Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Plan would give temporary taxing authority to town while long-term solution is sought.
Tuesday, April 2
STATE HOUSE, APR 1 – State Senator Nick Kettle (R-Coventry, West Greenwich, Scituate, Foster) and State Representative Patricia Morgan (R-Coventry, West Warwick, Warwick) have proposed a plan to ensure central Coventry residents have access to fire and emergency service once the Central Coventry Fire District ceases operation Apr. 11. Morgan and Kettle told a meeting called today by House Speaker Gordon Fox and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed that the best option was to ensure the safety of Coventry residents short-term, and get residents involved in the decision-making for a long-term solution. “Our basic plan is straightforward, and will allow the town to act temporarily on behalf of fire district residents. Through legislation we …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Rep. Patricia Morgan responds to a release from Central Coventry Fire District claiming that she allegedly used state funds to send inaccurate information to taxpayers.
In response to Monday's Central Coventry Fire District press release, Rep. Patricia Morgan (R – Coventry, West Warwick, Warwick) said that it took her by surprise. "It did surprise me because I had a long conversation with Dave Gorman about this not too long ago and explained that this is a big decision for taxpayers to make, so they should be informed," she said. The release states that Rep. Morgan used state funds to send a letter to her constituents last month containing her opinion and inaccurate information regarding the district's Feb. 11 budget meeting and the issues that residents will be asked to vote on. "I considered the letter the be a constituent service as I wanted the people in my district to have this information before …
Central Coventry firefighters are contesting portions of the letter as well as the funds used to distribute it.
Monday, February 11
Click here to read a release from the Central Coventry Fire District in response to Rep. Morgan's letter. Click here to read Rep. Morgan's response to the CCFD release.
Coventry Firefighters claim Rep. Patricia Morgan misused state funds to lie about fire district. Call for her to reimburse state.
Monday, February 11
The following is a release from the Central Coventry Fire District: Members of the Central Coventry Fire District are calling out Rep. Patricia Morgan (R – Coventry, West Warwick, Warwick) for wrongly using state funds for political campaigning. The dispute revolves around a January 25th letter that Morgan sent to voters in Coventry regarding the February 11 Budget Meeting of the CCFD. Morgan sent the letter on state letterhead on the taxpayers’ dime. In the letter, Morgan advocates, as an option to passage of the budget, “to move the fire district through bankruptcy as quickly as possible”, and to utilize private contractors to provide emergency services. Click here to view Rep. Morgan's letter to constituents or see the attached …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Members of the Coventry legislative delegation await a response from AG Kilmartin.
Senator Nicholas D. Kettle, (R-Dist. 21, Coventry, Foster, Scituate, West Greenwich), announced Tuesday that the Coventry legislative delegation has asked for an investigation into the Central Coventry Fire District’s handling of its pension fund. Kettle, along with Senator Leo Raptakis and Representatives Michael Chippendale, Lisa Tomasso, Jared Nunes and Patricia Morgan, requested Attorney General Peter Kilmartin begin a criminal investigation into the district’s failure to make its or employees’ payments into the Municipal Employees Retirement System between December 2011 and September 2012. “The people of the district as well as the fire personnel deserve an answer as to where that money has gone,” Kettle said. “The fire district is …