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budget will go into effect for the coming year with certain automatic
increases. Examples might be: contractual raises, leases, contracts for
goods and services and debt service on bond issues. There are other
items that would change also, but with the first year's jitters and the
confusion caused by parts of the ballot law, only time and much work on
our state governing personnel's part will bring about clarification of
SB 2, RSA 40:13, to the cities and towns of New Hampshire.

Please take the time in the upcoming months to become informed of the
issues that will be voted on. And also, please do your civic duty on
April 8, 1997, and VOTE. Thank you.

Elizabeth A. Thibodeau Respectfully submitted.

Selectmen's Representative James I. Fuller, Chairman

Cheryl Perkins, Secretary
Jon S. Moore Richard J. Keefe

School Board Representative Charlotte L. Sturgis

Donna L. Smith

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Charles M. Kaslow Fay M. Eaton

Beach Precinct Representative Patricia M. O'Keefe

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ENHANCED 911 COMMITTEE - ANNUAL TOWN REPORT 1996

The Town of Seabrook is currently in the second phase of a four
step process involving E-911. The New Hampshire Bureau of Emergency
Communications has mapped the town using satellite and computer
technology. Revisions are currently being made to the map, including
specific numbers for properties. The plan is to number each property
every 50 feet. This system will provide long term benefits for the
town.

The E-911 system is currently operational. If you have an
emergency, please feel free to use this number or the emergency numbers
listed for the police and fire departments.

Respectfully submitted,
Jeffrey Brown, FPO
Members: E. Russell Bailey, Town Manager

Robert Moore, CEO
Robert Quinn, Appraiser
Emily Sanborn, Clerk
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WELFARE DEPARTMENT - ANNUAL TOWN REPORT 1996

For the fiscal year 1996, the Town's Welfare Department spent a
total of $66,932. A total of 127 families were assisted in 1996, and
the Town has recovered $7,409.78 through promissory notes, assignments,
court actions, liens, and an additional $2,621.19 has been worked off by
recipients through the Town's Workfare Program.

Changes have begun to take place in the State and Federal programs
and it is unknown at this time how much these changes will effect the
Town. The Welfare Department has seen an increase in cases in the last
few months of 1996. This increase in cases appears to coincide with the
beginning of Welfare Reform and the downshifting to the Towns that goes
along with that .

Respectfully submitted,
Deirdre L. Greene
Welfare Administrator
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TOWN OF SEABROOK SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS - ANNUAL TOWN REPORT 1996

The Scholarship Funds Committee met at the town office on May 13,
May 14 and May 15, 1996. After reviewing the applications, awards were
given to twenty five (25) applicants. Eight (8) of these were presented
at awards night at the Winnacunnet High School and seventeen (17)
recipients were notified by mail.

Respectfully submitted,
Ve r non Sma 1 1 , Cha i rman
Members: Everett Strangman

Arnold Knowles

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STREET LIGHT COMMITTEE - ANNUAL TOWN REPORT 1996

The Street Light Committee does not have regularly scheduled
meetings like most committees. Periodically we make tours of the
streets in town checking on lights that are either out or
malfunctioning. A report of these tours is given to the town
manager/board of selectmen.

We had hoped to have the conversion from the mercury to the sodium
vapor lights completed by now, but we have found a few that have not
been changed. Hopefully, this conversion would save some money for the
town, as the sodium (amber) lights are less expensive to operate and
they give a better illumination. And also with some of the new
developments taking place in town the contractors are requesting street
lights for their developments.

We have approved approximately 10-15 additional street lights for
these newly developed housing areas this year. We hope to continue
serving the town in the best capacity possible in 1997.

Respectfully submitted.
Members: E. Albert Weare, Chairman

Marion B . Kinlock
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BEACH PRECINCT BUILDING INSPECTOR - ANNUAL TOWN REPORT 1996

1996 was an extremely busy year for us at the beach. With the
arrival of sewerage, residents are taking advantage and expanding there
houses. Either by going up, out or in some cases demolition of existing
structures and beginning new construction.

As a reminder to our beach residents, office hours are Tuesday and
Thursday, 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. A copy of the Seabrook Beach Zoning
Ordinance can be obtained at my office. Please obtain a copy before
starting any construction.

