boynton 's Lane

6 acres stumpland


Janvrin land
Certain parcel of

7 acres marshland

3 1/2 acres stump
and woodland

River Street land

4 1/2 acres marshland

1 acre Marshland

1/2 Homestead ?<

Bldg.,So. Main


Land, Rte. 286

Land off So, Main St.

14 acres marsh

9 acres marsh

10 acres marsh
4 acres marsh
Evans Stump S( Pond

1/2 acre Felch land
1 1/2 acres marsh
Lot 52 Seabrook Beach


Fowler, Fannie, Hrs. Land, Worthley Ave.

Fowler, Willard, Est. Marsh

Goodall, Dr. E.B. 5 acres Perkins

Gove, Benjamin, Hrs. 3 acres Gove Marsh
Gynan, Andrew, Hrs. 8 acres Beckma.n wood

land; 3 1/2 acres

Rock Marsh
Gynan, Herbert, Hrs. Land on River St.
Hodgekins, Julie 7 acres Collins

Woodland; 4 1/2

acres sprout land
Janvrin, Charles Hrs. 21/2 acs. Joy sTiarsh; 2 acs.

Janvrin, John Land off Rte. 286

Joy , Be n j am i n - L o t s Fo 1 1 y M i 1 1 Wood s
Knowles, Wallace, Hrs. Marshland
Larnard, Dennis 7 acs. Collins Woodland;

4 1/2 acs. sprout land
Lamprey, Charles W. A. Hrs. 1 1/2 acs. tract land
Merrill , Albert 3 acs. tract land

Moody, John 3 1/2 acres iisarsh

Pearson, Edmund Land s/s Rocks Rd.

Locke, George, Hrs 2 lots; 1/2 ac. stump Id.

Morrill, Walter, Hrs. 12 acs. marsh 96 pc.
Perkins, Ed. L, Hrs. 4 acs. Marsh Id.
Pike, George D. Hrs. 4 acs. Gove Mar^h Ld.
Savory, Donald Land

Seabrook Development, Inc. 56 Lakeshore drive
Shattler, Berry 2 acs. marsh; 4 acs-iTsarsh

Short, Ruby 9 pc. land

Sibley, Susan hrs. 3-2 acs, pes. marsh

Smith, Emily 1 ac. Joy wood; 1 l/2ac.

Lock tillage 1/2 ac.

1 1/2 acs, Perkins land?
3 acs. Gil lis land; Roak
land; 1/2 acs. Cross Id.

Smith, Jacob, Hrs. 1 ac. Boynton land

Smith, James, Hrs. 1/2 ac. woodland; 2 acs Dow Id

1/4 ac. stump land

Smith, Madeline 4 ac. Smith stump; B.Chase

land; 2 1/2 acs. PettengiU
stump; 1 1/2 acs. tillage

Steven, El bridge Marsh ?■: Spreading place

St rat ham Hardware Woodland

Sullivan, Charles 3/4 ac. land

Tilton, Joseph, Hrs. 4 acs. marsh

Thurlow, Ethel 3 acs. Dow wood; 1/2 ac. marsh

2 1/2 acs. marsh


TowIe, Howard 2 1/2 acres marsh

Sill; 4 acres Tilton
marsh; 4 pes. marsh

'■ rsr-.H -.f. P-S-.= -"'OC f


UnkncDwn -and on Rte.

L amo 1 1 p r o pert y
U/alton, George, Est= Land
Nalton, John N.^ Hr5= Marsh
blalton, Theresa, ESt. Marsh
Walton, William H. Est= Marsh Land i< Phil-

n r I r :-

-L- 1 =i-iH

•■Nsars^ AiicG h. Hrown pasTure

l^lilley Land off Mam St.

^sarEf George Q.

behind F= Eaton



Chase HoF-estead, Rte. 1 11 = 7 acrei.

