Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Special Master Richard Land has released the following documents regarding the Central Coventry Fire District.
Editor's Note: All budget/tax rate information can be found in the two PDF documents attached. Supplementary screen shots are included for Coventry Patch mobile users who do not have the appropriate PDF reader software. A public budget hearing will be held on Monday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Coventry High School auditorium. Click here to view the meeting agenda. Past CCFD information from Special Master Richard Land can be found by clicking this sentence.
The following items will be on the agenda at Monday's meeting, starting at 7 p.m. at Coventry High School.
Click here to view Special Master Richard Land's proposed CCFD 2012-2013 budget and tax rate.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Land and local emergency service personnel will discuss possible options and outcomes for the Central Coventry Fire District.
In response to a recent notice on Coventry Patch from John Assalone, CCFD Special Master Richard Land explained the purpose behind Friday's Public Safety Committee Meeting at Town Hall at 2 p.m. Land explained that the reason for holding the meeting, which will include a group of individuals from the emergency response field, CCFD Board members Joe Bonn, Marie Fisher and David Jervis, is to discuss all of the possible options that would be available IF the Central Coventry Fire District ceased operation for any reason. "The point of this meeting is to understand at least what the short term options are if that were to happen," said Land. "This is about emergency services and I need the professionals that participate in the field to come …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
By John R. Assalone
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Dear Editor, It is time to shut down Central Coventry Fire District. Taxpayer’s meeting Monday, Dec. 10th at Coventry High School. In my opinion, we are in this fiscal disaster because of dirty contracts negotiated between Capt. David Gorman for the union and with board members that are or were firefighters and out of control spending. In 2006, when the fire companies merged, there was almost $1 million in surplus. As of this date, the CCFD deficit is in the vicinity of $2.5 million. The board members that approved all these contracts and spending were totally incompetent – managerially and fiscally. These will be the same people asking for what we estimate to be a new $3.00 tax rate or a 65% increase in your taxes! The shut down …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The decision will allow the struggling Central Coventry Fire District to begin receiving some revenue to pay firefighters and other operating costs.
Firefighters, board members and several taxpayers of the Central Coventry Fire District along with several town officials including Town Manager Tom Hoover, Town Council President Gary Cote, Police Chief Bryan Volpe and Asst. Town Solicitor Arthur Reed gathered at the Washington County Courthouse in Wakefield at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. The occasion was a much-anticipated hearing regarding the fire district's recent special mastership filing that occurred last Tuesday. Following an annual meeting on Oct. 1 where the passage of the 2012-2013 budget was tabled until Dec. 3, Interim Chief Andrew Baynes and then Board of Directors Vice-President Joseph Bonn announced at a press conference that the district was out of funds needed to pay staff …
Attorney Richard Land briefly discussed the district's ongoing court process before board members were sworn in.
Dozens of taxpayers filed into the Central Coventry Fire District's headquarters at 240 Arnold Road on Tuesday night for the CCFD Board of Directors meeting. It was the first public board meeting since the financially-strapped district filed for receivership a week earlier. At the meeting, residents were introduced to Providence attorney Richard Land, who was appointed temporary Special Master of the district on Monday. Land briefly explained that the court system has determined that a fiduciary is necessary to handle the affairs of the district during this crisis and to help move it into a positive direction. He also stated that the district is in the process of a Special Mastership opposed to a Receivership as stated in earlier reports…
CCFD taxpayers were presented with several district reports and court updates at Tuesday's board meeting.
Following the voting and swearing-in of several Central Coventry Fire District Board members at Tuesday night's meeting, Interim Chief Andrew Baynes proceeded to give his report which included information about the number of calls that the district responded to in recent weeks as well as updates on vehicle and apparatus maintenance. Treasurer's Report When board members arrived at Agenda Item #10, the Treasurer's Report, longtime Coventry resident and owner of C.R. Burns Associates, Conrad Burns explained that he had recently accepted the challenge of creating a new accounting system for the district to bring its books up-to-date from Aug. 31, 2012 to the present. Burns will provide his pro bono services to the district in an attempt to …
Monday, October 15, 2012
Richard Land will be appointed to oversee the troubled district.
Providence attorney Richard Land announced Monday that he will be taking on the role of temporary Special Master of the Central Coventry Fire District, which filed for state receivership last Tuesday. Land has been appointed to ensure that judicial orders are followed throughout the legal process. The 52-member district is currently working without pay as it's $1.6-million deficit is being considered. Land's appointment will be reviewed by R.I. Superior Court Judge Brian P. Stern on Wednesday. Land has practiced law in Rhode Island since 1996 and was named Receiver for the bankrupt 38 Studios in August of this year.