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we plan to finish Washington Street, Walton Road to the Washington
Street intersection and part of South Main Street. We are asking for
additional funding of $100,000 to install sidewalks on Railroad
Avenue and Centennial Street. The dam on Secord Pond has been
replaced and we plan to finish cleaning the pond this spring.

The harbor dredging issue continues as the State is supposed to
finish a hydrology study in the fall of 2001. There will be another
dredging done this February/March similar to the dredging done in the
year 2000. We plan to repair the pier by adding new pilings and it
will be opened this spring, 2001.

With the completion of the sewer project, the town now offers a
full range of services to its residents. These services will provide
many opportunities for development in both residential and

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commercial/industrial areas. The limited availability of land for
residential growth has started to have an effect in reducing the
number of housing starts and this trend is likely to continue.

Our commercial and industrial land is also limited and care must
be taken in attracting businesses that will increase our tax revenues
without having a negative impact on the town. We have now organized
an Economical Development committee to address this situation.
Interest in our commercial/industrial zones is increasing with many
large projects such as a Poland Springs warehouse on Ledge Road; a
Home Depot next to Wal-Mart; a Wal-Mart expansion and a four lot
commercial subdivision in the area or the old town library on
Lafayette Road. There is also a proposed seven lot industrial
subdivision on Ledge Road and construction has started on several
projects on Stard Road.

With careful planning on developing these areas, we can offset
some of the tax burden that will occur as the nuclear plant revenues
decrease.

The board would like to encourage your participation in
Seabrook's government. This can be accomplished by serving as a
volunteer on town committees or boards, or attending meetings and
providing your input on how you would like to see your government
work. The office of the selectmen and town manager is here to serve.
Please let us know how we can improve our service.



Board of Selectmen



Respectfully submitted,

Oliver L. Carter, Jr., Chairman
Asa H. Knowles, Jr.
Karen Knight

E. Russell Bailey
Town Manager



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ASSESSING DEPARTMENT - TOWN REPORT 2 00

SEABROOK VALUATION TRENDS

2000 real estate sales indicated that the Seabrook market continued
to rise as it has throughout the late 1990' s. Seabrook' s markets
have been affected by the improving economy and low unemployment rate
throughout southern New Hampshire, low property tax rates and
increases in new property development as a result of the sewage
installation.

STATE PROPERTY TAX

In 1999, the State instituted a state property tax that increased an
average Seabrook taxpayer's taxes by over 70%. The state also
created an Education Property Tax Hardship Relief program, which pays
a refund to any taxpayer that qualifies, based on income, ownership,
and location of primary residence.

PROPERTY RE -VALUATION

The town has hired VISION Appraisal Technology to re-value all
taxable and non-taxable property, with the exception of all public
utility property, for the 2001 tax year. Work on the project
commenced in May 2000. The project will be completed no later than
August 2 001.

2 000 SUMMARY OF VALUATION

LAND $ 261, 118, 950

BUILDINGS 2,499,320,500

MOBILE HOMES 49,243, 050

TOTAL VALUATION BEFORE EXEMPTIONS $2,809,682,500

BLIND EXEMPTION $ 210,000

ELDERLY EXEMPTION 4,950,000

DISABLED EXEMPTION 180,000

WATER/AIR POLLUTION CONTROL EXEMPTION 370, 755, 800

LESS TOTAL EXEMPTIONS ( 376,095,800)

TOTAL VALUATION AFTER ALLOWED EXEMPTIONS $ 2,433,586,700 .



Respectfully submitted,

Scott W. Bartlett, CNHA, NHCG

Town Appraiser/Assessor



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1999 - TAX RATE



GOVERNMENT
Municipal
County-
Local School
State Education
Total Tax Rate
Beach Precinct
Beach Tax Rate



APPROPRIATION
$11,451,357
$ 1,656,696
$ 6,310,890
$ 3,692,392



TAX PER $1, 00



$ 4.71 =


34%


$ 0.68 =


5%


$ 2.59 =


18%


$ 5.98 =


43%


$ 13.96




$ 0.00




$ 13.96





43.0%



Tax Rate - 2000




18.0%



34.0%



O Municipal
CD County
□ Local School
M state Ed.



