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Budget and Zoning Law Change Tops Seekonk Town Meeting Agenda by Laura Calverley
The warrant for the annual town meeting on May 2 includes approximately 17 articles for residents to review. The budget for Fiscal Year 2011 and a zoning bylaw change will likely require the most discussion. The budget is approximately $1.5 million, an increase of almost one million over the current year’s $0.3 million budget.
Town Administrator Michael Carroll says the town is in pretty good shape financially for next year. The budget does not include any major cuts or reductions in services on the town side, although the school department is another issue. He says the town is in this position because for the past two years, as state aid has been cut significantly, Seekonk has also been making reductions. “We’ve been making cuts all along. Also, for Fiscal Year ’11, there are four collective bargaining units that have contracts for next year and three more that are now being negotiated. Of those four, in the third year of their contract, they are getting 0% salary and wage adjustment and they got only 2% for this year,” Carroll said. “By doing all these things, next year services will not be affected. The year after, we’re going to have to work hard,” he said.
The school department is in a tougher position budget-wise for next year. At press time the schools were about $800,000 overbudget and were in the process of trying to make reductions to their requested budget. Superintendent Madeline Meyer said that some cuts had already been made, in areas such as supplies, textbooks and
utility fees, but that it “only scratched the surface.” She said further cuts would be necessary, but at this point, didn’t know what it would involve. “We’re going to explore all the possibilities and our goal is to get closer to the budget numbers in the next few weeks,” said Meyer.
Many of the articles on the warrant are routine – items such as re-authorizing revolving funds, capital articles, and new street acceptances. The articles that may be of interest to residents include an article concerning the care of land around the Seekonk Library (Article #3), a zoning by-law amendment (Article #9), an article on acquiring land parcels for the Central Avenue/Rt. 152 Project (Article #10), an article submitted by the school committee, Article #12, to purchase or lease two special education vehicles and three citizen petitions.
Article 3: Seekonk Library Land
Article #3, which deals with the land and building at the Seekonk Library, is primarily administrative, says Carroll, and is something the town should have done thirty years ago. Just as the school buildings are under the care and management of the school department; the Library should be continued on page 4
“Anybody can show up (at town meeting) and have a say in what’s going to happen to their neighborhood, their money, their property, their quality of life. This is where people really have an opportunity to effect what happens to them,” said Town Administrator Michael Carroll.
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Town of Seekonk News Notes Selectmen Deal with More Issues On The Senior Center Location
After more than a decade of discussion about a new Senior Center, a potential site for the facility will be opened up to all property owners in Seekonk. On April 28, the board of selectmen received a draft Request for Proposals (RFP) from town administrator Michael Carroll. The proposal stated that any submission on a potential senior center site must meet certain specifications including location, 1 1/2 miles from the town’s geographic center, have a minimum of 50 parking spaces and a minimum of 7,000 square feet. The selectmen considered the request to be too “narrow.” Mr. Carroll agreed the RFP should be changed so that all of the previously required criteria would simply be advantageous including space for a kitchen, a large meeting hall, multipurpose rooms and space for an office. The former Pleasant Street School has already been offered up as a potential location and is currently home to both the town’s human services department and the South Coast Educational Collaborative. The current lease of the building expires June 30.
Library Seeks Control Of The Meadows Board Of Library Trustees May Oversee The Seekonk Park
The board of selectmen and the library board of trustees are debating about who owns the town’s library and the surrounding land that is to become a public park. According to Selectman Brady the future park, the Meadows, has never been under library control and state statute requires that either the selectmen or an elected park commission run the Meadows. Library trustee Richard Perry said that at the town meeting in January 1977 voters gave the library space to construct a building and 1.76 acres of land and therefore has control of Seekonk Meadows. In Aug. 2009, library trustee members, selectmen and representatives from the parks and recreation committee had a meeting to determine who will oversee the park once it is open. The group agreed that a separate committee would operate Seekonk
Meadows, create a use policy, determine hours of operation and other issues. To resolve the matter, an article will be included at Seekonk’s next town meeting in May to officially turn over the Meadows to the trustees.
Fire Chief Alan Jack Will Negotiate An Extention of His Contract
Three Call firefighters Resign After Announcement
Selectmen chairman Robert Richardson announced that the board of Selectmen had voted in executive session to authorize the contract negotiations with Fire Chief Jack. The vote of -1 was announced in the open session with Selectman John Whelan the only dissenter. Mr. Whelan said there are personnel, staffing, financial and other issues within the fire department that he considered when making his decision. Town Administrator, Michael Carroll will begin negotiations with Chief Jack on revisions to his current contract which expires on June 30. Afew days after the vote, 3 Seekonk call firefighters Richard Bradley, Matthew Owens and Timothy Hayden all issued letters of resignation. Chief Jack and Seekonk Call Firefighters Association President David Reis claimed to not know why the three men resigned.
Selectman says a rift in town is the reason for the resignations
After talking to some of the firefighters, Mr. Whelan believes there is a clear “rift” that exists within the department between the call firefighters and the career firefighters and Chief Jack. Chief Jack and Seekonk Call Firefighters Association President, David Reis, said they did not know why the three firefighters resigned but agreed that there are issues between the call and career departments. Chief Jack acknowledged that there is a problem but that both the call and career departments are treated equally. Since the three resignations, and with two individuals on leave, the town only has seven active call firefighters compared to 19 members in 2007. Mr. Reis said the call department is looking forward to “working as one department.”
