I understand that here is an election on Tuesday, November 5th to elect a recently vacated position. This sparked me to look to see who is sitting on this board. Why can I not find a list of publicly elected water officials?
How many people are aware of what's going on with the towns fire dept? As a taxpayer and former Call Fighter in town, I am somewhat dismayed with what I see and hear. At a time when people in town are losing their jobs and then their homes, we need to hire more full-time fire fighters? Oh, yea, and how are we going to pay for this? It will be self sustaining, so we're told! Are the new hires going to pay for new equipment, heat and hot water? I just can't see hiring new fighters when we have an active Call System. At this point I want...
SEEKONK – Seekonk Selectmen Vice Chairman David Parker presided over the first meeting in his history that wasn’t a real meeting last week when only two selectmen showed up for their regularly scheduled Wednesday night meeting. At 7:03 p.m. Mr. Parker, selectman Francis Cavaco and town administrator Michael Carroll were the only officials sitting around the table while a dozen or so residents waited for the meeting to start. Mr. Parker said he’d...
A letter in this morning's Sun Chronicle warns organizations that they are in danger of losing their tax exempt status if they fail to complete an online form before 10/15. The list of those whose status is in jeopardy is available at irs.gov.
According to the letter, there are close to 8000 such organizations in Massachusetts. I checked the site which is listed alphabetically and scrolled down to Seekonk and found five including Seekonk Junior Golf League, Inc and Seekonk Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation.
If anyone knows someone who heads up a non-profit in the...
I have not read Mr. Saad's original article. Based on your background Wendy, I will accept your assessment. Did he at least reference the Wall Street Journal article as a source?
I do find the following two quotes interesting in the EastBay article:
In an email from Mr. Saad: "... For the record, I used the Wall Street Journal and other business publications along with advice from successful business people to develop, what I believe is a realistic and achievable plan to improve economic conditions in Massachusetts. ..."
This could also have been titled, "why I have not had time to post in awhile"
Dear Parents, Administrators and Staff,
The goal of this letter is to inform everyone of the actions leading up to ratification of next year’s fiscal budget. These actions were taken with thoughtful deliberation during a very difficult period. We continue to respect and value all members of the district. We recognize that people move their families to Seekonk...
Voters will tackle 21 articles Monday night By George Morse
The town’s budget for fiscal year 2011 and the creation of a new senior center building committee are just two articles facing voters when Seekonk convenes for its town meeting Monday night. The meeting’s warrant includes a total of 21 articles ranging from budgetary matters to zoning issues, capital purchases and a land transfer. Here are some of the highlights of Monday’s articles.
I received an emergency recording call today from the Seekonk PD advising that certain Seekonk streets were flooded, and later a call to advise that the Hurley Middle School is open as a shelter for residents. Bring your own bedding materials, your medications and no pets allowed.
I think these emergency broadcast calls are a very good idea.
How are people coping with the flooding? My basement never dried out from the last rains and my sump pump has been pumping gallons per minute round...
After reading the letters by Francis Cavaco and Mike Kreyssig in todays Sun, I will have to rethink my position.
When Mrs Bragg accused Mr Cavaco of wanting to give residents free trash bags it really didn't have the ring of truth. But I fell for it. I should know better. Now it is a "he said she said" debate. Maybe he said he would like to see the elderly and Veterans receive free trash bags? If anything, I would like to move the trash fee back into the budget and then do more with the pay as you throw system to get people to reduce, reuse and recycle. But that is another...
A sample ballot is available at the town's website. Even if you are not interested in the candidates, consider making the effort to get to the polls and vote in favor of the debt exclusion. If this ballot question fails, the burden will unfairly fall on only the households that pay the trash fee.
If this measure passes, the cost will be spread among all taxpayers, business and residents alike. And unlike the trash fee, it will become a tax deduction.
My name is David J. Quinn. I wanted to take Dave up on his want ad and announce my candidacy for school committee in the Town of Seekonk. I am a twenty-year resident of Seekonk and a proud graduate of Seekonk High School (Class of 2004).
