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MARCH 10, 1999



MEETING CALLED TO ORDER BY ACTING MODERATOR CARROLL B. PINEO
AT 7:00 AM. MOTION BY ELIZABETH THIBODEAU TO DISPENSE WITH
READING OF ENTIRE WARRANT AT THIS TIME. SECOND BY TOWN CLERK
BONNIE L. FOWLER.

MOTION BY ELIZABETH THIBODEAU TO OPEN ABSENTEE BALLOTS AT
10:00 AM. SECOND BY PHILA STURGIS.

ABSENTEE BALLOTS OPENED AT 10:00 AM BY MODERATOR CARROLL B.
PINEO AND TOWN CLERK BONNIE L. FOWLER.

POLLS DECLARED CLOSED BY MODERATOR CARROLL B. PINEO AT
7:14 PM.



TOTAL NUMBER OF VOTERS ON CHECKLIST: 5617
TOTAL NUMBER OF ABSENTEE BALLOTS CAST: 256
TOTAL NUMBER OF VOTES CAST: 2063



ELECTION WORKERS

NELLIE BECKMAN DEIRDRE GREENE

MINABELL BOWDEN ANDREW GOSNELL

BRUCE BROWN II CAROL A. HEBERT

MARGARET A. CAMPANELLA JOANNE PAGE

JOHN G. DEMARCO ASST . MOD. CARROLL B. PINEO MODERATOR

MARIA C DEMARCO VIRGINIA L. SMALL ASST. MOD.

DIANE EATON SANDRA STRANGMAN

EDITH FOLLANSBEE PHILA STURGIS

APRIL FOWLER PHILIP THIBODEAU

KEITH FOWLER JUNE FOWLER



OFFICIAL BALLOT
ANNUAL TOWN ELECTION
SEABROOK, NEW HAMPSHIRE
MARCH 9, 1999



TOWN CLERK

THREE YEAR TERM VOTE FOR ONE

BONNIE L. FOWLER 1665

CLAIRE L. LITTLEFIELD 290

SELECTMAN & ASSESSOR

THREE YEAR TERM VOTE FOR ONE

MAXIE D. BROWN 199

KAREN KNIGHT 447

ASA H. KNOWLES JR. 4 62

MYRNA KNOWLES SARGENT 95

PHILIP R. STOCKBRIDGE 310

ELIZABETH A. THIBODEAU 421

MODERATOR

ONE YEAR TERM VOTE FOR ONE

CARROLL PINEO 54 3

PAUL M. KELLEY 117 4

TREASURER

THREE YEAR TERM VOTE FOR ONE

CAROL L. PERKINS 154 8

TRUSTEE OF THE TRUST FUND
THREE YEAR TERM VOTE FOR ONE

GARY K. FOWLER 1514

PARK COMMISSIONER

THREE YEAR TERM VOTE FOR ONE

GEORGE W. DOW 572

GARY M. PITTS 312

DONALD WELCH 82

TRUSTEE OF THE LIBRARY
THREE YEAR TERM VOTE FOR ONE

NORMAN H. BROWN 1166

MARILYN J. BRUNEAU 5 97



MEMBER PLANNING BOARD

THREE YEAR TERM VOTE FOR TWO

WILLIAM E. COX 893

PAUL GARAND 12 35

MEMBER BUDGET COMMITTEE
THREE YEAR TERM VOTE FOR TWO

JAMES I FULLER 1395

PAULA WOOD (WRITE-IN) 22

MEMBER BUDGET COMMITTEE
TWO YEAR TERM VOTE FOR ONE

RICHARD COOPER 1301

MEMBER BUDGET COMMITTEE
ONE YEAR TERM VOTE FOR ONE

LINWOOD O. NORTON 1281

CONSTABLE

ONE YEAR TERM VOTE FOR THREE

THOMAS S. BROWN 1091

EDWARD CERASI 1119

JOHN L. RANDALL 107 5



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THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

