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the balance subsidized by the taxpayer. The fees currently being exercised are unusually low, when
compared to recreation departments in the surrounding communities. For example, the fee for one week
of camp in Seabrook, at the Community Center, is $7.50 and in other commimities ranges from $20 to
$75 per week for similar camp programs. The Seabrook Recreation Department also charged from $5.00
to $10.00 per 10 weeks/session of year round structured sports and creative classes diuing 1998. Other
Communities charge five times these fees. Non-residents fees were also applied in 1 998. AH monies
generated from fees are turned into the Town Treasurer and applied to the town's expenses, which helps
to offset monies raised through property taxes. In summary, any goals for fees and charges are planned
to be gradual, and take into consideration families with larger numbers of children and lower incomes.

In 1998, the major repairs to the Community Center included repairs to the brick walkway, installing light
fixtures to improve the lighting near an exit, replacing carpeting in the main oflBce areas and exercise
room. All of these items had been postponed from 1997 due to the defauh budget that year.

SUMMER CAMPS/ENROLLEMENT AND YEAR

154/1992 155/1993 187/1994 235/1995 264/1996 251/1997 171/1998
(During 1998 the summer camps participant limits were reduced, due to the default budget)

TOTAL ID. CARDS ISSUED SINCE 1984 : 3,600 (80 new in 1998)

NUMBER OF DAYS CENTER WAS OPEN: 296 /1998

NEW PROGRAMS IN 1998: Grade 4-6 Soccer League, Mini LaCrosse, and Frisbee Golf



►SPONSORS IN 1998.



Seacoast Coca-Cola Bottling Co. continues to be the leader in supporting youth & teen programs. During
1998, the company provided beverage products, prizes and $1,500 in sponsorships. Other sponsors
included Local businesses: Seabrook Station; Diamond Paving; Carter's Priority Printing;
Recycled Sports; Shamrock Paving; Seabrook Shellfish; Seabrook Permanent Fire Fighters; F.O.R.S.;
First and Ocean Savings; Dexter Hysol; Dunkin Donuts; Evelyn WUson; Shaw's and McDonalds.

thank you all f6r maMng 1998 a Great Success/



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The following displays the different types of Special Events held throughout the year. The Special events
are listed with the lowest and highest event attendance during 1998.



SPECIAL EVENTS




SPECIAL EVENT CONT.




18 Roller-skates


26-140


1 Halloween Party


300+


6 Youth Dances/Mixer


63-116


1 Ski/Tubing Trip/Giinstock


26


7 Teen Dances


62-135


1 Ice Skating Trip


11


1 Camp Parent Night


30


1 Easter Egg Hunt


234


1 Yth Christmas Party


320


1 Jokers Trip


12


1 Wacky Craft Workshop


11


1 Overnight Plus


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54+ Basketball League Games


50-250


1 Track & Field Meet


5


1 Boston Bruins


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3 Summer Camp Trips


50-110


1 Disney on Ice Show


44


1 Little & Miss Pageant


235


1 Sports Banquet/Basketball


300+


1 Jimior Miss Pageant


200


1 Senior Citizen Day


190


1 Lions Peace Poster Contest


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OTHER GROUPS WHO HAVE USED THE CENTER : Over 35 different local groups used the SCC in
1998 for meetings, training, fimd raising and recreation, including health agancies, school, voting,
businesses, scouts, union meetings, company Christmas parties, public meetings, civic & booster clubs
and leagues.

1998 SEABROOK OLD HOME DAYS
The 1998 Seabrook Old Home Days were again a success and filled with entertainment and fiin. The 18
annual Miss Seabrook Contest opened the Old Home Days on Thursdays, August 13*^ where over two
hundred and fifteen people witnessed Crystal Brindle being crowned the 1998 Miss Seabrook. The 3rd
Little Miss Seabrook, Aeriss Felch, was also crowned that night. On the following night, Lyndsey
Feliciano was crowned Jr. Miss Seabrook. On Saturday, August 15* local non-profit groups, town
departments and others provided food, crafts, contests, entertainment and more. The fireworks were great
as always and the John Penny Band entertained all the country western fans. This was the first year as a
non-smoking event and did have some affect on the numbers attending some of the adult activities. The
event drew more of a family crowd, where they got more involved in contests. New events included the
Family Challenge and dirt bike jumping. On Sunday, August 16*'' the Seabrook Lions Club held the OHD
Turkey Shoot at the end of Farm Lane Dock with eighteen participants attending. If you are
interested in helping plan the 1999 Old Home Days, please contact the Seabrook Recreation Department.

