• Greg Mancini

Town Council Mtg. Recap: Oct. 25

Updated: Nov 1

In recognition of National First Responders Day to be observed on October 28th, VFW Post 152 commander Sara J. Cavanagh presented certificates of appreciation to the NK Police and Fire departments on behalf of the VFW.


Thereafter the following council business occurred:


Public Hearings

The council held separate public hearings, after which the following occurred:

  1. All existing licenses for alcoholic beverage, victualing, amusement, dance, jukebox, and entertainment were renewed, subject to outstanding taxes and other town assessments.

  2. Golf course and Allen Harbor fee schedules were approved with slight increases.

  3. The number of mobile food establishment permits was increased from 25 to 30.

Public Comment

Separately a citizen who lives off Camp Avenue expressed concern about the proposed .25 road easement that the town may grant to Eversource to lay an underground cable. Specifically, he questioned why it cannot go through the Quonset Business Park. He further was concerned that the trees to be taken down to place the cable would be replaced with bushes that were not nearly as high. The town council asked the town manager to look into this matter and report back to the town council.


Town Expenditures

The town council approved the following expenditures of taxpayer monies:

ITEM

AMOUNT

FUNDING SOURCE

New Fire Department rescue vehicle

$289,978

Rescue billing acct.

Emergency Medical Equipment for Fire Department

$11,077.2

Rescue billing acct.

Fire Department personal protective equipment

$9,176

FY 22 budget

Award of sewer contract for Philips St. to Wickford Elementary school

$258,265

General Fund - Unrestricted Reserve

New recycling carts

$35,603.50

FY 22 Budget

4 Wheel Utility Tractor

$154,952.9

Capital Account

2 Heavy duty dump trucks with plow package

$379,068

FY 22 Budget

Engineering/consulting services for Water Department for Forge Road active mixing system project

$12,560

Water Fund

Install variable frequency drive, Well #4

$27,166

Water Fund


Licenses

The town granted a holiday license to Sears Hometown Store and renewed licenses for Sally Beauty Supply, LLC 70 Gate Road, unit B3, and Clean Comb, LLC, 610 Ten Rod Road.


The Manager reported:

  1. The town received a $274,324 check for our town council-approved resolution with Cove Properties.

  2. The town met with the Coast Guard to discuss concerns about dredging Allen Harbor. They are going to work with our harbormaster Jim Broccoli to see if we can temporarily relocate buoys within the channel prior to dredging.

  3. The Parades Committee will host a Veterans’ Day Commemoration on November 11th with a wreath laying at 9AM at Veterans Memorial Park and a parade that will start at Wilson Park at 10AM.

  4. Construction on the new McGinn Park playground will begin in December with a planned reopening by Memorial Day next year.

  5. The NK Economic Development Advisory Board is hosting a discussion on balancing town growth with quality of life on November 15th. All are invited to come.

  6. In the near future we will be discussing how we can spend the funds allocated to the town from the American Rescue Plan Act.

The Finance Director reported:

It is very early but the finance department is projecting a small surplus of $148,795 for FY 22. However, the budget includes a one-time use of $850,000 from our town fund balance.


Other Business

The town adopted its 2022 meeting schedule and amended its 2021 schedule to have only one December meeting, on the 13th. It also authorized rising star Chelsey Dumas-Gibbs, Recreation Director, to apply for state open space grants to further improve Wilson Park and for Yorktown Park also.


Meetings for the rest of 2021 are below:


November 8th

November 22nd

December 13th


See the EVENTS CALENDAR for additional NK townwide events.





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