Town Council Highlights - June 14 Mtg.

APPROVED:

  • award of contracts for Information Technology, Dept. of Public Works, Recreation, Water Supply, and Senior Center expenses

  • permits and licenses for exciting upcoming events including:

  • Wickford Village Association (music and performances on various dates throughout the village, and Harbor Lights on June 24, July 29, August 26, and September 30)

  • Coastal Grower’s Market (music on Saturdays June through October at Casey Farm)

  • Ocean State Pops Orchestra (live concert at Town Beach on August 7)

  • various dance recitals and sports tournaments

  • Blue Bus Foundation (Movies at the Beach on August 21)

  • Plum Beach Club (fireworks July 2)

  • license renewals for mobile homes, laundry, and secondhand businesses

  • placement of poles by National Grid and Verizon

  • private road on Snuff Mill Rd following unanimous backing by the Conservation Commission

  • Authorization to establish a premium offset account with the Rhode Island Trust

  • a union contract for Local 1033 (all town workers except police and fire depts.)


APPOINTED:

  • to the Asset Management Commission: Dianne Izzo, Edson Place, Edward Cooney Jr., James McGwin

  • to the Audit Committee: Lawrence Mandel, Richard August

  • to the Building Code Board of Appeals: David Caldwell

  • to the Groundwater Committee: Kevin Doherty, Laura Harris, Kathleen Guarino, John McGinn

  • to the Leisure Services Advisory Committee: John Pyne

  • to the Planning Commission: Patrick Roach

  • as Probate Judge: Brian Fielding

  • as Veteran’s Liaison: Matthew McCoy

  • to the Zoning Board of Review: John Gibbons, John (Jack) Kliever

ADJUSTED:

  • building permit fees, to align them with state law

DISCUSSED:

  • report by Information Technology Advisory Committee, with request for the Council to follow up with input

  • a homestead exemption, which could lessen the burden of a future property tax increase to long-time, primary North Kingstown residents

  • the Council’s vision for upcoming capital projects, to possibly include a recreation center; the old Town Hall renovation; municipal offices; a new public safety complex; and a new middle school

  • The precipitants to these projects are complex and varied. Wickford Middle School is 85 years old. Our public safety complex has a range of problems, from poor ventilation to safety and security issues to lack of distinct facilities for women. Our municipal offices reside in temporary structures. We have no recreation center.

  • The Council put forth the need to balance fiscal reality with municipal needs, and the need to consider things like green technology, future growth, and funding sources as we prepare for these endeavors. Discussion will continue.


NEXT MEETING: June 28, 2021



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