SPORTS COUTSfCIL

For the past 3-4 years the Recreation Department has been helping to organize a Youth Sports Council.
The council became more active in 1998 and is now getting representation from most of the town youth
sports programs. The Council includes Jim Fuller/Baseball, Michelle Heywood/ Cheerleading, Oliver
Carter,Jr./Selectmen, Tanya Cody/Parents/Secretary, John Evans/Football, John Sheehan/Basketball,
Mike Fowler/Soccer, Derek Griggs/Community, Jim Deshaies/Police Department and George
Henderson/Basketball (until Oct. 1998). The group is planning annual dates, code of ethics, guidelines,
clinics and etc.

In conclusion, the commission and department staff, gratefiiUy extends a special thanks to all those
volunteers who shared their time and put forth much effort for the youth of Seabrook during 1998. Local
volimteers were responsible for coaching over 35 sports teams for youth & teens.

RespectfiiUy submitted,
Seabrook Recreation
Commission and Staff



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WATER & SEWER DEPARTMENT ANNUAL - TOWN REPORT 1998

There were 520,262,298 gallons of water pumped in 1998. This was
a 14 , 284 , 130-gallon decrease over the previous year. Industrial-
commercial use decreased from 156,835,690 in 1997 to 152,221,470 in
1998. This 4 , 614 , 220-gallon decrease can be attributed to North
Atlantic Energy Service, Bailey Corporation and Fisherman's Co-op who
had 8.5, 2.0 and 1.8 million gallons respectively. Others had
increases in 1998. They were Pierce and Stevens, Majestic Laundry and
Beach Laundry that had 4.3, 1.2 and .4 million gallons respectively.

There were approximately 98 new services added to the water
system. The department installed 19 of them. Seven new metered
accounts were also added; Auto Shine Car Wash, 919 A Lafayette Road,
Dynamic Chromium, 146 Batchelder Road, Oh No Realty Trust, 34 Folly
Mill Road, Beach Precinct Building, 210 Ocean Blvd, Corium, 9
Batchelder Road, Seabrook Elementary School Addition, 256 Walton Road,
Wendy's 264 Lafayette Road.

Seventeen new sub-divisions were constructed this past year. The
water crew observed the installation of hundreds of feet of water
mains services and several fire hydrant installations on Beckman' s
Landing, Pondview Estates, Quaker Way and Troy Road on these larger
subdivisions .

Our crews also installed approximately 2400' of 8" water main
with four fire hydrants on Cross Beach Road. This was accomplished
with the funds from Town Warrant Article #52 of 1998 Town Meeting. In
the spring of 1999 this project will be completed with the connecting
of every water service on Cross Beach Road to this new main. Then the
old 2" water main will be disconnected. Previous to this homeowners
on Cross Beach had no fire protection. Also at Cross Beach the crew
completed a drainage project. Sand dunes were restored and dune grass
planted by the water and sewer crews .

Our crews repaired several water leaks. The larger of these
occurred with a 12" break on New Zealand Road, a 10" one on Route 107
and another 6" one, in the intersection of Weare Road and Mill Lane.
Several hydrants were repaired, with the replacement of two: one on
New Zealand Road the other on South Main Street.

On Smalls Avenue our crews while installing the sewer main and
services also installed a new water main and new water services. At
the Elementary School a new 2" water service was installed, replacing
the old one.

