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TOWN OF BEDFORD 

ANNUAL TOWN AND SCHOOL REPORTS 





TO THE 

ANN D«NKOLfi ME 
PLfiYGROUND 

DEDICATED JULY 2007 

THANK YOU TO OUR COMMUNITY- THE LOCAL BUSINESSES 

AND SERVICE CROUPS. FAMILIES AND VOLUNTEERS WHO 

GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED THE REBUILOINC OF THE BEDFORD 

COMMUNITY PLAYCROUNO. YOUR HELP AND DONATIONS WILL 

(JIVE MANY CHILDREN A CHERISHED PLACE 

TO PLAY AND THRIVE. 

GOLD 

ANN OeNrCOLA TRUST 

BEDFORD FRIENDS OF RECREATION 

TOWN OF BEDFORD 

SILVER 

BEDFORD LIONS CLUB 
DOCTORS PARK PEDIATRICS 

FENCES UNLIMITED 

HANNAFORO SUPERMARKETS 

HARVEY'S CONCRETE FLOOR COMPANY 

HUH FOUND A TION 

THE HOME DEPOT & KoBOOMI 

LIBERTY HILL CONSTRUCTION. LLC 

MANCHESTER REOIMiX CONCRETE, INC. 

L. NEWMAN ASSOCIATES/PAUL MANS8ACK. INC. 

PEDIATRIC HEALTH ASSOCIATES 

PRO-SCAPE 

ROTARY CLUB OF BEDFORD 

SPATIAL CONSTRUCTION 

BRONZE 

BEDFORD MEN'S CLUB 

ECKMAN CONSTRUCTION 

R.E. JENKINS CONSTRUCTION 

KEACH-NORDSTROM ASSOCIATES. INC. 

THE SHOTTES FAMILY 

Tieo LUMBER 

* SPECIAL THANKS FROM THE PLAYCROUNO COMMITTEE: 

MICHELLE CASALE. ANDREA CHATEIELO. BILL CREIHER. 

PRISCIUA HcCINTY. US* HOSKAI. 

JANE O'BRIEN. KlU PEICKER. GEORGE POTTER. 

ERIN STEFFENS. JEN THEODORE 




2007 TOWN COUNCIL 



2007 SCHOOL BOARD 



Paul Roy, Sr., Chairman 

Mike Izbicki 

Kevin Keyes 

Michael Scanlon 

Bob Young 

Normand Longval 

William Jean 



Cindy Chagnon, Chairperson 
Sue Thomas 
Steve Beals 
Terry Wolf 
David Sacks 



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TOWN DIRECTORY 

TOWN OFFICES 

24 North Amherst Road, Bedford, NH 03110 

Hours: Monday - Friday 8^00 am - 4:30 pm 

Tuesday - 7:00 am to 4:30 pm 

Assessing, Planning and Zoning 472-8104 

Auto/Dog/Voter Registration 472-3550 

Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates 472-3550 

Finance and Personnel 472-9869 

Parks and Recreation 472-5242 

Public Works: Highway and Sewer 472-3070 

Tax Collector/Town Clerk 472-3550 

Town Office - Administration 472-5242 

Website: www.bedfordnh.org 



SAFETY COMPLEX 

55 Constitution Drive, Bedford, NH 03110 

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm 

Building/Health Code Officiayinspector 472-3838 

Fire Department - Business Line 472-3219 

Police Department - Business Line 472-5113 

FIRE AND POLICE EMERGENCY LINE 911 

Website: www.bedfordpd.com 



BEDFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY 

3 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford, NH 03110 

Hours: Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am - 8:00 pm 

Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm; Saturday, 10:00 am- 3:00 pm 

Sunday, 1:00 am - 5:00 pm (September through June) 

Telephone 472-3023 

Website: www.bedford.lib.nh.us 



OTHER TOWN DEPARTMENTS 

Town Pool, 20 County Road (summer only) 472-7331 

Transfer Station/Dump, Chubbuck Road 472-4563 

Hours: Tuesday - 7:00 am - 5:00 pm 

Wednesday through Saturday ■ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm 

(Closed Sunday and Monday) 

BCTV - Channels 16 & 22, 10 Meetinghouse Road 472-8288 




ANNUAL REPORT 

FOR THE 

TOWN OF BEDFORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE 

For the Year Ending December 31, 2007 



ELECTED OFFICL^LS 



APPOINTED OFFICLy:.S 



TOWN COUNCILORS 

Paul Roy, Sr., Chairman 2009 

Mike Izbicki, Vice Chairman 2010 

Kevin Keyes 2008 

Michael Scanlon 2010 

Bob Young 2009 

Normand Longval 2009 

William Jean 2008 

Bill VanAnglen (resigned 5/07) 

TOWN CLERK 

Wanda Jenkins 2008 

MODERATOR 

Eugene Van Loan, III 2008 

SUPERVISORS OF THE CHECKLIST 

Benita Diamond, Chairperson 2008 

M. Elaine Tefft 2010 

JoanMcMahan 2008 

Lynn Cornell (resigned 10/07) 

Dorothy Witzel (resigned 10/07) 

TRUSTEES OF THE TRUST FUNDS 

Ryk Bullock 2008 

Scott Earnshaw 2009 

Mark Peicker 2010 

LIBRARY TRUSTEES 

Robert Brooks, Chairman 2009 

Anthony Frederick 2008 

Edward Moran 2010 



Town Manager Russell R. Marcoux 

Executive Assistant Dawn Boufford 

Assessor William Ingalls 

Building Code Official Wayne Richardson 

Environmental Coord Steve Crean 

Finance Director Crystal Dionne 

Fire Chief Scott Wiggin 

Information Systems Brian Davis 

Library Director Mary Ann Senatro 

Police Chief David Bailey 

Planning Director Rick Sawyer 

Public Works Director Jim Stanford 

BCTV Station Manager Bill Jennings 

Town Treasurer Edith Schmidtchen 

Planning Director Karen White 

(retired 8/07) 

Recreation Director Craig Sanderson 

(resigned 10/07) 



STATE ELECTED OFFICL\LS 

Governor John Lynch 

US Senators Judd Gregg 

John Sununu 

US Representatives Paul Hodes 

Carol Shea-Porter 

Executive Councilor Raymond Wieczorek 

State Senator Sheila Roberge 



REPRESENTATIVES TO THE 
GENERAL COURT 



Mark Clark 

John Graham 

Ken Hawkins 

Edward P. Moran 

Jayne Spaulding 

Maurice Villeneuve 



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APPOINTED BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS 

PLANNING BOARD 

Paul Goldberg, Chairman 2010 

Jon Levenstein, Vice Chairman 2009 

Harold Newberry, Secretary 2008 

DebSklar 2008 

NealCasale 2009 

Karen McGinley 2008 

Robert Young, Councilor 
Russell Marcoux, Town Manager 

Alternates 
Paul Roy, Sr., Councilor 

Michael Burns 2008 

Christopher Riley 2009 

ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT 

Christopher Bandazian, Chairman 2008 

Sara Clark 2008 

William Walsh 2010 

James O'Neil 2009 

Mike Izbicki, Councilor 
Alternates 

Derek Koziol 2009 

Eric Bernard 2010 

Normand Longval, Councilor 

CONSERVATION COMMISSION 

Mervyn Taub, Chairman 2008 

Glenn Boston, Vice Chairman 2009 

Karen Simmons 2009 

David Brown 2009 

Anthony Clark 2010 

Bob Young, Councilor 
Neil Casale, Planning Board 
Alternates 

Landy Labonte 2010 

William Jean, Councilor 
Michael Burns, Planning Board 

TRUSTEES OF CEMETERIES 

Don Folsom, Chairman 2008 

Ralph Dieter 2009 

Howard Frizzell 2010 

HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION 

Greg Zimmermann, Chairman 2008 

Beverly Thomas 2008 

William Jean, Councilor 
Deb Sklar, Planning Board 



HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION 
Alternates 

Andrew Noyes 2009 

Laura O'Donnell 2010 

Pamela Weeks-Dorji 2008 

Paul Roy. Sr., Councilor 

Karen McGinley, Planning Board 

PARKS AND RECREATION 

William Foote, Chairman 2009 

Sue Thomas 2008 

Michelle Casale 2010 

Normand Longval, Councilor 
Alternates 

LoriRadke 2010 

Kim Daneault 2008 

Mike Izbicki, Councilor 

BEDFORD COMMUNITY TELEVISION 

Eugene Mackie, Chairman 2008 

Robert Thomas 2010 

Mike Robinson 2010 

Michael Sills 2010 

Richard Rawlings 2010 

Mary Lou Wilson 2008 

Lauren Horton 2009 

Mike Izbicki, Councilor 

William Jean, Councilor Alternate 

Terry Wolf, School Board 

HIGHWAY SAFETY COMMITTEE 

Police Chief David Bailey, Chairman 
Fire Chief Scott Wiggin 
Jim Stanford, Director of Public Works 
Paul Roy, Sr., Councilor 

Gerry Gagne, Resident 2009 

Ken Peterson, Resident 2010 

Tony Grande, Alternate 2009 

Mike Izbicki, Councilor Alternate 

WATER & SEWER ADVISORY COMMITTEE 

Bruce Thomas, Chairman 2010 

Paul Goldberg 2008 

Paul Arnold 2008 

Richard Moore 2009 

Kevin Keyes, Councilor 
Michael Scanlon, Councilor Alternate 
Steve Crean, Environmental Coordinator 
Richard Sawyer, Planning Director 



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TABLE OF CONTENTS 

Town & State Elected Officials 1 

Appointed Boards & Commissions 2 

Table of Contents 3 

Dedication 4 

Minutes of 2007 Budgetary Town Meeting 5 

2007 Town Population and Tax Rate Information 17 

March 13, 2007 Election Results 17 

Update from Washington - Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter 18 

Town Council Chairman Message 18 

Town Manager's Report 20 

Finance & Personnel/Tax Collection Departments 21 

Statement of Bonded Debt 23 

Independent Auditor's Report 24 

Balance Sheet - Governmental Funds as of December 31, 2006 26 

Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting 27 

Information Technology Department 28 

Planning Board 28 

Planning and Zoning Department 29 

Zoning Board of Adjustment 30 

Southern New Hampshire Planning 30 

Cemetery Trustees 31 

Supervisors of the Checklist 32 

Bedford Village Common Committee 32 

Historic District Commission 32 

Assessing Department 33 

Conservation Commission 34 

Bedford Parks and Recreation Department and Commission 35 

Bedford Community Television (BCTV) 36 

Bedford Police Department 38 

Bedford Police Department 2007 Annual Statistics 39 

Bedford Fire Department 39 

Forest Fire Warden & State Forest Ranger Report 40 

Building/Health Department 41 

Building Department Statistics 43 

Department of Public Works 44 

2007 Road Program 45 

Bedford Water and Sewer Advisory Committee 46 

Bedford Public Library 46 

Town Clerk's Report 49 

Trustees of the Trust Funds 50 

Marriages 51 

Births 53 

Deaths 55 

2008 Municipal Warrant and Budget Summary 65 

2008 Town Council Proposed Budget Summary 68 

2008 General Fund Appropriations by Category 70 

2008 Proposed Appropriations 71 

2008 Proposed Revenues 73 

2008 Proposed Budget Breakdown and Tax Rate History 74 

Capital Improvement Plan Summary 2008 - 2017 75 



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DEDICATION 




DOROTHY "DOTTIE" WITZEL 

This year's Town Report is dedicated to Dorothy "Dottie" Witzel, one of Bedford's finest and most 
selfless citizens. Dottie was a long time resident of Bedford along with her husband Walter. In 
1958, Dottie and Walter chose to make Bedford their home where they raised their 2 children, 
Valerie and Jeffrey. 

After spending more than twenty-five years working for the telephone company, Dottie began to 
focus her time and energy in service to the residents of Bedford. For several years, Dottie was quite 
active in Town organizations including the Unity Club Fair, the Bedford Mothers Club and the 
Bedford Crimeline. After working as a ballot counter in the mid 1970's, Dottie continued to serve 
her community as a Supervisor of the Checklist. She was elected to the position in 1996 and was 
unanimously appointed as Chairperson in 2000, where she served as such until 2007. On November 
28, 2007, Dottie was appointed as Supervisor of the Checklist Emeritus by the Bedford Town 
Council. 



Dottie's devotion to her family, friends and community is admirable. She was a firm believer in 
doing what was best for the Town of Bedford. Dottie's unforgettable strength and character serves 
as an inspiration to us all. 



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Budgetary Town Meeting - McKelvie School 
Wednesday, March 7, 2007 



The Bedford Budgetary Town Meeting was held 
on Wednesday, March 7, 2007 at McKelvie School. 
Moderator Eugene Van Loan III opened the 
meeting at 7:00 PM, led the Pledge of Allegiance, 
and introduced those seated on the stage: 
Councilors William Van Anglen, Lori Radke, 
Michael Scanlon, Andy Egan, Kevin Keyes, Paul 
Roy, Norm Longval; Town Manager Russ 
Marcoux; Finance Director Crystal Dionne; Town 
Clerk Wanda Jenkins. There were approximately 
150 people present. 

Moderator Van Loan turned the microphone over 
to Town Council Chairman Bill Van Anglen for a 
presentation. 

Chairman Van Anglen said we have a number of 
recognitions that we'd like to give to some Town 
employees as well as some past Councilors and 
also to some Councilors that will be leaving us. 

The first presentation is a proclamation to Roland 
Latulippe. Chairman Van Anglen read the 
proclamation: 

TOWN OF BEDFORD. NEW HAMPSHIRE 
RESOLUTION 

WHEREAS, 

Roland Latulippe served as a part-time and 
auxiliary officer with the Bedford Police 
Department for over 45 years, retiring on 
December 31, 2006 at the age of 73; 

WHEREAS, 

Roland was born in his family's house at 14 Curtis 

Lane and grew up with five brothers and a sister. 

His father was a Bedford Police Officer and later a 

crossing guard. Roland went from grade school to 

working in a Manchester mill, and then into 

construction; 

WHEREAS, 

Roland was sworn in as a part-time special officer 
for the Bedford Police Department on September 
5, 1961 at the age of 28. At that time, the 
Department consisted of the Police Chief, one 
patrolman, and two special officers; 



WHEREAS, 

Roland was proud of his arrest record of zero, 
which he credited to his unique approach to 
policing. He solved more problems by talking to 
people rather than having to arrest them. He 
even convinced more than a few potential 
dropouts into finishing high school; 

WHEREAS, 

Roland became an auxiliary officer for traffic duty 
on November 9, 1989. He was famous for his 
orange gloves that could be seen around Town, 
either directing traffic or waving at passersby; 

WHEREAS, 

Roland received over 600 get-well cards during a 

16-month recovery period that occurred as a 

result of an accident in 1994; a tribute to Roland's 

positive impact and reputation within the 

community; 

WHEREAS, 

Roland was well known for his cheerful smile, his 
dedication to the Town of Bedford and his endless 
supply of tootsie rolls, which he kept in his pocket 
and distributed to children of all ages; 

WHEREAS. 

Roland was recognized for his years of service at a 
retirement party held in his honor on February 1, 
2007. There on the whiteboard was written the 
phrase "1-800-CALL-ROLAND", a reference to his 
can-do attitude and dedicated work ethic; 

THEREFORE, 

Be it resolved that we, the Bedford Town Council, 
and on behalf of the members of the community, 
do hereby express our wholehearted thanks and 
appreciation to Roland for a job well done, and 
wish him the best of luck on his retirement. 

PROCLAIMED BY THE BEDFORD, NH TOWN 
COUNCIL THIS 7'h DAY OF March 2007 



William Van Anglen 
Michael Scanlon 
Kevin Keyes 
Normand Longval 



Lori Radke 
Andrew Egan 
Paul F. Roy, Sr. 



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Budgetary Town Meeting - McKelvie School 
Wednesday, March 7, 2007 



Chairman Van Anglen presented Mr. Latuhppe 
with a container of Tootsie Rolls. Chairman Van 
Anglen said for those of you who don't know, 
Roland's got a little bit of a movie star in his 
background. He was featured on a Megabucks 
commercial many years ago. They filmed him and 
they asked if you won Megabucks where would 
you go and he said Aruba. Roland has had a very 
interesting career. He's been an icon of the Town 
for years and Roland we appreciate everything 
you've done for us. 

Roland Latulippe said I appreciate everything 
that everyone has done for me. If there be 
anything I could do today, I'd be more than willing 
to do it for you. This means a great deal to me 
and I am honored for all the things that have been 
going on; the Department giving me a farewell 
party; a couple of weeks ago I had an invitation to 
the School Board at which they gave me a gift 
also, which was a pair of gloves, but they weren't 
orange, they were black. I enjoyed that so much. 
Thank you very, very much everybody and God 
bless you all. Thank you. 

Chairman Van Anglen said the next person we 
would like to recognize is somebody who has had 
this coming for a long time. In fact, over the last 
year the Council has intended to do this and 
hasn't had a chance to be able to do it. We'd like 
past Council and Past Chairman Bill Greiner to 
join us please. Councilor Greiner served on the 
Council for six years and I had the pleasure of 
serving for four of those six years with him. I can 
tell you that as a Councilor he was dedicated to 
his job. He had a lot of passion about what he 
thought and he was quite impactful on the 
Council. He did a lot of things that over the years 
helped us both financially and helped us as a 
community. Bill, it's long overdue. I apologize to 
you for taking this long. We want to thank you for 
all the years of service that you've given us. 
Chairman Van Anglen presented Mr. Greiner 
with a plaque that read: 

In appreciation of your dedicated service 

to the Bedford Town Council from 2000 to 2006 

and Chairman in 2003. 



Chairman Van Anglen said the next recognition 
that we'd like to give as a Council is to a Councilor 
who has served us well. The Council over the 
years has been represented by many different 
personalities. If you've lived in Town for any 
period of time and you watch our meetings, you'll 
see that there are a lot of different personalities 
up there. We've had Councilors who have been 
outspoken. Councilors who were very analytical. 
Councilors who have been controversial, and 
Councilors that have been quietly influential. As 
many of you know, this last year has been a year 
of change on the Council. During that year, there 
has been one Councilor that has been working as 
a stabilizing force. Through Lori Radke's 
compassion, calm approach, and even 
temperament, she has helped lead this Council 
through this time of change. Lori has been a 
friend and advisor to each of us. She has been an 
advocate for civility, fairness, and reaching out to 
the public and the voters. Lori has never 
forgotten who she is as a person or whom she 
represents. As the Vice Chair this year, I 
personally found her guidance and counsel during 
tough situations invaluable. Lori also holds the 
record for chairing the fastest Town Council 
meeting in the five years I've been on the Council, 
however, as normal, this Council does not have 
100% alignment around the record. Lori, some of 
your fellow Councilors do not attribute the record 
to your skills as the chairman on that meeting, 
but the fact that I was not at the meeting. I don't 
know what they mean by that. I would attribute 
it to your skills as the chairman. Lori, on behalf 
of the Town Council and the community of 
Bedford, I would like to thank you for your years 
of commitment and service to the Town of 
Bedford. On a personal note, Kathy and I would 
like to thank you for allowing us to go on vacation 
in February, because my wife is the outgoing 
School District Clerk and Lori is running to be the 
School District Clerk, so my wife will not have to 
handle absentee ballots anymore during the 
election period anymore and Lori will. Lori, we'll 
miss your guidance, your counsel and your 
calming affect. 



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Wednesday, March 7, 2007 



Lori Radke said as many of you know, I'm not a 
woman with many words. The only thing I'd like 
to say is thank you Council for the three years 
that I've been all of you guys, and Councilor 
Danielson and Councilor Greiner too, it was a 
wonderful experience. I learned a lot. I enjoyed 
coming to the meetings. There was a lot of work, 
a lot of preparation, but I went to every meeting 
with an open mind and I enjoyed it. Also, the 
people I would really like to thank is all of you 
who voted me in three years ago and I hope I 
served you well. Thank you very much. Lori was 
presented with a plaque. 

Chairman Van Anglen said last, but not least. I 
would like to take this opportunity to thank Town 
Councilor Andy Egan for his dedication and hard 
work over the years. Andy's honesty, integrity 
and insight have enriched the Council and the 
community of Bedford. Andy has personally and 
selflessly sacrificed an incredible amount to serve 
the community and he will be sorely missed on 
this Council. I know I speak for the entire Town 
Council when I say that we wish Andy the most 
heartfelt thank you and the best of wishes in the 
years to come. On a personal note, I will miss 
Andy's guidance, sense of humor, and common 
sense approach to the issues we have faced over 
the years. I have always found his thoughts to be 
in the best interest of the community. Andy, we, 
and I, will miss you very much on the Council. 
Chairman Van Anglen presented Andy with a 
plaque that read: 

Bedford Town Council March 2003 to March 2007 
In appreciation of your dedicated service to the citizens 

of Bedford: 

Your generous personal commitment of time and love of 

the community has been an inspiration for us all' 

You have been a model of leadership and 

uncompromising in tegrity-' 

Thank you for all you have sacrificed to make 

Bedford a better place. 

Lori Radke said about two years we had a 
gentleman, an artist in Town, who came and he 
presented to the Town, his name is Herb Lucas, a 
beautiful painting of Joppa Hill. I was sitting on 
the Council at the time and it was a beautiful 
painting. I looked over to Councilor Egan and I 
just remember the expression on his face. It was 



just in awe. If you come to the Town Offices you'll 
see it. It's of the Joppa Hill with the cart up there 
near the tree. I always thought back then, if I'm 
on the Council and Andy Egan is still here, I want 
to make sure that we present him with that very 
same picture, so Andy, this is for you. We all 
agree that you deserve this. Lori presented Andy 
with the picture. 

Andy Egan said that I certainly was not prepared 
for. As most of you know I've amassed quite a 
collection of these. This is a rather bittersweet 
occasion for me. The bitter part is stepping down 
and ending my service to this community. I hope 
I've comported myself well on your behalf. I've 
always tried to be a representative of the entire 
community. The sweet part is there are always 
new challenges out there. I will still be around. 
You will see me active this summer on behalf of 
the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation. I 
think you all had made me a lot prouder than 1 
have you. You have shown tremendous 

forbearance, a tremendous understanding and 
caring, and I thank you all. 

Lori Radke said about a year ago I had a 
conversation with our Chairman about being 
Chair. Apparently everybody wants to be Chair. 
If you ask me I think it's a little overrated. He 
wanted to be Chair. We talked about it. I told 
him to think it over. Do you really want to do that 
job? I have a gut feeling. Bill, it's going to be 
tough year. Don't ask me why. It must be 
women's intuition. It's going to be a tough year. 
He said no, I want to be Chair. I said okay I'll 
support you and good luck. It was a busy year. 
There were some controversial topics and some 
intense meetings. Of course, a regional wide 
search for a new town manager. In thinking back, 
what better person to organize the search than a 
human resource professional, so it was meant to 
be that Bill was our Chair this year. Bill, you did 
a great job. You ran your meetings efficiently. 
You were fair and you treated each and every one 
of us with respect. What more can a Council ask 
for? Bill, it was an honor to serve beside you. The 
one thing I noticed while sitting next to you at the 
meetings, you enjoyed using your gavel. With 
that said, I would like to present to you your very 



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Budgetary Town Meeting - McKelvie School 
Wednesday, March 7, 2007 



own gavel. One more thing, on my three years on 
Council, 1 had the privilege of working with lots of 
great Chairs. Of course, Bill was this year and 
last year we had a wonderful Chair, who wasn't 
recognized for some reason or another. I believe 
Kevin Keyes did a wonderful job my second year 
as a Councilor and I think this is an opportunity 
to recognize our Chair from two years ago; better 
late than never. Kevin, thank you for being our 
Chair from the year 2005 to 2006. 

Moderator Van Loan said we are going to now go 
the warrant. The business of this evening is 
Article 3 on the warrant, which is the budget. The 
other articles on the warrant are^ the first article 
is the election of Town officers and the next article 
is a series of proposed zoning amendments. All 
of these together with the issues that are on the 
School District warrant, which includes the School 
District budget items and election of School 
District officers will all occur next Tuesday, March 
13'h, here at the McKelvie School. This is by 
ballot. The polls will be open, as to both Town 
and School matters, from 7:00am to 7:00pm. I 
want to repeat that. Trust me! do not listen to the 
radio when they tell you that the polls in New 
Hampshire are open at such and such a time. 
Typically they will over state it or under state it. 
Bedford - 7:00am to 7:00pm. If you are too late 
after 7:00pm, regardless of where you work or 
whatever the radio might have said, the polls 
close at 7:00pm. That is for all voting matters on 
the ballot. 

Moderator Van Loan said I'm going to read the 
only item on the warrant, which is Article 3, and 
in this case it is on page 61 of the Town Report. I 
will read that and I will ask for a motion. Once 
that motion is seconded, I will ask the person who 
made the motion to speak to the article if he or 
she wishes to. I assume it's going to be one of the 
members of the Town Council. After we have had 
an introduction to the motion, then we will 
proceed to discuss the items on the budget. We 
will refer to pages 64 & 65 of the Town Report 
where the individual line items on the Town 
budget are enumerated. I will go down the 
individual items, which total up what the total 
budget is and I will read each line item. As I do, if 



somebody has a question, wishes to discuss or 
wishes is to make a motion, that is the time to do 
it. Although it is not a hard and fast rule, I want 
to make it as hard and fast as I can that once we 
pass an item, that we don't go back to it. If 
anyone wishes to make a motion, and because this 
is a Budgetary Town Meeting and essentially the 
only thing we're doing is raising and 
appropriating money, essentially the only motions 
that you can make are to increase or decrease the 
budget in a particular area. If you make such a 
motion to increase or decrease, I'll ask for a 
second and then you can speak to you motion. If 
you do make a motion, I will accept a secondary 
motion to that, but we're not going to get into 
third motions, fourth motions, etc. If anyone 
wishes to speak, I would ask that you approach 
the microphone. Please state your name and your 
residence in Bedford. 1 think all of you know that 
the only people that are entitled to speak or to 
vote at this meeting are residents and voters of 
the Town of Bedford. With respect to speaking, 
however, in a case where it seems appropriate 
because we have need for special information from 
somebody who might not be a registered voter, 
such as a Department Head or something that 
doesn't live in Town, upon request for permission, 
I would grant a non-voter permission to speak. 
However, when it comes to voting time, only 
registered voters who have passed through the 
checklist are entitled to vote. If you do wish to 
speak, I ask that you direct your comments to the 
Chair, not to members of the Town Council. This 
is not an adversary proceeding. This is an effort 
to vote. It's a democratic proceeding. We are here 
to vote on the budget. If you have a question, you 
direct it to me. I will in turn, if it's a question that 
you want some member of the Council to answer 
on some financial issue, I will refer it to them. 
They can answer it or not answer it as they 
choose, but we're not going to get into a private 
dialog between a citizen and a member of the 
Council. If you get a response that you don't like, 
you can talk back to me. Don't get into a private 
dialog with the Council and I would say the same 
thing to the Council. That it's your responsibility 
to direct your comments to the Chair and not to 
engage in private dialogs with members of the 
voting public. We're going to try to keep matters 



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civil and we don't wish to engage in any adverse 
personal attacks, profanity or anj^hing of the like. 
When all is done with respect to the discussion on 
a motion if there is a motion that's pending to add 
money or take money out of the budget, we will 
vote on that matter. Typically, I would call for the 
vote simply by a voice vote. If I am in doubt and 
unable to call that vote, I could ask for a standing 
vote of the yeas and the nays. By the same token, 
if there is a voice vote, and you don't think I've 
called it right, stand up and ask for what is known 
as a division, which means a standing vote. 
Regardless of whether I think I called it right or 
not, if you ask for a division, you're going to get 
one. The final possibility with respect to voting is 
a secret, written ballot. 1 have received no 
requests up to this point, but you are entitled as 
voters to request on any issue, a secret ballot. The 
way to do that if somebody requests it is that 
immediately before we vote on an issue, I can 
accept that request by five voters signing a piece 
of paper saying they request a secret ballot or 
after we have had the vote, whether it's by a voice 
vote or a standing vote, I will accept a secret 
written ballot request either orally or in writing 
by seven voters. Once we pass on to something 
else, there's no going back. We do have some 
designated areas in the back for non-registered 
observers. I will use as a guideline, but not be 
totally bound by it, Robert's Rules of Order and a 
little bit of common sense. This is your meeting. 
If you do not agree with a ruling that I make on 
any procedural issue, unless that procedural issue 
is something that is commanded by law, if it's a 
matter of some kind of discretionary procedural 
rule that I make, you are entitled to challenge 
that ruling and just like any other determination 
that we make tonight, it will be done by majority 
vote. If I make a ruling that you disagree with, 
you can say I wish to challenge the ruling of the 
Chair and if there's a second, we can have some 
discussion about. Unless it's something that's 
proscribed by State law, you can take a vote on it 
and you can overrule the Chair on any procedural 
ruling. I will ask you to turn to page 61 in your 
Town Report and I'm going to read Article 3. 



Article 3. 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate such sums of money as may be 
necessary to defray the Town charges for the 
ensuing year. 

General Fund $20,525,412 

Police Special Detail 454,374 

Recreation Day Camp 140,191 

Bedford Comm. TV 299.913 

Special Revenue Funds 57,500 

Sewer Fund 1,525,361 

Total Appropriation $23,002,751 

MOTION by Council Chairman Van Anglen that 
we approve the Town Operating Budget in the 
total appropriation amount of $23,002,751. 
Seconded by Lori Radke. 

Council Chairman Van Anglen asked to speak to 
his motion. 

Council Chairman Van Anglen said what 1 would 
like to do is on page 61 through 62, there is a 
summary of the budget. What I'd like to do is 
read through that summary that highlights the 
different areas of the budget and speak to the 
motion that way. 

Council Chairman Van Anglen read a summary of 
the 2007 Town Council proposed budget as 
follows^ 

2007 Town Council 
Proposed Municipal Budget Summary 

There is an estimated tax increase in the Town 
portion of property taxes of $0.80 to support the 
2007 budget. The estimated Town portion of the 
tax rate is $3.65 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. 
Highlighted below are the projects and/or 
equipment included within departmental budgets 
that will continue to allow for the quality service 
that the residents of Bedford have come to expect. 
Additional costs in the budget are funded through 
cost savings elsewhere and new revenues. 



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The Town Council budget includes $1,000,000 for 
the acquisition of land, if a parcel becomes 
available during the year. This amount is totally 
offset by revenue. The debt service payments for 
Joppa Hill have been fully funded, therefore there 
is no appropriation in the 2007 budget. 
The Election and Registration overall budget 
decrease is due to a reduction in the number of 
elections in 2007. However, this budget includes 
$8,070 for the purchase of 50 new voting booths as 
well as $3,000 for potential startup costs associated 
with moving the elections to the new high 
school/middle school if needed in 2007. 
The Finance and Personnel budget includes 
$10,000 to be deposited into the Financial Software 
Capital Reserve account. 

The Information Technology budget includes 
funding for the replacement of various computers 
and equipment as recommended by the Information 
Technology Master Plan accepted by the Town 
Council. This budget also includes $19,000 to be 
deposited into Capital Reserve accounts. 
The Assessing budget includes a $15,000 Capital 
Reserve deposit for the 2008 valuation update. 
The Planning Department budget includes $25,000 
benefit payout for the retirement of the planning 
director and $30,000 Capital Reserve deposit for 
the town wide master plan. 

The Safety Complex budget includes $41,500 to 
begin replacement of the 10 heating units, which 
are beyond their life expectancy. This amount is 
offset by a Capital Reserve withdrawal of $22,500. 
The Fund Balance Reserve budget was established 
in 2005 to address the long-term financial stability 
of the town and funding continues in 2007 with an 
appropriation of $278,749. 

The Police Administration budget includes merit 
wage increases for all department personnel and 
$30,000 for anticipated police grants. The grants 
are offset completely by revenue. 
The Police Communications budget includes 
$84,305 to fund 2 new positions, a Dispatcher and a 
Lieutenant for 6 months. These positions will 
require full year funding in future budgets. This 
budget also includes an $18,000 Capital Reserve 
deposit for the future replacement of the dispatch 
radio console. 

The Police Patrol budget includes $76,902 to fund 2 
new patrol officer positions for 6 months, one of 
which will serve as the School Resource Officer for 
the School District. This SRO position is partially 
funded by the School budget in the amount of 
$28,838. These positions will require full year 
funding in future budgets. This budget also 



includes a $9,000 Capital Reserve deposit for the 
replacement of portable radios. 

The Fire Administration budget includes merit 
wage increases for all department personnel and 
$125,000 for anticipated fire grants. Revenues 
offset this budget item. 

The Fire Operations budget includes a full year of 
funding for the 5 new positions added at the 2006 
Budgetary Town Meeting. Also included are three 
additional firefighter positions for 6 months, which 
is partially funded by the receipt of a 5-year 
SAFER grant. These new positions are 
recommended by the fire master plan study. The 
Fire Operations budget also includes $205,000 for 
deposits to various Capital Reserve accounts for the 
future replacement of capital equipment and 
vehicles. 

The Public Works Administration budget includes 
merit wage increases for all department personnel. 
The Public Works Local Road Maintenance budget 
includes $2,665,450 for the principal and interest 
payments of the two existing road bonds and 
$1,000,000 for local road maintenance. Public 
Works will also spend approximately $4 million of 
the 2005 Road Bond during 2007. 
The Public Works H i ghway budget includes 
$115,000 for the replacement of a compressor and 
mower, which are offset by capital reserves in the 
amount of $100,500. The budget also includes 
$291,000 for the purchase of two dump trucks and 
a loader/backhoe, $131,000 of which is offset by 
revenue. There is an additional $225,000 budgeted 
to be deposited into various Capital Reserve 
accounts. 

The Transfer Station budget includes $158,240 for 
the landfill bond payment. 

The Recreation Field budget includes $52,000 for 
the Center Park, $100,000 for the replacement of 
Timber Town which is offset by anticipated 
donations and a capital reserve withdrawal, all 
totaling $61,200. Also included in this budget is 
$50,000 to repair Selvoski field, and $12,000 to 
replace a mower. 

The Library budget includes merit wage increases 
for all department personnel, funding to a Capital 
Reserve for building repairs in the amount of 
$34,700 and $165,288 for the Library bond 
payment. 

The Conservation Commission budget includes 
$329,228 towards the purchase of conservation 
land if any becomes available. This amount is 
offset by revenue. 



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Moderator Van Loan said I'm going to suggest to 
you that you turn to page 64 in the Town Report. 
I'm going to read the various line items. I will be 
reading from the last column, which says 2007 
Council Recommended, because it is those 
numbers which total up to the amount that is 
included in the budget warrant article of 
$23,002,751. After I read it I will hesitate for a 
while. If there is some discussion, that's the time 
to do it. If not, no discussion or a motion, then 
we'll proceed down the appropriations until we get 
to the end. Although I did say that if there are 
any motions to be made with respect to specific 
line items, that they should be made at the time 
that we are discussing them, if anybody has a 
motion at the end, which is undifferentiated, 
example, say I want to cut the budget by 50% or I 
want to increase the budget by 50%, those can be 
made at the very end before we vote on the budget 
as a whole, because any such amendment is not 
intended to direct itself to specific line items. 

Moderator Van Loan read the 2007 Proposed 
Appropriations (attached). 