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Seabrook Housing Authority - Annual Town Report 2000

The residents of the Town of Seabrook created the Seabrook
Housing Authority during the early 1980' s to help meet the housing
needs of our senior population. By law, the Board of Selectmen
appoints five members for staggered five-year terms.

The highlight of activity for the Housing Authority this year
was the opening of a second building. This has provided an additional
forty units of comfortable, affordable and safe residences for our
senior citizens. I am pleased to announce, that while the audited
financials are not yet complete, we anticipate being able to return
to the town over $35,000 of the original request to build these
residences .

This new construction, like the first unit, is approximately 100
square feel LARGER than that allowed if we used federal funds.
Because Seabrook citizens funded this building with our own money, it
has meant more amenities so that our residents can live with dignity
and safety. All eighty units have the benefit of: security system,
well water using underground sprinkler system, vinyl tilt windows,
emergency call systems with tie-in to the Seabrook Fire and Ambulance
Department, all outside doors electrically operated, elevator
service .

Seabreeze, the first unit of housing opened in 1991, we are
pleased to report the building remains in excellent condition, and
some plans are being developed to upgrade the entrance and hallways,
by use of capital reserves for this purpose.

We have promised to be good stewards of your money and make sure
that each building operates in the black, and that we will never have
to come back and ask for money to sustain a unit. Our rental
requirements, while allowing for many low-income residents also
require some higher end rental units. (All units regardless of income
have the same amenities) . This allows us to build a capital reserve
account for extraordinary repairs and general upkeep.

The audited financial statements of the Seabrook Housing
Authority are filed annually with the Board of Selectmen and the Town
Manager. Those wishing to examine the audited financials are invited
to do so at Town Hall.

I would like to thank Paul Stewart of Stewart Property
Management for the skill and help he and his company have provided us
with. The many complements we receive as to the upkeep and
cleanliness of the residences is due in no small part to our full
time director of maintenance Mr. Paul Essigmann, who is much more
than a 'maintenance' director, he is well versed in all phases of



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construction and repair, and is a finish carpenter in his own right,
the board thanks you Paul .

It has been a pleasure working with my fellow Housing Authority
members: Frederick R, Moulton, Oliver Fowler, Representative Patricia
O'Keefe, and Richard Donahue. I look forward to working with them
helping to reach the goals and objects of the Seabrook Housing
Authority.

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. Without your help, there would be no senior
housing operated by the town.

In closing I would like to give a special thanks to the
residents of Seabrook whose vision and generosity have made the lives
and comfort level of our seniors at Seabreeze Village, and Ocean Mist
second to none.

Respectfully submitted.



Paul Michael Kelley, Chairman
Frederick R Moulton, Vice Chairman
Patricia O'Keefe, Treasurer
Oliver Fowler, Member
Richard Donahue, Member



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SEABROOK BEACH VILLAGE DISTRICT ANNUAL REPORT - 2000

The year 2000 proved to be another active one for the residents
of Seabrook Beach Village District.

Permits for new construction and renovations to homes in the
district were in excess of three million dollars as more and more
people choose to make the village district their permanent place of
residence .

Plans for renovations to the Warren West Memorial building have
been initiated and the monies necessary to cover the improvements
have been budgeted.

The district was fortunate to secure Seacoast Kayak, owned and
operated by Bill and Karen Harder, as tenants in the Warren West
Memorial building. Their first year of operation proved to be a
successful one and it is hoped that they will be tenants in the
district for many years to come.

A new sign identifying the Seabrook Beach Village District was
erected in November at the "foot" of Route 286. This sign, coupled
with the beautif ication efforts of the Seabrook Beach Civic
Association, serves as a "warm" welcome for those entering the
district from the west.

An updating of the district's by-laws and zoning ordinances has
been initiated under the guidance of Attorney Edward Morris, Counsel
for the Seabrook Beach Village District.

All residents of the district are encouraged to attend and

participate in the annual meeting for Seabrook Beach District, which

will be held on April 24, 2001. Your voice and ideas should be
heard! ! !

In addition district residents are reminded that the monthly
meeting of the district's commissioners is held on the second
Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM in the Warren West Memorial
Building .

