During a Tuesday morning hearing held at the Washington County Courthouse in Wakefield, R.I. Superior Court Judge Brian P. Stern appointed Richard Land as Permanent Special Master of the Central Coventry Fire District.
"The only difference is that the new appointment makes permanent what was temporary before," explained Land. "This is just another step in the path to resolve the issues of the district. Assuming that we can eventually get an approved budget and get where we need to be, the Special Mastership can then be dismissed."
Land confirmed that the regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting on Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. at CCFD headquarters (240 Arnold Rd.)will serve as an informational forum for residents who have any questions about the special mastership process. A special CCFD budget meeting has been scheduled for Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. at Coventry High School.
"We're hoping to be able to approve a budget on December 10 or at the very least be able to present one before the voters," he said.
A meeting of the district's finance committee is also currently being planned.
"In the meantime, we have many people working to get our hands around the district's financial situation, actively working on a budget and identifying the obligations that need to be satisfied," said Land.
See the attached PDF file for the Dec. 10 Special Budget Meeting agenda.