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The Ninety -seventh 
ANNUAL REPORT 

of the 

CITY OF CONCORD 

New Hampshire 

for the 
Year Ending December 31, 1949 




Capital of the State of New Hampshire 

County Seat of Merrimack County 

Area: 64 Square Miles. Population: 27,171 (1940) 



Authorized and Published under the supervision 

of the Board of Library Trustees by the 

City Council 






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IT IS MY HOME TOWN 
AND I AM PART OF IT 

"My town is the place where my home is founded; 
where my business is situated and where my vote is cast ; 
where my children are educated ; where my neighbors 
dwell, and where my life is chiefly lived. It is the home 
spot for me. Aly town has the right of my civic loyalty. 
It supports me and I should support it. My town wants 
my citizenshi]), not my partisanshij), my friendliness, not 
my dissension, my sympathy, not my criticism ; my in- 
telligence, not my indifference. My town supplies me 
with protection, trade, friends, education, schools, 
churches, and the right to free, moral citizenship. It 
has some things that are better than others; the best 
things I should seek to make better, the worst things I 
should help to suppress. Take it all-in-all, it is my town, 
and it is entitled to the best there is in me." 

— Selected 



Legislative Review 
1949 



BOARD OF ALDERMEN . . . 
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^Accepted recommendation of 
Planning Board requiring the 
minimum area of lots to be 8,000 
square feet with a minimum 
frontage of 80 feet. 

^Authorized a change in the 
zoning map establishing an in- 
dustrial district in the intervale 
area easterly of the city proper. 

^Voted to establish a new park 
in the south-end section of the 
city bounded by Broadway. South 
and West Streets and designated 
Noyes Park. 

^Approved the discontinuance 
of portions of Ferry Street and 
Pittsfield Road. 

^Authorized a study to establish 
a federal-aid urban highway sys- 
tem in the city. 

^Completely revised the build- 
ing code and plumbing rules. 

^Adopted an ordinance which 
requires the annual preparation of 
a capital outlay program in con- 
nection with the municipal bud- 
get. 



^Approved the selection of the 
location of a southerly extension 
of the throughpass via the Hall 
Street area to the Westside High- 
way, so-called, at the Concord- 
Bow town lines. 

^Rezoned a section of North 
Main Street from a local business 
to a commercial district. 

^Amended the zoning ordinance 
to provide effective control of the 
removal of soil and gravel from 
a premises in the interest of safety 
and property values. 

^Approved new street layouts 
in connection with three new 
subdivisions. 

^Granted the Planning Board 
regulatory control over subdivi- 
sion development. 

^Enacted a total of 15 ordinances 
and 30 resolutions. 

^Issued new bonds and serial 
notes in the amount of $500,000.00. 

^Approved new streets layouts 
for Little Road and a section of 
Lake View Drive in connection 
with the Town Road Aid program. 



^Authorized the construction of ^L^dded 78 house lots to the citys' 
an extension to the police garage, residential areas. 



4 — City of Concord 



Administrative Review 
1949 



MUNICIPAL 

DEPARTMENTS . . . 

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^The City Clerk reported the 
smallest number of marriages 
recorded in the past few years. 
^The Board of Assessors re- 
ported a tax rate of $51.35 per 
$1,000.00 of assessed valuation in 
the city and $59.00 in Penacook. 
^The Tax Collector reported the 
acquisition of $29,080.38 in back 
taxes, $15,170.05 more than the 
1948 total. 

^The City Treasurer reported 
expenditures of $353,073.19 from 
the ecjuipment and improvement 
bond issue. 

^The City Solicitor completed 
revision of the ordinances and re- 
peal of obsoleie enactments. They 
were formally adopted on Feb- 
ruary 14, 1949. 

^The Planning Board assisted 
the Board of Education in the 
preparation of plans for a bus 
loading area at Conant School. 
^The Health Department re- 
ported nine resident cases of 
poliomyelitis. 

^The Milk Inspector noted that 
average daily consumption of milk 
was 14.947 quarts. 
^The Public Library acquired a 
book-trailer with which to serve 
suburban Concord. 



^I^The Recreation Commission ap- 
pointed a full-time supervisor of 
girls' recreational activities. 
C^The Relief Department placed 
23 children in foster homes as a 
part of its social work program. 
^The Police Department re- 
ported a substantial decrease in 
the number of misdemeanors. 
CThe Probation Department 
noted a serious increase in the 
amount of juvenile delinquency. 
A total of 52 children were re- 
ferred to the Juvenile Court. 
^The Municipal Court reported 
1.897 parking violations as com- 
pared with 3,326 such cases for 
the previous year. 
C^The Fire Department played 
host to the New Hampshire State 
Fire College at St. Paul's School. 
CThe Public Works Department 
added six new trucks, one load 
packer, one tractor and one weld- 
ing machine to its fleet of mobile 
equipment. 

^The City Sealer carried on an 
intensified program of weighing 
packaged goods throughout the 
city. 

^The Municipal Airport re- 
ported a marked increase in both 
passenger traffic and the amount 
of air freight handled at the port. 
^The Water Department com- 
pleted the new Penacook High 
Service Pumping Station. 



Annual Report 



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'Tlic Privilege of Citi.cciisliip" 



GOVERNMENT 



Hon. Charles J. McKee 
Mayor 

William A. Stevens 
Substitute Mayor 

Y y Y f f 

Aldermen-at-Large and Members 
Board of Public Works 

William A. Stevens 
Nelson E. Strong 
Robert W. Potter 
Charles A. Bartlett 
Thomas B. Jennings 
Harry D. Challis 



Ward Aldermen 

John M. Allen 
John E. Davis 
William J. Flynn 
Winfield J. Phillips 
John W. Stanley 
Edward L. Lovejoy 
Lester W. Holt 
Clarence A. Drown 
Emmett a. Nawn 



Ward 1 
Ward 2 
Ward 3 
Ward 4 
Ward 5 
Ward 6 
Ward 7 
Ward 8 
Ward 9 



Standing Committees of 
The Board of Aldermen 

Accounts and Claims : 

Aldermen Drown, Bartlett, Holt and 

Lovejoy. 
Bills, Second Reading: 

Aldermen Strong, Davis, Drown and 

Nawn. 
Elections and Returns : 

Aldermen Nawn, Davis, Holt and 

Potter. 
Engrossed Ordinances : 

Aldermen Allen, Holt, Lovejoy and 

Strong. 
Finance: 

Mayor McKee, Aldermen Stevens, 

Challis, Phillips and Stanley. 
Fire Department : 

Aldermen Potter, Allen, Flynn and 

Lovej oy. 
Land and Buildings: 

Aldermen Bartlett, Flynn, Holt and 

Nawn. 
Police and License: 

Aldermen Davis, Jennings, Nawn and 

Strong. 
Public Instruction : 

Aldermen Flynn, Allen, Drown 

Jennings. 
Relief : 

Aldermen Davis, Allen and Bartlett. 



and 



City of Concord 



OFFICIALS 



Airport Matuigcr 
Building Inspector 
City Clerk 
City Engineer 
City Messenger 
City Solicitor 
Citx Treasurer 



William F. Flynn 

Edward E. Beane 

Arthur E. Roby 

Edward E. Beane 

Henry W. Smith 

Gordon S. Lord 

Carl H. Foster 



Commissioner, Board of 
Public Works Ervin E. Webber 



Fire Chief 

Judge, Municipal 
Court 

Judge, Special, 
Municipal Court 

Librarian 

Milk Inspector 

Oz'erseer of Poor 

Overseer of Poor, 

Penacook Charles P. Coakley 

Planning Director Gustaf H. Lehtinen 



Clarence H. Green 

William L. Stevens 

Peter J. King 

Keith Doms 

Austin B. Presby 

Parker L. Hancock 



Probation Officer 

Registrar of 
Vital Statistics 

Sanitary Officer 

Sealer of IV eights 
and Measures 

Supt. of Parks 
and Cemeteries 

Supt. of Streets 

Supt. of Water 
Works 



Robert L. Colby 

Arthur E. Roby 
Walter C. Rowe 

J. Shepard Norris 

Edward L. Howland 
Ervin E. Webber 



Director, Recreation 
Commission 

Tax Collector 

Tree Warden 



G. Arthur Faneuf 

Paul G. Crowell 

Amos B. Morrison 

Ervin E. Webber 



Boards, Commissions and Trustees 

Board of Adjustment: 

Elwin L. Page, Chairman: A. Clifford 
Hudson, Raymond V. LaPcinte, Donald 
G. Matson, Lawrence J. Moynihan. 



Board of Airport Commissioners : 

Charles J. McKee, Chairman : Charles 
A. Bartlett, John N. Engel, Charles C. 
Hoagland, Edward L. Lovejoy, Donald 
J. McFarland, Robert W. Potter. 

Board of Appeals — Building Code: 
Eugene F. Magenau, Chairman ; George 
Bouley, Carroll Garland, A. Clifford 
Hudson, Arnold Perreton. 

City Planning Board: 

Dudley W. Orr, Chairman ; Edward E. 
Beane, Charles C. Davie, Douglas N. 
Everett, Warren H. Greene, A. Clifford 
Hudson, John B. Jameson, Charles J. 
McKee, Robert W. Potter. 

Board of Examiners of Plumbers : 

Arthur W. Sargent, Chairman ; 
George E. Young, Edward E. Beane. 

Board of Health : 

Charles J. McKee, Chairman: Dr. 
Pierre A. Boucher, Dr. Thomas M. 
Dudley, Dr. Clinton R. Mullins. 

Board of Hydrant Commissioners : 
Edward E. Beane, Chairman ; Clarence 
H. Green, G. Arthur Faneuf. 

Board of Library Trustees : 

Willis D. Thompson, Jr., Chairman : 
Ralph H. Avery, Francis E. Beer, Har- 
old W. Bridge, Joseph J. Comi, John F. 
MacEachran, Sara B. Magenau, May- 
land H. Morse, Jr., Martha G. Upton. 

Police Commission : 

Daniel Shea, Chairman ; M. Harrison 
Duffy, Guy A. Swenson. 

Recreation Commission : 

Leigh S. Hall, Chairman : William D. 
Haller, Chester G. Larson, William H. 
Macurda, Osmond R. Strong. 

Trustees of Trust Funds : 

Harry H. Dudley,, Carl H. Foster, L 
Reed Gourley. 

Board of Water Commissioners: 
James W. Jameson, President: Robert 
W. Brown, Harry H. Dudley, Allen M. 
Freeman, Charles P. Johnson, Donald 
Knowlton, Charles J. McKee, Gardner 
Tilton, James B. Godfrey 



Annual Report — 7 



CITY CLERK 

-f i i i i i 

Arthur E. Roby City Clerk 

Margaret A. Spencer, Deputy City Clerk 
1949 Expenditure $12,523.51 



four adjourned and three special 
meetings during 1949. Eleven 
public hearings were also sched- 
uled and held during the year. 

Fifteen ordinances and thirty 
resolutions were enacted as com- 
pared to the enactment of twenty 
ordinances and forty-one resolu- 
tions in the preceeding year. 



Vital Statistics 

Dan Cupid has been less active 
than usual according to the City 
Clerk. In fact, a trend of fewer 
births and marriages became ap- 
parent during the past year. In- 
terestingly enough, the birth rate 
exceeded the death rate for the 
fourth consecutive time in the 
history of the City of Concord. 



Births 

Marriages 

Deaths 



1947 1948 1949 

1077 877 866 

451 385 330 

668 709 662 



Record Auto Permit Income 

More auto permits were issued 
during 1949 by the office of the 
City Clerk than ever before. In- 
come from this source hit an all- 
time high of $68,126.47. City 
Clerk Roby is doubtful if income 
from this source will be exceeded 
in 1950. 

Board of Mayor and Aldermen 

The Board of Mayor and 
Aldermen held twelve regular. 



Board of Public Works 

The Board of Public Works 
during the year 1949 held twelve 
regular and eighteen special meet- 
ings. There were in addition, one 
hearing and one adjourned meet- 
ing. The major part of the 
Board's activity for the year was 
related to sidewalk construction, 
sewers, and installation of electric 
lights throughout the city. 

Elections 

The Municipal Primary of the 
City of Concord was held October 
11, 1949 and the present charter 
which has been in efifect since 
1910 was overwhelmingly re- 
pealed by the following vote. For 
repeal 4255. For retaining 1672. 
The new charter provides a 
Council Manager Plan for the City 
of Concord and was approved by 
the 1949 Legislature and pre- 
sented to the voters of the City 
of Concord at the October elec- 
tion. 

Following the repeal of the 
present city charter it became 



8 — City of Concord 




City Clerk Rohy Rounds Out 30 Years of Service 



necessary to receive filings for 
three councilmen-at-large and 
nine ward councilmen. The fihng 
period opened October 18 and 
continued for one week. During 
this time there were eight fiHngs 
for council-men-at-large and 
thirty-two filings for ward council- 
men. At the Municipal Election, 
held November 8, 1949 Howe 
Anderson, Leigh S. Hall and 
Shelby O. Walker were elected 
as councilmen-at-large and the 
following ward councilmen : Ward 
1 — James P. Ferrin. Ward 2 — 
Kenneth C. Gridley, Ward 3 — 
Merton C. Buckminster, Ward 



4 — J. Richard Jackman, Ward 
5— Floyd F. Otto, Ward 6— 
James Ross, Ward 7 — Milton J. 
Barnes, Ward 8 — Edwin R. 
Langevin, Ward 9 — Emmett A. 
Nawn. 

At this same election an act 
relating to "beano" was adopted 
by the voters of the city. "Yes" — 
3989 votes. "No"— 2783 votes. 

Election expenditures totaled 
$5,374.39. This amount included 
the printing of check lists, elec- 
tion ofificials salaries, rent, labor 
performed and lunches for offi- 
cials. 



Annual Report — 9 



ASSESSMENT 

TAX 
COLLECTION 

FINANCES 

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. . . ASSESSMENT 

•f i i i i i 

BOARD OF ASSESSORS 

Clarence L. Clark Chairman 

Arthur F. Henry 

Clarence O. Philbrick 

1949 Expenditure $18,650.41 



The 1949 tax warrant totaled 
$2,036,809.80. This represented 
an increase of $287,292.37 over 
the total for the previous year. 
The 1949 tax rate per $1,000.00 
of assessed valuation was $51.35 
in the city and $59.00 in Pena- 
cook as compared with 1948 tax 
rates of $45.92 and $48.90 respec- 
tively. 

The total assessed valuation of 
property in Concord for the year 
of 1949 was $38,765,980.00 as 
compared with a total assessed 
valuation of $37,230,320.00 in the 
preceding year. 

Polls and property valuations 
exempt from taxation totaled 



$1,018,725.00, an increase of 
$172,753.00 over the previous 
year. 