Respectfully submitted,

Marion Kinlock
Richard Maguire
Thomas Pike

Seabrook Beach Village
District Commissioners



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SEABROOK LIBRARY - ANNUAL TOWN REPORT - 2000



The Library worked hard at fulfilling its ongoing mission during Y2K
despite experiencing some technical, and staffing, setbacks. There
were a few turn-of -the-year computer-related glitches, which resulted
in a lack of available reliable statistical information for the year.
These glitches also prevented the Library from adding new materials to
its collection and even from circulating any materials for weeks on
end. New software was purchased eventually, however, which nicely
solved the problems - so the technical future looks bright once again.
Plus, the new software now allows our catalog to be accessed over the
Internet. Try it today: http://www.catalog.sealib.org

All that effort so far seems to have been fairly successful although
the year's circulation figure (the number of items loaned) is
currently in some doubt due to computer malfunctioning. We estimate
that figure to be approximately 13,436. Customers passing through our
doors numbered 3 0,417 for the year and the number of cardholders now
stands at 3,277 with 287 new registrations this year. The Library owns
some 29,904 circulating materials, approximately 880 of which were
added in 2000.

During the year, several ongoing programs were continued such as
weekly story hours for children and the monthly Book Discussion Group
for adults. In May, the Friends of the Library again held their
extremely popular annual Plant Sale. Special thanks are due to Karen
Luxton for all of her efforts on the Library's behalf. Adult
programming included a variety of diverse subjects among which was a
very popular presentation by Seabrook's favorite, Elinor Mawson, on
her recent trip to China.

Additionally, the year 2000 saw Herb Ludeke, Pat Mason and Beatrice
Townsend continue as volunteers. Together they return to the shelves
much of what the public returns to the Library after use - and a large
thank you is owed once again to all three for the generous giving of
their time and energy. Nancy, Herb's daughter, also pitched in and
helped out as well - volunteering seems to have become a Ludeke family
affair !

The Library's Young Adult Department again experienced a quiet year,
still due to the prior-year resignation of our ex-fireball - Lesley
Gaudreau. Newcomer Susie Husted is now the third librarian to hold
that position. Just now getting up to speed, Susie has lots of energy
and ideas and has big plans for this age group for the coming year.
Watch the papers, our own doors and website, and your mailboxes for
more details as the year 2001 progresses.

The Children's Room held two successful summer reading programs - both
entitled "Reading Cats and Dogs", one for grades 1-4, and one for

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ages 1 1/2 - 6. Special events for children included performances by
puppeteer Martha Dana, long-time local favorite Papa Joe, The Rainbow
Man, Gail Ferrero, and Jean Keefe who once again gave a wonderful
slate-painting workshop. Jean is from Seabrook - thank you so much,
Jean. Program topics included "Curious Creatures" - animals from the
rainforest .

In March, Elizabeth A. Thibodeau was elected to the Board of Trustees.
The other Board members are Norman H. Brown, and Mark S. Eaton,
Chairman.

The Seabrook Library is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from noon
until 8:00 PM; on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM;
and on Saturdays from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM. Telephone: 603-474-2044;
Fax: 603-474-1835; e-mail/Internet: [email protected] Visit - in
person or on-line, call, fax, write us - e-mail or snail mail. Join
your friends and neighbors in using and enjoying your public Library.

