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. …
Friday, May 3, 2013
Special Master Rick Land and several local legislators Friday provided the court with a progress update of the ongoing CCFD case.
During a Central Coventry Fire District status update in Kent County Superior Court on Friday, Judge Brian P. Stern asked Special Master Richard Land to share with the court the latest progress made regarding the district's attempt to avoid liquidation. Land explained that as of Friday, he had $42,200 in cash on hand to fund district operations and had received the second of two $150,000 loan checks from the Town of Coventry that morning. Apart from the initial loan check from the Town, Land also recently received approximately $156,000 in tax payments and rescue run recovery funds that have been used to pay ongoing expenses. He said that since March, CCFD has continued to operate, but with a significantly reduced staffing structure …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Town Council members confirmed their 4-1 passage of the $300,000 loan to ensure compliance with state and local Open Meetings laws.
Following the filing of a complaint with the office of Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, the Coventry Town Council on Monday chose to confirm its April 9 vote authorizing the Town to loan Central Coventry Fire District Special Master Richard Land up to $300,000 to keep the district operational for several more weeks. According to Town Solicitor Fred Tobin, the complaint was in regards to an Emergency Meeting for April 9, called by Council President Gary Cote during a routine Council session on April 8. The complainant claimed the Town had violated the RI Open Meetings Act (OMA) which requires a minimum notice of 48 hours prior to a municipal meeting. Tobin went on to explain that the Coventry Town Charter only requires a 12-hour notice …
Monday, April 22, 2013
Captain Chief William Hall served department for 22 years.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Captain Chief William Hall served department for 22 years.
- POLICE & FIRE
Saturday, April 20
It is with deepest sorrow that The Central Coventry Fire District announces the passing of Captain William Hall after a lengthy and courageous battle with occupational cancer that was contracted in the line of duty. Captain Hall was the beloved husband of Tracy, and beloved father of Sarah. While wake and funeral arrangements are still being finalized, Captain Hall will be interred in accordance with Traditional Firefighter Line of Duty Death honors and procedures. Captain Hall will be posthumously promoted to the rank of Battalion Chief. Further information will be released as details become available. Please keep Captain Hall’s family in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Respectfully, Andrew J. Baynes Chief of …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The $300K loan will allow additional time for legislation to be passed and taxpayers to be informed about all aspects of a possible CCFD liquidation.
At Tuesday night's emotionally-charged emergency Special Meeting, four of the five Coventry Town Council members voted in favor of putting forth a motion in court requesting authorization for the Town to loan the Central Coventry Fire District a maximum of $300,000 to continue the delivery of emergency services for several more weeks. Following the motion being filed in Kent County Superior Court, Judge Brian P. Stern held a hearing on Wednesday afternoon during which testimony from various legal counsel was heard in respect to the proposed loan. Atty. Nick Gorham, representing Rep. Patricia Morgan, Sen. Nick Kettle and Councilwoman Karen Carlson (the opposing Council vote), spoke against the loan, saying that the Coventry Town Charter…
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
A 4-to-1 vote enabled the Town of Coventry to seek court authorization to loan a maximum of $300,000 to the foundering Central Coventry Fire District.
Dozens of Coventry residents gathered in Town Council Chambers at Town Hall Tuesday night for an emergency Special Meeting to bear witness to a discussion by Council members regarding a suggested loan from the Town of Coventry to the Central Coventry Fire District. The loan, proposed at Monday night's Council meeting by President Gary Cote, would not exceed $300,000 and would bridge the gap between Apr. 11 when the district will be out of funds and officially closed per order of the court, and May 15 when its third quarter tax bills are due. As of that date, tax revenue would be used to begin loan repayment to the Town of Coventry. The loan would also allow state and local legislators additional time to develop and introduce legislation …
Rep. Morgan believes that uncollected fire district taxes could fund fire
and emergency operations for months.
Tuesday, April 9
STATE HOUSE, APR 9 – A proposal to spend $300,000 to keep the failed Central Coventry Fire District operating for a few more weeks is “absolutely irresponsible” says State Rep. Patricia Morgan (R-Coventry, West Warwick, Warwick). The Coventry Town Council will be asked tonight to “loan” the soon-in-liquidation Central Coventry Fire District $300,000 to maintain operations for a few weeks, until some other solution is found to provide residents with fire and emergency services on a permanent basis. The Court overseeing the liquidation of the Fire District must approve such a plan, however. “We have offers in hand from well-established private ambulance companies that tell us we can base two fully-staffed ambulances in Coventry, 24/7, for…
Monday, April 8, 2013
A proposed plan to loan the nearly-dissolved fire district will be discussed Tuesday night.
During a Monday afternoon hearing in Kent County Superior Court, Judge Brian Stern strongly suggested to CCFD Special Master Rick Land, as well as state and town officials, that they attempt to find a quick fix of at least $200,000 to temporarily keep the district open. If accomplished, the district may be able to remain operational until legislators can devise a long-term plan for providing fire and emergency service to residents of Central Coventry. Several hours after the hearing at a regularly scheduled meeting of the Coventry Town Council, Council President Gary Cote announced a Special Meeting to be held on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Coventry Town Hall. In accordance to Section 3.13 of the Coventry Home Rule Charter, Cote called the …