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roof repairs are completed or in two (2) years. The selectmen and the
budget committee recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote
required) .

YES 893 NO 639

Article 11: To see if the town will vote to raise and
appropriate the sum of Three Hundred Twenty- five Thousand
($325,000.00) Dollars for the purpose of purchasing and implementing a
SCADA alarm and monitoring system for the water department. This will
be a non-lapsing account per RSA 32:7, VI and shall not lapse until
the SCADA system is completed or in two (2) years. The selectmen and
the budget committee recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote
required) .

YES 648 NO 884

Article 12: To see if the town will vote to raise and
appropriate the sum of Ninety-eight Thousand ($98,000.00) Dollars for
the purpose of purchasing an emergency generator, chlorination
equipment and fencing for the new bedrock well #5. This will be a
non- lapsing account per RSA 32:7, VI and shall not lapse until the
emergency generator, chlorination equipment and fencing are completed
or in two (2) years. The selectmen and the budget committee recommend
this appropriation. (Majority vote required) .

YES 934 NO 596

Article 13: To see if the town will vote to raise and
appropriate the sum of One Hundred Fifty Thousand ($150,000.00)
Dollars for the purpose of purchasing and installing new radio
equipment for the police, fire, public works, emergency management,
and water and sewer departments. This will include Fifteen Thousand
Three Hundred Twenty-five ($15,325.00) Dollars from an approved grant
from the U.S. Department of Justice Local Law Enforcement Block Grants
Program, and One Hundred Thirty- four Thousand Six Hundred Seventy- five
($134,675.00) Dollars from the town. This will be a non-lapsing
account per RSA 32:7, VI and shall not lapse until the radio equipment
is purchased and installed or in two (2) years. The selectmen and the
budget committee recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote
required) .

YES 704 NO 846

Article 14: To see if the town will vote to raise and
appropriate the sum of Two Hundred Fifty Thousand ($250,000.00)

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Dollars for the restoration of Cain's Brook and repair of the dam.
This will be a non-lapsing account per RSA 32:7, VI and shall not
lapse until the restoration and repairs are completed or in five (5)
years. The selectmen and the budget committee recommend this
appropriation. (Majority vote required) .

YES 764 NO 912

Article 15: To see if the town will vote to raise and
appropriate the sum of Fifty-six Thousand ($56,000.00) Dollars for the
purpose of purchasing and equipping a tractor for the public works
department, and to authorize the sale or trade-in of the existing 1985
John Deere tractor. This will be a non-lapsing account per RSA 32:7,
VI and shall not lapse until the tractor is purchased and equipped or
in two (2) years. The selectmen and the budget committee recommend
this appropriation. (Majority vote required) .

YES 774 NO 877

Article 16: To see if the town will vote to raise and
appropriate the sum of Twenty-five Thousand ($25,000.00)
Dollars for the purpose of repairing the department of public works
building roof. This will be a non-lapsing account per RSA 32:7, VI and
shall not lapse until the roof repairs are completed or in two (2)
years. The selectmen and the budget committee recommend this
appropriation. (Majority vote required) .

YES 824 NO 809

Article 17: To see if the town will vote to raise and
appropriate the sum of Thirty-nine Thousand Six Hundred Fifty
($39,650.00) Dollars for the purpose of paving and installing gates
and fencing in town cemeteries. This will be a non-lapsing account
per RSA 32:7, VI and shall not lapse until the paving, gates and
fencing are completed or in two (2) years. The selectmen and the
budget committee recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote
required) .

YES 871 NO 767

Article 18: To see if the town will vote to authorize the
selectmen to convey to Michael J. Eaton, Jr., and Beverly Eaton,
1,909 square feet of land adjacent to the Worthley Avenue Pump Station
and described as Tax Assessor's Map 16, Lot 66, at a price of Seven
Hundred Six Dollars and Thirty-three Cents ($706.33) based on cost of
the land to the town, plus any applicable legal/administrative costs,
the land being of no use to the town.

YES 924 NO 698

Article 19: Shall we adopt elderly exemptions from property tax?
The optional exemptions, based on assessed value for qualified
taxpayers, to be as follows: For a person 65 years of age up to 75
years, $25,000.00; for a person 75 years of age up to 80 years,
$37,500.00; for a person 80 years of age or older $50,000.00. To
qualify, the person must have been a New Hampshire resident for at
least 5 years, own the real estate individually or jointly, or if the
real estate is owned by such person's spouse, they must have been
married for at least 5 years. In addition, the single taxpayer must
have a net income of not more than $15,000.00 or, if married, a
combined net income of less than $25,000.00; and own net assets not in
excess of $70,000.00, excluding the value of the person's residence.