Respectfully submitted,
Elizabeth G. Heath,
Director





2000 FINANCIAL REPORT




INCOME




EXPENSES




Town of Seabrook


354,754.00


Payroll


172,36075


Interest - NH Charitable Foundation


2,309.26


Office Supplies


4,476.59


Interest - Bank Account/PDIP


4,423.87


Telephone


5,088.89


Memorial Gifts, Donations


250,00


Books/Subscriptions


36,681.37


Non-Resident Fees


225.00


Computer Supplies


8,543.60


Sale Books


960.80


Postage


1,201.14


Lost/Damaged Replacement


143.03


Dues/Memberships


1.547.00


"Conscience" - Fines


566.63


Tuition/Education


685.00


Donations to Children's Programming


2,087.50


Meetings/Conferences


598.95


Other


1,363.29


Fuel Oil


9,807.68


Total


367,083.38


Electricity


16,587.95






New Equipment


4,096 44


SUMMARY




Equipment Maintenance


5,553.54


Town Appropriation 2000


354,754.00


Building Maintenance


5,520.73


Expenses 2000


354,328.84


Grounds Maintenance


969.96






Other Contract Services


47,649.45


Balance 1/1/00


52,299.50


Other Professional Services


3,583.63


Other Income (non appropriation) 2000


12,329.38


Custodial Services


12,013.82


Expended 2000


354,754.00


Committed - books, computer supplies


17,36235


Balance 12/31/00


65,054.03


Totals


354,32884



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WATER & SEWER DEPARTMENT ANNUAL TOWN REPORT - 2000

There were 575,976,156 gallons of water pumped in 2000.
This is a 4 , 032, 653-gallon increase over the previous year.
Commercial-industrial use of water increased approximately 4 million
gallons over the previous year. Most metered customers use had little
changes from the year before. Pierce & Stevens Corporation had a
sufficient 7 million gallon increase while Seabrook Nuclear Power
Station had a 4.7 million gallon decrease.

There were 138 new services added to the water system. The
department installed 18 of them. Eleven new metered accounts were
also added: Dynamic Chromium, (2"^ meter) , Park Place (irrigation
system). Bond Adhesives, O'Keefe's Gas Station, Fantine' s Restaurant,
Preston Laundry, Rocking Lobster, Round Rock (O'Keefe's General
Store), Hanna Foods, Staples and West Marine.

The crew observed the installation of water, sewer mains and fire
hydrant installations at Water Pipeline Industry 145 Batchelder Rd,
Staples 536 Lafayette Rd and Randall Dr.

Only a few water leaks were reported and repaired in 2000. The
largest of these was a 12" main leak at the intersection off Route 1
and Walton Rd. Three fire hydrants were damaged by motor vehicles one
on New Zealand Rd; one on Chevy Chase Rd; the other on Walton Rd.

A much needed 12" gate valve was installed at the intersection of
Centennial and Walton Road. In cases of planned or emergency water
main shut down, in this area, we will now have a better control of the
water flow. Unlike in the past, we will not have to shut down our
pumps .

Sewer crews pumped, crushed, and filled septic tanks, by
improvising a method of using one of the highways' salt spreaders.
This method of using dredged beach sand and filling all the tanks at
the beach area saved the town thousands of dollars.

Almost all sewer hook ups are completed. The most difficult ones
are left. Last year these difficult ones included: Richdale Store,
Spherex, Utility Trailers, Rockingham Fireworks, Best Western Motel,
and homeowner pump stations; two on Railroad Avenue, one on Farm Lane
and three on New Zealand Road.

Our certified backflow technician George Eaton, now tests all
town owned backflow valves, saving the town approximately $3,800.00.
Our Treatment Plant receives 327.4 million gallons of sewage, with the
removal of 1,842.6 tons of biosolids. These solids were trucked off
to be composted. Flows at the plant now average almost 900,000
gallons per day, and also at our treatment plant our workers installed
new chlorination equipment and rebuilt the grit auger system, saving
the town thousands of dollars .



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Michael Colin, plant worker, designed and built a sewer dump station
at our plant to receive sewerage from RV holding tanks. This will be
used by the town residents only.

New rates and fees for water-sewer went into effect for the year
2000. Residential water bills increased from $40.00 to $60.00 per
unit. The bill showed an equal charge for sewer use of $60.00 per
unit. Metered rates and installation fees also increased. Water and
sewer fees for inspection, testing and seasonal turning on/off also
went into effect.

I would like to take this time to make everyone who uses our
sewer system to be responsible in what they deposit down their drains
and flush down the toilets. Harmful chemicals can cause damage to
equipment or injury to our workers. Also items such as cleaning rags
or disposable diapers can clog sewer lines causing expensive repairs.
In the spring crews will be making checks on flows throughout the town
to determine sewer connections with illegal connections. We will be
looking for sump pumps, roof drains, and floor drains that have been
connected to the sewer system.

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



DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS ANNUAL TOWN REPORT - 2000

I would like to preface this report with a heartfelt thank you to
all of the town employees and residents for supporting me throughout
my nearly seven years of employment with the Town of Seabrook. I
resigned my position as public works manager effective December 14,
2000. It has been a wonderful time in my life to serve the public and
work with a professional staff. I am truly grateful for those of you
that have made this possible.