At our Ledge Road well field we built a temporary road to
accommodate a well drilling rig. A well was drilled; temporary pumps
installed and pump test run. The results show that this site has
potential of being our next well to be added to the system.

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Sewer crews have been extremely busy this past year with hook-ups
in Adams Park, Seabrook Mobile Village, Stonybrook Park and Staples
Park and services all over town with the more difficult ones were the
businesses along Route One. Larger mains with manholes and some with
pump chambers were constructed at Meadow Stone Park, Foxmere Trailer
Park, Twinbrooks Campground, Bailey Corporation, Autumn Way, Chevy
Chase Road, Andy's Mobile Home Park, Moores Lane and Felch Lane. Also
our crews stripped and screened approximately 5,000 yards of loam in
preparation when we pumped, crushed, filled, loomed and seeded several
hundred septic tanks.

Also crews assisted the highway department with rubbish and
recycling collection and with snow removal.

I am pleased to report that approximately 97% of the town is now
hooked up to the sewer system. Our treatment plant received
264,000,000 gallons of sewage in 1998 with the removal of 924 tons of
biosolids. These solids were trucked off to be composed or land
applied. Flows at the plant now average 725,000 gallons per day.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the water and
sewer personnel for the outstanding work they accomplished in 1998. I
would also like to thank everyone who cooperated with observing our
partial water ban on the outdoor use of water during the summer
months. This only allowed outdoor use of water three hours per day
between 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Remember - water is a precious and useful resource and should be
used wisely not wastefully. Conserving water is everyone's
responsibility.

Respectfully submitted,
Warner B. Knowles
Water/Sewer Superintendent



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SEWER PROJECT - ANNUAL TOWN REPORT 1998

The townwide sewer project made significant progress toward
completion of house service installations in 1998. A partnership of
Town of Seabrook Water and Sewer Department personnel and private
contractors performed nearly 1000 sewer connections. Some of the
sections of the town connected during 1998 include Farm Lane,
Causeway Street, A and B Streets, Dixon Way, True Road, True Lane,
New Zealand Road, Frances Drive to name a few. There are
approximately 200 connections to be completed during 1999, along with
retirement of remaining septic tanks if not completed during the
installation phase.

As the project nears its ultimate completion, I would like to
reflect on the benefits of the new sewer system. All residential,
commercial and industrial buildings are connected to a modern and
reliable sanitary waste disposal system. The days of failed septic
systems in naturally high groundwater are a memory.

Many houses with restrictions on expansion now are eligible for
expansion. Most importantly, the environment is receiving relief
from contamination of soil and groundwater. A direct result of this
benefit can be witnessed in the reopening of clamming beds in
Seabrook Harbor which were closed for several years due to red tide.

I would like to recognize the hard working individuals from the
sewer project staff and water and sewer departments. Their work
during 1998 to bring the project to this point should be commended.
I would also like to thank the former Project Manager John Dold. His
diligent effort to lay the groundwork for the project is much
appreciated.

Respectfully submitted,
Michael A. Fowler, P.E.
Project Engineer

WELFARE DEPARTMENT - ANNUAL TOWN REPORT 1998

For the fiscal year 1998, the town's welfare department spent a
total of $50,606.00, $7,736.00 more than 1997. A total of 81
families were assisted in 1998 and the town has recovered $2,976.68
through promissory notes, assignments, court actions, and liens. An
additional $879.35 has been worked off by recipients through the
town' s workfare program.

The past year has seen a considerable number of working poor
families, those who work but do not earn enough working full time to
make ends meet should an emergency arise. There have also been a
number of cases where assistance has been needed while awaiting
disability awards. Although there have been no new cases due to

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assistance ending in another state, it is still early to determine
what the impact of welfare reform will be to the town.

