Seekonk Police Have New K-9
The Seekonk Police Department has a new K9, Zuzo. Officer Steven Fundakowski is the new K9 officer. He and Zuzo graduated from the Boston Police K9 Academy last January. The academy was 14 weeks long. They also recently completed narcotics detection training in September. Police Chief Craig Mace says “the team has been doing very well for us and has been deployed a number of times to other agencies.” The department also has another new dog that started in the Boston Police K9 Academy in September. The dog is a German Shepherd named Mattis and is about 1 ½ years old. His handler is Officer Adam Laprade. Laprade formerly handled Kilo who retired in September. The new team is expected to graduate from the academy in January.
Residents Will Vote on Location of Howitzer
The Board of Selectmen has decided to let residents decide the fate of the howitzer gun that has been sitting next to the Veterans Memorial since July. A ballot question on the howitzer’s fate will be on the April town election ballot. The howitzer gun has caused a great deal of controversy since it was placed near the memorial. Some residents feel that it is a symbol of veterans and the sacrifices they made to protect the country as well as a historical artifact and therefore belongs near the memorial. Others say it doesn’t fit with the peaceful atmosphere of the memorial and should be removed and/or relocated.
Town Meeting Approves Funds for Study on South End Fire Station
Voters at town meeting on Nov. 13 approved $100,000 for two feasibility studies - $50,000 for a study on a new fire station in South Seekonk and $50,000 for a study on construction on Phase 2 for the Senior Center. Several other appropriations were also approved including: $50,000 for the maintenance of the Dexter Avenue cemetery, $236,000 for a loader for the Dept. of Public Works, $170,000 for a computer-based permitting and licensing system, approx. $33,000 to fund the first fiscal year of collective bargaining agreements, and $67,000 for a dump truck/plow for the school department. An article requesting $100,000 for asbestos abatement at the Seekonk Public Library was indefinitely postponed and an article amending the Home Rule Charter to allow members of the finance committee to serve on ad hoc committees that do not impact town or school budgets did not pass.
Seekonk Wins Thanksgiving Football Game against D-R for Second Year
The Seekonk Warriors won the annual Thanksgiving Day football game against Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High for the second year in a row with a 34 to 6 final score. Seekonk quarterback Terry Smith led the Warriors to victory in the 51st Thanksgiving game against rival D-R. Seekonk has not won the holiday game two years in a row for nearly 10 years.
School Department Presents School Reorganization Options to School Committee
The school committee at its Nov. 20 meeting heard a presentation on various options to deal with the issue of overcrowding in the schools. School officials said there is a lack of space in the district, especially at the elementary level and something needs to be done by the fall of 2019. One possible option involves moving the fifth grade to the middle school (making Hurley 5 to 8 grade). In another option, the 8th grade would move to the high school. Other options were presented. The school committee will be taking public comment at future meetings. The committee expects to make a decision on this issue by the end of January. A Powerpoint presentation on the various options and a podcast of the Nov. 20 meeting are available on the school department website. Click on “District” and then “School Committee.”