The below is a short analysis of the passed 2018 warrant articles, giving the amounts by Department and category. The articles with no 2018 budgetary (tax) impacts have been omitted, including passed articles funded by utilization of fund balance, or by draws on existing capital funds. (Water search (capital funds) and Route 286 outfall pipe repair (Fund Balance.)
The Board of Selectmen, at their March 19, 2018 meeting, honored retiring Tax Collector Lillian Knowles with a Certificate of Appreciation for her 36 years of service to the Seabrook community. The Board wished her well, and noted that newly elected Tax Collector Michele Knowles will have some pretty big shoes to fill. Thank you Lillian Knowles!
Seabrook held the swearing in of new and returning elected officials Friday night. Congratulations to all those candidates who offered their ideas in the campaign, and best of luck to those candidates who won the very important seats working for the people of Seabrook!
The Seabrook Town election will be held tomorrow, Tuesday March 13, 2018 at the Seabrook Community Center as scheduled. Polls are open from 7:00 am to 7:00 p.m. The Secretary of State and the Attorney General have issued the below statement relative to postponing or rescheduling elections due to storm conditions:
Secretary of State William M. Gardner and Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald issued the following statement regarding the town elections scheduled for tomorrow, March 13, 2018:
As set forth in our memorandum to town officials issued on March 6, 2018, New Hampshire law does not contain a provision that authorizes any public official to postpone an election. Although town moderators may postpone deliberative sessions (in SB 2 towns) and the business meetings of the town (in towns that have adopted RSA 39:2-a) due to weather emergencies, the law does not authorize local or state officials to postpone the town elections. For most towns, tomorrow is the town election day and, therefore, cannot be postponed. In the event that a town is scheduled to have both its town election and its business meeting per RSA 39:2-a, only the business meeting of the town may be postponed.
The Attorney General’s Office will be operating its Election Day Hotline tomorrow. That number is (866) 868-3703. In addition, the Attorney General’s Office will be deploying roving teams to monitor and assist towns with implementing the changes to the same-day registration requirements established by Senate Bill 3.
Due to the impending major storm event the Seabrook Town Hall will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday March 13, 2018 for the entire day. Please be safe.
Seabrook Town Hall will be open today, Thursday March 8, 2018 at 11:00 am due to the winter storm.
The Seabrook Board of Selectmen, at their March 5, 2018 meeting, were introduced to the Seabrook Police Department’s newest addition, K-9 Dog Henry. The K-9 Program was brought back to Seabrook by the Board of Selectmen, who authorized the initial funding. The project is an initiative of Chief Michael Gallagher, who designated Officer David Hersey as Seabrook’s dog officer. Henry is an approximately 20-month-old Belgian Malinois. Officer Hersey and Henry graduated from the Boston Police Canine Academy in December 2017 and are a patrol certified police canine team. Currently Henry can do article searches (such as for evidence of a crime like a mask, clothing, knives, firearms, wallet, etc), area searches, building searches, tracking (like a missing person), and apprehension (assisting in taking a person into custody). Henry lives with Officer Hersey and they have formal training 8 to 16 hours per month. Officer Hersey and Henry train while off-duty, as well. Officer Hersey and Henry will be attending training in August to become certified in detecting narcotics. Officer Hersey and Henry are currently assigned to the evening patrol shift. Officer Hersey says Henry has adjusted well to family life as well as police work and is proving to be a valuable asset to the Seabrook PD. Henry’s capabilities as a police canine will continue to improve as he matures and gains more experience in the field. Funding for the Seabrook PD canine program was provided by a grant from the Stanton Foundation as well as the estate of Elmo D’Alessandro.
Emily Sanborn, who has worked for the Town of Seabrook for twenty five years, has retired. The Board of Selectmen recognized her many years of outstanding service to the community with a citation at the February meeting. There was a huge outpouring of affection and support from her co-workers and family. Congrats to Emily, and thank you for a great 25 years of service to the citizens of Seabrook!
The Seabrook Board of Selectmen were on hand at the Seabrook Emergency Room to accept a donation from Portsmouth Hospital, who donated 8 “AED” units to the Seabrook Police Department. An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating.
The Seabrook Police Department has AEDs in each of its marked patrol vehicles. While the Seabrook Fire Department is the primary department responsible for responding to medical aid calls, Seabrook Police officers can sometimes be closer to serious medical aid requests when they are out patrolling our streets. Over the years, Seabrook Police officers have deployed the AEDs they carry several times and have had at least one documented save using the AED in 2010.
Seabrook Police Department’s current AEDs were donated in the early 2000’s by Exeter Hospital. Needless to say, the current AEDs are 15+ years old and (for various reasons) are in need of replacement. The Seabrook Police Department has a good working relationship with the Seabrook Emergency Room and turned to them for assistance. The Seabrook Emergency Room administration jumped at the opportunity to outfit the Seabrook Police with eight (8) new Philips AED’s for each of our marked patrol vehicles.
The Board of Selectmen thank Portsmouth Hospital for this generous donation, and recognize the great work by Police Chief Gallagher, and Police Lieutenant Kevin Gelineau in working with Portsmouth Regional Hospital to facilitate this donation.
The 2018 Seabrook Town Warrant is posted. It is on the Warrant Page, and posted here. I have also included an analysis of the capital requests on the warrant broken out by department, with a look beneath the top line numbers.