The City of Concord held a 
total number of 4,103 shares of 
railroad stock. These shares are 
taxed by the state and credited to 
the city. 



. . . TAX COLLECTION 

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Amos B. Morrison Tax Collector 

1949 Expenditure $10,590.95 



Of the total tax warrant sub- 
mitted for collection. $204,943.00 
remained outstanding at the close 
of the year 1949. This represented 
a substantially larger amount of 
taxes outstanding than were re- 
corded at the end of the previous 
year and reflected a fluctuating 
local economy. 

The amount of back taxes 
acquired by the City of Concord 
at the 1949 Tax Collector's Sale 
was $29,080.38, or $15,170.05 more 
than the total for the previous 
year. This is the largest amount 
of back taxes acquired by the 
city since the year 1943. 

During the year, acting in the 
capacity of City Real Estate 
Agent, the Tax Collector received 
a total of $1,975.83 from the sale 
and rent of property deeded to 
the city. 



10 — City of Concord 



. . . FINANCES 

i i i i -f i 

Carl H. Foster City Treasurer 

1949 Expenditure $6,905.58 

•f i i i i i 

TRUSTEES OF TRUST 
FUNDS 

Harry H. Dudley 

Carl H. Foster 

I. Reed Gourley 

Carl H. Foster Custodian 

1949 Expenditure $543.00 

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Bond Funds 

Expenditures of $353,073.19 
were made during- the past year 
from the equipment and improve- 
ment bond issue of 1949. The 
major expenditures made from 
this sum included the South and 
Rockingham Street projects, the 
addition to the Police Station 
garage, general surfacing and re- 



surfacing of sidewalks, new 
equipment, the re-building of 
Bouton Street, the fire and police 
signal system, the through pass, 
Sheep Davis Road and the pur- 
chase of materials for work on 
the Sewall's Falls Bridge. 

Bonded Debt 

The city's bonded indebtedness 
increased by $392,000.00 during 
1949. New bonds and serial notes 
were issued totaling $500,000.00, 
while previous bonds were re- 
tired in the amount of $108,000.00. 

Parking Meter Fund 

Receipts from parking meters 
during 1949 totaled $43,517.63. 
Operating costs were $12,195.15 
and a sum of $15,530.75 was paid 
in final payments on the meters. 
A future annual net income of 
approximately $30,000.00 is an- 
ticipated from this source. 

See Appendix for Detailed Finan- 
cial Information. 



Nciv Police Garage Extension 




LEGAL 
SERVICE 

■f i i i i i 

Gordon S. Lord Ci\y Solicitor 

1949 Expenditure $2,679.40 

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Old Litigation 

Criterion Service Inc. 
vs. City of Concord 
The petitioner applied for a 
permit to attach poster panels 4' 
X 8' in size to the outside walls of 
certain grocery stores located in 
a general residence district. The 
application was denied and the 
petitioner took its application to 
the Zoning Board of Adjustment 
for review. After hearing, the 
board concluded that the Zoning 
ordinance does not permit, within 
a residential district, display of 
signs of the type petitioner sought 
to erect. In February, 1948, the 
petitioner prosecuted its appeal 
to the Superior Court. By mutual 
agreement of counsel, trial was 
postponed pending a decision by 
the Supreme Court of related 
issues in the case of St. Onge vs. 
Concord. 

Concord Electric Company 

vs. City of Concord 
In laying out an access road 
to the Concord throughpass the 
Board of Aldermen took by 
eminent domain certain land in 
which the Concord Electric Com- 
pany claims to own an easement 
to maintain poles which support 
its transmission line. No damages 



were awarded to the Concord 
Electric Company. By petition, 
commenced in September, 1948, 
this company seeks to recover 
damages for loss of its easement. 

Colonial Realty Company 
vs. City of Concord 
Colonial Realty Company ap- 
plied for a permit to construct a 
driveway across the sidewalk at 
a point north of Palissi Block and 
south of the premises owned by 
the Elk's Club. The use of a drive- 
way at this location as a means of 
ingress and egress to a parking 
lot was subject to serious objec- 
tion. The application was de- 
nied. Colonial Realty Company 
amended its petition by proposing 
that the drive be restricted to use 
as an entrance by north bound 
trafific only. The amended applica- 
tion was denied. The petitioner, 
in July, 1948, applied to the 
Superior Court for a reversal of 
the city's action. 

New Litigation 

1949 was a quiet and uneventful 
year on the legal front. During the 
twelve month period no actions 
at law were commenced by or 
against the City. 

Other Activities 

Revision of the ordinances and 
repeal of obsolete enactments, a 
work commenced in 1947. was 
completed, and the ordinances 
in revised form were formally 
adopted by the Board of Alder- 
men on February 14, 1949. 



12 — City of Concord 



PLANNING 

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CITY PLANNING BOARD 

Dudley W. Orr, Chairman 
Edward E. Beane 
Charles C. Davie 
Douglas N. Everett 
Warren H. Greene 
A. Clifford Hudson 
John B. Jameson 
Hon. Charles J. McKee 
Robert W. Potter 

GuSTAF H. Lehtinen Director 

1949 Expenditure $8,458.23 

////// 
Zoning 

Orderly community growth re- 
quires a constant review of the 
zoning ordinance. The Planning 
Board recommended five changes 
in the ordinance during 1949. 

In keeping with the modern 
trend of residential development, 
the required minimum area of lots 
was increased from 5,000 to 8,000 
square feet, and the minimum 
frontage from 50 to 80 feet. The 
zoning ordinance was further 
amended to provide effective con- 
trol of the removal of soil and 
gravel from a premises in the in- 
terest of safety and maintenance 
of neighborhood property values. 

A most important change in the 
zoning map was the establish- 
ment of an industrial district in 
the intervale area easterly of the 
city proper. This change, to- 
gether with the throughpass, 
existing railroad facilities, and the 
proposed development of future 
streets, provides the city with an 
industrial location second to none 
in the state. 



Other changes recommended by 
the board included the rezoning 
of a section of North Main Street 
from a local business to a com- 
mercial district, and the rezoning 
of a section of Penacook Plains 
from an agricultural to a general 
residence district. 

Streets and Highways 

New street layouts were ap- 
proved in connection with three 
new subdivisions. These included 
Putney Avenue off East Side 
Drive in East Concord, Guay 
Street off Pembroke Road in Con- 
cord Plains, and Mooreland 
Avenue off South Street in the 
South End. The layout of Emer- 
son Street in the revised Sargent 
subdivision off McKinley Street 
in the South End was also ap- 
proved. These layouts involved 
the conditional acceptance of 
2,490 feet of street. 

New street layouts were also 
approved for Little Road and a 
section of Lake View Drive in 
connection with reconstruction 
work under the Town Road Aid 
program. In addition, the board 
approved a layout for Matthew 
Street, a former dedicated way 
connecting Broadway and Dunk- 
lee Street. 

The discontinuance of portions 
of three streets was considered. 
In two instances, involving Ferry 
Street and Pittsfield Road, favor- 
able action was recommended. 
Both of these discontinuances 
were related to state highway 



Annual Report — 13 



-.m »**► 





An Aerial J'iczv of Concord's Nczvly Completed Thrnnghpass 



construction and relocation activ- 
ities. The board recommended 
that a petition for the abandon- 
ment of a 300-foot section of 
Broken Bridge Road be denied. 

At the request of the Board of 
PubHc Works, Weir Road and 
Sugar Ball Road were studied to 
determine the advisability of 
maintaining these roads as public 
highways. 

In cooperation with the state 
highway department and the 
federal bureau of roads, studies 
were undertaken to establish a 



federal-aid urban highway system 
in the city. Completion of this 
work will make the city eligible 
for federal financial aid in the 
improvement of major arterial 
highways. 

Mapping 

In line with the board's policy 
of developing a major street plan, 
lines were established for future 
streets in connection with the 
throughpass project. Particularly 
noteworthy was the selection of 
the location of a southerly exten- 



14 — City of Concord 



sion of the throughpass via the 
Hall Street area to the Westside 
Highway, so-called, at the Con- 
cord-Bow town line. Also of 
consequence was the mapping of 
a future street parallel to and 
easterly of the throughpass 
between Bridge and Ferry Streets. 
The board recommended amend- 
ment of the official map of the 
city to establish a new park in 
the south-end section of the city 
proper. This area, which is 
bounded by Boadway, South and 
West Streets, was designated 
Noyes Park. 

Subdivision 

The Planning Board processed 
the plats of four subdivisions 
during the year. Of these, three 
were new developments and the 
fourth was a revision of an exist- 
ing layout. The new areas in- 
cluded the Johnson property on 
East Side Drive in East Concord, 
the Denis tract on Pembroke 
Road in Concord Plains, and the 
Cilley lot on South Street in the 
City Proper. The subdivision plan 
of the Sargent property on 
McKinley Street was revised. As 
the result of this activity, 78 
house lots were added to the city's 
residential areas. 

In connection with the Cilley 
subdivision, the board prepared a 
preliminary residential street plan 
of the larger area bounded by 
South Street, Iron Works Road, 
Turkey River and the Concord- 
Bow town line. This plan was 



devised to permit the proper in- 
tegration of the Cilley subdivision 
into an orderly development plan 
of the neighborhood as a whole. 

Satisfactory progress was made 
on the problem of over-all sub- 
division control. A study made by 
the board served as the basis for 
an ordinance granting the Plan- 
ning Board regulatory control 
over subdivision development. 
The board is preparing regula- 
tions for adoption early in 1950. 
Land use and Housing 

The board's annual survey of 
land use indicated that a total 
of 5,325 feet of residential front- 
age on streets with complete 
municipal facilities was built upon 
during the year. This development 
involved the construction of 50 
dwelling units. 

In spite of the creation of 203 
new dwelling units in a year's 
time, the housing shortage in 
Concord continued acute, especial- 
ly in the medium and low-rent 
categories. This is illustrated in 
part by the fact that the April 
census made by the assessors 
noted only 78 vacancies, 26 less 
than the total for the previous 
year. 
Building and Plumbing Codes 

The building code and the 
plumbing rules were completely 
revised during the year. The new 
1949 edition of the building code 
recommended by the National 
Board of Fire Underwriters, with 
necessary adaptations to meet 



Annual Report — 15 



local conditions, was substituted 
for the 1943 edition previously in 
use. The policy of adopting 
national standards by reference as 
permitted by statute was con- 
tinued. 

A new plumbing code was pre- 
pared based on uniform plumbing 
code material made available by 
the federal Housing and Home 
Finance Agency. The new code 
achieved a greater degree of uni- 
formity and orderliness than was 
present in the old ordinance. The 
scope of the ordinance was 
broadened so as not to impose 
unnecessary burdens on the local 
plumbing industry while safe- 
guarding the health of the citizens 
of Concord. 

Tax-Deed Property 

Carrying out its functions of 
annually reviewing all property 
acquired by the city in non-pay- 
ment of taxes to determine 
whether there is foreseeable 
public use for the same, the board 
withheld from sale six parcels of 
land. Four of these were on the 
northerly side of Sandquist Street 
in the bed of the proposed exten- 
sion of the throughpass. The 
other two involved parts of the 
Thompson subdivision adjacent 
to the Denis development on Con- 
cord Plains which were reserved 
for future street purposes. 

Capital Budget Procedure 

Twice during the past decade, 
the City of Concord adopted 



capital budget programs. How- 
ever, there was no continuity to 
this financial planning effort. 
Believing programming of capital 
improvements to be a logical and 
common-sense application of busi- 
ness and corporate practices to 
municipal affairs, the Planning 
Board prepared and submitted to 
the Board of Aldermen an or- 
dinance that would require the 
annual preparation of a capital 
outlay program in connection 
with the municipal budget. The 
ordinance, which carried the un- 
official approval of the new City 
Council, was adopted by the 
Board of Aldermen. 

Other Activity 

Other activities undertaken by 
the Planning Board during 1949 
included a survey of the Bishop's 
House on Green Street to deter- 
mine the practicability of its use 
for municipal purposes, a study 
of the utility of water holes 
located in the rural areas of the 
city, and a study of various con- 
siderations relating to the making 
of a service charge for the collec- 
tion of refuse. The board also 
acted in an advisory capacity to 
the Board of Aldermen in the 
naming of a number of streets 
and public squares. 

In connection with the South 
Street reconstruction project, the 
board assisted the Board of 
Education in the preparation of 
plans for a bus loading area at 
Conant School. 



16 — City of Concord 



PUBLIC 
HEALTH and 
SANITATION 

i i i i i i 

BOARD OF HEALTH 

Hon. Charles J. McKee, Chairman 

Pierre A. Boucher, M.D. 

Thomas M. Dudley, M.D. 

Clinton R. Mullins, M.D. 

Walter C. Rowe, M.D Health Officer 

Austin B. Presby Milk Inspector 

1949 Expenditure $11,044.99 

■f -f i i i i 

Health Conditions 

Measles, whooping cough and 
chicken pox, in scattered areas in 
the city, were prevalent in the 
usual numbers. During July, 
August and September polio- 
myelitis proved to be the cause 
of much uneasiness in Concord 
where nine resident cases were 
reported. Suspects and patients 
were hospitalized immediately as 
a precautionary measure. Some of 
the patients were observed and 
released after treatment when the 
case was very mild while others 
were hospitalized many weeks 
under more intensified care. 

Immunization Clinics 

In cooperation with the Con- 
cord District Nursing Associa- 
tions, clinics for children from 6 
months to 9 years were held each 
month with a total of 361 treat- 



ments given for whooping cough 
and 366 for diphtheria and teta- 
nus. Ninety children have been 
vaccinated for small pox. Vac- 
cination is compulsory in New 
Hampshire and families moving 
here from states where it was 
not compulsory were required to 
have their children vaccinated 
before entering school. It has 
been several years since either 
diphtheria or small pox have been 
reported. 

Sanitation Program 

The department is grateful to 
both the State and United States 
Public Health Service for making 
the services of a Sanitary En- 
gineer possible. The State found 
it necessary to discontinue their 
part of assistance in the employ- 
ment of a Sanitary Engineer and 
on July 1. 1949, the city engaged 
the services of a Sanitary In- 
spector on a full-time basis. The 
work of the inspector is under the 
supervision of the Health Officer 
and consists of investigating com- 
plaints, making routine inspec- 
tions of alleyways, restaurants 
and other establishments where 
food is served. Swab rinses are 
taken of glasses, utensils and 
dishes for the purpose of deter- 
mining efficiency of disinfection 
in dishwashing. Four hundred 
sixty-eight of these tests were 
taken. A total of 2,878 sanitary 
inspections in this city and Pena- 
cook were made. 



