Seabrook Receives Federal EDA Grant for Pier Repair

Seabrook has received word that we will receive a federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant of $695,965 for the repair of the Town Pier. This grant is vital to the regional economy, as the failure of the sheet pilings supporting the pier would have a devastating impact on the Yankee Fishing Cooperative and the regional fishing industry as well as on the ability of the Seabrook Station to use the harbor for the delivery of vital equipment. From the Press Release from the United States Department of Commerce:

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $695,965 grant to the Town of Seabrook, New Hampshire, to make critical infrastructure improvements needed to support the local fishing fleet and the NextEra nuclear power station. The grant, to be located near a Tax Cuts and Jobs Act designated Opportunity Zone, will be matched with $695,966 in local funds and is expected to help retain 200 jobs.

The project will help to repair the Seabrook Seawall to ensure the continued use of the wharf and adjacent channel. The work will include the replacement of the existing bulkhead and the re-grading and paving of land behind the seawall.

The Town of Seabrook has derived the matching funds from a taxpayer authorized bond, (2017 Warrant Article 6) allowing this project to move forward. My thanks to Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Senator Maggie Hassan, Congressman Chris Pappas, and Governor Sununu and the State of New Hampshire Economic Development team, who all worked to support this application. Our thanks to the Regional Economic Development Corporation President Laurel Adams as well as Jennifer Kimball, whose work and expertise were essential to having a successful application. My thanks to NextEra for all of their support and assistance.

The Seabrook Board of Selectmen have made this project a top priority, and it was the Board that placed the bond article in 2017, going to the public with strong advocacy for both the financing, and the project itself. Without the support and advocacy of the Board this project would not have reached this point.

Finally a big thank you to the U.S. Commerce Department and the E.D.A. They have been outstanding partners, responsive and helpful throughout.

We will announce next steps very shortly.

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The 2020 Budget Committee Budget Message

I have submitted, with the start of the FY 2020 Budget season, the below Budget message to the Budget Committee. The Budget delivers the same high level of service while attempting to deal with critical personnel shortages in DPW and Police. Despite that the budgetary increases, on the Town side, would be under 1%. The Budget Committee meetings have begun, and I look forward to those discussions.

Budget Message FY 2020 Budget Committee

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RSCS Opens in Seabrook

The Board of Selectmen were on hand for the ribbon cutting of the beautiful building housing Radiation Safety & Control Services, Inc. (RSCS) a new business that has located in Seabrook. We very much appreciate the investment in Seabrook, and wish them much success.

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Seabrook Financial Report for FY 2018

Each year I produce a financial report which is a tool for Seabrook policy makers as they make budgetary decisions. This book looks at some of the multi-year financial data for the Town, compiled from multiple sources. Numbers include total dollars raised (tax levy) as well as the sources of that revenue, the impacts of the tax payments (and structure of those payments) made by NextEra, the breakdown of where those dollars go, as well as tax rate information over the past five years. This report has been provided to the Board of Selectme and the Budget Committee in advance of the deliberation on the FY 2020 Budget.

Financial Report 2018 Fund Balance Amendment

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Methuen Mayoral Primary Results (Unofficial)

The unofficial results from the Methuen Mayoral Primary September 17, 2019 (Two to advance)

Riccio 147

*Kannan 1212

*Perry 2607

Shibilia 929

Central District Council Primary September 17, 2019 (Four to advance)

*McCarty 595
*Faretra 397
*Deeb 372
*Campagnone 368
Normandia 252

West District Councilor Primary September 17, 2019 (Four to advance)

*Simard 1199
*Bryant 706
*Gallo 612
*Saffie 540
Batal 281

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Methuen Democratic Town Committee Annual Breakfast 2019

The Methuen Democratic Town Committee held its annual breakfast yesterday. It was great to see the enthusiasm of the assembled group, and wonderful to have Congresswoman Lori Trahan, State Senator Diana DiZoglio, and State Reps Linda Dean Campbell and Christine Minicucci on hand to speak. The candidates for local office were on hand, and if they were in the audience they had an opportunity to speak. There was a straw poll, and those results are below. It is not easy to get up and give a short presentation on your candidacy, but everyone did a terrific job. Thanks to Chair Lisa Ferry, Vice Chair James McCarty, and all of the Committee members for all of their hard work.

Straw Poll Results:

Jennifer Kannan 95
Neil Perry 81
Dan Shibilia 8
Don Riccio 6

Councilor at Large:
David DJ Beauregard 136
Jessica L. Finocchiaro 95
Nicholas DiZoglio 77

Stephen J. Angelo, Jr. 59
Arthur L. Hardy III 14

Central District City Councilor
James McCarty 72
Joyce C. Campagnone 67
Jordan A. Normandia 62
Joel P. Faretra 28
Dennis “D.J.” Deeb 8

West District Councilor
Mike Simard 121
Allison Mary Saffie 80
Frank P. Gallo 52
William S. Bryant 49
Jeri-an Batal 14

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Senator Tom Sherman on Seabrook Community Meeting

State Senator Tom Sherman is convening a community meeting, in conjunction with the Seabrook Board of Selectmen, on September 16, 2019 at the Seabrook Community Center, 311 Lafayette Road, at 6:30 p.m. Senator Sherman is an MD, and he will bring some important speakers to this program to discuss, and look for solutions, to the very serious opioid crisis negatively impacting so many lives, in Seabrook and beyond. Our thanks to the Senator for his leadership. Hope to see you at this event.

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