Chase, Thomas ^ Eaton

Anne Hrs. 2.0 acres

Crovetti Well Field

True Road 17=7 acres

Eaton, Clintonj Hrs. 4.0 acres

Foqg-Pineo «Jell ^ield

Goodwin^ Fannie, Mrs. 6.0 acres
Meeting House land, Rte. 1 3,1 acres
Riley Well Fields
Ledqe/Blacksnake Rd. 2S.b acres

Rte. 107 112.7 acres

Sand DuneSj East

of Atlantic Ave. 19,0 acres
Sand Dunes, Nest of

Rte. 1-A 56.0 acres

Town Hall, Rte. 1 1=7 acres
Transfer Station Id.

n. u C K ' - n.uciLi o ,: -_> a L 1^ B E-

Police Station Land

Centennial St. 10.5 acres

Felch, Sadie Hrs. 1.7 acres

Land Sc Bldg.

Old New Boston Rd Ld. 24.09 acres

Brown Memorial Library

Lafayette Rd. .57 acres



Mr. Lee Dennett the Town Appraiser retired August 1991
from the town. Mr. Robert F. Quinn was hired as the new
appraiser in October 1991. Suzanne Gr iggs, appra iser clerk
was transferred to the Finance Department as the new
Deputy Treasurer in November 1991.

Now that the New Hampshire Yankee Nuclear Power Plant
has been constructed and is "On Line", it is hopeful that
the valuation fluctuations of the past will now stabilize.
The complete and operational state of the Seabrook Station
"Good News" and "Bad News" for the town. The "Good News"
is that the plant carries a high valuation which is a
great benefit in reducing taxpayers burdens . The"Bad News"
is that there will not be the large amounts of valuation
inputs that there were in the past. In all likelihood,
the plant valuation will tend to stabilize at it's valua-
tion and perhaps even begin to decline as time passes.

New Hampshire Assessment Law Requires that "All Property
be Appraised at it's full and true value in money"
(Market Value). So, we will be up-dating to Market Value
each year and the benefit should be that the property
valuations will be much less variable. Prior to the advent
of computerization, this was a practical impossibility.
But today, this is no longer the case.

The project of up-dating the town maps, will be coordinated

in two phases :

Phase l:Fill in the up-dating to produce a current working

set for office use.
Phase 2:Long range up-dating with research and redrafting.

Respectfully submitted,
Robert F. Quinn
Town Appraiser


1991 Summary of Valuation


Mobile Homes

$ 53,538,300

Total Valuation Before Allowed Exemption - $4,047,524,400

Value Credits Allowed:

(Blind, Elderly, Water and Air Pollution)

Veterans Credits Allowed

Total Tax Payable

1991 Tax Rate






$ 3,272,991
$ 6,474,844







Tax per $1,000







Distribution of Tax Dollar


School (25.3%)

County (12.7%)

Municipal (62.0%)



1991 has been a very busy year in the Building Department

Despite the slow economic times there was a 38% increase

in Building Permits over 1990.

Commercial growth has led this increase with two large

Shopping Centers and a new market at the corner of Rte . 1

and 107.

The Elderly Housing Project has been completed and is now

occupied .


Single Family Homes
Two Family Homes
Mobile Homes

Commercial Buildings
Industrial Buildings
Municipal Buildings
Residential Additions
Alterations, Remodeling
and Replacements
Commercial Additions
and Remodeling
Industrial Additions
and Remodeling





88, 540





697, 479







Total Permits



Robert S Moore
Building Inspector


This year more testing of the rivers and streams was
conducted by the Health Department. The results showed
continued high coliform counts, which indicate the pollu
tion problem is still with us.

The town has appealed the New Hampshire Wetlands Board's
ruling against extending the sewer pipe to Cross Beach
Road .