Annual Report — 17 



Vital Statistics were residents, and 400 non- 

- ^rr\ • /- residents. 

A total ot 650 deaths in Concord t-. ii -.i • 

Presented herewith in summary 

during 1949 was recorded by the ^^^^^^ -^ ^ tabulation showing the 

department. This figure repre- ^j.^ number of resident deaths 

sented a decrease of 59 as com- from the seven most common 

pared wath the total for 1948. Of causes during the past five year 

the deaths recorded in 1949, 250 period. 

1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 

Diseases of the circulatory system 108 111 127 139 108 

Cancer and other malignant tumors 2)7 37 45 40 31 

Nephritis 16 7 13 13 10 

Accidental deaths 10 24 18 14 12 

Pneumonia 10 13 12 11 16 

Diabetes mellitus 8 14 9 8 13 

Tuberculosis 9 5 3 4 2 



i i i i i i 

. . . MILK INSPECTION 

Consumption 

During the year the total daily 
average consumption of milk in 
Concord was 14,947 quarts, which 
was about the same as last year. 
Of this amount, 12,390 quarts or 
82.9 per cent was sold as pasteur- 
ized milk, and 2,557 (juarts or 
17.1 per cent was raw milk. Of 
the 12,390 quarts of pasteurized 
milk sold, 900 quarts was 
homogenized vitamin "D" milk. 
The consuming public seems to 
have accepted homogenized milk, 
as this particular class milk in- 
creased 82.4 per cent in sales over 
last year. The total average daily 
sale of grade "A" pasteurized 
milk for the year was 131 quarts; 
whereas, last year the average 
daily sale of grade "A" pasteur- 
ized milk was 296 quarts. 

Of the 2,557 quarts of raw milk 



sold daily, 2,533 quarts were ordi- 
nary milk, while 24 quarts were 
sold as grade "A" milk. 

Production 

There are 9 modern pasteuriz- 
ing plants in Concord that handle 
85 per cent of all milk sold in the 
city. At present there are 21 milk 
and cream distributors. Two pro- 
ducer-dealers discontinued the 
retail business by changing from 
retail to wholesale milk to plant. 
Two producers were refused 
permits to sell milk in Concord. 
One new producer was permitted 
to sell milk to plant only. 

Cream 

During the year the total aver- 
age daily sale of heavy (40%) 
cream was 382 quarts, which was 
17.9 per cent less than last year. 
Price factor may have contributed 
to the decrease in consumption 
of cream. Of the 382 quarts of 
heavy cream sold in Concord, 335 
quarts or 87.3 per cent was 



18 — City of Concord 



Milk Plant 
Inspection 




pasteurized, and 47 quarts 
or 12.3 per cent was raw 
cream. The same amount 
of cream was sold this year as 
was sold last year. The tptality 
of the cream varied somewhat 
with the season of the year in 
which it was bought and sold on 
the Concord market. The cream 
for the most part was found 
satisfactory. 

Chocolate Milk 

During 1949, the total average 
daily sale of chocolate milk in 
Concord was 245 quarts, approx- 
imately 20 quarts less per day 
than was consumed last year. The 
general quality of chocolate milk 
sold was satisfactory. 

Orange-Ade 

The consumption of orange-ade 



was 92 quarts daily average, 
which was slightly less than last 
year. Tests of various samples 
collected from dealers indicated 
that the quality of orange-ade sold 
was highly satisfactory. 

School Milk 

A total of 75.612 quarts of 
pasteurized milk and 15,054 quarts 
of chocolate milk was consumed 
in the public schools during the 
past year. Most of the milk was 
distributed to the pupils in half 
pint bottles, either at the morning 
recess period or during the noon 
period. 



Annual Report — 19 





♦i| ' i i»'«^j 



'flic Desire for Self-Expression Finds a 

Stroiu/ Mediiiin in Recreation. To Meet 

Tliis Xeed the City Maintains a J'ariety 

of facilities. 



W J 



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RECREATION 

RECREATION COMMISSION 

Leigh S. Hall, Cliairniaii 

William D. Haller 

Chester G. Larson 

William H. Macurda 

Osmond R. Strong 

Paul G. Crowell Director 

1949 Expenditure $29,529.05 

1949 Capital Budget $ 1,472.53 

/ / / / / / 

Administration 

December 31, 1949 marked the 
completion of the first year of 
complete jurisdiction over all city 
recreational facilities by the 
Recreation Commission. 

One of the early actions by the 
Commission was the appointment 
of a supervisor of girls who was 
employed expressly to foster 
girls' activities. The new super- 
visor was of considerable as- 
sistance to the Director of the 
Recreation Commission in carry- 
ing out its objectives. 

Finances 

Total receipts from the 1949 
operations at Beaver Meadow and 
the Memorial Athletic Field 
amounted to $6,539.57. Of this 
amount, $4,820.59 represented golf 
course revenue and $1,718.98 was 
from rental charges and conces- 
sions at Memorial Field. Rou- 
tine expenditures for the year 
amounted to $29,529.06. In ad- 
dition to these expenditures, 
approximately $1,472.53 was ex- 
pended froin the capital budget. 



Attendance 

A total of 55,796 men, women 
and children enjoyed themselves 
at the city's play-areas during the 
past summer. This total is repre- 
sentative of the average attend- 
ance for the past few years. 

The Director of the Commis- 
sion reported that until provisions 
are made for supervision of the 
winter sports areas, it will be im- 
possible to estimate total winter 
attendance. 

Memorial Field 

Numerous repairs and improve- 
ments were accomplished at the 
Memorial Field during the past 
year. limprovements included the 
application of 140 cubic yards of 
loam to resurface the football 
field, the re-painting of the main 
grandstand and the re-loaming of 
the Softball field. In addition, 
several drainage ditches were ex- 
tended and deepened. 

Memorial Field is used by both 
of the local high schools for home 
football games. Moreover, the 
field is used occasionally by New 
England College for football and 
.acrosse. 

During the past year several 
'ocal organizations rented this 
facility to stage various contests, 
the proceeds of which were used 
for the purpose of charity. 

Russell Pond Area 

Again the Annual Ski Carnival 
sponsored by the Concord Ski 
Club proved to be the top drawing 
card at Russell Pond. 



Annual Report — 21 



In spite of poor snow condi- 
tions, a tow was operated when- 
ever possible. 

The major improvement effect- 
ed during the past year was the 
re-planking of the bedway to the 
ski jump. In addition, the open 
slope was smoothed down. 

Beaver Meadow 

The installation of a new hot 
water system for shower facilities 
at the Beaver Meadow Golf Club 
was the major improvement com- 
pleted during 1949. The showers 
scored an immediate "hole-in- 
one" with all club members. 

The planned application of fer- 
tilizer to both greens and fair- 
way created unusually fine green 
conditions, the Director of the 
Recreation Commission reported. 

White Park 

Always popular for numerous 
reasons, two new features were 
introduced at White Park during 
1949. They were recorded music 
for ice-skating and all year-round 



outdoor basketball. Sawdust in 
sufficient amount to effectively 
absorb the moisture from the 
court makes all year-round out- 
door basketball possible for Con- 
cord's younger set. 

Rollins Park 

During the past year, members 
of the Recreation Commission 
crew cut back the infield of the 
ball diamond to conform with 
official regulations. Also a con- 
siderable amount of work was 
done to the tennis courts at Rol- 
lins Park. 

Other Activities 

The American Red Cross con- 
tinued to supply instructors for 
two periods a week at all of the 
city's swimming pools, as well as 
for the advanced lifesaving class 
at St. Paul School area. 

As is customary, the annual 
Fourth of July celebration for 
children was held at White Park 
and received its usual enthusias- 
tic response. 



Suiiiiiirr Scou 



Coiitooccok River 





Year Around Reading is Brought for the Entire Family by the Library's Book Trailer 



PUBLIC 
LIBRARY 

i i i i i i 

ANNUAL REPORT 

1949 

BOARD OF LIBRARY 

TRUSTEES 

Willis D. Thompson, Jr., Chainuan 

Ralph H. Avery 

Francis E. Beer * 

Harold W. Bridge 

Joseph J. Comi 

John F. MacEachran 

Mrs. Eugene F. Magenau 

Mayland H. Morse, Jr. 

Mrs. Robert W. Upton 

Keith Dojis Librarian 

1949 Expenditure $52,881.65 

1949 Capital Expenditure $ 5,849.28 

i i i i i i 

* Resigned September 1, 1949 



Record Circulation 

In establishing- an all-time high 
in the circulation of books, maga- 
zines and pamphlets, residents of 
Concord read an average of eight 
books per capita dtiring the past 
year. During 1949, a total of 
219,773 books were borrowed as 
compared with the previous 
record of 217,396 established in 
1940. The 1949 total represented 
an increase of 34,526 over the total 
number of books circulated in 
1948. 

In teriiis of dollar value to the 
library patron, the library cir- 
culated approximately $550,000.00 
worth of books. This amount is 
equivalent to ten times the 
amount of the 1949 appropria- 
tion. An estimated retail value of 
$2.50 for each book circulated 



Annual Report — 23 




Cinderella Dramatised at Children's Story Hour 

was used as a yardstick in arriv- 
ing- at tlie above figure. 

Branch Library Service 

With the acquisition of a 25- 
foot book trailer to serve residents 
of suburban Concord, this city 
became the first in New England 
to utilize a trailer for this pur- 
pose. Officially titled Traveling 
Branch, the "one-room library on 
wheels" began neighborhood ser- 
vice on September 12 to the resi- 
dents of Concord Heights, East 
Concord and the South End. In 
addition, the Traveling Branch 
served Eastman and Dame 
Schools. Increased hours and ad- 
ditional scheduled stops are an- 
ticipated in the future. 

An average of approximately 
60 books and magazines were 
circulated in every hour that the 
trailer was open to the public 
during 1949. 

In addition to operation of the 
Traveling Branch, the Penacook 
and West Concord branch li- 
braries, one of the most vital 
functions of the Branch Depart- 



ment is its service to patients at 
Concord Hospital. A total of 
4,686 books were circulated at 
both units of the hospital in 1949. 
as contrasted with hospital cir- 
culations of 2,570 in 1948 and 603 
in 1947. Books for pleasure and 
profit were in great demand. 

Plato, Plutarch and Locke 

The Concord Public Library 
organized and sponsored two 
Great Books Discussion Groups 
during the year with a combined 
initial enrollment of 75 people. 
Because of the size of the groups, 
meetings were held at the State 
Library. 

A large measure of credit is 
due to the discussion leaders, 
Rev. John Ruskin Clark, Jr., Mr. 
Merle M. Smith and Mr. Alvah 
W. Sulloway, who have con- 
tributed generously their time and 
energies. 

Work with Children 

It is interesting to note that 
more parents are continually be- 
coming more interested in what 
their children read. Interest on 
the part of parents showed a 
marked increase during the year 
1949 and there are many indica- 
tions that this trend will continue. 
The sharing of books by parents 
and children is a source of lasting 
mutual satisfaction. 

In serving the elementary 
schools of the city, more books 
were made accessible to Concord 



24 — City of Concord 



children. In fact, circulation of 
books in public and parochial 
schools showed an increase of 
24,338 over the school circulation 
of the previous year. 

Regular story hours, a summer 
reading club and a Sunday film 
program contributed to the high- 
level of reading interest evident 
among the younger children of the 
city. 

The children's film program 
was largely made possible by the 
generous action of the trustees of 
the Walker Lecture Fund. Care- 
fully selected films for children 
are presented on the first and 
third Sundays of the month, 
October through March. Attend- 
ance at these film showings 
averaged in excess of 100 children 
each Sunday. 

Young People's Work 

An active program in its work 
with young people was carried 
on by the library. Continuing 
well-established activities in- 
cluded the Junior and Senior 
Reading Clubs, a weekly young 
people's radio broadcast and in- 
struction in the use of the library. 

During the past year, more 
than 200 junior high school stu- 
dents visited the Young People's 
Room and were instructed in the 
use of the card catalog and basic 
reference books. This activity is 
of considerable value to students. 

It is the policy of this depart- 
ment to adhere to a critical, but 
elastic policy in making available 



books and other materials which 
provide the best from the stand- 
points of recreation and informa- 
tion. 

This department was greatly 
facilitated in its work with Junior 
and Senior high school students 
through the close cooperation of 
the reference department. 

Little-heralded, but widely used 
is the collection of current college 
bulletins and catalogs maintained 
in the Young Peoples' Room. 

Reference and Periodicals 

One of the more intangible, but 
very real library functions is its 
reference service to people in all 
walks of life. Questions asked 
range from "What is the address 
of the John Doe Company" to 
"What is the present cost of liv- 
ing index in Manchester." 

Most often people regard the 
Periodical Room as a pleasant 
room in which the latest maga- 
zines may be read. However, the 
165 periodicals received by the 
library are doubly important be- 
cause they are a source for timely 
information of reference value not 
available in books. A total of 
11,644 magazines and pamphlets 
were borrowed during 1949. 
Viciv of Heavily Patronized Young People's Room 




Registration and Book Collection 

During the past year, 1,641 new 
borrowers were registered by the 
library. In addition, 1.156 re- 
registrations were recorded. At 
the close of the year, 13,124 
children and adults possessed 
library cards. 

The library added a net total 
of 3,864 books to its collection 
during 1949. The library's total 
book collection numbered 57,561 
volumes at the end of the year. 

Finances 

During the year $5,000.00 was 
turned over to the library from 
the estate of Dr. Charles P. 
Bancroft in accordance with a be- 
quest establishing a fund for li- 
brary use. In addition, the trus- 

RELIEF 

i i i i i -f 

CITY RELIEF BOARD 

John E. Davis, Chairman 
Charles .\. Bartlett 
John M. Allen 
Parker L. Hancock ..Overseer of Poor 

Charles P. Coakley Overseer of Poo'- 

(Ward 1) 
1949 Expenditures 

City $84,8b7.4') 

Penacook $11,462.97 

i i -f i i f 

General Trend 

During 1949, the City Relief 
Department experienced a stead- 
ily increasing case load. In the 
past years, the majority of the 
relief cases consisted of persons 
not employable due to old age. 
sickness, and accidents. In 1949, 



tees of the Walker Lecture Fund 
gave the library $400.00 for use in 
connection with an educational 
film program for children. 

The 1949 cost of operating the 
library amounted to $52,881.65, a 
decrease of $1,986.56 as compared 
with the total for the previous 
year. In addition, $5,849.28 were 
expended for capital budget 
items. Major expenditures in- 
cluded $33,044.18 for salaries and 
$9,404.39 for books and period- 
icals. 