Respectfully submitted,
Deirdre L. Greene
Welfare Administrator

SEABROOK HOUSING AUTHORITY - ANNUAL TOWN REPORT 1998

The residents of the Town of Seabrook created the Seabrook
Housing Authority during the 1980s to help meet the housing needs of
our senior population. By law, the Board of Selectmen appoints five
members for staggered five-year terms. We suffered a great loss this
year with the sad passing of member Charles Henry Felch. Charlie was
instrumental in the building of the Seabreeze Village, and was the
visionary for Seabreeze Village II. He will be sadly missed. We are
pleased the Board of Selectmen appointed our newest member, Mr.
Richard Donahue; his expertise will be much appreciated. Housing
Authority members Oliver Fowler, Paul Kelley, and Patricia O'Keefe
continue to serve on the Authority. It has been a pleasure working
with them.

Since opening in 1992, Seabreeze Village has enjoyed a 100%
occupancy rate. Demand for senior housing by residents has exceeded
availability for the past six years. Currently there are over 30
elderly Seabrook residents waiting for an apartment at Seabreeze
Village. Our property manager Paul Stewart of Stewart Property
Management advises us that the average wait time for someone on the
waiting list is over seven years. The State of New Hampshire has
cited Seabrook as the 3^^ neediest community in the state for
affordable housing.

In 1989 the Authority bought enough land for future development
at the 81 Railroad Avenue site. The time has come to address the
needs of those on the long waiting list by hopefully approving
Seabreeze Village II, which will add an additional 40 units. We urge
our fellow citizens to vote YES for this warrant article. It will
mean a safe, clean and healthy home for many of our senior citizens.

Seabreeze Village continues to operate in the "black" or with a
positive cash flow without the need for additional financial support
from the Town. The Authority, by law, is non-profit and all rents
must go to satisfy the upkeep and capital reserve requirements of the
building. The Authority members volunteer their time and service and
are not paid any stipends or fees of any kind. All funds expended by
the Authority are done so for the betterment of the tenants.

The audited financial statements of the Seabrook Housing
Authority are filed annually with the Board of Selectmen and the Town



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Manager. Those wishing to examine the audited financials may do so
at the Town Hall.

In closing, I would like to thank the Board of Selectmen, the
Town Manager and all those town employees and residents for their
help and support through the years.

Respectfully submitted,

Frederick Moulton, Jr., Chairman

Members :
Paul Kelley
Oliver Fowler
Patricia O'Keefe
Richard Donahue



ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT - ANNUAL TOmi REPORT 1998

The Zoning Board of Adjustment was busy during 1998 with 17 cases
presented to be heard.

During the year, zoning board members also attended the New
Hampshire Law Lecture Series and various other seminars to remain
current with the ever changing laws and recent court cases which affect
our community's land use and rulings on zoning adjustments within
Seabrook.

The board members wish to acknowledge the time and dedication that
Charles Kaslow devoted to the zoning board. As a result of a job
reassignment, Mr. Kaslow was forced to resign from the board.

All board members donate their time and efforts to these non-pay
positions and serve the town well.

Respectfully submitted,

Henry Therriault, Chairman
Robert C. Lebold, Vice Chairman
Jo-Anne Page, Secretary

Members at Large: Charles Kaslow (Resigned)

Roy Kirkpatrick
Lucille Moulton
Philip Reed



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STREET LIGHT COMMITTEE - ANNUAL TOWN REPORT 1998

The Street Light Committee has followed the same routine they
have used for the past several years.

When we receive a request from a resident for a street light in
their area or in front of their residence, we check the area from all
angles to determine if a light is needed and, if so, on which pole it
should be installed to be the most beneficial to the area. Several
additional lights have been added this year due to residents'
request .

We have also requested the electric company to change some
lights from one pole to another and increase the wattage in order to
have the area better illuminated. Debris of some sort has been found
in some globes, and requests to have the globes cleaned have been
made to the electric company. Whenever we are out we check lights on
many streets to see if they are operating properly. If they are not
out or not working effectively, the electric company is notified.
Even though information is sent to the electric company periodically,
we have no idea when the requests or changes will take place.

We will try to serve the town as efficiently in the coming year
as we have in the past.