Dye tests are being conducted by the Health Department
with the help of New Hampshire Public Health to show
the need for the sewer to be extended to Cross Beach


Restaurant and take Out Stands Inspected and Licensed 35

Stores and Markets 23

Bakeries 1

Hotels and Motels 5

Beauty Salons 6

Tattoo Palors 8

Camp Grounds 2

Laundries 2

Mobile Vendors 7

Septic Permits Issued and Inspections made 69

Sewage Related Complaints 26

Complaints of Unsanitary Living Conditions 10

Trash Related Complaints 10

Cases of Reportable Diseases 1

Animals Bites 11

Day Care and Foster Homes Inspected 2

Chemical and Oil Spills Investigated 1

Water Samples taken and analyzed 16

Dye Test made for suspected sewage 9
Cease and Desist Orders given and problems resolved 5

Robert S Moore
Health Officer


The Street Light Committee has made various trips
around town checking the street lights. This year
we have found very few lights needing to be replaced
We made several trips comparing the print out from
the electric company against the location of the
numbered poles with lights Installed on them. All
pole numbers corresponded with the print out list.

It has been a pleasure serving the town in this
capacity and hope we can continue to serve the town
efficiently in the coming year.

A. Everett Weare, Chairman
Marion B. Kinlock
Charles Kaslow



The recycling committee had a number of changes in
1991. The committee continued to meet the first Monday of
the month but with different faces. Due to other
constraints, committee members Paul Kelley and Patricia
O'Keefe resigned over the summer. They had served the
committee well, and we thank them for their time and
effort. Replacing Paul and Trish were Donna Smith and
Richard Keefe. They have allowed the committee to have a
full compliment of members and to continue our efforts.

In 1991 the recycling study committee proposed two
articles for the town meeting warrant. The first article
was a proposed ordinance to regulate a voluntary curbside
recycling program. The second article asked the town
meeting to raise the necessary funds to begin the program.
The good news was the voters adopted the recycling
ordinance. The bad news was the voters did not approve
the funding for the program.

In 1992 the committee will again make a request to
fund a recycling program in Seabrook. If approved, the
committee will work closely with the board of selectmen to
implement a program by the fall of 1992. The program will
eventually reduce costs the town is paying to the
Haverhill, Massachusetts burn facility. It will also
bring us in line with other communities that have adopted
similar programs.

Respectfully submitted,

Steven A. Clark
Richard J. Keefe
Warner B. Knowles
Donna L. Smith
Richard N. Thurlow





Selectmen 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 474-3311

Town Clerk 9 : 00-12 : 30 - 1: 00-4 : 00 p.m. 474-3152

Tax Collector 9 : 00-12 : 30 - 1: 00-4 : 00 p.m. 474-9881

Treasurer 9 : 00-12 : 30 - 1: 00-4 : 00 p.m. 474-3311

Appraiser 8 : 00-12 : 30 - 1: 00-4 : 00 p.m. 474-2966

Water 8: 00-12 : 30 - 1: 00-4 : 00 p.m. 474-9921

Building Inspector 8 : 00-12 : 30 - 1 : 00-4 : 00 p.m. 474-2966

Health Officer 8 : 00-12 : 30 - 1 : 00-4 : 00 p.m. 474-2966

Welfare Agent 8:00 a.m. _ Noon 474-8931

Town Manager 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 474-3252



Construction on the proposed town-wide sewage system
had been scheduled to begin in 1991. This did not occur
because the town is still experiencing delays in obtaining
the necessary federal permits for the project. In order
for the project to proceed as planned the town must obtain
two separate permits from two federal agencies. In order
to begin construction, a 4 04 permit from the Army Corp of
Engineers must be issued. This permit regulates
construction projects in wetlands. The proposed treatment
plant on Wright's Island and the sewer mains that will be
laid primarily along town rights-of-way will disturb a
minimal amount of wetlands, thus the need for the permit.
The Army Corp is charged with the responsibility of
ensuring that the least amount of wetlands be disturbed as
possible and that alternatives be evaluated.

To this end, most of 1991 was spent reviewing the
town's permit application and holding public hearings on
the request. In February, the Army Corp scheduled its
first hearing which was well attended. It was held at the
Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, New Hampshire. The
location of the hearing was determined by the Army Corp
and was chosen because it was neutral ground. The public
comment period was open through early March and when it
closed the town expected it would receive a decision
within sixty days. Unfortunately, we were advised in
early June that a second hearing would be held in August
in order to allow for comment from seasonal residents of
Seabrook and Salisbury. The second hearing was held at
the City Hall in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Again, the
site was selected for its neutrality. As of January,
1992, the Army Corp has not acted on the town's

The other federal agency having jurisdiction over the
project is the Environmental Protection Agency. This
agency regulates the quality of the wastewater that will
be discharged. The NPDES permit, short for National
Pollution Discharge Elimination Systems permit, will set
limits on the quality of water the treatment plant will
produce that can be discharged into the ocean.

