Superintendent Curtis Slayton of our Water Department has asked that the public be made aware that a contractor working for the State of New Hampshire will be out and about in Seabrook doing leak detection work during the month of March. They will be out all hours of the day and night, including weekends. They will be in marked trucks and will have safety vests and yellow lights. They will be attaching equipment to fire hydrants about the size of a soda can, silver in color. They may wrap the hydrant in orange cloth to hide the equipment as it is only held on by magnets. The contractor is Arthur Pyburn & Sons, Inc.
Thanks to Fire Chief William Edwards, who did a live “Periscope” this past Friday to talk about the Warrant Articles 32-33,and 34. He gave us quite a bit of information on the articles as he seeks Town support for them. Please go out to vote in the Town elections on Tuesday March 8. The polls will be open 7:00 am to 7:00 p.m.
The Seabrook Board of Selectmen have adopted a policy governing how our Recreation Department will conduct background checks for those volunteering at the Recreation Department. This policy was written using national recreational best practices by Director Katie Duffey. It is important to have written policies that are clearly understandable and fairly administered. If you have any questions or concerns on this policy please contact the Office of the Town Manager, or our Recreation Director Katie Duffey.
Tonight, Tuesday February 2, starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Seabrook Community Center, the Town will have the 2016 Deliberative Session. For the very first time we will be attempting to broadcast this event live. This will be our first remote broadcast, and we are working to ensure that the technology works. A very big thank you to Brian Murphy, our I.T. guru, who is working diligently to integrate this technology with our existing Channel 22 infrastructure. Hope to see you there tonight.
The Town of Seabrook has started to use the services provided by Public Surplus, a web portal where we can “auction” off equipment that has been declared surplus in order to maximize the return of value to our taxpayers. This is an initiative of our Chief Procurement Officer Shaylia Marquis, and I have provided the link to our first auction below. Please check back with us periodically, as we will continue to auction surplus equipment that may have residual value.
We have updated our purchasing policies to reflect both transparency and accountability, with Departments submitting requests to surplus equipment to our Procurement Office, who then prepares the necessary request to the Seabrook Board of Selectmen with all of the required asset detail. Final determination on suitability of the request lies with the Board of Selectmen, who enacted the new policy within the past 15 months. Thanks to the Board of Selectmen and our Procurement Office for this outstanding work.
The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED) will host a public outreach meeting on January 5 from 4-6 pm, at the Seabrook Library, 25 Liberty Lane, Seabrook, to hear public comment about New Hampshire’s Rest Areas/Welcome and Information Centers. There are two such rest areas in this region – in Seabrook on the northbound side of I-95 just north of the Mass border, and in Salem similarly located on I-93 just north of the border.
The sessions are part of a detailed study on New Hampshire’s 16 state-owned Rest Areas/Welcome and Information Centers. (See attached map.) The study will assess traveler uses and needs, identify needed improvements, and help inform future planning for the Welcome and Information Center system. The goal of the meeting is to solicit feedback on how these centers affect the local and regional communities.
Your participation is important to this effort and will help ensure that the study result reflects the interests and needs of this region. Please pass along this invitation to others who may have insight on how communities interact with these facilities.
Please go to www.visitnh.gov/wicstudy for more information about the study and to see a map showing the location of all 16 rest areas.
For more information about the study and about the meeting on January 5th please contact:
Study Public Outreach
Matthew Flynn was sworn in as a Seabrook Police Officer at Seabrook Town Hall. Congratulations to Matthew, and we wish him all the best as he starts his career as a Seabrook police Officer.
We were blessed with a great day for a Parade last Sunday, when the Seabrook Toys for Tots Parade took place. The Parade grew, and we had a great turnout and lots of family fun. A great job by all those who worked on this event!
The Seabrook Tree Lighting occurred last week, and a good time was had by all, as Santa and Mrs. Claus visited, to the delight of many a child. Our sincere thanks and gratitude to the Seabrook Lions Club, and Trinity United Church for all of their work, and kindness and generosity to the community.
On December 3rd the Town of Seabrook held a swearing in for Police Chief Michael Gallagher at the Seabrook Library. There were many public safety officials present, including State Police Colonel Robert Quinn, U.S. Marshall David Cargill, Salisbury Police Chief Tom Fowler, Hampton Police Chief Rich Sawyer, and many other Chiefs from the Seacoast region. We had the privilege of having State Senator Lou D’Allasandro on hand as well, and he made some terrific comments. The Seabrook Board of Selectmen were on hand, and both Aboul Khan and Theresa Kyle spoke about their support for the appointment of Chief Gallagher. Thank you to Sgt. Kevin Gelineau for all of his work on this event, and congratulations to Chief Gallagher! The video is below.