Library income from sources 
other than taxation amounted to 
$16,713.89 during 1949. This figure 
incluled $13,963.08 in trust fund 
earnings, $2,350.81 in fines and a 
$400.00 grant from the Walker 
Lecture Fund. 

the increase was due to lack of 
employment, discontinuance of 
G. I. benefits in July, 1949, and 
the high cost of living. Many 
families were eligible for unem- 
ployment compensation but in 
most cases it was insufficient to 
take care of the family needs. 

It was also necessary to place 
children in foster homes. In 
December 1949, there were 23 
children placed in homes. Factors 
contributing to these requests for 
placement were marital difficul- 
ties, alcoholism, and unmarried 
mothers. 

Administration 

The City Relief Department is 
the agency which has been 



26 — City of Concord 



created by the City government 
to carry out the tax supported 
pubHc assistance and social work 
program for the City of Concord. 
Merrimack County also uses this 
same agency for those individuals 
and families living in Concord 
who are relief responsibilities of 
the County. This arrangement 
eliminates duplications. Merri- 
mack County and the City of 
Concord share all administrative 
costs. The County repays the 
City on a monthly basis for 
money expended on County 
cases. 

Old Age Assistance 

In January there were 247 
persons receiving Old Age As- 
sistance and in December the Old 
Age Assistance case load was 255. 
The monthly average was 248. 

The city's share in this program 
for the year 1949. amounted to 
$35,506.43, as compared to $34,895 
in 1948. 

The following table shows the 
trend in Old Age Assistance both 
as to number of cases and costs. 





Average 




Year 


No. of Cases 


Cost to City 


1941 


156 


$10,378 


1942 


176 


12,450 


1943 


177 


15,070 


1944 


178 


16,124 


1945 


189 


19.118 


1946 


214 


25,221 


1947 


232 


29,075 


1948 


248 


34.895 


1949 


248 


35.506 



Relief Costs 

The total cost of City relief 
during 1949 was $96,330.43, of 



which $11,462.97 were expended 
in Penacook and $84,867.46 were 
expended in the remainder of 
the city. Direct relief expendi- 
tures for groceries, milk, fuel, 
rent, board and care of adults, 
board and care of children, medi- 
cine, clothing, funerals, cash 
allowances and miscellaneous 
amounted to $29,542.93. Expendi- 
tures for similar items for depen- 
dent soldiers totaled $12,339.43. 
A total of $35,506.43 was spent 
for Old Age Assistance, and an 
additional $7,836.00 was expended 
for hospitalization of poor and 
indigent persons. 

County relief costs during 1949 
totaled $42,139.70. Of this amount, 
$28,391.58 represented direct 
county relief and $6,902.56 aid to 
dependent soldiers. 

Relief Load 

There were 99 city relief cases 
representing 261 persons on the 
department's rolls at the end of 
the year. This represented an in- 
crease of 37 cases and 107 persons 
from the total at the beginning 
of the year. 

County relief cases at the close 
of 1949 numbered 53 with 150 
persons represented. 

Throughout the year public as- 
sistance was granted to 197 
dififerent city cases representing 
523 persons, and 129 county cases 
representing 361 persons. This 
makes a combined total of 326 
cases representing 884 persons. 



Annual Report — 27 



"P /^ T T /'^ Tj^ total for the precediiij:!^ year. It 

is important to note that this de- 

T) "D ^~\ 'T^ "C* r^ 'T^ T /^ "^' crease was due in most part to 

misdemeanors in violations of 

^ ^ parking-, Minor complaints for 

POLICE COMMISSION the year totaled 8,314. This repre- 

Arthur W. McIsaac Chief of Police sents an increase of 9S2 over 1948. 

J.Edward SiLVA....Deputv Chief of Police t, ^ i • ^i r n • 4. u^ 

in^r. ^ ■ T- ,- " L,^r.Ar.-^nA Presented ni the followm.s: table 

1949 Operating Expenditures.. ..$130,492.74 '^ 

1949 Improvement Expend's $ 10,697.97 '^ a classification by ^ type and 

number of the criminal cases 
handled by the Police Depart- 

Fewer Arrests in '49 ment during 1949. The number of 

Arrests during 1949 totaled minor daily complaints is in- 

3.203, a decrease of 1,309 from the eluded. 



CRIMINAL CASES DURING 1949 

Classificafioji 
Persons Charged — Felonies: 

Rape 2 

Burglary — breaking and/or entering 16 

Larceny— theft 89 

Auto theft 27 

Forgery 9 

Embezzlement and fraud 12 



Total 155 

Persons Charged — Misdemeanors : 

Assaults 23 

Sex offenses 11 

Offenses against family and children 7 

Drunkenness 287 

Disorderly conduct 59 

Vagrancy 4 

Gambling 4 

Driving while intoxicated 23 

Violation of road and driving laws 319 

Parking violations 2,028 

Traffic and motor vehicle laws 209 

All other offenses 72 

Suspicion or held for investigation 2 



Total 3,048 

Grand Total 3,203 

Active cases for year 186 



Total 3,389 

Minor complaints 8,314 



GRAND TOTAL OF OFFENSES AND COMPLAINTS 11,703 

28 — City of Concord 



During- the year, property re- 
ported as stolen totaled $25,093.28. 
The Department recovered 
$21,026.15 worth of stolen prop- 
erty. 

Finances 

The City appropriated $140,- 
007.75 for Police Department 
purposes for the year 1949. Of 
this sum, $130,492.74 represented 
operating costs and $10,697.97 
capital expenditures. The capital 
expenditure was used to construct 
an extension to the police garage. 

The Department's unexpended 
balance at the end of the year 
totaled $226.20. This amount, to- 
gether with earnings of $1,426.99, 



was returned to the City Trea- 
surer. 

Personnel 

There were few changes made 
in the Police Department per- 
sonnel during the past year. One 
regular and three special police- 
men were appointed during 1949. 
One regular and one special 
policeman resigned during the 
year. 

Traffic 

The amount of traffic in Con- 
cord, particularly through traffic, 
continued to show an increase 
during- 1949. The congestion 
caused bv throuo:h traffic on Main 




Annual Report — 29 




TO mk LOCAL 
^' POllCE - 
DEPT. 
& BOY'S CLUB 






CHRISTMAS 
NEW YEAR 




Street will be partially taken care 
of by the new throughpass opened 
last November. However, the 
throughpass will not take care of 
this problem entirely, as the east 
and west heavily traveled high- 
ways still go directly through 
Main Street. 

The Department investigated 
480 automobile accidents during 
1949. There were no traffic 
fatalities during 1949 but 156 per- 
sons were injured. These figures 
show a small improvement for 
1949 over 1948, but the Depart- 
ment is striving at all times to 
maintain the 1949 record of no 
traffic fatalities and to lessen 
traffic accidents and personal 
injuries. 



Safety 

As in the past, the Department 
continued to intensify its safety 
program. A great deal of time 
was spent on safety lectures 
through-out the schools and traffic 
patrols, established in 1946 at all 
the City's grammar schools, were 
continued. Each school that is 
located on a much traveled high- 
way has been presented with a 
set of safety zone school signs. 
This was made possible by the 
generosity of various organiza- 
tions in the City. These signs 
are proving quite satisfactory. 

Full cooperation has been given 
the Concord Safety Council in its 
effort to cope with tliis serious 
])roblem. 



30 — City of Concord 



Parking Meters 

At the end of the year 1949, 
there were 517 Dual Automatic 
Parking Meters in operation in 
the congested business sections of 
the City. Although the parking 
meters have greatly relieved the 
acuteness of the parking situation, 
it does not seem to be the final 
solution. A positive solution will 
be the building of off-street park- 
ing lots. If traffic continues to 
increase as it has in the past, we 
feel that action regarding these 
lots should be taken as soon as 
possible. The gross income from 
the meters from January 1, 1949 
to December 31, 1949 was 
$43,821.17. 

Training Program 

As in past years, all regular 
and special police officers were 
required to attend the Police 
Training School conducted by the 
Chief of the Department. 

New Equipment and Improve- 
ments 

A new air-cooled engine-drive 
Westinghouse generator unit has 
been installed in the building dur- 
ing the past year. This unit will 
be used in case of power failures 
to supply the radio, Gamewell 
System and lights and equipment 
in the building. 

During 1949. the much needed 
extension to the police garage 
was constructed. This included a 



new lift for repairing police 
vehicles, enabling our mechanic 
to do work that previously he 
had been unable to do. The 
garage now houses all police 
equipment, four cruisers, ambu- 
lance, patrol wagon, motorcycle, 
and police boat. 

Last year, all walls and ceil- 
ings throughout the building 
were washed and painting done 
where necessary. Also, the cell 
blocks were completely painted 
and renovated. 

The Police and Fire Depart- 
ment together purchased a new 
inhalator to be used in Penacook. 
This inhalator is to stay at the 
Penacook Fire Station, except 
when in use. All men who may 
have occasion to use it have been 
properly instructed by this De- 
partment. 

Ambulance 

During 1949, the police ambu- 
lance and patrol wagon responded 
to 899 calls. This figure com- 
pares with 789 calls made during 
1948, and shows an increase of 
110 calls over 1948. 



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PROBATIO 

•f i i i i i 

MUNICIPAL COURT 

Judge William L. Stevens 

Robert L. Colby Probation Officer 

1949 Expenditure $1,852.03 

•f i i i i i 

Increased Delinquency 

The year 1949 witnessed the 
greatest number of delinquent 
children ever to come before the 
juvenile court in this City in any 
one year. Fifty-two different 
children were referred to this 
Court on new charges of delin- 
quency and neglect. The source 
from which these cases were re- 
ferred to the Court, was primarily 
the Police Department. The cases 
of neglect, however, originated 
from the State Department of 
Public Welfare. 

Of the fifty-two children who 
came before the juvenile court, 
eight were neglected children. 
These were placed in the tem- 
porary or permanent custody of 
the State Department of Public 
Welfare for placement in foster- 
homes. Of the remaining forty- 
four children, twenty-seven were 
involved in breaking, entering 
and larceny, eight were involved 
in sex ofifenses, six involved in 
malicious mischief, and three 
were involved in the setting of 
fires. The Court disposed of these 
cases by placing twenty-four on 
probation, eight being released in 
the custody of their parents and 



their cases continued indefinitely, 
one case being dismissed, eight 
being ordered to the Child 
Guidance Clinic for psychiatric 
examination and treatment and 
three were committed to the State 
Industrial School in Manchester. 

Causes 

The primary cause for delin- 
quency was the laxness of parents 
in supervising their children. 
Broken homes caused by death, 
divorce or legal separation was 
the secondary cause for delin- 
quency. The absence of a normal 
family life was apparent in all the 
cases that came before the Court 
during the past year. A few of 
these conditions were brought on 
by an increasing economic strain 
on the family budget. 

Few Violations 

During the past twelve years. 
Concord has had an average of 
less than one probation violator 
per year. The relationship of pro- 
bation violators to the total num- 
ber of cases handled by the 
Juvenile Court during the past 
twelve years shows that the aver- 
age number of violators per year 
is also less than one. This is 
several times less than the State 
average and many times less than 
the National average. The average 
cost per year for each property 
tax payer of Concord amounts to 
less than ten cents for the total 
cost of maintaining the Municipal 
Probation Department. 



32 — City of Concord 



Trend 

There is a definite upward 
trend in juvenile delinquency and 
cases of neglected and dependent 
children. The cost of maintaining 
a home remains high \\hile un- 
employment is on the increase. 
This is particularly true among 
those of the unskilled laboring 
class. The cases which do not fall 
within the preceding category 
come within the classification of 
unfit parents who seem to shift 



the responsibility of properly 
supervising their children onto 
the several social agencies and 
organizations that function within 
our City. Until such time as our 
present laws are fully enforced 
or until such time as new laws 
are made to make parents direct- 
ly liable for the delinquent acts 
of their children, then we as a 
community can only hope to meet 
the increased delincjuency through 
means of a efficient probation 
department. 



MUNICIPAL 
COURT 

i -f i i i i 

William L. Stevens Jnd'ic 

Peter J. King Special Judge 

WiNSLow H. Osborne Clerk 

1949 Expenditure $4J0Q.O0 

i i i i i i 

Parking Meter Violations 

There was a marked decline in 
the number of parking violations 
which were brought to the atten- 
tion of the Municipal Court during 
the year 1949. In 1948 there were 
3,326 such cases, while in the cur- 
rent year there were only 1.897. 
It would appear from these 
figures that the public has ac- 
cepted the meters, although they 
are doubtlessly considered a 
necessary nuisance. 

Other Cases Tried 

Exclusive of parking, there 
were 1,024 criminal cases before 
the Court during the year, and of 



these, thirty were felonies. Fel- 
onies are cases of such a serious 
nature that the Municipal Court 
does not have jurisdiction, and 
include those cases where the 
sentence may be more than a 
year in prison or more than a 
$500 fine. Last year there were 
29 such cases, so there seems to 
be no progress nor retrogression 
in this respect. 

Of the total number of criminal 
cases, 28 were "nol prossed" by 
the prosecuting authorities and 
only six were appealed to the 
Superior Court. There were 15 
cases in which the respondent 
was found not guilty after a 
hearing. 

It is also interesting to note 
that of the 1,024 criminal cases, 
more than half, or 550. w-ere for 
motor vehicle violations of one 
kind or another. 

There was a marked increase 
in the numlier of juvenile case be- 



Annual Report 33 



fore the court with 52 handled this 
year as opposed to 33 last year. 

One juvenile case of a serious 
nature was transferred to the 
Superior Court. Most of this in- 
crease occurred during the last 
half of the year 1949 and to some 
extent may be traceable to the 
general economic situation. 

There were 108 civil cases 
entered as opposed to 162 for the 
previous year. About one third 
of these were eviction actions. 

Small claims procedure was 
used to a much larger extent 
than previously. In 1947 there 
were only six cases, in 1948 there 
were 50, and in 1949 there were 
138 cases entered. The jurisdic- 
tion of the court in this type of 



case is limited to matters involv- 
ing $35 or less and involving 
debtors who live within the 
county. 

Revenue and Costs 

The total income of the court 
during the year was only 
$10,559.66 as opposed to more 
than $13,400.00 during the pre- 
vious year. This apparently in- 
dicates a general trend because 
in 1947 the receipts totalled more 
than $17,900.00. Of the sum re- 
ceived during 1949, $4,618.80 was 
paid to the motor vehicle depart- 
ment under the statute and, after 
other miscellaneous fees and ex- 
penses of the court were paid, 
$5,132.06 was turned into the city 
treasury. 