TOWN OF SEABROOK

TOWN WARRANT FOR 19 99

To the inhabitants of the Town of Seabrook, in the County of
Rockingham, in said state, qualified to vote in town affairs:

You are hereby notified to meet in the auditorium of the Seabrook
Community Center, U.S. Route 1 (Lafayette Road), on Thursday,
February 4th, 1999, at 7:00 o'clock in the evening to participate in
the first session of the 1999 Annual Town Meeting;

And, you are hereby notified to meet in the auditorium of the
Seabrook Community Center, U.S. Route 1 (Lafayette Road), on
Tuesday, March 9, 1999, at 7:00 o'clock in the forenoon and to cast
ballots on the official ballot questions below, until at least 7:00
o'clock in the evening of the same day.

Further, you are hereby notified that the moderator will process
the absentee ballots at 1:00 o'clock in the afternoon on Tuesday,
March 9, 1999, pursuant to RSA 659-49.

Article 1: To elect by non-partisan ballot: one (1) Selectman
and Assessor for a term of three (3) years; one (1) Moderator for a
term of one (1) year, to fill a vacancy expiring in 2000; one Town
Clerk for a term of three (3) years; one Treasurer for a term of three
(3) years; two (2) members of the Budget Committee for a term of three
(3) years; one (1) member of the Budget Committee for a term of two

(2) years; one (1) member of the Budget Committee for a term of one
(1) year; two (2) members of the Planning Board for a term of three

(3) years; one (1) Park Commissioner for a term of three (3) years;
one (1) Trustee of the Trust Funds for a term of three (3) years;
three (3) Constables for a term of one (1) year; and one (1) Trustee
of the Library for a term of three (3) years.

Article 2: To see if the town will vote to amend the Zoning
Ordinance, as proposed by the Planning Board, as follows:

-Add the following to Article XIII (Wetlands) of the Zoning
Ordinance :

C - Setbacks: Buildings and paved parking lots shall be no
closer than ten feet to wetlands .

D - Vegetation: No natural herbaceous vegetation and no
more than 50% of tree, saplings, or shrubs shall be removed
from wetlands. Vegetation shall only be removed during the
dry season or when the ground is frozen.

-Add a new line in Article VI under "Minimum Setbacks" (in every
zoning district as follows: From wetlands: 10'; and

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-Move Section E ("Ponds & Streams") from Zoning Article IX to
Zoning Article XIII.

YES 1052 NO 514

Article 3: On petition of Lorraine D. Fogg and thirty-nine (39)
other legal voters of the town: "Are you in favor of amending the
town zoning ordinance by increasing the area of the commercial zone,
which now extends 500 feet from the corner of Route 107 down the West
side of Stard Road, another 1,050 feet+-, for a total of 1,550 linear
feet+- to the Northern property boundary of land owned by Lorraine D.
Fogg, and thence Northwest along said property line to a depth of 850
feet. The depth of 850 feet to then continue Southwest, parallel to
Stard Road, back to the existing commercial zone."

(Recommended by Planning Board)

YES 1067 NO 700

Article 4: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate
the sum of Two Million Eight Hundred Thousand ($2,800,000.00) Dollars
for the construction and original equipping of a forty (40) unit
expansion of the elderly housing facility. This will be a non-lapsing
account per RSA 32:7, VI and shall not lapse until the project is
completed or in three (3) years. The selectmen and the budget
committee recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote required.)

YES 1006 NO 829

Article 5: To see if the town will vote to forgive repayment by
the Seabrook Housing Authority of the $250, 000 . 00 promissory note as
approved under Article 40 of the 1983 Town Meeting. The selectmen

recommend this action.

YES 792 NO 872

Article 6: Shall we vote to raise and appropriate as an
operating budget, not including appropriations by special warrant
articles, the amounts set forth on the budget posted with the warrant,
for the purposes set forth therein, totaling Fourteen Million Forty
Thousand Two Hundred Sixty-one ($14,040,261.00) Dollars? Should this
article be defeated, the operating budget shall be Thirteen Million
Six Hundred Eighty-three Thousand Eight Hundred Ninety-two
($13,683,892.00) Dollars, which is the same as last year, with certain
adjustments required by previous action of the town or by law or the
governing body may hold one special meeting, in accordance with RSA
40:13, X and XVI, to take up the issue of a revised operating budget
only. The selectmen and the budget committee recommend this
appropriation .