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Seekonk Town Meeting Agenda under the direction of the Library Board of Trustees. The town maintains ownership of the land, but if the building is not designated, it’s under the selectmen’s control. To transfer it from selectmen to one of the other boards or committees can only be done at town meeting. This should have happened when the library was built, but it didn’t happen, says Carroll. “Until it happens, although the Library Trustees have been using the Library building for thirty years, town meeting didn’t authorize that they control the building. So the article is just to clean that up,” said Carroll.
Article 9: Zoning Bylaw Change
The zoning article, which is Article #9 on the agenda, amends the bylaw to allow the addition of a solar photovoltaic overlay district on the southeastern part of town, which is on the Swansea-Rehoboth corner. It wouldn’t abolish the basic zoning that’s already there, according to Carroll. An overlay district limits it to one spot without changing the basic zoning. The overlay district would allow an additional use – creation of new large-scale solar photovoltaic facilities – and provides guidelines and limitations on that use. Town Planner John Hansen said the idea behind the article is to attract renewable energy production facilities and to have the proper regulations in place if a proposal is submitted. He said there has been some interest in a particular piece of property. “We’d be putting a use on vacant property and helping the tax base,” said Hansen. Besides creating some revenue for the town in taxes, Hansen says other benefits include making solar facilities more easily attainable and supporting renewable energy while reducing dependence on nonrenewable sources.
Article 10: Acquiring Land for the Central Avenue/Rt. 152 Improvement Project
Residents already approved a similar article at the last town meeting, allowing the town to acquire or take land or approve easements to work on land temporarily during the project. The town cannot take land without town meeting approval and that approval is for specific locations. Because the map has since been updated, this article is necessary. “More survey work has been done and some of the lines have been modified
slightly, but if you move it over an inch, you still have to go to town meeting,” said Carroll.
Article 12: Purchase or Lease of Two Special Education Vehicles
The article, requested by the school committee, authorizes the purchase or lease of two vehicles, which are actually small vans, not buses, used to transport special education students. The question of whether school buses and other school vehicles should be on the warrant, or part of the school department’s budget, has been an on-going discussion between the town and schools, according to School Committee Chairperson Fran Creamer. Town Administrator Michael Carroll believes that the vehicles should be part of the school committee’s budget because items that are replaced every year are operating expenses, not capital expenses. and should be part of the department’s operating budget, just as police cars are part of the police department’s budget. There are other articles on the warrant to approve the purchase of vehicles, and these are considered capital expenses. The question of whether an item is considered a capital expense seems to be how often the vehicle is replaced, or should be replaced, but there are differing opinions on that. Creamer says the schools have not been able to replace the vehicles in awhile because of budget constraints. “In these tough economic times, we really need the vehicles replaced and that’s why we decided to place it as a warrant article,” said Creamer.
Citizens’ Petitions: Articles 14, 15 and 16
The three citizens’ petitions on the town meeting warrant are Articles 14, 15 and 16. Article 14 would change the dates when warrants for town meetings are available for voters, from 14 days before the meeting, to 21 days. It would similarly change the dates when notices for the meetings are posted. It also requires that the motions for the articles, (‘motions’ start the action on the article, when someone says, “I move that the town will do this..”) be available to voters at least 14 days prior to meetings and that the motions are also posted as the warrant is. The requirements for the motions are new and would be an addition to the current town bylaw. Carroll says he believes the intent is to aid in educating the public about business being conducted at town meeting, which “is a good thing,” but he’s not sure it will have the effect that people hope it will. Traditionally, turnout at town meeting has been low, with less than 5 percent of residents usually attending. Having the warrant and motions available earlier may
or may not increase attendance. Article 15 deals with the signage bylaw. There has been some controversy recently about the rules for temporary signs. The article would put a moratorium of one year on all temporary signage bylaws and have town boards meet with businesses to evaluate and make a recommendation on possible changes to the bylaw. According to Arthur Foulkes, who helped put the petition on the warrant, there have been signs up for years that recently have been cited as violations. He also says the town has taken down various signs, such as For Sale signs for homes. He feels that temporary signs are important and the town needs guidelines that make sense. “It’s an issue that has gotten out of control. We need to get the business community and the town together and we have to come to a reasonable agreement,” said Foulkes. Article 16 proposes developing centralized maintenance of all town properties. Currently, the Department of Public Works handles all general public property buildings and the school department takes care of the school buildings. The article, also proposed by Foulkes, would create a committee to look into the matter, hold public hearings and develop a plan to be presented at a future town meeting. Foulkes says there is no more money expected from the state for building maintenance, repair and renovations and the town needs a plan before buildings are allowed to deteriorate and fall into disrepair. “They need to have buildings evaluated and cost projections done to maintain the buildings adequately. The methodology today is purely reactionary,” Foulkes said. He added that a number of buildings have recently needed significant maintenance due to a lack of oversight.
The annual town meeting will be held at Seekonk High School on May 24 at 7:00 p.m. The warrant is available on the town’s website at www.seekonk.info. There may be some changes to the warrant before the meeting, according to Carroll, in order for the town to take into consideration additional information, such as the municipal relief package being discussed in the House and Senate that might affect the budget numbers. Carroll says he’d like to see more people get involved and attend the meeting and take advantage of the opportunity to have their voice heard. “Anybody can show up and have a say in what’s going to happen to their neighborhood, their money, their property, their quality of life. This is where people really have an opportunity to effect what happens to them,” said Carroll.