Firemen's Toy Shop Helps ficjlit PrUiuji 




34 — City of Concord 



MUNICIPAL 
AIRPORT 

i i i i i -f 

BOARD OFAIRPORT 

COMMISSIONERS 

Hon. Charles J. McKee, Chairman 

Robert W. Potter, Clerk 

Charles A. Bartlett 

Donald J. McFarland 

John N. Engel 

Edward L. Lovejoy 

Charles C. Hoagland 

William F. Flynn Airport Manager 

1949 Operating Expenditure $12,826.23 

1949 Earning $ 6,931.63 

•f -f -f i i i 

Airline Service 

Northeast Airlines, the air car- 
rier serving Concord and vicinity, 
reported a banner year in 1949 
with a 95.6 per cent increase in 
the number of passengers en- 
planing at the airport as com- 
pared with the previous year. 

The amount of mail, express 
and freight also increased with 
the following totals as a result : 
mail, 16,256 pounds; express, 
6,105 pounds; freight, 15,225 
pounds. The amount of inbound 
traffic showed a substantial in- 
crease as well. 

During 1949, Northeast Airlines 
continued to fly direct flights to 
and from New York by way of 
Worcester and also retained their 
tw^o round-trip flights to Boston. 

Improvements 

The City Engineer together 



with the aid of the City Planning 
Board completed plans and spec- 
ifications for the development of 
the entrance to the airport. Under 
the provisions of the Federal Air- 
port Act, 75 per cent of the pro- 
ject's cost will be borne by the 
State of New Hampshire and the 
Federal Government. 

Paving the road-way entering 
the airport, construction of an 
automobile parking area, con- 
struction of a segmented circle 
showing runway directions and 
runway numerals are included 
among the principal features of 
the project. 

Other Activities 

The Civil Aeronautics Admin- 
istration's Aviation Safety Dis- 
trict Office continued to operate 
from the Concord Municipal Air- 
port as did the Weather Bureau. 
Both of these offices are quartered 
in the Administration Building. 

Of the two city-owned hangars, 
the William E. Martin Flying 
Service continued to use the 
larger one and Ferns Flying Ser- 
vice used the smaller hangar for 
flight operations. 

The Airport Manager reported 
a definite leveling off in the num- 
ber of veterans participating in 
flight training under the G. I. 
Bill of Rights, although many 
veterans continued to avail them- 
selves of the opportunity for 
advanced flight training under the 
provisions of this program. 



Annual Report — 3S 





CONCORD ... 

CITY OF DIVERSIFIED 

INDUSTRIES 



FIRE 
PROTECTION 

////// 

FIRE BOARD 

Robert W. Potter, Clminuan 

John M. Allen 

William J. Flynn 

Edward L. Lovejoy 

Clarence H. Green fire Chic' 

Henry E. Drew 
Duncan M. Murdoch 
Joseph F. Greenough, Jr. 

Deputy Chiefs 

1949 Operating Expenditure. ...$154,513.18 
1949 Capital Expenditure $ 2,626.49 

•f -f i i i i 

Fires and Fire Loss 

Concord's Fire Chief noted in 
his 1949 report that there were 
fewer alarms recorded than were 
reported in the preceding year. 
Of the 578 alarms to which the 
department responded, 503 were 
still alarms and 75 were box 
alarms. Actually this represented 
a decrease of 65 as compared 
with the total for the previous 
year. 

Fire losses for 1949 totaled 
$73,825.16, as compared with 
$218,975.12 for the previous year. 



This total represented a decrease 
of $145,149.96. Presented here- 
with is a summarization of losses 
by fire during the past year. 

Personnel 

No changes were made during 
1949 in the over-all fire force per- 
sonnel. The permanent personnel 
numbers 43 men, and the depart- 
ment's call force includes 78 men. 
In addition, there are two vaca- 
tion and sick leave men and one 
Fire Alarm Superintendent. The 
auxiliary force rendered valuable 
service on several occasions. 

Fire Prevention 

The department continued with 
its intensified fire prevention 
program launched several years 
ago. This program includes rou- 
tine inspection activities, as well 
as periodic inspections of hos- 
pitals, convalescent homes, the- 
aters and schools. Fire drills were 
conducted in all city schools and 
students were instructed in fire 
prevention. The press, radio and 
various organizations cooperated 
in furthering fire prevention in 
this community. 

The Fire Department was very 
active during 1949 inspecting new 



Buildings .. 
Contents 

Totals .... 

38-- 



Value 
$580,550.00 



FIRE LOSSES 



Loss 

$54,916.28 

18.908.88 



Jnsiinuiee 

$467,450.(10 

99,605.55 



Insurance Paid 

$54,916.28 

15.808.88 



Net Loss 

$ 900.00 

3,100.00 



$683,282.33 $73,825.16 $567,055.55 $69,825.16 $4,000.00 

City of Concord 



power oil burner installations and 
heating" units converted from coal 
to oil. 
Apparatus and Equipment 

The apparatus of the depart- 
ment includes 17 trucks of various 
types and three official cars which 
are housed in four stations, one 
of which is located in the city 
proper and three in the outlying 
districts. In May, a 750-gallon 
Mack pumper was acquried and 
commissioned in place of a 1922 
Concord hose wagon. In addition, 
a 1,000-gallon GMC tank truck 
was delivered to assist in fire 
fighting in the rural areas of the 
city. In November, a Dodge Fire 
Alarm Tower Truck was added 
to the department's mobile equip- 
ment. 

At the close of the year, the 
department had in service 19.300 
feet of two and one-half inch hose, 
2,850 feet of one and one-half inch 
hose, 2,500 feet of three quarters 
inch booster hose and 200 feet 
of three inch hose for water 
towers. 

Maintenance 

All apparatus is kept in top 
condition as a matter of standard 
operating policy. All necessary 
repairs and replacements are 
effected in the department work- 
shop under the direction of the 
mechanic. 

Other Activities 

Construction of the Gamewell 
Fire and Police Signal System 




Fire Alarm Toivcr Truck Gives More Protection to 
Property Owners 

was completed and officially ac- 
cepted by the Fire Board, Decem- 
ber 5, 1949. 

The Concord Fire P^oartment 
played host to one of the most 
efi^ective N. H. State Fire Colleges 
in the history of the Granite 
State. Held in August, nearly 300 
men attended the two-day session. 
Use of the facilities at St. Paul's 
School contributed materially to 
the success of the course. 

. . . FIRE HYDRANTS 

////// 

BOARDOF HYDRANT 

COMMISSIONERS 

Edward E. Beane, Chairman 
G. Arthur Faneuf 
Clarence H. Greene 
1949 Expenditure None 

i i -f -f -f -f 

The water department main- 
tained its highly efficient service 
of periodically checking all hy- 
drants during the year. Special 
care was taken to inspect all hy- 
drants used after a fire in order 
to insure their usefulness. 



Annual Report — 39 



ZONING 
BUILDING 
PLUMBING 

. . . ZONING 

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT 

Elwin L. Page, Cliainnan 
A. Clifford Hudson 
Donald G. Matson 
Lawrence J. Moynihan 
Raymond V. LaPointe 

Marjorie Foote Clerk 

1949 Expenditure $96.00 

i i i i i i 

There were twenty-five appeals 

heard by the Zoning- Board of 

Adjustment during the year. This 

represented an increase of five 

over the previous year. Sixteen 

were for a variance from the terms 

of the ordinance and nine were 

exceptions to the terms of the 

ordinance. Two of the appeals 

were denied, twenty granted and 

three withdrawn. Of the twenty 

permits granted, eight were 

granted conditionally. 

The appeal from the Zoning 

Board of Adjustment taken to 

the Superior Court in 1948 was 

not disposed of in 1949 because 

of a crowded court calender. 

. . . BUILDING 

•f i i i i i 

Edward E. Beane, Inspcclor of Biiildiiu/s 

Expenditure None 

Y Y Y Y Y Y 

Building permits issued during 
the year 1949 totaled 203 as com- 
pared with 230 for the previous 
year. Of the 1949 permits, 113 
were for new construction and 
90 for alterations and repairs. 



The total estimated valuation 
for permits issued was $654,733.00 
a decrease of $635,012.00, or about 
half of the amount for the pre- 
vious year. This decrease can be 
attributed to the lack of large 
l)uilding projects. The following 
were the only large constructions 
during the year: $88,863.00, 
Conant School Addition; $45,000.- 
00, Public Repair Garage, North 
State Street; $75,000.00, Pena- 
cook High School Gymnasium. 

Of the total 1949 valuation, 
$362,990.00 represented new work, 
and $291,743.00 repairs and al- 
terations. Eighty-six dwelling 
units were added during the year. 
Of these, 52 were new construc- 
tion and 45 were from conversion 
of existing buildings. 

. . . PLUMBING 

Y Y Y Y Y Y 

Board of Examiners of Plumbing 

Arthur W. Sargent, Chairman 

George E. Young 

Edward E. Beane 

Edward E. Beane Plumbing Inspector 

Expenditures None 

Receipts $36.30 

Y Y Y Y Y Y 
One hundred and fourteen 

plumbing permits were issued in 
1949, a decrease of forty-five from 
the previous year. Three appli- 
cants for a journeyman's license 
and three for a master's license 
were examined during the year. 
One applicant for the master 
plumbers license successfully 
passed the required examination. 
As of December 31, 1949 there 
were 22 licensed journeymen and 
39 licensed master plumbers. 



40 — City of Concord 



PUBLIC 
WORKS 

/ / / i -f i 

BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS 

Hon. Charles J. McKee, Chairman 

Charles A. Bartlett 

Harry D. Challis 

Thomas B. Jennings 

Robert W. Potter 

William A. Stevens 

Nelson E. Strong 

Ervin E. Webber Commissioner 

Ervin E. Webber Supt. of Streets 

Ervin E. Webber Tree Warden 

Edward E. Beane City Engineer 

Edward L. Howland Sn'pt. of Parks 

and Cemeteries 
1949 Operating Expenditure. ...$435,667.76 
1949 Capital Expenditure $ 988.35 

/ / / i i i 

During the year 1949, the Public 
Works Department: 

• Built new^ culverts on Shaker 

and Graham Roads 

• Repaired 13 fences and rebuilt 

and painted several old ones. 

• Regraveled roads in 21 sections 

of the city. 

• Used 159,537 gallons of tar in 

connection with patching 
streets and roads. 

• Removed 13,753 cubic yards 

of debris from the city's 
streets at a cost of $37,575.13. 

• Carted away 34,608 cubic yards 

of snow. 

• Used 6,432 cubic yards of sand 

on streets, sidewalks and rail- 
road crossings. 

• Filled several wells which were 

depleted by the drought. 

• Installed storm and sanitary 

sewers on Eastman Street. 



• Resurfaced entire length of tht 

Iron Works Road and Silk 
Farm Road. 

• Laid 12,333 scjuare yards of 

new and repair work on side- 
walks. This was done by con- 
tract. 

• Set 2,094 feet of new curbing. 

• Resurfaced Bouton Street un- 

der the supervision of the 
State Highway Department. 
The city expended $14,976.78 
on this project. 

• Contributed $25,000.00 to the 

State Highway Department 
on the Sheep Davis Road 
project and a like amount for 
the Concord Throughpass. 

• Continued the work started on 

the Little Pond Road in 194S 
in connection with the Town 
Road Aid program. 

• Re-built South Street from 

Clinton Street to the Bow 
Line. 

OTHER ACTIVITIES 

Street Lighting 

At the close of the year, the city 
was operating a total of 1,659 
street lights. The municipal street 
lighting system was operated at 
a cost of $41,688.51 for the year 
1949. 
Refuse and Garbage Service 

As in previous years, table gar- 
bage was collected by a private 
contractor in the city proper. 
West Concord, Penacook, East 
Concord and Concord Heights at 
a total cost of $6,050.00. 



Annual Report — 41 




KEEP CONCORD jCLEAN 




A total of 65,889 cubic yards of 
refuse was collected in the same 
areas during- the past year. 

New Equipment 

Equipment added by the De- 
partment of Public Works during 
the year 1949 included six new 
trucks, one load packer, one trac- 
tor and one welding machine. 

Sanitary Sewers 

The income from sanitary 
sewers during 1949 amounted to 
$36,006.89. Of this amount, general 
sewer rents accounted for 
$29,501.48, penalties $72.49, house 
connections, material sold and 
miscellaneous work $5,431.67 and 
interest on deposits in savings 
banks $1,001.25. Disbursements 
for the same period totaled 
$35,787.15. 



.J 

Engineering 

The Engineering Department 
prepared plans and specifications 
for the rebuilding of South Street 
from Clinton Street to the Bow 
Line, a distance of 8,000 feet. This 
street was rebuilt under a con- 
tract with O. F. Winslow, In- 
corporated, Milford. New Hamp- 
shire. All engineering and super- 
vision of construction was done 
by the Engineering Department. 

A portion of Rockingham 
Street was regraded by removing 
a large bank and filling a ravine 
which eliminated a very hazardous 
driving condition due to grades 
and distance of driving vision ; 
1.300 feet of storm sewer were laid 
in this street at the time of con- 
struction. This work was carried 
on at the same time as the South 



42 — City of Concord 



Street project and by the same 
contractor. 

Preliminary survey and final 
plans for improving Bouton 
Street were prepared by this de- 
partment and. in conjunction w^ith 
the State Highway and Federal 
Government, the entire street was 
rebuilt. 

A survey and plans were made 
for the improvement of the en- 
trance to the Airport in front of 
the administration building. The 
plans and specifications were 
approved by the Civil Aeronautics 
Administration and a contract 
was negotiated with the Man- 
chester Sand, Gravel and Cement 
Company, Incorporated, for the 
work. This was started in Decem- 
ber but suspended due to weather 
conditions. 

The highway division realigned 
Eastman Street and constructed 
a storm sewer at the same time. 
They also rebuilt the Little Road 
and a portion of Lakeview Drive. 
These two roads required the 
setting of 12,950 feet of stakes 
for grades and alignment. 

The Engineering Department 
also set 26,861 feet of grade stakes 
for sidewalk and road construc- 
tion, cross-sectioned 5,833 feet of 
streets and walk, ran 5,305 feet 
of sewer profile, established 8,684 
feet of sidewalk and 6,523 feet of 
sewer grades, measured 11,985 
scjuare yards of concrete sidewalk 
for Thomas Clark who was lay- 
ing walks by contract. 



Other surveys included the 
proposed relocation of Cresent 
Street, Penacook; establishing a 
street line at the intersection of 
the Sheep Davis Road with the 
Loudon Road ; sections and 
grades for Noyes Park; property 
lines for the Water Works rela- 
tive to the proposed acquisition 
of additional land around Long 
Pond. 

Several new lots were laid out 
in Blossom Hill and Woodlawn 
Cemeteries. Cemetery plans were 
brought up to date. 

A total of 783 property transfers 
were processed during the year 
and 306 new buildings or altera- 
tions were located. All necessary 
lot line and building changes 
were made on the assessor's plans 
thus keeping them up to date. 
All catch basins and house con- 
nections were put on the sewer 
plans, a total of 50 house connec- 
tions were made during the year. 

