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VIDEO: Board of Selectmen Deny Allegations of Back Room Deals

Board of Selectman candidate Bob McClintock alleges members have concealed details of engineering contract and hired employees illegally.

Seekonk Board of Selectmen members waited until the end of Wednesday night’s meeting to bring out the big verbal guns. 

Selectman Dave Parker made a statement to the public in response to claims that members have given out illegal engineering contracts worth approximately $100,000 and hired employees away from public view.

"It's personal. I challenged that person by e-mail over 10 days ago to come forward," Parker said, noting the person is a Board of Selectmen candidate. "That means we're breaking the law. He also said people are getting jobs because of us and that has to stop. I just want the public to know.”

He wrapped up his statement with a thought on the hardships of municipal servitude.

“I know what it means to have a whole bunch of people think you’re an absolute fruitcake no matter which way you go … It doesn’t matter what I do, I’m going to get, like, a whole bunch of people saying I’m a bum. It does take a special person to put up with that type of thing.”

Selectman Michael Brady also said he never made a political move to benefit family. 

"I didn't do it for that," he said. "I did it for those of you like me out there who go to work every day and send your kids to school, pay your taxes and want someone there to look out for you."

On Thursday, selectmen candidate Bob McClintock said he believed Parker’s statement was targeted toward him – though his name was not mentioned during the public meeting.

"This is a last-minute ploy by forces at town hall. They don’t want me elected because they know I’ll expose the truth and clean up the mess that they have made,” he said on Thursday afternoon.

According to McClintock, back room deals are “public knowledge” and change is needed.

“Seekonk residents are tired of sneaky backyard politics. It’s been going on too long,” he said.

During the meeting, board members also approved a $4.61 increase in the annual trash pickup fee in the 2012 fiscal year. Brady thought residents who do not pay should have their trash services shut off.

"I don’t think that’s fair to the 4,000 of us doing it ... We should notify the trash hauler and no longer pick up trash at those residences," Brady said.

Board members also renewed the contracts of Chief of Police Ron Charron and Finance Director Bruce Alexander.

Dm April 02, 2011 at 01:08 PM
A lot of residents are having issues paying bills because of loss of jobs, and yes everyone needs to pay their bills, but for some it is a matter of priority (heat, electricity or "trash"). I agree with Deb, that not picking up the trash will create greater issues, not only stench but animals will get into the trash and throw the litter everywhere. Who will pick up the trash that will spread into the streets and into your yard? Be a good neighbor.....if you have a neighbor you know having difficulty paying their trash bill, offer to put their trash with yours so it gets picked up. If more people just lent a helping hand to one person they know in need, we would be living in a much better society. We send billions of dollars to other countries for people we don't even know, yet we can't help our own citizens in time of need. We give donations to animal shelters and the SPCA to help mistreated animals but we can't help another human being? I love animals but we need to get our priorities straight.
William Rice April 02, 2011 at 01:34 PM
David...I applaud your efforts in bringing scurrilous rumors to light. At a time when the leaders of Seekonk should be bending all of their effort towards the future with it's unique field of hazards that lie in the path of our healthy community, we must set aside past difficulties and work together to reveal solutions. It is disappointing to see the persons perhaps best able to help us solve these problems together engaged in playground antics. Please, let us set aside our childish ways....
paul April 03, 2011 at 03:33 PM
Thank God Monday ends all the ugly signs and phone calls. I don't know Robert Richardson and my neighbors don't either. Many folks in the North end won't be voting but would if North School was open. Calling folks at home and telling them who "NOT" to vote for is voter intimidation and makes people not vote at all. Don't turn Seekonk into Rehoboth!
Liz Cordian April 04, 2011 at 05:57 PM
Trash pickup should be for those who PAY their bills. I agree with not picking up the trash for those who have not paid their bill or attempted to pay something. I have been out of work for over a year and its been difficlut, yet my priorities are not buying lotto tics, eating out, or other such foolishness that some people continue to do even if they don't have the money. Stop making the rest of us pay for those who don't. Sick and tired of working for some other people that have their priorites messed up.
Alan Cinqmars April 06, 2011 at 11:07 PM
Funny thing, talking about back door politics, it seems a former selectmen got his son a cushy job doing electrical work in Hertitage Heights many years ago! Maybe that slipped his mind. What's that saying, "People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones?"

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