Town Meeting Attendees Practice Social Distancing
Seekonk’s Spring Town Meeting Monday had a very different look and feel than past meetings. In an effort to keep voters safe and to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus, town officials required all attendees to pre-register for the meeting at Seekonk High School. There were many empty seats in the auditorium to allow for social distancing. Some attendees sat in the school’s gymnasium, where volunteers checked in voters by precinct. Bottles of hand sanitizer were available and a mask or face covering was mandatory for all participants.
The voters approved a 2021 budget of $61 million. The budget includes the new position of Human Resources Director/Assistant Town Administrator at a cost of $90,000 a year. $30.2 million was designated for the school department. A number of fund transfers and zoning bylaw changes were also voted on during the meeting, which had been postponed a month due to the pandemic.
“These are unprecedented times,” said Town Administrator Shawn Cadime, who thanked the voters for “fighting through this.”