Town Council Line Item - Shuvom Goshe, 38 
Hawthorne Drive asked why there's a difference 
between what the Manager recommended, a 
difference of almost $400,000, and what the Town 
Council recommended and what the budget goes 
to. Council Chairman Van Anglen said the 
difference is that in the Town Council budget 
there's approximately $602,000 in Capital Reserve 
for the purchase of land. The way our 
appropriation works and our budget works is that 
if we don't appropriate it, we can't spend it. So if 
this year we ended up selling a piece of land; we 
have pieces of land that have been donated and 
given that are landlocked and we sell them to 
abutters, and that's where this money comes from. 
If we were to sell a piece of land for $200,000 and 
put it in the account, if a piece of land came 
around for $800,000 and we only had the 
$602,000, we couldn't buy it for the $800,000, so 
right now there's $602,000 in an account, if we 
don't have the money, it's offset by revenue, so 
there's zero tax impact. If we don't have the 
money we can't spend it, because we have to 
appropriate it and then show the revenue. Does 



that explain what it's doing? Mr. Goshe said the 
increase between what the Manager wants and 
what the Council wants is for the potential of 
spending it in case anything comes up. Council 
Chairman Van Anglen said for the potential 
purchase of land, yes. Mr. Goshe said so that 
purchase will be made just without any further 
vote. Council Chairman Van Anglen said what 
would happen is we would negotiate according to 
the privacy laws in the State. We would then 
have to, in a public session, have an open hearing 
and have a discussion about voting on that 
property, however, it would be the Council's vote 
at that point, not the publics, but we would do it 
in an open discussion. We would invite public 
comments, and we would then make our decision 
as a Council. Mr. Goshe asked from year to year 
have you every chosen not to purchase land when 
it became available. Council Chairman Van 
Anglen said we have had some situations where 
we have not done that, so that's why that number 
is at $602,000. 

Cemetery Line Item - Council Chairman Van 
Anglen said he would like to make a motion and 
then speak to the motion. 

MOTION by Council Chairman Van Anglen that 
we reduce the Council recommended budget of 
$37,450 for Cemeteries by the amount of $18,500. 
Seconded by Councilor Radke. 

Council Chairman Van Anglen asked to speak to 
his motion. 

Council Chairman Van Anglen said when the 
Council put this budget together, we were in a bid 
situation on some of the work to be done in the 
cemeteries. We have actually come back and 
there is a bid that's come in that is $18,500 less 
than what we thought that bid was going to be. I 
would recommend that we take that amount out 
of the budget because we're not going to be 
spending it on that amount. Moderator Van Loan 
asked what would that make the remaining 
number? Council Van Anglen replied $18,950. 

Moderator Van Loan said the motion has been 
made to reduce the budget in the area of 



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Cemeteries by the amount of $18,500 making the 
new Cemetery hne item $18,950. Is there further 
discussion on that motion? Hearing none, I'm 
going to call for a vote. 

Vote taken - Motion is carried. 

Public Safety Complex Line Item - Chris Shapley, 
Pilgrim Drive said part of this is a $41,500 
amount for the replacement of heating units. My 
point is that the Town has a large number of 
structures that are heated. Do we have a policy, 
looking forward, as to how we are going heat all 
these buildings? Have we considered 

rationalizing and including the option for example 
for supplementary coal heat in those buildings 
that are continuously manned? It's a lot cheaper 
per BTU. I think it's about a third or a quarter of 
the cost of oil or propane. It has the advantage 
that I've never heard of a coal spill or a coal leak. 
If we can move salt around we can move coal 
around and we don't import it. I was just 
wondering how the decision had been come to and 
whether or not it's part of a systematic approach 
to heating Town buildings including this very 
large, very cold building. I'd like to suggest that 
we delay spending the money until we've looked 
into it. Councilor Scanlon replied to be honest 
with you no is the short answer to your question. 
Mr. Shapley said you haven't looked into it. 
Councilor Scanlon said we have not looked into 
alternative heating sources. I will tell you that we 
have multiple facilities in Town that use different 
types. The Safety Complex uses natural gas, so it 
is not oil, so it's not imported. The point is that 
these units are actually costing us more money 
today to maintain them then it would be to 
replace them, so that's why we felt it was time to 
appropriate the funds to replace them. What I 
can tell you is that next year if you'd like that to 
be an issue, if you want to contact the Council, I'm 
sure we would be more than willing to put that on 
the agenda and have a discussion about it, but by 
not spending this money this year and replacing 
these units, we're going to have to put that 
amount of money into our Maintenance line item 
in order to keep the ones that we have there 
going. Mr. Shapley said the point is they will be 
in there for another 20 years and depending on 



the decision you make now, you may be buying 
very expensive natural gas 10 or 15 years from 
now. Councilor Scanlon said I can't disagree with 
you, but unfortunately even if we decided tonight, 
unless you made a motion to give us enough 
money to retrofit those buildings for that, it would 
be impossible for us to do that next year. My 
point is that you can spend the money, replace the 
units and have them run more efficiently, which is 
going to use less fuel or we can take that same 
amount of money, put it into maintenance and 
just spend the money to try and put a couple of 
Band- Aids on the units that are on top of that roof 
right now. Quite honestly, whether or not these 
buildings can be retrofitted for anything such as a 
coal-burning furnace, I would have no idea if 
that's even possible at this point. Mr. Shapley 
said essentially you're just going to replace like 
the, there was no plan. Councilor Scanlon said 
there was no plan to change the type of fuel we 
use to heat those buildings, other than to upgrade 
and modernize the units on the roof. Mr. Shapley 
asked how much fuel does the Town of Bedford 
buy? Crystal Dionne replied I can tell you we bid 
out about 30,000 gallons for Town buildings. I'm 
not sure of the School side. We'd have to get back 
to you on that. Mr. Shapley said and you're 
paying how much for it? Ms. Dionne replied we're 
paying $2.29. Mr. Shapley said so that's about 
$66,000. The same amount of heat from coal 
would cost you about $15,000. Councilor Scanlon 
said again, just to be clear, we would have to 
retrofit buildings, which would not be an 
inexpensive proposition, so we would have to look 
at what our return on our investment would be, 
and I don't know that these buildings could be 
economically retrofitted. It is possible. Tonight, I 
don't believe is really the place to debate whether 
or not we should do that only because we're 
talking about the budget. If you would like to 
reduce the budget you could make that motion, 
but that certainly would be something worth 
discussing next year in a regular meeting of the 
Town Council. Mr. Shapley said I would like to 
suggest that you delay or delete the renovation of 
the furnaces for $40,000 if the Town is only 
spending $60,000 on all buildings, I can't imagine 
that another season without changing the 
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Van Loan said if you wish to make a motion you're 
entitled to do so. 

MOTION by Chris Shapley that the replacement 
of these furnaces be deleted pending some 
inquiries to cheaper alternatives for fuel. 

Moderator Van Loan said what we need is a dollar 
figure, because all we can deal with at this 
meeting is money. Mr. Shapley said it says 
$41,500. Moderator Van Loan asked is that your 
motion? Mr. Shapley replied that is my motion. 
Moderator Van Loan asked if there was a second. 
Motion was seconded to reduce the budget in the 
area of Public Safety Complex by $41,500, the 
intent being to forego at this point the retrofitting 
of those items. Is there discussion on the motion? 

Elaine Tefft, 7 Meetinghouse Road said there is 
and there isn't. I'm hopeful that we're 
approaching the end of the heating season. That 
being the case, there is nothing requiring that 
$41,500 to be spent in part or in whole on those 
heaters, and if we leave it in the budget, there is 
nothing to prevent you from either not spending it 
or spending it on something else, so possibly the 
new Town Council could look at alternative 
heating sources. I'm not conversant enough with 
coal heat to even comment on it, but if I have to 
speak to the motion to address it, I would like to 
leave the money in there in the event that it's not 
feasible to do anything else. 1 don't think we're 
going to be doing it this heating season. It will be 
going into the next heating season. 

Councilor Scanlon said one of the things I'd like to 
clarify is that $41,000 isn't totally being used for 
the heating replacement of those units. $22,500 is 
the cost to replace those units. Certainly as Ms. 
Tefft eluted to, if somebody comes forward and we 
can come up with a better alternative, nothing 
says that we have to move forward with this. The 
Council at that time could take the money and 
they could decide to do something else with it. 
Just the mere passing of it tonight, if someone can 
come forward with a much more cost efficient 
alternative that makes sense, I can't imagine that 
the seven Councilors wouldn't embrace that idea 
and certainly go forward with that. I would 



personally recommend against removing this 
money. This money is needed. These units need 
to be replaced. If they are not replaced, it's going 
to cost us, I can't tell you it's going to cost us the 
whole $22,000, we are spending a lot of money 
repairing those units. They are not running 
properly. They are running inefficiently, so we're 
using more fuel. Leave the money in the budget, 
and if the gentleman would like to come and 
speak to the Council. I'm sure the Council would 
be more than willing to listen to his alternatives. 
It would give us a chance to get this done. I don't 
know the timeframe of the replacement of these 
units, but I guarantee it wasn't in the winter 
months. It's probably in the summer months, so 
there are a few months to take a look at an 
alternative and 1 would think very quickly we 
could find out if it would be a cost effective 
measure. I would recommend not voting for this 
motion and leaving the money as is. 

Moderator Van Loan asked if there was further 
discussion on the motion to amend. 

Bob Jones, 11 Birkdale Road said I just want to 
point out that coal is one of the most polluting and 
carbon intensive energy sources. If it saves 
Bedford a couple of thousand dollars, I don't think 
it's worth doing. 

Chief Wiggin, Bedford Fire Department said I 
have a little familiarity to those heating units. 
They are also cooling units throughout the 
summer months, so it you're just addressing the 
heating aspect of it, you're not even dealing with 
coal for the cooling aspect of it. These are called 
point of use units. They cover tenants, they cover 
2"'' floor, and they are all strictly duct plenum 
units. Any type of a coal unit has to have heat 
exchangers, hydronics and different types of 
elements that far will be exceeding this figure. 

Moderator Van Loan asked if there was further 
discussion. Seeing none, I'm calling for a vote of 
the motion to reduce the budget by $41,500 in the 
area of the Public Safety Complex. 

Vote taken - Motion defeated. 



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Manchester Transit Authority Line Item - 
Councilor Radke asked to make a motion and 
speak to the motion. 

MOTION by Councilor Radke that we increase 
the budget from $40,500 to $43,200. Seconded by 
Council Chairman Van Anglen. 

Councilor Radke asked to speak to the motion. 

Councilor Radke said a couple of weeks ago, the 
Council received a memo from the Manchester 
Transit Authority that they are increasing the 
routes in Bedford, which is then therefore an 
increase in fees. They are adding additional 
routes to Bedford. 

Moderator Van Loan asked if there was further 
discussion. Seeing none, I'm going to call for a 
vote. 

Vote taken — Motion carried. 

Traffic Control Line Item - Paul MacEwen, 22 
Moores Crossing Road said I just wanted to know 
what traffic control entailed. Councilor Scanlon 
replied it is signals, red lights, and traffic signals. 
Mr. MacEwen asked some of that stuff isn't 
controlled by the State? Councilor Scanlon replied 
some of it is, but most of it is the Town of Bedford 
and we had three new ones, so we had to increase 
it by $6,000 for that. 

Recreation Department Fields Line Item - 
Councilor Scanlon asked to make a motion on 
fields. 

MOTION by Councilor Scanlon to increase the 
Fields budget by $30,000. Seconded by Councilor 
Radke. 

Councilor Scanlon asked to speak to his motion. 

Councilor Scanlon said the reason for doing this is 
the Timber Town Playground Committee has been 
in the process of raising funds and about a month 
or two ago during a budget session, originally we 
had budgeted for them to raise $50,000. They felt 
that they were going to be able to raise more than 



the $50,000, so they asked us to raise the 
appropriations so if they were able to raise more 
than $50,000 they could use those additional 
funds they raised and build us a better Timber 
Town playground or do some landscaping. It was 
an oversight. It was meant to be changed. It 
wasn't, so tonight I have to make the motion to 
add the $30,000 and when we get to the revenue 
side, I'm going to make a motion to increase the 
revenues. Moderator Van Loan said no, we don't 
increase or decrease revenues. They are what 
they are. It's for informational purposes. All we 
deal with is the appropriations. If you wish to 
discuss what you anticipate to be changes in 
revenues based upon what former estimates were, 
this is the time to do it. Councilor Scanlon said 
what will happen is we will increase the revenue 
that we anticipated from $50,000 to $80,000, so if 
the Timber Town Playground Committee doesn't 
raise the $80,000, we won't fund it through taxes, 
they just won't have that money to spend, so we'll 
have the $50,000 from the Town and whatever the 
Timber Town Committee picks up. If they can 
raise $80,000, then they can spend $130,000. If 
they raise $65,000. then they'll have $115,000 to 
spend. There will be no impact on the tax rate. 
It's completely offset by anticipated revenues. 
Technically, unless we appropriate it, we can't 
spend it. That's all this is for. 

Mark Clark, 38 Cortland Drive said I'm interested 
in why the Council recommended budget for 2007 
as well as the $30,000 that we're going to add is so 
much higher than what was expended in 2006 at 
$324,026. Councilor Scanlon said it's quite simply 
we just have more projects. Last year we didn't 
have as many reconstruction projects. We have 
Selvoski Field being replaced. We have the 
Timber Town playground. We have the Town 
Center Park. We have just more things that we're 
doing this year that we were able to fit into the 
budget. 

Moderator Van Loan asked for further discussion 
on Councilor Scanlon's motion to increase the 
budget by $30,000 in the area of Fields under the 
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Paul MacEwen, 22 Moores Crossing Road said on 
Selvoski Field I'm not quite sure where that is. 
Councilor Scanlon said it's the softball field by the 
Town pool. Mr. MacEwen asked is that the one 
that has the little pond? Councilor Scanlon 
replied said there are a lot of wetlands around it. 
If you're at the Town pool and you are looking to 
the left of the Town pool, there's a softball field 
that sits down low, that's Selvoski Field. Mr. 
MacEwen said there's a little body of water right 
near it? Councilor Scanlon said yes, there are 
some wetlands around it. Mr. MacEwen asked 
what needs to be repaired to that? Councilor 
Scanlon replied mostly it needs to be built up and 
drainage put it because when it rains, it's under 
water. It just gets saturated. This is something 
we've been putting off for a while! just to make the 
field more playable. It's old, it's tired, and its time 
has come. Mr. MacEwen asked is there any way 
that could be postponed for another year and use 
your additional that you want to throw in there 
from that instead? You were talking about 
increasing the Field account. Councilor Scanlon 
said the revenue from that was through private 
donations. There was no tax impact on that 
$30,000. If the committee that's raising funds for 
the Timber Town playground doesn't raise that 
additional $30,000, it will not be spent. By 
removing Selvoski Field, there would be no, 
unless we wanted to give them an extra $30,000 if 
that's what you are proposing. Mr. MacEwen said 
no. The way I kind of anticipated the discussion, 
it sounded like on anticipated donations and 
monies and if that didn't come about, then you 
have a project that's not fully completed and then 
where is the money coming from to complete it. 
Councilor Scanlon said the way it is, when we put 
the budget together, we anticipated that the Town 
would raise $50,000, which actually $12,000 of 
that will be offset by withdrawals from the 
Capital Reserve, so we're only raising $38,000 in 
taxes with the other anticipation that this 
organization would raise $50,000 to match the 
$50,000 the Town had. To day they're a httle over 
$31,000 that they've already been able to raise. 
They have a fundraiser coming next week and 
they anticipate being able to raise over $50,000, so 
the request from them came as if we're overly 
successful raising these funds we would like to be 



able to invest those funds and maybe make the 
Timber Town better than we could for $100,000. 
Unfortunately, since that money is coming to the 
Town if we don't budget to spend it, we can't 
spend it. So if they raised $80,000 and gave it to 
us, we wouldn't have the ability to spend that 
$30,000 this year because it wouldn't have been 
budgeted for this year, so we would be in the 
position where we would have to maybe put 
something off and allow them to do something 
next year, which could cost more money. You're 
better off, when you're doing it all, to get it all 
done and get it done right. It's important that if 
they are able to go out there and raise these funds 
that's just that much more that the Town of 
Bedford is getting for nothing. Mr. MacEwen said 
the field, is that number that you have is that 
from a bid number, somebody will do that field 
for? Councilor Scanlon said it's an estimate. We 
had people take a look at it. I beheve the 
contractor that did the road work and the tennis 
courts and building the high school took a look at 
it and since he has his equipment there he felt he 
could get over there and repair that field for us 
with a savings. We had gotten an estimate as to 
what it would cost to do what we want to do, so do 
we have an actual this is what's going to cost us to 
do it, no, but we have an estimate. Mr. MacEwen 
said what I'm a little concerned about is originally 
when they took that land for that park, that was 
one big pond over there and then the Town filled 
in two thirds of it. so that field's actually on filled 
in land, so if there hasn't been a real hard look at 
that property, which is full of springs and stuff. I 
can see that project turning into a little bit of a 
nightmare. Councilor Scanlon said if the project 
costs more than we budgeted, it won't get done. 
We could if we wanted to move money from 
another part of the budget, but my guess would be 
if the quotes come back and the bids come back 
that are far and excessive of what we budgeted 
for, we probably would push that project off for 
another year. Mr. MacEwen said I was just 
wondered if it was a number that had been pulled 
out. Councilor Scanlon said we had gotten an 
estimate from the contractor, we said look this is 
what we want to do, what do you think? It wasn't 
a hard fast number, but it was like I can probably 
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Moderator Van Loan asked for further discussion 
on the motion to amend. Seeing none, the motion 
is to increase the budget by the amount of $30,000 
in the Recreational budget in the area of Fields. 

Vote taken — Motion is carried. 

Conservation Commission Line Item - Councilor 
Roy asked to make a motion. 

MOTION by Councilor Roy that we increase that 
line by $14,484. Seconded by Councilor Scanlon. 

Councilor Roy asked to speak to his motion. 

Councilor Roy said we were just informed that 
this particular item has received interest on 
investments through the Trust Fund in the 
amount of $14,484. It's a zero impact on the tax 
dollar. We have the increase in revenue along 
with the increase in allocation. 

Moderator Van Loan asked if there was further 
discussion. Seeing none, I'll call for a vote. 

Vote taken - Motion carried. 

Police Special Detail Line Item - Shuvom Goshe, 
38 Hawthorne Drive asked what is a Police 
Special Detail? Moderator Van Loan said I 
believe this is just an in and out item. Councilor 
Kevin Keyes said when you have the Police 
Officers that are controlling traffic around 
construction projects and those types of things. 
Mr. Goshe said I always thought those were paid 
for by the construction projects, not the Town. 
Mr. Keyes said they are, but the construction 
company pays the Town and the Town has to pay 
the employees, so we have to come up with an 
estimate of how much work we expect to be done, 
how much of our Police services will be needed, 
and that's what we budget for. It's a non-tax item, 
but because of quirks of fund accounting we have 
to budget for it in this manner. Mr. Goshe said so 
if the estimate is less than what you put, the 
construction company just pays the Town less. 
That money is not spent. Councilor Keyes said 
that's correct. 



Moderator Van Loan said just so everyone 
understands, that's what I meant by and in and 
out item. Under New Hampshire Municipal Law, 
the Town, even if it is reimbursed by a private 
contractor or sewer fees or whatever the case may 
be, the Town cannot spend money unless it 
appropriates the money, so although it may be 
what I just suggested it's an in and out item 
meaning that it doesn't cost us anything because 
somebody else ultimately pays for it, it must be 
part of the budget and must be appropriated. 

Moderator Van Loan said according to my notes, 
we decreased the budget by $18,500 in the area of 
Cemeteries; we increased the budget by $2,700 for 
Manchester Transit Authority; we increased the 
budget by $14,484 for the Conservation 
Commission; and we increased the budget by 
$30,000 for Fields in the Recreation Department. 
The new number with the additions and 
subtractions is $23,031,435. 

Moderator Van Loan called for a vote on a motion 
to approve a budget for the Town of Bedford for 
2007/2008 in the amount of $23,031,435. 

Vote taken - Motion carried. 

MOTION to adjourn was moved and seconded. 

Vote taken - Motion carried. 

Meeting adjourned at 8:30. 



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2007 TOWN POPULATION AND 
TAX RATE INFORMATION 



POPULATION - 22,631 (trended based on 2000 census) 
2007 ASSESSED VALUATION: $3,117,004,593 

TOWN $3.67 

COUNTY $1.10 

LOCAL SCHOOL TAX $11.80 

STATE EDUCATION TAX $2.42 

COMBINED TOTAL TAX RATE $18.99 



Town of Bedford 
2007 Tax Rate Breakdown 




SCHOOL 
62% 



Percent Increase/iDecrease) Over 2006 Tax Rate 

TOWN 28.8% 

COUNTY 1.9% 

LOCAL SCHOOL TAX 18.6% 

STATE EDUCATION TAX (2.8%) 

COMBINED TOTAL TAX RATE 16.2% 



RESULTS 

ANNUAL TOWN ELECTION 

BEDFORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE 

MARCH 13, 2007 



ARTICLE i: To Elect Necessary Town Officers 


FOR TOWN COUNCIL 




For THREE Years 




CHRISTOPHER BANDAZIAN 


1341 


MICHAEL P IZBICKI 


1844 


MICHAEL J SCANLON 


1476 


For TWO Years 




FRANK SLEDJESKI 


268 


ELAINE TEFFT 


908 


"BOB" YOUNG 


1609 


FOR LIBRARY TRUSTEE 




For THREE Years 




EDWARD P MORAN 


1952 


MELINDE LUTZ SANBORN 


682 


FOR TRUSTEE OF THE TRUST FUNDS 


For THREE Years 




MARKTPEICKER 


1664 


"MOE" VILLENEUVE 


1136 



For TWO Years 
SCOTT EARNSHAW 



2490 



Town of Bedford 
Tai Rate History 2003 • 2007 




ARTICLE 2: PROPOSED ZONING AMENDMENTS 



I TOWN D COUNTY ■ SCHOOL ■ STATE ED 



Amendment No. 1 - 
Amendment No. 2 - 
Amendment No. 3 - 
Amendment No. 4 - 
Amendment No. 5 - 
Amendment No. 6 - 
Amendment No. 7 - 
Amendment No. 8 - 



Passed 
Passed 
Passed 
Passed 
Passed 
Failed 
Passed 
Failed 



For Full Text of all Zoning Amendments see the 
2007 Warrant printed in the Town's 2006 Annual 
Report beginning on page 58. 



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contact the New Hampshire Office of Energy and 
Planning at (603) 271-8317. 

It was a busy year in my New Hampshire offices 
in Manchester and Dover as well, where we 
assisted over 1,200 individuals with inquiries to 
federal agencies including the passport office. 
Social Security, Medicare, and the VA. To apply 
for a passport, visit travel.state.gov and follow the 
online instructions, or see the Frequently Asked 
Questions section of my website. 



An Update from Washington 
By Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter 

Last year, the House of Representatives passed 
many important measures that affect our lives 
here in New Hampshire. From lowering the cost of 
student loans, to raising the minimum wage, to 
protecting middle-class families from the 
Alternative Minimum Tax, Congress addressed a 
wide range of issues that will benefit New 
Hampshire families. 

To help families afford the rising costs of higher 
education, we passed the College Cost Reduction 
and Access Act, which will cut interest rates in 
half for federal student loans, and save a typical 
student in New Hampshire $4,430 over the life of 
a loan. The bill will also increase funding for Pell 
Grants for low-income students and provide loan- 
forgiveness for talented students who pursue 
public service fields like teaching or emergency 
response. 

Congress passed legislation to protect 23 million 
families from a tax increase of up to several 
thousand dollars this year under the Alternative 
Minimum Tax. In July, we raised the federal 
minimum wage, increasing it from $5.15 to $7.25 
an hour by 2009. At the same time. Congress also 
passed tax credits for small businesses. To find 
out how businesses can take advantage of the new 
tax benefits, visit www.sba.gov or contact my 
office at (603) 641-9536. 

With energy prices rising. Congress increased the 
fuel efficiency standards for vehicles for the first 
time in thirty-two years. I'm also pleased that we 
passed an increase in funding for the Low-Income 
Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), 
which supports New Hampshire's Fuel Assistance 
Program. If you or someone you know needs help 
affording the cost of heating fuel this year, please 



Representatives from my office regularly visit 
towns across the First District to assist 
constituents in working with the federal 
government. For more information about the 
services that my office provides, please visits 
www.shea-porter.house.gov . 

To keep up to date on the latest developments in 
Washington, you can also track legislation using 
the Thomas search engine provided by the Library 
of Congress at www.thomas.gov . 

I am honored to serve you in Congress, and I wish 
you a happy and prosperous year in 2008. 

Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter represents the 
First Congressional District of New Hampshire, 
which includes communities from Manchester to 
the Seacoast and through the Lakes Region up to 
Conway. Her Manchester and Dover District 
Offices can be reached by calling (603) 641 -9536. 

TOWN COUNCIL 




Paul F. Roy, Sr., Chairman 

I would like to begin by thanking the members of 
the Town Council for their assistance this past 
year as the Chair of your Town Council. Every 
member of the Council devotes much time and 
commitment to the position, and has to make 
many decisions in that post. 



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2007 was a year of change in Bedford. First, we 
welcomed our new Town Manager, Russell 
Marcoux to the position in February. In March, 
as we said farewell to two Council members who 
chose not to seek re-election, we welcomed two 
new members as a result of the March elections^ 
Mike Izbicki and Bob Young. More change was 
yet to come with the resignation of Chairman Bill 
Van Anglen in May. Following that resignation, 
as the Council's Vice Chair, I became the Chair 
and Mike Izbicki was named the Vice Chair. In 
July, Bill Jean was unanimously elected to fill the 
unexpired term of Bill Van Anglen. 

This year saw appointments to various Boards 
and Commissions, and shortly thereafter, 
approval of a formal Appointment Process, which 
was incorporated into the Council Rules of 
Procedure that was also adopted in June. This 
year, we saw the submission and adoption of 
Bedford's GOALS 2007 program, which 
incorporated joint goals of the Council and the 
Department Managers. Every four months, the 
Manager reports the status of those joint GOALS 
to the town. [Both the Rules of Procedure and the 
GOALS 2007 can be found on our WEB page.] In 
an effort to increase communications throughout 
the organization, we devote a segment of each 
Council agenda to meet with each of our 
department managers and the Chair of each of 
our town boards. 

There are two things that are most visible in 
town: road improvement and winter road 
maintenance. The voters of Bedford have thus far 
approved $20 million for road reconstruction. In 
2007, in addition to the various roads that were 
rehabilitated through normal maintenance. Back 
River Road, Smith Road, County Road and 
Nashua Road were reconstructed along with other 
roads connecting to these major roads. (More 
details of all the affected roads is included in the 
Public Works Report.) In 2008, we will be 
spending the remaining $4 million of the $20 
million road bonds, and we should be readdressing 
this road program for future funding. 

The next most visible area is winter road 
maintenance, also known as snow removal! While 
we have experienced mild winters, the winter of 
2007/2008 is proving to be a "real" winter! In 
December alone we saw the highest snow fall in 
recent memory, which means our highway 
maintenance crews are called into service on 



weekends, nights and holidays, which seems to be 
when our biggest storms seems to appear!! 
Although our snow removal budget for 2007 was 
adequate, it was only as a result of the mild 
winter of 2006/2007. We do not expect that to be 
the case this current winter. While on this 
subject, I want to take a moment to thank all of 
our highway crews on behalf of the Council for an 
excellent job of keeping our roads clear of snow 
and ice. 

Another major interaction with our residents is 
our Policies and Ordinances. This year, the Town 
Council amended our Building Code and Fire 
Code. In addition, the Council approved both an 
official Public Health and Temporary Sign 
Ordinance. We also approved an Energy 
Challenge Resolution and our involvement in 
MetroCenter NH, which is a regional organization 
to delve into such issues as economic development 
and transportation. The Council also met with 
the School Board on two occasions, and among its 
joint goals was the passage of a Memorandum of 
Understanding for school and town facilities and 
fields. 

Many years ago, the town implemented an impact 
fee for roads from developers whose new projects 
were going to impact the town roads. Hannaford 
will be building a new store and pharmacy on Rt. 
101, at the intersection of Hardy and Jenkins 
Road. The town was successful in having 
Hannaford pay the town's municipal share of 
those fees ($227,000). Those funds are held in 
escrow awaiting completion of those 
improvements. That impact is both on a state 
road and local town roads. 

Our Bedford Boston Post Cane program saw 
another transition this year. In May, long time 
resident and centenarian Doris Tarr Bongers 
assumed ownership of the cane. It was a pleasure 
presenting her with the Boston Post Cane and 
wishing her continued good health. She turned 
100 in September. The Boston Post Cane 
tradition started in 1909. 

During this year, the Council voted to amend and 
increase the following tax exemptions^ Deaf and 
Hearing Impaired, Surviving Spouse and Senior 
Exemptions. The Council also approved our Fire 
Departments Labor Contract which had been 
outstanding. We also participated in the official 
grand opening and open house at Bedford's new 
High School and Lurgio Middle School in 



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September. 
Bedford. 



This was truly a proud moment for 



Lastly, although she passed away in early 
January, 2008, I would be remiss if I did not 
mention the unfortunate passing of our long-time 
friend and town volunteer: Dorothy "Dottie" 
Witzel. She was recently named Supervisor of 
Checklist Emeritus by the Town Council in honor 
of her long-time relationship with the Town of 
Bedford. We will all miss her. I am also pleased 
that we are dedicating this Annual Report in her 
memory. 

Even in a year of change, your Town Council was 
occupied with many agenda activities and policy 
items. I have enjoyed this past year as the 
Chairman of the Town Council, and would like to 
thank my fellow Councilors for their support and 
patience as we worked through a year of change 
and addressed the future needs of our community. 
I would also like to thank our Town Manager, as 
well as the Department Managers and employees 
for their hard work and dedication to making 
Bedford a better place to live, work, enjoy 
recreation and raise a family. 

TOWN MANAGER'S REPORT 




Russell R. Marcoux, Town Manager 
(with Executive Assistant Dawn Boufford) 

I have just now completed my first year as your 
Town Manager. As you know, 2007 was a very 
busy year for the Town of Bedford. Not only did 
you get a new Town Manager, we had three new 
faces on the Town Council, along with a new 
Chair. Organizationally, when I arrived here, we 
had a vacancy in our Planner II position. We also 
knew that mid-year we would experience the 
expected retirement of our long time and well- 



respected Planning Director, Karen White. 
Fortunately through the search process we located 
Rick Sawyer, who at the time was a Planner in 
Nashua. He assumed the Planner position in 
April, and worked side by side with Karen for a 
smooth transition to the Planning Director 
position. We were then fortunate to hire Cynthia 
May, who came to us from another community, as 
our Planner II. 

As you know, our Parks and Recreation Director, 
Craig Sanderson was called to military duty. Late 
in the year, he decided that he would serve out his 
commitment to the military full-time. We were 
fortunate to have a staff on board that knew the 
processes and programs, and they worked 
diligently to be sure the Town of Bedford did not 
miss a beat in providing those services. This 
presents us with the opportunity for 
reorganization that will provide some growth and 
opportunity to our staff. 

As you have heard me say before, I have been 
fortunate to inherit a good team of department 
managers and employees who have been very 
supportive, and willing to tackle some new 
ground. Credit goes to my predecessor, Keith 
Hickey, for his selection and staff grooming 
process. Although I could spend much time 
outlining all that has been accomplished this year, 
I direct you to our GOALS 2007 program that was 
completed this year for a summary of the many 
projects that we have worked on. That summary 
is located on our WEB page, and a copy is 
included in this report. We are currently in the 
process of presenting the GOALS 2008 program to 
the Council. 

Unfortunately, this year, we saw two of our major 
road improvement projects on Rt. 101 and Rt. 3 
postponed indefinitely by the NH-DOT. The 
Council has taken the position that the Route 101 
project is important enough for public safety 
purposes alone, to address that project through 
our road bond program. Though not completed at 
this time, it is being addressed by the Council. 
On the brighter side of road improvements, your 
Roads Improvement Program continued this year 
with major work done in the Back River Road 
corridor, Nashua and County Road along with the 
Smith Road area. We are planning to complete 
the last $4m of the $20 million in road 
improvements in 2008. 



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Our first Budget was completed on schedule and 
reviewed by the Town Council. It is currently in 
the final hearing stage before the Budgetary Town 
Meeting on March 5, 2008. A copy of our entire 
Budget message can be seen on our WEB page. 

Overall, this has been an exciting year and at the 
same time, a year of change. I thank you for the 
opportunity to serve the Town of Bedford a.s your 
Town Manager. Our Department Managers and 
all our employees strive to provide a positive 
experience for the citizens of Bedford when they 
come in contact with Bedford's town government, 
whether it be Police, Fire, Public Works, Parks 
and Recreation, Planning, Assessing, Vehicle 
Registration or the many other departments that 
make up our town government. I am impressed 
with our employees' willingness to deliver services 
and work as a team to complete those goals. In 
addition, we would not have been able to 
accomplish what we did this year without the 
support and encouragement of our Town Council. 
We thank them as well for their support. 

Please take a moment to surf our WEB page, 
www.bedfordnh.org . If you have any suggestions 
on we can improve your town government please 
feel free to contact me by phone or e-mail at 
rmarcoux("^'ci.bedford.nh.us . Also, if you have the 
desire to serve your community, please feel free to 
contact our office with your areas of interest. 
Good government is made up of interested and 
involved citizens, and there are a myriad of 
boards, committees and commissions that 
welcome new ideas. 

MEET YOUR DEPARTMENT MANAGERS 







Front row. left to right: David Bailey, Police Chief; Wanda Jenkins. Town 
Clerk: Rick Sawyer. Town Planner: Crystal Dionne. CFO: MaryAnn Senatro, 
Library Director. Back row. left to right: Russ Marcoux. Town Manager: 
Brian Davis. IT Manager: Bill Ingalls, Assessor: Bill Jennings, BCTV: Scott 
Wiggin. Fire Chief Jim Stanford, DPW Director: Jane O'Brien, Parks c& Rec. 



FINANCE. PERSONNEL AND 

TAX COLLECTION DEPARTMENTS 

Crystal A. Dionne, CPA - Director 

OFFICE OF THE TAX COLLECTOR 

During 2007, the Town portion of the tax rate 
increased $0.82, or 28.8% from $2.85 to $3.67 per 
$1,000 of assessed valuation. The increase in the 
tax rate is due to a variety of factors. These 
include additional debt service payments 
commencing on the 2005 Road Bond, the addition 
of 4 new positions within the police department, 
expenses related to full year staffing of 5 new 
firefighter positions added in the 2006 budget, 3 
additional firefighters positions, a substantial 
increase in the veterans' tax credit from $100 to 
$500, and general inflationary increases in 
operating costs. It is important to note that the 
property tax rate consists of four individual tax 
rates; town, county, school and state education. 
For any given year, the Department of Revenue 
Administration finalizes this rate in September or 
October. Therefore, the first half tax bill 
represents an estimate of your tax liability. Once 
the rate is set, the second half tax bill is adjusted 
to reflect this change in rate. It is also important 
to note that property taxes are due each July P' 
and December 1^'. Payments received subsequent 
to these dates are subject to statutory interest 
charges. 

The Tax Collector's office is also responsible for all 
motor vehicle registrations. We are continuing 
with our online renewal process as a convenience 
to our residents. Motor vehicle registrations can 
be renewed online by visiting the town's website 
and clicking the E-Reg license plate. Not only can 
residents complete straight renewals online, but 
they can also receive instant quotes for motor 
vehicle state and town fees. Simply, fill in the 
fields with the requested vehicle information and 
E-Reg will calculate an estimate of the fees within 
seconds. 