Currently, I am a graduate student at Brown University in the Department of Education where I will complete my Masters of Arts in Teaching in May.
The majority of my practice-based experience has been working within the Seekonk School Department. In 2008-09, I served as the Behavior Intervention Coordinator and as...
I just wanted to clarify in one blow the reason I opted out of running for the School Committee.
Some of you are aware that I have been unemployed since June of 2009. I have had no luck finding employment in my field, so I am in training for a new job that is more than likely going to have me traveling Monday through Friday. Unfortunately it all comes down to timing, and I will not have final details on my schedule until June. If my schedule does involve extensive travel I would not have been able to serve on the SC in any kind of meaningful capacity. Also I had no desire to get elected,...
WANTED: One rational, thoughtful, caring adult with common sense, for a position with the School Committee.
This is a part time position that is challenging yet filled with fun moments. If you are looking for something to do on a Monday night (fine print: and a few other occasions) that involves charts, accolades, and creative thinking when it comes to budgeting, then this might be just what you are looking for!
Feel free to PM me if you have any questions about this position.
Now that I have that out there I feel a need to get...
Today's Sun Chronicle features an article about the innovative steps to co-ordinate the efforts of the YMCA and Foxboro High School.
When the issue of the possible misuse of the high school pool first came up several years ago, I suggested on the old chat group that perhaps we should let the Y run the pool in exchange for swim and fitness classes and/or cash.
I believe the cost of a student membership to the Y is about 22.00 per month. If their are 3000 students enrolled in Seekonk Public Schools, that is about 66k per year. What does it cost the town to retain the...
Hi Dave, It is my understanding there is school budget meeting tomorrow evening (2/22) open to the public. I searched the School Comm. website and could not find any dates of meetings listed under the "calendar" option. (tad frustrating) Wondering time and location? Thanks!
Email from the Seekonk Police Dept about the CodeRED Notification System:
2/12/2010 - This is the Seekonk Police Department with an important message for all residents and businesses located in the Town of Seekonk .
We have licensed the CodeRED Community Notification System to help disseminate important or critical information.
We encourage all residents and businesses to go to the Seekonk Police Dept website, SeekonkPD.com, click on the CodeRED logo located on the left rail of our homepage and enter their contact information, including...
I am starting this thread as a go to place for information and comments on school stuff;
Just wanted to drop a note on a few School things…
Hats off to... Lucas Thompson
The Middle School held a Career day. I was very impressed at the setup and speakers. Featured were a Toymaker (Hasbro), an Attorney General Prosecutor, Police, Fire, DEA, and at least 15 other occupations.
The Middle School Bands (6th, 7th, and 8th each have a band) participated in the Great East Competition in North...
There is turmoil going on at the station I hear that the manager was forced out, and it is too bad He did alot for that station and television throughout the town. What I would like to know is who does that board answer too.
The Seekonk Public Library supports the article to fund a fiber network for both institutions. I did say that we should postpone the article only because I was told the article would not accomplish what needed to be done. I am for moving ahead tonight.
Both the schools and the library have had a fiber network in their technology plans for years. I do believe that the town should have a Technology Advisory Bd as it had in the past. We need people with expertise to help develop future plans as we had with our current technology plans.We have time to study the use of fiber in other town...
I just read the Sun Chronicle online and am really confused about the tax rate. The article states that the rate will go from $9.64 to $10.52 per $1,000 of valuation - that is $.88 per $1000. Later the article claims that "The median price is $50 higher in taxes for the residential homeowner". But still later it says "The median home value is $289,000". The math does not work. If the rate is going up $.88 then the increase for an owner of the median home ($289,000) would be $254.32.
Did anyone watch the show? ANyone know what gives?
I couldn't stick around for the Fire Chief portion of the BOS meeting last week, so i got the details in the Seekonk Star Article today. I am a little perplexed at the Chiefs statement that he will need an additional 8 Fire Fighters to staff that station.
I didn't think the issue with fire coverage was that we did not have enough fire fighters. I thought the issue was where they started from. Can't they just be spread out among the two stations?
