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  • Kim Page

Town Council Meeting - 3/13/23

The first meeting in the month of March was a short meeting before our budget hearings later

in the week. The Town Manager presented his budget which had the following highlights:

  • The North Kingstown Budgeting process is a zero-based budget, meaning it is not assumed that the amount given to a department the year before will be the same or more the following year.

  • The proposed budget for 2024 (July 2023-July 2024) is suggested to increase by 3% . The proposed budget allots 62% to the School Department.

  • While the Town has a 12 million fund balance, this was built up over ten years and the Town Manager is planning to spend a portion of the fund balance on one-time capital expenses.

The Town Manager proposed using part of our fund balance is as follows:

  • A 350th Anniversary Celebration in 2024 for North Kingstown

  • Renovations for Municipal Office Building

  • Renovations at McGinn & Wilson Parks for basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts, construct pickleballs courts, and provide additional seating.

  • Upgrade the Community Center

  • New LED lighting at McGinn & Ryan Parks

  • AED’s (automated external defibrillator) throughout town

  • Road Paving

  • Repairs and improvements to the Senior Center

  • Adding two police officers

  • Make improvements to the golf course and Allen Harbor

There was a discussion on replacing the Whistleblower ordinance with a Whistleblower policy.

All new ordinances require the Council to have the item on their agenda at two meetings and

be listed as a public hearing for citizens to comment on the ordinance; deleting ordinances also

require two readings of public comment on why the ordinance is no longer needed. The current

Whistleblower ordinance requires complaints to be heard by the Audit Committee. The Audit

Committee reported no substantial issues were raised for the past ten years. A few months ago,

the Audit committee requested the Town Council repeal the Whistleblower ordinance. The

Town Manager agreed and proposed a Whistleblower policy in which he would be the ultimate

arbitrator of issues. He suggested a flow chart for complaint procedures and stated this would

be prominently displayed on the website so the policy was easy to find, and citizens and town

workers could understand the process. This was the first time discussing the repeal of the

ordinance and implementation of the policy, so the Council will discuss this issue at a future

meeting. On Thursday we will meet for our budget hearings.

Respectfully submitted, Kim Page


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