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Almeida Resigns from Parks Board, Vows to Donate Selectmen Salary

The new selectman says his stipend will be divided among seniors, the animal shelter and veterans.

One day after being elected to the Board of Selectmen, Nelson Almeida on Tuesday resigned from his position on the Parks and Recreation Board. He also announced that he will donate his entire selectmen stipend (approximately $2,100 per year).

"I stand by my words," Almeida wrote in an email to the local media. "Selectmen should not sit on multiple boards period."

His decision comes the same week that state Attorney General Martha Coakley nixed an article approved at Town Meeting in June prohibiting selectmen from serving on other boards.

In the same email, Almeida announced he would donate his stipend evenly among town programs for seniors, the animal shelter and veterans. Donating the selectmen stipend is not unique in Seekonk. At least one other selectman does this, a source told Seekonk Patch.

Dave Abbott September 27, 2012 at 11:15 AM
A good beginning. I would like to hear your ideas on how to improve citizen involvement on the appointed boards. Clearly what is in place is not working well as we are always short volunteers for these positions.
Wendy Wagner September 27, 2012 at 12:55 PM
I'd like to know exactly what is involved in being a member of the board. Yes, monthly meetings, more or less. But is there anything else? Are there any kinds of experiences or backgrounds that are needed?
Amy September 27, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Nelson, although you wern't bound by law you did exactly what the majority of the citizens of Seekonk asked for. To serve on the one board you were elected to serve on. Just because it isn't law, it dosn't mean the people should be ignored. Thank you. You should take the $2,100 per year.
deb of see-attleboro September 27, 2012 at 01:07 PM
I suggested a while back that citizens who fill out talent bank forms should be publicly acknowledged and thanked even if they are never nominated. This could be a routine agenda item. If no one steps forward to fill out a form, that should also be mentioned. I think more transparency is in order. Recognizing those who have that all-American volunteer spirit would be a step in the right direction. A second related agenda item could be to list all board and committee vacancies or upcoming scheduled re-appointments.
deb of see-attleboro September 27, 2012 at 01:13 PM
I cringe every time someone announces their charitable giving. I think it is bad form.
Emcee of Seekonk September 27, 2012 at 01:19 PM
In my humble opinion, there needs to be someone who oversees these committees (and this could be a volunteer) who make sure minutes are kept, meetings are met, goals and accomplishments are noted, etc. Right now it seems as if the TA's office collects the forms, they get matched up somehow with volunteers, then there is no follow through. Committees fizzle for want of guidance. Maybe there are too many committees. Maybe volunteer committees could be a topic for one of the many newsy Channel 9 presentations.
Ann September 27, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Once again the schools are left out in the cold. There are several programs in the schools that are unfunded and depend on donations to occur. It is nice of you to donate your stipend to very worthy causes, but not sure why you would not include schools on your list. With your 2 daughters in the school system and your campaining at every school event you could make it to, it would be nice for you to include them in the mix.

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