Three New Firemen Appointed by Selectmen
Follow along with updates posted throughout last night's meeting.
Patch covered Wednesday's meeting where Selectmen discussed a Seekonk Speedway liquor license violation, town hires and other business.
8:43 p.m. - The board moved into executive session regarding the 41 Lake Street litigation. The Fire Department ULP Agreement discussion listed on the agenda will not be discussed this week. The selectmen will not reconvene in open session.
8:31 p.m. - Next week's agenda will also include a discussion of changes to the requirements of local liquor licenses.
8:20 p.m. - Selectman Cavaco added the discussion of the Animal Shelter's request for funds for improvement to next week's agenda.
8:13 p.m. - Selectman Bob McLintock suggested that future surplus auction utilize an online service in order to get better value for the items.
8:11 p.m. - Held the bill for the payment of auctioneer from Saturday's auction. There was $1,000 additional charge because he was told there would be 150 items and there were actually closer to 300. The bill will be paid by this Friday.
8:05 p.m. The board discussed continuing the use of Weston & Sampson for civil engineering. Selectman Francis Cavaco said he was not happy with their performence and would like to seek other options.
8:00 p.m. - A resident questioned why selectman John Whelan was absent. Selectmen Parker said he recieved a text message from Whelan saying he had thrown his back out.
7:58 p.m. - Lauren Walsh of the Capital Improvement Committee spoke to the selectment to request a meeting for a work session to discuss the capital improvement process.
7:55 p.m. - Approved an increase in the purchase price of graves in the town cemetery for out of town residents to $1,000 while the prices for Seekonk residents would remain at $600. Additionally the board of selecemen will meet with the town's water department to discuss an expansion of the cemetery.
7:47 p.m. - Approve the writing of a letter of support of Bill HB1972 to improve voter success for military members. The bill would move all primaries to June.
7:43 p.m. - Approved the appointment of Lisa Parker as Police Matron. Selectmen Dave Parker abstained from the as Parker is his daughter-in-law.
7:41 p.m. - Designated Dr. Michael DiTullio for the purpose of conducting an independent medical exam of a police department employee.
7:38 p.m. - Accepted the gift of $2,000 from Wal Mart for the Police Department. They also accepted the gift of water bottles from the Town Clerk and an American Flag from the American Legion.
7:35 p.m. - The selectmen accepted the retirement of a police officer and approved Lt. Dyson to begin the recruitment phase. The position is a budgeted position, not an additional one.
7:34 p.m. - The selectmen approved the minutes of the September 21 regular meeting.
7:33 p.m. - The selectmen approved appointment of Brandon Miranda to the position of full-time fire fighter.
7:30 p.m. - The selectmen approved the appointment of Matthew Owens to the position of full-time firefighter.
7:27 p.m. - The selectmen approved the appointment of Brian Rainey to the position of a full-time fire fighter.
Seekonk Speedway Liquor License Violation
7:20 p.m. - The violation occurred on September 4 of this year. Lt. Dyson said that Seekonk Speedway was violating the “no re-entry” agreement of their entertainment license. Dyson found that the signs saying “no re-entry” were not posted and large groups of people were entering and exiting through the back gate. He said that there is a safety issue as it makes it difficult to provide security.
Steven Miller, the lawyer representing Seekonk Speedway, did not contest there was a violation and apologized and said it should not have happened.
The council approved Lt. Dyson’s recommendation that the Speedway be put on probation for the next season with another violation resulting in a one event suspension. Miller said Dyson’s recommendation was fair.
7:01 p.m. - The public hearing on a license violation by Seekonk Speedway has begun.