February 24, 2018

From the Town Clerk

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Hello All ~ Happy February ~ I hope you are staying warm!

As a friendly reminder, Real Estate Tax Bills were due Wednesday, February 1st. Payment can be made via mail, hand delivery to Town Hall-Tax Collector’s Office, drop box outside of town hall or online @ http://www.town.rehoboth.ma.us. If paying online, please scroll down to “Online Payments” and then click “Tax Payments” on the Town’s homepage.

OH WHAT A NIGHT!!
Wow, what an amazing evening we had at the Rehoboth 375th Anniversary Costume Ball and Dinner Dance on Saturday, January 27th at the Hillside Country Club. The 375th Anniversary Ball was the “kick-off” event for Rehoboth’s 375th Anniversary Celebration. There were 194 guests in attendance and mostly all were dressed in various era apparel ranging from 1643-2018. A fun night was had by all as we enjoyed a fabulous firework display (compliments of Hillside Country Club), delicious meal, dancing to the music of Rhythm 44 (local Rehoboth band) and winning wonderful raffle gifts, which were donated by very generous local donors. I would like to thank all the table sponsors, raffle gift donors, and cash donors for your generosity. Speaking of generosity, I would like to thank Cumberland, Rhode Island Photographer, William “Bill” Parmentier of W.Parmentier Photography (https://wparmentierphoto.com) for volunteering his time to fill in when two Town Photographers took ill. Bill busily worked the entire evening capturing over 200 photos of Rehoboth’s 375th anniversary ball for future generations to enjoy. We look forward to seeing Bill’s photography talents after he has time to edit his photos. We will share the photos on the town website (https://www.town.rehoboth.ma.us/375th-anniversary-committee) check the slideshow link on the left side of the town “375th Anniversary” webpage and will also be available on the Rehoboth375 website (http://www.rehoboth375.com/) when they become available.

There are so many people to thank for making the 375th Anniversary Ball such a success. Thank you, Hillside Country Club, for a fabulous evening; thank you also Sheila Bouchard, Designs by Sheila (https://www.facebook.com/bloomingbike/), for the gorgeous “era” floral arrangements and the hours of research you dedicated to connecting the floral pieces to each era of Rehoboth’s history. For those of you who would like to read the various era descriptions and see Sheila’s floral talents, please check out the 375th Ball program and photos @ https://www.town.rehoboth.ma.us/375th-anniversary-committee. Thank you, Rehoboth Minutemen (http://13thcontinentalregiment.org/), for starting off our event with your wonderful Color Guard and leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Thank you Rhythm 44 (https://www.facebook.com/Rhythm44band/) for the fantastic music throughout our evening. Thank you Nelson, Kristin and Ian from Graphic Ink of East Providence (http://graphicinkonline.com/) for helping us with the beautiful etched 375th Anniversary stemless wine glasses that were given to each guest. There are extra commemorative glasses available for purchase at a cost of $5/glass. If you are interested, please stop by Town Hall or e-mail BallTickets@Rehoboth375.com for more information. Thank you also Rehoboth-TV (http://www.rehobothtv.org/) for organizing Daylight Weddings (http://www.daylight-films.com/index.html) to film our event. Thank you also Representative Steven S. Howitt for attending our gala and a huge thank you to my fellow members of the 375th Anniversary Ball Subcommittee ~ Cheryl Gouveia, Jean Grota, Connie Wenzel-Jordan, Kim Fagundes, Kathy Conti, Kelly Hathaway, and Jake Kramer for your time and efforts dedicated towards making Rehoboth’s 375th Anniversary Costume Ball and Dinner Dance so successful ~ it was an absolute pleasure working with all of you.

2018 REHOBOTH TOWN CENSUS
By now, you should have received your 2018 census form, dog license renewal, 375th Anniversary Celebration - Calendar of Events (on the back of the 375th Anniversary Ball flyer), Rehoboth Police surveillance survey (blue insert) and our 2018 calendar/town directory. This year’s calendar features a collage of many of Rehoboth’s Historical landmarks in honor of Rehoboth’s 375th Anniversary. Hopefully, you find the calendar and town directory a helpful tool. I would also like to thank the many residents for their kind comments on how useful the calendar and directory are to them throughout the year. If you did not receive your census mailer, please let me know at 508-252-6502 x-3110 or email me at lschwall@town.rehoboth.ma.us.