For further information regarding tax collections 
and/or motor vehicle registrations, including 
frequently asked questions, please visit the Tax 
Collector/MV Reg page, listed under Town Offices 
on our website, www.bedfordnh.org 



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FINANCE AND PERSONNEL 

The Finance Department prepared its third 
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) 
during 2007 for the 2006 calendar year. This 
report combines the Town's audited financial 
statements with a complete management analysis 
of the Town's financial health as well as various 
statistical tables, which provide valuable 
information for the last ten years. This report 
continues to meet the strict reporting standards of 
the Government Finance Officers Association 
(GFOA) and as such has received a Certificate of 
Achievement for Excellence in Financial 
Reporting for all three years of compilation, 2004, 
2005 and 2006. It is our intent to continue with 
this award program and submit our 2007 CAFR 
once complete. 

The staff in both the Finance and Tax Collection 
offices, deserve my heartfelt thanks for all they 
do. Each staff member has shown a commitment 
and dedication to the Town that should make the 
residents of this community proud. 



The following schedules are preUminary based upon the 
information available at the time of report printing. Final 
schedules may be obtained in the Town's CAFR once our 
financial audit is complete in the spring of 2008. 



Treasurer's Report ■ Unaudited 

Treasurer; Edith Schmidtchen 

Assistant Treasurer^ Daniel Murphy 



General Operating Fund 

Balance January 1, 2007 
Receipts: 

Tax Collector 

Town Offices 

Interest Earned 
Total Receipts: 
Total Available; 
Disbursements; 

Town Charges 

County 

School District 
Total Disbursements; 



$13,264,373 

63.203.5.36 

3.656,022 

484.979 

67,344,537 

$80,608,910 

18,811.419 

3,440,089 

44,269,969 

$66,521,477 



Balance December 31, 2007 



$14,087,433 



Escrow Accounts Various Depositois 



Balance January 1. 2007 
Receipts 
Disbursements 
Interest Earned 



$3,002,962 

706,078 

(1,931,373) 

10.239 



Tax Collector's Report ■ Unaudited 
Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2007 



Uncollected Taxes, 
January 1, 2007: 
Property Taxes 
Current Use 
Yield Taxes 
Sewer Rents 

Taxes Committed, 
Fiscal Year 2007: 

Property Taxes 
Current Use 
Yield Taxes 
Sewer Rents 

Overpayments; 
Interest on 
Delinquent Taxes: 



Totals; 

Collections During 
Fiscal Year 2007: 
Property Taxes 
Current Use 
Yield Taxes 
Sewer Rents 
Interest 
Liens Executed 
Overpayments 
Abatements; 

Property Taxes 

Sewer 
Uncollected Taxes, 

December 31, 2007: 
Property Taxes 
Current Use 
Yield Taxes 
Sewer Rents 



Totals: 



58,619,062 

151,660 

4,488 

724,222 

58.775 

135,144 



$59,693,351 



56,756,982 

136,660 

4,482 

521,346 

135,144 

58,775 



1,922 



1.860.158 

15.000 

6 

202,876 



$59,693,351 



1,457,632 

23,095 

4.526 

218,589 



$1,703,842 



945,939 

23,095 

4,526 

218,589 

.348,848 



$1,703,842 



Summary of Tax Lien Accounts 

Fiscal Year Ended December 31. 2007 



2006 



2005 2004 Prior 



Unredeemed Liens 

January 1, 2007 
Liens Executed 

In 2007 348,848 

Collections During 

Fiscal Year 2007 218,195 



122,032 29,786 



85,463 29,734 



Unredeemed Liens 
December 31. 2007 130,653 



Balance December 31, 2007 



$1,787,906 



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STATEMENT OF BONDED DEBT 12/31/07 



Year 



Principal 



Interest 



Total 



Year 



Principal 



1992 Sewer Bonds (1998 refinance) 

2008 150,000 37,812 

2009 155,000 31,212 

2010 165,000 24,238 

2011 170,000 16,606 

2012 175,000 8,531 



Total $ 



815,000 $ 



118,399 $ 



1994 Public Safety Complex Bonds (2004 refinance) 



2008 
2009 
2010 
2011 
2012 
2013 

2014 

Total $ 



110.000 
105,000 
105,000 
100,000 
100,000 
95,000 
90,000 



19,881 
17,406 
14,781 
11,894 
8,894 
5,894 
2,925 



705,000 $ 



1995 Library Bond (2004 refinance) 



2008 


125,000 


2009 


125,000 


2010 


120,000 


2011 


120,000 


2012 


115,000 


2013 


115,000 


2014 


115,000 


2015 


110,000 


2016 


110.000 


Total $ 


1,055,000 



2001 Joppa Hill Land Purchase 

2008 230,000 

2009 230,000 

2010 230,000 

2011 230,000 



Total $ 



920,000 $ 



81,675 $ 



32,581 
28,988 
25,150 
21,700 
18.031 
14.150 
10,125 
6,119 
2.063 



158,907 $ 



38,410 
29,210 
19,780 
10.005 
97,405 $ 



187.812 
186.212 
189,238 
186,606 
183,531 



933,399 



129,881 
122,406 
119,781 
111,894 
108.894 
100.894 
92.925 



786,675 



157,581 
153,988 
145,150 
141,700 
133,031 
129,150 
125,125 
116,119 
112,063 



1,213,907 



268,410 
259,210 
249,780 
240,005 



1999 Landfill Closure Bond 



2008 
2009 
2010 
2011 
2012 
2013 
2014 
2015 
2016 
2017 
2018 
2019 



100.000 
100.000 
100.000 
100,000 
100.000 
100.000 
100.000 
100.000 
100.000 
100.000 
100.000 
100.000 



53,760 
49,280 
44,800 
40,320 
35,840 
31,360 
26,880 
22.400 
17,920 
13,440 
8,960 
4,480 



Total 



153.760 
149,280 
144,800 
140,320 
135.840 
131,360 
126,880 
122,400 
117,920 
113,440 
108.960 
104,480 



Total 


$ 


1,200,000 


$ 


349,440 


$ 


1,549,440 


2003 Road Reconstruction Bond 








2008 




800,000 




134,400 




934,400 


2009 




800,000 




113,000 




913,000 


2010 




800,000 




90,000 




890,000 


2011 




800,000 




65,000 




865,000 


2012 




800,000 




39,000 




839,000 


2013 




800.000 




13.000 




813,000 


Total 


$ 


4,800,000 


$ 


454,400 


% 


5,254,400 


2005 Road Reconstruction Bond (issued 2006) 






2008 




1,200,000 




426,000 




1,626,000 


2009 




1,200,000 




381,000 




1,581,000 


2010 




1,200,000 




336,000 




1,536,000 


2011 




1,200,000 




288.000 




1,488,000 


2012 




1,200,000 




240.000 




1,440,000 


2013 




1,200,000 




192,000 




1,392,000 


2014 




1,200,000 




144,000 




1,344,000 


2015 




1,200.000 




96,000 




1,296,000 


2016 




1,200.000 




48,000 




1,248,000 


Total 


$ 


10,800,000 


$ 


2,151,000 


$ 


12,951,000 






Grand Total Bonded Debt: 






$ 


20,295,000 


$ 


3,411,226 


$ 


23,706,226 



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Town of Bedford, New Hampshire 



We have audited the accompanying financial statements of the governmental activi- 
ties, the business-type activities, each major fund, and the aggregate remaining fund 
information of the Town of Bedford, New Hampshire, as of and for the year ended 
December 31, 2006, which collectively comprise the Town's basic financial state- 
ments as listed in the table of contents. These financial statements are the respon- 
sibility of the Town of Bedford's management. Our responsibility is to express an 
opinion on these financial statements based on our audit. 

We conducted our audit in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted 
in the United States of America. Those standards require that we plan and perform 
the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are 
free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, 
evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An 
audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant 
estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial 
statement presentation. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for 
our opinions. 

In our opinion, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material 
respects, the respective financial position of the governmental activities, the 
business-type activities, each major fund, and the aggregate remaining fund 
information of the Town of Bedford, as of December 31 , 2006, and the respective 
changes in financial position and cash flows, where applicable, thereof and the 
respective budgetary comparison for the General Fund for the year then ended in 
conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of 
America. 

The management's discussion and analysis, appearing on the following pages, is 
not a required part of the basic financial statements but is supplementary information 
required by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board. We have applied 
certain limited procedures, which consisted principally of inquiries of management 
regarding the methods of measurement and presentation of the required supple- 

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mentary information. However, we did not audit the information and express no 
opinion on it. 

Our audit was made for the purpose of forming opinions on the financial statements 
that collectively comprise the Town of Bedford, New Hampshire's basic financial 
statements. The introductory section, supplementary statements and schedules, 
and statistical tables are presented for purposes of additional analysis and are not 
a required part of the basic financial statements. The supplementary statements 
and schedules have been subjected to the auditing procedures applied in the audit 
of the basic financial statements and, in our opinion, are fairly stated in all material 
respects in relation to the basic financial statements taken as a whole. The intro- 
ductory section and statistical tables have not been subjected to the auditing pro- 
cedures applied in the audit of the basic financial statements and, accordingly, we 
express no opinion on them. 



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Nashua, New Hampshire 
February 28, 2007 



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TOWN OF BEDFORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Balance Sheet 
Governmental Funds 
December 31, 2006 



ASSETS 

Cash and short-term investments 

Investments 

Receivables: 

Property taxes, net 
Departmental and other 
Intergovernmental 

Due from other ftinds 

Prepaid items 

TOTAL ASSETS 





General 


Road 

Reconstruction 

Fund 


Nonmajor 

Governmental 

Funds 


Total 

Governmental 

Funds 


$ 


21,905,293 
2,000,000 


$ 


10,971,641 


$ 


3,698,014 


$ 


36,574,948 
2,000,000 




1,544,816 
213,351 

115,209 
237,843 

26,016,512 




33,907 




46,581 
11,083 


$_ 


1,544,816 

259,932 

33,907 

126,292 

237,843 


$_ 


$_ 


11,005,548 


$_ 


3,755,678 


40,777,738 



LIABILITIES AND FUND BALANCES 



Liabilities: 
Accounts payable 
Accrued liabilities 
Retainage payable 
Deferred revenues 
Tax refunds liability 
Due to other funds 
Due to other governments 
Other liabilities 

TOTAL LIABILITIES 



$ 


503,778 $ 
234,126 


147,460 $ 


$ 


651,238 
234,126 




15,760 


198.427 


- 


214,187 




163,836 




- 


163,836 




39,782 






39,782 




11,083 


112,459 


2,750 


126,292 




18,695,813 




69 

2,819 


18,695,813 
69 




19,664,178 


458,346 


20,125,343 



Fund Balances: 
Reserved for: 
Encumbrances 
Prepaid items 
Other purposes 
Perpetual permanent fijnds 
Unreserved: 
Undesignated, reported in: 
General fiand 
Special revenue funds 
Capital project funds 
Permanent ftinds 



451,587 

237,843 

1,303,849 



4,359,055 



3,415,738 



7,131,464 



TOTAL FUND BALANCES 6,352,334 _ 

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND FUND BALANCES $ 26,016,512 $ 



10,547,202 



,1,005,548 



- 


3,867,325 


- 


237,843 


- 


1,303,849 


25,255 


25,255 


. 


4,359,055 


3,726,329 


3,726,329 




7,131,464 


1,275 


1,275 



3,752,859 



20,652,395 



3,755,678 $ 40,777,738 



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Certificate of 

Achievement 

for Excellence 

in Financial 

Reporting 

Presented to 

Town of Bedford 
New Hampshire 

For its Comprehensive Annual 

Financial Report 

for the Fiscal Year Ended 

December 31, 2006 

A Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial 

Reporting is presented by the Government Finance Officera 

Aasociation of the United States and Canada to 

government unita and public employee retirement 

systems whose comprehensive annual financial 

reports (CAFRs) achieve the highest 

standards in government accounting 

and Hnancial reporting. 




(0£~^ T. C3x 



President 



Executive Director 



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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 




Roger Grenier, Information Support Technician 
Brian Davis, IT Manager 

2007 saw another increase in the overall size of 
the network, both in infrastructure and 
computers. More and more employees are finding 
the need for computers in their normal, daily 
activities. There were an additional 5 computers 
installed throughout the town providing access to 
key town resources and applications for these 
employees. 

The Technology Replacement Program (TRP) 
continues to be a critical component to the health 
and stability of the town's network resources. By 
identifying a life cycle for each component on the 
network, the IT department has been successful 
in keeping the town's resources up to date with a 
commitment from the Town Council to provide the 
funding necessary. The final steps of the TRP 
began in 2007 with the Business Impact Analysis 
plan. The BIA plan started in 2007 with the 
identification of critical resources on the town's 
network. Further steps in the coming year will 
categorize these resources to include a calculated 
impact of loss for each should a loss occur. 

A town wide desktop management 
software/hardware solution was purchased to 
better facilitate the increase in desktop support 
needed as the network grows. This system will 
allow deployment of network resources and 
applications to all town computers via an 
administrative control panel that will 
significantly decrease the amount of time that 
would be spent on helpdesk type activities. As 
well, new computers requiring software 
installations will nearly be automatic providing 
another increase in time to deploy. 

In public safety, an outdated server was replaced, 
providing improved communication and access to 



data. As part of this upgrade, the old 
communication methods to access key data used 
by police officers in their vehicles was upgraded to 
a secured, Verizon Wireless mobile data network. 
This proved to be faster and more reliable than 
methods used in the past. 

Pictometry, a state of the art aerial photography 
information system was purchased and installed 
in a test environment. This new view of the entire 
town in high resolution images will allow 
departments like Planning, Public Works and 
others to better assess community impact to 
developments around town by visually comparing 
before and after results. In the future. Police and 
Fire will be able to use this tool to plan for major 
events, review tactics use in certain events and to 
plan for disasters. 

Spam became a very large nuisance and time 
waster for the town in 2007. Spam and viruses 
were in the increase and some users were getting 
upwards of 50 spam messages a day. IT 
researched many different solutions to combat 
this growing problem. In the middle of June, 2007 
a new Barracuda Networks Spam Firewall was 
purchase and installed to help combat this 
growing problem. Since its installation, over 3 
million emails have been scanned and a 
staggering 96% were blocked for being spam. In 
addition, a further 2% were tagged as possible 
spam allowing for quick dismissal should they be, 
in fact, spam. 

In 2007, the town's website was rated one of the 
best in the area for simplicity and information. 
We look forward to further improving its form and 
function in the coming year. 

PLANNING BOARD 

Paul Goldberg, Chairman 

2007 proved to be a year of transition in the staff 
associated with the Planning Board. The 
members of the Planning Board said farewell to 
Bedford's first Planning Director Karen White 
who retired in August after 18 years of service to 
the Town. Karen had professionally overseen 
nearly two decades of extreme residential and 
commercial growth throughout the community 
and will be missed. The Chairman participated in 
the selection process of hiring a new Planning 



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Director early in the year. Rick Sawyer was hired 
as the new Director and started in April. Cynthia 
May was hired in July to fill the vacant Planner II 
position. The Board welcomed the new Town 
Manager Russ Marcoux as an ex-officio member 
replacing former Manager Keith Hickey. All of 
the new staff quickly showed the ability to provide 
professional support to the Board. 

2007 continued the recent trend of extremely 
limited residential growth with only 11 new lots 
being created with another 11 lots having been 
approved but not recorded by years end. The 61 
lot Preserve subdivision which was granted 
comprehensive approval in 2006 was granted a 
time extension and an alternative lot and roadway 
configuration in 2007. Commercial applications 
increased slightly from 2006 with a total of 
216,863 square feet of new space being approved. 
A proposed workout club and wellness center at 
the intersection of Donald Street and Route 114 
consumes 160,000 of the square feet approved in 
2007. 

Planning Board had a total of 96 agenda items in 
2007. 13 conceptual reviews were completed for 
many projects which are likely to submitted for 
final review in 2008 including a Kohl's 
Department Store and restaurant on Kilton Road, 
a fast food and retail development on South River 
Road and a mixed use development (160 elderly 
housing units, 84 assisted living units & 75,000 
square feet of commercial space) at the 
intersection of Old Bedford Road and Route 101. 
Numerous previously-approved projects applied 
for extensions of time to complete conditions or 
begin construction. 

Statistics for 2007: 

• 7 Site Plans = 216.863 square feet of new 
commercial/industrial space 

• 6 Change of Use Site Plans 

• 6 Subdivision Plans = 22 new residential lots (11 
recorded) 

• 8 Lot Line Adjustment Plans 

• 6 Home Occupation Permits 

• 13 Conceptual reviews 

• 50 Miscellaneous Items - minor plans, waivers, time 
extensions, comprehensive plans, design reviews, 
discussions, continued items and reports. 

Major developments reviewed or approved 
included: 

• Workout Club & Wellness Center - 160,000 square feet on 
Donald Street 

• Bedford Self-Storage - 18,842 square foot expansion 



• CVS - 14,839 square feet on South River Road 

• Kohl's & Restaurant - Concept for 105,072 square feet on 
Kilton Road 

• Hawthorne-Bedford - Design review for 160 elderly 
housing units. 84 assisted living units & 75,000 SF of 
commercial space at the intersection of Old Bedford Road 
and Route 101 

• Unnamed Fast Food & Retail - Concept for 14,829 square 
feet on South River Road 

• Holiday Retirement - Design review for a 97-unit 
congregate care facility on Meetinghouse Road 

• Governor's View - Design review for a 13 lot subdivision 
off of Pulpit Road 

• Governor's Ridge - Design review for a 12 lot subdivision 
off of Pulpit Road 

PLANNING & ZONING DEPARTMENT 
Rick Sawyer, AICP, Director 

Personnel Changes 

2007 was a year of significant change within the 
Planning and Zoning Department. Karen White 
retired in August after serving as Planning 
Director for eighteen years. Karen was Bedford's 
first professional planner and she was extremely 
influential in maintaining Bedford's desirability 
during two decades of unprecedented growth. 
Rick Sawyer was hired in April as the new 
Director and was able to work with Karen for four 
months prior to her departure. Rick comes to 
Bedford with 10 years of planning experience with 
the City of Nashua, NH. In July Cynthia May 
joined the Department as a Planner II replacing 
long time resident and planner Nancy Larson who 
had left in December of 2006 to become the 
Planning and Zoning Administrator for the Town 
of Merrimack. Cynthia is a registered Landscape 
Architect who brings with her years of experience 
in planning in the public and private sectors. 
Karen Elmer. Planner I took on added 
responsibility and additional night meetings to 
help maintain the high level of service that the 
Department provides to the boards, commissions 
and citizens during this year of transition. 

Development Trends 

New commercial and residential applications to 
the Planning Board remained similar to 2006 
which continue be well below the levels seen 
earlier in the decade. The decline in residential 
development is partially attributed to the limited 
supply of available land in Bedford coupled with 
the nationwide downturn in the housing market. 
The Planning Staff has been busy working with 
several potential large developments including, a 
Kohl's Department Store and restaurant on Kilton 



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Road, a fast food and retail development on South 
River Road and a mixed use development (160 
elderly housing units, 84 assisted living units & 
75,000 square feet of commercial space) at the 
intersection of Old Bedford Road and Route 101. 
The staff routinely fields questions from 
developers who mostly represent nationally 
known clients who want to be located in Bedford. 
Several project started or continued construction 
during 2007 including, CVS, Hannaford, Country 
Inn & Suites, Bentley Commons and Bedford Self 
Storage. 

Transportation Planning 

2007 was a year of unprecedented change in the 
State of New Hampshire's Ten Year 
Transportation Improvement Plan when 
approximately two billion dollars worth of projects 
were cut from the Plan including the proposed 
widening of Route 101 from Old Bedford Road to 
Wallace Road in Bedford. The State has also 
made it clear that due to inflation in the 
construction industry, a reduction in the gas tax 
revenue and with an expected cut in federal aid in 

2008 that many projects will only be able to be 
completed with significant local funding or 
changes in the DOT funding mechanism. The 
Route 3 bridge over the F.E. Everett Turnpike 
was also cut but was later restored when highway 
toll prices were raised state wide. The Route 3 
bridge is rapidly deteriorating and is priority 
number 63 on the State's Red List. The State 
began construction of the Airport Access Roadway 
in July and it is expected to take approximately 
three years to complete. Construction of the 
Hardy/Jenkins Road and Route 101 signalized 
intersection is expected to begin in late winter of 
2008. The Planning Board adopted an updated 
Route 3 Corridor Access Management Plan in 
September. 

ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT 

Christopher Bandazian. Chairman 

The Zoning Board of Adjustment conducts 
hearings on applications for relief from land use 
regulations. The most common types of 
applications concern requests for: 

1) Variance from use or dimensional requirements^ 

2) Special Exceptions; 

3) Equitable Waiver from dimensional requirements: 
and 

4) Appeal from decisions of Administrative Officials. 



Where there are unique or extenuating 
circumstances, the Board of Adjustment provides 
an avenue for relief from restrictions and for local 
resolution of land use issues. The Board of 
Adjustment can grant an application if the legal 
requirements for relief are met. However, the 
Board of Adjustment cannot grant relief if it 
would be the equivalent of rezoning or amending a 
zoning ordinance. After hearing evidence for or 
against an application, the Board of Adjustment 
deliberates and votes on all requests in public 
session. 

In 2007, the Board of Adjustment heard 30 
applications for variances, 3 applications for 
special exceptions, 1 application for an equitable 
waiver and 1 administrative appeal. The majority 
of the applications filed in 2007 were variance 
applications for relief from lot line or wetland 
setback requirements and special exception 
applications for accessory apartments for family 
members. The distribution of applications is 
reflective of the maturing status of development 
in Bedford. Of the applications decided in 2007, 28 
were approved or approved in part, 5 were denied 
or denied in part and 2 were dismissed or 
withdrawn. 

Members of the Board of Adjustment are 
appointed by the Town Council. The Board of 
Adjustment is comprised of 5 regular members, 
one of whom also is a member of the Town 
Council, and 3 alternate members, one of whom 
also is a member of the Town Council. Karin 
Elmer, a member of the Planning Department, 
attends all ZBA meetings and provides 
information to the Board. 

Applications to request a hearing and the meeting 
schedule of the Board of Adjustment (usually the 
3""'' Tuesday of each month) are available at the 
Town Offices and also are available online at the 
Town website, www.bedfordnh.org . Completed 
applications are due no later than 14 days prior to 
the desired hearing date. The Zoning 
Administrator handles all public inquiries 
regarding zoning questions and assists 
individuals with application procedures. 

SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE PLANNING 

David Preece, AICP, SNHPC Exec. Director 

The Southern New Hampshire Planning 
Commission has a wide range of services and 



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resources available to help dues-paying members 
deal with a variety of municipal issues. Technical 
assistance is provided by a professional staff 
whose expertise is, when necessary, supplemented 
by consultants who are selected for their 
specialized skills or services. Each year, with the 
approval of appointed representatives, the 
Commission staff designs and carries out 
programs of area-wide significance that are 
mandated under New Hampshire and federal 
laws or regulations, as well as local projects which 
would pertain more exclusively to your 
community. 

Technical assistance is provided in a professional 
and timely manner by staff at the request of the 
Planning Board and/or Board of Selectmen. The 
Commission conducts planning studies and 
carries out projects that are of common interest 
and benefit to all member communities, keeps 
officials apprised of changes in planning and land 
use regulation, and in conjunction with the New 
Hampshire Municipal Association, offers training 
workshops for Planning and Zoning Board 
members on an annual basis. 

Services that were performed for the Town of 
Bedford during the past year are as follows: 

1) Co-sponsored the Municipal Law Lecture Series, which 
were attended by Bedford officials: 

2) Conducted traffic counts at 40 locations in the Town of 
Bedford and forwarded data to the Town's Planning 
Director: 

3) Coordinated Flexible Road Design Standards and 
Amendments to Comprehensive Shoreland 
Protection Act for SNHPC Planners' Roundtable 
meetings, which were attended by Bedford officials: 

4) Coordinated and facilitated region-wide Water Supply 
Task Force meetings on May 19, 2007 and October 17. 
2007, on the proposed Merrimack River Basin and 
Groundwater Studies, which impact Bedford: 

5) Facilitated a region-wide Brownfields Advisory 
Committee meeting on October 30. 2007, which was 
attended by Bedford officials: 

6) Facilitated four Conservation Commission Institute 
forums on the Wildlife Action Plan, Natural Services 
Network, Open Space Plan, and Conservation 
Easements: 

7) Continued participation in the planning process for 
proposed improvements at the NH 101/Hardy Road 
intersection: 

8) Participated in the review process for improvements 
related to the new Bedford High School: 

9) Sponsored three Planning Forums: Food Security and 
Agricultural Sustainability on October 9, 2007: Energy 
Sustainability on November 5. 2007: and Transit 
Oriented Development (TOD) on April 19, 2007: 



10) Hosted New Zoning Board Member Training on 
February 29, 2007, which was attended by Bedford 
officials: 

11) Adopted, printed, and distributed copies of the 
Regional Comprehensive Plan to Bedford officials: 

12) Prepared and distributed a Community Planning 
Assessment of the Town's policies and regulations to 
the Bedford Planning Board as part of the CTAP 
project: 

13) Hosted a Legislation Open House in Concord for 
Legislative officials on March 20, 2007: 

14) Digitized land use based on 2005 orthophotography 
into a CIS database for all of the SNHPC 
communities: and 

15) Participated in regional economic development 
discussions with the Greater Manchester Chamber of 
Commerce regarding Metro Center, which was 
attended by Bedford officials: 

16) Coordinated review process for proposed developments 
of regional impact affecting the Town. 

Bedford's Representatives to the Commission 

David J. Danielson 

Edward P. Moran, Jr. 

Harold Newberry 

Lori Radke - Alt. 

Michael Izbicki - Alt. 

Bedford's Executive Committee Member 

David J. Danielson 

CEMETERY TRUSTEES 

Doris Peck Spurway, Secretary 

The Board of Trustees, Donald Folsom, Chairman, 
Ralph Dieter, and Howard Frizzell held four (4) 
meetings during 2007. 

Lot sales included 9, of which 1 was a 4-place lot; 
7 were two-place lots and one was a single lot 
totaling $10,800. Total burials were 22: 10 
cremations and 12 full burials. Other transactions 
included three transfers and/or replacements. A 
new three-year contract for cemetery maintenance 
was signed this year with Einstein's Inc., a 
company located in Townsend, MA. 

The trustees care for three other small cemeteries 
in town; Joppa Hill, Beals Rd. and Back River Rd. 
All fall under the category "historic" due to their 
original opening dates. The "Walker Monument", 
a historic site on Station Rd. is also maintained by 
the trustees. 

For any information regarding rules and 
operation of these cemeteries, please contact one 
of the trustees. 



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SUPERVISORS OF THE CHECKLIST 

Benita Diamond, Chairperson 
Joan McMahan, Elaine Tefft 

As of December 2007, the voting Hst recorded 
3,043 Democrats 6,705 Repubhcans and 5,016 
Undeclared, for a total of 14,764 registered voters. 

Before each election the Supervisors of the 
Checklist hold evening and Saturday sessions for 
registration of new voters, as well as corrections 
to the checklist. These sessions are posted in the 
Town Office and the Library, and published in 
local newspapers. Residents may also register, 
correct or change their party at the Town Offices 
during regular office hours. Eligible residents are 
also allowed to register at the polls on voting days. 

The Supervisors wish to thank Wanda Jenkins, 
Town Clerk, and her staff for handling the 
majority of registrations. 

BEDFORD VILLAGE COMMON COMMITTEE 

The Bedford Village Common is town-owned land 
situated south of the Bedford Library and 
bordered by Bell Hill Road, Route 101, and 
Meetinghouse Road. The 9.44-acre parcel lies 
within the Historic District. During 2007, the 
Bedford Village Common Committee (BVCC) gave 
presentations before the Historic District 
Commission, Conservation Commission, Highway 
Safety Committee, Parks & Recreation 
Commission, Planning Board, and Town Council 
to explain the various components of the master 
plan and site plan, to gather recommendations, 
and to gain approval of the plan. In November, a 
Dredge & Fill Application was submitted to the 
Department of Environmental Services along with 
a proposed Conservation Easement as required by 
wetland impact regulations. A model of the 
proposed Common, created by Kelley Comeau of 
TF Moran, is currently on display at the Bedford 
Library. 

In Spring 2008, the Committee hopes to move 
forward with the installation of a fence along 
Route 101 to signify the boundaries of the 
Common and to organize a private fund-raising 
appeal to fund further development of the various 
components of the plan. 



The BVCC is a Town Council appointed 
committee consisting of Beverly Thomas (Chair), 
Jayne Spaulding (Vice-Chr.), Jeanene Procopis 
(Sec), Kristin Desmarais, Mervyn Taub, and Tom 
Riley. Town Representatives are Michael Scanlon 
(Town Council), Kevin Keyes (Town Council 
Alternate), and Cynthia May (Planning 
Department). Anne Cruess of TF Moran donates 
her consulting services to the group. The BVCC 
remains committed to providing volunteer 
assistance to the Town Council and Parks & 
Recreation Commission with the goal of 
developing a town common for the benefit of the 
citizens of our community. 

HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION 

The Historic District Commission met for 11 
regular meetings during 2007, and once for a site 
walk. A total of 22 applications were filed and 
heard. The Commission approved 6 commercial 
signs, 10 residential renovations, 4 landscape 
changes, and one above ground pool in the 
Historic District. There were no applications for 
new commercial buildings or renovations, nor 
were there any applications for new residential 
buildings. 

Throughout the year, the Historic District 
Commission updated various components of the 
application in their continued effort to improve 
the Historic District review process. In January, 
the Commission approved a revised application 
form. During March, all property owners within 
the Historic District were mailed post cards 
informing them that the Historic District 
regulations had been recently updated. During 
the November meeting, the Commission accepted 
a redesigned Certificate of Approval/Notice of 
Disapproval. 

The Historic District Commission continued to 
identify properties within the Historic District 
where possible violations of the regulations had 
been observed. These areas of concern were 
brought to the attention of the Zoning Department 
for follow-up. 

There was an announcement that the Bedford 
Presbyterian Church received notification of 
designation to the National Register of Historic 
Places on June 12, 2007. At the June meeting, 
the Commission also heard a presentation from 



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the Bedford Village Common Committee for a 
discussion of the proposed park at the intersection 
of Route 101 and Bell Hill Road. In August, Town 
Councilor Bill Jean introduced Cynthia A. May, as 
the new Planner II and staff person serving the 
Historic District Commission. 

Gregor Zimmermann continued to serve as 
Chairperson of the Historic District Commission 
through the entire year. Town Councilor Normand 
Longval served as the Council Representative 
through March, at which time Paul Roy was 
appointed to that seat. Greg Zimmermann and 
Bill Jean were re-elected to the Chair and Vice 
Chair positions in June. After the Town Council 
vacancy was filled in August, Bill Jean stepped 
down as Vice Chairperson for the Historic District 
Commission to become the Town Council 
Representative for the remainder of that term 
(through March 2008), and Councilor Roy moved 
to fill the Town Council Alternate position. 
Beverly Thomas was elected by the Commission to 
become the new Vice Chairperson. As for other 
Commission members, Andrew Noyes was re- 
appointed as an Alternate Commission member to 
a 3 year term. Laura O'Donnell was appointed as 
an Alternate Commission member, filling the 3 
year position that has been vacant for a few years. 
Pamela Weeks-Dorji was also appointed as new 
Alternate Commission member in April for a one 
year term as a replacement for Timmie Maine 
Miller, who resigned earlier in the year due to 
scheduling and time constraints. Debbie Sklar 
served as a regular member, representing the 
Planning Board. Karen McGinley had been 
appointed as the Planning Board Alternate, but 
stepped down from that position due to scheduling 
conflicts later in the year, and that position has 
remained open. 

ASSESSING DEPARTMENT 

William H. Ingalls, Assessor 

During the 2007 year, after including construction 
finished in 2007 that began in 2006, as well as 
any projects that began in early 2007, the Town of 
Bedford experienced a net growth of 1.3%. This is 
the slowest rate of growth Bedford experienced in 
many years; attributable to both a slowdown of 
the residential real estate market, and that 
several commercial projects simply have not 



begun construction yet or are at this time only 
partially completed. 



Residential 
Com/Ind 
Utilities 
Exempt 

Total 



$2,609,047,400 

$490,317,800 

$31,484,600 

$88.243.978 

$3,219,093,778 



Property tax exemptions and credits totaled 
$13,124,807; during 2007, the Bedford Town 
Council voted to increase the Veteran's Tax Credit 
to $500 from $100, the Surviving Spouse Tax 
Credit to $2000 from $1400, the Service 
Connected Total and Permanent Disability Credit 
to $2000 from $1400, the 65-74 Senior Tax 
Exemption to $76,350 from $25,000, the 75-79 
Senior Tax Exemption to $81,350 from $30,000, 
and the Senior Tax Exemption for those 80 years 
of age and older to $120,000 from $52,000. 

The total assessed value of any property- 
residential, commercial, or exempt not completed 
by April 1, 2007, will not be reflected in the above 
listed amounts; total assessed values reflect the 
state of completion and physical condition of all 
property as of April 1. The total assessed value of 
all property completed after April 1, 2007 will be 
included in the numbers for 2008. 

The total number of property conveyances in 
Bedford as reported by the New Hampshire 
Department of Revenue Administration was 536; 
this is only two (2) less than in 2006. 

We have all seen and heard for over a year now, 
about the sub prime adjustable rate mortgage 
situation, the foreclosures that have resulted, and 
how market values are plummeting across the 
country. Here in New Hampshire, we are 
weathering the storm better than most of the rest 
of the country. Information from several real 
estate trade journals indicates while things can 
always be better, they could also easily be a lot 
worse. Over the past year, real estate values 
across New Hampshire have declined an average 
of only 5%; in many areas they really haven't 
declined at all. In New Hampshire just under 30% 
of all residential improved property has no 
mortgage balance. Across the state foreclosures 
represent .44 of one percent of residential 
properties with mortgages. During the worst time 
most of us can remember, 1993, foreclosures 
represented .80 of one percent of such properties. 



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Foreclosures are predicted to peak mid 2008, and 
things are predicted to improve once the dust 
settles. In Bedford, during the period used by the 
Department of Revenue Administration to 
determine our assessment to sale ratio each year 
(October 1, 2006 through September 30, 2007) it 
appears residential real estate declined only 2.2% 
overall. However, as is the case across the state, 
many areas in town have not declined at all; 86% 
of residential homes sold this period sold for more 
than their assessed value - only 14% sold either 
at or below their assessed value. So yes things 
have slowed some, but it is not catastrophic and 
there is no wholesale sell off of houses here in 
town; we are seeing fewer sales at the moment but 
the prices are not dropping as much as they are 
elsewhere. 

As of December 31, 2007, the classification or 
specific property types are as follows^ 



Single Family Residence 
Residential Multi Family 
Residential Vacant 
Residential Mobile Home 
Residential Condominiums 
Commercial/Industrial Improved 
Commercial/Industrial Vacant 
Exempt 
Utilities 

Total 



6164 

45 

463 

6 

610 

522 

43 

253 

28 

8,134 



The Assessor's Office is continuing with the 
ongoing data re-verification and inspection 
program for the valuation update presently 
scheduled for 2008. In order to satisfy the "value 
anew at least once every five years" requirement 
of the State Constitution, this office will 
continuously re-verify and re-inspect properties 
throughout each year. Physical property 
characteristics either missed or changed will be 
added or removed from properties (if you've filled 
in a pool or torn down a shed let us know about 
it); this way, we can put off the majority of the 
cost of another revaluation and still use the most 
up to date information as possible. We ask and 
thank you for your continued cooperation and 
assistance in this important process. 

A public access computer terminal is available in 
the assessing lobby along with tax maps for 
property research. Copies of records are available 
for a nominal fee. Assessment information can be 
accessed online at www.visionappraisal.com, and 



maps/abutters lists for individual lots are 
available at www.mapsonline.net. Assessing office 
hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 AM 
through 4:30 PM. 