The proposed wastewater treatment plant is a 1.8
million gallon per day plant using secondary wastewater
treatment technology to meet the limits set forth by the
EPA. Like the Army Corp permit, the NPDES permit process
has taken longer than expected. The EPA did not issue the
draft permit until September and public hearings on the
draft permit were not held until mid-October. To date,
the EPA has not issued a final NPDES permit. This cannot
occur until a consistency review statement is issued by


the Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management Agency. As a
condition of the draft permit issued by the EPA, this
agency must certify that water quality standards in
Massachusetts will not be negatively impacted by the
effluent from the outfall. A similar statement was
required by New Hampshire which has been obtained. We are
hopeful that this will be issued by March 1, 1992. If
this does occur, this will clear the way for action on the
town's application by the federal agencies.

The financing of the project is the last item to be
resolved. The voters at the 1991 annual town meeting
approved two articles that would have allowed the town to
begin construction on the project in 1991 had permits been
issued. Article 10 was approved to raise nine million
dollars and Article 9 authorized the selectmen to issue up
to twenty-eight million dollars in general obligation
bonds if /and when cash flow demands required it. The
increase in the tax rate is primarily due to the financing
of the sewer project but voters have shown they are
committed to its construction. In 1992 and for three more
years an appropriation request will be made of the voters
in order to raise the projected 49.1 million dollars to
construct the project. Thereafter, a reduced tax rate
should occur if no other project of this size is

The pollution control study committee, the board of
selectmen and town manager are continuing to work hard to
make this project a reality. The committee meets
regularly on the third Wednesday of each month at 3:30
p.m. in the selectmen's meeting room. With perseverance
and a little luck, 1992 will be the year we break ground
on this project.

Respectfully submitted.


Willard F. Boyle
Lydia M. Gould
Warner B. Knowles
Edward G. Maguire
Robert S. Moore
Priscilla L. Palazzo


Elizabeth A. Thibodeau
Ivan Q, Eaton, Sr.
Asa H. Knowles, Jr.


Steven A. Clark



Tke, SejibfLOok Bexick VMoQd Vaj^VvLcX held ajU annual me^eXlng on
TiieJiday, Ap/uX 30, J 99 7 Zn the. WanAe^n We^t IKemofvial Bvulxiing on
Route, /A.

Aa a ^eAult ojj tht6 me.eXA,ng, the. {^olZouiinQ o^j^^cceAA uieAe,

Pat/LLcta O'fCeejJe ContmlA^toneA {^oa 3 yejVL&

Ann O'SalLivan CleAk jJo/l J ye/vi

John Lannon TA-eoAuJieA {^o^ / ye^an.

Eduoand MogiuAe lAodeAoton. {^on. 1 yean.

At the, annual mzettioQ the, voteAA o{^ the, Vl6tAyict voted to ame,nd
&e.veAal 6e,ctlon& and de,^tnltton& o^ the, Vt&t/vict Zoning OAdtnance,.
The, compleJie. fLe,VAJsed Vt&tAtct Ioyvlyiq OfuLLnance, t& ke,pt on {^-ile, at
the, WaAA.e,n WeJ>t MemofUal EuAJldtng. The, VtHage, Vl&tfLict BuAlxLing
Jn&pe,(itoA al&o matntatnA a copy,

RejQfietiully, du/Ling the, couue, o{^ the, yean., the, ConmiL&AtoneAA
accepted the. n.e,&tgnatton& o£ tt& BuAJLdtng lnApe,cton, Ihi. LouIa JanoA
and Pat/LLCAja 0'Ke,^ie, oa CommtAAtoneJi. Both n.e^tgnattonA MeAe Aub-
mitted {^on. pe/LAonal fiejOAonA.