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My wife and I wanted to take this opportunity to express our appreciation and thanks to all involved in our rescue from flood waters on Tuesday (3/30). Without the prompt response of the Rehoboth police, fire and rescue departments, as well as the assistance of many of our friends and neighbors, our dire situation may have ended tragically. Jennifer, myself, and Otto extend our heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to everyone! One of the benefits of living in a small town like Rehoboth is that you get to know so many of the townspeople, many of whom came to our aid without hesitation during and after the incident. We’d like to especially recognize Officer Paul McGovern whose quick response was key to our rescue, and who took personal time to visit our home afterwards. We’d also like to single out Chief Enos who took effective command of the situation, notifying our son and neighbors of the situation and returning our dog home. There are so many others we would like to thank by name, but we would inevitably be omitting someone. Suffice it to say, our sincere thanks to all. David and Jen LeComte Rehoboth
Respect Voters’ Rights
In the guise of balancing the town budget, the Selectmen at their April 20th meeting voted to eliminate the positions of the Town Planner/Conservation Agent, Tree Warden, and Forestry Department employee, parttime clerk position for the Health and Veterans Services by zeroing out the wage/salary lines of those positions. Then there are the three employees at the Highway Department whose positions were eliminated previously. Also four employees’ fringe benefits were cut by eliminating health insurance coverage. Whether I agree or disagree with the process is irrelevant. It was done in an effort to present a balanced budget to the Annual Town Meeting which the Selectmen and Finance Committee by law are required to do. However, at the same April 20th Selectmen’s meeting with a hiring and spending
freeze in place, the Selectmen voted to accept the job specs for a new full-time employee (entitles fringe benefits) at the Council on Aging labeled as a Coordinator (Director). The selectmen also authorized the vice-chairwoman of the COA Board to advertise the position for a July 1, 2010 hiring date. The same position (different title) was eliminated by the vote of the residents of Rehoboth at the 2009 Annual Town Meeting. As I stated, it does not matter if I agree with the process and the decisions the Selectmen made to balance the budget, that is the Selectman’s and the Finance Committee’s responsibility. However, it does matter that Selectmen use some consistent and substantive thought in the process of formulating a balanced budget and respecting the will of the people who voted at the Town Meeting in 2009 to eliminate the position of the COA Director (Coordinator). Gilbert Larrabee Rehoboth
To my fellow citizens,
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support during my campaign. The outpouring of support was overwhelming and my family and friends kindly thank you. We must now commence the important process of decision making that will best suit our townspeople as a whole and in doing so we will be forced to make some tough decisions. The future of our town depends on hard work, ingenuity and the coming together of many groups of people with different ideas and sometimes different agendas. We can no longer afford to work against each other and have division, these times dictate otherwise. Perhaps in these tough economic times can we finally unify the division that has set us moving in often times opposite directions. I am optimistic, through careful examination of the current town budget, that there are cuts we can make to better serve the community as a whole. Sure, they will adversely affect people and it will mean continued on next page
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At the Selectmen’s meeting on April 20th , the Rehoboth Selectmen decided to do away with the Forestry Department as a way to save the town money. Safety of our roads was never mentioned as an issue by any of the 3 selectmen in their discussions. How can the selectmen completely get rid of an entire department that has served Rehoboth well and has prevented endless dangerous situations? We live among thousands of trees and face the dangers that go with these powerful, beautiful works of nature. Do the selectmen realize what the Forestry Department does? Do the selectmen realize what Bill Dalpe does? Do they realize the volume of calls and services provided to the taxpayers by the Forestry Department? How can the selectmen get rid of an insurance reimbursement program that has brought thousands of dollars into Rehoboth? The insurance reimbursement account started by Bill Dalpe does NOT cost Rehoboth anything. Bill works above and beyond to get that reimbursement money into Rehoboth. Why are the selectmen trying to disband something that is bringing revenue into our town? Bill Dalpe has been the Rehoboth Tree Warden for the past 13 years. He erected a forestry building with help from the forestry employees saving the town thousands of dollars. In the polybuilding, forestry employees are able to maintain equipment and do most equipment repairs themselves. Not having to pay for outside repairs all of the time saves the taxpayers a great deal of money. Bill has been able to bring his knowledge and many skills to the Forestry Department. You can see the daily work of the Forestry Department as you drive through Rehoboth; the cut and cleaned roadsides, the removal of hundreds of damaged and diseased trees due to the devastation caused by the forest tent caterpillar, cutting and shredding of branches and trees after a storm hits and those times Bill makes sure a contractor plants the correct size trees and correct species of trees in a new development, or when Bill is called out in the middle of the night because a tree comes down unexpectedly and has blocked a road. The forestry department is there to help prevent accidents and takes the safety of Rehoboth taxpayers seriously. Bill Dalpe is the man behind the Forestry Department. Bill is dedicated and is serving Rehoboth well. It is a shame that as of April 20th, the Forestry Department is in danger of being disbanded. It is also a shame that the selectmen are trying to block money coming into this town by doing away with the insurance reimbursement account. What a shame that
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the selectmen are trying to dismantle the Forestry Department, Tree Warden, and take away the personal and dedicated efforts of Bill Dalpe. It is a shame that the selectmen are trying to dismantle Rehoboth one good person at a time. I would like to tell you some of Bill’s accomplishments in his 3 years serving Rehoboth. Bill was a Rehoboth Lions member for 16 years, he designed and build Rehoboth’s Transfer Station, he was Chairman AD-HOC Recycling Committee and Rehoboth Jr. Football league, served on the first Building Needs Committee, served as Chairman of the Landfill Mining Committee and Chairman of the Rehoboth 350th Celebration Parade. Bill also rebuilt the Shad Factory Fish Ladder with $250,000.00 in grants, in-kindservices, donations, and 5 federal and state agencies, which he personally researched and secured to complete the fish ladder in 2008. Bill has always strived to bring new ideas and to generate money saving projects to better the town we live in. I have personally witnessed hundreds of phone calls and endless hours of phone conversations and the thought process that went into the above projects. I know because I went through each step with him. I admire my husband for the man he is and the love he has for our town. Bill is a leader and a man who gets things done. Please come to the Rehoboth Town Meeting in May to show your support for your Tree Warden and the Forestry Department. Your vote can make the difference. Sincerely, Julie Dalpe