YES 1224 NO 454

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Article 20: To see if the town will vote to amend Chapter 249 of
the Code of the Town of Seabrook - Vehicles and Traffic -, Section 24,
Schedule V: Vehicle Weight Limits, to increase the maximum gross
weight limit on True Road and Old New Boston Road to 55,000 pounds,
consistent with other town roads.

YES 931 NO 648

Article 21: To see if the town will vote to authorize the
selectmen to sell a parcel of land on Batchelder Road owned by the
town and described as Tax Assessor's Map 6, Lot 15-1 to an abutter,
Will-Mor Engineering, value based on the average of three independent
appraisals conditioned on the town obtaining an easement across part
of the existing Will-Mor Engineering property for the purpose of
providing full access to land-locked town property. The remaining
terms of this transfer shall be negotiated by the selectmen.

YES 943 NO 644

Article 22: To see if the town will vote to establish an
expendible Conservation Commission Fund in accordance with RSA 36-A:5.

YES 681 NO 876

Article 23: On petition of Betty Bronk and twenty-eight (28)
other legal voters of the town: "To see if the Town of Seabrook will
vote to raise and appropriate the sum of One Thousand Two Hundred
Fifty ($1,250.00) Dollars to the New Hampshire SPCA to support the
many services they provide to the Town of Seabrook, including
sheltering and adoption of homeless animals, impoundment facilities,
lost and found services, animal cruelty/neglect investigation,
assistance to animal control officers, public information services and
referrals, education programs and services, pet therapy and more. The
selectmen and the budget committee do not recommend this
appropriation. (Majority vote required) .

YES 82 9 NO 811

Article 24: On petition of Martin Paul Janvrin and forty (40)
other legal voters of the town: "To see if the town will raise and
appropriate the sum of Five Thousand ($5,000.00) Dollars for the
purpose of dismantling of all pumps and pipes pertaining to the Mill
Lane Wells, to ensure said wells will no longer be a part of the water
distribution system of the Town of Seabrook." The selectmen do not
recommend this appropriation. The budget committee does recommend
this appropriation. (Majority vote required) .

YES 695 NO 804

Article 25: On petition of Eric N. Small and thirty-three (33)
other legal voters of the town: "To see if the town will vote to
raise and appropriate the sum of Nine Thousand Eight Hundred
($9,800.00) Dollars for the purpose of evaluating and correcting
acoustic problems in the program room of the Seabrook Library. " The
selectmen and the budget committee do not recommend this
appropriation. (Majority vote required) .

YES 286 NO 1219

Article 26: On petition of Karen K. Luxton and thirty-seven (37)
other legal voters of the town: "To see if the town will vote to
adopt the provisions of RSA 202-A:4-d authorizing the library trustees
to accept gifts of personal property, other than money, which may be
offered to the library for any public purpose, provided, however, that

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no acceptance of personal property by the library trustees shall be
deemed to bind the town or the library trustees to raise, appropriate
or expend any public funds for the operation, maintenance, repair or
replacement of such personal property."

YES 752 NO 702

Article 27: On petition of Earl S. Perkins and twenty-four (24)
other legal voters of the town: "To see if the town will vote to
raise and appropriate the sum of Six Thousand ($6,000.00) Dollars to
purchase a parcel of land on Dow's Lane from the Estate of Joseph H.
Perkins for the future widening of that road. Said parcel adjoins
Dow's Lane on the west side, it is approximately 600 feet long, an
average width of 3 feet and is shown on a plan of land for Joseph H.
Perkins recorded in the Rockingham County Registry as Plan #D-19183."
The selectmen do not recommend this appropriation. The budget
committee does recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote
required) .

YES 552 NO 921

Article 28: To see if the town will vote to amend Chapter 249-lJ
of the Seabrook Code entitled Vehicles and Traffic by adding the
following section and to renumber the chapter accordingly:

On-street parking on streets north of Hooksett Street
shall be restricted to Seabrook residents by special permit
only.

This amendment shall be effective upon passage.