CONSERVATION COMMISSION 

Mervyn Taub, Chairman 

The slow-down in applications was very apparent 
as the year progressed. This year we 
recommended 8 applications against 18 in 2006, 
and 13 in 2005. These requests for dredge and fill 
permits, totaled 3 1/3 acres (144,748 sq. ft.) of 
which over 56.340 sq. ft. were for the Town or 
School Board projects. There were 2 mitigation 
offerings; one for 7.63 acres from the School 
Board, which will be put into permanent 
conservation with the Bedford Land Trust as the 
grantee of the easement: the other, which is still 
being finalized, will put 83 acres into permanent 
conservation on lands abutting the Pulpit Rock 
Conservation Area. This is a very valuable 
addition to the Town's premier conservation 
property, and will considerably enhance its 
recreation and conservation possibilities. The 
report of the Pulpit Rock Sub-committee is below. 

We were very sorry to lose Kermit Zerr as a 
commission member and also as the chair of the 
sub-committee on the wetlands. We thank him for 
his counsel and service and wish him well. The 
chair of the wetlands sub-committee has been 
assumed by Karen Simmons, whose efforts are 
much appreciated. Their report is below. 

I would like to express my thanks to the 
Commission members, particularly the Vice- 
Chair, Glenn Boston who has ably deputized for 
me on several occasions, and the other members, 
Karen Simmons, David Brown, Anthony Clark 
and Landy Labonte, and the representatives from 
the Town Council and the Planning Board. 
Finally, our thanks to Karen Elmer, Planner, who 
is a tireless assistant and endless provider of 
answers to complex questions. 

Wetlands Subcommittee 

The Wetlands Subcommittee was established with 
approval from the Town Council in the summer of 
2007. The goal of the Subcommittee is to explore 
ways to encourage people to care for wetlands and 



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respect wetlands buffers. The Subcommittee was 
chaired by Conservation Commission member 
Kermit Zerr. The other representative from the 
Commission is Karen Simmons. Members from 
the pubhc are Richard Moore, Mark DellOrfano, 
George Drewett and Kathleen Bemiss. 
Unfortunately, due to health concerns Kermit has 
stepped down. Karen Simmons is now chairing 
the Subcommittee, with David Brown from the 
Conservation Commission taking her place. 

The group is educating itself about wetlands and 
buffers, and several members attended a seminar 
presented by the Southern New Hampshire 
Regional Planning Commission. In an effort to 
share this knowledge with others, the 
Subcommittee plans to hold an education session 
for the public, lead by experts in the field. Several 
other endeavors are being discussed. 

Pulpit Rock Subcommittee 

The Pulpit Rock Subcommittee of the 
Conservation Commission is charged with 
overseeing and managing Bedford's Pulpit Rock 
Conservation Area and invites you to visit your 
conservation area. It is a great choice when you 
are looking for a hike that is close to home, with 
over 3 V2 miles of moderate to difficult trails. 
Pulpit Rock committee members include Richard 
Moore, Bill Ewing, Peter Delano, Clark Gott, Ray 
Landry, Doug Pryce, Eric Soederberg. and 
Conservation Commission Representative, 
Anthony Clark. Our thanks are extended to those 
who have helped out in past years at the Pulpit 
for our annual workdays and we would welcome 
your help. This year promises to be a busy one 
with the possibility of additional trails being 
developed. The Pulpit Rock workday will be 
scheduled for some weekend in late April or early 
May. Please check the Bedford newspapers in 
April for the date. 

BEDFORD PARKS AND RECREATION 
DEPARTMENT AND COMMISSION 

Don Foster - Chairman 

The Bedford Parks & Recreation Department is 
dedicated to providing the diverse needs of a 
growing population with a variety of recreational, 
social and cultural activities and is responsible for 
preserving and maintaining the parks and the 



recreation facilities that the Town has to offer its 
residents. 

A number of special projects should be highlighted 
in the 2007 annual report including the numerous 
opportunities to promote public/private 
partnerships with the reconstruction and the 
addition of lights to the Legacy Multipurpose field 
off New Boston Road, the addition of lights and 
new backboards at the Legacy Basketball Court 
sponsored by the Bedford Basketball League, and 
the bathroom addition to the Warming Hut by the 
Bedford Cross Country Ski Club as well as area 
business and community sponsors. The largest 
project the Department handled was the Ann 
DeNicola Memorial Playground (aka Timber Town 
Playground), which included a fantastic Volunteer 
Build Day during the month of June. There are a 
number of people that the Department and 
Commission would like to say thank you to 
including Chairman Michelle Casale and the 
Playground Subcommittee who spent numerous 
hours researching equipment vendors, picking out 
equipment and ending with the 70+ volunteers 
who helped on "Build Day". We would like to say 
thank you to our community and the local 
businesses and service groups, along with the 
families and volunteers who, in 2007 generously 
supported the rebuilding of the Bedford 
Community Playground. Your help and donations 
have given so many children a cherished place to 
play and thrive. The corporate sponsors included 
the Town of Bedford, Bedford Friends of 
Recreation, Ann DeNicola Trust, Home Doctors 
Park Pediatrics, Fences Unlimited, Home 
Depot/KaBoom!, L.Newman Associates/Paul 
Mansback, Inc, Liberty Hill Construction, LLC, 
Manchester Redimix Concrete, Inc, Pediatric 
Health Associates, Rotary Club of Bedford, 
Spatial Construction, Harvey's Concrete Floor 
Company, HNH foundation, Bedford Lions Club, 
Bedford Men's Club, Eckman Construction, The 
Shottes Family, Keach-Nordstrom Engineering, 
Pro-Scape, R.E. Jenkins Construction and 
Meridian Land Services who helped make the new 
playground possible. 

It was another ongoing year for this Department 
with the continuing project of the Bedford Village 
Common. As the Town continues to grow in 
population, many residents are looking for a 
common Town Center to hold a variety of 
recreational, social and cultural activities. Beverly 



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Thomas chairs the Bedford Village Common 
Committee, and they have come up with a master 
plan layout and a model that is available for 
residents to view at the Bedford Library. 

The Recreation Department has met many new 
challenges during this year of transition with its 
director on extended military leave and then his 
resignation in November. Staffing levels continue 
to be a challenge within the department and as 
such a re-organization is anticipated for 2008. 

The Recreation Department was proud to be able 
to offer another summer of fun filled Tuesday 
night "Family Cultural Series". These concerts 
are held outdoors at the Performance Stage and 
with the musical entertainment of "T-Bone" and 
"Johnny the K Show" and the famous "Wayne 
From Maine" over 200 families were in attendance 
on a weekly basis. The Department would like to 
thank our extra set of hands, which includes 
Sherry Charkin and the Coalition of Bedford 
Youth group. This was another great year. 

Another area that the Recreation Department and 
the Recreation Commission focused on for the 
2007-year is addressing the adult and senior 
citizens population of the Town. Along with the 
Bedford Adult & Senior Connections, the 
Recreation Department and Recreation 
Commission we were able to provide activities 
focused around the older age group in Town. 

Bedford Connections, a Town Council sanctioned 
subcommittee, sponsored a "New" summertime 
activity known as the Adult Summer Concert 
Series in both July and August. These concerts, 
which were all well attended, had musical 
entertainment from Bedford resident, Paul 
Bordeleau and his "Young At Heart" sextet group 
sponsored by Hillcrest Terrace. They performed 
one sunny Monday afternoon at the Performance 
Stage to demonstrate their keyboarding skills. As 
Paul would say, these "Young at Heart" ladies are 
truly special and range in age from 73 to 93, 
proving that "you are never too old to learn 
something new". They all have been participants 
in a program that Mr. Bordeleau developed that 
are available through the Parks & Recreation 
Department known as "Elder Musik". The second 
Adult Summer Concert presented the "Amoskeag 
Strummers", and this was also combined as a 
"Meet & Greet" with the newly hired Town 



Manager, Russell Marcoux. This program was 
more of 20s-50s type of music group that help the 
adults and seniors in Town entertain the 
afternoon away. 

In 2007, local groups and political organizations 
sponsored political candidates like, Chris Dodd, 
Rudy Giuliani and John McCain who all used the 
Town Hall facility for campaign stops. As well, 
Michele Obama who came to enlighten the 
Bedford residents for an olde fashion Town Hall 
Meeting. 

In December activities included intergenerational 
programs from the Recreation Department 
including Holiday Cooking classes for youngsters 
ages 6-12, Adult and Senior "Brown Bag Lunch 
Workshops" with a Genealogy program, "Dare to 
Write", and Bedford resident Mary Lou Wilson 
"Party Like A Pro", as well as an Adult Winter 
Concert by "Bow Junction", a bluegrass group 
from the Concord area. To round out the year the 
Department teamed up with the Bedford 
Presbyterian Church to hold the Annual Living 
Nativity and Holiday Reception sponsored by the 
Town Councilors. This year helping to serve the 
residents of Bedford were Councilor Michael 
Scanlon and his wife, Anne Scanlon and Councilor 
Paul Roy. 

BEDFORD COMMUNITY TELEVISION (BCTV) 

Bill Jennings, Station Manager 

Coleen Richardson, Assistant Station Manager 

BCTV Board Chairman, Gene Mackie 

This years BCTV annual submission is dedicated 
to one of our station volunteers who pasted away 
this year; Rich Beyer. Rich started volunteering 
at BCTV in 1998. He was the host of Bedford All- 
Sports, Athlete of the Week and Just My Opinion. 
His commitment and dedication to promoting 
youth sports through community access television 
helped to bring the Bedford sports community 
closer together. Many of the student athletes that 
he interviewed from the various public and 
private schools that our Bedford youths attend, 
remember him fondly as a great sports enthusiast, 
a professional interviewer and a man that was 
sincerely interested in their sports and academic 
success. We will all miss Rich Beyer. His spirit 
will continue to live on at BCTV and he will 
always be remembered by those close to him as 



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"That Sports Guy", who helped to pioneer sports 
broadcasting on BCTV. 



organization can have their notices posted. 
is a non-commercial station. 



BCTV 




Bich Beyer 

Bedford Community Television (BCTV) is the 
Town's local Public, Education and Government 
access community television station. BCTV has 
two channels. Channel 16 is for public and 
education programming and Channel 22 is for 
Government programming. 

Channel 22 is dedicated to government 
programming. All town government meetings are 
broadcast live on Channel 22. School Board 
meetings are also broadcast on Channel 22, but 
will occasionally move to Channel 16 when there 
is a schedule conflict with live town government 
programming. Over 150 government and school 
board meetings were broadcast live on Channel 22 
and Channel 16 in 2007. Every live meeting is 
then rebroadcast on Channel 22 the following 
week. In 2007 BCTV had the capability to 
broadcast Hve from the BCTV Town Meeting 
Room; the SAU; and McKelvie Middle School. 
The high school will replace McKelvie School for 
large general assembly meeting broadcasts in 
2008. 

Programming schedules are updated weekly and 
published in both Bedford newspapers as well as 
on the BCTV website. '"' "-"-' 
www.bedfordtv.com 



The BCTV website is 



The station's mission is to provide a forum for 
access to, and awareness of, public, education, and 
government community information. Use of the 
BCTV channels and facilities are free of charge to 
community members and non-profit organizations 
residing in Bedford. 

The station also runs a community bulletin board 
for public service announcements. Any non-profit 



The station exists as part of a standard 
contractual arrangement between the town and 
the local cable service provider, Comcast. Cable 
franchise fees collected from cable subscribers by 
Comcast fund the operation of the station. The 
station is not funded by tax dollars. 

BCTV is governed by a Board of Overseers which 
is made up of residents and a representative from 
the town council, and the school board. The board 
is responsible for establishing polices and 
procedures for the station. The station has two 
full time staff personnel and six part time 
government and school board videographers. 

BCTV encourages residents to get involved with 
the station by volunteering as producers, 
directors, camera talent, editors, or hosts of their 
own shows. Training is available from station 
personnel for anyone interested in learning about 
the "television business". In 2007, BCTV 

volunteers and staff produced many programs 
that covered an array of subjects. One program 
that received special recognition was produced by 
The Bedford Presbyterian Church. The BPC 
received a major award for their first place finish 
in the professional religious category for their 
program, "By You Bound- Hurricane Katrina 
Mission" from the Alliance for Community Media 
- Northeast Region. The ACM-NE is a community 
television media organization whose members 
include pubic access television stations from New 
England and New York. Producer Eric Wittenberg 
from the Bedford Presbyterian accepted the award 
on behalf of the church and BCTV. 

The station, as part of its responsibility to support 
educational programming and broadcast services 
to the school system, worked closely with school 
administrators this year in preparation of the 
middle/high school opening in September, 2007. 
BCTV is providing funding for equipment and 
technical support which will allow for broadcast 
coverage of school events and town/school public 
hearings from the high school theater. Three wall 
mounted robotic cameras were installed along 
with additional broadcasting hardware in the 
theater control room to insure full meeting 
coverage. 



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BCTV also provided funding for Apple IMac and 
MacPro Workstations, Video Servers, and IMovie 
and Video Editing software to support a new high 
school video lab. Additionally the BCTV station 
will be used as an extension of the classroom. It 
is anticipated that our student volunteer base will 
increase as a result of our planned working 
arrangement between the high school and BCTV. 

This year the station continued to upgrade and 
improve its broadcasting capabilities. A 1.2 Tb 
Video Server was added to replace individual 
DVD players for more reliable programming 
playback and scheduling flexibility. Additional 
graphics units were added to provide better 
broadcast graphics and allow for outside 
community access. Authorized town and school 
personnel now have remote access capability to 
provide emergency and general informational 
public service bulletins and crawls. 

BCTV Board Chairman Comments 

As Chairman of the Board of Overseers, I'd like to 
take this opportunity to thank BCTV's Station 
Manager, Bill Jennings and Assistant Station 
Manager, Coleen Richardson, all the volunteers 
who produce the programming cablecast on our 
two channels, and my fellow members of the 
BCTV Board. I want to especially thank former 
Board members Anne Scanlon, Chuck Grau, Ellen 
McAvoy, Bill Van Anglen and Michael Scanlon for 
their outstanding service, and welcome new board 
members Dick Rawlings, Mike Robinson, and 
Michael Sills. In addition I would like to thank 
our other BCTV board members for their support. 
Bob Thomas, Mary Lou Wilson, and Lauren 
Horton. I would also like to welcome Mike Izbicki 
and Bill Jean as our town council liaisons to the 
BCTV Board and Terry Wolf the school board 
liaison. Their support was invaluable to the board 
in 2007 and I look forward to working with them 
in 2008. Town residents can be very proud of its 
PEG Access station, its staff and volunteers who 
are the life blood of Bedford Community 
Television. 

Please remember that Bedford Community 
Television (BCTV) is YOUR community access 
television station. Call us to learn more about 
how you can get involved with BCTV. Contact 
Station Manager, Bill Jennings, or Assistant 
Station Manager Coleen Richardson, by calling 



472-8288 or signing on to the BCTV website at 
www.bedfordtv.com 

BEDFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT 

David C. Bailev, Pohce Chief 




Left to right: Lt. Dave Davison. Capt. Dan Douidi. 
Sgt. Devon Kimball. Lt. Rob Gagliardi. Chief David Bailey 

In 2007 more changes were made in the police 
department. Dan Douidi was promoted to 
Captain, making him commander of the patrol 
division and 2nd in charge of the department. Rob 
Gagliardi was promoted to administrative 
Lieutenant, in charge of communications and 
training. Lt. Dave Davison remains in charge of 
the investigative division. We also added a school 
resource officer, giving us one in the new high 
school and one in the Ross Lurgio Middle School, 
plus one new officer for the street and one new 
dispatchers position. All these new positions were 
recommendations of the MRI study and approved 
by the Town Council and the voters of Bedford at 
the annual budgetary town meeting. I thank all 
for their support in these endeavors and I feel 
very strongly that we need to continue to follow 
the recommendations of the report to catch up 
from the past and to prepare for the future. 

The high school is now open with freshman and 
sophomores with the two other grades in follow in 
the next two years. It is a new experience for us 
and it is going very well. The two school resource 
officers and the department as a whole enjoys the 
support of the school administration and the staff. 
As a team we are all dealing with the issues that 
come with every high school in making it a safe 
and secure place for our students. 



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Motor vehicle accidents in 2007 decreased by 
almost 12% in 2007, due partially to the mild 
winter and our aggressive, but fair traffic 
enforcement. We stopped 725 more cars, issuing 
383 more warnings and 342 more summonses. 
The highest volume of complaints we receive were 
speeding cars in neighborhoods and red light 
violators. We continue to run directed patrols 
targeting those violations and others. Fortunately 
we investigated no fatal accidents in Bedford this 
year, however State Police did investigate two on 
the turnpike, both in the area of Macy's. 

Bedford continues to grow, although the pace has 
slowed somewhat, giving us time to catch up. Our 
job remains keeping Bedford a safe place to live. 
We do this in partnership with the other town 
departments, the Council and the citizens of 
Bedford who cooperate in being extra eyes and 
ears for us and more importantly, the ones who 
pay the bill. Those who know me, know I never 
forget that. 

I want to finally thank my staff, from the newest 
patrolman to my command staff and the civilians 
who work for the department. I think we have 
one of the finest, most dedicated staffs in the 
State of New Hampshire. 




Bedl'ord Police Ot'ticei:- :it the L'iHl7 Torch Run 
to benefit Special Olympics m \'H 



Bedford Police Department - 2007 Annual Statistics 
Incidents 20,356 



Abandoned Vehicles 
Accidents 

Investigated 

Fatal 

Property Damage 

Injury 

Other 



34 

1252 

1251 



1171 

79 



Alarms Answered 


2201 


Arrests 




Adult 


530 


Juvenile 


117 


MV Summons Issued 


1910 


MV Warnings Issued 


5817 


Parking Tickets Issued 


176 


Assaults 


41 


Assist Fii-e 


168 


Assist Other PD 


256 


Bomb Threat 


3 


Assist Utilities 


88 


Animal Complaints 


367 


Burglary 


39 


Civil 


72 


Disorderly 


296 


Dog Complaints 


639 


Drugs 


13 


Family Offense Calls 


242 


Found Pi-opeit>' 


100 


Fraud/Counterfeit 


83 


Gun Complaints 


22 


Harassment Incidents 


40 


Highway Conditions 


381 


Homicide 





Internet Crime 


12 


littei-ing Complaints 


19 


MV Complaints 


753 


Phone Call Complaints 


82 


Lost Property 


92 


Rescue Assists 


771 


Robberies 


1 


Service Calls 


572 


Sex Offenses 


28 


Suicide 


1 


Sudden Deaths 


10 


Suspicious PersonA'ehicle 


870 


Thefts 


321 


Town Oi-dinanc-e Violations 


150 


Vandalism 


181 


BEDFORD FIRE DEPARTMENT 



Scott A. Wiggin, Fire Chief 

This past year has been very rewarding with the 
increase in staffing. We hired the Fire 
Department's first Fire Inspector hired, John 
Powers came onboard in January and has worked 
with the Shifts on follow up inspections of 
businesses, commercial properties, outside 
burning permits, day care and foster care 
inspections and places of assembly. 

In June we had three new firefighters start that 
were subsidized through the FEMA Fire Grant 
Program under the Staffing for Adequate Fire and 
Emergency Response (SAFER) Program. This is a 



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five-year pro-rated program that provides us 
federal financial assistance. The three 
Firefighters are Corey Fecteau FF/EMT-I, David 
Sherwood FF/EMT-P, and Jason Shelton 
FF/EMT-I. This gives the community six 
personnel on duty 24/7 when we are at full staff. 

This past year we received the highest number of 
calls for service in the department's history. While 
we experienced a slight reduction in overall fire 
related calls, an increase in medical services has 
kept the emergency crews very busy. This past 
spring there was a period of elevated fire danger 
several days of Red Flag Warnings, which means 
conditions are at a dangerous level for wildland 
fires to spread very rapidly. During this time we 
experienced several small fires but responded to 
several larger scaled events in our neighboring 
communities. 

Also this past year the Bedford Fire Department 
hosted its first Citizens Fire Academy. This 
program was a six-week course attended by 16 
Citizens under the direction of Captain Mark 
Klose. This gave the citizens an in-depth and 
hands on experience of the Bedford Fire 
Department, from firefighter training and 
requirements, equipment familiarization, they 
earned a CPR Certification, vehicle extrication, 
live fire extinguisher training and live practical 
evolutions in a smoke filled environment. The 
response by all participants was very positive and 
constructive. 




Participants of the Citizens Fire Academy 

A reminder to all citizens that the law requires a 
written fire permit anytime the ground is not 
covered with snow. Also, any portable fireplaces, 
which means devices such as chimineas, steel fire 
pits, and any devices designed to burn permissible 
combustible materials other than gas or charcoal 
are required to have a written permit. The fire 



department will conduct a site visit and assess the 
installation and use, and if deemed appropriate a 
seasonal permit may be issued. 

I would like to thank the general public for all of 
their support through donations and letters of 
appreciation that we have received over the past 
year. 



2007 FIRE DEPT. STATISTICS 






2007 


2006 


Fire Calls 


538 


549 


Ambulance 


1287 


1217 


Miscellaneous 






Service Calls 


157 


156 


Field Inspections 


664 


536 


Plan Review 


49 


51 


Burning Permits 


633 


729 


Blasting Permits 


23 


15 


Subtotal Miscellaneous 


1526 


1487 


Total Service Provided 


3351 


3253 


REPORT OF FOREST FIRE WARDEN AND 


STATE FOREST RANGER 



Your local Forest Fire Warden, Fire Department, 
and the State of New Hampshire Division of 
Forests & Lands work collaboratively to reduce 
the risk and frequency of wildland fires in New 
Hampshire. To help us assist you, please contact 
your local Forest Fire Warden or Fire Department 
to determine if a permit is required before doing 
ANY outside burning. Under State law (RSA 
227L:17) a fire permit is required for all outside 
burning unless the ground is completely covered 
with snow. The New Hampshire Department of 
Environmental Services also prohibits the open 
burning of household waste. Citizens are 
encouraged to contact the local fire department or 
DES at 1-800-498-6868 or www.des.state.nh.us for 
more information. Safe open burning requires 
diligence and responsibility. Help us to protect 
New Hampshire's forest resources. For more 
information please contact the Division of Forests 
& Lands at (603) 271-2214, 
or online at www.nhdfl.org . 

Fire activity was very busy during the spring of 
the 2007, particularly late April into early May. 
As the forests and fields greened up in later May 
the fire danger decreased. However, a very dry 



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late summer created very high fire danger again 
from August into September, with fire danger 
reaching very high on Labor Day weekend. Even 
with the dry conditions, the acreage burned was 
less than half that of 2006. The largest forest fire 
during the 2007 season burned approximately 26 
acres on the side of Wantastiquet Mountain in 
Chesterfield during the month of May. Our 
statewide system of 16 fire lookout towers is 
credited with keeping most fires small and saving 
several structures this season due to their quick 
and accurate spotting capabilities. Many homes in 
New Hampshire are located in the wildland urban 
interface, which is the area where homes and 
flammable wildland fuels intermix. Several of the 
fires during the 2007 season threatened 
structures, a constant reminder that forest fires 
burn more than just trees. Homeowners should 
take measures to prevent a wildland fire from 
spreading to their home. Precautions include 
keeping your roof and gutters clear of leaves and 
pine needles, and maintaining adequate green 
space around your home free of flammable 
materials. Additional information and homeowner 
recommendations are available at 

www.firewise.org. Please help Smokey Bear, your 
local fire department and the state's Forest 
Rangers by being fire wise and fire safe! 



2007 FIRE STATISTICS 

(All fires Reported through November 8, 2007) 
(excluding fires in the White Mtn. National Forest) 

Causes of Fires Reported 

Arson 5 

Campfire 38 

Children 22 

Smoking 41 

Debris 197 

Railroad 5 

Lightening 7 

Equipment 3 

Misc. * 119 
(* powerlines, fireworks, electric fences, etc.) 

Total Fires by Year 



Year 
2007 
2006 
2005 
2004 
2003 




# Fires 


# Acres 


437 


212 


500 


473 


546 


174 


482 


147 


374 


100 



Bedford Fire Department Honor Guard - 2007 

BUILDING/HEALTH DEPARTMENT 

Wayne A. Richardson, CBO Code/Health Official 

Wayne H. Moore, Code/Health Inspector 

Gary Pariseau, Health Inspector - Food Service 

Health Department 

The end of 2007 will bring us to the start of the 
town's fourth year having a part time department 
member dedicated to food service inspections. I 
am pleased to report to the residents the level of 
safe food handling by our food service 
establishments has greatly improved. Inspector 
Pariseau held three safe food handing courses for 
our establishments in town and all have had 
maximum attendance. The food service 

establishments here in Bedford are to be 
applauded for understanding the importance of 
these workshops and allowing and encouraging 
their personnel to attend them. In addition to the 
renewal of the existing facilities, the Health 
Department issued licenses for 11 new food 
services and another 6 for change of ownership. 

Mosquito born illnesses continue to be a concern 
for residents of the town. This past year the town 
paid for 9 weeks of mosquito trapping. The 
company did an excellent job of selecting trapping 
sites to ensure an accurate evaluation of the town. 
The results of those trappings were negative. 
However, the Health Department continues to 
advise all residents your best defense against 
contracting these diseases is by self-protection 
and following guidelines to help reduce mosquito 
breeding areas around your home. These 
guidelines can be found by following the links on 
the Health Department page on the Town of 
Bedford web site. The web address is: 
www.ci.bedford.nh.us. 



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The Health Department staff also worked 
together this year to draft the town's first 
comprehensive Health Ordinance. Up until this 
year all regulations pertaining to health related 
matters were dispersed through out different 
sections of the municipal codes making it difficult 
at best for individuals seeking regulation 
information. The new ordinance encompasses food 
service, septic systems, wells and public bathing 
facilities. These regulations are in addition to the 
statutory health regulations found in RSA 147. 

Building Department 

It would appear the continuing turmoil in the 
housing mortgage industry is affecting the rate of 
growth here in Bedford. The charts below speak 
for themselves by clearly indicating the drop in 
permitted building activity as well as the number 
of new completed dwellings. After a couple of very 
active years on the commercial side of 
construction there has been a reduction in 
activity. The department has increased the 
number of required inspections for permits due to 
changes in the building codes this past summer. 
Some of the new inspections include foundation 
footing inspections prior to pouring concrete for 
the footing and underground electrical conduit for 
electrical services from the utility easement up to 
the point of the building service. We anticipate 
some confusion starting in January as the new 
state gas-licensing requirement goes into effect. 
This regulation was enacted in 2006 but the 
licensing application portion was not complete 
until September 2007. We have already 
experienced some misunderstandings on the part 
of installers and service technicians about these 
requirements. 1 would just advise all residents to 
make sure if you are having service work or 
installation of any gas operated equipment to 
make sure and ask to see the license of the person 
actually doing the work. This year was an 
eventful one for the Town of Bedford because we 
issued the Certificate of Occupancy for the new 
middle/high school complex. The building 
department would like to express our appreciation 
to both the SAU office and the contractor for their 
cooperation during the project. While performing 
over 100 inspection visits, that at times 
encompassed several thousand sq ft of structure 
during the inspection; this could have been a very 
trying project. Certificates of Occupancy were 
issued for 55 new residential dwelling units and 7 



new non-residential facilities. The permits were 
issued for the new Country Inn & Suites Hotel on 
South River Road and the site work has started 
for the Route 101 Hannaford's. 

If you have questions about permits, when and if 
they are required or questions about food service 
establishments please visit the department web 
pages on the town web site or give us a call at 472- 
3838 with your questions. 




Carlson/GMAC Realtors presenting their donation of 
equipment to the Bedford Fire Department 



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BUILDING DEPARTMENT STATISTICS 

COMPARISON OF VALUE* OF WORK BEING DONE BY YEAR 

YEAR 2004 2005 2006 2007 



COMMERCIAL ADDITION 


$355,000 2 


$681,000 


3 


$3,100,000 


2 


$435,000 


/ 


COMMERCIAL REMODEL 


$3,257,204 57 


$3,671,432 


61 


$6,791,002 


45 


$11,242,635 


51 


NEW COMMERCIAL 


$16,466,011 22 


$20,651,000 


12 


$715,000 


7 


$8,459,000 


6 


NEW RESIDENTIAL DWELLING 


$44,757,530 143 


$36,117,500 


144 


$28,601,268 


138 


$16,653,000 


35 


NEW RESIDENTIAL 


$248,234 11 


$671,577 


21 


$759,800 


22 


$675,318 


24 


RESIDENTIAL ADDITION 


$6,172,510 207 


$5,945,497 


177 


$6,552,761 


71 


$4,774,781 


162 


RESIDENTL^L REMODEL 


$929,924 45 


$681,800 


36 


$1,142,900 


24 


$1,326,338 


46 


SEPTIC 


$431,900 64 


$342,700 


55 


$507,686 


69 


$361,350 


51 


SIGNS 


$144,357 27 


$146,230 


31 


$144,808 


31 


$227,610 


33 


SHEDS 


$135,429 51 


$135,717 


44 


$113,698 


42 


$19,525 


34 


SWIMMING POOLS 


$650,684 36 


$1,193,288 


38 


$931,588 


46 


$1,088,200 


33 




$73,548,783 665 


$70,237,741 


622 


$49,360,511 


497 


$45,262,757 


476 



Additions = where finished square footage was added to existing structure 

Remodel = where no new space was added only reconfiguring and updating 

New = entirely new structures (in residential this excludes dwellings) 

Figures in italics are the number of permits issued to generate the values in the table. 

* = VALUES ARE BASED UPON FIGURES GIVEN ON PERMIT APPLICATIONS 



TOWN OF BEDFORD 

Building permits 
New Dwelling Units 



TOTAL 



2000 



297 



2001 



2002 



2003 



2004 



2005 



253 



218 



135 



123 



123 



2006 



81 



2007 



Single 


161 


193 


210 


136 


143 


82 


53 


35 


Duplex 


6 























Condos 


34 


24 











62 








Apartmts 


100 

















85 





TOTAL 


301 


217 


210 


136 


143 


144 


138 


35 








TOWN OF BEDFORD 














Certificates of Occupancy 










2000 


2001 


2002 


2003 


2004 


2005 


2006 


2007 


Single 


189 


157 


199 


135 


123 


123 


54 


43 


Duplex 


20 


1 




















Condos 


30 


25 


19 











27 


12 


Apartmts 


58 


70 





















55 



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BEDFORD PUBLIC WORKS 

James B. Stanford, P.E., Director 

Bedford Public Works has five divisions^ 
Administrative, Highway, Sohd Waste, 
Wastewater and Building Maintenance. There 
are 24 Full Time, 1 Full Time/Half Year, 1 PT and 
2 seasonal employees. The department is 
responsible for maintaining a large segment of the 
Town's physical infrastructure as well as 
delivering important services including trash 
waste disposal; sewer service; snow/ice removal 
and treatment; Town events assistance; and new 
subdivision construction oversight. 

The comprehensive roads program continued this 
year, in part, with funding from the 12 million 
dollar bond appropriation approved in 2005. We 
continued use of the pavement management 
system to evaluate and recommend cost effective 
alternatives for improving the condition of Town 
roads. In total, over 13 miles of Town roads were 
improved with rehabilitation or bituminous 
asphalt treatment. Among the road projects. Back 
River Road from South River Road to the 
Merrimack Town Line underwent rehabilitation 
with drainage system upgrades and roadway 
alignment changes to improve sight distance. 
Another major rain event in April caused severe 
regional flooding and while we were spared the 
major road damage that was seen in surrounding 
communities, several roads were closed and 
needed repair. 

1 would like to thank all the staff members for 
their cooperation and congratulate them on their 
many accomplishments this past year. 

HIGHWAY DIVISION 

Paul Belanger, Superintendent / Asst. Director 

During the 2007 winter seasons there were 35 
snow and/or ice events. While the early winter 
months did not yield significant snowfall totals, 
several major events in December led to record 
snowfall totals and we enter the New Year with a 
heavy snow -cover. 



maintenance, brush clearing and drainage system 
construction. Much of the time this year was 
spent repairing road damage caused during the 
April flooding event. As part of the roads 
program, crews made several drainage system 
improvements off of Liberty Hill Road. To aid in 
the maintenance responsibilities, the Department 
purchased two 6-wheel dump trucks. 

WASTEWATER. SOLID WASTE AND 
BUILDING MAINTENANCE DIVISIONS 

Stephen R. Crean, Environmental Coordinator 

Wastewater projects completed in 2007 included; 
several pump repairs and minor sewer main 
extensions/connections along South River Road, 
Constitution Drive, Ridgewood Road, Atwood 
Lane and Nashua Road. Work also continued on 
updating the sewer master plan. 

This was the first full year of scale operation and 
the new hauling/disposal contract at the transfer 
station. These factors combined with other site 
improvements and residential sticker program led 
to savings in overall transfer station costs. In 
effort to continue reducing costs, we investigated 
implementing single stream recycling and have 
advertised for proposals. 

Building Maintenance projects included; 
installation of a controlled access system to Town 
Offices and ramp improvements to BCTV. To 
reduce energy costs, the lights at Town Offices 
were replaced with high efficiency lights/fixtures. 




Highway crews continued to play a key role in our 
long-range road improvement plan by spending 
the non-winter months on general road 



County Road at Rilev Field 



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TREATMENT 



2007 ROADS PROGRAM 
ROAD NAME FROM 



TO 



Rehabilitation 



Reclaim/Overlay 



Wearing/Overlay 



Back River Road 
Smith Road 
McAlhster Road 
Nashua Road 

Stowell Road 
Sunset Lane 
Tirrell Road 
Juniper Drive 
Checkerberry Lane 
Horizon Drive 
Monadnock Lane 
Veronica Drive 
Silver Spring Drive 
Ridgewood Road 

County Road 
County Road 
Nashua Road 
Appledor Road 
New Merrimack Road 
Appleleaf Drive 
Beals Road 
Palomino Lane 
Ridgewood Road 
Atwood Lane 



South River Road 
Back River Road 
New Boston Road 
County Road 

Beech Street 
South River Road 
Back River Road 
Smith Road 
Smith Road 
Smith Road 
Horizon Drive 
Horizon Drive 
Back River Road 
South River Road 

Liberty Hill Road 
Back River Road 
County Road 
Liberty Hill Road 
Appledor Road 
Appledor Road 
Gage Girls Road 
South River Road 
Atwood Lane 
Palomino 



Merrimack T.L. 
Liberty Hill Road 
Goffstown T.L. 
Wallace Road 

Merrimack T.L. 

End 

Preysnar Road 

Smith Road 

End 

Smith Road 

End 

500 LF East 

End 

Atwood Lane 

Nashua Road 

Teaberry Lane 

Route 101 

End 

End 

End 

Grafton Drive 

Plummer Road 

Ridgewood Private Way 

End 



2007 PUBLIC STREET ACCEPTANCES AND PUBLIC WAY EXTENSIONS 
There were no public streets acceptances or public way extensions during the 2007 calendar year. 





April 2007 flooding on Route 101 



April 200 7 Hooding on Route 1 01 



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BEDFORD WATER AND SEWER ADVISORY 
COMMITTEE 

Bruce A. Thomas, P.E., Chairman 

The Bedford Water and Sewer Advisory 
Committee is charged with advising the Town 
Council and make recommendations in 
conservation, planning, infrastructure, funding 
mechanisms and legislation. 

Over the past year, the Committee met to advise 
the Town Council and Planning Board. The 
following was accomplished: 

• We discussed updates to the Wastewater 
Facilities Plan and Sewer District Map. 