M^- Cha/ileJi KoaIovo vooa appointed aA the. tnteAim Buildtng
InApe,cto^ and Wi. WanAe,n Cfum{^ond voom appointed to ^UU. the, balance,
o£ the, vacoLted CommlAAloneA.A texm o^ o^^lce,.

The. CommlAAloneAA Mould like, to extend theJjL thankA ion. the, on-
going AupponX. the. Beach oAeji hoA ficcelved ^njom the. Touon Ve.paAtme.ntA,
moAt notably the. Police., Eln.e. and Highway Ve.paAtme.ntA.

Once, again, we. look ionwohd to tmniilng with the. people, oi
SeabAook helping to ke.e.p the, Bexich VlAtAtct a place, all n.e.Alde,ntA
can enjoy £oA many ycoAA to come,.

The, Bejuch CommlAAloneAA meet on the Aecond WedneAday o^ each
month at 7:00 p.m.

ReApectiully Aubmltted,
Ted KavleA, Chalnman
Tim WlltiA
WaAAen CAowiond

Boand o^ CommlAAloneAA
Seabnook Beach Village VlAtAict



At last year's town meeting, the people of Seabrook
voted to raise the sum of $1,700,000 (one million seven
hundred thousand dollars) as requested by the housing
authority to build 40 units of elderly housing.

The Authority hired Architects Four and Pro Con to
design and build the project for a guaranteed maximum
price of $1,7000.000. Immediately following town meeting
Pro Con filed for all necessary permits. By summer, work
was underway and ground-breaking ceremonies were held on
July 2 0th.

The Authority took a hands-on approach to the
project by hiring Tracy Dow as Clerk of the Works. Tracy
kept a trained eye on the project. We made daily visits
to the site to discuss construction progress with him and
also met with Pro Con twice a week. It was a very busy
summer and fall trying to keep up with the building
schedule and on-going problems.

In August we ran a contest to name our new building.
Over 40 entries were submitted. Mrs. Shirley Flanagan
was the winner with her entry of "Seabreeze Village."

On December 15th, the building was close enough to
completion to hold an open house. It was viewed and
well-received by over 600 townspeople. As of January 27,
1992, 22 tenants have moved in and the rest are being

The Authority would like to take this opportunity to
thank our two secretaries, Lydia Gould and Karen Anderson
for their efforts. We would also like to thank the
following town officials for their cooperation:
Selectmen Asa Knowles, Elizabeth Thibodeau and Ivan
Eaton; Town Manager Steven Clark; Water Superintendent
Warner Knowles; Road Agent Vernon Dow; and Fire Chief
Jerry Brown. A special thanks to Tracy Dow for keeping
the Authority well-informed during all phases of
construction. Last, but not least, we would like to
thank the people of Seabrook for funding elderly housing.
The Authority worked long and hard to produce a building
that the town can be proud of. We believe we have
accomplished our mission.

Respectfully submitted,

Frank J. Palazzo, Chairman
Paul M. Kelley
Frederick L. Moulton, Jr.
Charles H. Felch, Sr.
Joseph X. O'Neail



Nineteen-ninety-one was a year full of extremely intense activity and planning - for the
future of Brown Library. A Library Building Study Committee was appointed to help
share the burden of this most daunting of responsibilities. With funds voted at last year's
Town Meeting, Aaron Cohen Associates, library building consultants, were hired to
perform a Needs Assessment and to write a Building Program for a new library. These
tasks have been accomplished. The proposed new site - behind the Police Station - has
been examined by soil engineers and found to be most acceptable to build upon. Brown
Library is ready to e-x-p-a-n-d.

And does it need enlargement and technological updating? Absolutely! By anyone's
measure it is far too small and too far behind the times. Originally built almost one
hundred years ago (only 30 years after the U.S. Civil War), it has changed physically very
little since then, since Grover Cleveland was the President of the U.S., since horses ruled
the roads. Henry Ford made his first automobile AFTER the Brown Library was built!
Radium was discovered AFTER the Brown Library was built! The Brown Library was

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