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February 7, 2013

Town Warrant articles amended at deliberative session

SEABROOK — Although two amendments to warrant articles were merely “housekeeping” issues, there were important changes made to two other articles in the Town Warrant at Tuesday night’s deliberative session.

The amendments that offered major changes were made to 42 and 43. Article 42, a citizen’s petition, sought approval to name the gym in the town’s Recreation Center in memory of longtime employee Ted Pickard. The amendment changed naming the gym after Pickard to running and naming an annual Recreation Center sporting contest after him.

According to Recreation Department director Sandy Beadoin, the change better reflects Pickard’s interests while he worked at the center.

“Ted wasn’t about the building; he was all about programs for the kids,” she said yesterday. “He was a great guy and this would recognize him once a year at an event, which is better than just putting his name on a plaque on the wall, which is all that naming the gym after him would be.”

The amendment to Article 43, however, nullified the article completely. Offered in a petition conceptualized by Max Abramson, Article 43 originally requested $2,800 to install dash cameras in all Seabrook police cruisers. On the floor of deliberative session, Abramson offered the first amendment, which would have increased the funding to $16,000. But the amendment failed.

The amendment that passed came from resident Jo-Anne Page, and it changed the amount requested from $2,800 to zero.

During the debate, Seabrook police Chief Lee Bitomske rose to inform residents that installing dash cameras on cruisers may be coming to town as a tool to be used for law enforcement. Bitomske said “dash-cams” are on his “to-do list,” paid from the D’alessandro Fund, money left to the department by the late Elmo Augusto D’alessandro, currently amounting to about $600,000.

Amendments were also approved to make two minor language changes to Articles 15 and 25. Article 15 was changed to indicate the request for $40,000 was for maintenance and capital improvements work at Seabrook Public Library, which, if passed, would be overseen by the Library Board of Trustee.

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