Thursday, July 12, 2012
The media and general public are not notified about the cancellation in advance.
Those coming to Seekonk Town Hall Wednesday evening expecting to attend the Board of Selectmen meeting instead found a note on the door stating the session had been cancelled. This caught many people by surprise, including the local media, since no cancellation notice appeared on the town website or was distributed through email. The note at Town Hall did not give a reason for the cancellation. Selectman Dave Parker wrote in an email to Seekonk Patch that he was informed earlier on Wednesday that there would not be a meeting. "I got an email that [Board Chair] Francis [Cavaco] was sick," Parker wrote. "Later, I learned that the meeting was not posted properly by our office, so it would not have been a legal meeting anyway." The past few …
Sunday, June 10, 2012
A Seekonk selectman tells the accuser, "There’s no discrimination going on except what's going on in your mind."
A Seekonk businessman accused the town government on Wednesday of denying he and his partner a business license because they are gay. The town's building commissioner/zoning enforcement officer says the denial has nothing to do with discrimination. What the two men want to do, she said, is not allowed by town law. Robert Gaudette and William Adams purchased the property at 15 Fall River Ave. in 2005. They began living there and soon started using the site to sell antiques, as had been done with the property in the past. But they did not sell the items in-person. When the men decided a few years later they wanted to open the place as a regular shop, they were told to obtain a business license because the antique shop had not been operating …
Friday, June 8, 2012
On the same day that Bill Rice resigns as a Seekonk selectman, the town's legal consultant says Rice's proposal to prohibit selectmen from serving on other boards conflicts with town and state law.
One of the more controversial measures that was supposed to be considered at the Seekonk Town Meeting on Monday has been deemed to be in conflict with town and state law by the town's legal consultant. The opinion was released Friday, the same day that the man who proposed the measure, Bill Rice, resigned from the Board of Selectmen. Attorney Joyce Frank wrote in a letter to the selectmen that Rice's proposal for a bylaw that would prevent selectmen from serving on other boards conflicts with the town charter and state law. [The opinion is attached to this article] She noted that the charter gives the town administrator the power to recommend board appointments to the selectmen for their approval. "By seeking to limit who the town …
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Community Speaks is not included on the agenda for the Seekonk Board of Selectmen meeting.
For approximately three hours on Wednesday, the public heard from the Seekonk Board of Selectmen, but the selectmen did not hear from the public. In a move that had many people talking behind the scenes, Community Speaks was excluded from the agenda of the weekly meeting. Board Chair Francis Cavaco told Attleboro-Seekonk Patch after the meeting that it is up to him whether Community Speaks is included on the agenda, and he decided not to include it this week. Cavaco said this decision was made for no particular reason and he has done this in the past. He said the exclusion of Community Speaks would not become a regular occurrence. Only two members of the public were in the audience at the end of the meeting, the time when Community Speaks …
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Follow along with Wednesday's Board of Selectmen meeting, which included a lot of commentary on the Seekonk Fire Department's ability to serve the public.
Oct. 5 Board of Selectmen Meeting Patch reported live from the Oct. 5 Seekonk Board of Selectmen meeting, when the board voted against EMT training for two previously hired firefighters, endorsed the Seekonk Planning Board's master plan and provided details on the annual "Food for Fuel" pasta dinner. 7:07 p.m. - The board unanimously approved the change of managers at Buca di Beppo on 353 Highland Avenue from Jennifer Broderick to Joshua Gleason. Joshua Gleason explained that Broderick is no longer the general manager and he will be taking over. Gleason says he has worked in restaurants all his life and has been manging them for 16 years. Additionally he has worked at Buca di Beppo for the past two years. Francis Cavaco said it was a …
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
As the meeting progesses, Seekonk Patch will post live updates.
Sept. 28 Board of Selectmen Meeting 9:29 p.m.: A Seekonk resident said all town roads shouldn't be held to MassHighway Standard due to finances. 9:08 p.m.: Officials confirm notices have been posted within 48 hours of the session time, making the meeting legal. 9:03 p.m.: The Recreation Department did not post a meeting notice for Thursday's session at the former Police Association Building - therefore the meeting is illegal, say Selectmen Francis Cavaco. 9:00 p.m.: The Board of Health and Recreation Committee still have not posted minutes to the town's website. 8:53 p.m.: The town administrator does not have a report tonight. 8:38 p.m.: Some rubbish from Hurricane Irene is still lying on roads, reports the Department of Public Works …
Selectmen appointed members to fill board vacancies.
Tonight, Selectmen will meet in the Town Hall Chambers.
The Board of Selectmen will be discussing town issues tonight in Town Hall Chambers. Additional polling places, town projects and Seekonk's 200th anniversary plans will be on the agenda. Check back with Seekonk Patch to read about the meeting.
Friday, September 23, 2011
Board of Selectmen members approved an offer from Attleboro to accept a small piece of wooded property.
A small piece of wooded property close to Oak Hill Avenue, once owned by Attleboro, will be owned by Seekonk. Attleboro officials requested Seekonk accept the deed to the property as the property taxes cost the city $500 a year. The one-tenth of an acre is valued at approximately $50,000. According to Selectmen, there is a walking trail that runs through the property but Attleboro does not have an immediate use for the plot of land. Board of Selectmen members unanimously agreed to acquire the land.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Town business will be discussed at Town Hall tonight at 7 p.m.
Board of Selectmen members will meet at the Town Hall Chambers at 7 p.m. today. They are anticipated to discuss hiring a probationary police officer and appoint members to committees. Department of Public Works officials will also discuss updates regarding a Central Avenue road project. Click on the .pdf to see tonight's agenda items.