BUILDING PERMITS ISSUED

ADDITIONS 08

REMODELS 10

ADD 2ND FLOOR 04

NEW VINYL SIDING 9

WINDOW REPLACEMENT 5
ROOF REPAIRS 02

(STRUCTURAL)

DIGITAL FIBER OPTIC 01 MISCELLANEOUS 15

(SWITCHING SYSTEM)

NEW HEATING SYSTEMS 04

94 permits were issued in 1996

ANNUAL PERMIT FEES $ 8,377.00

ANNUAL CONSTRUCTION VALUE $1,845,543.00



NEW CONSTRUCTION


11


DECKS


06


SHEDS


03


SVC UPGRADES


02


(ELECTRICAL)




FENCES


05


ALTERATIONS


09



Respectfully submitted,

Rory J. Smith, Sr.

Beach Precinct Building Inspector



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OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT - ANNUAL TOWN REPORT 1996

This year the town has experienced a variety of emergencies to
which this office has responded. This office had the task of notifying
shut-ins during the E Coli water crisis and with the coordinated efforts
of the Recreation Department and the Red Cross, we supplied the
residents with spring water donated by concerned businesses in town.
During the year we made preparations for the forecast of two major
storms. Although we were well prepared, we were grateful that these
storms did not reach major proportions.

The State, in conjunction with the power plant, conducted a series
of emergency evacuation drills which included the combined effort of
town officials, department heads and staff. The final drill was held in
August and I am proud to say our score from the State was high. In this
past year, I have put a lot of effort into the task of refurbishing our
radios and updating the necessary equipment to maintain a highly
efficient means of communication and protection against all emergency
situations. I would like to thank Police Chief Paul Cronin and Fire
Chief Jerry Brown for their assistance in this project.

I would especially like to thank my deputies, Ivan Eaton, Sr. ,
Keith Sanborn and Jeffrey Baillargeon, whom I have absolute confidence
in, and my staff of volunteers for their continued time and assistance
in making this a well organized and efficient Emergency Management
Department .

Respectfully submitted,
Ernest B. Sanborn
Emergency Management Director
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BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT - ANNUAL TOWN REPORT 1996

Your Seabrook Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) found 1996 a busy
year with sixteen (16) cases presented and heard.

During the year, ZBA members also attended the N.H. Law Lecture
Series and other seminars to remain current in the ever-changing laws
and recent court cases which effects our community's land use and
rulings on zoning adjustments within Seabrook.

All board members donate their time without pay and therefore the
ZBA was able to remain within the budget for 1996.

The board members wish to extend their most sincere sympathy to the
family of Gretchen Kirkpatrick on her untimely passing and to recognize
with appreciation James Falconer for his many years of service on the
Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Respectfully submitted,
Robert C. Lebold, Chairman
Charles M. Kaslow, Vice Chairman
Members: Mary J. Souther, Clerk

Debra J. Perkins, Secretary
Roy Kirkpatrick
Gretchen Kirkpatrick

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FIRE DEPARTMENT - ANNUAL TOWN REPORT 1996

The year 1996 proved to be busier than previous years for the
Seabrook Fire Department due mostly to the extensive growth throughout
the town. The fire prevention office has had its hands full in keeping
up with this growth and has proven to be a very worth while effort by
preventing fires before they occur.

Fire prevention activities are as follows: Business Inspections -
210; Place of Assembly - 46; Other Inspections - 480; Plans Reviewed -
72; Fire Investigations - 4; Service Calls - 178 and Training Sessions -
28.

Training is on-going with the firefighters, EMTs, EMT-ls and now
three paramedics. By the time this report is issued the paramedics will
have been in their sixth month of training and should be completed by
October of 1997. They will be at the highest level of pre-hospital care
for ambulance personnel .

The new ambulance that was purchased by the 1995 town meeting vote
went into service last April 1996. It has been a practice to purchase
a new ambulance every five years. Due to the increased load of
ambulance calls, we will have to be looking at it more often.

This year the fire department will be asking the townspeople to
support us in the request to purchase a new fire engine. Currently we
have two, the oldest of which is 20 years old and has had a considerable
amount of maintenance done on it in the past few years and is due to be
replaced. The younger of the two is 15 years old and will also have to
be replaced in a few years .

To maintain the expertise service we are able to provide, reliable
equipment is needed. We the Seabrook Fire Department hope you will
support our efforts in purchasing those tools to assist in continuing to
provide this professional service.

My thanks go out to you the townspeople, all the town departments
and most of all to the Seabrook Fire Department as a whole for a job
well done.

