Thursday, May 16, 2013
A moderator was also appointed for the Financial Town Meeting on June 11 during which residents will vote on the proposed budget and 3.5 percent tax increase.
During Monday's meeting, the Coventry Town Council voted 3 to 2 in favor of approving Town Manager Tom Hoover's proposed budget for fiscal 2013-14. (See the attached PDF to view the Town's most recent budget presentation.) The proposed operating budget to be voted on by residents next month totals $93,218,553. This reflects an increase of $3,540,687 from the 2012-2013 budget. Of the $93.2 million, $65,118,541 is allocated as the school department's total operating budget which includes a requested $400,000 increase to fund state mandated technology updates ($300,000) and a non-recurring $100,000 to reopen Oak Haven School as an Early Learning Center. Coventry's current tax levy, roughly $62.3 million, will be increased by nearly $2.3 …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The following memorandum was submitted by court order to Judge Brian Stern in regards to the Central Coventry Fire District Special Mastership.
Wednesday, May 15
April 23, 2013 Insurers use the type of fire protection covering a particular home as one factor in determining whether or not the insurer will agree to insure the home (underwriting) and determine the premium that will be charged to the homeowner (rating). The Rhode Island appointed advisory organization, Insurance Services Office (ISO), publishes Public Protection Classifications (PPC) that insurers may use to underwrite and rate homeowners insurance. Insurers are free to use other classifications, however, we believe that the use of ISO PPC classifications is common for most insurers writing in Rhode Island. Insurers will set different standards for what PPC classifications they are willing to write and the effect on rates. Therefore…
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Taskforce Broadening Membership, Preparing For Election
COVENTRY – In the wake of a Friday Superior Court hearing most believe heralds elections for a new Board for the imperiled Fire District, the Coventry Citizens Taskforce today scheduled a meeting for tonight, May 14, and launched a renewed effort to expand its membership and get organized for elections. The group recently launched a website at coventrycitizens.com, and is actively using social media such as Facebook and Twitter to get its message out and engage its members. But it hasn’t forgotten the old tools, either, and the group has begun to distribute “Had Enough Of Fire Taxes?” lawn signs throughout Coventry. The eye-catching, red-and-black signs state the high tax issue and encourage residents to login at the Taskforce website. …
Council approved multiple new licenses and renewals on Monday night.
Licenses The following license applications were approved: The following Second Hand licenses were renewed: The following Auto Salvage licenses were renewed:
Monday, May 13, 2013
A bid package complete with project diagrams and photos was presented to and approved by the School Building Committee on Wednesday.
At the their latest meeting, members of the Coventry School Building Committee met with Torrado Architects Owner Luis Torrado and Vice President Brian O'Connell to discuss the progress that has been made on the planning and engineering of five school improvement projects that the company was contracted for in March. "We're doing very well and staying with our schedule," said Torrado. During the meeting, O'Connell presented to the Committee design development and schematic designs for each of the schools where work will be performed. Among them was an asbestos abatement plan correlating with state health department requirements which illustrated asbestos-ridden areas of the schools, including various roof and floor tile locations at …
The lawmakers are applauded for working to end inhumane treatment of farm animals in Rhode Island.
Monday, May 13
STATE HOUSE –The Humane Society of the United States recently awarded Rep. Patricia A. Serpa (D-Dist. 27,Coventry, West Warwick, Warwick) and Rhode Island Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio (D-Dist. 4, North Providence, Providence) as Rhode Island’s Humane State Legislators for 2012. Each year, The HSUS recognizes select state lawmakers across the country who pursue path-breaking animal protection legislation and demonstrably advance reform in the policy-making arena. Sen. Ruggerio and Rep. Serpa are recognized for their sponsorship of two farm animal welfare measures. The first (2012-S 2191Aaa, 2012-H 7180A) bans veal crates for veal calves and gestation crates for breeding sows – cages that permanently confine the animals and …
Today is Monday, May 13, 2013 and here are five things you should know about.
Town Council Meeting: The Coventry Town Council will meet this evening at 6 p.m. for a presentation and discussion of Pension Obligation Boards, followed by the regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. Click here for tonight's agenda. CHS Senior Supper: This year's Coventry High School Senior Supper will take place on Wednesday, May 22 at Quidnessett Country Club. Apart from dinner and prizes, students will receive their yearbooks, caps and gowns. Tickets are $45 and are on sale Monday through Thursday this week. Fagan Door Scholarship: For the first time ever, Fagan Door will be awarding two deserving Coventry High School seniors each a $500 scholarship based on academic and extracurricular accomplishment. Applications must be submitted by…
Take a look at the upcoming topics to be discussed at Monday's Coventry Town Council meeting and budget work session.
The proposed $1.5 million loan from Centreville Bank was turned down on Friday, but remains on the court calendar.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
RI Senator rebuts "magical thinking" masquerading as religious viewpoint on carbon pollution.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) took the floor of the US Senate Wednesday to rebut the remark of a fellow senator, whom, he said, told him God wouldn't allow humanity to ruin the planet with carbon pollution and climate change. "It is less an expression of religious thinking than it is of magical thinking," Whitehouse said. The remark sweeps aside consequences, duty, responsibility and awareness of the issue of climate change, he said. "That is seeking magical deliverance from our troubles, not divine guidance through our troubles," Whitehouse said. The Senator hasn't attributed the remark that spurred the speech, but The Huffington Post reports Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) recently said he didn't know what humans have done to Mother Nature…