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This past month was the 0th anniversary of the founding of Earth Day. Many of us celebrate this annual event by cleaning up our roadsides. I would like to thank the Rehoboth Business Association for their generosity in supplying bags and arranging for pickups. We live in a beautiful rural community and are striving to maintain this beauty. I am saddened and disgusted to see the incredible volume of trash on our roadsides. Much is from commuters cutting through our community on their way to neighboring towns. But we are likely responsible for a percentage of this problem. If we would all chip in and at least clean up our own road, we can restore the beauty of our roadways. Please consider cleaning your own frontage and maybe a couple of hundred yards on either side. I know that we will be responsible for paying our own landfill fee. But, maybe we could pass up that cup of coffee and spend the money to rather pick up all those coffee cups on the roadside. Please, let’s take pride in our community’s natural beauty and all work to keep our town beautiful. We should not have to wait for April to show pride in our town’s rustic natural setting. Though we may not all agree on the hotbutton issues of today’s local politics, we should all be able to agree that our town is special and deserves to treated better. Thank You David Schwartz - Carpenter Street
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This may be the most important letter you read this month. Why? Because on May 2th Rehoboth will hold its annual town meeting and traditionally that means a few hundred people will make huge decisions about your taxes, your kid’s education and your financial future. And they will do this simply by raising their hands. Sounds, crazy, huh? You see, our town is structured in such a way that attendees of the meeting literally have the power to decide important budgetary issues via a simple majority vote. While many towns have long since given this budgetary power and accountability to elected officials, we remain locked in time to a system designed to govern a town of only a few hundred residents; not the thousands we have today. My hope is not that you’ll work to change this system – that’s another story – but that you will acknowledge your responsibility in making the present system work by personally committing to attend the meeting and having your hand counted. Trust me, you’ll find it very interesting. We’ve all faced some formidable challenges this year: floods, recession, unemployment; and these may have left you felling frustrated and powerless. But the truth is you’ve never been more powerful and your ability to have a say in our town’s future has never been more real. So do come to the town meeting on the 2th and tell your kids that you, too, did your homework. I’ll see you there! Daniel F. Harrington Rehoboth
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Those with children in the Dighton-Rehoboth School System and those who provide care or services for Dighton-Rehoboth students should be aware of the district’s new bus policy. The School Committee voted to require students to have only one pick-up location in the morning and one drop-off location in the afternoon. This policy will become effective July 1st. I believe the policy was implemented to better manage the dismissal of students, who may currently change buses from day to day. Unfortunately, this policy will likely pose new challenges for managing student dismissals, have negative consequences for Rehoboth’s children and families, and may reduce the number of qualified after-school programs available to the town’s students. Below are some possible implications of the School Committee’s decision: · Schools will likely see an increased number of students being “picked-up” by friends or family for transportation to after-school activities. · Families who have changing or part-time work schedules will also need to drop-off and pick-up students on the days when childcare (i.e. the one selected location) is not required. Anyone who has experienced dismissal time at our schools is sure to agree that adding more students into the “pick-up” process should not be the goal of any policy. · Families that are unable to pick-up students, yet can afford to hire private transportation to after-school activities, will do so. Schools will need to manage student dismissal to the private transportation, thereby increasing the number of buses/shuttles picking up children. · Children in families that cannot find or afford their own transportation will be shut out of many afterschool programs and enrichment activities they have access to today. A good example of this is Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts that meet one day per week.
May 2010 The Reporter · Childcare programs that do not have enough 5-day-a-week students will either go out of business or be required to hire transportation services at an increased cost to families (and again, the schools will have another bus/shuttle to manage). I suspect that a large number of families will be drastically impacted by the new bus policy. However, the School Committee has no way of knowing the impact of its decision if you do not voice your concern. Speak with your child’s caregiver or program coordinator. Write a letter to the School Committee. Attend a School Committee meeting. Sign a petition. Be heard. Lori Rossi
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I am a long time resident of Rehoboth in the County St and Wellington St in the Dighton area. I have been going for walks in this area for years. I am writing this letter in the spirit of keeping our area beautiful. I am deeply disturbed by what I now have been seeing for many, many years in this area. Someone is on a daily basis throwing plastic bags with an empty can of cat food and cat poop in it out their car windows. When you drive through the area, particularly along the power line that crosses Wellington St, you’ll see many of these bags hanging in the bushes. Now these bags have been tossed in the bushes at the roadside all up and down County St. and also on Reservoir Ave. I’m asking everyone to keep an eye out for these disgusting people, get their license plate number and report them to the police. Please, we don’t need anymore of Mr. Felix’s bags of tricks! Jeff Sine
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I have also heard of the sad news that our library may close and this would indeed be very sad for our children and citizens of Rehoboth. My 17 year old daughter had brought this to my attention and she had gone to our library since she was 5 years old. I also have family members that had visited our library and they too have come to love going in and spending time at the library. Our library is a very special place that our children have come to love over the years. Please selectman and finance committee support and save our library. Maria R. DaSilva
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Rehoboth Town News Rehoboth Voters To Decide Tight Budget for Fiscal Year ’11 at Town Meeting by Laura Calverley
