Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Seekonk will soon have a new senior center.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
After waiting for more than 10 years and three building committees, the town of Seekonk has recognized the needs of seniors and young families and voted to build a $2.5 million Human Services Center. We have all benefited from the generations of our parents and grandparents—from their support, love, experience and advice. Now, we have an opportunity to say "thank you." If you are a parent who needs help now or will need help as you grow older, this will provide a place for you in the future. The present center has limited access on the second floor of an old school building with small cramped offices and no privacy, and limited space for activities. Human Services needs a place to provide a multitude of services to seniors and families, …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
The new facility is expected to open next summer.
One of the largest town meetings in recent memory led to the landslide approval Monday night of a tax measure to fund the construction of a new senior center in Seekonk. The vote was 409-36 in favor of the proposal. "I think it's great, it's wonderful to get the measure approved," said Dave Bowden, chair of the Senior Center Building Committee, after the meeting. Bowden said there was a big effort to make sure people came to the meeting at Seekonk High School to vote for the measure, especially since it needed two-thirds support for passage. "Now we've got to put together RFPs, get architects in here ... and go out to bid," Bowden said. He said the new facility next to Town Hall on Peck Street should be open next summer. The tax will cost…
Thursday, April 19, 2012
The session will take place on the same night as the regular town meeting.
Seekonk voters will get two town meetings for the price of one in June. The Board of Selectmen voted 4-0 (Bill Rice was absent) on Wednesday for the senior center proposal to be considered during a one-item town meeting that will take place immediately prior to the regular session. The decision was a compromise with Senior Center Building Committee members, who had asked for their item to be considered on a different day than the regular town meeting so interested seniors would not have to sit through a long night of other items, including the town's 2012-13 fiscal year budget. The senior center proposal calls for a temporary override of Proposition 2 1/2 (known as a debt exclusion) to allow a property tax hike to fund a $2.5 million …
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Seekonk voters will decide whether to approve a temporary tax that would cost approximately $8 per $100,000 of a property's value to fund a $2.5 million facility.
For the third time in 15 years, Seekonk voters will decide Monday whether to approve a tax measure to fund a new senior center. Two similar measures failed to pass. The proposal calls for a temporary override of Proposition 2 1/2 (known as a debt exclusion) to allow a property tax hike to fund a $2.5 million center that would be built on a vacant property next to Town Hall on Peck Street. The tax would cost approximately $8 per $100,000 of a property's value and decrease each subsequent year, town officials say. The $2.5 million bond would be paid off in 20 years. The tentative floor plan for the 9,200-square-foot building includes a multi-purpose room, lecture area, conference room, kitchen, computer room and other sections. Dave Bowden, …
Friday, March 16, 2012
The Seekonk Senior Center held an early St. Patrick's Day celebration Wednesday.
The Seekonk Senior Center got into the Irish spirit a little earlier than most this year with Wednesday's St. Patrick's Day party. Seniors decked out in green gathered to celebrate the holliday with music and food. The seniors also had a karaoke machine loaded with classic Irish songs for those who wanted to sing and show off their Irish pride by belting out a few Celtic classics.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Seekonk s gearing up to build the new Animal Shelter and Banna Fire Station renovations.
Seekonk Town Administrator Pamela Nolan gave updates this week on the progress of the new Animal Shelter, Senior Center and Banna Fire Station renovations. Nolan said that the Banna Fire Station committee had been deciding between a one story building or a two story one and the two story design is the most likely one. The committee has decided to use a modular, prefabricated building to expand the fire station. Plans are still needed to be drawn up in order to get estimates for the project. “We’re at the point now where we’re ready to bid,” Nolan said. The architectural designs are estimated to cost $40,000. The new Animal Shelter, which was approved at the recent Fall Town Meeting, is still in its early stages. The shelter is decided …
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
The Senior Center Building Committee is getting ready to get information out about April’s ballot question.
The Seekonk Senior Center Building Committee is ready to convince locals why the town needs a new senior center and why they should vote in favor of it in April. The April vote would allow a debt exclusion, used to override the state's tax-limiting law, Proposition 2 1/2, to come up with the $2.5 million needed for the cost of the design, construction, equipping and furnishing of the facility. The 20-year bond would cost $8.05 per $100,000 in taxes in the first year for the 9,200 square foot facility. The committee is looking into buttons and lawn signs with a “Love your senior” slogan designed by member Mia Alwen to support the ballot question. Additionally the committee is redesigning their page on the town’s website. It currently exists…
Thursday, January 26, 2012
The Seekonk Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to include the senior center proposal on the April ballot.
The Seekonk Board of Selectmen unanimously voted 3-0 Wednesday in favor of putting the senior center debt exclusion question on the April election ballot. The vote would allow a debt exclusion, used to override the state's tax-limiting law, Proposition 2 1/2, to come up with the $2.5 million needed for the cost of the design, construction, equipping and furnishing of the facility. The 20-year bond would cost $8.05 per $100,000 in taxes in the first year. The $2.5 million is an estimation of the cost according to Senior Center Building Committee chairman Dave Bowden. “We cannot technically get bids until it gets funded” Bowden said. The proposed 9,200 square foot facility will build on the land near Town Hall and the Seekonk Animal Shelter…
Thursday, January 12, 2012
The Board of Selectmen chose not act on a suggestion for a special Town Hall meeting to be held this month.
The Seekonk Board of Selectmen decided at its Wednesday night meeting not to to hold a special Town Hall Meeting later this month for residents to vote on the allocation of funds for a new senior center. The suggestion had come from Seekonk resident Gary Sagar. The vote was originally on the warrant for the Town Hall Meeting this past November, but was held off on because a bond issue such as the senior center project needs to be voted on at an election within 90 days. Since the next scheduled election was in April and the town did not want to organize a special election, it was decided to put the vote on the warrant for the June Town Hall Meeting, following the April election. Sagar said that by having the Town Hall Meeting this month the…