YES 1055 NO 426

Article 29: To see if the town will vote to authorize the
selectmen to sell a parcel of land on Worthley Avenue owned by the
town and described as Tax Assessor's Map 16, Lot 61, to an abutter,
Bobbi-Jo Welch, value based on the average of three independent
appraisals. The remaining terms of this transfer shall be negotiated
by the selectmen.

YES 922 NO 556

Article 30: To transact all other legal business that may come
before this meeting.

Polls declared closed at 7:07 P.M.

TOTAL NUMBER OF VOTERS ON CHECK-LIST: 5326

TOTAL NUMBER OF BALLOTS PRINTED: 2238

TOTAL NUMBER OF ABSENTEE BALLOTS CAST: 122

TOTAL NUMBER OF VOTES CAST: 183 8

ELECTION WORKERS

Nellie Beckman Ralph Eaton

Minabell Bowden April Fowler

Willard Boyle June Fowler

Bruce Brown, II Andrew Gosnell

Margaret A. Campanella Lois Lewis

John G. DeMarco, Asst Moderator Claire L. Littlefield

Mary DeMarco Virginia Small, Asst Moderator

Pauline A. Dupuis Francis L. Thibodeau

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Diane Eaton Philip Thibodeau

E . Albert Weare

RECOUNT OF SELECTMEN - APRIL 15, 1997

SELECTMEN'S MEETING ROOM

1:00 P.M.

Board of Recount: Selectman Elizabeth A. Thibodeau
Moderator Charles H. Felch, Sr.
Town Clerk Bonnie L. Fowler

Recount was requested by Asa H. Knowles, Jr.

Meeting for recount was called to ordered by Moderator Charles H.
Felch, Sr.

Ballots were unsealed and counted by Board of Recount.

Results of recount given by the Moderator Charles H. Felch, Sr.

ELECTION RESULTS RECOUNT RESULTS

Maxie D. Brown 354 Maxie D. Brown 3 60

Rosemary H. Fowler 330 Rosemary Fowler 333

Asa H. Knowles, Jr. 4 90 Asa H. Knowles, Jr. 4 97

Burwell E. Pike 520 Burwell E. Pike 527

Paul R. Wright 8 Paul R. Wright 80

Ballots were sealed by Moderator Charles H. Felch, Sr. and the Town
Clerk Bonnie L. Fowler.

Meeting adjourned at 4:10 p.m.



TOWN OF SEABROOK, NEW HAMPSHIRE

YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 1997

STATEMENT OF TOWN CLERK'S ACCOUNTS FOR FISCAL YEAR



$

MOTOR VEHICLE, TITLE & STATE DECAL FEES 931,535.50

MARRIAGE LICENSE FEES 5,625.00

DOG LICENSE FEES 3,706.50

VITAL STATISTIC FEES 11,301.54

BAD CHECK FEES 645.00

ELECTION FEES 23.00

COMMERCIAL/ INDUSTRIAL TRANSFER STATION PERMIT FEES 235.00

RESIDENT PERMIT STICKER REPLACEMENT FEES 68.00

TOTAL FEES $ 953,139.54

Respectfully submitted,

Bonnie L. Fowler

Town Clerk of Seabrook, NH

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BOARD OF SELECTMEN/ TOWN MANAGER - ANNUAL TOWN REPORT 1997

We are pleased to be able to provide you with the following report
summarizing the events and activities of 1997:

We are continuing to grow both in residential and new businesses
throughout the town. There were 87 building permits for new homes,
along with an additional 6 building permits for businesses issued in
1997. We have approximately two hundred new lots pending either
construction or approval before the planning board. The planning board
has submitted warrant articles for the 1998 town meeting to update our
master plan.

The water system continues to be chlorinated and it's understood
that no one desires this type of treatment; however, we are required by
state/federal law to chlorinate. In 1997, we started an additional
treatment to minimize the discoloration of our water. The sequestering
technique which we are using has been successful but we will have to
continue as long as we have iron and manganese in the system. We are
investigating a potential new well on Riley Road that could yield up to
500 gallons per minute. This new source needs to have a new well
drilled and tests performed, which is on the warrant this year. We will
continue our search for new sources of water.

In 1997, the New Hampshire Legislature approved 1.7 million dollars
to fund the dredging of Seabrook/Hampton Harbor. This project also
included correcting the erosion problem along River Street and repair
the half -tide jetty in Hampton. The dredging will be completed this
winter but under the old permit, which means that Blackwater River and
parts of the harbor will not be dredged. The State Port Authority is
developing a new harbor master plan that would include a new Army Corp.
permit to expand the dredging.

