From the Town Clerk
Hello All ~ Oh my gosh, where did October go? I hope the November issue of the Reporter finds you all well. As we enter the month of November, this is a friendly reminder that quarterly Real Estate & Property Taxes were due Wednesday, November 1st.
10-17-17 Special State Senate Election – Bristol/Norfolk District Update
12.82% of the registered Rehoboth voters turned out to vote for the successor to fill Senator James Timilty’s vacated seat on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. The Bristol & Norfolk District Senate seat was won by Democratic Candidate, Paul R. Feeney of Foxboro. The towns who voted in the Bristol/Norfolk District race were: Attleboro, Foxborough, Mansfield, Medfield, Norton, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Sharon, and Walpole. Rehoboth’s results appear online @ https://www.town.rehoboth.ma.us/sites/rehobothma/files/news/10-17-17-rehoboth-official_election_results-special_state_senate.pdf or above. The Bristol & Norfolk Senate District appears on the Secretary of State’s website @ https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elespeif/speifidx.htm
and will be available after November 1st. Above please find Rehoboth’s results.
Our elections would not be possible without the help of so many wonderful people. Therefore, a quick thank you to our Assistant Town Clerk, all election workers (Wardens, Clerks, Inspectors, and Constables) of all three precincts, election equipment set up/take down crews, Rehoboth Highway crew, and Registrars for your time and dedication to the October 17, 2017 election. Mel and Ed we missed you ~ please get well soon!
Upcoming Special Fall Town Meeting
The Rehoboth Board of Selectmen scheduled a Special Fall Town Meeting to be held on Monday, November 6, 2017 at the Dighton Rehoboth Regional High School at 7:00 p.m. Every household received the November 6, 2017 Warrant in their mailboxes on Friday, October 20th. Final voter registration for the November 6, 2017 Special Town Meeting was held on Friday, October 27 from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. The items to be discussed at the upcoming Fall Town Meeting are: Amendments to the FY2018 Budget; 375th Anniversary Committee “seed money”; FY2018 Capital Budget items; Zoning Bylaw Amendments: Chapter E-Article 6.5 Signs and Chapter E Addition-Article 4.11 Natural Gas Compressor Stations; DRRSD High School Roof Replacement; DRRSD – Installation of Fiber; Acceptance of MGL 60:2-Abatement of Taxes; and Transfer Station Offset Receipts. We look forward to seeing you at the November 6, 2017 Special Town Meeting. Please remember, Town Meeting is Rehoboth’s form of government, and it is at these meetings where “The People” make decisions concerning the Town Bylaws and how revenue is allocated. Only those who attend have a say and a vote. Therefore, please take a moment to mark your calendar and attend the Fall Special Town Meeting, November 6, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. so your voice is heard and your vote counted.
Appointments & Volunteers
I have been busy swearing in appointed committee members, over the past few months. I would personally like to take this opportunity to thank the many wonderful volunteers in town for your time and dedicated service. Without the generosity of our town volunteers we would be unable to provide the services we are so fortunate to have. Thank you all. If you have an appointment slip and have not been sworn in, please give us a call to schedule a convenient time/place to swear you in. Remember, if you are not sworn in, you cannot vote at committee meetings. Also, those of you who would like to share your time and talents with the town, please fill out a talent bank form and join the team. Talent Bank forms are available online @ www.town.rehoboth.ma.us in the “Forms & Documents” tab under the “Town Administrator” section or at town hall in the Selectmen’s office ~ thank you.
2017 Dog License Reminders
Unfortunately after two mailed reminders, several monthly reminders in the Rehoboth Reporter, and several reminder phone calls from our Animal Control Officer, Rob Johnson, we are required to mail non-criminal citations to those residents who have not paid their April 1, 2017 dog license fees. If you receive a citation, please make sure your dogs have a valid rabies certificate and send or bring your licensing fees to town hall as soon as possible. Out of 2,140 registered dogs in Rehoboth, we currently have 39 license renewals outstanding. Please register your dogs either online, by mail, or in person. Thank you!
Town Offices Closed
Just a reminder, Town Offices will be closed on Friday, November 10, 2017 to observe Veteran’s Day and Thursday, November 23rd for Thanksgiving Day. In addition to Thanksgiving Day, Town Offices will close at noon on Wednesday, November 22nd and remain closed on Friday, November 24th, the day after Thanksgiving.
Please Thank A Veteran
Please take a moment on Veteran’s Day (November 11) to think about and thank the veterans in your life, along with all the other Veterans for their dedication, service, and sacrifice for our Country. I thank you all!
Finally, Lynn and I would like to wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. Have a healthy and safe November. Please remember Special Fall Town Meeting on Monday, November 6th at 7:00 p.m. High School Auditorium. I look forward to chatting with you again in December.
Laura & Lynn