• We discussed possible water main extensions 
to Garrison Drive, to the Flatley property at 
the intersection of Route 114 and 101, and to 
Route 101 and Bell Hill Road. 

• We supported a House Bill 457 that restricts 
the use of water from private wells or public 
water systems for residential lawn watering 
during declared droughts. The Bill was signed 
into law and took effect on August 24, 2007. 

• Recommendations were made to extend the 
sewer main on Nashua Road. 

• Richard Moore. Committee Member and 
geologist for the United States Geological 
Survey presented to the Committee results of 
the New Hampshire Bedrock Aquifer 
assessment as it pertains to Bedford. The 
purpose of the assessment is to identify 
factors that affect the yields of wells, 
developing tools to predict well potential, 
pi'oducing maps to identify potential well 
yields, and to describe the ambient quality of 
ground water in bedrock throughout the State. 

• Bruce Thomas, Paul Arnold, Rick Sawyer and 
Russ Marcoux met with representatives from 
the Pennichuck Water Service Company, and 
toured their main water treatment facilities, 
including a community well/treatment system 
and a pump house. The purpose of the 
meeting was to re-introduce Bedford decision 
makers with Pennichuck's available resources, 
to stay in tune with on-going water-related 
issues and to establish a relationship between 
the Town and Pennichuck to aid in future 
planning. 



The Water and Sewer Advisory Committee 
meetings are typically scheduled for the second 
Friday each month at 7^45 a.m. I would like to 
thank the following members for serving on the 
Committee over the past year: Paul Arnold, Paul 
Goldberg, Richard Moore, Bruce Thomas, Town 
Council Representatives Kevin Keyes and Mike 
Scanlon, Steven Crean, Environmental 
Coordinator and Rick Sawyer, Town Planner. I 
particularly want to thank former Town Councilor 
Bill Van Anglen and Karen White, former Town 
Planner (now retired) for serving on this 
Committee for a portion of the past year and all of 
the years since the Committee was created in 
2002. 

BEDFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY 

Mary Ann Senatro, Library Director 
Trustees: Robert Brooks, Edward Moran & 
Anthony Frederick 

2007 was a remarkably active year at the Bedford 
Public Library. We checked out 227,000 items, the 
majority of which were books followed by DVDs 
and audio books on CD. Downloadable audio 
books, available through our web page, have 
become very popular as well. One area of 
explosive growth at the library is meeting room 
use. Numerous groups in town use the Richmond 
Room and the McAllaster Room for their meeting 
place. Our Quiet Study Room has students from 
elementary school to PhD candidates working on 
their studies. We are currently averaging over 100 
meetings per month in the library building! 

One of the highlights this year was our 
participation in the nationwide reading program, 
the Big Read. With grant support from our 
partnership with the Northeast Cultural Coop, 
the National Endowment for the Arts, the 
Institute of Museum and Library Services and 
Arts Midwest, we were able to celebrate the 
classic American novel by Amy Tan, The Joy Luck 
Club. In addition to book discussions, we had 
many other programs including: a demonstration 
of tai chi and maj jong, a Chinese music concert, 
and a lecture on U.S. -China relations. We hope to 
continue this successful program in the future. 



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It was a very successful year again for the 
children's Summer Reading Program with 1,172 
children participating in the "Reading Road Trip 
U.S.A.". The children read a total of 20,194 books! 
Thanks to our wonderful staff in the children's 
room and all of the families and children who 
participated. Bedford is consistently the leader in 
the state in number of children participating and 
number of books read. Our first annual Adult 
Summer Reading Program was also well received 
and we will plan to continue it next year. Reading 
is alive and well in Bedford! 

At the Bedford Public Library we like to focus on 
the future of supporting the needs of the 
community in the technology age as well as 
preserving our past. Technology has allowed us to 
increase access to our library and broaden our 
reach. We are happy to report that this year we 
installed wireless Internet access in the library 
through a generous donation by Bedford resident. 
Laurie Heinz. Now, patrons can find a comfortable 
area in the library and connect to the Internet 
using their personal laptops. Using our online 
catalog, patrons can place holds on popular items 
and renew online from the work or home through 
our web page: www.bedford.lib.nh.us. Library Elf 
is a private service that many patrons are using to 
receive alerts before library items are due, when 
items are overdue, or when items are ready for 
pick up (holds) via e-mail. This year we also began 
offering patrons the ability to request items that 
are checked in at the library and have them 
pulled from the shelf and ready for pick up. 
Through our web page all Bedford cardholders 
have access to over 35 premium databases such 
as: Ebsco's Masterfile Premier for magazine 
searches, Newsbank for Union Leader articles. 
Automotive Repair Reference Center for car 
repair information and HeritageQuest for 
genealogy research. 

According to the 1903 History of Bedford, there 
was a circulating library in Bedford as earlj' as 
May 28, 1789. The library register of 1789, 
entitled a "List of Subscribers", details the 
library's original accessions as well as the 38 
residents who were the original subscribers. This 
register is bound in leather with each entry 
written in cursive longhand. At the end of 2006, 
the library was awarded a partial grant from the 
Department of Cultural Resources, Moose License 
Plate Grant program to preserve the 1789 Library 



Accession Book. The balance of the cost of 
conservation was donated by the Bedford Library 
Foundation. We look forward to displaying this 
unique, historic book this year for the public to 
appreciate. We also have a copy of the book on 
mici'ofilm for research purposes. Many thanks to 
Frances Wiggin and Hope Inman for their efforts 
in obtaining this grant and the Library 
Foundation for enabling the completion of this 
project. 

Susan Rotch, Head of Reference Services, for 16 
years retired in April. Many colleagues, former 
staff and members of the community came out to 
wish her well at her retirement party. Susan was 
always ready to help patrons find information in a 
professional and cheerful manner. Susan's sign at 
the reference desk said it perfectly, "Bother Us for 
Information". No matter how busy it was, Susan 
always gave each person the attention and time 
necessary to assist them at the library. Stacey 
McKinley was promoted to Head of Reference 
upon Susan's retirement. Kersten Matera, an 
MLS student was hired to replace Stacey's 
position at reference. Unfortunately, Stacey had 
to relocate in August when her husband was 
transferred for work. Emily Weiss joined us in 
October as the new Head of Reference. Emily 
moved to New Hampshire from Connecticut where 
she had worked at the Darien Public Library. 
Joanna Baqqi was replaced by Anne Murphy as 
Head of Technical Services in April. Anne had 
previously worked at St. Anselm College. 




Mary Ann Senatro and Susan Rotch 

In addition to our regular staff we have many 
dedicated volunteers at the library to help support 
the staff with the many varied tasks that need to 
be accomplished. Helping us out this year were 
volunteers: Betty Clock, Judy Kazakavich, 
Marilyn McKenney, Alberta Dieter, Tina 
Campbell, Denise Schnaars, Jane Beaver, Larry 



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Johnson, Eugene HoUey, Pam Vanarsdale, Jean 
McGiffin, Bhawna Sharma, Katherine Green, 
Cassidy HoUiday, Kaitlin McGown, Ben Johnson, 
Anne Roberts, Julie Hunter and Cathy Vetrone. 
We greatly appreciate all of the assistance they 
have given us this year. 

Our popular Museum Pass Program was 
expanded this year with generous donations from 
local organizations. The following passes are 
available and can be reserved at the library or 
online: 

Children's Museum, Boston, sponsored by the Library Trustees 

Children's Museum of Portsmouth sponsored by the Bedford 
Public Library Foundation 

Christa McAuliffe Planetarium sponsored by the Rotary Club 
of Bedford 

Millyard Museum sponsored by the Bedford Pubhc Library 
Foundation 

Museum of Fine Arts. Boston, sponsored by the Friends of the 
Bedford Library 

Museum of Science, Boston, sponsored by the Bedford Parent 
Teacher Group 

New England Aquarium. Boston, sponsored by the Friends of 
the Bedford Library 

SEE Science Center, sponsored by the Bedford Pubhc Library 
Foundation 

Strawbery Banke, sponsored by the Bedford Public Library 
Foundation 

The Rotary Club of Bedford generously donated 
funds to the Children's Summer Reading Program 
and purchased a painting by artist, Dee Lessard, 
for the library. The Bedford Public Library 
Foundation donated additional DVDs for our 
collection, preservation of the 1789 library 
register, a laser color printer and other library 
enhancements. We are especially grateful to 
Eckman Construction Co. for donating money for 
the performers for the children's Summer Reading 
Program, as well as the Bedford Women's Club 
and the Bedford Men's Club and Citizens Bank 
making this one of our most successful years ever. 
The Lions Club provided us with library card 
protectors; and the Bedford Garden Club added to 
the beauty of our building with plantings and 
wreaths. We are especially grateful to the Friends 
of the Library who work tirelessly to make the 
Sunday Concert Series possible and the work of 



the members of the Bedford Library Foundation 
in supporting the library. Many thanks also to the 
Bedford Youth Performing Company for staging 
productions for preschoolers at the library. We are 
so grateful to all of the readers in this community 
that use and support the library throughout the 
year. 

In the coming year we are committed to reaching 
out to new users, encouraging children and adults 
to be avid readers, and to leading our community 
and our library into the world of electronic 
information. 




2007 Library Statistics 



Books on accession (12/31/2006) 


69,365 


Books purchased: 


3,607 


Books donated: 


639 


Sub-total 


73,611 


Books withdrawn: 


6,736 


Books on accession (12/31/07): 


66,875 


Library Holdings (12/31/07) 




Books 


66,875 


Magazines 


3,519 


Audio books 


2,627 


Videos/DVDs 


3,771 


Compact discs 


1,538 


Total 


78,330 



Subscriptions - 2007 
Magazines (titles) 
Newspapers (titles) 
Microfiche (titles) 
Microfilm -(1 title) 

2007 Circulation Statistics 

Books 
Magazines 
Compact Discs 
Videos/DVDs 
Audio Books 
Museum Passes 



122 



29 
32 roUs 



162,627 

6,412 

7,077 

40,975 

12,381 

392 



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Subtotal 
Electronic Resources 
Total 



229,864 
188.342 
418.206 



Bedford Public Library - Special Account 2007 
Cash on Hand 1/1/07 



Income: 

Meeting Room 

Cbpies 

Book Sales 

Fines 

Gifts 

Non-resident fees 

Replacements 

Grants 

Miscellaneous 

Trust Funds 

Total Income 

Disbm-sements^ 
Miscellaneous 
Programs 
Copiers 

Library Enhancements 
Books and Media 
Preservation Pi-oject 
Total Disbursements 

Cash on Hand 12/31/07 
BEDFORD TOWN PT ,F.RK 



$8,764.48 



180.00 

2,173.73 

3,886.52 

20,354.08 

7,780.02 

735.00 
2,074.31 
3,406.50 

337.25 

319.82 

$41,247.23 



880.00 
8.358.95 
3,166.99 
7,123.98 
10,600.83 
4,313.00 
$34,443.75 

$15,567.96 




Wanda L. Jenkins, Town Clerk 

In the fall of 2006, I learned of grant money 
available through the NH Department of State 
and Vital Records Improvement Fund. A vital 
records preservation grant was available for 
purposes such as assessment and planning, 
improvements to the records storage environment, 
records security, related equipment, and the 
conservation of records. In March 2007, the Town 
of Bedford's vital records were surveyed for 



preservation planning purposes by a 
representative of the Northeast Document 
Conservation Center. Based upon the 
consultant's report two fireproof storage cabinets 
along with miscellaneous supplies/equipment 
were purchased. In addition several books of 
recorded births, marriages and deaths were 
selected on their condition and usage to be 
disbound, flattened, have tape removed, pages 
mended and de-acidified as recommended by the 
consultant. The books, bound in new leather 
covers, were returned to the Town in the fall after 
the conservation treatment was completed to 
ensure the long-term preservation of these 
important Town records. 

New Hampshire passed legislation, and Governor 
Lynch signed it into law, that authorized Town 
clerks to being on December 10, 2007, to provide 
applications for civil union licenses that would be 
legal to use beginning on January 2, 2008. 

The Town Clerk's office, in conjunction with the 
Animal Control Officer, Stephen Paul, made great 
strides to ensure that all dogs were licensed and 
held a current rabies certificate as required by NH 
State Statutes. This resulted in the licensing of 
over 3200 dogs for the year In addition, an 
informational pamphlet which outlines the laws 
and Town ordinances that pertain to animals was 
developed and is available to residents. 

On the day before Thanksgiving, and after weeks 
of speculation, the Secretary of State announced 
the much anticipated date for the NH Primary. 
The date of January 8, 2008 made headlines 
throughout the country and kept NH as the 1^' in 
the nation for a primary election. The Primary 
election was the first to be held at the 
Middle/High School and resident's comments were 
very positive about the new voting setup that 
enabled voters to move quickly through the voting 
process. 

Dorothy "Dottie" Witzel who held the position of 
Supervisor of the Checklist during my nine years 
as Town Clerk passed away one day before the 
Primary. Dottie's dedication to her job ensured 
the Town's voting records were kept up-to-date 
and that they were maintained with accuracy. 
Her presence at the Town Offices will be missed 
and her friendship will be cherished by all who 
knew her. 



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Although there is constant change in our Town, I 
am very proud to have the opportunity through 
my office to become better acquainted with 
residents and to assist them in obtaining the 
information they seek. Working on a daily basis 
with Town employees who strive every day to 
provide a multitude of services to residents and 
non residents 1 know the quality and charm of our 
Town will be maintained. 

TOWN CLERK ACCOUNTS: 



MISCELLANEOUS ACCOUNTS : 

Debits: 
UCC Filings 
Certified Copies 
Marriage Licenses 
Dredge & Fill 
Articles of Agreement 
Pole Licenses 
Miscellaneous 
Total Debits 

Credits Remitted to Treasurer 

DOG UCENSE ACCOUNT : 

Debits: 

Licenses Issued 
License Penalties 
Dog Violations 
Total Debits 

Credits Remitted to Treasurer 

Grand Total Remitted to Treasurer 



Trust and Capital Reserve Fund Totals for 
Year Ending December 31, 2007 

Capital Reserve Funds (unaudited) 



5,935.00 

5,156.00 

3,285.00 

70.00 

5.00 

0.00 

598.59 

$15,049.59 

$15,049.59 



20,763.50 

1,905.50 

5,200.00 

$27,869.00 

$27,869.00 

$42,918.59 



TRUSTEES OF THE TRUST FUNDS 

Ryk Bullock, Scott Eamshaw, Mark Peicker 

As the Trustees of the Trust Funds, we offer these 
brief comments on the reports that follow. 

The Trustees are responsible for two types of 
funds: (l) Capital Reserve Funds, which have 
been established by the Town of Bedford or the 
Bedford School District in anticipation of specific 
uses, and (2) Trust Funds, which have been set up 
to support on-going projects, such as the Bedford 
library or the Bedford cemetery. 



School Building Fund 


8,784.67 


School Maintenance 


46,459.63 


School Tuition 


141,953.74 


School Land Fund 


562,406.89 


Route 3 Improvement 


9,839,73 


Transfer Station Equipment 


6,204.90 


Transfer Station Improvement 


46,636.95 


Conservation Commission 


371,975.32 


Town Office Restoration 


36,520.58 


Safety Complex 


748.63 


Sidewalk Improvements 


12,736.00 


New Land Reserve 


407,512.41 


Radio Reserve 


58,596.67 


Fire Engine Replacement 


182,759.07 


Loader Replacement 


104,539.80 


Backhoe Replacement 


21,271.49 


Building Addition 


26,665.39 


Fire Equip Reserve 


82,678.12 


Pick Up Truck Replacement 


49,247.33 


Sewer Enterprise 


578,247.48 


All Purpose Tractor 


33,721.01 


Accounting Software Replacement 


67,202.64 


Master Plan 


108,442.24 


Traffic Signal Improvements 


32,338.32 


Sweeper Replacement 


117,799.90 


Grader 


105,893.35 


Chipper 


16,171.99 


Library Main tenance 


106,114,38 


Commercial Revaluation 


26,423,83 


One Ton Trucks 


91,078.60 


Portable Police Radios 


19,110.84 


Solid Waste Backhoe 


21,198.57 


Pool Building Maintenance 


5,194.58 


Sportsman Field 


20,778.32 


Parks Equipment - Massey Tractor 


33,245.32 


Ten Wheel Dump Truck 


51,945.81 


Fire Tanker 


77,918.72 


Plotter/Prin ter/Copier 


5,194.58 


Tape Backup 


7,272.41 


Sewer Systems Improvement 


103,891.62 


MS Open Licensing 


7,267.38 


Ambulance Replacement 


31,167.49 


Total Capital Reserves 


$3,845,156.70 


Total Trust Funds 




Total Principal 


54,455.00 


Total Revenues 


13,183.02 


Total Principal & Revenues 


$67,638.02 


Grand Total 




Capital Reserve Funds 


3,845,156.70 


Trust Funds 


67,638.02 


Grand Total 


$3,912,794.72 



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Town of Bedford 




2008 
Municipal Warrant 

and 
Budget Summary 



65 



Town of Bedford. NH - 2007 Annual Report 



2008 MUNICIPAL WAKKANT 

To the inhabitants of the Town of Bedford in the 
County of Hillsborough in the State of New Hampshire 
qualified to vote on Town Affairs^ 

You are hereby notified to meet at the Bedford 
Middle/High School on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at 7 
o'clock in the forenoon to act on the following Articles 1 
through 5. Polls are to close no later than 7:00 p.m. 
Action on Article 6 will be held at the Budgetary Town 
Meeting on Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at 
the Bedford Middle/High School (46 Nashua Road). 

Article 1. Election of Town Officers 

To elect 2 Town Councilors for three-year terms, 1 
Library Trustee for a three-year term, 1 Supervisor of 
the Checklist for a six-year term, 1 Supervisor of the 
Checklist for a four-year term, 1 Town Clerk for a 
three-year term, 1 Town Moderator for a two-year term 
and 1 Trustee of the Trust Funds for a three-year term. 



Article 2. To see how the Town will vote on 

ZONING AMENDMENTS PROPOSED BY THE 
PLANNING BOARD 

Amendment No. 1 

Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 1 as 
proposed by the Planning Board for the Bedford Zoning 
Ordinance to amend Article 45-2 DEFINITIONS by 
deleting the words shown in strike through and adding 
the words in bold as follows: 

Amend Article 45-2 Definitions by deleting the 
existing definition of "Commercial Use" - Aft 
occupation, employment, or cntcrprioc that in carried 
on for profit by the Icoooo or liconooc and replacing it 
with the following definition: Any use involving in 
part or in whole the sale of merchandise, materials or 
services, but not including home occupations as 
defined in this section. 

[This amendment is intended to clarify that 
commercial uses may be carried on by for profit as 
well as not for profit entities.] 

Amendment No. 2 

Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 2 as 
proposed by the Planning Board for the Bedford Zoning 
Ordinance to amend Article 45-2 DEFINITIONS by 
adding the following words shown in bold as follows: 

Amend Article 45-2 Definitions as follows: 
"Structure" - A combination of materials for 
occupancy or use, such as a building, bridge, trestle. 



tower, framework, tank or group of tanks exceeding a 
total of 500 gallons, tunnel, tent, stadium, platform, 
shelter, pier, wharf, bin, sign, fences and retaining 
walls over six feet (6") in height, swimming pools, 
sports courts, or the like. 

[This amendment is intended to allow tanks or groups 
of tanks that total 500 gallons or less to be exempt 
from the minimum structure setback requirements.] 



Amendment No. 3 

Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 3 as 
proposed by the Planning Board for the Bedford Zoning 
Ordinance to amend Article 45-2 DEFINITIONS as 
follows: 

Amend Article 45-2 Definitions by adding the 
following definition: "Kennel" - An establishment 
licensed to operate a facility housing dogs, cats or 
other household pets and or where grooming, 
breeding, boarding, training, or selling of animals is 
conducted as a business. 

[This amendment is intended to add a definition for 
Kennel which currently does not exist.] 



Amendment No. 4 

Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 4 as 
proposed by the Planning Board for the Bedford Zoning 
Ordinance as follows: 

Amend Article 45-9-6 U.S. ROUTE 3 CORRIDOR 
PERFORMANCE ZONING DISTRICT, Permitted 
Uses by adding Subsection (y) Kennel: and 

Amend Appendix 45-A Table of Uses by adding 
Kennel as a commercial use permitted in the 
Commercial (CO) and Performance Standards (PZ) 
Zones. 

[This amendment is intended to specifically allow 
kennels in the Commercial (CO) and Performance 
Standards (PZ) Zones.] 



Amendment No. 5 

Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 5 as 
proposed by the Planning Board for the Bedford Zoning 
Ordinance by deleting the words shown in strike 
through and adding the words in bold as follows: 

To amend Article 45-112 DISTRICT REGULATION 
FOR SIGNAGE, Section (i) Route 3 Performance 
Zoning District, Subsection (1) as follows: All signs 
shall be set back from the side and rear property lines 
at least fifty foot (50') thirty feet (30') and from the 
front property line at least ten feet (10'). 



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Town of Bedford, NH - 2007 Annual Report 



[This amendment is intended as housekeeping to be 
consistent with Article 45-ll-l(a) which was amended 
in 2006 and currently provides for a thirty foot (30') 
setback.] 



Amendment No. 6 

Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 6 as 
proposed by the Planning Board for the Bedford Zoning 
Ordinance as follows: 

To amend Article 45-4-2 USE REGULATIONS, 
Section (b) Uses Permitted By Right With Conditions 
Imposed, Subsection (2) Elderly Housing, by deleting 
Subsection (d) Parking in its entirety; and 

To amend Appendix 45-A Table of Uses by deleting 
footnote number 28 - Elderly Housing, Subsection (d) 
Parking in its entirety. 

[This amendment is intended as housekeeping so to 
be consistent with the Land Development Control 
Regulation Section 322.2 Off-Street Parking 
Requirements and the 2002 Amendment which 
removed all other parking requirements from the 
Zoning Ordinance.] 



Amendment No. 7 

Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 7 as 
proposed by the Planning Board for the Bedford Zoning 
Ordinance by adding the words in bold as follows^ 
To amend Article 45-4-2 USE REGULATIONS, 
Section (f) Supplemental Provisions, Subsection (1) 
Home Occupations, Level II Subsection (e) as follows^ 
Septic system design/capacity for home occupations 
that have any non-resident employees or that utilize 
large water or waste water volumes, such as day care 
facilities, hair salons, and catering services shall be 
verified in writing by a licensed NH septic designer or 
a professional engineer. 

[This amendment is intended to require applicants 
seeking Home Occupation permits who have non- 
resident employees to verify that their septic systems 
are capable of handling any additional flow, if any.] 



Amendment No. 8 

Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 8 as 

proposed by the Planning Board for the Bedford Zoning 

Ordinance by deleting the words in strike through as 

follows: 

To amend Article 45-6-5 Cluster Residential 
Development, Design Requirements Section (j) Design 
Standards for Single Attached Dwelling for Elderly 
Housing, Subsection (3) as follows: The installation of 
residential sprinkler systems or the construction of 



firo walls shall be required for buildings containing 
single attached dwellings. 

[This amendment would make the installation of fire 
suppression sprinkler systems mandatory for 
attached elderly housing units.] 



Article 3. Proposed Charter Amendment 

Shall the municipality approve the charter amendment 
summarized below? 

Sections 1-3-5 (filling vacancies on the Town Council), 
1-4-1 (appointment of a Town Manager), 1-4-4 
(determination by CouncO that Town Manager is 
incapacitated), 1-4-6 (authority of Council to overrule 
the Town Manager with respect to disciplining of a 
department head), l-5-ll(a) (authority of Council to 
incur debt), and l-5-12(c) (waiving competitive bid 
requirements) of the Town Charter are to be amended 
by deleting from each section the existing language 
requiring a super- majority vote of five councilors and 
inserting in place thereof the following language 
requiring a super- majority vote: "affirmative vote of 
five (5) councilors." 

Explanation : Each of the listed sections currently 
requires a super-majority vote of the Town Council by 
using different language. The intention of this 
amendment is to use the same language throughout, to 
ensure consistency in the interpretation of these 
sections. For clarification purposes, it is the intention 
of the Council by making these changes to the Charter, 
to ensure that these items, in order to pass, need the 
affirmative vote of at least live Councilors. 

Article 4. Issuance of Long Term Debt for 

Reconstruction of Roads 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate a 
sum not to exceed eight million six hundred thousand 
dollars ($8,600,000) for the purpose of the 
reconstruction and rehabilitation of Town roads, eight 
million dollars ($8,000,000) of which to come from the 
issuance of bonds or notes under and in compliance 
with the Municipal Finance Act, RSA 33, and six 
hundred thousand dollars ($600,000) of which to come 
from interest earnings on the investment of these bond 
proceeds and to authorize the Town Council to issue 
and negotiate such bonds or notes and to determine the 
rate of interest thereon, and take such other action as 
may be necessary to effect the issuance, negotiation, 
sale and delivery of such bonds or notes as shall be in 
the best interest of the Town of Bedford, and pass any 
vote relating thereto. (This article requires a two-thirds 
ballot vote) 



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Town of Bedford, NH - 2007 Annual Report 



Explanation : The issuance of this long-term debt will address 
two major concerns in Town, one being the continuation of our 
Town road reconstruction and rehabilitation program which 
began in 2003 and the other being necessary safety 
improvements at the intersection of Route 101 and Nashua 
Road. It is the intent of the Council to first handle the Route 
101/Nashua Road safety improvements due in part to the 
increased traffic resulting from the opening of the new 
Middle/High School on Nashua Road. Engineering consultants 
hired by the School District have projected the cost to be 
approximately $3,000,000. At the completion of the 
engineering and design phase for the Route 101/Nashua Road 
project, if the cost does not reasonably resemble the original 
projection, the Council may reallocate funding as necessary 
providing such reallocation shall be in the best interest of the 
Town of Bedford. The remaining funds will be used to 
continue the Town roads program as described through 2009. 

THE TOWN COUNCIL AND SCHOOL BOARD 
RECOMMEND PASSAGE OF THIS ARTICLE. 



ARTICLE 5 IS SUBMITTED BY CITIZEN PETITION 

Article 5. Issuance of Long Term Debt for 

Reconstruction of Town Roads 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate a 
sum not to exceed twelve million nine hundred 
thousand dollars ($12,900,000) for the purpose of the 
reconstruction and rehabilitation of town roads, twelve 
million dollars ($12,000,000) of which to come from the 
issuance of bonds or notes under and in compliance 
with the Municipal Finance Act, RSA 33, and nine 
hundred thousand dollars ($900,000) of which to come 
from interest earnings on the investment of these bond 
proceeds and to authorize the Town Council to issue 
and negotiate such bonds or notes and to determine the 
rate of interest thereon, and take such other action as 
may be necessary to effect the issuance, negotiation, 
sale and delivery of such bonds or notes as shall be in 
the best interest of the Town of Bedford, and pass any 
vote relating thereto. NONE of these monies are to be 
used for any road NOT owned and maintained by the 
Town of Bedford. Revenue from the issuance of bonds or 
notes under this Article shall not be used for 
reconstruction, rehabilitation or improvement of roads 
that are the responsibility of the State of New 
Hampshire, including but are not limited to. Route 101, 
Route 114, and the Everett Turnpike. (This article 
requires a two-thirds ballot vote) 

Explanation: This issuance if this long-term debt will address 
major concerns in the Town of Bedford, regarding the 
continuation of our Town road reconstruction and 
rehabilitation program which began in 2003. It is the intent of 
the signers to insure that town monies are spent fixing town 
roads first and demanding that the State of New Hampshire 
accept responsibility to improve and maintain its own 
infrastructure. All funds will be used to continue the Town 
roads program. 



TOWN ARTICLE 6 WILL BE VOTED ON AT THE 

BUDGETARY TOWN MEETING ON MARCH 5, 2008 

AT THE BEDFORD MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL 

(Nashua Road). 

Article 6. - Town Operating Budget 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate 
such sums of money as may be necessary to defray the 
Town charges for the ensuing year. 



General Fund 
Police Special Detail 
Recreation Day Camp 
Bedford Comm. TV 
Special Revenue Funds 
Sewer Fund 

Total Appropriation 



$21,353,088 

421,875 

140.191 

256,393 

57,500 

1.409,788 

$23,638,835 



The Town Council approved this warrant on January 23, 2008. 
Given under our hands and seal this 23"" day of January 2008. 

(pauC^y, Sr., Cfiairmatt 
!Mi^ Iz6ic% Vice Cdairman 



2008 Town Council 
Proposed Municipal Budget Summarv 

There is an estimated tax increase in the Town portion 
of property taxes of $0.25 to support the 2008 budget. 
The estimated Town portion of the tax rate is $3.92 per 
$1,000 of assessed valuation. Highlighted below are the 
projects and/or equipment included within 
departmental budgets that will continue to allow for the 
quality service that the residents of Bedford have come 
to expect. Additional costs in the budget are funded 
through cost savings elsewhere and new revenues. 

• The Town Council budget includes $949,000 for the 
acquisition of land, if a parcel becomes available 
during the year. This amount is totally offset by 
revenue. 

• The Election and Registration overall budget 
increase is due to an increase in the number of 
elections in 2008. 

• The Finance and Personnel budget includes $5,000 
to be deposited into the Financial Software Capital 
Reserve account. 

• The Information Technology budget includes 
funding for the replacement of various computers 
and equipment as recommended by the Information 
Technology Master Plan accepted by the Town 
Council. This budget also includes $36,000 for IT 



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Town of Bedford, NH - 2007 Annual Report 



consulting services and $30,500 to be deposited into 

Capital Reserve accounts. 

The Assessing budget includes $40,000 for 

assessing services to conduct a commercial 

reassessment. 

The Planning Department budget includes 

$130,000 for the Town-Wide Master Plan which is 

offset by a Capital Reserve withdrawal of $103,989. 

The Safety Complex budget includes $16,000 to 

replace 3 additional heating units which are beyond 

their life expectancy (the replacement project began 

in 2007). The budget also includes $129,881 for the 

safety complex bond principal and interest 

payment. 

The Payroll Adjustment budget includes $261,141 

for payroll and benefit expenses for the 53'''' week in 

2008. 

The Fund Balance Reserve budget was established 

in 2005 to address the long-term financial stability 

of the town and funding continues in 2008 with an 

appropriation of $430,000. 

The Police Administration budget includes $30,000 

for anticipated police grants. The grants are offset 

by revenue. 

The Police Communications budget includes full 

year funding for the Dispatch and Lieutenant 

positions added in the 2007 budget. Also included is 

funding for a dispatcher/records clerk for 6 months 

as recommended by the MRI study. This position 

will require full year funding in future budgets. 

This budget also includes an $18,000 Capital 

Reserve deposit for the future replacement of the 

dispatch radio console. 

The Police Patrol budget includes a new Lieutenant 

position for 6 months which will require full year 

funding in future budgets. This budget also 

includes a $9,000 Capital Reserve deposit for the 

replacement of portable radios. 

The Police Detective budget includes a new 

detective position for 6 months which wOl require 

full year funding in future budgets. This budget 

also includes the SROs positions previously 

budgeted for under patrol. 

The Fire Administration budget includes $110,000 

for anticipated fire grants. Revenues offset this 

budget item. 

The Fire Operations budget includes a full year of 

funding for the 3 new positions added in the 2007 

budget which are part of the 5-year federal SAFER 

grant program. This budget also includes $200,000 

for deposits to various Capital Reserve accounts for 

the future replacement of capital equipment and 

vehicles. 

The Public Works Local Road Maintenance budget 

includes $2,560,400 for the principal and interest 

payments of the two existing road bonds and 

$1,000,000 for local road maintenance. Public 

Works will also spend approximately $4 million of 

the 2005 Road Bond during 2008. 



The Public Works Highway budget includes 
$166,000 for the replacement of a sweeper, which is 
offset by a capital reserve withdrawal in the 
amount of $112,295. The budget also includes 
$230,000 for the purchase of two dump trucks, 
$69,000 for the purchase of a one-ton truck and 
$26,000 for the purchase of a pickup truck. The 
one-ton and pickup trucks are completely offset by 
Capital Reserves. There is an additional $163,000 
budgeted to be deposited into various Capital 
Reserve accounts. 

The Transfer Station budget includes $153,760 for 
the landfill bond payment and $40,000 for Capital 
Reserve deposits. 

The Recreation Field budget includes $5,000 for the 
Center Park and $55,000 to replace the Massey 
tractor (offset by capital reserves of $32,000). Also 
included in this budget is $35,000 for Capital 
Reserve deposits for equipment replacement. 
The Library budget includes approximately $25,000 
for part-time wages/benefits for additional 
circulation desk and clerical assistance. Also 
included is funding to a Capital Reserve account for 
building repairs in the amount of $24,400, $10,000 
to establish a reserve for future parking lot 
construction and $157,581 for the Library bond 
payment. 

The Conservation Commission budget includes 
$354,795 towards the purchase of conservation 
land if any becomes available. This amount is 
offset by revenue. 