YES 926 NO 813
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Article 7: To see if the town will vote to authorize the board
of selectmen to sell at public auction or by advertised sealed bids

such town property as is no longer used by the town with sale
conditional upon restrictions satisfactory to the town.

YES 1268 NO 504

Article 8: Shall we adopt the provisions of RSA 154:1, I (b) ,
relative to the organization of the fire department in that the "fire
chief be appointed by the local governing body, or by the town or city
manager, if any, with firefighters appointed by the local governing
body or manager, upon recommendation of the fire chief."



YES 878 NO 906

Article 9: To see if the town will vote to adopt by reference
the provisions of "The International Property Maintenance Code, First
Edition, 1998" as published by the Building Officials and Code
Administrators International, Inc., the International Conference of
Building Officials, and the Southern Building Code Congress
International, Inc., as an enforceable regulation governing existing
structures and premises within the Town of Seabrook. Copies of this
regulation, which may be referred to as the Property Maintenance Code,
are available for public review at the town office building in the
offices of the town clerk, code enforcement officer and town manager.

YES 925 NO 754

Article 10: Shall we adopt the provisions of RSA 31:95-c to
restrict Three ($3.00) Dollars of revenues from each vehicle
registration to expenditures for the purpose of highway maintenance?
Such revenues and expenditures shall be accounted for in a special
revenue fund to be known as the Transportation Improvement Fund,
separate from the general fund. Any surplus in said fund shall not be
deemed part of the general fund accumulated surplus and shall be
expended only after a vote by the legislative body to appropriate a
specific amount from said fund for a specific purpose related to the
purpose of the fund or source of the revenue.

YES 926 NO 807

Article 11: To see if the town will vote to authorize the
transfer of the non-resident ambulance fee revenue. Five Thousand
Eight Hundred ($5,800.00) Dollars, into the capital reserve account
approved at town meeting under Article 12 on March 10, 1998. This sum
represents the amount collected from non-resident ambulance fees in
the fiscal year 1998. The selectmen and the budget committee
recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote reguired.)

Yes 1363 NO 409
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Article 12: To see if the town will vote to establish a non-
capital reserve fund pursuant to RSA 35:l-c for the purpose of
stabilizing the tax rate of the town in the context of the fixed and
declining life of the Seabrook Nuclear Power Station. This shall be a
non-lapsing account pursuant to RSA 32:7 II and may be funded either
by transfers from surplus or by appropriations. This non-capital
reserve fund may be expended only for specific public purposes stated
in the DRA MS-7 form of the town for the year such expenditure is
authorized by town meeting provided, however, that that this fund may
not be expended for the repayment of loans or retirement of debt as
defined by RSA 33:2. The selectmen recommend this article. (Majority
vote required.)

YES 1274 NO 457

Article 13: To see if the Town of Seabrook will vote to
implement the recommendations contained in the Fact Finder's Report in
the matter of the Fact Finding between the Town of Seabrook and the
Seabrook Employee's Association dated July 1, 1998, which calls for
the following increases in the salary and benefits:

Year Amount

1998 $32,986.67

1999 $77,761.28

2000 $46,632.00

And further, to raise and appropriate the sum of One Hundred Ten
Thousand Seven Hundred Forty-seven ($110,747.00) Dollars for the 1999
fiscal year, said sum representing the additional cost attributable to
the increase in salary and benefits over those paid in the prior
fiscal year for the contract years 1998 and 1999. The selectmen and
the budget committee recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote
required)

YES 867 NO 977

Article 14: To see if the Town of Seabrook will vote to
implement the recommendations contained in the Fact Finder's Report in
the matter of the Fact Finding between the Town of Seabrook and the
Seabrook Permanent Fire Fighters Association dated December 20, 1998,
which calls for the following increases in salary and benefits:

Year Amount

1999 $44,724.33

2000 $ 8,233.00

2001 $ 8,233.00

And further, to raise and appropriate the sum of Forty-four Thousand
Seven Hundred Twenty-four ($44,724.00) Dollars for the 1999 fiscal
year, said sum representing the additional cost attributable to the

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increase in salary and benefits over those paid in the prior fiscal
year for the contract year 1999. The selectmen and the budget
committee do not recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote
required) .