Voters at the annual town meeting on May 2 will be reviewing approximately 23 warrant articles. The budget for Fiscal Year 2011 will likely require the greatest discussion. The finance committee’s recommended budget is approximately $19.7 million, which is a slight increase over the current year’s budget of $19. million. According to Finance Committee Chairperson Sue Pimental, the increase is due to a $600,000 increase for the schools. The committee is recommending funding the schools only at the state’s minimum requirement, not the assessment requested by the school department for next year. There will also be a special town meeting, which is scheduled to start about 10 minutes into the annual meeting, to make some changes to the current year’s budget in order to cover a shortfall of approximately $1,000. There is only expected to be four articles for the special town meeting, which will finish out the current fiscal year that ends on June 30. Pimental said that the fact that a special town meeting is needed shows how ‘bare bones’ the town’s budget is. Town Administrator David Marciello said the town just doesn’t make enough money to pay its bills. “We don’t have enough money to pay wages this year. The town is actually using next year’s free cash to finish this year,” Marciello said. The 2011 budget will include recommendations from the Board of Selectmen as well as from the Finance Committee. There is expected to be two separate columns, one with the finance committee’s numbers and one with selectmen’s numbers, at least on some lines. Funding for the Blanding Library is one of the major areas where the selectmen and finance committee differs. The finance committee’s proposed budget allocates the library’s funds from the town’s stabilization account and through other cuts. “We voted to fund the library $185,000, partially with stabilization and partially through layoffs in other departments,” said Finance Committee Chairperson Sue Pimental. Selectmen do not want to use stabilization money to fund the library because taking money from stabilization requires a two-thirds vote at town meeting and they want to be sure that the library is funded. Instead, they voted to eliminate the tree warden and town planner/conservation agent positions, to decrease the amount of the reserve fund by approximately $5,000 and to maintain the present salary of the building inspector at $25,000 and some other changes. The finance committee is recommending that the building inspector’s salary be increased to approximately $0,000. Selectmen Chairman Ken Foley said that he couldn’t see the justification for increasing the building inspector’s salary when “we are in the worst economic times ever.” Regarding the tree warden position, Foley said that in most other towns in the area, tree wardens’ salaries are less than $500. Pimental said that because the tree warden is an elected official and the town voted for the position, the committee wanted to keep his stipend. continued on page 14
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“The tree warden is an elected official and for $20,000, we feel that he probably gives back ten times to the town,” said Pimental. Pimental also said that the committee felt that the Town Planner/Conservation Agent was a critical position. The chairmen of the planning board and the conservation commission recently tried to persuade selectmen not to eliminate the planner/conservation agent position. “It is critical that we have a planner and conservation agent in place in town. During the year and a half that we did not have this position, things were left undone. She is responsible for state regulations and filing requirements and if we don’t follow them we may be violating the law,” said Planning Board Chairman Mike Costello. The Planning Board and Conservation Commission have put three articles on the warrant by petition which deal with the Town Planner/Conservation Agent position. One article moves the position’s salary out of general government. Costello says that the Planner/Conservation Agent’s salary should be under control of the Planning Board. Two other articles would amend the bylaw to make the Town Planner appointed by the Planning Board and the Conservation Agent appointed by the Conservation Commission. Right now one person works part time as Town Planner and part time as Conservation Agent. “We are elected officials on the Planning Board. Who is better suited to direct, appoint, and review the town planner than the Planning Board?” Costello said. Funding for Blanding Library is also a concern because if the library does receive $185,000 from the town for the next fiscal year, that would be a cut, according to Library Director Laura Bennett. The library had requested approximately $200,000. Bennett said it’s important that Rehoboth residents are aware that “if the town does not appropriate enough funds to meet the Municipal Appropriation Requirement, and the library does not receive a waiver of the MAR, then the library will not be granted certification.” Loss of certification means the library will not receive state aid funds and it will not be guaranteed reciprocal services such as interlibrary loans with other certified libraries in Massachusetts.
Moving Clerical workers’ wages to Selectmen’s wages
The town meeting warrant includes some other differences between the finance committee and selectmen’s recommendations. The Board of Selectmen wants to move the wages of town office departments and combine them with the selectmen’s wage line. Foley said the change would “make it easier.” The intent seems to be to consolidate all the clerical workers at town office. Selectmen Kevin McBride voted against these changes.
highway department Cuts
One more difference involves the Highway Department. The finance committee’s budget recommends reducing the highway department wages by approximately $120,000, effectively eliminating 3 positions in that department, while the selectmen only want to layoff two individuals. The reason is that they expect the position will be needed to cover the responsibilities of the tree warden, and therefore are recommending that the line be cut by about $0,000 less.
Town hall Cuts
Both the finance committee and selectmen are recommending eliminating two clerical positions from town hall. There are now about 10 clerical positions at town offices (two of them are parttime) for approximately 15 departments. The finance committee and selectmen are also recommending eliminating all benefits for part-time elected officials as well as part time employees working less than 20 hours.
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I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Lynn Shaker back to the Town Clerk’s Ofﬁce as the Assistant Town Clerk. Lynn is undoubtedly an asset to the Clerk’s Ofﬁce and I feel very fortunate that she has returned as my assistant. Lynn has worked in the Town Clerk’s Ofﬁce for four and a half Kathleen J. Conti years and has always done an outstanding job. I would also like to extend a special Town Clerk thank you to Deb Giles for the excellent job she did as the Assistant Town Clerk for the past seven months and extend my best wishes to her as she embarks on her new role as the Assistant Treasurer. The town is extremely fortunate to have two such dependable and conscientious workers. Both Lynn and Deb are not only diligent in the performance of their duties but a pleasure to work with. It is also time to again thank Neal Harrington and the Boy Scouts of Troop 1 for their volunteer work in the set up and break down of the voting equipment. I must express appreciation and respect to these courteous and accommodating individuals.