Respectively submitted,

E. Albert Weare, Chairman
Marion B. Kinlock
Street Light Committee



TOWN OF SEABROOK SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS - ANNUAL TOWN REPORT 1998

The Scholarship Funds Committee met at the town office on April
27 and April 28, 1998. After reviewing the applications, awards were
given to twenty-one (21) applicants. Four (4) of these were
presented at awards night at the Winnacunnet High School and
seventeen (17) recipients were notified by mail.

Respectively submitted,

Vernon Small, Chairman
Everett Strangman
Arnold Knowles
Members



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TAX COLLECTOR'S REPORT



MS-61



For tne Municipality or Seabrook



Year Ending Dec. 31. 199 8



DEBITS



1



UNCOLLECTED TAXES-
BEG. OF YEAR* :



Levy for Year
ot this Report



1997



PRIOR LEVIES

(PLEASE SPECIFV YEARS)



Property Taxes



Resident Taxes



Land Use Change



Yield Taxes



Utilities



xxxxxx
xxxxxx
xxxxxx
xxxxxx
xxxxxx
xxxxxx



290,631.61



10,700.00



642.00



TAXES COMMITTED THIS YEAR


1998




Property Taxes


#3110


26,736,431.00




Resident Taxes


#3180






Land Use Change


#3120






Yield Taxes


#3185


913.00




Utilities


#3189






Check Fees




50.00





OVERPAYMENT:



Property Taxes


13,394.63


56.26






Resident Taxes










Land Use Change










Yield Taxes






























Collectlnt.- Late Taxes


#3190


4,355.34


17,106.83






Penalties - Resident Tax


#3190










TOTAL DEBITS


$
26.755.143.97


319,136.70


$


$



*This amount should be the same as the last year's ending balance. If not, please explain.



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TAX COLLECTOR'S REPORT



MS-61



For tlie Municipality of Seabrook



ABATEMENTS MADE:



CREDITS



Year Ending Dec. 31, 199 8



KEMiri ED lO
TREASURER:


Levy for Year
ot this Reoort


PRIOR LEVIES

(PLEASE SPECIFY YEARS)
1997


Property Taxes




26,404,834.91


290,687.87






Resident Taxes












Land Use Change












Yield Taxes




913.00


642.00






Utilities












Interest




4,355.34


17,106.83






Penalties












Conversion to Lien
























DISCOUNTS ALLOWED:













Property Taxes




4,130.00








Resident Taxes












Land Use Change






10,700.00






Yield Taxes












Utilities












Check Fees




50.00








CURRENT LEVY DEEDED




972.00





















UNCOLLECTED TAXES -


END OF YEAR #1080








Property Taxes




339,888.72








Resident Taxes












Land Use Change












Yield Taxes












Utilities
























TOTAL CREDITS




26,755,143.97


$

319,136.70


$


$



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TAX COLLECTOR'S REPORT



MS-611



For tne Municipality of Seabrook



Year Ending Dec. 31, 199 8



DEBITS



I





Levy lor Year
of tnis Report


PRIOR LEVIES

(PLEASE SPECIFY YEARS)


Unredeemed Liens - Beg. of Year


1997

$


1996
$ 55,306.21


1995
$ 22,987.26




Liens Executed During Year


85,658.05








Interest & Costs Collected
(AFTER LIEN EXECUTION)


2,255.67


5,868.15


8,975.60


































TOTAL DEBITS


$ 87,913.72


$


61,174.36


$ 31,962.86


$
















CREDITS




1












REMllT tD 1
TREASURER :


Levy for Year
ot this Report


PRIOR LEVIES

(PLEASE SPECIFY YEARS)


Redemptions


1997
$ 34,469.49


1996

P 28,423.81


1995
$ 22,895.06




Interest & Costs Collected
(After Lien Execution) #3190


2,255.67


5,868.15


8,975.60


































Abatements of Unredeemed Taxes










Liens Deeded to Municipality


1,028.38


919-84


92.20




Unredeemed Liens Bal.

End of Year #1110


50,160.18


25,962.56


-0-




TOTAL CREDITS


$ 87,913.72


$


61,174.36


$ 31,962.86


$



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