From the Town Clerk
Happy February - We hope everyone has a wonderful month. Happy Valentine’s Day and as a reminder the Town Offices will be closed to take your phone calls or scheduled appointments on Monday February 15th in honor of President’s Day.
Annual Census update
By now you should have received your 2021 Annual Street List/Census form in the mail. Thank you to the hundreds of residents who have already mailed it in, or dropped it off. Lorraine and I are busy scanning them in and making the necessary changes. We have had a few people write in a political designation by their name. I would like to remind everyone that you cannot register to vote, or change your party affiliation, on your census form. If you want to register to vote you can go online to www.sec.state.ma.us. I would also like to remind people that there are multiple ways to return your census: mail it in, drop it off in the Town Hall drop box. You can also scan it in and email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are also up and running with processing 2021 dog licenses. Please remember dog tags expire on March 31, 2021. As Town Hall is closed to the public until further notice, please mail in or drop off the form with a check and a self-addressed stamped envelope in the drop box outside Town Hall. Please include a self-addressed envelope and a stamp for each dog you are requesting a license for. We will mail the dog tag(s) back to you. It is Massachusetts general law that dogs be licensed annually, with proof of a current rabies vaccination. Failure to comply may result in a by-law citation fee.
Absentee Ballot Applications
Absentee ballot applications are available in our office, or on our web-site. If you want to be put on the permanent absentee ballot mailing list please fill out the form and check off "for all elections". If you know you will be out of Town for a certain election you can request an absentee ballot several weeks before an election.
The Annual Seekonk Town Election 2021 will be held Monday April 5, 2021. Nomination papers for offices are available in the Town Clerk’s office. Deadline to submit nomination papers to the Town Clerk is Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 5PM.
You must obtain a minimum of 50 signatures from voters registered in Seekonk. A street address not a P.O. Box is required from each person signing your papers. Please make sure signatures are legible or we will not be able to certify them.
Elected positions for the April 5, 2021 Annual Town Election
Board of Selectmen - Two seats (3-year term)
Board of Assessors - One seat (3-year term)
Board of Assessors - One seat (2-year term)
The Library Board of Trustees - Two seats (3-year term)
Housing Authority – One seat (5-year term)
Planning Board – One seat (5-year term)
School Committee – Two seats (3-year term)
Water Commission - One seat (3-year term)
To date, (1/25/21), we have not had anyone come forward to take papers out to run for the Water Commission seat the Planning Board seat and the 2-year seat on the Board of Assessor’s. I urge anyone who is interested in getting involved in their community take papers out and run for office.
Once again have a great month enjoy your long weekend. Remember the days are getting longer so Spring can’t be too far off. - Florice & Lorraine