Respectfully submitted,
Jerry W. Brown
Fire Chief

FIRE AND AMBULANCE RUNS - ANNUAL TOWN REPORT 1996

FIRE RUNS

Structure Fire 20 Outside of Structure Fire 06

Vehicle Fire 19 Tree, Brush, Grass Fire 16

Refuse Fire 03 Steam Rupture 01

Air, Gas Rupture 04 Inhaler Call 07

Emergency Medical 479 Extrication 01

Spill, Leak no Fire 12 Power Line Down 03

Arcing, Shorted Elec. Eqp . 10 Chemical Emergency 01

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Lock-Out 03 Smoke Removal 01

Unauthorized Burn 02 Smoke Scare 13

Controlled Burn 01 Vicinity Alarm 07

Steam, Gas Mistaken for Smoke 06 Malicious False 07

Bomb Scare 01 System Malfunction 49

Unintentional False 20 Undetermined 07

Still Alarms 676
Box Alarms 2 3

Total 699

AMBULANCE RUNS FOR THE YEAR 1996

Exeter Hospital 306

Anna Jaques Hospital 310

Portsmouth Hospital 45

Transfers 20

No Transport 63

Refusals 29

Total Ambulance Runs 773
Blood Pressure Walk-Ins 437
Burning Permits 494

Total Services

For the Year 1996 2.403

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POLICE CHIEF - ANNUAL TOWN REPORT 1996

The year 1996 showed an increase in the use of the Crime Line (474-
2640) . This untaped line had some calls coming in anonymously and some
with citizens identifying themselves. One concern that these calls
revealed was the high use of drug abuse within the community.

We informed and asked for assistance from the NH State Police
Narcotic Division and they affirmed that young adults were abusing drugs
in alarming numbers. They made numerous arrests and in some cases were
able to turn their lives around for the better. Hopefully, the year
1997 will bring better awareness that drug abuse ruins lives of not only
the abuser but of the families their lives touch.

Members of the Police Department and myself thank the residents for
their continued support of the department. Because of your support, we
were able to upgrade our patrols in the summer by the use of two leased
motorcycles. These were not only an added tool in traffic enforcement
but also we were more visible to the community. A grant with matching
funds to upgrade the police computer system and installation of
computers in the cruisers will bring the department into the 21st
century.

The Youth Service Officer James Deshaies had a busy year, as you
can see by his statistics. His cases which were handled out of court
rose. We think that any matter that Officer Deshaies can resolve by not

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taking it to court will spare the youth the trauma of being in the
criminal justice system. Hopefully, these youths will not come to our
attention again.

We are continually sending members of the department to various
classes, seminars and meetings to keep them updated in changes in laws
and regulations. The better trained the members of the department, the
better they are able to serve the public.

Again, thank you for your continued support of the Seabrook Police
Department .

Respectfully submitted,
Paul J. Cronin
Chief of Police

POLICE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS - ANNUAL TOWN REPORT 1996



JUVENILE



ANIMAL CONTROL



1995



1996



Abuse

Delinquency
Neglect

Sexual Assault
C.H. I .N.S.
Runaway/Missing
Police Intervention
New Cases Handled
Total Cases Handled



03


07


88


67


05


06


08


11


27


17


16


19


104


140


88


118


544


576



Dog Complaints
Other Animal
Dogs Picked up
Animals to Kennel
Animals Destroyed
Animal Bites
Warnings Issued
Summonses Issued
Cruelty Cases
Seals on Beach



1996

427
246
117

26

94

22
132

88

06

07



Total Monies



$1,795.00



PROSECUTION



CASE DESCRIPTIONS



1996



1996



Cases Presented to Court 2618

Found Guilty 1452

Found Not Guilty 12

Pled NG, Set for Trial 363

Continued to Another Date 229

Defaulted 175

Nol Pressed 75

Dismissed 05

Continued Without Finding 58

Miscellaneous Hearings 27

Probable Cause Hearings 23

Extradition Hearings 02

Grand Jury Indictments 62



Assault

Sexual Assault
Child Endangerment
Criminal Threaten
Criminal Trespass
Domestics
Harassment
Phone Harassment
Intelligence
Missing Persons
Firearm Incidents
Elderly Abuse
Stalking

Attempted Suicide
Suicide
Untimely Deaths



82
15
03
96
29
250
40
68
75
25
13
01
02
08
05
09



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PROPERTY STATISTICS



Arson

Bad Checks

Burglary

Forgery/ Fraud

Recovered Properties

Robbery

Theft

Theft of M/V

Criminal Mischief

Lost/Found

TOTAL LOSS /RECOVERY



No.