I would like to thank the 2,723 households that quickly reviewed their census data, made any necessary changes, and returned the forms to us. Again, this year, residents are afforded the opportunity to drop off their census forms at locations around town (Bristol Savings Bank, Blanding Library, COA-Senior Center, and Town Offices), the outside drop box at Town Hall, fax, e-mail, or mail them in. I would especially like to thank those families who processed their census forms and dog tags online. It was exciting to see that residents were able to choose the most convenient way possible to respond. Lynn and I are processing your changes and preparing the documents for our Registrars. During the months of February/March, the Registrars will begin contacting those residents who have not returned their 2018 census forms. Please respond as soon as possible so we do not have to bother you with a phone call ~ thank you.

Just a reminder, the census form does not register you to vote or allow you to change your political designation. We’ve come across many census forms in the past with the party designations crossed out and replaced with something else or a designation added to individuals who are not currently registered to vote. If you want to register to vote or make a change to party designation, you must complete the appropriate forms as we need your signature to either register you to vote or change your political party. This can be done in person, by mail, or online. Simply call us at 508-252-6502 x-3110 or x-3109 or e-mail us at LSchwall@town.rehoboth.ma.us or LShaker@town.rehoboth.ma.us . If you prefer to register or change your political affiliation online, please go to www.RegisterToVoteMA.com. Mail-in voter registration applications are also available @ https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elepdf/Voter-reg-mail-in.pdf - please complete the application, save it, and e-mail or mail the signed form to us. In order to be eligible to vote in the upcoming Annual Town Election (Monday, April 2, 2018), all voter registrations and/or political party changes must be made no later than 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 13th. As an added feature on the 2018 Census form, if you are a registered voter, you will note an (A) or ( I ) after your political party. “A” represents an active voter; “I” represents an inactive voter. Please contact our office as soon as possible if you have an “I” after your political party ~ thank you.

Town Clerk Online Payments
As a reminder, we continue to offer the option of a Credit/Debit card or EFT/ACH payment system, available on the town website under online payments and then clicking on Town Clerk Payments. This feature enables you to conduct several town business functions online, like processing dog licenses, through the town website @ www.town.rehoboth.ma.us or directly to town clerk online payments by going to https://www.invoicecloud.com/rehobothgovsvcs. Paying by Debit/Credit Cards or EFT/ACH payments is also available when visiting the Town Clerk’s office. We hope this added feature makes our town services more accessible and convenient for the residents. In 2017 we had a total of 363 individuals take advantage of our credit card/EFT payment system, which is up 70 transactions from 2016. The online activity this year (2017) resulted in a total of $7,695.73, which is up $1,472.57 more than 2016 for items such as genealogy fees, business certificates, raffle permits, dog licenses, birth/death/marriage certificates, street listings, and various miscellaneous items related to the clerk’s office.

Dog Licenses for 2018
2018 Dog Licenses are now available and may be obtained by mail, online at https://www.invoicecloud.com/rehobothgovsvcs, or at the Town Clerk’s Office. Town Hall hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The licensing fees are as follows: Male or female dog $20.00, female-spayed or male-neutered $10.00. If paying by check, please make sure it is made payable to “Town of Rehoboth”. Dog licenses are due annually by April 1st. Whether renewing online, via mail, or in person, dog license applications must be accompanied by a current year rabies certificate (with a vaccination date covering the current licensing year) and proof of spay or neuter [if applying for the $10 licensing fee] unless we already have your documentation on file in the Clerk’s Office. If you are unsure, please give the office a call, and we can tell you how up-to-date our information is. Dog owners should note that the license(s) will not be returned unless a stamped, self-addressed envelope is included with postage (the current postage is 71¢ for one dog tag, 93¢ for two dog tags and 1.15¢ for three tags). Since January 2nd we have processed over 264 – 2018 dog licenses ~ thank you all for submitting so quickly.


2018 – 5th ANNUAL RABIES CLINIC
Keep them safe . . . inoculate! The 5th Annual Rehoboth-Seekonk $12 Dog and Cat Rabies Clinic is scheduled for Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 9:00 AM ~ 12:00 Noon @ Seekonk Public Works Department Garage (On the Corner of Route 44 & Lake Street). The Rehoboth & Seekonk Town Clerks will be there to renew your 2018 Dog Licenses. For more details, please call 508-252-6502 X-3110 or 3109.