Breakdown of 






Town Council Budget 




Increase of $0.25 






Full Yr. Police Staffing 2007 


$0.05 


1.4% 


53'^'' week Payroll 


$0.08 


2.2% 


Police Staffing per MRI Study 


$0.03 


0.8% 


Fund Balance Reserves 


$0.04 


1.0% 


General Operating Increase 


$0.05 


1.4% 


Total Increase 


$0.25 


6.8% 



Town of Bedford 

2008 Proposed Tax Rate Increase 
$0.25 over 2007 rate 




■53rd Week Payroll BPoUce StafBng BFuiid Balance Reserves B General Operating 



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Town of Bedford, New Hampshire 

2008 Municipal Budget 



ALL GENERAL FUND DEPARTMENTS 





Appropriations by Function 










2006 


2007 


2008 








Prior Year 


Current Year 


Council 


Dollar 


% 


Description 


Actual 


Budget 


Recommended 


Change 


Change 


General Fund 












Town Manager 


494.271 


465,416 


763,129 


297,713 


63.97% 


Town Clerk 


137,564 


106,799 


131,823 


25,024 


23.43% 


Finance 


2,110,602 


2,420,156 


2,591,816 


171,660 


7.09% 


Information Systems 


238,017 


291,526 


344,660 


53,134 


18.23% 


Assessing 


141,735 


153,727 


196,979 


43,252 


28.14% 


Planning & Zoning 


320,860 


344,934 


423.566 


78,632 


22.80% 


Police 


3,021,945 


3,283,036 


3,552,041 


269,005 


8.19% 


Fire 


2,353,180 


2,716,767 


2,944,978 


228,211 


8.40% 


Public Works 


6,026,782 


7,605,842 


7,473,647 


(132,195) 


-1.74% 


Recreation 


595,013 


788,013 


554,540 


(233,473) 


-29.63% 


Library 


905,286 


983,252 


1,032,504 


49,252 


5.01% 


Other General Government 


463,439 


1,394,628 


1,343,405 


(51,223) 


-3.67% 


Total for Division 


$ 16,808,694 


$ 20,554,096 


$ 21,353,088 $ 798,992 


3.89% 



Appropriations by Budget Category 



Description 



Prior Year 


Current Year 


Council 


Dollar 


% 


Actual 


Budget 


Proposed 


Change 


Change 


8,427,718 


9,493,359 


10,458,896 


965,537 


10.17% 


420,260 


416,164 


620,709 


204,545 


49.15% 


2,496,088 


3,761,761 


3,501,477 


(260,284) 


-6.92% 


1,737,949 


3,126,159 


3,001,622 


(124,537) 


-3.98% 


3,726,680 


3,7.56,653 


3,770,384 


13,731 


0.37% 



Personal Services 
Contractual Services 
Capital Outlay 
Debt Service 
Other Expenses 

Total Department - All GF 



$ 16.808,694 $ 20,554,096 $ 21,353,088 $ 798,992 



3.89% 



2008 Expenditures by Budget Category 
All General Fund Departments 



■ PeraonalS«mceB O Contractual Services ■ Capital Outlay ■ Debt Service ■ Other Expenses 




70 



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2008 PROPOSED APPROPRIATIONS 
Year-to-Date figures are preliminary (unaudited)** 



DEPARTMENT 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT 
TOWN COUNCIL 
TOWN MANAGER 
ELECTIONS AND REGISTRATION 
TAX COLLECTOR 
TOWN CLERK 
FINANCE/PERSONNEL 
INFORMATION SYSTEMS 
ASSESSING 
LEGAL EXPENSE 
PLANNING BOARD 
ZONING BOARD 

HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION 
PLANNING 
TOWN HALL 

BUILDING MAINTENANCE 
PUBLIC SAFETY COMPLEX 
CEMETERIES 
INSURANCE 

NH MUNICIPAL ASSOCUTION 
SOUTHERN NH PLANNING 
MANCHESTER TRANSIT AUTHORITY 
TOWN PUBLICATIONS 
PAYROLL ADJUST - 53RD WEEK 
FUND BALANCE RESERVE 
UNALLOCATED RESERVE 
POLICE 

Administration 

Communications 

Patrol 

Detectives 

Animal Control 

Subtotal Police 
FIRE 

Administration 

Operations 

Building Inspection 

Health Department 

Hydrant Rental 

Subtotal Fire 



2007 


2007 


2008 


2008 


WORKING 


EXPENDED YTD 


MANAGER 


COUNCIL 


BUDGET 


12/31/07 


RECOMMENDED 


RECOMMENDED 


1,017,578 


257.569 


517.580 


966.580 


195,471 


183.341 


260,687 


260.687 


25.689 


26.707 


45.913 


45.913 


129,273 


129,169 


137,303 


137.303 


84,133 


83,178 


84,650 


85.910 


309,371 


307.428 


326,231 


326.231 


294.362 


288,159 


313,660 


344.660 


157,188 


135,893 


196,980 


196.980 


65,000 


55,889 


65,000 


65,000 


26,019 


22,060 


26,532 


26,532 


5.881 


3,890 


6,081 


6,081 


1.462 


807 


1,463 


1,463 


313.589 


293,980 


385,990 


389,490 


19.250 


17,151 


18,784 


18,784 


210.918 


215,109 


221,026 


221.026 


292,178 


308,692 


262.449 


278,449 


18.950 


14,410 


18.790 


18,790 


1.650.538 


1.542,383 


1.674.477 


1,674,477 


16.500 


16.389 


17.000 


17,000 


13.200 


13.065 


13,100 


13,100 


43.200 


42.600 


43,200 


43,200 


4.800 


5.871 


3,000 


3,000 






261,141 


261,141 


278,749 


278,749 


292,749 


430,000 


100,000 


13,088 


100,000 


100,000 


426,023 


425,254 


472,554 


477,554 


438,683 


379,700 


503,634 


531,497 


1,654,983 


1,651,392 


1,595,494 


1.595,494 


438,715 


449,410 


599.901 


631,993 


35.329 


36,357 


37.054 


37,054 


$ 2.993.733 


$ 2,942,113 


$ 3,208,637 


$ 3,273,592 


294.437 


295,806 


316,661 


332,661 


2.052.730 


2,117,974 


2,180,632 


2,192,832 


138,808 


142,985 


143,939 


144,439 


27,329 


26,657 


27,146 


27,146 


240,000 


239,815 


247.900 


247,900 


$ 2,753,304 


$ 2,823,237 


$ 2,916,278 


$ 2,944,978 



71 



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2008 PROPOSED APPROPRIATIONS 
** Year-to-Date figures are preliminary (unaudited)"* 



DEPARTMENT 

PUBLIC WORKS 

Administration 

Local Road Maintenance 

Highway 

Winter Maintenance 

Traffic Control 

Solid Waste 

Subtotal Public Works 
GENERAL ASSISTANCE 
SOCLVL SERVICE AGENCY 
RECREATION 

Administration 

Programs 

Pool 

Fields 

Subtotal Recreation 
LIBRARY 
TOWN EVENTS 

CONSERVATION COMMISSION 
TOTAL GENERAL FUND APPROPRIATIONS 



ENTERPRISE FUNDS 

Police Special Detail 
Recreation Day Camp 
Bedford Community Television 
Sewer Fund 
SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS 

Other Special Revenue Funds 

TOTAL MUNICIPAL BUDGET APPROPRIATIONS 



2007 


2007 


2008 


2008 


WORKING 


EXPENDED YTD 


MANAGER 


COUNCIL 


BUDGET 


12/31/07 


RECOMMENDED 


RECOMMENDED 


292,003 


267,738 


302,889 


302.889 


3,665,450 


3,568,993 


3,560,400 


3,560,400 


1,627,036 


1,668,460 


1,591,644 


1,714,144 


504,951 


661,731 


455,702 


455,702 


84,700 


92,877 


81,.500 


81,500 


1,224,905 


1,093,175 


1,136,486 


1,137,986 


$ 7,399,045 


$ 7,352,974 


$ 7,128,621 


$ 7,252,621 


15.000 


5,404 


15,000 


15,000 


9.600 


8,155 


8,805 


8.805 


83,086 


51,966 


100,161 


50.161 


91,501 


93,812 


91,226 


91.226 


88,732 


74,548 


85.863 


85,863 


501,369 


510,465 


.304,506 


306,006 


$ 764,688 


$ 730,791 


$ 581,756 


$ 533,256 


983,252 


968,559 


1,000,804 


1,032,504 


4,075 


1,807 


2,500 


2,500 


358,100 


1,550 


358,035 


358,035 


$ 20,554,096 


$ 19,090,168 


$ 20,514,222 


$ 21,353,088 


454,374 


268,876 


421,875 


421,875 


140,191 


93,524 


140,191 


140,191 


299,913 


288,261 


256,393 


256,393 


1,525,361 


1,307,182 


1,409,788 


1,409.788 


57,500 


57,500 


57.500 


57,500 


$ 23,031,435 


$ 21,105,511 


$ 22,799,969 


$ 23,638,835 



Debt Service Payments (principal and interest) are included in the above proposed budget in the following 
departments: 



Public Safety Complex: 
Road Resurfacing: 



$129,881 
$2,560,400 



Landfill Closure: $153,760 
Library: $157,581 



Total General Fund: $3,001,622 



Sewer Enterprise: $187,812 



72 



Town of Bedford, NH - 2007 Annual Report 



2008 PROPOSED REVENUES 
Year-to-Date figures are preliminary (unaudited)* 



DEPARTMENT 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT 
TOWN COUNCIL 
TOWN MANAGER 
ELECTIONS AND REGISTRATION 
TAX COLLECTOR 
TOWN CLERK 
FINANCE/PERSONNEL 
INFORMATION SYSTEMS 
ASSESSING 
PLANNING BOARD 
ZONING BOARD 

HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION 
PLANNING 
TOWN HALL 

BUILDING MAINTENANCE 
PUBLIC SAFETY COMPLEX 
CEMETERIES 
POLICE 

Administration 

Patrol 
Subtotal Police 
FIRE 

Administration 

Operations 

Building Inspection 
Subtotal Fire 
PUBLIC WORKS 

Administration 

Highway 

Transfer Station 
Subtotal Public Works 
GENERAL ASSISTANCE 
RECREATION 

Administration 

Programs 

Fields 

Pool 
Subtotal Recreation 
CONSERVATION COMMISSION 

TOTAL 2008 GENERAL FUND REVENUES 

ENTERPRISE FUNDS 

Police Special Detail 

Recreation Day Camp 

Bedford Community Television 

Sewer Fund 
SPECIAL REVENUE FUND 

Other Special Revenue Funds 

TOTAL 2008 MUNICIPAL BUDGET REVENUES 



2007 


2007 


2008 


2008 


APPROVED 


REVENUES 


TOWN MANAGER 


TOWN COUNCIL 


BUDGET 


12/31/07 


RECOMMENDED 


APPROVED 


1,000,000 


241,000 


500.000 


949.000 


17,000 


17,818 


18.000 


18.000 


100 




400 


400 


15,564,704 


15,493,478 


15,880.745 


16.224.646 


40,500 


36,678 


38,000 


41.000 


1,237,090 


1.541,311 


1,393,090 


1.393.090 


6,000 


6.190 










25,317 


25.317 


45,000 


26.500 


50,000 


50.000 


7,000 


7.000 


7.000 


7.000 


500 


500 


500 


500 


1,000 


20.088 


105.089 


105.089 


3,500 


2.745 


3.000 


3.000 
9.600 


137,990 


139.612 


120,766 


120,766 


10,000 


10.800 


7,000 


7,000 


112,350 


69,557 


103,850 


103,850 


115,345 


100,429 


120.622 


120,622 


$ 227.695 


$ 169,986 


$ 224.472 


$ 224,472 


513,921 


610,466 


559.546 


599..546 


5,000 


11,171 


5.000 


5.000 


219„500 


156.515 


172.500 


147.500 


$ 738,421 


$ 778,153 


$ 737,046 


$ 752.046 


511.064 


514,329 


501,532 


519,897 


237.189 


237.188 


207,295 


207.295 


188,548 


192.147 


175,075 


17.5.075 


$ 936,801 


$ 943,664 


$ 883,902 


$ 902,267 


3,600 


4.529 


3,600 


3,600 


95,000 


84.217 


15,000 


15.000 


56,000 


37.207 


45,000 


45.000 


11,900 


14.355 


32,000 


32.000 


59.500 


58.648 


69.500 


69,500 


$ 222,400 


$ 194,427 


$ 161,500 


$ 161,500 


354,795 




354,795 


354,795 


$ 20,554,096 


$ 19.634.479 


$ 20.514,222 


$ 21,353,088 


454,374 


276,494 


421,875 


421,875 


140.191 


92,585 


140,191 


140,191 


299.913 


311,122 


256,393 


256,393 


1.525.361 


1,174,411 


1,409,788 


1,409,788 


57.500 


57,500 


57,500 


57,500 


$ 23,031,435 


$ 21,489,090 


$ 22,799,969 


$ 23,638,835 



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2008 PROPOSED BUDGET BREAKDOWN 



Recreation Unallocated Reserve 



Conservation Comm 




■ Public Works 


■ Building Maint. 


■ Police Dept. D 53rd week Payroll 


D Other General Govt. 


■ Executive 


■ Library 


D Fund Reserves ■ Insurance 


■ Conservation Comm. 


■ FireDept. 


B Recreation 


■ Unallocated Reserve 





BEDFORD TAX VALUATIONS/RATES 
1993 THROUGH PRESENT 



TAX RATE BREAKDOWN 







TAXABLE 


CHANGE IN 


TAX RATE 










YEAR 


POPULATION 


VALUATION 


VALUATION 


per $1000 


TOWN 


COUNTY 


SCHOOL 


STATE ED 


1993 


12563 


1.195,310,400 


21,537,536 


17.85 


2.53 


1.86 


13.46 




1994 


12563 


1.236,413.255 


41,102,855 


17.76 


2.59 


1.76 


13.41 




1995 


12563 


1,281.763.269 


45,350,014 


17.76 


2.59 


1.90 


13.27 




1996 


12563 


1.315,999,904 


34,236,635 


17.99 


2.59 


2.00 


13.40 




1997 


12563 


1,387,656,824 


71,656,920 


18.56 


2.59 


1.87 


14.10 




1998 


12563 


1,457,530,853 


69,874,029 


18.39 


2.71 


1.77 


13.91 




1999 


16500 


1,545,320,034 


87,789,181 


17.25 


2.71 


1.72 


6.81 


6.01 


2000 


18274 


1,643,252,340 


97,932,306 


18.30 


2.71 


1.76 


8.18 


5.65 


2001 


19205 


1,721,025,413 


77,773,073 


19.11 


2.71 


1.78 


8.46 


6.16 


2002 


19205 


1,792,937,256 


71,911,843 


19.56 


3.23 


1.79 


8.67 


5.87 


2003 


19205 


1,846,056,597 


53,119,341 


20.34 


3.29 


1.71 


9.47 


5.87 


2004 


19205 


2,929,901,304 


1,083,844,707 


15.74 


2.50 


1.10 


9.33 


2.81 


2005 


19205 


3,002,978,758 


73,077,454 


15.44 


2.71 


1.10 


8.94 


2.69 


2006 


19205 


3,085,197,931 


82,219,173 


16.34 


2.85 


1.08 


9.92 


2.49 


2007 


19205 


3,117,004.593 


31,806,662 


18.99 


3.67 


1.10 


11.80 


2.42 



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Bedford School District - 2007 Annual Report 



Bedford School District 
Bedford, New Hampshire 



ANNUAL REPORT 

(for the year ending June 30, 2007) 



2008 ANNUAL SCHOOL DISTRICT MEETING 



SESSION I (Deliberations) 
Tuesday, February 5, 2008 - 7 p.m. 

SESSION II (Ballot Vote) 
Tuesday, March 11, 2008 - 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 



Bedford School District - 2007 Annual Report 



SCHOOL DISTRICT REPORTS 

for the year ending June 30, 2007 
DISTRICT OFFICERS 



Moderator 

Ryk Bullock , , 2010 

Clerk 

LoriRadke 2010 

Treasurer 

Peter Herdklotz 2010 



School Board 

Cindy Chagnon, Chairperson 2009 

Sue Thomas, Vice Chairperson 2008 

David Sacks 2010 

Steve Beals 2008 

Terry Wolf 2009 



Bedford School District - 2007 Annual Report 



TABLE OF CONTENTS 

School Board's Report 2 

Superintendent's Report 4 

Memorial School - Principal's Report 7 

Peter Woodbury School - Principal's Report 9 

Riddle Brook School - Principal's Report 11 

McKelvie Middle School - Principal's Report 13 

Minutes of the 2007 Annual School District Meeting (Session I) 14 

ResuUs of the 2007 Annual School District Ballot Vote (Session II) 20 

March 2008 School District Election Ballot 24 

2008-2009 Proposed Budget 26 

2008-2009 Revenues and Credits 28 

2008-2009 Proposed Budget Analysis 29 

2008-2009 Proposed Expense and Revenue Analyses 30 

Resident School Enrollments 31 

Debt Services Schedule 32 

Cost for Special Education Programs and Services 33 

Expendable Trust Funds 33 

Independent Auditor's Report 34 

Need to Write or Call? 35 



Bedford School District - 2007 Annual Report 



REPORT OF THE 
BEDFORD SCHOOL BOARD 

The 2006-2007 school year was again one of 
new challenges, new directions, and great 
anticipation as the new high school/middle 
school complex neared completion and the 
"Light of Learning on the Hill" as some have 
referred to this new complex was readied for its 
first students. This project will improve the lives 
of every student in the Bedford School District 
because the reconfiguration of the whole district 
addresses the overcrowding in all of the existing 
grades K through 8 facilities. The three current 
elementary schools will house students through 
grade 4, McKelvie Middle School will become 
an intermediate school with grades 5-6, and the 
new Ross A. Lurgio Middle School will house 
grades 7-8. 

As McKelvie transitions to an intermediate 
school, one of Bedford's traditions occurred for 
the last time as the McKelvie Eighth Grade 
Graduation was held on Preston Field behind the 
school. Since we will now have our own high 
school and most eighth-graders will attend 
Bedford High School together, the board voted, 
upon the recommendation of the administration, 
to no longer have elaborate graduations for the 
middle school. This graduation also marked the 
final farewell to retiring McKelvie Principal Jan 
Raudonis who has ably served the district in 
many capacities for over twenty-seven years. 
Her intelligence, dedication, and graceful 
presence will be missed by all who have had the 
pleasure of working with her. 

As the opening of the new high school 
approaches, the School Board has been very 
busy with establishing policies and operational 
procedures that will be instituted in the building. 
The Bedford High School Student/Parent Hand- 
book with its rules and regulations as well as the 
Honor Code contained in it was developed by 
the High School Planning Team, the administra- 
tion, and the board. The curriculum offerings or 
the Program of Studies was developed by the 
High School Planning Team and approved by 
the board after much careful scrutiny and study. 



Throughout this year, two other volunteer 
groups have been very instrumental in helping 
the transition to the new schools and district 
reconfiguration to occur as smoothly as possible. 
These are the Parent Advisory Committees, one 
for McKelvie Intermediate School and one for 
Bedford High School, that met monthly 
throughout the 2006-2007 school year reviewing 
many different components of the schools from 
co-curricular programs to operational proce- 
dures. These committees were composed of 
community members, parents, students, school 
board members, and administrators. The input, 
particularly of the community members, parents, 
and students, has been very helpful in making 
the transitions to these schools easier for all 
involved. The School Board would like to thank 
the members of these committees for all of their 
time and effort. 

The School Board would also like to thank the 
newly formed Bedford Education Foundation 
(BEF) whose mission is to "support academic 
excellence in Bedford's public schools by 
raising and providing funds for the benefit of its 
students." BEF has established a Grants Program 
that yearly will award grant money to teachers, 
staff, and administrators for ongoing profession- 
al development and innovative projects that 
enhance the curriculum and refine teaching 
practices. The first grants for summer workshops 
were awarded to teachers in May 2007. 

As the School Board and others anxiously 
awaited the fall 2007 opening of the new 
schools' complex, a sub-committee of the board 
dedicated many hours to researching the best 
method of improving the traffic access options 
to the middle school/high school, especially 
when there are more student drivers as the 
eleventh and twelfth grades are added to the 
high school. After the voters overwhelmingly 
defeated the connector road plan linking 
Wallace and Nashua Roads as the secondary 
access to the schools' site, the board formed a 
subcommittee composed of board members 
Steve Beals and David Sacks, Superintendent 



Bedford School District - 2007 Annual Report 



Tim Mayes, and Chief Financial Officer Marie 
Conrad to careftilly research the most viable 
options. In March 2007, the voters approved 
repurposing money remaining from the 
connector road study to hire professional traffic 
consultants to continue the study and determine 
actual costs for the preferred options. Councilor 
Mike Izbicki also agreed to join the committee 
as the liaison from the Bedford Town Council. 

As the School Board moves forward to the 
2007-2008 school year, there is always much 
more work to be done. The board reinstituted the 
Bedford Curriculum Committee in June 2007 to 
study how effectively all aspects of the 
curriculum are being instituted in our schools. 
This committee, headed by Assistant Superin- 
tendent Chip McGee, is composed of teachers, 
staff, administrators, parents, and board 
members Terry Wolf and Cindy Chagnon. This 
committee meets monthly and reviews present 
curriculum practices as well as planned changes 
in policy and practice. Their recommendations 
are then presented to the School Board for final 
approval. 

The board also hired a firm to do a security 
analysis for all of the schools in the district to 
see what can be done to make the buildings safer 
and more secure. Although there have never 
really been any security incidents in the past in 
Bedford, the board wanted to be proactive in 
addressing this issue. 

All of us on the Bedford School Board, Sue 
Thomas, David Sacks, Steve Beals, Terry Wolf, 
and myself, Cindy Chagnon, would like to thank 
all of the dedicated employees of the Bedford 
School District for all that they do every day to 
improve the lives and the education of all the 
children of Bedford. Thank you also to the 
citizens of Bedford for your support of the 
educational needs of our schools and under- 
standing how vital an excellent educational 
system is for our children, our town, our state, 
and our nation. 

Respectflilly submitted, 
Cindy Chagnon, Chairperson 



Bedford School District - 2007 Annual Report 



REPORT OF THE 
SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS 



The 2006/07 school year was historic for the 
Bedford School District. After years of planning 
and hard work by many people, the district made 
significant strides in completing the construction 
project that included a new middle school and 
high school facility. This construction will allow 
the district to address its crowded grades Kinder- 
garten through 8 facilities and to begin educating 
its high school students in Bedford. 

The district continues to use student perform- 
ance data to assist staff in designing instruction 
and establishing benchmarks for student growth. 
This performance data is also used as one factor 
in determining the district's professional devel- 
opment programming. It was through these 
efforts and the consistent, high quality 
instruction and support by our professional and 
support staff that our grades Kindergarten 
through 8 students met or exceeded their 
expected academic growth as measured by the 
Northwest Evaluation Assessment (NWEA) 
Program. 

Construction Project/Facilities 

A significant milestone this year was the near 
completion of the Ross A. Lurgio Middle School 
and Bedford High School. The facilities and the 
site work will continue through the summer in 
preparation for the 2007/08 school year. These 
new facilities will provide the community with 
additional resources and the schools with 
additional capacity. Since the 2000/01 school 
year, our student enrollment in grades 
Pre/Kindergarten through 8 has increased by 452 
students, from 2,614 to 3,066. With the opening 
of Bedford High School in the fall of 2007 and 
current growth in grades Pre/Kindergarten 
through 8, we expect the district enrollment to 
exceed 4,700 students when the high school has 
all four grades in the fall of 2010. 

For most of this year, the board has studied 
improved access options to the middle 
school/high school. In March 2006, voters 
defeated a warrant article 1 ,7 1 1 to 2,702 for a 



connector road linking Wallace and Nashua 
Roads to provide a second access to the high 
school/middle school site. As a result, the school 
board formed a committee to study additional 
traffic approaches to the high school/middle 
school to make recommendations to the full 
school board in 2007/08. After 18 months of 
research, the committee, which was comprised 
of board members Steve Beals and David Sacks, 
Chief Financial Officer Mark Conrad, Town 
Council Liaison Mike Izbicki, and Superin- 
tendent of Schools Tim Mayes, narrowed the 
viable options from seven to three: 

1 . A driveway to Wallace Road 

2. A driveway through Chestnut Drive to NH 
Route 101 with a signalized intersection. 

3. A signalized intersection at Nashua Road 
and NH Route 101 with an emergency 
access road via Chestnut Drive. 

In March 2007, voters approved repurposing the 
remaining design funds for the connector road to 
be used to further study other options. With this 
approval, the committee recommended to the 
fijll school board that these three options be 
more fully studied by a traffic engineering firm 
and that a full report be made to the community 
in the fall of 2007. With this additional study 
and information, these options could be evaluat- 
ed for possible consideration as part of the town 
and school district budget process for 2008. 

Parent Advisory Committees 

The school board established two Parent 
Advisory Committees, one for Bedford High 
School and one for McKelvie Intermediate 
School, for the purpose of providing feedback to 
the administration and staff on: 

1. the transition of the students to the new 
school; 

2. school structures, programs, curriculum, and 
schedules; and 

3. other tasks as may be assigned by the 
chairperson. 



Bedford School District - 2007 Annual Report 



Both committees met monthly throughout the 
2006/07 school year to review the development 
of the schools, and co-curricular programs. The 
committees provided input on policies and a 
voice for parents and the community to the 
administration. This was constructive in plan- 
ning for the opening of these new schools. We 
owe deep gratitude to the members of each 
committee who volunteered their time to help 
with the planning of the reconfiguration of our 
schools. 

Measurable Goals 

In 2006/07, all teachers in the district again set 
measurable goals for their students. These goals, 
established by teams of teachers at a given grade 
level or for a given pod at the middle school, 
were based upon annual assessments such as the 
Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) 
Measure of Academic Progress or other 
standardized measures. Teachers established 
S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, attainable, 
realistic, and timed) goals. At the end of the 
year, teachers evaluated student progress on 
these goals. Although it is unrealistic for every 
student to reach every goal every year, as a 
district our students grew significantly. As 
measured by NWEA, 52 of the 70 groups of 
students met or exceeded growth expectations. 
This includes students across all range of 
abilities in grades 3 through 8 for math, reading 
and language usage. This data provides our staff 
with a clear picttire of the instructional needs of 
our students. 

Summer Curriculum Institute 

In the summer of 2007, the district held its third 
Summer Curriculum Institute. Thirty-two teach- 
ers participated during the week long institute, 
which provides a structured opportunity for 
teachers to revise the curriculum. Teachers 
worked in small teams across schools, subject 
areas, and grade levels. In 2007, teachers 
prepared the language arts program for imple- 
mentation in kindergarten, reviewed science 
instruction in grades 1 through 4, restructured 
the science and social studies units in grade 4, 
streamlined an integrated unit in grade 5, and 
developed an immigration unit that combined 



social studies and language arts in grade 8. The 
revisions were done with support from the 
instructional specialist for math and science, the 
instructional specialist for language arts and 
social studies, and a technology integration 
specialist. These district summer institutes 
provide valuable time for our staff to collabor- 
ate, critically review and revise our curriculum, 
and provide students with aligned curriculum 
and assessments. 

Recruiting and Retaining Professional and 
Support Staff 

In March 2007, the voters approved the third 
year of a three-year negotiated contract with the 
Bedford Education Association (BEA), 
Bedford's teachers' association. The contract 
allows us to compete with surrounding districts 
in attracting and retaining high quality staff The 
contract also moderates increases for health 
insurance through cost sharing with employees. 

Voters also approved the second of a three-year 
contract with the Bedford Education Support 
Staff Association (BESSA), Bedford's custodian 
and maintenance association; and the second 
year of a three-year contract with the Bedford 
Education Personnel Association (BEPA), which 
includes secretaries, clerks, instructional teach- 
ing assistants, and kitchen staff. All the agree- 
ments included increased employee health 
insurance cost sharing. 

This year also marked the first Bedford School 
District Job Fair, attended by over 300 pro- 
spective employees, held at Riddle Brook 
School in February 2007. Director of Human 
Resources Carol Sideris provided the district 
with much needed direction and expertise. With 
over 150 positions to fill with the opening of 
Bedford High School and the district grade 
reconfiguration, district staff worked hard to 
recruit and hire quality people for adminis- 
trative, professional, and support positions. 
Much of our time this year was spent recruiting, 
interviewing, and observing these candidates so 
that we could ensure a good fit with our district. 



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Management/Labor Health Insurance Study 
Committee 

In October 2006, a Management/Labor Health 
Insurance Study Committee, commissioned by 
the school board, began to research health 
insurance programs, market options, and 
industry trends. 

As a result of the investigation by the study 
committee, the board was provided information 
to develop strategies for employee medical 
insurance for the next contract negotiation 
sessions. Completing the investigation/study 
process cooperatively with representatives of the 
district's employee bargaining units provided a 
common understanding of potential options. The 
committee completed its work in May, and made 
a formal presentation and report to the school 
board in June 2007. 

Recognition 

The Bedford School Board has served this 
community well through countless hours of 
board meetings, work sessions, and committee 
work, in addition to time spent with the 
community listening to opinions and discussing 
educational concerns. In recent years, the 
demands placed on the board members have led 
to an increased commitment of time, and has 
resulted in significant improvements in the 
district: successful completion on the middle 
school/high school construction project, and a 
productive transition to a new grade configura- 
tion beginning in the fall of 2007. I would 
personally like to thank the current and past 
board members for their service to the district. It 
is through the board's efforts that the Bedford 
School District can best align itself with the 
vision and expectations of the community. 

It is also important to recognize the contribution 
made by our school volunteers. The Bedford 
School District has been recognized by the NH 
Partners in Education as a "Blue Ribbon" school 
district because of the high degree of volun- 
teerism in its schools. We are fortunate to be 
able to tap this rich resource. Our students and 
staff benefit from the school volunteers' service, 
caring attitude and knowledge. 



No educational organization can achieve its 
goals without the dedication of administrators, 
teachers, paraprofessionals, food service person- 
nel, custodians and maintenance staff, nurses, 
secretaries and clerks, technology support, 
committed and curious students, and supportive 
taxpayers. In the final analysis, it is the people, 
their relationships and accomplishments that 
define the organization, not the facilities. We are 
fortunate to have talented, generous individuals 
who make our school district a great place to 
work and learn. 

Finally, I want to recognize Jan Raudonis, 
Principal of the McKelvie Middle School, who 
retired in June, 2007 after twenty-seven years of 
quality service to the Bedford School District as 
a teacher and administrator. Principal Raudonis 
provided sensitive and vital leadership for 
McKelvie 's students, parents and faculty 
throughout her tenure. 

Communication 

I encourage all of Bedford citizens to share with 
me their ideas, feedback, and/or compliments of 
our staff and students. We welcome you into our 
schools to visit and/or to volunteer. Our website 
is rich in information about our school district. 
Please visit us at www.sau25.net . The more you 
know what is happening in your schools and the 
more feedback we receive from the community, 
the better our schools can become. 



RespectftiUy submitted, 

Timothy K. Mayes 
Superintendent of Schools 



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MEMORIAL SCHOOL 
PRINCIPAL'S REPORT 



Memorial School prides itself on being a school 
community that fosters respect, safety, caring, 
and a commitment to excellence in education. 
As a result, it's an exciting place for children to 
learn and staff members to work. Daily Morning 
Meetings provide an opportunity for teachers 
and students to greet each other, share 
information, participate in a team-building or 
academic activity, and review the morning 
message that may highlight the agenda for the 
day and/or special events or accomplishments. 
Monthly All School Meetings provide us with 
the opportunity to come together as a school to 
celebrate the learning and accomplishments of 
students and staff. 

During the year, the Memorial staff continued its 
focus on ensuring that all students grow in their 
literacy skills of reading, thinking, and writing. 
Based on the analysis of a variety of assessments 
including the Northwest Evaluation Association 
(NWEA) assessments, teachers are able to 
design targeted instruction that is academically 
challenging. Our teachers also continue to 
engage in professional conversations focused on 
improving students' writing, reading compre- 
hension, and mathematical reasoning. Curri- 
culum implementation and monitoring students' 
academic growth continue to be a top priority. 

The Memorial School staff recognizes the 
important role that parents play as our partners 
in education. In an effort to reach out to parents, 
the staff sponsored Fall Into Learning: Family 
Math and Literacy Night. This event provided 
parents with an opportunity to learn more about 
our reading, writing, and math curricula by 
participating in hands on learning opportunities 
with their children. Parents also had an 
opportunity to learn more about the Everyday 
Math Program by attending an informative 
presentation given by Jo Hendry, the district's 
Instructional Specialist for Math and Science. 
We are thankfial for the many hours our parent 
volunteers contribute to our school. Their work 
enhances the learning of our students. We 
proudly received our seventeenth Blue Ribbon 



Achievement Award in recognition for the time 
and dedication of Memorial School volunteers. 

The first phase of our playground revitalization 
is complete. During recess students have fun 
climbing Memorial Mountain, running on our 
fitness track, and climbing up the chimney 
climb, climbing wall and peg climb. They also 
enjoy sliding down the large custom made slides 
that were mounted in the sides of the mountain. 
More trees were planted and in a few years they 
will bring some much needed shade to our 
playground. We are gratefiil to the Parent 
Teacher Group (PTG), parents, and area 
businesses that continue to help our playground 
dream become a reality. 

Our fourth and tifth graders participated in 
an Artist-in-Residence program with potter, 
Rob Rossel. Students built clay bowls that were 
glazed and fired. They used their bowls at a 
culminating celebration where each student 
made and enjoyed an ice cream sundae. 

Memorial School received the Creative Commu- 
nication's Poetic Achievement Award in the fall 
of 2006. This award is given to schools whose 
students' entries to the poetry contest were of 
exceptionally high merit. Thirty-six student 
poems were accepted for publication. 

Spring Fling brings the Memorial School 
community together for a fun-filled evening. To 
prepare for the event, staff, students, families 
and area businesses create unique baskets filled 
with various items. On the day of the event, 
families and the staff have an opportunity to 
enjoy a wonderfiil dinner sponsored by 
Carrabba's. The fun continues as those in 
attendance take a chance to win one of the many 
donated baskets. Proceeds from this event are 
used to help fund our Artist-in-Residence 
program and the playground revitalization 
project. 

We are pleased to highlight the accomplish- 
ments of several of our teachers. Anne Rogers, 



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our music teacher, was nominated for New 
Hampshire Teacher of the Year, an honor that is 
well deserved. Over the years Anne has done 
much to provide elementary school students 
with a diverse and enriching music experience. 
Anne, along with colleagues Leslie Fredette and 
Martha Westlund, has provided a vision for our 
many Artist-in-Residence programs. In addition, 
she has selflessly given countless hours to 
ensure the success of our playground initiative. 
Two of our teachers, Andrea Campbell and 
Denise Foumier, were recipients of the first 
Bedford Education Foundation (BEF) Teacher 
Grants. 

Memorial School had five Destination 
ImagiNation (DI) Teams compete at the regional 
DI Competition. Ellie Schwartz, our school 
librarian, was responsible for coordinating this 
enrichment opportunity for our students. 
Members of the teams had fun working with 
peers to present creative solutions to this year's 
challenges. 

Our students also had an opportunity to display 
their creativity when their inventions and Rube 
Goldberg Machines were showcased at our 
school's Invention Convention. The following 
winners displayed their inventions and Rube 
Goldberg Machines at the state Young Inventors 
Convention: Shay Evans, Colleen Keyes, 
Micaela Healy, Merrell Readman, Julianna 
Heneage, Erika Proulx, Mellissa Baroff, Lyena 
Birkenstock, and Emily Costello. 

Karam Sandu was Memorial's Spelling Bee and 
Geography Bee winner. He represented our 
school at the Manchester Area Spelling Bee and 
the state level Geography Bee at Keene State 
College. 



As always, we are thankftil for a supportive 
community including: the Bedford School 
Board, central office administrators, the PTG, 
our volunteers, local businesses, and the Bedford 
taxpayers. Without your dedication and support, 
we would not be able to provide excellence in 
education for our children. In conclusion, I want 
to recognize the collaborative efforts of my 
administrative colleagues and their staffs as we 
worked collaboratively to transition to a new 
district grade configuration for 2007/08. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Pamela Ilg, Principal 



The end of the school year was bittersweet for 
the Memorial School staff and many of our 
students and their parents. We said so long to 
both fourth and fifth grade students as they 
moved to the newly created McKelvie 
Intermediate School. We also said a fond 
farewell to our fifth grade staff members: 
Debbie Kelly, Kathy Medeiros, Marie Alsup, 
Lisa Smith, Becky Kelliher, and Caitlin Fossum. 



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PETER WOODBURY SCHOOL 
PRINCIPAL'S REPORT 



The mission of the Peter Woodbury School is to 
integrate teaching, learning and caring in our 
community. We strive to cultivate an environ- 
ment that fosters academic excellence, respects 
diversity, and builds a foundation for lifelong 
learning. Curriculum and assessment initiatives 
by all educators focus on defining and achieving 
high standards of learning and instruction. The 
use of technology supports curriculum integra- 
tion by creating innovative teaching and learning 
experiences that blend with academic standards. 

Highlights of the school year included ... 

Curriculum/Assessment 

Using the results of the Northwest Evaluation 
Association (NWEA) and other assessment 
programs, all grade levels set measurable goals 
for academic programs and student instruction. 
An example of this is that our school's fifth 
grade teachers designed an instructional program 
that involved all of their students in lessons that 
focused on number operations standards. 
Differentiated instruction, flexible grouping and 
shared teacher planning sessions were key 
instructional techniques that contributed to the 
success of this grade level goal, as well as the 
academic growth of each student. 

During this academic year, the "Reading 
Streets" program was piloted successfully in one 
kindergarten classroom. 

New teachers were supported by the district's 
Mentor Program, where veteran teachers guided 
our new staff through curriculum and assess- 
ment expectations, while orienting them to grade 
level, school and district standards and proce- 
dures. 

Responsive Classroom 

A positive school climate and culture has been 
established through the implementation of the 
strategies and beliefs of the "Responsive Class- 
room Program." Staff and students use the 



strands of this program to build the positive 
culture and community that you find in our 
school. Our teachers have found that using this 
program has brought together the academic and 
social curriculum. Teachers, with their students, 
have daily morning meetings where they greet 
each other and share news and announcements 
for that day. The different component areas of 
"Responsive Classroom" include: Morning 
Meeting, Rules and Logical Consequences, 
Guided Discovery, Academic Choice, Class- 
room Organization and Family Communica- 
tion. Using each of these strands helps maintain 
a respectful culture where students strive to do 
their best, become a productive community 
member, and feel safe at school. 