Amount Lost



Amount Recovered





$




$


04




5,000




21




7,275


1,260


35




10,982


3,953


13




11,266




42






10,193


03




9,396


570


367




209,431


31,462


27




245,698


218,358


158




12,580




64




7,496


4,362




$


519,124


$ 270,158



TOTAL CASES FOR 1995: 10,462
TOTAL CASES FOR 1996: 11,551

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MOSQUITO CONTROL - ANNUAL TOWN REPORT 1996

With the availability of the town truck, the field work began on
April 16, 1996. Breeding sites were surveyed and those showing activity
were larvicided (treatment to control the aquatic (larval) stages of the
mosquito before they can become flying adults) . Because of the heavy
winter snowfall (and subsequent springtime melting) and wet April (6.5"
of rain) , many upland "freshwater" sites along with saltmarsh sites were
treated through the spring. Saltmarsh sites show heavy breeding after
each monthly 'high run' tide and require treatment. If heavy rains
occur between these monthly lunar 'peak' tides, additional treatments
are necessary. On July 13, 1996, (following a very dry June) the
remains of hurricane Bertha dropped close to 5" of rain. Many upland
sites that are typically 'spring-time' breeding sites required
treatments along with the saltmarsh sites.

Adult mosquito populations (which are monitored weekly - a State
requirement) rose in the weeks following this extreme occurrence but
dropped back to low levels by mid August. There was a late (mid
September) peak of saltmarsh species, probably from heavy rain received
on Labor Day (remains of yet another hurricane - "Edouard") . Around
this time also, EEE Virus (Eastern Equine Encephalitis) was detected in
mosquito population in Rhode Island and southeastern Connecticut but
none in Massachusetts .

As is usually the case in Seabrook during the summer months, most
of the adult mosquitos are two species that come only from saltmarsh
breeding sites. One in particular, Aedes Sollicitans , is active in
bright sunlight unlike the other species that stay in the shade of a
cool woods and then come out to feed at dusk.

Adulticiding (evening spraying with the spray truck) was done on 44
different nights between May 31st and September 11th. Three nights are
required to cover the entire town. All sections of Town were covered at
least 12 times in 1996.



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Greenhead fly traps were again placed along the edge of the
saltmarsh to intercept these painful biters before they can reach the
treeline. These flies are attracted to the shade of the boxes, fly up
inside where they are trapped, dehydrate and die. Thousands are caught
in each trap.

Respectfully submitted,
Lee G. Brooks, Supervisor
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CONSERVATION COMMISSION - ANNUAL TOWN REPORT 1996

After several years of inactivity, the Conservation Commission has
been reorganized and new members have been appointed by the Board of
Selectmen. We have undertaken the task of reviewing and updating our
files and are in the process of acquiring and reviewing new regulations,
information and logistical data.

The Town of Seabrook is experiencing an unprecedented growth phase,
primarily due to the new sewer treatment plant becoming active. Many
areas in town that were not acceptable for house lots or businesses due
to poor drainage conditions are now available for construction. This,
combined with our relatively low tax rate has made Seabrook a desirable
location to live or establish a business. Some of the areas available
for development border wetland areas, salt marsh, or our water aquifer
area. The Conservation Commission is mandated by its regulations to
protect these areas from any endangerment . We have reviewed and
commented on several new building projects that may have an impact on
our water resources .

In 1996, the Conservation Commission began the research required
for a project to clean-up and revitalize the ponds located in our town.
Our goals for 1997 and beyond are to dredge the ponds to a habitable
depth for fish, coordinate with the New Hampshire Fish and Game for
restocking the ponds and establish a natural habitat of vegetation on
the banks of the ponds. Once the biodiversity has been reestablished we
expect many forms of wildlife will return to this natural habitat. In
conjunction with this we also intend to provide areas for recreation,
picnics, nature trails and winter sports such as, skating and cross
country skiing. The string of ponds associated with Cain's Brook will
be our beginning point for this project. The pond located behind the
recreation center will be the first pond to receive our attention. The
reasons for choosing this pond are two- fold. It is the pond nearest the
beginning of the watershed, it would be counter-productive to address
the ponds further down the watershed without the source being cleaned up
first. And also, due to its location, it is the pond most likely to be
used for recreational purposes.

Another project the Conservation Commission is concerned with is
the dredging of Seabrook Harbor. Our chairman has consulted with the
New Hampshire Port Authority and expects favorable results. We would
like to see the sand dunes that have been eroded by storm damage re-
built from the sand that will be removed by the dredging process.