YES 556 NO 1223

Article 15: To see if the Town of Seabrook will vote to
implement the recommendations contained in the Fact Finder's Report in
the matter of the Fact Finding between the Town of Seabrook and the
Seabrook Supervisory Employee's Association dated January 16, 1999,
which calls for the following increases in salary and benefits:

Year Amount

1998 $15,438.00

1999 $32,524.00

2000 $17,597.00

And further, to raise and appropriate the sum of Forty-seven Thousand
Nine Hundred Sixty-two ($47,962.00) Dollars for the fiscal year 1999,
said sum representing the additional cost attributable to the increase
in salary and benefits over those paid in the prior fiscal year for
the contract years 1998 and 1999. The selectmen and the budget
committee recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote required).

YES 765 NO 1110

Article 16: To see if the Town of Seabrook will vote the cost
items included in the Collective Bargaining Agreement reached between
the Town of Seabrook Board of Selectmen and the Seabrook Police
Association dated January 13, 1999, which calls for the following
increases in salary and benefits:

Year Amount

1998 $36,215.00

1999 $62,430.00

2000 $28,660.00

And further, to raise and appropriate the sum of Ninety-eight Thousand
Six Hundred Forty-five ($98,645.00) Dollars for the 1999 fiscal year,
said sum representing the additional costs attributable to the
increase in salary and benefits over those paid in the prior fiscal
year for the contract years 1998 and 1999. (The selectmen and the
budget committee recommend this appropriation.) (Majority vote
required) .

YES 802 NO 1013

Article 17: To see if the town will vote to raise and
appropriate the sum of One Hundred Eighty Thousand ($180,000.00)
Dollars to be us'ed for revaluation of the town property assessments as

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required under the New Hampshire Constitution, Part 2, Article 6.
This will be a non-lapsing account per RSA 32:7, VI and shall not
lapse until the revaluation project is completed or in two (2) years.
The selectmen and the budget committee recommend this appropriation.
(Majority vote required.)

YES 888 NO 909

Ar-tlcle 18: To see if the town will vote to raise and
appropriate the sum of Seventy-one Thousand ($71,000.00) Dollars for
the purpose of purchasing and equipping three (3) police cruisers, and
to authorize the sale or trade-in of three (3) existing cruisers.)
This will be a non-lapsing account per RSA 32:7, VI and shall not
lapse until the cruisers are purchased and equipped or in two (2)
years. The selectmen and the budget committee recommend this
appropriation. (Majority vote required.)

YES 942 NO 892

Article 19: To see if the town will vote to raise and
appropriate the sum of Twenty-eight Thousand ($28,000.00) Dollars for
the purpose of purchasing a communication recording system for the
police department and to authorize the sale or trade-in of the present
system. The present system will become non-operational on January 1,
2000. This system is a critical part of the operation of the police
department. This will be a non-lapsing account per RSA 32:7, VI and
shall not lapse until the communication recording system is purchased
or in two (2) years. The selectmen and the budget committee recommend
this appropriation. (Majority vote required.)