In 1997, we started negotiations with the nuclear power plant
officials to discuss the ramifications of the deregulation of the
electrical power producers. This deregulation could impact the
competitiveness and potential value of power plants in both
negative/positive ways. We are continuing these negotiations and our
objective is to obtain a long term stabilization of our tax base.

The board would like to encourage 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,



Board of Selectmen



Oliver L. Carter, Jr., Chairman
Elizabeth A. Thibodeau
Burwell E. Pike



E. Russell Bailey, Town Manager



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BUDGET COMMITTEE - ANNUAL TOWN REPORT 1997

Another year has come and gone . In early November the Budget
Committee started weekly budget sessions to look at all department
budgets for the upcoming year. It is the task of the Budget Committee
to make sure departments bring forward factual proposals and also
affordable to the citizens of Seabrook. The Committee consists of nine
members. There are six members elected by the voters. There are three
members of the Committee that are appointed. One representative from
the Board of Selectmen, one from the School District and one from the
Beach Precinct.

This will be our second year under the official ballot law. This
is known as Ballot Law RSA 40:13, which lets every voter in town vote in
March for election of town officials, the town budgets including schools
and beach precinct operating budgets and all warrant articles. The main
purpose for this ballot law is to have all voters have the opportunity
to vote on issues instead of holding the traditional town meeting where
just a small number of voters controlled the issues at hand.

The days of town meeting as we knew it are gone. The meeting set-
up now is in mid-January, the Budget Committee holds a public hearing on
the budgets and the warrant articles. This meeting is an informational
meeting to inform the voters what is before them. In early February
there will be a meeting in front of the town. This meeting is known as
the deliberative session. At this meeting the voters have the right to
increase, decrease or leave alone the budgets and warrant articles as
presented to them. From this meeting the budgets and warrant articles
go forward with the amendments if any, to the voters on Tuesday, March
10, 1998. When the town votes on this day, their duty is to vote for or
against the proposed budgets and warrant articles. If the vote for the
operating budget ends with the majority voting against, this would put
the town or school under what is known as the default budget. To define
what a default budget is - the budget would be the same as the previous
years operating budget amount with certain automatic increases.
Examples would be: contractual raises, leases, contracts for goods and
services and debt service on bond issues. However, the law allows the
town or the school to hold an additional meeting to try to get
understanding of the proposed budgets or can accept the vote and work
under the constraints of the default budget.

During this past year, our state governing bodies made changes in
RSA 40:13, one being the time frame for the process. In the spring of
1997, voting was held in April. Now, voting is moved back to March.
RSA 40:13 is a working document and will probably have more changes to
come in the future. As a Budget Committee, we will work very hard to
inform the public of the issues before us. Please take the time to
become informed with the issues and the budgets to come in front of the
voters on March 10, 1998.

Respectfully submitted: James I. Fuller, Chairman

Joanne Page, Secretary

Members: Charlotte Sturgis
Richard Keefe

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Herbert Fowler
Karen Knight
Linwood Norton

Burwell E. Pike, Selectmen's Representative
Jon S. Moore, School Board Representative

ENHANCED 911 COMMITTEE - ANNUAL TOWN REPORT 1997

Progress continues on the Enhanced 911 project. Initial mapping
items related to street names and locations have been completed and are
due to be submitted to the State soon. After the mapping bureau in
Concord completes these revised maps, the numbering phase will begin
with more detail. This process should be completed in 1998.

If you have any questions or concerns related to the E-911 system,
feel free to contact the town office or any committee member.

Respectfully submitted,

E. Russell Bailey, Town Manager

Jeffrey Brown, FPO

Robert Moore, CEO

Robert Quinn, Appraiser

Emily Sanborn, Clerk

Thomas Pike, Beach Precinct Representative

WELFARE DEPARTMENT - ANNUAL TOWN REPORT 1997

For the fiscal year 1997, the Town's Welfare Department spent a
total of $42,870.19, a savings of $24,062.00 over 1996. A total of 89
families were assisted in 1997, and the Town has recovered $5,702.56
through promissory notes, assignments, court actions, and liens. An
additional $638.40 has been worked off by recipients through the Town's
Workfare Program.