The department also surveyed 
and laid out 2,800 feet of new 
streets and reestablished 6,444 
feet of Little Road, in addition 
to discontinuing 1,487 feet and 
making: a total of 180 miles of 



One of the Poiver Mowers Used to Maintain the 
City's Ten Cemeteries 




street and roads that the city 
maintains. 

There were 1,358 square yards 
of B & W prints developed during 
the year. 
Parks 

Nearly 84 acres of parks and 
playground areas are available to 
residents of Concord for both 
summer and winter recreation. 
The major parks are White and 
Rollins parks which require a 
larger share of the appropriation 
for their maintenance. 

Supt. Rowland reported in- 
creased usage of these facilities 
during the fall season by local 
people and their out-of-town 
guests. 

In addition to the general 
maintenance of city parks, the 
ball fields came in for a good deal 
of attention by the Park Division. 



Cemeteries 

The Cemetery Division requires 
a crew of 15 men in winter and 
30 men in summer to carry out 
its continuing program of cem- 
etery beautification. The total 
area of all cemeteries comprises 
over 114 acres and the Division is 
responsible for snow removal and 
sanding, in addition to the normal 
maintenance program. 

During the year, the new sec- 
tion for the use of Temple Beth 
Jacob was completed. It is 
located at Blossom Hill Cemetery 
and its entrance is marked by 
two granite posts, suitably in- 
scribed. 

Extensive work was accom- 
plished at Blossom Hill, Millville, 
Maple Grove, Woodlawn and Old 
North cemeteries during the past 
year. 



Public Works Employees Test Giaiif J'aaium Cleaner 




44 — City of Concord 



WEIGHTS and 
MEASURES 



James S. Norris City Scaler 

1949 Expenditure $1,698.47 



During 1949 there was a pro- 
nounced increase in the rate of 
driving for pleasure and for busi- 
ness. As a result, the City Sealer 
devoted a considerable amount of 
time verifying the accuracy of 
gasoline pumps and other service 
station equipment. Oil bottles, 
which almost disappeared during 
the war years, were used in great- 
ly increased numbers during the 
past year. 

Packages 

The City Sealer, in the interests 
of the consumer, carried on a very 
active program of weighing pack- 
aged goods, particularly since 
more and more meats, groceries 
and other kitchen needs are 



Scales 

Liquid Measures .... 

Gas Pumps 

Kerosene Pumps .... 
Grease Dispensers .. 

Oil Bottles 

Tank Trucks 

Tank Meters 

Package Re-weighs 

Cart Bodies 

Gas Pump Meter .... 
Hand Pump 



packed, cut and wrapped in cel- 
lophane. Certain commodities in 
which there is apt to be shrinkage, 
such as onions or potatoes, re- 
quire frequent spot-checks in 
order to prevent loss to the 
customer. 

Inspections 

The City Sealer made more 
than 1400 inspections during 1949. 
In addition to regtilar routine 
inspections, scales in the pub- 
He schools and hospitals were 
checked. As a part of the Weights 
and Measures program, oil tank 
trucks and meters were checked 
during the past year. 

Twenty cart bodies for the sale 
of wood were measured and in- 
spected. In certain instances rec- 
oinmendations were made in an 
effort to correct legal deficiencies. 
All junk dealers' scales were 
tested and sealed in keeping with 
licensing requirements. 

The following table summa- 
rizes the departments' inspection 
activities for the year ending 
December 31, 1949. 

Idle 



Correct 


Adjusted 


Condemned 


276 


87 


8 


68 






185 


19 


2 


20 






73 






346 






10 






25 


13 




402 






20 






10 






1 







Annual Report — 45 



WATER 
SUPPLY 

/ / / i -f i 

BOARD OF WATER 
COMMISSIONERS 

James W. Jameson, President 

Robert W. Brown 

Harry H. Dudley 

Allen M. Freeman 

James B. Godfrey 

Charles P. Johnson 

Donald Knowlton 

Hon. Charles J. McKee 

Gardner Tilton 

G. Arthur Faneuf Superintendent 

1949 Expenditure $192,996.09 

1949 Receipts $....$192,996.09 

•f i i -f i i 

Water Shortage 

In common with many other 
areas. Concord was faced with a 
serious water shortage due to the 
lack of adequate rainfall during 
the year. On July 12th the eleva- 
tion of the water in Penacook 
Lake was at elevation 180 which 
is four feet ten inches below over- 
flow. At this point it was decided 
to reduce pumping from Pena- 
cook Lake and pump as much as 
possible from the well field at the 
Sanders Pumping Station in 



A Viezv of Penacook Lake Shore Line Shozvinc/ 
Loiv Water Level Due to Prolonged Drought. 




Pembroke. Pumping from the well 
field was started on this date on 
a 16 hour daily basis. Later it 
was increased to 18 hours per day 
and was still continuing at this 
rate at the close of the year. The 
average yield from the wells 
during this period was 1,000,000 
gallons per day. 

The year 1949 demonstrated 
the value of the Sanders Station 
in Pembroke as the yield from 
the wells enabled the department 
to go through the year without 
curtailing the use of water for 
public swimming pools or the 
watering of gardens and lawns. 

The steady pumping from the 
wells in Pembroke brought to a 
head a problem that had been 
growing worse for several years. 
The water from the wells is cor- 
rosive before treatment and tests 
proved that the screens at the 
bottom of the driven wells were 
being eaten away and sand was 
being drawn into the pumps. 
During the fall season, 68 wells 
were withdrawn, the old well 
points replaced with new points 
and the wells redriven. This pro- 
gram will be continued in the 
spring of 1950. 

Consumption 

The average daily amount of 
water consumed by the City of 
Concord was 3.096.307 gallons, an 
increase of 73.382 gallons in com- 
parison with the 1948 figure. 
Average daily consumption per 



person was in excess of 100 gal- 
lons. Total consumption of water 
for the year 1949 was 1,130,152.100 
i^allons. 

Finances 

Total receipts for 1949 amount- 
ed to $192,966.09. Of the total 
receipts, $162,217.05 represented 
payments received from water 
sales. The department received 
$1,475.93 for services as billing 
and collecting agent for the Sani- 
tary Sewer Department. 

Expenditures for the year 
totaled $192,966.09. Of this sum, 
$105,589.90 were spent for general 
operation, $47,013.16 for the plant 
account, $9,000.00 for bond retire- 
ment and $2,706.25 for bond in- 
terest. The cash balance at the 
close of the year amounted to 
$28,686.78. 

As of December 31, 1949, the 
Water Department Income-In- 
vestment Account amounted to 
$5,764.49. 

During the past year $200.- 
000.00 water works construction 
bonds were issued with a premium 
of $3,364.00 being realized from 
their sale. Expenditures from this 
Bond Construction Account 
amounted to $18,500.43, leaving 
a balance of $184,863.57 at the 
close of the year. 

Station Completed 

The major addition to the 
\\^ater Works system was the 
new Penacook High Service 



Pumping Station which was com- 
pleted and put in operation on 
May 6th. This station is ecjuipped 
with two single stage centrifugal 
pumps, each driven by 75 H.P. 
electric motors. The capacity of 
each pump is 1,500 gallons per 
minute. There is also an emer- 
gency standby unit consisting of 
one single stage centrifugal pump 
driven by a 126 H.P. gasoline en- 
gine, capacity 1,500 gallons per 
minute. The station is operated 
automatically and is controlled 
by the change in the water level 
in the elevated tank in Penacook. 
The new pumping station will 
supply better water pressure to 
West Concord and Penacook. In 
addition, it will be an asset to the 
City Proper in the event of failure 
of the main pumping station on 
North State Street. The output 
of this station, together with the 
output of the Sanders Station in 
Pembroke, would be sulificient to 
handle pumping demands while 
repairs were being made. 

Improvements and Equipment 

The major project of the de- 
partment's construction program 
was the laying of 3.600 feet of 
24-inch pipe on North State 
Street, starting at the south side 
of Palm Street just north of the 
New Hampshire State Prison and 
running north toward Penacook 
Lake. This program was thrown 
badly ofif schedule by the South 
End Construction project and by 
the construction of the through- 



Annual Report — 47 



pass by the State Highway De- 
partment. These projects kept the 
construction crew occupied until 
the latter part of November. 

The department started a long 
range reforestation project on the 
water shed around Penacook 
Lake calculated to improve the 
water yield of the water shed and 
thus to better maintain the water 
level in the lake. In line with this 
policy, 3,600 white pine seedlings 
were planted on the old Richard- 
son lot located on the south side 
of Hutchins Street. It is planned 
to do some planting each spring 
season until all bare tracts of land 
are covered with growing timber. 

The department continued its 
meter program by taking out 494 
meters, testing and repairing 
them or replacing the ones that 
were beyond repair with new 
meters. 

The elevated tank in Penacook 
was cleaned and painted this year. 
The contract consisted of clean- 
ing the tank and supports by 
scraping and wire brushing. The 
inside of the tank was painted 



hilcrior of New Automatic High Scri'icc Pumping 
Station at Penacook Lake 




with three coats of water resistant 
paint. All l)are spots on the out- 
side of the tank and supports 
were given a spot coat of red lead 
and then the entire structure was 
painted with two coats of alumi- 
num paint. The contract was 
awarded to Roy W. Leonard of 
Framington, Mass. and the work 
was done in a very satisfactory 
manner. 

The department acquired two 
new trucks this year, in each case 
G.M.C. was the lowest bidder. 
One truck was a 1^ ton G.M.C. 
dump truck with platform body 
replacing a 1936 truck with the 
same type body, the other truck 
was a y2 ton G.M.C. pick-up re- 
placing a 1938 Yi ton canopy body. 

Machine Billing 

The firm of auditors who 
audited the accounts of the de- 
partment strongly recommended 
setting up a system of machine 
billing and posting for several 
reasons. First, because it would 
provide a better control over ac- 
counts billed and cash received ; 
secondly, because the number of 
accounts has grown too large for 
the work to be done by hand and 
also because machine operation 
will result in more speed and 
greater efficiency. In accordance 
with this recommendation, and 
after careful consideration of the 
needs of the department, a Na- 
tional Cash Register Book-Keep- 
ing machine was accjuired. 



PUBLIC 
SCHOOLS 



BOARD OF EDUCATION 

Dr. Osmond R. Strong. President 

Mrs. Mildred K. Perkins, Secretary 

Mr. Wilbert F. Cameron 

Mr. Charles F. Cook 

Mrs. Della I. Lewis 

Mr. a. Harold MacNeil 

Mr. C. Murray Sawyer 

Mr. Frederick K. Upton 

Mrs. Joan M. Whittaker 

Harlan E. Atherton Supcrintcudcut 

Dexter O. Arnold.. ...-J.?-.?/. Snperintoidoit 

Cost of Operation : 

For the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 
1949: $649,432.86 



Enrollments 

As of November 22, 1949, there 
were 735 pupils enrolled at the 
Senior High School, 651 at the 
Junior High Scliool and Annex, 
1,532 in the nine elementary 
schools, 251 in the kindergartens 
and 82 in the special classes. The 
total number of pupils enrolled 
was 3,251, an increase of 71 over 
last year. 

It is interesting to note that 
the Junior and Senior High 
Schools are experiencing a slight 
decrease in total enrollments 
which is more than compensated 
for by an increase in elementary 
pupils. These latter are the begin- 
ning of a wave of increased en- 
rollments which will create prob- 










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lems for the schools at all levels of 
instruction for many years to 
come. 

The annual school census taken 
as of September 1, 1949, revealed 
a total of 5,906. 3.030 boys and 
2.876 girls, up to and including- 
those who had reached their 
eighteenth birthday. Of these. 
alKJUt IS'Jc attend private or 
])aruchial schools. The census con- 
firms the 1947 birth figure as the 
i:)eak of the "baby boom". The 
downward trend, however, ap- 
pears to be more gradual than 
the increase which indicates that 
the total effect will be longer- 
lasting. 

xA.nother factor worthy of note 
is the increase in numbers of 
children in some age groups over 
last year's census figures. Ap- 
parently Concord's population is 
increasing through new families 
settling in this area. 

Staff 

The instructional staff of Con- 
cord schools during 1949 consisted 
of 157 teachers, principals, and 
supervisors. Included are a teacher 
of lip-reading and a teacher of 
physically handicapped children, 
both of whom serve part time. 

That teachers are taking sul)- 
stantial and commendable strides 
towards self-improvement is in- 
rlicated by the fact that 25 attend- 
ed summer schools and 74 have 
taken extension courses during 
the past year. 



Kindergartens 



Finance 



Registrations warranted the 
establishment of a kindergarten 
at the Eastman School in Septem- 
ber, 1949, bringing the total in 
the city to eight. 

Dental Hygienist 

The dental hygiene program 
was studied jointly with a com- 
mittee from the Concord Dental 
Association. It was decided to 
place major emphasis on educa- 
tion regarding good dental care 
and on examinations to point out 
cases needing dental attention. 
Children are encouraged to visit 
their dentists regularly and are 
instructed in the proper daily care 
of the teeth. 

Art 

As assistant art supervisor be- 
gan her duties in September and 
has taken over the supervision of 
art in the elementary schools. 
This additi(jn to the staff was 
recommended by the Advisory 
Council after a study of art in- 
struction in Concord schools. 



Total receipts and balance for 
the fiscal year ending June 30, 
1949, were $655,194.07. Total dis- 
bursements were $549,432.86 leav- 
ing a balance of $5,761.21. 

The School District tax was 
$20.74 per $1,000.00 of assessed 
valuation or 40 per cent of the 
total city tax rate. The preceding 
year it was 41 per cent of the total 
city rate. 

The bonds for the Senior High 
School are being retired at the 
rate of $14,000.00 per year plus 
interest. 

At the annual meeting $25,- 
000.00 was appropriated for addi- 
tion and improvements to the 
Conant School and the City was 
authorized to borrow an addi- 
tional $75,000.00 for the same 
purpose to be repaid over the next 
three years at the rate of 
$25,000.00 per year. 

Because of the loss of State 
Aid, it was necessary to appro- 
priate an additional $39,439.00 at 
a special district meeting in 
August. 



Transportation 

The number of District busses 
was increased to five, leaving only 
two contract busses in operation. 
During the 1948-49 school year 
busses traveled approximately 252 
miles per day and carried an aver- 
age of 177 pupils. 



For 


complete details 


of 


School Activities 


See 


Re- 


ports 


of both the 


Concord 


and 


Penacook 


Uni 


o n 


School Districts. 