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Federal census forms were not mailed to PO Boxes. However, the US Census Bureau can send a form to a person who normally gets their mail at a PO Box. Any resident that did not receive a federal census form can call the telephone assistance center and either do a telephone interview or request a form be mailed to the P.O. Box. The telephone numbers are as follows: English: 1-866-872-6868 Chinese: 1-866-935-2010 Korean: 1-866-955-2010 Russian: 1-866-965-2010 Spanish: 1-866-928-2010 Vietnamese: 1-866-945-2010 TDD (Telephone Display Device for the hearing impaired): 1-866783-2010 Puerto Rico (in English): 1-866-939-2010 Puerto Rico (in Spanish): 1-866-929-2010 I would like to express my thanks to town resident Harriet Brisson for informing me of the problem with PO Boxes and providing very helpful information on how to assist town residents with PO Boxes. Annual Town Meeting And Special Town Meeting Rehoboth voters are advised that the date for Annual Town Meeting for the Town of Rehoboth has been rescheduled by the Board of Selectmen and will now be held at the Dighton Rehoboth Regional High School beginning on Monday, May 24th at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a Special Town Meeting within the Annual Town Meeting of May 24th. The Voter Registration date to be eligible to participate in the Annual and Special Town Meeting has also been rescheduled by the Town Clerk’s Ofﬁce and will now be held on Friday, May 14, 2010 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Rehoboth Town Clerk’s Ofﬁce.
Due to budget constraints dog owners are advised that we will no longer be sending out reminders to license in mid April and mid May as we have done in the past. All dog licenses are due and payable by April 1st of every year and a late fee of $15.00 will be assessed for any licenses that are not renewed by June 1st of each year. I will continue to keep you informed through this article, press releases in the local newspapers and announcements on the cable channel to remind you of the due date of dog licensing in order to help you prevent assessment of a late fee. We still have 947 dogs that are unlicensed for this year so please get your dogs licensed before June 1st to avoid the $15.00 late fee.
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Business owners are reminded that the application fee for a business certiﬁcate and/or business certiﬁcate renewal has increased to $50.00 and that your certiﬁcate is valid for four years.
Town Treasurer/Collector, Cheryl Gouveia, would like to inform you that the actual tax rate for FY 2010 has been set and the 4th quarter tax bills will be mailed on April 28, 2010 and are due May 28, 2010. If you have any questions regarding your tax bill please call the Assessors Ofﬁce at 508-252-3352, X114.
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Monday, May 31st is the 2nd annual joint Memorial Day Parade for Dighton and Rehoboth. Last year’s parade was a big success. Please join us again this year and if you know of any groups or clubs who would like to participate, please let me know. I can be reached at 508-669-5027 or my cell phone at (508)269-4545. The Parade will kick off at 10:00AM. At the John VanGyzen Memorial Bridge just south of the Dighton Police Station on Rt. 138 Dighton, MA. We will have plenty of parking available between Pavao Soccer Field and the old ICI parking lot on Main Street across from the Fire Station. We are working out the parade details and are having meetings at the VanGyzen Marine Corp League, 495 School Street, North Dighton (the old VFW) on the ﬁrst Wednesday of the month at 7:00PM. You are welcome to attend these informational meetings. Please contact me regarding your group’s participation.
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I wish Keith were here now. (Hmm, he has a house in Weston, Connecticut - that isn’t too far away). He would certainly garner our public library in Rehoboth the attention it needs. He could also easily fund the library yearly with his massive bank accounts to draw on, but it shouldn’t be up to rock stars or other celebrities to bankroll random public libraries. Libraries should be funded by their own communities. The past few weeks have been a roller coaster ride of uncertainty for the Blanding Public Library in Rehoboth, as plans for the library budget have gone from zero funding with the library having to close for good on July 1, to full or partial funding from a variety of revenue sources. To recap, the State Board of Library Commissioners requires a certain amount of funding from each community for its library. If a town does not meet the basic funding requirements, the library will not get state certification, and if our library is no longer certified by the state due to lack of funding, town residents would not be able to use their library cards at any of the other Massachusetts public libraries either. So if the Blanding closes, you can’t borrow anything from the Seekonk Library either. Thanks to a network of state-accredited libraries (SAILS in Southeastern Massachusetts), we currently have access to many thousands of items from the libraries in other
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Congratulations to all the candidates in the local election. The voter turnout was disappointing, but thank you to those who took the time to support a candidate. Save a Pet is holding a yard sale on Saturday, May 15th from 8:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. at the Aitken School. You may donate merchandise to be sold or you may rent space for $10.00 The contact person is Pat Cloutier at 336-4223. All proceeds support the animals at our shelter. You may go to their web site www.SeekonkSaveAPet.org for more information. Save a Pet is collecting items for the animal shelter. Cleaning supplies such as paper towels, laundry detergent, bleach, chewy dog treats, peanut butter, kongs, washable cat beds, Arm and Hammer kitty litter, Pedigree canned dog food, and Purina Cat Chow are all needed at the shelter. The barrel is in the Town Hall lobby for those donations or you may bring them to the Town Clerk’s ofﬁce and we will see that they get them. The shelter is always collecting used printer toner cartridges. They are recycled and the shelter receives the money for them. The barrel for the cartridges is also in the lobby of Town Hall. For those cat and dog owners looking for low cost spaying and neutering, the animal control ofﬁcer has provided us with the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s spay and neuter phone number. They serve Cape Cod and south of Boston with a van that travels to towns after they get 40 appointments for spaying or neutering. You can call them and they will tell you if they are going to have a van in the area. The number is 877-590-7729 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org The annual town meeting will be held on Monday, May 24th at 7:00 P.M. at the Seekonk High School on Arcade Avenue. This is when the annual budget is voted on, along with other warrant articles. Dog licenses are now due for renewal. All dogs six months and older must be licensed per Massachusetts General Laws. A late fee is charged for renewals after May 31st. Please provide a current rabies certiﬁcate. A Late Fee Of $20.00 Per Dog Is Charged After May 31st For Renewals. A reminder that yard sale permits are required in Seekonk. The fee is $5.00 per day and you may have four sales a year. This ofﬁce issues the permits.
