December 7, 2019

Seekonk Senior Center Funding Approved

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Supporters of the Seekonk Senior Center got a boost from Monday’s town meeting vote, which approved $1.4 million for an expansion of the facility. The money will be used for renovations of the unused space at 540 Arcade Avenue. The first floor is used for the seniors and the human services department. However, the building’s upper floor is currently unoccupied. The total building size is 6000 square feet. Voters at last year’s town meeting appropriated $50,000 for the development of plans for phase two of the building.

Building committee chairperson Michelle Hines noted the changes will include the installation of an elevator, along with offices for the Parks and Recreation Director and the Veterans Agent, a conference room, and a pool table room. There will also be storage space designated for the two town employees.

Voters also approved $357,000 for the design and construction of a playground on the Seekonk Town Hall property, $200, 000 for a new turf athletic field and renovations to the athletic complex at Seekonk High School, and $115,000 to fund the first year of a collective bargaining agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police, MASS C.O.P. Local #215.

A zoning bylaw change pertaining to the number of chickens allowed to be kept on residential properties was approved. The bylaw mandates that all chicken owners will be required to register with the animal control officer on an annual basis.

Another zoning bylaw change which limits the number of adult use marijuana retail establishments to be operated in the town, passed. The number of licensed marijuana establishments will be limited to five: one marijuana cultivator, one product manufacturer, one independent testing laboratory, one research facility, and one marijuana transporter.

The only warrant article to be rejected was a zoning bylaw amendment which proposed the incorporation of Old Fall River Avenue lots into the Marijuana Overlay District.

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