Tiverton Windfarm, Transfer Station Management Tops Council Meeting of April 25

Check out a recap of the Portsmouth Town Council's meeting here.

The Portsmouth Town Council held a meeting Wednesday at Town Hall. Featured here is a report of the actions taken. 

[Updated at 11:07 p.m. Wednesday]

Sandy Point Beach opening

Following the meeting, Town Administrator John Klimm's opening this summer. He said the beach will open, but there is currently no funding available for lifeguards until the start of the new fiscal year on July 1. 

"There is no funding until the first of July, until the next fiscal year," Klimm said. "It would mean no funding for lifeguards. That's what I'm trying to prevent from happening. 

"The beach would never close; it would just not be staffed by lifeguards." 

The cost to staff the beach with lifeguards is about $4,000 to $5,000, Klimm said. The town works with the Portsmouth Action for Youth group to hire lifeguards every year. 

"It's not that we cut funding," Klimm said. "There just isn't any funding, yet." 

East side April 26, 2012 at 12:08 PM
As a parent / taxpayer of Portsmouth - this is SHAMEFUL. I paid for a sticker to go to the dump AND to the beach. So, costs should have been considered when they charged us for the sticker.
John Klimm April 26, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Good Morning Resident and East side- I notified the Council last night that the entire beach budget was spend last year and that there is nothing in the account. I agree that there clearly was a lack of financial planning, oversight and accountability in this account and that the whole matter is being reveiwed. I agree with you that the prospect of not having the beach fully open after Memorial Day is unacceptable and I informed them that I would present them with a plan to make sure that this does not happen.
Todd Chaplin April 26, 2012 at 12:44 PM
dog park..........really?
the1 April 26, 2012 at 02:09 PM
seriously...we are talking about putting in a dog park when we do not even have enough money for the beach to be open? Poor planning, poor financial mgmt. Just wait, next yr our transfer station fee will jump to $200 to make up for fact that those "looking out for us" are not doing their jobs correctly
East side April 26, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Hi John - thank you for responding. Having lifeguards at Sandy Point is not just a safety concern but also a business concern (The PEDC - could provide more info) but when I'm at Sandy Point beach, I usually run to Ann D's or another local establishment for lunch. So, the local fun runs local funds :)


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