On Monday, August 18, the Town Council met for a lengthy and productive session.
Several residents participated in public comment, with the majority sharing their support for diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts (read more here: https://www.providencejournal.com/story/news/education/2021/08/14/north-kingstown-school-committee-member-faces-recall-petition/8127033002/).
Other residents gave feedback on a proposed parking ban: the Council upheld constituents' requests by voting unanimously against this proposed ordinance.
On matters big and small, public comment helps shape the Council's decisions and is an invaluable component of municipal government. To participate, you can come in person or email the Town Council at TownCouncil@northkingstown.org. In addition to hearing feedback from residents, the Council acknowledged efforts from several community organizations and businesses: • Ocean State Job Lot donated 4 hybrid bicycles to the Police Department's bike patrol • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island will receive a memorandum of understanding from the Town Manager relative to their efforts to support our young people We continued discussion on potential projects and events that can enhance and enrich our community. These ideas include: • A new public safety complex (discussion ongoing) • New municipal offices (discussion ongoing) • North Kingstown serving as an Arbor Day 2022 Host Community (authorized staff to apply) • A request by the North Kingstown Booster Club to name the North Kingstown High School turf field in memory Dick Fossa (approved for public hearing) • A one-page letter to all residents explaining what services their taxes are funding (discussion ongoing) There was considerable discussion regarding public safety needs, with the council voting unanimously to approve a grant application for a K-9 unit and the purchase of protective face shields. Our NK police had a K-9 dog in the early 2000’s, but the program was not continued when the dog died. The new K-9 will be used for search and rescue as well as school outreach.
The above summarizes meeting highlights. To view the August 18th agenda in full, please visit: https://www.northkingstown.org/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_08162021-2122.