School Safety 

The Peter Woodbury School's Crisis Manage- 
ment Team discussed school security and safety 
issues on a monthly basis. It also monitored the 
emergency drills that our staff and students 
practiced at our school. In addition to the ten fire 
drills that we practice every year, our staff and 
students practiced lock downs, shelter in place, 
reverse evacuations and drop drills. Teachers 
prepared the children at morning meetings and 
practiced with the children from a standpoint of 
safety to reduce and/or eliminate anxiety. Our 
children have been highly praised for their 
behavior during these drills - both by our staff 
members and the local authorities. 

Recognition 

Teachers Claire Jeffrey, Diane Lonergan, 
Rosemary Nunnally, Donna Beecher, Lisa 
Lindsey, and Connie Roberge were named to 
Wlio 's Who Among America 's Teachers. The 
"NH Presidential Awards" recognizes teachers 
who can serve as role models for their 
colleagues. In December, grade four teacher 
Kris Possee was recognized as a recipient of the 
"NH Presidential Award for Excellence in 
Mathematics Teaching," and grade two teacher 
Rosemary Nunnally was recognized as a 



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recipient of the "NH Presidential Award for 
Excellence in Science Teaching." In May, 
Rosemary Nunnally was named the "NH 
Presidential Science Teacher of the Year" and 
was recognized by the President of the United 
States in a ceremony at the White House. 

Volunteer Program 

In October, the NH Partners in Education 
Program recognized Peter Woodbury School's 
Volunteer Program as it received its seventeenth 
Blue Ribbon Achievement Award for its exem- 
plary partnership between parents, community 
members, teachers and staff 

In its last year at our school, Peter Woodbury 
School's Community Action Team (CAT) 
involved all of our fifth grade students in 
outreach programs. The students are challenged 
to assist their school, town, state, country and 
world communities. Student projects included 
food and clothing drives, a recycling program, 
visits to the residents of Harborside Healthcare, 
and volunteering for the N.H. Special Olympics 
organization. The CAT team was coordinated by 
fifth grade teacher Ginny Toland. 

The Peter Woodbury School's Student Council, 
coordinated by fifth grade teacher Cathy Fields, 
provided our students with an experience in 
governance and school/community service. 

Under the direction of grade two teacher Connie 
Roberge, staff members, volunteers and students 
enhanced and maintained the Habitat Garden 
and other areas of our school grounds. Students 
in grades kindergarten through 4 designed, 
planted, and harvested their respective grade 
level gardens that are themed after a curriculum 
area. Kindergarteners tended a Jack-in-the- 
Beanstalk garden, first graders a Peter Rabbit 
garden, second graders a Butterfly garden, third 
graders a Bat garden, and fourth graders a Bird 
Garden. They enriched their knowledge in these 
subject areas while developing an apprecia- 
tion for the natural world around us. 

Bedford businesses, the Bedford Parent Teacher 
Group (PTG), and other support organizations 
enhanced learning and instruction through dona- 



tions to special projects, classroom resources, 
and student visitations. We have also established 
school/business partnership relationships with 
the Bedford Mall and the Bedford Target store. 

I conclude by expressing my appreciation to the 
Peter Woodbury staff, the Bedford School 
Board, administrators, central office staff, the 
PTG, parents, and community members for their 
dedication to academics, learning and children. 
Our students deserve a special thank you for 
putting their effort into overcoming challenges 
and reaching their highest potential. 

Respectfully submitted 
Kenneth Williams, Principal 



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RIDDLE BROOK SCHOOL 
PRINCIPAL'S REPORT 

It is with great pride that I deHver this report on 
behalf of Riddle Brook School. During the 
2006/2007 school year, the students of Riddle 
Brook School were part of a learning community 
where the importance of academic achievement, 
personal growth, and the respect of community 
were paramount. With the use of research-based 
curricula, data analysis, formative and summa- 
tive assessments, integrated technology, and 
experiential learning, our students continued to 
grow in their thinking and learning skills. 

The delivery of curriculum and instruction is the 
key to providing students with a solid found- 
ation of skills and the desire to expand their 
thinking and knowledge base. Teachers in 
kindergarten through grade five presented solid 
language arts instruction. Open Court was fully 
implemented in grades one through four, with 
Scott Foresman being piloted in kindergarten 
and grade five. In terms of mathematics, 
Eveiyday Mathematics was fully implemented in 
kindergarten through grade three, with two pilot 
classes in grade four. Additionally, our special 
educators, reading support personnel, and 
S.E.E.D. (Students Experiencing Educational 
Diversity) teacher were trained in these 
programs and provided our students with 
additional instrucdon appropriate to their indivi- 
dual levels and needs. 

Over the summer, a number of our teachers 
worked on the district's science and social 
studies units. This work ensured that our 
students received instruction that aligned with 
state and district standards. Our students 
benefited a great deal from hands-on, experi- 
ential learning in science and social studies. 
Some highlights of the year included, animals 
and their habitats in grade one, metamorphosis 
in grade two, the solar system in grade three. 
New Hampshire history in grade four, and the 
Iditarod in grade five. 

In the area of writing, we were fortunate to have 
had two of our teachers, Kathy Effenberger and 
Jennifer Paguyo, apply and receive a grant 



through the Bedford Education Foundation. This 
grant afforded them the opportunity to attend a 
weeklong workshop at Columbia University on 
the topic of Lucy Calkins' Writers' Workshop. 
The teachers found the knowledge and applica- 
tion gained at this workshop invaluable. To 
quote Mrs. Effenberger, "Honestly, adopting 
Writers' Workshop has been one of the best 
things I've ever done as a second grade 
teacher. The enthusiasm the students are show- 
ing for writing is amazing. One of my students 
was working with another Riddle Brook School 
teacher last month and told her that his favorite 
part of the day is writing time because he is a 
real author who can write books. There are 
actually audible groans when we have to cancel 
writing Ume because of a scheduling conflict!" 
In addition, Mrs. Effenberger and Mrs. Paguyo 
led grade level and school based workshops on 
the philosophy and application of the program. 
They continue to work with their colleagues in 
honing their instructional skills in the area of 
writing using this program. 

We continue to use the Responsive Classroom 
approach in all of our classrooms at Riddle 
Brook School. This approach emphasizes social, 
emotional and academic growth in a strong and 
safe school community. The goal of any Respon- 
sive Classroom school is to facilitate optimal 
student learning. Because of this commitment, 
Kathleen Brennan, a fourth grade teacher at 
Riddle Brook School, began the Consulting 
Teacher Certification program. Once certified, 
Mrs. Brennan will be able to provide Responsive 
Classroom Level I training and ongoing support 
of classroom implementation to our school and 
district employees. 

In addition to the wonderful accomplishments 
by our students and staff within the classroom, 
we also had many things to be proud of outside 
of the school day. Following Hurricane Katrina 
in September of 2005, several Riddle Brook 
School teachers located a school in D'Iberville, 
Mississippi that needed help. This group of 
teachers organized fundraising efforts over the 
last two years, ultimately donating supplies to 
the school in Mississippi. As a culminating 
event, during the summer of 2006, ten Riddle 
Brook School teachers traveled to Biloxi, 



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Mississippi where they worked and helped to not 
only rebuild the Sacred Heart School and one of 
its teacher's homes, but also lived and worked 
with Hands On Network, which is an organiza- 
tion doing important work in the Biloxi area. 
This is an effort that highlights the caring and 
giving spirit found at Riddle Brook School. 

As in past years, we had a wonderftil partnership 
with our Parent Teacher Group (PTG) and 
parent volunteers at Riddle Brook School. We 
were fortunate to have parents in our classrooms 
assisting our teachers with events such as. It 's a 
Gas, Math Superstars, and Junior Great Books. 
As a result. Riddle Brook School was awarded 
the New Hampshire Partners in Education Pro- 
gram's Blue Ribbon Achievement Award for 
our outstanding school volunteer program. I 
would like to extend a sincere "thank you" to all 
of our parents and community members who 
have, and continue to, volunteer in our school! 

We had three exciting evening events at Riddle 
Brook School in the winter and spring of 2007. 
In January, our Math Night was a big hit with 
students, parents and staff members. It was a 
wonderful opportunity for students to teach their 
parents the various "math games" that they play 
in the classroom as a reinforcement of math 
skills taught in our Everyday Mathematics 
program. In March, we broke up the winter 
doldrums by having Family Movie Night, spon- 
sored by our C.A.R.E. (Community Advocating 
Riddle Brook Excellence) Team. Riddle Brook 
School students and their families were invited 
to our multipurpose room to watch the original 
version of Herbie the Love Bug. In May, we had 
our annual Family Fun Night. During this 
exciting evening, participants were able to bid 
on baskets put together by individual classrooms 
at Riddle Brook School, participate in a "Cake 
Walk" to sponsor our Destination ImagiNation 
team, have their faces painted, dance to a DJ and 
eat popcorn and ice cream sundaes. Money 
raised at this event was designated toward future 
Artist in Residence endeavors. 

Although we are proud of the accomplishments 
of all our students, we had several Riddle Brook 
School students compete in local, regional and 
national competitions. In January, Max Vivado 



was the winner of Riddle Brook School's 
National Geographic Bee, and Colin Delano was 
the winner of our Geography Bee of the U.S.A. 
In February, Charlie Minicucci won the Riddle 
Brook School 2007 Spelling Bee contest, and 
went on to the regional competition in March. 
Also in March, Michael Brown participated in, 
and won, Souhegan Valley Boys and Girls 
Club's One Act Playwriting Contest. Michael's 
play was entitled, "After the Holidays." He and 
sixteen of his Riddle Brook School fourth grade 
peers presented the play to our school, as well as 
at the Souhegan Valley Boys and Girls Club 
Theater. 

Once again. Riddle Brook School had a number 
of students participate in Destination Imagi- 
Nation. Our third grade team of David Kassler, 
Abby Hibbard, Brionne Frazier, Zack Ruben- 
stein, Kayla Steinberg and Silas Jackson went on 
to compete in the regional competition. Our 
fourth grade team of Ryan Whittenberg, Brinnay 
Frazier, Tim Philbin, Adam Stone and Duncan 
Cate placed second in the regional competition 
and went on to compete in the state finals. Our 
fifth grade team of Lydia Lawrence, Rachel 
Collins, Jackie Valeri, Jessie Dalrymple, Emma 
Lynch, and Jenna Lecours competed in the 
national competition at the University of 
Tennessee, placing in the top twenty. 

The mission of Riddle Brook School is to create 
a safe, respectful and responsive environment 
where each child can share the joy of lifelong 
learning together with school, home and 
community members. We are committed to 
academic excellence as we inspire our students 
to achieve to their highest potential and to be 
contributing members of society. It is because of 
the talent, dedication and partnership of our 
teachers, staff members, central office adminis- 
trators, school board, district level colleagues, 
parents, and community members that we are 
able to provide this commitment to our students. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Molly McCarthy, 

Asst. Principal (2006/07) 



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McKELVIE MIDDLE SCHOOL 
PRINCIPAL'S REPORT 

The 2006/2007 school year marked the end of an 
era. The McKelvie Middle School graduated its 
final class and was given a new name for the 
2007/08 school year: McKelvie Intermediate 
School. The intermediate school was formed to 
house the 5 th and 6th grade students and the 
Ross A. Lurgio Middle School was built for the 
7th and 8th graders. Although this was its last 
year as a middle school, the students and staff of 
McKelvie made it a fantastic year. 

McKelvie used several points of data to drive 
curriculum and instruction. In the fall, all 
students participated in the New England 
Common Assessment Program (NECAP). All 
three grades also participated in the Northwest 
Evaluation Association's (NWEA) Measure of 
Academic Progress in the spring. Teachers 
combined the data from these formalized tests 
with their own observations and assessments to 
create curriculum that is most effective for their 
students. 

McKelvie's commitment to community service 
and charity is unwavering. Local Marines were 
presented over 1,000 toys for the "Toys for 
Tots" drive at a heartwarming rally. Staff and 
students celebrated their patriotism and spirit of 
giving. Students collected clothing for Child and 
Family Services. This successful drive resulted 
in the collection of truckloads of clothing. The 
FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community 
Leaders of America), Band, and Chorus students 
conducted a very successful food drive during 
the annual winter concert benefiting the New 
Horizons Food Pantry. Faculty members raised 
funds and awareness of the Special Olympics by 
taking part in the annual "Penguin Plunge." This 
dip is in the frigid Atlantic Ocean and is the 
culmination of months of fundraising. All funds 
directly benefit the Bedford Bobcats Special 
Olympic Team. 

Opportunities for student achievement and 
service learning extended beyond the classroom. 
Along with the traditional athletic teams, 
students at McKelvie excelled in local and state 



competitions including: Technology Students 
Association Conference, MathCounts, First 
Lego Robotics, New Hampshire State Geogra- 
phy Bee, and the Manchester District Spelling 
Bee. 

The community continued to support McKelvie 
with their time and funds. The Brindisi Relays, a 
day of racing sponsored by the Bedford Rotary 
Club, presented the McKelvie Science Depart- 
ment with a check for $4,300. ILevel by Weyer- 
haeuser awarded the McKelvie Mount Cardigan 
Program $5,000 to be used to enhance the 
communication system that is used on the 
mountain. 

Reflecting on McKelvie Middle School's final 
year, I can't help but be completely impressed 
with the diligence, spirit, brilliance, and 
generosity of the students, staff and families. I 
thank the community, parents, school board, 
central office, and especially the students for 
making the last year of McKelvie the best one. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Edward Joyce 

Asst. Principal (2006/07) 



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2007 ANNUAL SCHOOL 
DISTRICT MEETING 
Session I - Deliberations 

February 6, 2007 

The Bedford School District Deliberative 
Session I was held on Tuesday, February 6, 
2007 at McKelvie Middle School. School 
District Moderator Ryk Bullock opened the 
session at 7:00 p.m. Mr. Bullock led attendees 
in the Pledge of Allegiance. Moderator Bullock 
introduced those seated on the platform: 
Superintendent Tim Mayes, Chief Financial 
Officer Mark Conrad, Assistant Superintendent 
Chip McGee, School Board Chairperson Cindy 
Chagnon, Vice Chair Sue Thomas, Board 
member David Sacks, Board member Steve 
Beals, School District Counsel Kathy Peahl, 
School District Clerk Pro-temp Edith 
Schmidtchen, and recording clerk Christie 
Moore. 

Moderator Bullock introduced retiring Officer 
Roland Latulippe and recognized his many years 
of service to the Bedford community. Chair- 
person Chagnon thanked Mr. Latulippe for his 
dedication. Mr. Latulippe said his service to the 
community would continue even in retirement. 
He thanked everyone for their kind wishes. 

Moderator Bullock expressed thanks to Kathy 
Van Anglen and his staff for their work and 
support. He also thanked the McKelvie custodial 
staff, Bedford Highway Department, Bedford 
Police Department, and Bedford Fire Depart- 
ment for their assistance. 

The rules of the meeting were explained by 
Mr. Bullock. He announced that he had received 
petitions for vote by secret ballot on Articles II, 
III, and X, unless petitioners agreed to withdraw. 
Mr. Bullock proceeded to read Article I: 

ARTICLE I. [Election of officials.) To elect 
all necessaiy school district officials. (Vote by 
official ballot.) 

Moderator Bullock stated the election would be 
held March 13* at McKelvie Middle School. He 
next read Article II: 



ARTICLE II. [Funding Bondable Start-up 

Costs! (Special Warrant Article) Shall the 
school district raise and appropriate the sum of 
Two Million Seven Hundred Fifteen Thousand 
Four Hundred Twenty Two Dollars($2,7 15,422) 
(Gross Budget) for the purpose of purchasing 
bondable capital furniture, frst year equipment, 
athletic field grandstands and the initial library 
collection necessary to furnish and equip the 
new high school/middle school; and, in order to 
finance said project, shall the district authorize 
the issuance of bonds or notes of not more than 
the total amount of Two Million Seven Hundred 
Fifteen Thousand Four Hundred Twenty Two 
Dollars ($2,715,422) for such purposes in 
accordance with the provisions of the Municipal 
Finance Act (RSA Chapter 33); and shall the 
district authorize the school board to issue and 
negotiate such bonds or notes and to determine 
the rates of interest thereon and the maturities 
and other terms thereof; and, furthermore, shall 
the district raise and appropriate by general 
taxation the sum of Sixty Nine Thousand Five 
Hundred Twenty Five Dollars ($69,525) for the 
first year's principal and interest payments? 
(The school board recommends a "yes" vote 
upon this question.) (3/5ths ballot vote required.) 

Chairperson Chagnon offered an explanation of 
Article II for the benefit of those who were not 
at the budget and bond hearing. She said the 
Board and administration had been searching for 
a way to lower the tax rate during the year the 
high school would be opened. She said the bond 
option would mitigate a tax spike. A significant 
portion of the start-up costs could be bonded. 
The bond would allow the district to buy 
furniture and equipment all at once which saves 
the district money in the long run. Ms. Chagnon 
said the Board wanted to bond the grandstands 
as the expense was not included in the initial 
budget. She said library books could also be 
purchased with the bond. She said the Board 
hoped the public would vote for the bond. The 
tax impact if the start-up costs are bonded is 2 
cents. If the start-up costs are included in the 
operating budget, the tax impact will be 83 
cents. Ms. Chagnon said the 10-year bond rate 
would be 4.85%. The second year tax impact 
would be 10 cents, then decline annually for the 
remainder of the bond; 



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Moderator Bullock proceeded in reading Article 
III. 

ARTICLE III. [Study and design of high 
school/middle school secondary access.] 
(Special Warrant Article) (Non-Lapsing for 
three years) Shall the school district raise and 
appropriate Ninety Seven Thousand Seven 
Hundred and Six Dollars ($97,706) to study, 
design and/or engineer improved/additional 
traffic approaches to the high school/middle 
school? (The school board recommends a "yes " 
vote upon this question.) (Majority ballot vote 
required.) 

Board member David Sacks explained that in 
2005 an Article approving money to study a 
proposed connector road was approved. The 
study of the proposed connector road failed. Mr. 
Sacks said Article III would repurpose the 
remaining funds from that 2005 Article to study 
the design of secondary access to the new school 
site. Mr. Sacks noted that this Article did not 
impact the tax rate. 

Paul MacEwen, 22 Moore's Crossing: Mr. 
MacEwen asked if a secondary access road was 
needed since the entrance road was wide enough 
for emergency vehicles to get through if needed. 
Mr. Sacks said secondary access was necessary 
in a situation where the primary access was 
blocked by traffic. Mr. Sacks said secondary 
access helps alleviate traffic at the site as well. 

Paul MacEwen, Sr., 300 South River Road: Mr. 
MacEwen asked if a 3/5 ballot vote would be 
required for this Article since the Moderator had 
a petition for secret ballot vote on this Article. 
Mr. Bullock said the petition for secret ballot 
only applied to a vote taken during the 
deliberative session. 

Mr. Bullock proceeded to read the Articles. 

ARTICLE IV. [Negotiated salary increase 
for the teaching staff.] Shall the school district 
raise and appropriate the sum of Five Hundred 
Fifty-Six Thousand Six Hundred Eighteen 
Dollars ($556,618) to fund those additional cost 
items related to the third year of a three-year 
collective bargaining agreement between the 



Bedford School District and the Bedford 
Education Association for the 2007/2008 school 
year which resulted from negotiations with the 
teachers and which represents the negotiated 
increase over the 2006/2007 salaries, fi'inge 
benefits, and other cost items? (The school 
board recommends a "yes" vote upon this 
question.) (Majority ballot vote required.) 

There being no discussion. Moderator Bullock 
moved to the next article. 

ARTICLE V [Conditional article for teach- 
ing staff salaries.[ Shall the school district, if 
Article IV is defeated, authorize the school 
board to call one special meeting, at its option, 
to address Article IV cost items only? (The 
school board recommends a "yes" vote upon this 
question.) (Majority ballot vote required.) 

There being no discussion. Moderator Bullock 
moved to the next article. 

ARTICLE VI. [Negotiated salary increase 
for the custodial/maintenance staff.| Shall the 
school district raise and appropriate the sum of 
Thirty Six Thousand Three Hundred Thirteen 
Dollars ($36,3 IS) to fund those additional cost 
items related to the third year of a three-year 
collective bargaining agreement between the 
Bedford School District and the Bedford 
Education Support Staff Association for the 
2007/2008 school year which resulted from 
negotiations with the custodial and maintenance 
staff and which represents the negotiated 
increase over the 2006/2007 salaries, fringe 
benefits, and other cost items? (The school 
board recommends a "yes" vote upon this 
question.) (Majority ballot vote required.) 

There being no discussion. Moderator Bullock 
moved to the next article. 

ARTICLE VII. [Conditional article for the 
custodial/maintenance staff salaries.] Shall 
the school district, if Article VI is defeated, 
authorize the school board to call one special 
meeting, at its option, to address Article VI cost 
items only? (The school board recommends a 
"yes" vote upon this question.) (Majority ballot 
vote required.) 



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There being no discussion. Moderator Bullock 
moved to the next article. 

ARTICLE VIII. [Negotiated salary increase 
for tlie secretaries, clerlis, instructional teach- 
ing assistants, and Icitchen staff.] Shall the 
school district raise and appropriate the sum of 
One Hundred Fifteen Thousand Eight Hundred 
Dollars ($115,800) to fund those additional cost 
items related to the second year of a three-year 
collective bargaining agreement between the 
Bedford School District and the Bedford 
Education Personnel Association for the 
2007/2008 school year which resulted from 
negotiations with the secretaries, clerks, 
instructional teaching assistants, and kitchen 
staff and which represents the negotiated 
increase over the 2006/2007 salaries, fringe 
benefits, and other cost items? (The school 
board recommends a "yes" vote upon this 
question.) (Majority ballot vote required.) 

There being no discussion. Moderator Bullock 
moved to the next article. 

ARTICLE IX. [Conditional article for 
secretaries, clerks, instructional teaching 
assistants, and kitchen staff salaries.] Shall 
the school district, if Article VIII is defeated, 
authorize the school board to call one special 
meeting, at its option, to address Article VIII 
cost items only? (The school board recommends 
a "yes" vote upon this question.) (Majority 
ballot vote required.) 

There being no discussion, Moderator Bullock 
moved to the next article. 

ARTICLE X. [Operating budget.] If Article II 
passes so that the cost of purchasing bondable 
capital furniture, first year equipment, athletic 
field grandstands and the initial library 
collection for the new high school/middle school 
is spread over several years by bonding, shall 
the school district raise and appropriate as an 
operating budget, not including other appro- 
priations voted separately, the amounts set forth 
on the budget posted with the warrant or as 
amended by vote of the first session, for the 
purposes set forth therein, totaling Fifty Two 
Million Seven Hundred Sixty Eight Thousand 



Seven Hundred 

($52,768,763)? 



Sixty Three Dollars 



However, if Article II does not pass, shall the 
district's aforesaid operating budget for the 
2007/2008 fiscal year be increased by the 
amount of Two Million Seven Hundred Fifteen 
Thousand Four Hundred Twenty Two Dollars 
($2,715,422), which is the amount required to 
purchase bondable capital furniture, first year 
equipment, athletic field grandstands and the 
initial library collection all in one year, and 
shall the district therefore raise and appropriate 
as an operating budget, not including other 
appropriations voted separately, the amounts set 
forth on the budget posted with the warrant or 
as amended by vote of the first session, for the 
purposes set forth therein, plus the additional 
$2,715,422, for a total of Fifty Five Million 
Four Hundred Eighty Four Thousand One 
Hundred Eighty Five Dollars ($55, 484,185). 

f Should this Article X be defeated, and Article II 
passes so that the cost of purchasing bondable 
capital furniture, first year equipment, athletic 
field grandstands and the initial library 
collection is spread over several years by 
bonding, the operating budget shall be Fifty 
Million Three Hundred Ten Thousand Three 
Hundred Ninety Three Dollars ($50,310,393) 
which is the same as last year, with certain 
adjustments required by previous action of the 
school district or by law, or the governing body 
may hold one special meeting, in accordance 
with RSA 40:13, X and XVI, to take up the issue 
of a revised operating budget only. 

However, should this Article X be defeated and 
should Article II also be defeated, the operating 
budget shall be Fifty One Million Seven 
Hundred Sixty Four Thousand Two Hundred 
Forty Seven Dollars ($51,764,247) which is the 
same as last year, with certain adjustments 
required by previous action of the school district 
or by law, or the governing body may hold one 
special meeting, in accordance with RSA 40:13, 
X and XVI, to take up the issue of a revised 
operating budget only.] (The school board 
recommends a "yes" vote upon this question.) 
(Majority ballot vote required.) 



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Vice Chair Sue Thomas explained that this 
Article raised all the money that wasn't included 
in the bond. She said once all of the articles have 
been voted on, the impact of the vote is added up 
to determine the tax rate. This Article states the 
costs that could possibly result from the votes on 
the budget and bond articles. She said the 
original plan of the Board was to put the start-up 
costs in the operating budget. However, they 
realized that the tax impact could be lessened by 
bonding the costs. She said if Article II failed 
the furniture and equipment still had to be 
purchased. The start-up costs would be put back 
into the operating budget if the bond was not 
approved. The default budget is included in 
Article X to cover the event that the operating 
budget fails. The default budget would allow the 
opening of the high school, but not the new 
middle school. The new middle school would 
remain closed until the following year's budget 
was approved. Since the district already has 
middle school facilities, the students would still 
be served in that event. Ms. Thomas said 
basically the default budget is the money needed 
to run the schools aside from the negotiated 
contracts. The increase in the tax rate without 
the bond would be $3.32 versus an increase of 
$2.49 if the bond is approved. 

Paul MacEwen asked the duration of the bond. 
Board Chair Chagnon responded the bond was 
for 1 years. 

Beverly Barry, 59 Liberty Hill Road: Ms. Barry 
said she thought the start-up costs were included 
in the original price of the construction of the 
new school. Vice Chair Thomas said there was 
an allowance for cabinets and some hardware 
only. Ms. Barry asked why the start-up costs 
were not included even though the items would 
be needed. Chairperson Chagnon said the intent 
had been to include the start-up costs in the 
operating budget. Board member Sacks explain- 
ed that the Board wants to give the residents 
another option through bonding the start-up 
costs. He said the start-up costs were included in 
the proposed first year operating budget when 
the high school project was proposed. 

Paul Brock, 37 Bracken Circle: Mr. Brock said 
he wanted to make a motion to amend Article X. 



The amendment read as follows: "change the 
amount at the end of paragraph one to 
$52,771,263 and change the amount at the end 
of the paragraph two to $55,486,685; such 
changes increasing the operating budget by the 
sum of $2,500; and shall such increases be used 
solely for the purpose of increasing the stipend 
paid to Bedford School Board members; thereby 
increasing said stipend from $250 per annum to 
$750 per annum." Moderator Bullock asked if 
any one would like to second the motion. The 

motion was seconded by . Mr. Brock 

said the stipend should be changed as 
recognition of the increased responsibility for 
Board members resulting from the opening of 
the new middle school and high school. Mr. 
Brock noted that the New Hampshire state 
average for this type of stipend is $820. Mr. 
Brock said the tax impact of this increase would 
be .00075 per thousand. 

Mr. John Graham, 8 Ministerial Circle: Mr. 
Graham proposed voting against the stipend 
increase. He said the increase should have been 
proposed within a Warrant Article. 

Mark Stull, 35 Blackbird Drive: Mr. Stull agreed 
with Mr. Brock that the stipend was too small. 
He said highly qualified people needed to be 
attracted to serve on the Board. He said he 
supported the amendment. Mr. Stull asked if he 
could make a further amendment. Moderator 
Bullock said he was required to wait until a vote 
had been taken on Mr. Brock's proposed 
amendment. 

Mr. Brock argued that the deliberative session 
was intended for the proposal and discussion of 
amendments to the Articles. He said he had 
proposed the amendment in an appropriate 
manner. 

Moderator Bullock asked if the petitioners still 
requested a secret ballot. The petitioners 
responded that they still wanted a secret ballot. 
Mr. Bullock asked members of the press and 
unregistered voters to move to one side of the 
gym while the vote was taken. Mr. Bullock 
announced that any citizen wishing to vote 
absentee in the upcoming March election could 
do so at the town office without having to go to 



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the school district office as well. He said the 
ballots should be at the Town Office by 
February 15*. He said he hoped this benefited 
the residents. 

Mr. Bullock requested the ballot box be opened 
and inspected. He gave the instructions for the 
secret ballot. The vote was taken. The amend- 
ment passed by a vote of 46 to 27. 

Mark Stull, 35 Blackbird Drive: Mr. StuU made 
a motion to amend Article X. The amendment 
would increase the budget amounts at the end of 
the first and second paragraph by $15,000. The 
$15,000 would be solely used to fund studies to 
determine the appropriate methods for deter- 
mining groups and levels in Bedford High 
School. Moderator Bullock asked if any one 
wanted to second the motion. Mr. Tom Johnson 
seconded the motion. Mr. Stull said he had 
attended several School Board sessions where 
ability grouping was discussed. He said he was 
concerned that appropriate studies still needed to 
be done. He said he believed it was important 
that education be targeted to the individual 
student in a way that best helps them learn. He 
said the system of levels Bedford is familiar 
with could certainly be improved. He said there 
are a number of approaches to leveling. The 
decision of how to do it should be based on 
statistics and studies. The additional $15,000 
would pay for data acquisition or possibly an 
assistant. 

Pamela Cohen, 22 Quincy Drive: Ms. Cohen 
explained that she had chaired the Bedford High 
School Curriculum Research Committee. She 
said grouping was researched for BHS. She said 
she did not support the motion. The committee's 
research determined a flexible program that 
would allow for more or fewer levels to be 
offered to best meet the needs of the students. 
She said she did not believe there was a more 
effective way to study grouping for BHS until 
the students were in classes. 

Phil Bruno, Beech Street: Mr. Bruno said he also 
served on the same committee with Ms. Cohen. 
He said they extensively studied various leveling 
options. He said micromanaging should not be 
done in this matter. He said as a parent of a 



Manchester West High School student, he 
observed that the levels there did not serve the 
students well. 

Ken Hawkins, 1 Barrington Drive: Mr. Hawkins 
said he would want to know specifically how the 
$15,000 would be used and how much the study 
would cost overall. 

Paul Remus, 65 Meetinghouse Road: Mr. Remus 
said the budget was not a line item budget. He 
asked if the School Board could use the money 
for something else if the amendment passed. 
Vice Chair Thomas said they could use it for 
something else unless the use was mandated in 
the Article. 

Joleen Worden, 7 Birchwood Circle: Ms. 
Worden said she was in favor of multiple levels. 
However, she felt that the final version passed 
by the School Board allowed for flexibility to 
add levels if needed. She said they could not 
assume the first year would be perfect. They 
must evaluate students each year. She said she 
believed the residents had to have faith that the 
administration would add more levels if they 
were needed. She said she didn't think adding 
$15,000 to the budget would make a difference. 

Vice Chair Thomas said she voted against the 
grouping model passed by the Board. However, 
the decision was made after a lot of study and 
discussion. She said even though she understood 
Mr. Stull's point, she believed changes could be 
made after the first year BHS is open. She said 
she didn't think adding the money to the budget 
would benefit the process. 

Board member Beals said after listening to 
research the Board realized there was no perfect 
answer. He said the Board wanted to build 
flexibility into the program so it could be 
adapted to the needs of the students. He said the 
professional staff was very aware of what the 
community wanted. He said no one on the Board 
took a hard line on this issue. He said as BHS 
moves forward, the administration would have 
student data to consider. He said the Board was 
very sensitive to meeting the needs of all 
students. 



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Paul MacEwen, 22 Moore's Crossing: Mr. 
MacEwen asked how leveling was different that 
the coding that is done in grades K through 8. 
Chairperson Chagnon said coding is actually 
used for Special Education students. She said a 
multi-level approach would be used at BHS. She 
said there would be a Foundations Level for 
Special Education students. There would be 
another level that was intended to be challenging 
for a large percentage of students. Honors and 
AP classes would also be offered. She said the 
Board was also researching the IB program. She 
said the Board and administration wants to reach 
every child. BHS will offer a math lab and a 
social studies lab that any student can go to for 
help. Decelerated classes will be offered in 
Algebra 1 to help students meet the new state 
graduation requirement. 



A motion was made to adjourn the session. The 
meeting adjourned at 8: 16 p.m. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Christie Moore 
Recording Clerk 



Roy Stewart, Hickory Lane: Mr. Stewart said the 
School Board and Administration had been very 
careful with the taxpayers' money over the past 
few years. He said he had no doubt if a study of 
leveling was needed the district could afford it 
without this amendment. Chairperson Chagnon 
said $15,000 was a small amount relative to the 
overall budget. She said the study would be 
affordable without the amendment. 

Moderator Bullock asked Mr. Stull if he wanted 
to consider withdrawing the proposed amend- 
ment after hearing the discussion. Mr. Stull 
withdrew the amendment proposal. 

Mr. Bullock went on to read Article XL 

ARTICLE XL [Acceptance of gifts.) Shall 
the school board be authorized to accept on 
behalf of the district, without further action by 
the voters, gifts, legacies and devises of real or 
personal propert}' which may become available 
to the district during the fiscal year? (The 
school board recommends a "yes" vote upon this 
question.) (Majority ballot vote required.) 

No discussion was held. 

Moderator Bullock reminded the attendees that a 
vote on the Articles would be taken on 
March 13, 2007 at McKelvie Middle School. 



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2007 ANNUAL SCHOOL 

DISTRICT MEETING 

Session II - Election/Ballot Vote 

March 13, 2007 

Bedford School District Moderator Ryk Bullock 
opened the polls in the gymnasium at the 
McKelvie Middle School at 7:00 a.m. At 7:00 
p.m., Moderator Bullock closed the polls. 

At approximately 9:00 p.m., after all ballots 
were tallied and accounted for. Moderator 
Bullock announced a total of 3,157 ballots were 
cast (2,931 regular ballots, and 226 absentee 
ballots) with the following results: 

ARTICLE!. (Election of Officers) 

Scliool Board (3-year term - one position) 

• David Sacks - 2,413 votes 

David Sacks was declared elected. 

School District Moderator (3-year term - one 
position) 

• Ryk Bullock -2,5 10 votes 

Ryk Bullock was declared elected. 

School District Clerk (3-year term - one 
position) 

• "Lori" Radke - 2,527 votes 

Lori Radke was declared elected. 

School District Treasurer (3-year temi - one 
position) 

• Peter Herdklotz - 2,464 votes 
Peter Herdklotz was declared elected. 

ARTICLE II. (Funding bondable Start-up 

Costs) (Special Warrant Article) Shall the 
school district raise and appropriate the sum of 
Two Million Seven Hundred Fifteen Thousand 



Four Hundred Twenty Two Dollars 
($2,715,422) (Gross Budget) for the purpose of 
purchasing bondable capital furniture, first year 
equipment, athletic field grandstands and the 
initial library collection necessary to furnish 
and equip the new high school/middle school; 
and, in order ta finance said project, shall the 
district authorize the issuance of bonds or notes 
of not more than the total amount of Two 
Million Seven Hundred Fifteen Thousand Four 
Hundred Twenty Two Dollars ($2,715,422) for 
such purposes in accordance with the provisions 
of the Municipal Finance Act (RSA Chapter 33): 
and shall the district authorize the school board 
to issue and negotiate such bonds or notes and 
to determine the rates of interest thereon and the 
maturities and other terms thereof and, 
furthermore, shall the district raise and 
appropriate by general taxation the sum of Sixty 
Nine Thousand Five Hundred Twenty Five 
Dollars ($69,525) for the first year's principal 
and interest payments? (The school board 
recommends a "yes" vote upon this question.) 
(3/5ths ballot vote required.) 