Town meeting voters reject green initiative SEEKONK - Voters approved a meals tax and a hotel room tax this week at town meeting, but rejected a proposal that would have allowed the town to qualify as a "green community."
The taxes could bring in as much as $400,000 in extra revenue to the town.
The green community initiative would have asked town boards to pursue the goal of meeting five criteria to reduce the town's energy...
ARTICLE 9 To see If the Town will vote to appropriate the sum of $234,569 from Free Cash to the FY 2010 budget to offset the debt service expenses for the Town, as required by the commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Revenue, or to take any other action relative thereto.
Submitted by: Board of Selectmen
ARTICLE 10 To see if the Town will vote to appropriate the sum of $19,180 from Free Cash for the Durchase of eighteen TASER electronic control devices and necessary accessories/warranty, to be expended under the direction of the Chief of Police, or take...
To see if the Town wiil vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire on behalf of the Town by purchase, gift, or otherwise the necessary land parcels or portions otherof or any interest therein and/or rights in such land parcels as identified on plans titled PRELIMINARY RIGHT-OF-WAY CENTRAL AVENUE (ROUTE 152) AND DATED 5/14/2008, said plans on file with the Town Clerk, for the purpose of obtaining a secure and public right of way, allowing the construction and roadway safety improvements for the CENTRAL AVENUE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT. Submitted by: Board of Selectmen
To see if the Town will vote to appropriate or reserve from the Community Preservation annual revenues in the amounts recommended by the Community Preservation Committee for administrative expenses, community preservation projects and other expenses In fiscal year 2010. with dach item to be considered a separate appropilation
Appropriations: From FY10 2010 estimated revenues for Committee Administrative Expense for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010 $12,500 Reserves: From Fl 2010 estimated revenues for Historic Resources Reserve $25,000
To see If the Town will vote to accept the provisions of MGL. c. 71, s 37M, consolidation of Aministrative Functions with City or Town, or take any other action relative thereto. Submitted by: Board of Selectmen
ARTICLE 17 To see if the Town will vote to transfer a sum to the Stabilization Fund. Submitted by: Board of Seledmen
ARTICLE 18 To see if the Town wilt vote to accept the provisions of MGL Chapter 64L, Section 2(a) authorizing the imposition of a local excise in the statutorY amount of .75% on the sale of restaurant meals originating within the Town, or take any other action relative thereto. Submitted by: Board of Selectmen
ARTICLE 19 To see if the Town will vote to accept the provisions of MGL. Chapter 64(3, Section 3A authorizing the imposition of a local room occupancy excise on the rental of rooms in hotels, motels, lodging houses and bed arid breakfast establishments within the Town...
To see if the Town will vote to request that the Board of Selectmen, the School Committee, other Town Boards, CommissionS, and Committees, and Town ern~pIOYe~5 pursue the goal of meeting the five (5) criteria for qualifying as a Green Community to make the T~wn eligible for grants and loans, as provided for in the Green Communities Act of 2008. We further request that the Board of Selectmen and School Committee report on progress toward this goal at the next two Annual Town Meetings.
The five criteria are as follows:
1. Provide for the as~of-right siting of renewable or alternative...
To see if the Town will vote to grant the Board of Selectmen permission to sell or trade surplus property or materials of the Town, exclusive of buildings and land, no longer needed by the Town; or take arty other action relative thereto. Submitted by: Board of Selectmen
ARTICLE 7 To see if the Town will vote to amend the votes taken under ARTICLE 13 of the Town Meeting of November 2006 and ARTICLE 16 of the Town Meeting of November 2007 to include use of said appropriation for repairs to town hail and for purchase of architectural, engineering, design...
To see if the Town will vote to approve the funding of collective bargaining agreements between the Town and collective bargaining units that represent general government employees, pursuant to MGL C 150E, and appropriate sums of money to defray costs provided for under the agreements for fiscal year 2009, or take any other action relative thereto. Submitted by: Board of Selectmen
To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to obtain authority from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, through legislative or administrative action, to convert existing seasonal alcoholic beverage- licenses to annual alcoholic beverage licenses, or take any other action relative thereto. Submitted by: Board of Selectmen