Seabrook Earns Big Money Through Public Auctions

The Seabrook Board of Selectmen have created centralized purchasing by policy, which has led to savings in procurement across the enterprise. As part of this major reform the Board abolished the position of Projects Clerk, and created the position of Procurement Manager. Since that time Procurement Manager Shaylia Marquis has brought the process of requesting public property surplus back to where it needs to be, with all requests for disposition of public property submitted to the Board of Selectmen in public session for discussion and decision by the governing body. As part of this effort Ms. Marquis initiated a process to dispose of taxpayer property through the use of “public auctions,” with utilization of a national on line company Public Surplus. That company does not charge the Town for use of the system, with all costs borne by the buyer. This initiative has brought the taxpayers of Seabrook over $70,000 for the surplus of public items, including $40,000 for the disposition of a Town boat. Ms. Marquis has initiated a process where Town police cruisers coming off line are disposed off through this process. We have just sold our third cruiser through this process, and those proceeds have far exceeded the value taxpayers would have received from simply trading the cruisers in against the value of new cruisers. There has been much more to centralized procurement than this item, but it is a significant success. Congratulations to Procurement Manager Marquis for all of her hard work in bringing this success to the taxpayers of Seabrook.

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Seabrook Procurement Manager Shaylia Marquis using Public Surplus

News Coverage of Seabrook’s use of Public Auctions to Save Taxpayer Dollars.

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Seabrook Requests Federal Assistance for Harbor Dredging

The Seabrook Board of Selectmen, at the March 6, 2017 meeting, formally voted to sign on to a letter to Senator Jeanne Shaheen asking for support for federal funding for the dredging of Seabrook Harbor. The text of that letter is below. Thanks to Tracy Shattuck, Chief Harbor Master of the New Hampshire Port Authority, Michael Pike, Seabrook Harbor Master, and the Yankee Fisherman’s Cooperative for their efforts in putting this effort together.

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News Coverage of the action by the Seabrook Board of Selectmen

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Beth Hart at the Wilbur in Boston

Had an opportunity to see Beth Hart at the Wilbur in Boston on Thursday February 23, 2017, and it was a sensational show. It was my first chance to see her live, and she did not disappoint. She had some terrific bandmates with her, and they played at a hard pace for two hours. If you get a chance do not miss her, as she is a treat. Another show visitor made this video of her doing Jazz Man.

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Swearing in of Seabrook Fire Captain Marc Bibeau

A big congratulations to new Seabrook Fire Captain Marc Bibeau, who was sworn in at the Fire Department on Wednesday February 22, 2017. A big thank yopu to Fire Chief William Edwards, and to the entire Department. Many Firefighters were on hand to wish Captain Bibeau well. He was pinned by his dad. Thanks to the Board of Selectmen for their strong support of the Seabrook Fire Department.

The Press coverage of the swearing in.

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Robert Wheeler Donates Painting to Seabrook

Many thanks to Bob Wheeler, who painted “Memorial Parade at Seabrook” and has donated it to the Town. The Board of Selectmen has ordered that it be displayed prominently in Town Hall. We look forward to its formal unveiling in Town Hall in the very near future.

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EPA Recognizes Seabrook Wastewater Plant for Regional Excellence

The Seabrook Wastewater Treatment facility has been recognized by the federal EPA with a Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Excellence Award. On behalf of our Board of Selectmen our congratulations to Superintendent Maltais and all of the men and women that worked so hard to achieve this recognition. Running a successful Wastewater facility requires tremendous diligence, hard work, and attention to detail. We are all very proud of our Wastewater facility for achieving recognition by the Environmental Protection Agency. The press release from the EPA is below.

BOSTON – The Seabrook, N.H. Wastewater Treatment Facility was recently selected by EPA for a 2016 Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Excellence Award. The Seabrook facility, led by Philippe Maltais, Superintendent and Dustin Price, Chief Operator, was recognized by EPA’s New England Office for exceptional work in operating and maintaining the wastewater treatment plant. The facility was one of six facilities in New England acknowledged for exemplary performance during 2016.
The EPA Regional Wastewater Awards Program recognizes personnel in the wastewater field who have provided invaluable public service managing and operating wastewater treatment facilities throughout New England. The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services was instrumental in the plant’s nomination.
“The professionals operating wastewater treatment plants play a very important role in keeping our communities and environment healthy by protecting water quality. We are proud to acknowledge this staff’s outstanding contributions to help protect public health and water quality and to give them the credit they deserve,” said Deborah Szaro, acting regional administrator of EPA’s New England Office.
The EPA Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Excellence Award was established to recognize and honor the employees of publicly owned wastewater treatment plants for its commitment to improving water quality with outstanding plant operations and maintenance. More often than not, and particularly with the smaller facilities, conscientious operators and staff continue to perform exceptionally with limited resources. EPA’s New England office formally acknowledged the Seabrook facility for its fine work during the annual New England Water Environment Association Conference last month.
More information: https://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/about-office-water#wastewater

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Book Review of “Five Presidents” by Clint Hill

Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and FordFive Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford by Clint Hill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Retired Secret Service Agent Clint Hill has written another book about his service, detailing a career spent serving five Presidents. Hill was made famous by his role in the tragic assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas, seen jumping onto the back of the Presidential limo after the fatal shot had hit. Agent Hill was actually on the Secret Service detail protecting the First Lady that day, not on the Presidential Protection detail. That was a day that stayed with Hill forever, which he talked about in great detail in the book.
Hill’s tenure covered Ike, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and finally Ford. He handles the assessments of each honestly, showing us some of the warts, as well as the strengths, of each, in a non-partisan way. As someone who has read all the Caro books on LBJ Agent Hill’s descriptions of Johnson rang true. While this book will not shed new historical light it was an interesting take on each of the five Presidents. Hill, who has an active Twitter account @clinthill_ss gives a nice overview of the challenges that come from being in the Secret Service, and how the organization has evolved from his early days.
Agent Hill has put together a fine book that is an interesting and easy read. I know we are a bit early calendar wise but it would make a great summer read for folks putting together that list early.

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