Annual Report — SI 



PENACOOK 
SCHOOL DISTRICT 



BOARD OF EDUCATION 

Russell Eckloff. Chainimn 

Claire V. Bbeckell 

John G. Doukas 

Donald Perettie 

Beatrice E. Pettes 

Edward York 

Richard A. Martin SHpcrintcndcnt 

Cost of Operation : 

For the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 
1949: $72,461.15 



Finances 

The cost of operations for the 
year ending June 30, 1949 totaled 
$72,461.15, a slight decrease in 
comparison with the previous 
fiscal year. A $2,000.00 payment 
on the district's bonded debt re- 
duced the amount outstanding to 
$18,000.00. 

Total receipts amounted to 
$72,557.49, of which $48,474.00 
represented income from taxation. 
Receipts from other sources 
totaled $24,083.49. Of this sum 
the two principal sources of in- 
come were high school tuition 
and state aid. Income from high 
school tuitions amounted to 
$8,401.56. The amount of state aid 
received totaled $10,936.23. The 
school district tax was $28.39 per 
$1,000.00 of assessed valuation. 



New Gymnasium 

At the annual school district 
meeting of 1949, Penacook voters 
passed the article authorizing the 
school board to issue bonds in the 
amount of $95,000.00 to construct 
the long awaited gymnasium- 
auditorium by a ballot vote of 409 
to 197. 

This action by the voters cul- 
minated nine years of activity 
directed toward the acquisition of 
a combination gymnasium-audi- 
torium. 

It is anticipated that this new 
facility will greatly develop and 
improve physical education, music 
and dramatics programs. 

Teaching Staff 

The Penacook School District 
operated with a staff of 19 
teachers during the past school 
year. Of the teaching staff, nine 
were employed at the High 
School, five at the Summer Street 
School, four at the Charles Street 
School and one supervised music 
in all schools. 

Membership 

A total of 425 pupils were 
registered during the past school 
year. Of this number, 202 were 
boys and 223 were girls. The 
average daily membership of the 
student body of the district was 
395. This number represented a 
decrease of six students in the 
average daily membership as 
compared with 401 for the pre- 
vious year. 



52 — City of Concord 



APPENDIX 



PAGE 

General Fund — Statement of Revenues 54 

General Fund — Statement of Appropriations and Expenditures 55 

General Fund — Consolidated Balance Sheet 58 

General Fund — Statement of Current Surplus 60 

Statement of Bonded Debt 61 

Disposition of Proceeds of Bonds 62 

Statement of Tax Accounts 63 

Trust Funds — Statement of Changes in Balances 64 

Dept. of Public Works — Sanitary Sewers — Statement of Operations 65 

Dept. of Public Works — Sanitary Sewers — Balance Sheet 66 

Water Department — Statement of Operations 67 

Water Department — Balance Sheet 68 

Parking Meter Fund 69 

Assessors' Statement for 1949 70 

Comparative Table of the Number of Polls and Veterans Assessed Valuations, 

Tax Levies and Rates 71 



GENERAL FUND 

Statement of Revenues 
For the Year Ended December 31. 1949 

Rfvenves 

Rtvenues Budget Over or Under 

Realized Estimates Estimates 

Local Taxes: 

Current levy, added taxes and interest $2,008,738.94 $2,007,515.93 $ 1,223.01 

Prior vears — added taxes, interest and costs 7,441.71 5,000.00 2,441.71 

Interest and fees on taxes bought by the city 797.81 400.00 397.81 

Rent and profit — tax deeded property 1,371.07 — 1,371.07 

Taxes Collected by State: 

Railroad tax --- 12,280.51 12,891.28 610.77 

Savings bank tax - 14,180.36 13,878.24 302.12 

Interest and dividends tax 71,871.07 66,593.43 5,277.64 

Other taxes - 31.08 50.00 18.92 

Licenses, Permits and Fees: 

Auto permits 68,126.47 55,000.00 13,126.47 

Bicvcle registrations 632.75 600.00 32.75 

Taxi licenses - 472.50 400.00 72.50 

Health licenses - 362.00 346.00 16.00 

Police and protective Hcenses 138.00 200.00 62.00 

Amusement licenses 1,174.00 900.00 274.00 

Professional and occupational licenses 36.50 40.00 3.50 

Marriage licenses ... 664.00 750.00 86.00 

Recording fees— legal documents 1,670.95 1,900.00 229.05 

Filincvfees -. 191.00 75.00 116.00 

Other fees 490.40 345.00 145.40 

Fines and Forfeits: 

Municipal Court .-.. 5,826.88 6,900.00 1.073.12 

Kent of Buildings 1.140.00 1,200.00 60.00 

Senice Charges bv Departments: 

Comfort station" 272.31 300.00 27.69 

Golf club fees . 4,668.90 5,000.00 331.10 

Memorial Field : 

Royalties 1,432.23 1,700.00 267.77 

Concessions 286.75 300.00 13.25 

Parks 300.00 300.00 — 

Airport : 

Rents 6.786.80 6,000.00 786.80 

Concessions 144.83 200.00 55.17 

Miscellaneous: 

Fire department — sale of junk, etc 2,578.88 — 2,578.88 

Police department sundries 10.24 — 10.24 

Sales of real estate 2.725.00 - 2,725.00 

Sale of equipment 901.00 — 901.00 

Totals for the vear ...$2,217,744.94 $2.188.784.88 $ 28,960.06 



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GENERAL 



CoNSOLIDATflU BALANCE SlIEET 



ASSETS 

Cash : 

First National Bank of Concord, N. H. $ 249,358.02 

Undeposited cash 658.60 

Petty cash 250.00 

Cash for payment of bonds and interest- -- 882.50 $ 251,149.12 

Taxes Receivable: 

Levy of 1949 - ...$ 204,943.00 

Less: Reserve for abatements 21,995.85$ 182.947.15 

Taxes of prior years - $ 29,246.31 

Less : Reserve for non-collection 29,246.31 - — 

Unredeemed taxes bought bv City at tax sale $ 17,291.40 

Less : Reserve for non-collection 17,119.37 172.03 183,119.18 

Miscellaneous Accounts Receivable: 

Due from State of New Hampshire $ 1,833.27 

Merrimack County — relief — 4,768.25 

Public Works and cemetery accounts -. 2,307.34 

Miscellaneous - 1.00 

$ 8,909.86 
Less: Reserve for non-collection 2,149.53 6.760.33 

Miscellaneous Assets: 

Properties deeded to City 3.719.22 

Total General Fund Assets $ 444,747.85 

TRUST FUND ASSETS 
On deposit in savings banks : 

Loan and Trust Savings Bank $ 90,799.93 

Merrimack County .Savings Bank 94,743.16 

New Hampshire Savings Bank 96,390.17 

Union Trust Company 103,160.74 

Stocks and bonds 177,543.30 562,637.30 

PARKING METER FUND ASSETS 

Cash on hand and in banks - - $ 27.829.53 

Fixed assets - --. 42,329.16 70,158.69 

BOND FUND ASSETS (Municipal only) 
Cash in bank accounts 14,199.95 

CAPITAL FUND ASSETS (Municipal only) 
Bond and note requirements, future years, for citv and 
schools -.- - 1 984,000.00 

$2.075.743.79 



S8 — City of Concord 



FUND 

Dfxf.mber 31, 1949 



LIABILITIES AND SURPLUS 

Accounts Payable: 

State of New Hampshire — Old Age Assistance $ 4,894.77 

Miscellaneous 1.00 

Bond coupons and interest payable ., 882.50 $ 5,778., 

Unexpended Appropriations: 

Public Library 

Douglas Avenue construction _ 

Union School District _____ 

Penacook School District ._ -... ___ 



School bond and note requirements to June 30, 1950 
Total Liabilities _ 



Current Surplus (See Schedule, page 3) : 

(a) Available during next twelve months 

(b) Unavailable during next twelve months 

Total General Fund Liabilities and Surplus 

TRUST FUNDS 

Principal 

Accumulated income ____ _____ 



$ 


18,636.24 
668.04 
307,421.73 
23,750.21 
4,760.00 

80.004.14 
3.719.22 




355.246.22 


$ 


$ 


361,024.49 
83,723.36 


$ 


542,019.00 
20,618.30 


$ 


444,747.85 
562,637.30 



PARKING METER FUND 
Fund balance (reserved) per statement, page 8 70,158.69 

BOND FUNDS (Municipal only) 
Unexpended Balances : 

Equipment and improvement bonds — 1948 $ 2,322.69 

Federal airport project — 1949 _ 5,455.12 

Equipment and improvement bonds — 1949 6,422.14 14,199.95 

CAPITAL FUND LIABILITIES (Municipal only) 
Bonded debt and long-term notes : 

City activities (See statement, page 15) $- 685,000.00 

Schools (See statement, page 15) 299,000.00 984,000.00 



$2,075,743.79 



Annual Report — 59 



GENERAL FUND 

Statement of Current Surplus 
For the Year Ended December 31, 1949 

Balance, Jamiary 1, 1949 - $ 80,532.93 

Deduct : 
Portion of opening balance carried forward in 1949 bud- 
get and used to reduce tax rate -- 69,074.18 

Remaining balance, as of January 1, 1949 $ 11,458.75 

Added in 1949: 

Unexpended balances of appropriations - - $ 44,474.53 

Excess of actual revenues over budget estimates, per 
statement -- 28,960.06 

Transfer of excess reserves for non-collection of taxes — 
net 4,273.78 77,708.37 

$ 89,167.12 

Reductions in 1949: 

Additional appropriation for contingencies voted by board 
of aldermen $ 3,500.00 

Old accounts receivable of the public works department 
abated- -- 57.71 

Amount set aside as reserve for non-collection of public 
works (cemetery) accounts receivable 600.00 

Provision for liability to state for old age assist- 
ance (Dec. 31, 1949') .._... $4,516.77 

Already provided (Jan. 1, 1949) - - 3,230.72 1,286.05 5,443.76 

Balance, December 31, 1949 -- - _ - - $ 83,723 .36 



60 — City of Concord 



STATEMENT OF BONDED DEBT 

December 31, 1949 

MUNICIPAL 

Balance Paid in 1949 

Rate Dec. 31, '49 Principal Interest 

Central Fire Station 1934 3^4 $ 5,000.00 $ 1,000.00 $ 192.50 

Sewers 1934 Zy, 5,000.00 1,000.00 192.50 

Sewers 1934 3 19,000.00 4,000.00 630.00 

Storm Sewers 1937 2^ 49,000.00 7,000.00 1,260.00 

Public Improvements 1939 1^ 6,000.00 75.00 

Airport Bonds 1942 VA 15,000.00 3,000.00 225.00 

Signal System 1938 1% 207,000.00 23,000.00 2,731.25 

Equipment and Improvements ...... 1948 1^4 160,000.00 40,000.00 2,250.00 

Equipment and Improvements ...... 1949 VA 225,000.00 1,687.50 

Total Municipal $ 685,000.00 $ 85,000.00 $ 9,243.75 

SCHOOL 

High School 1925 A% $ 224,000.00 $ 14,000.00 $ 10,115.00 

Paid by 

Conant School — Serial Notes . 1949 1^2 75,000.00 School 

Total School $ 299,000.00 $ 14,000.00 $ 10,115.00 

WATER 

Water Bonds 1931 A% $ 18,000.00 $ 9,000.00 $ 956.25 

Water Bonds 1949 l-K 200.000.00 . 1,750.00 

Total Water $ 218,000.00 $ 9,000.00 $ 2,706.25 

Total Bonded Debt $1.202.000.00 



Analysis of Bonded Debt Maturities 

Municipal School Water 

Due in year 1950 $104,000.00 $ 39,000.00 $ 19.000.00 

1951 104,000.00 39.000.00 19,000.00 

1952 104,000.00 39.000.00 10,000.00 

1953 104,000.00 14,000.00 10,000.00 

1954 63,000.00 14.000.00 10.000.00 

1955 55,000.00 14,000.00 10,000.00 

1956 55,000.00 14,000.00 10.000.00 

1957 48,000.00 14,000.00 10.000.00 

1958 -- 48,000.00 14,000.00 10.000.00 

1959 .- - 14,000.00 10.000.00 

1960 - 14.000.00 10,000.00 

Beyond 70,000.00 90,000.00 

$685,000.00 $299,000.00 $218,000.00 



Annual Report — 61 



DISPOSITION OF PROCEEDS OF BONDS 

For the Year Ended December 31, 1949 

Balance available, January 1, 1949 $140,316.40 

Signal System Bonds of 1948 $ 49,933.56 

Equipment and Improvement Bonds of 1948 . 90,382.84 

$140.316.40 

Proceeds of 1949 Bond Issues, Including Premuims : 

Improvement and Equipment Bonds $226,748.25 

Conant School — Serial Notes 75,000.00 

Water Department Bonds 203,364.00 505,112.25 

x\dditional Receipts on Airport Project 208.49 

Total Available - $645,637.14 

Expenditures of Equipment Bond Proceeds : 

Police and Fire Department Signals $ 49,933.56 

Through Pass 25,000.00 

State Aid Construction — Sheep Davis Road 25,000.00 

Federal Aid Project — Bouton Street 14,000.00 

Re-building South Street 117,863.22 

Rockingham Street 4,082.06 

Sewall's Falls Bridge 17,631.50 

New Sidewalks and Curbs 34,204.57 

East Concord Sewer 3,868.60 

Purchase of LaFlamme Property 7,264.00 

Police Garage Alterations 10,697.97 

Five Trucks for Public Works 22,027.73 

Two New Fire Trucks 20,012.81 

Federal zA.irport — Project B 902.88 

Expenses of Bond Issue 584.29 $353,073.19 

Expenditures of Water Bond Proceeds : 

24-Inch Mains $ 10,239.67 

Penacook Pumping Station 7,706.01 

Cost of Bond Issue 554.75 18.500.43 

Transfer of Conant School Serial Note Proceeds to School 
Treasurer 75,000.00 

Total Expenditures $446,573.62 

Balance Forward, Available in 1950 199,063.52 

Total Accounted for $645.637.14 

Available Balance Assigned To : 

Improvement and Equipment Bonds $ 8,744.83 

Federal Airport Project 5,455.12 

Water Department 184,863.57 

$199,063.52 



62 — City of Concoi'd 



STATEMENT OF TAX ACCOUNTS 

For the Year Ended December 31, 1949 

1949 Prior 

Levy Years 

Balance, January 1, 1949 — $ 180,716.56 

1949 Levy Committed to Collector : 

Real Estate and Personal Property --. $2,007,246.20 

1 1 ,598 Polls - 23,196.00 

Bank Stock Tax 6,367.60 

Added Taxes, Interest and Costs..— 1,793.43 7,441.71 

Total Charges to Collector .- * $2,038,603.23 $ 188,158.27 

Accounted for as follows : 

Collections to Treasurer $1,825,286.55 $ 154,878.32 

Collections on hand 505.24 — 

Authorized Abatements .- 7,868.44 4,033.64 

Uncollected, December 31, 1949 _, 204.943.00 29,246.31 

$2,038,603.23 $ 188,158.27 

* Taken as Current Revenue -. $2,008,738.94 

Overlay Approved by State .-. 29,864.29 



Age Analysis of Unpaid Taxes Prior to 1949 

Personal Poll 

Property Taxes 

Levied for the year 1948 $ 1,928.66 $ 3,180.00 

1947 823.70 2,876.00 

1946 565.36 2,476.00 

1945 .-.- 280.31 6,694.30 

1944 134.29 5,092.40 

1943 69.10 1,047.40 

1942 60.53 1,050.40 

1941 105.95 964.20 

1940 102.06 890.20 

1939 60.30 845.15 



$ 4,130.26 $25,116.05 
Total of Personal Property Taxes and Polls -. $29,246.31 

Note: All taxes prior to 1949 are covered by equal reserves for non-collection. 