Seekonk Biology Students Highlight of Land Trust Annual Meeting
[Seekonk]—The Seekonk Land Conservation Trust held its 42nd Annual Meeting at the Seekonk Public Library on March 31st. A highlight of the meeting was a presentation by Seekonk’s 10th Grade Biology II students taught by Angela Cunard, Jennifer Borden, David Bonneau. With the help of a grant from the Land Trust, her students have been analyzing the watershed at the Runnins River, which runs though Seekonk. “Environmental Education is an important component of the Land Trust mission,” said Willet Mason, president, “and we are delighted that Ms Cunard has carried on with this project for almost ten years.”
May 2010 The Reporter Students described their visits to two sites on the Runnins River, where they don waders to collect samples of river water which they analyze back at the lab. They pointed out that residue from almost everything we humans do runs into the nearest river. The students noted that road salt and chemical fertilizers wash into our freshwater ecosystems, threatening the many tiny species, such as macroinvertebrates, that live there. Their research conﬁrmed that the high phosphate levels they found, often caused by chemical fertilizers, kills invertebrates, beginning a chain of damage to our environment. “These tiny creatures are so minuscule that most people are not even aware of them,” said one student, “but they are an integral part of our environment and the cycle of life.” Students later ﬁelded questions from the audience about how we can stop the pollution. Simply taking an organic approach to lawn care would go a long way in helping to preserve the integrity of our wetlands and, ultimately, our water supply. Ms Cunard thanked the Land Trust for its ongoing support and reported that her efforts and those of her associates were recognized by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (MTLC) in the way of a grant of $2500 to purchase supplies to support science education. The Seekonk Land Trust has worked for over 40 years to preserve open space in Seekonk and now protects almost 400 acres. To see what you can do to help Seekonk retain its rural characteristics, call Willet Mason at 508-336-0707.
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The Town of Seekonk through its Board of Selectmen has opted to eliminate the fees for a landﬁll pass which will allow residents to dispose of bulky items at the transfer station. This will enable residents to dispose of furnishings and other material that was damaged from rain and subsequent ﬂooding from the storm on March 29th & 30th. All residents are required to obtain a pass from the Public Works Department located at 871 Taunton Ave, (RT-44) at the intersection of Lake St between the hours of 8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. Also, residents will be required to sign an afﬁdavit stating that all materials being disposed were in fact damaged due to the storm and ﬂooding from March 29th & 30th. All Massachusetts regulations pertaining to banned waste and materials will remain in effect. Please make certain any item you intend to drop off is allowed. Ask at DPW. If you do not have a pass you will not be allowed to dispose of your materials. No Exceptions Passes Will Not Be Issued At The Transfer Station. The Transfer Station hours of operation are as follows. Monday – Saturday 8:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. until May 15, 2010. Closed Patriots Day Monday April 19, 2010 In addition, the Town will provide curbside collection of furnishings and material damaged from the ﬂooding. The collection will take place Mon. – Fri. April 26th – 30th on your regular trash day if possible. Any resident wishing to dispose of items by curbside collection will be required to register for the collection at the Public Works Department and sign an afﬁdavit of the items being disposed. If you have not registered for the special collection your items Will Not be collected.
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Seekonk Human Services - Thursday, June 3, 2010. Bonnie Ryvicker from the VNA will be at the senior center to talk to us about shingles and let you know how to get a free shot. Lunch will served following the presentation and will cost $2. Please call Human Services at 508-336-772 to make a reservation for lunch.
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The members of Seekonk’s Save A Pet Society will be holding their spring yard sale on May 15, 2010, with a rain date of Sunday the 16th. The yard sale will be held from 8 A.M. to 2 P.M. at the Aitken Elementary School on RT 152, Newman Avenue, in Seekonk. There will be the usual fantastic assortment of house wares, books, furniture, gadgets and “treasures.” All the items are donated and all the proceeds go to assist the Seekonk Animal Shelter. We will have some delicious food for your lunch as you take a break from browsing our tables. Our volunteers are great cooks! If you have ever attended one of our yard sales, you know they are top notch. We also will have Save A Pet merchandise on sale. The tee shirts are awesome! If you have saleable items that you would like to donate to our sale, we are a 501©3 organization and can give you a receipt for your donation. We are not accepting any computer items. Please contact our president, Pat Cloutier, at Unforpetables@aol.com or call her at 508 336-223 to discuss donating. Hope to see you there. For those wishing to sell some of their own items, space is available for a rental fee of $10.00. Contact President of Save A Pet, Pat Cloutier, to arrange to rent your space.