JANUARY 29, 2018 – SPECIAL TOWN MEETING
On Monday, January 23, 2017 – 151 registered voters out of 8,714 eligible voters (1.73%) came out at 7:00 p.m. on a damp – cold evening to vote on the following articles:

APRIL 2, 2018 – ANNUAL TOWN ELECTION
The Annual Town Election for Rehoboth will be held on Monday, April 2, 2018 with the polls scheduled to be opened from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. – ALL THREE PRECINCTS WILL BE OPEN. Precinct I is the Town Office Building at 148 Peck Street, Precinct II is the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center at 55 Bay State Road, and Precinct III is the South Fire Station at 102 Pleasant Street.

Nomination papers are now available for any registered voter in Rehoboth wishing to run for election on the Town ballot and who chooses not to seek a nomination through their registered party’s caucus process. Nomination papers may be picked up by prospective candidates at the Town Clerk’s office and must be returned, signed by a minimum of 38 registered voters, to the Board of Registrars at the Town Clerk’s Office by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 12th. If you choose to go through the Democratic or Republican caucus process, the upcoming caucus dates and locations are as follows:

  • The Democratic Town Committee Caucus to nominate candidates for the April 2, 2018 Town Election will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Blanding Public Library/Goff Hall, 124 Bay State Road.
  • The Republican Town Committee Caucus to nominate candidates for the April 2, 2018 Town Election will be held on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 7:30 p.m., at the COA - Senior Center – 55 Bay State Road. In the case of inclement weather, an alternate date of Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 7:30 p.m., has been scheduled, also at the COA – Senior Center.

Positions to be elected on the ballot for 2018 are Moderator (one for one year), Selectmen (two for three years), Town Clerk (one for three years), Assessor (one for three years), School Committee (two for three years), Housing Authority (two positions - one for five years and one for three years), Planning Board (two for five years), Park Commission (two positions - one for five and one for three years), Storm Water Officer (one for three years), Tree Warden (one for three years) and Water Commissioner (one for three years).

The final voter registration date to be eligible to vote in the Annual Town Election is scheduled for Tuesday, March 13th from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Town Clerk’s Office.

Prospective voters are reminded that they may also register to vote by calling the Town Clerk’s Office to request a Mail-In voter registration form, stopping by the Town Clerk’s Office to fill out the necessary forms in person, or register online @ https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/ or www.RegisterToVoteMA.com.

ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATIONS
Applications for absentee ballots are now available and may be obtained from the Town Clerk’s Office. Absentee ballots are obtained by written request only and must have the voter’s original signature. The deadline for filing absentee applications is Friday, March 30th at 5:00 p.m. for the April 2, 2018 Annual Town Election. Absentee ballot request forms are also available online @ http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elepdf/absentee_ballot.pdf for an individual request or http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elepdf/absentee_ballot_fam.pdf for a family member.

Any questions regarding voter eligibility or requests for mail-in voter registration forms may be directed to the Town Clerk’s Office.

TOWN HALL MAIL
It is requested that when you send correspondence to any office at the Town Hall, you only include information specific to the department you want to communicate with. As an example, residents might send in their tax payment along with their census form or dog license. Tax payments would go to the Tax Collector whereas census forms or dog licenses would go to the Town Clerk’s Office. By including multiple offices in one envelope, it may delay processing your requests or payments. Thank you for your consideration.

BUSINESS CERTIFICATES
Business owners whose business certificate will expire during January through June of 2018 should have received a reminder for renewal. The renewal fee is $50.00 (certificate renewal is good for four years) and checks should be made payable to Town of Rehoboth. You may now renew online using a debit/credit card or electronic check at
http://www.town.rehoboth.ma.us/town-clerk/pages/business-certificates.

If you have any questions on any of the above items, please feel free to contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 508-252-6502, X3109 or X3110.

As a reminder, the Town Offices will be closed on Monday, February 19th in honor of President’s Day. We hope you enjoy the President’s Day holiday. Also, a Happy Valentine’s Day to all from Laura and Lynn in the Town Clerk’s Office. As a reminder, in honor of Rehoboth’s 375th Anniversary this year, please join us in the “I Love Rehoboth Heart Campaign” by displaying hearts on the doors and windows of your home, school, businesses and favorite places to show you are “Proud to live in Rehoboth” on February 14, 2018 – Valentine’s Day. I can’t wait to see how many hearts are displayed around Rehoboth!!

Even though the weather is cool, it is encouraging that the days are getting longer. Spring cannot be too far behind.

Thank you all – please take care ~ Laura & Lynn

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