The year 2000, as past years, was very busy. The department of
public works' crews installed drainage, replaced culverts, shouldered
roads, and performed general maintenance. Once again, we did our best
to rake the beach during the summer months. However, due to the
nesting of the piping plover bird, our efforts were hampered.

The biggest accomplishment this year was the installation of the
sidewalks on Washington Street. In conjunction with various

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contractors, the DPW crews worked to install nearly 2100 ft. of
sidewalk. This project will continue in several sections of the town
in the next three to five years. The sidewalks were poured concrete
with sloped granite curbing.

Another large project that was started during the last part of
the year was the reconstruction of the Secord Pond Dam. This project
includes the entire rebuilding of the dam and cleaning the entire pond
of debris and sediments. This project is still in process.

The parks and cemetery crews worked hard this summer. Both of
the infields at the South Main Street and Governor Weare Parks were
totally refurbished. The infields were removed, leveled, and new
rolls of sod were installed. They also installed two new dugouts in
the girl's softball fields.

It was business as usual at the transfer station/recycling
center. Many tons of material were processed and shipped out.
Efforts are under way to finalize a user fee system to help offset the
increased solid waste costs.

I would like to again thank the department of public works
employees for the tremendous amount of work that they performed during
the year 2000. I would also like to thank all of the town departments
in assisting us in many ways throughout the year.

Respectfully submitted,

Mark S. Eaton
Public Works Manager



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CEMETERY RESTORATION COMMITTEE REPORT - 2000




From Left to Right :



Dorothy Fitzgerald, Secretary-
Roger Syphers, Associate Member
Clyde Brown, Vice Chairman
George Dow, Chairman



COMMITTEE MEMBERS

As part of our ongoing annual restoration project, the members of the
restoration committee respectfully submit the following as completed
work for the year 2 000:

Methodist Cemetery, Route 1

1,200 markers and monuments received attention from repair work,
cleaning, and leveling, in addition to having tree limbs and brush
removed from the lots.

Hillside Cemetery, Route 1

The first five rows received work to over 100 monuments, markers,
and obelisks, mostly cleaning with some repairs.

Elmwood Cemetery, Route 1

The marble tablet on the Charles Chase lot was repaired and made
into a grave stone cover.

Janvrin Cemetery, Pine Street

Seven monuments were dug up from an earth covering, repaired and
reset in place

Roger Syphers of Syphers Monument Company of Hampton, New Hampshire,
is doing a fine job on the site work. He is currently in and out of
other cemeteries in town with ongoing repairs, cleaning and other work
necessary to complete this project before it is turned over for
regular town schedule maintenance, hopefully by the year 2001.



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TOWN OF SEABROOK SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS REPORT - 2000

The Scholarship Funds Committee met at the town office on April
25, 27 and May 1, 2000. 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,

Vernon Small, Chairman
Arnold Knowles
Everett Strangman



TOWN OF SEABROOK WELFARE DEPARTMENT REPORT - 2000

For the fiscal year 2000, the Town's Welfare Department spent a
total of $77,116 in direct assistance to local families, $14,342 more
than 1999. A total of 95 families were assisted financially in the
year 2000. The Town has recovered $4,951.56 through promissory
notes, assignments, court actions, and liens.

In October, the Budget Committee approved an additional $20,000
in funds for the Welfare Office due to needs of the community. This
was necessary because the law requires the Town to assist even if
there are no funds available. Unfortunately, the department still
ran over budget by $1,240.52 for the year.

Although the economy appears to be good, there continues to be
an increase in the number of working poor families. This combined
with the increase in rental costs and lack of available housing has
caused a continued increase in the amount of assistance required. As
usual we continue to assist many cases while awaiting disability
awards .

During the year 2000, the Welfare Office became a licensed New
Hampshire Wired Wizard site. Wired Wizard is a computer program that
assists in determining possible eligibility for other assistance
programs. There are plans in the future to provide services through
Wired Wizard that include applying for the benefits of the other
programs through the licensed sites.

Respectfully submitted,

Deirdre L. Greene
Welfare Administrator



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2000 ANNUAL REPORT OF THE SEABRQOK RECREATION COMMISSION
The 2000 members of the Seabrook Recreation Commission: Vernon Small, Chairman; Oliver Carter Jr.,


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