We have contacted the library about establishing a section
dedicated to literature concerning the environment and conservation

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practices. As our town continues to grow, it will often be the private
citizen that will have the major impact on our natural resources. We
believe educational material may be the best way to protect and conserve
our natural habitats.

The Conservation Commission generally meets on the second Thursday
of the month at the Seabrook Town Hall, at 7:00 p.m. The public is
welcome to attend and contribute to our discussions.

Respectfully submitted,
Charles H. Felch, Sr., Chairman
Members: Susan Foote, Clerk

Anthony Dow, Jr.
Jesse Fowler
James Fuller
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PLANNING BOARD - ANNUAL TOWN REPORT 1996

This past year the planning board has been extremely busy. In the
years of 1995 and 1996, the number of cases was more than double that of
1994. This can be attributed to the new sewerage system being put on
line and even more so, the reduced dimensional requirements.

This year the board was asked to consider thirteen subdivisions.
Of these thirteen there were three that the board considered major. The
largest of all was the 66 lot subdivision of Greyhawk Realty Trust off
Route 286. Next was the start of the second phase of Dandiview Acres
off of Blacksnake Road and the 20 lot subdivision off of Whittier Drive.
These are just a few cases out of the vast variety of the forty cases
heard. Others include the expansion of the Route 1 corridor and the
many lot line changes in the private sector.

Because of the large number of cases brought before the board, we
felt it necessary to have an engineer oversee the sites to make sure the
work being done is at or above town standards. This service is not
funded by the town but by the developer.

In closing, I would like to thank all the members of the board for
a job well done. In addition, I would like to thank Joseph Jones for
his guidance as chairman and regret having to accept his resignation.
In the coming year I am looking forward to serving the town and trying
to look out for its best interest .

CASES PROCESSED IN 1996

Site Plans 16

Subdivisions 13

Lot Line Changes 08

Condo Conversions 03

Robert B. Brown Chairman Mark Eaton Alternate

Earl Frost VC Richard Keefe Alternate

Michael Cawley Member Ivan Eaton, Jr. . . .Alternate

Roy Kirkpatrick Member Thomas Morgan Town Planner

William Knowles Member Emily Sanborn Secretary

Susan Foote Member

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Asa Knowles Jr Selectmen's Rep.

Robert Moore, CEO Advisor

Respectfully submitted,
Robert B . Brown
Chairman
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OFFICE OF CODE ENFORCEMENT
BUILDING INSPECTOR - ANNUAL TOWN REPORT 1996

In 1996, six occupancy permits were issued for new commercial and
industrial buildings. There is still a lot of interest in developing
our industrial zone on Batchelder Road and Ledge Road. Commercial
activity along Route 1 is still increasing with the opening of the new
KFC and proposals for a laundry at the old Dunkin Donuts site; a Meineke
Muffler Shop at the Old Man of Seabrook site; and a proposed Honey Dew
Donut shop on the Small Homestead property. One municipal building for
a pump station on Old New Boston Road was approved in 1996. The new
addition to the Seabrook Elementary School was completed and occupied in
September of this year.

The increase in new homes continues with a total of 35 new living
units approved this year. An approved subdivision on the site of Adam's
Campground off Route 286 has proposed to construct 66 new residential
dwellings .

BUILDING PERMITS ISSUED;

CODE PERMITS ESTC

Single Family Homes 25 1,901,400

Two Family/Duplex 05 460, 000

Mobile Home 16 299,600

Residential Alterations/

Additions/Remodels 84 563 , 408

Garages 12 119, 180

Barns 04 22,500

Commercial Buildings 07 679, 900

Commercial Alterations/

Additions/Remodels 22 729, 200

Industrial Buildings 01 50,000

Industrial Alterations/

Additions/Remodels 01 60, 350

Municipal Buildings 01 299,378

Miscellaneous 45 113, 561

Renewals 05

Replaced Residential Dwellings 13 473 , 000

TOTALS 241 5,771,477

Cease & Desist Citations Given 08

Respectfully Submitted

Robert S . Moore
Code Enforcement Officer



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OFFICE OF CODE ENFORCEMENT
HEALTH OFFICER - ANNUAL TOWN REPORT 1996

The Health Department had a very busy year in 1996. Failed septic
systems were a major problem with complaints more than doubling this
year. Hopefully most of the town will be connected to the town system
in 1997.

The town experienced a major health problem with E Coli in the
water supply this year. This has been corrected and the state now


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