YES 1106 NO 663

Article 20 : To see if the town will vote to raise and
appropriate the sum of Twenty Thousand ($20,000.00) Dollars to
upgrade, replace computer equipment as necessary to ensure we are
compliant with the year 2000. This is a critical article that will
ensure systems are operational effective January 1, 2000. This will
be a non-lapsing account per RSA 32:7, VI and shall not lapse until
the work is completed or in two (2) years. The selectmen and the
budget committee recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote
required. )

YES 1234 NO 514

Article 21: To see if the town will vote to raise and
appropriate the sum of Sixty-nine Thousand Three Hundred Sixty-seven
($69,367.00) Dollars for the cost of Seabrook's contribution to
seventeen (17) human service agencies in the seacoast area. A
breakdown of each human service agency's request follows. This will
be a non-lapsing account per RSA 32:7, VI and shall not lapse as to
each line item until the contributions are completed or in one (1)
year. The selectmen and the budget committee recommend Sixty-nine
Thousand Three Hundred Sixty-seven ($69,367.00) Dollars for this

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appropriation. (Majority vote required.)

Board of Budget
Agency Selectmen Committee
Human Service Agency Request Recommend Recommend

A Safe Place $ 1,650 $ 1,650 $ 1,650

AIDS Response of the Seacoast 2,500 2,500 2,500

American Red Cross 1,250 1,250 1,250
Area Homemaker Home Health

Aide Service 4,500 4,500 4,500

Crossroads 4,500 3,100 3,100

Lamprey Health Care 2,800 2,800 2,800

Retired Senior Volunteers 1,300 1,300 1,300

Richie McFarland Children's Fund 2,475 2,475 2,475
Child & Family Services (Rockingham

Counseling) 3,000 3,000 3,000

Rockingham County Community Action 21,727 19,130 19,130

Rockingham County Nutrition Program 5,434 5,434 5,434
Seacoast Big Brothers Big Sisters

of New Hampshire 1,620 1,000 1,000

Seacoast Hospice 1,139 1,139 1,139

Seacoast Links 1,500 1,500 1,500

Seacoast Mental Health Center 3,795 3,795 3,795

Seacoast Visiting Nurses 13,277 13,277 13,277
Sexual Assault Support Services

(Women's Resource Center) 1, 533 1,517 1,517

$74,000 $69,367 $69,367

YES 1344 NO 441

Article 22: To see if the town will vote to raise and
appropriate the sum of Two Thousand ($2,000.00^) Dollars to the Council
on Aging to be used to continue the transportation program which
assists non-driving handicapped and/or elderly residents of Seabrook.
This will be a non-lapsing account per RSA 32:7, VI and shall not
lapse until the contribution is completed or in two (2) years. The
selectmen and the budget committee recommend this appropriation.
(Majority vote required.)

YES 1484 NO 320

Article 23: To see if the town will vote to authorize the board
of selectmen to establish a program for televising selectmen's and
other local meetings and public information announcements through an
agreement with the local cable company, and also, to raise and
appropriate the sum of Thirty Thousand ($30,000.00) Dollars for the
purpose of purchasing and installing the necessary cable television
equipment and training personnel to operate it. This will be a non-
lapsing account per RSA 32:7, VI and shall not lapse until the
televising program is implemented and the equipment is in operation or
in two (2) years. The selectmen and the budget committee recommend
this appropriation. (Majority vote required.)

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YES 836 NO 948

Article 24: To see if the town will vote to appropriate the sum
of Twenty Thousand ($20,000.00) Dollars as the total cost for the
purpose of a salt marsh restoration project. This will include Ten
Thousand ($10,000.00) Dollars from a 1999 Coastal Program Grant and
Ten Thousand $10,000.00) Dollars of the town's share, of which Five
Thousand ($5,000.00) Dollars, will be work-in-kind and volunteer
services and the remaining Five Thousand ($5,000.00) Dollars to be
raised through taxes. This will be a non-lapsing account per RSA
32:7, VI and shall not lapse until the 1999 project is completed or in
two (2) years. The selectmen and the budget committee recommend this
appropriation. (Majority vote required.)

YES 1069 NO 698

Article 25: To see if the town will vote to deposit five percent
(5%) of the revenues collected pursuant to RSA 79-A (the land use
change tax) in the Conservation Fund in accordance with RSA 36-A:5 III
as authorized by RSA 79-A:25 II.