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Please send ticket money by May 15th to: D-R Class of 1995/Stephanie Czech PO Box 353, Raynham, MA 02767 (check or money order made payable to Stephanie Czech) For more info, or to find out how you can help make the reunion a success, Email: DRclassof1995@gmail.com Facebook Group: Dighton Rehoboth Regional High School Class of 1995
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3rd Annual A Ride for Tomorrow
In Memory OF Mariah Burda
Saturday, June 19 (rain or shine)
Motorcycle Registration: 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 (must have helmets) Place: Aitken Elementary School 165 Newman Ave (Rte 152) Seekonk Ma Donations $15 per person in advance $20 the day of The ride will end at Houlihans Tavern On the River 28 Water St. East Providence RI
All proceeds to benefit The Tomorrow fund at hasbro Children’s hospital
After the ride food, raffles, and music by East, Blessing of the bikes by CMA For More Info visit the website www.aridefortomorrow.com For tickets contact: Jean Burda 508-726-5139 Tom Burda 508-726-1187 Bruce Andrews 508-400-9230 Make donations payable to A Ride for Tomorrow
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On May 19, poetry in the village will take place at 228 Winthrop st., the intersection of Rtes and 118, Rehoboth, ma. Same time: 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. With open mike and feature poet - and good eats! This month’s feature - Louisa clerici. Louisa Clerici is a writer and java junkie who meets her muse in cafes and finds her inspiration wherever coffee is served. Her work has been described as straight-up black, and light with two sugars. She writes about all the beauty and mystery of life with power and emotion. She is also the editor of www.plymouthharbor.com. For more information contact: email@example.com.
Deborah Sadler and Doug Kelley Join Forces in Grease
“Grease is the Word!”
Under the direction of Deborah Sadler of Rehoboth, MA, and assistant direction of Aaron Gendreau-Visco of Brockton, MA, the Little Theatre of Fall River proudly presents Grease, the popular 1950’s rock ‘n’ roll musical written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. With choreography by Janice MacDonald, Alex Cruz and Jeff Belanger, and with musical direction by Bobby Perry, Doug Kelley, and Amy Kelley, this production is sure to be one that you won’t want to miss! This is the first time that Deborah Sadler and Doug Kelley of Doug’s Music and Learning Center in Rehoboth, MA are collaborating. Both are very much looking forward to the experience! Deborah Sadler has lived in Rehoboth for over 25 years and has been a long supporter of the arts. This is Debbie’s fourth show as director. Her past directing credits include Jekyll & Hyde, Sweet Charity, and Beauty and the Beast all with the Little Theatre of Fall River. Her daughter, Jessalyn Sadler Correa, will be playing the role of Rizzo. Jessalyn has also been active in local and regional theater for most of her life. Show dates are May 13 at 7:30 p.m., May 1 and May 15 at 8 p.m., and May 16 at 2 p.m. This fun and energetic musical will be performed at the Margaret L. Jackson Performing Arts Center at Bristol Community College in Fall River, MA. Tickets are $23 for adults, $18 for seniors and students, and $10 for children 12 years and under. For additional information, please visit www. littletheatre.net.
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4th Annual Stuff for Strays! Animal Rescue Organization seeks donated items for yard sale
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Plainville – The th Annual Stuff for Strays Yard Sale to benefit Angelcat Haven Feline Rescue is scheduled for Saturday June 12th & Sunday, June 13th from 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. at Desco Electronics, 36 Bacon Square, Plainville, MA. Proceeds from the event will help stray and homeless cats in the area. Gently used items, including furniture, home accessories, baby clothes, toys, kitchenware, books, CDs, electronics and much more will be available for purchase. There will also be baked goods, cold drinks, handmade organic catnip mats and cat toys for sale as well. It’s a fun-filled day of bargain shopping, entertainment and food – all for a good cause! ACH welcomes donated items for the sale. Please no computers, printers, adult clothing, exercise equipment or holiday decorations. Items can be dropped off at 36 Bacon Square from April 3rd through June 5th at 36 Bacon Square on Wednesday nights :30 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday mornings 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. To arrange drop offs of donations, call (508) 203-20 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations are tax deductible. Proceeds from the sale go directly to cover medical expenses for stray cats and kittens. Angelcat Haven (ACH) is an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing stray and abandoned cats in Southeastern Massachusetts. For more information, or to volunteer, please call our message center at (508) 203-20 or visit www. angelcathaven.com. Tax deductible donations can be sent to Angelcat Haven, 36 Bacon square, Plainville, MA 02762.
The Rehoboth Community Dance is held monthly at Goff Memorial Hall
* Free * On Sunday evening, May 16, from 7 to 9 p.m., there will be a community dance held at Goff Memorial Hall, 12 Bay State Road, in Rehoboth. This dance is hosted by the Sunday Night Jammers, a group of area musicians who meet regularly on Sunday evenings at Goff Hall to play Celtic dance music. The May 16 will feature contra dance steps and a variety of international and couple dances, such as polkas and waltzes. All dance steps will be taught. Admission is free and open to the public, and all ages and beginners are welcome. It is not necessary to come with a partner. A potluck precedes the dance at 6 p.m. For information, call Bob Elliott at 508-669-5656 or Judith Schrier at 01-751-55, or you can email Paul Wilde at zenyente@gmail. com. http://www.contradancelinks.com/jammers.html
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Rehoboth Contra Dances
Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, Rehoboth, MA; $8; All dances taught. Beginners welcome. Partners not necessary. Contact: 508-252-6375; http://www.contradancelinks. com/rehoboth.html
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All dances will be taught by caller Dan Pearl. Music will be performed by Rumblestrip, with Nat Hewitt, Liza Constable, and Glen Loper.
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Caller, Lucia Watson; music by Heathen Creek Friday, May 28, 8 p.m.
All dances will be taught by caller Lucia Watson. Music will be performed by Heathen Creek, with Maia Rutman, Mark Koyama, and Pete Johannsen.
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