• Yes - 2,5 1 7 votes; No - 589 votes. 

School District Moderator Bullock declared 
Article II passed. 

ARTICLE III. (Study and design of high 
school/middle school secondary access.) 
(Special Warrant Article) (Non-Lapsing for 
three years) Shall the school district raise and 
appropriate Ninety Seven Thousand Seven 
Hundred and Six Dollars ($97,706) to study, 
design and/or engineer improved/additional 
traffic approaches to the high school/middle 
school? (The school board recommends a "yes" 
vote upon this question.) (Majority ballot vote 
required.) 

• Yes - 2,1 16 votes; No - 965 votes. 

School District Moderator Bullock declared 
Article III passed. 

ARTICLE IV. (Negotiated salary increase 

for the teaching staff.[ Shall the school district 
raise and appropriate the sum of Five Hundred 
Fifty-Six Thousand Six Hundred Eighteen 



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Dollars ($556,618) to fund those additional cost 
items related to the third year of a three-year 
collective bargaining agreement between the 
Bedford School District and the Bedford 
Education Association for the 2007/2008 school 
year which resulted from negotiations with the 
teachers and which represents the negotiated 
increase over the 2006/2007 salaries, fringe 
benefits, and other cost items? (The school 
board recommends a "yes" vote upon this 
question.) (Majority ballot vote required.) 

• Yes - 2,393 votes; No - 696 votes. 

School District Moderator Bullock declared 
Article IV passed. 

ARTICLE V. [Conditional article for teach- 
ing staff salaries.] Shall the school district, if 
Article IV is defeated, authorize the school 
board to call one special meeting, at its option, 
to address Article IV cost items only? (The 
school board recommends a "yes" vote upon this 
question.) (Majority ballot vote required.) 

• Yes - 2,288 votes; No - 724 votes. 

School District Moderator Bullock declared 
Article V passed. 

ARTICLE VI. [Negotiated salary increase 
for the custodial/maintenance staff.) Shall the 
school district raise and appropriate the sum of 
Thirty Six Thousand Three Hundred Thirteen 
Dollars ($36,313) to fund those additional cost 
items related to the third year of a three-year 
collective bargaining agreement between the 
Bedford School District and the Bedford 
Education Support Staff Association for the 
2007/2008 school year which resulted from 
negotiations with the custodial and maintenance 
staff and which represents the negotiated 
increase over the 2006/2007 salaries, fringe 
benefits, and other cost items? (The school 
board recommends a "yes" vote upon this 
question.) (Majority ballot vote required.) 

• Yes - 2,542 votes; No - 553 votes. 

School District Moderator Bullock declared 
Article VI passed. 



ARTICLE VII. [Conditional article for the 
custodial/maintenance staff salaries.] Shall 
the school district, if Article VI is defeated, 
authorize the school board to call one special 
meeting, at its option, to address Article VI cost 
items only? (The school board recommends a 
"yes" vote upon this question.) (Majority ballot 
vote required.) 

• Yes - 2,372 votes; No - 667 votes. 

School District Moderator Bullock declared 
Article VII passed. 

ARTICLE VIII. [Negotiated salary increase 
for the secretaries, clerks, instructional 
teaching assistants, and kitchen staff.] Shall 
the school district raise and appropriate the sum 
of One Hundred Fifteen Thousand Eight 
Hundred Dollars ($115,800) to fund those 
additional cost items related to the second year 
of a three-year collective bargaining agreement 
between the Bedford School District and the 
Bedford Education Personnel Association for 
the 2007/2008 school year which resulted from 
negotiations with the secretaries, clerks, 
instructional teaching assistants, and kitchen 
staff and which represents the negotiated 
increase over the 2006/2007 salaries, fringe 
benefits, and other cost items? (The school 
board recommends a "yes" vote upon this 
question.) (Majority ballot vote required.) 

• Yes - 2,444 votes; No - 612 votes. 

School District Moderator Bullock declared 
Article VIII passed. 

ARTICLE IX. [Conditional article for 
secretaries, clerks, instructional teaching 
assistants, and kitchen staff salaries.] Shall 
the school district, if Article VIII is defeated, 
authorize the school board to call one special 
meeting, at its option, to address Article VIII 
cost items only? (The school board recommends 
a "yes" vote upon this question.) (Majority 
ballot vote required.) 

• Yes - 2,309 votes; No - 705 votes. 



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School District Moderator Bullock declared 
Article IX passed. 

ARTICLE X. [Operating budget.) If Article II 
passes so that the cost oj purchasing bondable 
capital furniture, first year equipment, athletic 
field grandstands and the initial library 
collection for the new high school/middle school 
is spread over several years by bonding, shall 
the school district raise and appropriate as an 
operating budget, not including other appro- 
priations voted separately, the amounts set forth 
on the budget posted with the warrant or as 
amended by vote of the first session, for the 
purposes set forth therein, totaling Fifty Two 
Million Seven Hundred Seventy One Thousand 
Two Hundred Sixty Three Dollars 
($52,771,263)? 

However, if Article II does not pass, shall the 
district's aforesaid operating budget for the 
2007/2008 fiscal year be increased by the 
amount of Two Million Seven Hundred Fifteen 
Thousand Four Hundred Twenty Two Dollars 
($2,715,422), which is the amount required to 
purchase bondable capital furniture, first year 
equipment, athletic field grandstands and the 
initial library collection all in one year, and 
shall the district therefore raise and appropriate 
as an operating budget, not including other 
appropriations voted separately, the amounts set 
forth on the budget posted with the warrant or 
as amended by vote of the first session, for the 
purposes set forth therein, plus the additional 
$2,715,422, for a total of Fifty Five Million 
Four Hundred Eighty Six Thousand Six Hundred 
Eighty Five Dollars ($55,486,685)? 

[Should this Article X be defeated, and Article II 
passes so that the cost of purchasing bondable 
capital furniture, first year equipment, athletic 
field grandstands and the initial library 
collection is spread over several years by 
bonding, the operating budget shall be Fifty 
Million Three Hundred Ten Thousand Three 
Hundred Ninety Three Dollars ($50,310,393) 
which is the same as last year, with certain 
adjustments required by previous action of the 
school district or by law, or the governing body 
may hold one special meeting, in accordance 
with RSA 40:13. X and XVI, to take up the issue 
of a revised operating budget only. 



However, should this Article X be defeated and 
should Article II also be defeated, the operating 
budget shall be Fifty One Million Seven 
Hundred Sixty Four Thousand Two Hundred 
Forty Seven Dollars ($51,764,247) which is the 
same as last year, with certain adjustments 
required by previous action of the school district 
or by law, or the governing body may hold one 
special meeting, in accordance with RSA 40:13, 
X and XVI, to take up the issue of a revised 
operating budget only.] 

(The school board recommends a "yes" vote 
upon this question.) (Majority ballot vote 
required.) 

• Yes - 2,290 votes; No - 750 votes. 

School District Moderator Bullock declared 
Article X passed. 

ARTICLE XI. [Acceptance of gifts.) Shall 
the school board be authorized to accept on 
behalf of the district, without further action by 
the voters, gifts, legacies and devises of real or 
personal propert}' which may become available 
to the district during the fiscal year? (The 
school board recommends a "yes" vote upon this 
question.) (Majority ballot vote required.) 

• Yes - 2,708 votes; No - 349 votes. 

School District Moderator Bullock declared 
Article XI passed. 



Respectfully submitted, 

Kathleen A. Van Anglen 
School District Clerk 



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SCHOOL DISTRICT 
ELECTION BALLOT 

AND 

2008/2009 PROPOSED BUDGET 
INFORMATION 



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Bedford, New Hampshire 
ANNUAL SCHOOL DISTRICT ELECTION 

Tuesday, March 11, 2008 
7:00 a.in. to 7:00 p.m. 

Bedford High School 
Ballot Questions 



ARTICLE I. To elect all necessary school 
district officials. 



For School Board (3-year term) 
for not more than two (2) 

- "Bob" Donahue 

- "Bill" Foote 

- "Don" Graff 

- Gary T. Pariseau 



Vote 



(Write-in) 
(Write-in) 



ARTICLE II. [To purchase land for and to 
fund a new emergency accessway to the 
middle school/high school.) (Special Warrant 
Article) In order to provide for an emergency, 
second accessway to the Ross A. Lurgio Middle 
School/Bedford High School complex off 
Chestnut Drive shall the school district raise and 
appropriate the sum of Four Hundred Forty-Five 
Thousand Dollars ($445,000), (a) to purchase 
approximately 1.3 acres of land located adjacent 
to the middle school/high school owned by 
Chalant Development Corporation and consist- 
ing of Tax Map parcel #20-22-8; and (b) to 
construct the emergency accessway thereon, 
Two Hundred Seventy-Five Thousand Dollars 
($275,000) of which will come from moneys 
previously raised and now accumulated in the 
School District Land Fund and One Hundred 
Seventy Thousand Dollars ($170,000) of which 
will be raised through general taxation? 
(The school board recommends a "yes" vote 
upon this question.) (Majority ballot vote 
required.) 



ARTICLE III. [Negotiated salary increase 
for the teaching staff.] Shall the school district 
raise and appropriate the sum of Six Hundred 
Eighty-Three Thousand Sixty-Six Dollars 
($683,066) to fund those additional cost items 
related to the first year of a three-year coUecfive 
bargaining agreement between the Bedford 
School District and the Bedford Educafion 
Association for the 2008/2009 school year 
which resulted from negotiations with the 
teachers and which represents the negotiated 
increase over the 2007/2008 salaries, fringe 
benefits, and other cost items? (The school 
board recommends a "yes" vote upon this 
question.) (Majority ballot vote required.) 

ARTICLE IV. (Conditional article for teach- 
ing staff salaries.l Shall the school district, if 
Article III is defeated, authorize the school 
board to call one special meeting, at its option, 
to address Article III cost items only? 
(The school board recommends a "yes" vote 
upon this question.) (Majority ballot vote 
required.) 

ARTICLE V. [Negotiated salary increase for 
the custodial/maintenance staff.] Shall the 
school district raise and appropriate the sum of 
Sixty Thousand Nine Hundred Eighty-Four 
Dollars ($60,984) to fiand those additional cost 
items related to the first year of a three-year 
collective bargaining agreement between the 
Bedford School District and the Bedford 
Education Support Staff Association for the 
2008/2009 school year which resulted from 
negotiations with the custodial and maintenance 
staff and which represents the negotiated 
increase over the 2007/2008 salaries, fringe 
benefits, and other cost items? (The school 



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board recommends a "yes" vote upon this 
question.) (Majority ballot vote required.) 

ARTICLE VI. [Conditional article for the 
custodial/maintenance staff salaries.] Shall the 
school district, if Article V is defeated, authorize 
the school board to call one special meeting, at 
its option, to address Article V cost items only? 
(The school board recommends a "yes" vote 
upon this question.) (Majority ballot vote 
required.) 

ARTICLE VII. [Negotiated salary increase 
for the secretaries, clerks, instructional 
teaching assistants, and kitchen staff.) Shall 
the school district raise and appropriate the sum 
of One Hundred Forty-Three Thousand Sixteen 
Dollars ($143,016) to fund those additional cost 
items related to the third year of a three-year 
collective bargaining agreement between the 
Bedford School District and the Bedford 
Education Personnel Association for the 
2008/2009 school year which resulted from 
negotiations with the secretaries, clerks, 
instructional teaching assistants, and kitchen 
staff and which represents the negotiated 
increase over the 2007/2008 salaries, fringe 
benefits, and other cost items'? (The school 
board recommends a "yes" vote upon this 
question.) (Majoritj' ballot vote required.) 

ARTICLE VIII. [Conditional article for 
secretaries, clerks, instructional teaching 
assistants, and kitchen staff salaries.] Shall the 
school district, if Article VII is defeated, 
authorize the school board to call one special 
meeting, at its option, to address Article VII cost 
items only? (The school board recommends a 
"yes" vote upon this question.) (Majority 
ballot vote required.) 

ARTICLE IX. [Operating budget! Shall the 
district raise and appropriate as an operating 
budget, not including other appropriations voted 
separately in Articles II. Ill, V, and VII, the 
amounts set forth on the budget posted with the 
warrant or as amended by vote of the first 
session, for the purposes set forth therein, 
totaling Fifty-Five Million Fifty-One Thousand 
Ninety-Seven Dollars ($55,051,097)? [Should 
this article be defeated, the operating budget 



shall be Fifty Four Million Three Hundred Sixty 
Two Thousand Four Hundred Thirty Seven 
Dollars ($54,362,437) which is the same as last 
year, with certain adjustments required by 
previous action of the school district or by law, 
or the governing body may hold one special 
meeting, in accordance with RSA 40:13, X and 
XVI, to take up the issue of a revised operating 
budget only] (The school board recommends 
a "yes" vote upon this question.) (Majority 
ballot vote required.) 

ARTICLE X. [Acceptance of gifts.] Shall the 
school board be authorized to accept on behalf 
of the district, without further action by the 
voters, gifts, legacies and devises of real or 
personal property which may become available 
to the district during the fiscal year? (The school 
board recommends a "yes" vote upon this 
question.) (Majority ballot vote required.) 



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BEDFORD SCHOOL DISTRICT BUDGET 





2007-2008 


2008-2009 


Increase 




BUDGET 


PROPOSED 


(Decrease) 


PETER WOODBURY SCHOOL 






Salaries 


$2,365,006 


$2,484,295 


$119,289 


Supplies & Texts 


125,877 


117,288 


(8,589) 


Furniture & Equipment 


24,559 


34,291 


9,732 


Utilities 


89,274 


76,524 


(12,750) 


Other 


25,680 


22,698 


(2,982) 


TOTAL 


$2,630,396 


$2,735,096 


$104,700 


MEMORIAL SCHOOL 








Salaries 


$2,287,252 


$2,410,940 


$123,688 


Supplies & Texts 


110,828 


103,833 


(6,995) 


Furniture & Equipment 


40,590 


25,343 


(15,247) 


Utilities 


115,709 


113,814 


(1,895) 


Other 


24,432 


25,010 


578 


TOTAL 


$2,578,811 


$2,678,940 


$100,129 


RIDDLE BROOK SCHOOL 








Salaries 


$2,425,383 


$2,535,736 


$110,353 


Supplies & Texts 


140,012 


128,036 


(11,976) 


Furniture & Equipment 


39,793 


43,385 


3,592 


Utilities 


214,253 


183,881 


(30,372) 


Other 


44,999 


42,187 


(2,812) 


TOTAL 


$2,864,440 


$2,933,225 


$68,785 


McKELVIE INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL 








Salaries 


$2,575,841 


$2,828,438 


$252,597 


Supplies & Texts 


127,475 


178,910 


51,435 


Furniture & Equipment 


38,024 


47,761 


9,737 


Utilities 


206,977 


190,954 


(16,023) 


Other 


19,156 


18,892 


(264) 


TOTAL 


$2,967,473 


$3,264,955 


$297,482 


ROSS A. LURGIO MIDDLE SCHOOL 








Salaries 


$3,238,326 


$3,301,515 


$63,189 


Supplies & Texts 


374,149 


377,553 


3,404 


Furniture & Equipment 


31,693 


35,599 


3,906 


Other 


43,731 


38,933 


(4,798) 


TOTAL 


$3,687,899 


$3,753,600 


$65,701 


HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION 








Salaries 


$3,358,424 


$4,437,694 


$1,079,270 


Tuition - Manchester 


3,315,200 


1,655,500 


(1,659,700) 


Supplies & Texts 


132,988 


265,529 


132,541 


Furniture & Equipment 


17,662 


24,959 


7,297 


Census & Attendance 





117,622 


117,622 


Utilities 


721,640 


707,250 


(14,390) 


Other 


47,196 


64,760 


17,564 


TOTAL 


$7,593,110 


$7,273,314 


($319,796) 



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2007-2008 


2008-2009 


Increase 




BUDGET 


PROPOSED 


(Decrease) 


SPECIAL EDUCATION 






Salaries 


$4,480,926 


$4,715,954 


$235,028 


Supplies, Texts & Equipment 


58,919 


56,332 


(2,587) 


Psyc & Other Support Services 


1,205,238 


1,425,313 


220,075 


Tuition 


1,575,794 


1,301,447 


(274,347) 


Federal Funds 


564,323 


575,018 


10,695 


Transportation 


540,030 


605,324 


65,294 


Other 


15,875 


15,875 





TOTAL 


$8,441,105 


$8,695,263 


$254,158 


DISTRICT WIDE 








Salaries 


$1,390,231 


$1,542,791 


$152,560 


Supplies, Text & Equipment 


878,074 


604,738 


(273,336) 


Insurance 


111,600 


128,341 


16,741 


Benefits 


10,456,966 


11,647,870 


1,190,904 


Regular Transportation 


1,527,386 


1,581,877 


54,491 


Federal Funds 


138,322 


134,929 


(3,393) 


Debt Service 


4,491,416 


4,768,876 


277,460 


Arch./Eng./Const. Services 


217,706 


170,000 


(47,706) 


Other 


226,202 


264,760 


38,558 


TOTAL 


$19,437,903 


$20,844,182 


$1,406,279 


SCHOOL BD & DISTRICT OFFICERS 








Salaries 


$6,400 


$6,400 


$0 


Services & Supplies 


142,800 


152,000 


9,200 


Hiring, Printing & Dues 


43,811 


34,351 


(9,460) 


TOTAL 


$193,011 


$192,751 


($260) 


SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE UNIT 








Salaries 


$621,491 


$714,797 


$93,306 


Services 


10,245 


7,995 


(2,250) 


Supplies & Equipment 


15,000 


17,000 


2,000 


Utilities 


17,333 


17,120 


(213) 


Travel, Meetings & Dues 


17,800 


19,500 


1,700 


TOTAL 


$681,869 


$776,412 


$94,543 


MAINTENANCE 








Salaries 


$268,300 


$366,285 


$97,985 


Supplies, Equipment & Repairs 


935,060 


1,065,289 


130,229 


Contracted Services 


186,196 


154.888 


(31,308) 


Utilities 


188,980 


201,273 


12,293 


TOTAL 


$1,578,536 


$1,787,735 


$209,199 


FOOD SERVICE 








Salaries 


$333,974 


$375,546 


$41,572 


Supplies & Equipment 


529,927 


658,201 


128,274 


Benefits 


128,771 


138,943 


10,172 


TOTAL 


$992,672 


$1,172,690 


$180,018 


TOTAL OPERATING BUDGET 


$53,647,225 


$56,108,163 


$2,460,938 



Note: Assumes that all school board proposed warrant articles are approved. 

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REVENUES AND CREDITS 

2008-2009 



DESCRIPTION 

UNRESERVED FUND BALANCE 

REVENUES FROM STATE SOURCES 

School Building Aid 
Handicapped Aid - Catastrophic 
Child Nutrition Program 
Drive Education 
Other 

REVENUES FROM FEDERAL SOURCES 

Grants 

Child Nutrition Program 

Disabilities (IDEA) & Preschool Incentive 

Medicaid 

Other 

OTHER FINANCIAL SOURCES 

Sale of Bonds or Notes'" 
Transfer from Capital Projects Fund 
Transfer from Capital Reserve Fund 
Transfer from Expendable Trust Fund 

LOCAL REVENUE OTHER THAN TAXES 

Tuition - Regular Day SchooP^ 

Tuition - Community Education 

Transp. Fees - Regular Day School'^' 

Earnings on Investments 

Food Service Sales 

Rental of Facilities 

Donations 

Other (Impact Fees & Misc. Rev.) 



Actual 


Approved 


Proposed 




2006-07 


2007-08 


2008-09 


Difference 


$696,734 


$1,760,468 


$600,000 


($1,160,468) 


$1,445,185 


$1,239,262 


$1,222,239 


($17,023) 


687,398 


525,000 


525,000 





11,391 


12,250 


12,250 





3,875 


12,000 


18,000 


6,000 


514 











$129,796 


$138,322 


$138,322 


$0 


88,143 


85,000 


90,526 


5,526 


618,344 


564,323 


575,018 


10,695 


160,832 


100,000 


75,000 


(25,000) 


2,802 











$800,000 


$2,715,422 


$0 


($2,715,422) 


97,706 





























275,000 


275,000 


$58,176 


$60,000 


$65,000 


$5,000 








10,000 


10,000 


58,750 











1,146,862 


40,000 


40,000 





711,422 


895,425 


1,069.913 


174,488 


40,124 


40,000 


55,000 


15,000 


2,531 











247,713 


895,000 


193,132 


(701,868) 



TOTAL FUND BAL. & REV. S7,008,298 



Equitable Education Grant 

TOTAL FUND BAL., REV., & GRANT 

State School Assessment 
Local School Assessment 



$2,866,863 
$9,875,161 

$7,594,356 
$30,600,759 



$9,082,472 

$3,010,206 
$12,092,678 

$7,479,772 
$36,790,197 



$7,483,986 
$40,924,571 



$4,964,400 ($4,118,072) 

$3,010,206 $0 



$7,974,606 ($4,118,072) 



$4,214 
134,374 



TOTAL TAX ASSESSMENTS $38,195,115 $44,269,969 $48,408,557 



$4,138,588 



TOTAL OPERATING BUDGET 
TOTAL APPROPRIATIONS 



$47,270,276 
$48,070,276 



$53,647,225 
$56,362,647 



$56,108,163 
$56,383,163 



Note I: The 2006/07 appropriation includes an $800,000 bond issue for a water main extension. 

The 2007/08 appropriation includes $2, 715,422 bond issue for the middle school/high school start up costs. 
Note 2: Regular day school tuition is generated by students attending a district preschool program. 
Note 3: The transportation fee has been eliminated since students are now transported within Bedford. 



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2008-2009 PROPOSED BUDGET 
ANALYSIS 



The following is an analysis of the proposed school district budget: 



District Wide (benefits, 
debt, transp., etc 

37% 



Peter Woodbury .. ■ , 
■' Memorial 

5% 



McKelvie Intermediate 

6% 




The above analysis of the budget allocates costs to the schools, departments, and programs for 
which they are incurred. The chart provides a quick visual comparison of the total budget. 



Note: Assumes that all school board proposed warrant articles are approved. 



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2008-2009 PROPOSED BUDGET 
EXPENSE ANALYSIS 



Salaries & Benefits 
66.1% 



Salaries & Benefits $37,122,778 


wi.r'o 


Obligations 7,725,823 


13.8% 


Tuition-MHSW $1,655,500 




Tuition-Other 1,301,447 




Debt Services 4,768,876 




Instruction/Support (Non. Sal.) 4,264,052 


7.6% 


Business Accounts (Non. Sal. ) 6,995,5 1 


12.5% 


TOTAL $56,108,163 


100.0% 



Obligations 
13.8% 




Instruction/Support 

(Non. Sal.) 

7.6% 



Business Accounts 

("Non. Sal.) 

12.5% 



2008-2009 PROPOSED BUDGET 
REVENUE ANALYSIS 



State Education 
13.4% 






Slate 1 unding 


$4,787,695 


8.5% 


^^^^^V 


Federal Funding 
Local Miscellaneous 


878,866 
2,033,045 


1.6% 
3.6% 


1 Education 
72.9% 


Local Education 


40,924,571 


72.9% 




State Education 


7,483,986 


13.4% 






$56,108,163 


100.0% 



Note: Assumes that all school board proposed warrant articles are approved. 



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RESIDENT SCHOOL 
ENROLLMENTS 



9/07 



SCHOOL 


K 


Gr.l 


Gr.2 


Gr.3 


Gr.4 


Gr.5 


Gr. 6 


Gr.7 


Gr.8 


Gr.9 


Gr.lO 


Gr.ll 


Gr.l 2 


Total 

9/07 


9/06 


Inc/Dec 
9/06-9/07 


Memorial 


57 


93 


100 


96 


106 


















452 


454 


.2 


Peter Woodbury 


77 


129 


137 


118 


118 


















579 


565 


14 


Riddle Brook 


83 


131 


120 


148 


134 


















616 


605 


11 


McKelvie Int. 












390 


344 














734 


658 


76 


Lurgio Middle 
















327 


369 










696 


695 


1 


Bedford High 




















322 


266 






588 


485 


103 


West High 




















2 


11 


216 


213 


442 


445 


-3 


Central High 


























2 





2 


2 





Memorial High 



































1 


-1 


Bishop Brady 




















10 


10 


14 


20 


54 


62 


-8 


Bishop Guertin 




















12 


35 


16 


19 


82 


83 


-1 


Derryfield 














6 


13 


11 


14 


23 


14 


13 


94 


94 





Grace Christian 


2 


2 


1 


3 


4 


1 

















13 


17 


-4 


Holy Family 






















1 


1 


1 


3 


2 


1 


10 


8 


2 


Mt. Saint Mary 


2 


1 


1 


4 


-) 


2 


1 














13 


8 


5 


Mt. Zion 








1 


1 


2 











-) 


1 


1 


6 


~) 


17 


23 


-6 


Nashua Christiar 


1 


1 


1 


1 


1 





1 








2 


I 





1 


10 


12 


.2 


St. Benedict 


1 





2 


2 


1 


2 


1 














9 


9 





St. Casimir 

















1 



















1 


6 


-5 


St. Catherine 


2 





1 


1 


1 





1 














6 


6 





St. Paul's 




















2 





1 





3 


3 





Trinity 




















7 


15 


30 


IT 


74 


89 


-15 


Villa Augustina 


5 


1 


3 


4 





3 


2 





1 










19 


34 


-15 


♦Other 


100 


9 


10 


12 


13 


8 


10 


10 


20 


9 


15 


13 


14 


243 


232 


11 


TOTAL 


330 


367 


377 


390 


382 


407 


366 


352 


404 


383 


380 


314 


305 


4757 


4596 


161 



* Includes Bedford School District special education out-of-district enrollments. 



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DEBT SERVICE SCHEDULE 



DEBT SERVICE COSTS BY FISCAL YEAR (Principal & Interest) 
FY RBS Additions MS/HS MWW Start-up Cost Balance 


1999 


$295,557 










$295,557 


$7,874,400 


2000 


$755,583 










$755,583 


$7,874,400 


2001 


$737,448 










$737,448 


$7,484,400 


2002 


$719,313 










$719,313 


$7,094,400 


2003 


$701,178 


$52,563 








$753,740 


$9,885,400 


2004 


$683,043 


$402,363 








$1,085,405 


$9,495,400 


2005 


$669,791 


$413,600 








$1,083,391 


$8,804,400 


2006 


$651,424 


$405,600 


$1,076,877 






$2,133,901 


$55,594,400 


2007 


$633,056 


$396,800 


$3,345,996 


$21,309 




$4,397,162 


$52,481,081 


2008 


$614,689 


$387,200 


$3,344,471 


$75,530 


$67,081 


$4,488,971 


$51,353,882 


2009 


$596,321 


$376,800 


$3,343,971 


$73,530 


$378,252 


$4,768,875 


$47,649,123 


2010 


$577,954 


$364,800 


$3,345,346 


$71,530 


$371,175 


$4,730,805 


$43,813,536 


2011 


$559,389 


$352,000 


$3,343,921 


$69,580 


$360,375 


$4,685,265 


$40,114,052 


2012 


$540,626 


$339,200 


$3,343,168 


$67,750 


$349,575 


$4,640,319 


$36,541,510 


2013 


$521,765 


$326,400 


$3,343,934 


$65,990 


$338,438 


$4,596,526 


$33,083,592 


2014 


$502,706 




$3,344,459 


$64,230 


$326,963 


$4,238,358 


$29,735,706 


2015 


$483,450 




$3,343,690 


$62,470 


$315,488 


$4,205,098 


$26,816,113 


2016 


$463,996 




$3,345,053 


$60,710 


$298,125 


$4,167,884 


$23,998,385 


2017 


$444,345 




$3,344,120 


$58,950 


$284,875 


$4,132,290 


$21,287,577 


2018 


$424,595 




$3,343,500 


$57,190 


$271,625 


$4,096,910 


$18,663,340 


2019 


$404,260 




$3,341,750 


$55,430 




$3,801,440 


$16,129,030 


2020 






$3,345,250 


$53,670 




$3,398,920 


$13,943,239 


2021 






$3,343,750 


$51,890 




$3,395,640 


$12,233,487 


2022 






$3,342,125 


$50,090 




$3,392,215 


$10,601,606 


2023 






$3,345,000 


$48,290 




$3,393,290 


$9,041,885 


2024 






$3,342,125 


$46,470 




$3,388,595 


$7,553,527 


2025 






$3,343,250 


$44,625 




$3,387,875 


$6,131,506 


2026 






$3,343,000 


$42,775 




$3,385,775 


$4,773,535 


2027 






$3,346,000 


$40,925 




$3,386,925 


$3,475,135 


2028 






$3,342,000 






$3,342,000 


$2,236,118 


2029 






$3,345,625 






$3,345,625 


$1,091,058 


2030 






$3,341,500 






$3,341,500 


($0) 



DEBT ISSUES 



Riddle Brook School | 


Construction 




Date Issued; 


5/1/1998 


Maturity Date: 


8/15/2018 


Amount (principal): 


$7,874,400 


Interest Rate 


4.81% 



Additions to RBS/SAU Office 
& Water Line Estension to McK 


Date Issued: 


11/1/2002 


Maturity Date: 


11/1/2012 


Amount (principal): 


$3,181,000 


Interest Rate 


3.37% 



Middle School/High School 
Construction 



Date Issued: 
Maturity Date: 
Amount (principal): 
Interest Rate 



7/15/2005 

7/15/2029 

$47,505,000 

4.34% 



Manchester Water Works 
Water Line Extention 



Date Issued: 
Maturity Date: 
Amount (principal): 
Interest Rate 



6/1/2006 
7/1/2026 
$800,000 

4.52% 



MS/HS Start-up Costs 

Furniture, Equipment, Bleachers 
and Library Books 
Date Issued: 7/19/2007 

Maturity Date: 8/15/2017 

Amount (principal): $2,681,350 

Interest Rate 4.28% 



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COST OF SPECIAL EDUCATION 
PROGRAMS AND SERVICES 



2005-2006 2006-2007 1 


EXPENDITURES 


$8,223,817 


$8,797,132 


REVENUES 
State Sources 

- Catastrophic Aid 

- Equitable Eiducation Aid 
Federal Sources 

- Individuals with Disabilities Act 

- Medicaid Funds 
Other Sources 

- Tuition* 

TOTAL Revenues 


530,855 


509,990 
169,989 

46,842 

$1,257,676 


687,398 


618,344 
160,832 

58,176 

$1,524,750 


NET SPECIAL EDUCATION COST 


$6,966,141 


$7,272,382 



* Tuition is generated by typical students electing to attend the district 's preschool program. 



EXPENDABLE TRUST FUNDS 





Balance 


Interest Earned 


Withdrawals 


Balance 


Trust Fund 


June 30, 2006 


2006/2007 


2006/2007 


June 30, 2007 


Maintenance 


$43,354.58 


$1,903.18 


$0.00 


$45,257.66 


Tuition 


$132,499.94 


$5,781.27 


$0.00 


$138,281.21 


Land 


$524,951.87 


$22,904.84 


$0.00 


$547,856.71 


New School Fund 


$177,032.73 


$1,524.67 


($170,000.00) 


$8,557.40 


GRAND TOTALS 


$877,839.12 


$32,113.96 


($170,000.00) 


$739,952.98 



Information provided by the Trustees of the Trust Fund. 

On July 10. 2006, the Bedford School Board approved the withdrawal of $1 70.000 from the New School Fund 
for the pinpose of constructing athletic fields, including site work, lights, and a utility building as pari of the 
middle school/lngh school project. Prior to the withdrawal, the board held a Public Hearing as required under 
RSA 198:20-c, II. 



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INDEPENDENT AUDITOR'S REPORT 

Plodzik & Sanderson 

Professional Association/Accountants & Auditors 
193 North Main Street • Concord • New Hampshire • 03301-5063 • 603-225-6996 • FAX-224-1380 

To the Members of the School Board 
Bedford School District 
Bedford, New Hampshire 

We have audited the accompanying financial statements of the governmental activities, each major fund and the 
aggregate remaining fund information of the Bedford School District as of and for the year ended June 30, 2006, 
which collectively comprise the Bedford School District's basic financial statements as listed in the table of contents. 
These financial statements are the responsibility of the School District's management. Our responsibility is to express 
an opinion on the financial statements based on our audit. 

We conducted our audit in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America 
and the standards applicable to financial audits contained in Government Auditing Standards, issued by the Comp- 
troller General of the United States. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable 
assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a 
test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes 
assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the 
overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinions. 

In our opinion, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the respective 
financial position of the governmental activities, each major fund and the aggregate remaining fund information of 
the Bedford School District as of June 30, 2006, and the respective changes in financial position thereof for the year 
then ended in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. 

In accordance with Government Auditing Standards, we have also issued a report dated August 25, 2006, on our 
consideration of the School District's internal control over financial reporting and our tests of compliance with 
certain provisions of laws, regulations, contracts, and grant agreements and other matters. The purpose of that report 
is to describe the scope of our testing of internal control over financial reporting and compliance and the results of 
that testing, and not to provide an opinion on the internal control over financial reporting or on compliance. That 
report is an integral part of an audit performed in accordance with Government Auditing Standards and should be 
considered in assessing the results of our audit. 

The management's discussion and analysis and budgetary comparison information are not a required part of the basic 
financial statements, but are supplementary information required by accounting principles generally accepted in the 
United States of America. We have applied certain limited procedures, which consisted principally of inquiries of 
management regarding the methods of measurement and presentation of the required supplementary information. 
However, we did not audit the information and express no opinion on it. 

Our audit was conducted for the purpose of forming opinions on the financial statements that collectively comprise 
the Bedford School District's basic financial statements. The combining and individual fiind schedules are presented 
for the purposes of additional analysis and are not a required part of the basic financial statements. The 
accompanying schedule of expenditures of federal awards is presented for purposes of additional analysis as required 
by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget Circular A- 133, Audits of States. Local Governments, and Non-Profit 
Organizations, and is also not a required part of the basic financial statements of the Bedford School District. The 
combining and individual fund schedules and schedule of expenditures of federal awards have been subjected to the 
auditing procedures applied in the audit of the basic financial statements and, in our opinion, are fairly stated in all 
material respects in relation to the basic financial statements taken as a whole. 

Gregory A. Colby, CPA 
August 25, 2006 PLODZIK & SANDERSON, 

Professional Association 

NOTE: Completed audits are available for viewing on the district 's website at www. sau2 5. ne( > district informatiori> finance 



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Memorial School 

55 Old Bedford Road 
Bedford, NH 031 10 
Telephone: 627-1776 



Peter Woodbury School 

180 County Road 
Bedford, NH 031 10 
Telephone: 622-0431 



Riddle Brook School 

230 New Boston Road 
Bedford, NH 031 10 
Telephone: 471-1082 



McKelvie Intermediate School 

108 Liberty Hill Road 
Bedford, NH 03 110 
Telephone: 472-3951 



Ross A. Lurgio Middle School 

47-A Nashua Road 
Bedford, NH 031 10 
Telephone: 310-9100 



Bedford High School 

47-B Nashua Road 
Bedford, NH 031 10 
Telephone: 310-9000 



Superintendent's Office 

103 County Road 
Bedford, NH 03110 
Telephone: 472-3755 



Special Services Department 

103 County Road 
Bedford, NH 031 10 
Telephone: 472-3755 



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