YES 908 NO 795

Article 26: To see if the town will vote to raise and

appropriate the sum of Ten Thousand ($10,000.00) Dollars for the

purchase and installation of a minimum of fifty (50) water meters.

This will allow for a study of usage to best determine a fair and

reasonable fee system. This will be a non-lapsing account per RSA

32:7, VI and shall not lapse until the water meters are purchased and

installed or in five (5) years. The selectmen recommend this

appropriation. The budget committee does not recommend this

appropriation. (Majority vote required.)

YES 432 NO 1391

Article 27: To see if the town will vote to raise and
appropriate the sum of One Hundred Fifty-seven Thousand ($157,000.00)
Dollars for the purchase of 27 acres located near well #5 off Old New
Boston Road for the development of additional water sources and for
the protection of our existing water supply. This will be a non-
lapsing account per RSA 32:7, VI and shall not lapse until the land is
purchased or in two (2) years. The selectmen and the budget committee
recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote required.)

YES 1322 NO 491

Article 28: To see if the town will vote to raise and
appropriate the sum of One Hundred Thousand ($100,000.00) Dollars for
the purpose of purchasing and implementing the first phase of a SCADA
alarm and monitoring system for the water department. This system is
critical for the proper monitoring of the system to ensure proper
pumping and chemical treatment. This will be a non-lapsing account

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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 1154 NO 628

Article 29: To see if the town will vote to raise and
appropriate the sum of One Hundred Eighty Thousand ($180,000.00)
Dollars to drill the permanent Riley well, install casing and pipe
needed for final development of this new well. The tests show that
this well can pump a potential of 300 gallons per minute. This will
be a non-lapsing account per RSA 32:7, VI and shall not lapse until
the well is completed The selectmen and the budget committee
recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote required.)

YES 1340 NO 461

Article 30: To see if the town will vote to raise and
appropriate the sum of Sixty Thousand ($60,000.00) Dollars to be used
to search and test for new sources of drinking water. This warrant is
needed to ensure we continue pursuing new sources to maintain our
water system. This will be a non-lapsing account per RSA 32:7, VI and
shall not lapse until the searching and testing is completed or in two
(2) years. The selectmen and the budget committee recommend this
appropriation. (Majority vote required.)

YES 1198 NO 596

Article 31: To see if the town will vote to raise and
appropriate the sum of Twenty-four Thousand ($24,000.00) Dollars for
the purpose of purchasing and equipping a 3/4 ton four wheel drive
emergency service truck for the wastewater treatment plant and
collection system. This vehicle will be used to service residential
sewer stations as well as town-owned stations. There is no existing
vehicle to be replaced. This is a non-lapsing account per RSA 32:7,
VI and shall not lapse until the truck is purchased and equipped or in
two (2) years. The selectmen and the budget committee recommend this
appropriation. (Majority vote required.)

YES 894 NO 883

Article 32: To see if the town will vote to raise and
appropriate the sum of Sixty-three Thousand Eight Hundred ($63,800.00)
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 906 NO 885

Article 33:- To see if the town will vote to raise and

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appropriate the sum of Sixty-eight Thousand Nine Hundred ($68,900.00)
Dollars for the purpose of purchasing and equipping a 1999 rubbish
truck for the public works department, and to authorize the sale or
trade-in of the existing 1986 rubbish truck. This will be a non-
lapsing account per RSA 32:7, VI and shall not lapse until the rubbish
truck is purchased and equipped or in two (2) years. The selectmen
and the budget committee recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote
required) .

YES 1063 NO 734

Article 34: To see if the town will vote to raise and
appropriate the sum of Sixty-nine Thousand ($69,000.00) Dollars for
the purpose of removing, replacing, and equipping the existing scale
house and weigh station. This is part of the solid waste master plan
to modernize and increase the efficiency of operations at the transfer
station. This will allow for proper management of the town's solid
waste and provide for a payback within 2 1/2 years. This will be a
non-lapsing account per RSA 32:7, VI and shall not lapse until the
scale house and weigh house is purchased and equipped or in two (2)


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