Election Results and Town Clerk Update
Thank goodness April is here. March sure was a rough one weather wise. It came in like a lion and the lion never left. Hopefully the worst of the snow and nor’easters are behind us. The month started right out of the gate with the annual Town Election April 2nd. I would like to thank The Seekonk Reporter for extending the submission deadline so we could include the election results below.
The Annual Town election held more interest this year with its two ballots questions. The non-binding question concerning the Howitzer Cannon. The second question concerning the amendment to the Seekonk Home Rule Charter. As you can see below we had 17.64% voters turned out.
The write in wins were:
Planning Board for 4 years: Bruce Hoch
Housing Authority for 5 years: David Gault
Congratulations to all the candidates who won. Best of luck in your new or re-elected positions. Also, thanks to all the candidates who ran, but didn’t win. It’s not an easy task running for an elected position. Your time and effort was not wasted. People will remember you and your desire to serve the town.
It takes many people to run an election I would like to thank the following: All our wonderful poll workers and registrars. It’s a long day each and every one of you is appreciated for all your dedication and hard work. Also thank you to the Police Department, DPW and Country Kitchen.
A quick reminder to elected and appointed town officials; please be aware that you can take no action, in your position, until you have taken the Oath of Office.
Spring Town Meeting May 14, 2018
The Annual Spring Town meeting will be held at the Seeking High School auditorium 261 Arcade Ave. Please be advised that the last day to register to vote for that meeting is April, 24, 2018. If you want to register to vote on line please visit this website. www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr or you come into Town Hall and register to vote at the Town Clerks Office.
Please try to attend this important town meeting. This is the meeting that the budget for the next fiscal year is voted on by only registered voters of the Town. Remember Seekonk is your town and your voice matters.
Rabies Clinic update
The annual rabies clinic was a success we licensed over 40 dogs. A big thank you to the Animal Control Officer Sharon Hall and her Assistant Andrea Russo; the Assistant Town Clerk Lorraine Sorel; the Save a Pet volunteers, as well as DPW staff, Dave Miller and Joe Sousa for organizing and setting up the garage for the event. Thank you to Dr. Truesdale and his employees' of Central Avenue Veterinary Hospital for volunteering their time to give the vaccinations. Also thanks to the Rehoboth team; Town Clerk Laura Schwall; Asst. Town Clerk Lynn Shaker; Rehoboth Animal Control officers and all their volunteers. The day was a success. See you next year.
Friendly reminder yearly dog licenses were due March 31, 2018.
Recently the Town Clerk’s office has been getting an increase in phone calls inquiring about the Seekonk Electricity Program. The Town website: www.seekonk-ma.gov has detailed information on this subject, however I hope the summary below will help answer some of your questions.
In early 2016, the Town of Seekonk joined 22 other communities to launch an electricity aggregation (CEA) program designed to provide residents and businesses with competitive choice, long-term price stability, and reduced electricity rates. The program relies on bulk-purchasing methods that generate economies of scale, resulting in reduced electricity supply costs for participating National Grid account holders.
The program has since been renewed with Public Power, LLC and will run for 36 months beginning January 2018 through 2021 at the rate of 10.122 cents/kWh. No Action is required to participate in the program to receive this rate.
Only the supply portion of your National Grid bill will be impacted, National Grid will continue to deliver your power, but Public Power, LLC will be indicated as the supplier of record on the supply portion of your National Grid bill beginning January 2018.
Seekonk Parks & Recreation is offering craft classes for children and adults.
Every Saturday afternoon, from 1pm-3pm, there will be a program for children ages 6+. There will be a fee of $6 per child per day. Children will enjoy learning how to make no-sew pillows, assembling bird feeders, making tie-dye tee shirts and much more.
The first Saturday of each month, 10 am- 1pm, there will be a specialty craft for children and adults, ages 12+. The cost is $15 per project.
Parks & Recreation will offer a craft class on Monday afternoons, 2:15pm- 4:15pm. The fee will be $3 per resident /$5 non-resident.
All craft classes are held in the community room of the Senior Center 540 Arcade Ave. Visit www.seekonkrecreation.com to register and more information.
Save the Date
April 10, 11, 12 - The 31st Save A Pet Society, Inc. Annual Charity Auction will be held at the Ramada Inn 213 Taunton Ave. 6:30pm - 10pm. This event is three evenings of fun and excitement. Local celebrities auction off donated local and national items and services. Proceeds go to support of the Seekonk Animal Shelter.
April 16 -Patriots Day- Town Offices closed.
April 16- 20 Seekonk School’s closed for spring vacation.
April 21 - Earth Day Litter Patrol 9am-12pm Volunteers are needed to help keep Seekonk clean and free of litter. Please call the dedicated recycling line 508-336-8529 or email email@example.com to sign up and reserve the cleanup supplies and area to be worked on. The deadline is April 7th.
Remembering Chief David E. Bowden
On March 4, 2018 the Town of Seekonk lost a very dedicated public servant, in Chief Dave Bowden. Chief Bowden served as Seekonk’s Fire Chief for many years. He also served on the planning board, capital improvement committee, as well as being the health agent for many years. He was instrumental in getting the animal shelter built, the current town hall built and he was the driving force in getting the new senior center built. Dave leaves behind a legacy as a true public servant. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.
Have wonderful April; if you are going away for vacation, safe travels to you and your family. As always thank you for taking the time to read my monthly updates and remember the Town Clerk’s office welcomes inquiries from all citizens seeking assistance, or information in relation to services provided by the Town of Seekonk.