Thursday, February 28, 2013
Auditor says Town passed both financial and compliance audits.
At Monday's Town Council meeting, Paul L. Dansereau, CPA of Baxter Dansereau & Associates presented the Independent Audit performed for the Town of Coventry for the fiscal year which ended on June 30, 2012. Dansereau briefly showed members of the Council where they could find specific financial information within the 133-page audit (attached) in regards to the Town's net assets, liabilities, fiduciary funds, etc., before his report. From a long-term standpoint, Dansereau explained that pages 13-14 of the audit show the Town's profits and losses by illustrating the expenses of governmental and business-type operations. The audit shows a total Net Assets amount of - $14,932,163, a number affected greatly by the amount of liabilities that…
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Council members unanimously approved all proposed agenda items at the Feb. 25 meeting.
Council President Gary Cote began Monday night's meeting by presenting a proclamation recognizing the Coventry Public Works, Parks and Recreation, Police and Fire departments as well as members of the Emergency Operations Committee for their performance during and following the Blizzard of 2013. "Sitting in our position, we always get calls and emails about what is wrong in the Town of Coventry, so it was really nice to get calls, emails and actually visits to my house from people in my neighborhood about how they appreciate the job our DPW and other departments did during the storm," said Cote. Chuck Smith of DPW explained that to cover the 64 sq. miles of Coventry, the department has 23 drivers who treat about 200 miles of road in …
Seven members were appointed to serve on three Town boards.
During the Feb. 25 meeting of the Coventry Town Council, the appointments of four new members and reappointment of three existing members were approved for service on the following Town boards: Personnel Board Sewer Sub-Committee Land Trust Click here for additional coverage of Monday's Town Council meeting.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The recognition of Captain Edouard Jacques was among the items of business at the most recent Town Council meeting.
Military Service Proclamation To a standing ovation, Captain Edouard J. Jacques, former Town Council president and ex-World War II bomber pilot was recognized for his professionalism and exceptional service to the town. Jacques was awarded the Rhode Island Star on Feb. 6 at the National Guard Headquarters in Cranston for his exceptional military service in WWII. The award is given to those in military service of the State or Federal Government who distinguish themselves by exception meritorious service. Captain Jacques is also the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service as a lead bombardier flying 30 missions over Germany during World War II. Captain Jacques' war time experiences is the subject of the upcoming book, …
Monday, February 18, 2013
Coventry Police officers were honored at a ceremony during a recent Town Council meeting.
At the Feb. 11 meeting of the Coventry Town Council, Police Chief Bryan Volpe led a promotion ceremony for four of Coventry Police Department's officers, as well as the introduction of two new additions: Captain John S. MacDonald Capt. MacDonald graduated from from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He is currently a member of the RI Army National Guard, serving for the past 21 years as well as a Blackhawk Helicopter Pilot, serving two oversees tours. His most notable achievement came in 2005, when he commanded Alpha Company 1st of the 126th Aviation during combat operations in Balad, Iraq. This past year, he served in Kuwait as the Operations Officer for the 1st Battalion 126th Aviation, where he was …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Police mutual aid agreements and General Assembly requests were also topics discussed at the Feb. 11 meeting.
At Monday's night meeting, the Coventry Town Council approved a contract with Wilkinson Associates, Inc., to provide engineering services to upgrade energy performance in town buildings and in three schools. Funds are available for these upgrades from the measures passed in a referendum approved by the voters on Nov. 6, 2012. After a brief discussion by Town Council President Gary Cote, fellow board members Karen Carlson, Gregory Laboissonniere and Thaddeus Jendzejec and with Town Manager Thomas Hoover, all were convinced it was in the best short-term and long-term interest of the town to approve the contract. "These savings will (eventually) offset the costs of improvements," said Cote. Coventry Police Dept. Mutual Aid Individual non-…