With the changes which have begun to take place in the State and
Federal programs a number of things have been happening in an attempt to
make this office run more efficiently. Among these were the addition of
10 office hours per week which allows more investigative time per case,
revisions of the Welfare Rules and Regulations, the adoption of maximum
allowable expense guidelines and the creation of Seacoast Link in
February 1997. Seacoast Link is a transportation program started through
the cooperative efforts of the Seabrook and Hampton Welfare Offices and
Richard Ford of Regal Limousine, which assists residents in complying
with requirements placed on them by the NH Department of Health & Human
Services and allows greater accessibility to State programs. This
program was begun with a two month gift of services by Regal Limousine,
has since been kept running by grant money throughout 1997 and has been
a very important tool in keeping the local costs down.

Respectfully submitted,

Deirdre L. Greene
Welfare Administrator

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TOWN OF SEABROOK SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS - ANNUAL TOWN REPORT 1997

The Scholarship Funds Committee met at the town office on April 28
and April 29, 1997. After reviewing the applications, awards were given
to twenty five (25) applicants. Thirteen (13) of these were presented
at awards night at the Winnacunnet High School and twelve (12)
recipients were notified by mail.

Respectfully submitted.

Members: Vernon Small, Chairman
Everett Strangman
Arnold Knowles

STREET LIGHT COMMITTEE - ANNUAL TOWN REPORT 1997

The Street Light Committee has received several applications for
street lights during the year. The requests were made by residents in
various sections of the town. All areas for which the lights were
requested were checked and recommendations were made accordingly.
Several new lights were installed due to these requests.

All streets were traveled sometime during the year checking on
lighting conditions. Each time a tour was made, a report was submitted
to the town manager/board of selectmen.

At the 1993 town meeting, it was voted to convert the present
lighting system to the sodium vapor lights. The project should have
been completed some time ago, but on our last tour we found that a few
had not been changed. We hope the project will be completed in early
1998.

We hope to continue to serve our residents in a favorable manner
and keep our town well illuminated.

Respectfully submitted,
E. Albert Weare, Chairman
Marion B. Kinlock
Charles Kaslow
THE SEABROOK BEACH CIVIC ASSOCIATION - ANNUAL TOWN REPORT 1997

The Seabrook Beach Civic Association became a reality at a kick-off
meeting in August. It was established to promote betterment issues that
will enhance the livability of Seabrook Beach. An interim board of
volunteer officers took up duties in November and has been joined by
committee chairmen to set up an agenda for 1998. Safety and
beautif ication issues have top priority right now.

Membership is open to any resident of Seabrook Beach including
property owners and seasonal residents. An annual meeting will be held
in April to elect officers for the following twelve months. A
newsletter will be going out in January to all Seabrook Beach property
owners. Membership and a $10.00 annual dues will be solicited and a
form to request an absentee ballot from the town office for town
elections will be included.

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SEABROOK BEACH VILLAGE DISTRICT - 1997 ANNUAL REPORT

1997 has proven to be a very active year for the Village District
in a number of areas. During a public meeting this year the future of
the Village District was laid before residents, specifically whether to
continue as a separate entity or to dissolve. Resident response was
loud and clear in that they desired the Village District to continue.
Further, the meeting served as the springboard for the formation of
several resident groups to address issues of concern to the community.
These groups have continued to meet on a regular basis and have
encouraged further resident involvement .

Charles Kaslow stepped down as Commissioner to serve as the interim
building inspector following the departure of the prior building
inspector. Thomas Pike has replaced Charles on the Board and the
Commissioners thank him for his willingness to serve his fellow
residents. During 1998 the renovations to the precinct building are
expected to be completed which will enable use of the space to generate
income for the District. 1997 saw fifteen cases come before the Zoning
Board of Adjustment for a variety of issues. The Board is currently
defending an appeal of a denial by the Board in the case of an expansion
of a non-conforming use. Given the increased level of construction
activity since sewer connections have begun it is anticipated that the
case load will remain at its current level or increase. The Board has
drafted and anticipates adoption of a set of by-laws in early 1998.

Municipal sewerage at the beach has resulted in increased
construction activity. The building inspector's office issued 97
permits through December 8, 1997 with a total value of $1,654,474.
These numbers reflect a 73% increase in the number of permits issued and
a 167% increase in project values from 1996. Unfortunately, along with
the increased construction activity we have found the need to pursue
several zoning violations which are currently in process. Resident Ken
Bouchard has provided legal services on a pro bono basis to assist the
Village District in several enforcement actions, the Board of
Commissioners wish to thank him and his associate Robert Lietz for their


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