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August 15, 2023 Town Council Meeting Report

Our preview of this meeting was published here.

The agenda packet for the 7 pm meeting is here. The video for the meeting can be viewed here (link will be added when available).

  • The 7 pm meeting was preceded by a 6:15 Executive Session to discuss applications for the Town Administrator position and possibly set a date for a special meeting to Review the Applications and Select Individuals for Potential Interview. Upon return from the Executive Session the Council voted to hold a special meeting to consider Town Administrator applications on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm.

  • Town Solicitor Peter Ruggiero led some discussion around State and local law about Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). Some written information was provided in the agenda packet here. The Council voted to request the Solicitor, Town Planner (Jane Weidman), and the Building Official (Joe Warner) to draft a new ADU ordinance incorporating what the Planner suggested (in the packet) plus what the Affordable Housing Commission suggested last year, consistent with current State law.

  • The Council considered appointments to the Zoning Board of Review. Two positions, one as a full position to fill an unexpired term due to a resignation and the other as an alternate, were listed. Applications can be seen starting here. Charlestown's ordinance requires vacancies due to resignation be filled by one of the current alternate members. Alternate ZBR member Richard Torres was selected as the full member. Laura Wibeto was chosen as the alternate member.

  • A suggestion for a new town ordinance with fines for littering will be discussed in a public hearing on September 11, 2023.

  • The Council and Town Solicitor, Peter Ruggiero, discussed next steps on Upcoming changes to R.I. General Laws as they pertain to the Town, described in overview here. The Council voted to ask the Solicitor, Town Planner, and Building Official to start identifying specific ordinance changes needed to comply with state law changes.

  • The previously scheduled special meeting to discuss safety on Charlestown Beach Road was moved from August 21 until October 16 at 6:00 pm.

  • Some Federal money may be available to the town, via the State Learn365 Compact, for enhancing learning in ways supplemental to the school district. This could be through the Cross Mills Library or something similar. Some information is in the agenda packet here. There is no obligation from signing on and potential for some positive things. Richmond and Hopkinton have already signed on. The Council voted to sign on to the Compact.

The meeting adjourned at 9:05 pm.

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