Annual Report 63 



TRUST FUNDS 

Statement of Changes in Balances 
For the Year Ended December 31, 1949 

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNT 

Cemetery Library Other 

Funds Funds Funds Total 

Balance, January 1, 1949 $398,753.15 $123,920.82 $ 4,961.73 $527,635.70 

New Trusts Received 7,862.50 5,000.00 12,862.50 

Portion of Proceeds of Cemetery 

Lots and Graves .- 1,498.33 1,498.33 

Transfer from Income of the Seth 

Jones Fund 22.47 22.47 

Balance of Principal, December 31, 
1949 $408,136.45 $128,920.82 $ 4,961.73 $542,019.00 



INCOME ACCOUNT 

Balance of accumulated Income, 
January 1, 1949 $21,750.30 $ $ 492.63 $22,242.93 

Interest and Dividends on Invest- 
ments -- 11,455.12 3,394.93 136.42 14,986.47 

Stock Dividend Received 23.30 23.30 

Portion of Proceeds of Sale of 
Cemetery Lots 1,098.34 1,098.34 

Income from Trusts where Prin- 
cipal held by Other Trustees ...... .-.. 10,562.85 10,562.85 

Total Available $ 34,303.76 $ 13,981.08 $ 629.05 $ 48,913.89 



Disbursements: 

Transfer to Cemeteries $13,518.31 $ $ $13,518.31 

Transfer to Library ..- 13,963.08 13,963.08 

Transfer to Schools - 25.00 25.00 

Direct Payments of Expenses and 

Grants 716.73 -.. 50.00 766.73 

Transfer to Principal 22.47 22.47 

Inter-Fund Transfers 18.00 18.00 



Total Disbursements $ 14,239.51 $ 13,981.08 $ 75.00 $ 28,295.59 

Balance of Accumulated Income, 
December 31, 1949 20,064.25 554.05 20,618.30 

Combined Balances of Principal 
and Income $428,200.70 $128,920.82 $ 5,515.78 $562,637.30 



64 — City of Concord 



PUBLIC WORKS— SANITARY SEWERS DIVISION 

Statement of Operations 
For the Year Ended December 31, 1949 



OPERATING REVENUES 

Sewer Rentals — General 

Sewer Rentals — Industrial 

Penalties 

Miscellaneous - - — . 

Total Operating Revenues 



$24,206.55 

5,736.20 

72.49 

691.47 

$ 30,706.71 



OPERATING EXPENSES 
General Operation: 

Superintendence and Engineering 

Main and Manhole Labor and Expense 

House Connection Labor and Expense 

Maintenance of Sewer Mains 

Maintenance of Manholes 

Customers' Expense (Wafer Department) : 

Meter Readings and Collection 

Billing and Accounting 

Administration : 

Office Salaries 

Office Supplies — - - - 

Insurance 

Damages -- - 

Miscellaneous 

Employees' Accounts: 

Annual Leave, Sick Leave and Holiday Payroll 

Retirement Fund Payments 

Depreciation 

Total Operating Expenses 

Operating Income - 

Non-operating Income: 

Interest on Savings Bank Accounts 

Non-operating Expenses: 

Provision for Loss on Accounts Receivable 

Net Profit on Operations for the year 



$ 3,804.16 






3,047.02 






495.01 






894.36 






461.76 


$ 


8.702.31 


$ 369.68 




1,109.05 




1,478.73 


$ 782.55 




32.75 






152.93 






17.70 






85.77 




1,071.70 


976.22 




749.08 




1,725.30 




14,123.04 




$_ 


27,101.08 



3,605.63 



1,001.25 



4,606.88 
700.00 



$ 3.906.88 



Annual Report 65 



PUBLIC WORKS— SANITARY SEWERS DIVISION 

Balance Sheet 
December 31, 1949 



ASSETS 

Fixed Assets: 

Mains, Manholes, Customer Connections, Land and 

Sundry Equipment $1,135,027.03 

Less : Accrued Depreciation 557,733.57 $ 577,293.46 

Current Assets: 

Cash in Bank — Current Account $ 1,439.46 

Cash in Savings Banks 46,501.25 47,940.71 

Accounts Receivable — Rentals $10,392.80 

Sundry Accounts Receivable 521.01 

$10,913.81 
Less : Reserve for Losses -.- -- 3,700.00 7,213.81 

Inventory of Materials and Supplies - 3,769.83 

Total Current Assets-.- $ 58,924.35 

$ 636,217.81 



LIABILITIES AND FUNDS 

Current Liabilities : 

Accounts Bayable — - $ 1,317.00 

Fu)id Balance and Surplus: 

Municipal Investment $ 481,295.85 

Contributions in Aid of Construction 131,625.69 

Balance, January 1, 1949 $18,072.39 

Add : Profit on operation for the year 

from page 12 3,906.88 21,979.27 

Total Fund Balance $ 634,900.81 

$ 636,217.81 



66 — City of Concord 



WATER DEPARTMENT 

Statement ok Operations 
P'oR THE Year Ended December 31, 1949 

OPKRATIXG REVENUES 

Metered Sales to General Customers $ 130,978.86 

Flat Rate Sales to General Customers 3,967.06 

Metered Sales — Industrial -. 28,066.65 

Sales to Other Utilities _ ____ 460.35 

Miscellaneous Operating Revenues 220.12 

Total Operating Revenues .. $ 163,693.04 



OPERATING EXPENSES 
Jl'atcr Supply: 

Superintendence . $ 2,390.85 

Source of Supply Labor 2,782.79 

Pumping Station — Labor 14,389.84 

Pumping Station — Supplies and Expenses 2,471.75 

Gravity System — Supplies and Expenses 2,221.87 

Well system — Supplies and Expenses 211.73 

Purification Labor 389.19 

Purification Supplies and Expenses - 483.92 

Power Purchased ^ 8,563.18 

Repairs to Equipment 359.50 $ 34,273.6.: 

Distribution : 

Superintendence 

Labor - -- 

Supplies and Expenses 

Repairs to Equipment and Structures 



Administration : 

Salaries — Office and Meter Readers 
Commercial Supplies and Expense — 

Stores and Shop Expense 

Garage Expense -- 

Office Supplies, Postage, etc. 

Insurance and Bonds 

Retirement Fund Payments 

Miscellaneous General Expenses _ _ . 



$ 2,390.84 




30,164.62 




881.98 




12,368.33 


45.805.77 


$ 9.783.95 




729.33 




574.96 




2,897.42 




411.92 




2,455.82 




5,278.61 




1,107.39 


23,239.40 


$29,849.46 




20.50 




2,706.25 


32,576.21 



Fixed Charges: 

Depreciation - 

Taxes -- - - 

Interest on Funded Debt 

Total Operating Expenses $ 135,895.00 

Operating Income \ 27,798.04 

Non-Operating Income : 

Interest and Equipment Rentals $ 221.41 

Gain on Sale of Capital Assets 362.57 

Miscellaneous 252.06 836.04 

Net Profit on Operations for the Year $ 28,634.08 

Annual Report 67 



WATER DEPARTMENT 

Balance Sheet 
December 31, 1949 

ASSETS 

Fixed Assets, net of accrued depreciation: 

Water and Flowage Rights $ 167,663.11 

Land - 132,436.35 

Structures 277,350.39 

Equipment - 52,476.50 

Distribution System 678,841 .26 

Other Equipment 42,077.03 

Unfinished construction 11,711.78 $1,362,556.42 

Cash in water bond construction account 184,863.57 

Total Fixed Assets and Construction Cash $1,547,419.99 

Current Assets: 
Cash : 

Cash in Current Account $28,286.78 

Cash in Savings Accounts 5,764.49 

Petty Cash 400.00 $ 34,451.27 

Accounts Receivable 723.87 

Inventories 48,475.30 

Total Current Assets 83,650.44 

$1,631,070.43 



LIABILITIES AND FUNDS 

Capital Liabilities: 

Bonded Debt ($19,000.00 of principal due within one 
year) $ 218,000.00 

Fund Balance and Surplus: 

Municipal Investment $ 963,194.74 

Contributions in aid of Construction 67,982.33 

Surplus — Balance January 1, 1949 $ 353,259.28 

Add — Profit on operations for the year 
from page 10 28,634.08 381,893.36 

Total Fund Balance -- 1,413,070.43 

$1,631,070.43 



68 — City of Concord 



PARKING METER FUND 

Statement ok Operations 
For the Year Ended December 31, 1949 

litco}iie: 

Cash receipts from parking meters $43,821.1/ 

Operating Expenses: 

Maintenance salaries $ 2,904.18 

Parts and supplies 260.04 

Enforcement salaries 5,079.15 

Enforcement supplies 123.82 

Collection salaries 1 ,200.00 

Collection supplies — 90.00 

Accounting salaries 677.31 

Accounting supplies 368.86 

Accounting miscellaneous 20.12 

Marking streets — salaries 96.70 

Marking streets — supplies 710.34 

Incidentals 664.63 

Total Operating Expenses — $12,195.15 

Operating Income - $31.626.02 



PARKING METER FUND 

Balance Sheet 
December 31, 1949 

Assets: 

Cash in bank -- $27,601 .24 

Cash on hand 228.29 $27,829.53 

Meters and coin-handling equipment 42,329.16 

$70,158.69 

Fund Balance : 

Balance, January 1, 1949 $38,532.67 

Add : Operating income for the year, as above 31,626.02 

Fund balance (surplus), December 31, 1949 $70.158.69 



Annual Report - - - 69 



ASSESSORS' STATEMENT FOR 1949 

Assessed V'.ihiatioii .liiioiiiif of Tax Rate 

of City Appropriations per $1,000 
Money raised for the 

State none 

County $38,765,980.00 $ 198,869.48 $ 5.13 

City Budget 38,765,980.00 987,757.17 25.48 

Schools 

*City Union 36,524,630.00 757,400.00 20.74 

**Penacook Union School 2,239,450.00 63,570.20 28.39 



Totals $2,007,602.85 



Warrants Submitted to Tax Collector $2,036,809.80 

Raised by Supplementary Taxes 1,544.41 

Citv Rate ." 51.35 

Penacook Rate 59.00 

Average Tax Rate per $100.00 of Assessed Valuation for City 5.18 

*Includes property located in Loudon 
*'''lncludes property located in Canterbury 

PoLi. Taxes 

Number Amount 

Men 3,913 $ 7,826.00 

Women 7,685 15,370.00 



70 — City of Concord 



11,598 $23,196.00 

EXKMI'TIONS 

Veterans : 

Property Valuation $ 1,008,259.00 

Polls (3,225) 6,450.00 

Blind: 

Property Valuation 4,000.00 

Polls (8) 16.00 



Total Exemptions $ 1,018,725.00 



Bank Stock 
Bank Stock $ 6,367.60 



Assessed Valuations oe Various Types of Property 

Type No. I'alnation 

Improved and Unimproved Land and Buildings $31,875,277.00 

Growing Wood and Timber .' 11,498.00 

Electric Plants 1,702,150.00 

Horses 116 12,500.00 

Asses and Mules 2 300.00 

Oxen 

Cows 953 128,850.00 

Other Neat Stock 153 14,065.00 

Sheep and Goats 79 819.00 

Hogs 7 175.00 

Fowls 25,071 28,506.00 

Fur-bearing Animals 81 405.00 

Portable Mills 85,500.00 

Boats and Launches 1,650.00 

Wood, Lumber etc 38,050.00 

Gasoline Pumps and Tanks 24,710.00 

Stock in Trade 4,063,975.00 

Machinery 777,550.00 



Total $38,765,980.00 



COMPARATIVE TABLE 

Of the Number of Polls and Veterans, Assessed V.\luationS, 
Tax Levies and Rates 1939-1949 

Exemptions Coiiiinitfed 

Year Polls I'cfcraiis Valuations Tax'-' Rate 

1939 13.877 958 $32,365,017.00 $1,176,029.78 $35.30 

1940 14,334 925 32,791,790.00 1,280,926.90 38.00 

1941 13,874 896 33,068,487.00 1,264,315.56 37.20 

1942 13,184 897 33,282,876.00 1,312,838.22 38.40 

1943 12,205 796 33,251,268.00 1,087,147.04 31.80 

1944 12.416 679 33,083,027.00 1,088,928.60 30.59 

1945 11.734 701 32,9()3,846.()0 1,181,708.97 33.68 

1946 12,139 2,570 33,622,496.00 1,333,172.60 38.26 

1947 11,606 2,817 36,457,539.00 1,557,237.23 41.47 

1948 11.859 3,207 37,330,320.00 1,749,517.43 45.92 

1949 11.598 3,225 38,765,980.00 2,036,809.80 51.35 

" Does not reflect Abatements and Deductions allowed by Assessors. 



Annual Report 71 



INDEX 



PAGE 

Activities in 1949 4 

Appendix 53 

Assessment 10 

Bond Funds 11 

Building Activity 40 

Cemeteries 44 

City Clerk 8 

City Government 6 

City Officials 7 

Elections 8 

Engineering 42 

Examination of Plumbers 40 

Finances H 

Financial Statements and Statistics 54 

Fire Protection 38 

Garbage Disposal 41 

General Fund 54 

Health and Sanitation 17 

Hydrants 39 

Legal Service 12 

Library 23 

Milk Control 18 



PAGE 

Municipal Airport 35 

Municipal Court 33 

Parks 44 

Planning 13 

Plumbing Inspection 40 

Police Protection 28 

Probation 37 

Public Works 41 

Recreation 21 

Refuse Collection 41 

Relief 26 

Schools 49 

Sewers 42 

Snow Plowing and Sanding 41 

Street Lighting 41 

Tax Collection 10 

Trees 44 

Trust Funds 64 

Vital Statistics 8 

Water Supply 46 

Weights and Measures 45 

Zoning Appeals 40 



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