Tuesday, July 10, 2012
The Portsmouth Town Council met Monday night at Town Hall. Featured here is an account of actions taken during the meeting.
Editor's note: There was a bit of a technical problem with the previous article. We've started a new article here and caught up at 7:23 p.m. 6:58 — The meeting is expected to start soon! 7:01 — The meeting just started. All members are present except Keith Hamilton, who will be a little late, according to Joe Robicheau. Council approves peddler license for Baga'dowe Athletics of North Kingstown for an event at the lacrosse camp from July 23 to 27 at Glen Farm. 7:03 — Philip Driscoll stands at podium, asks council question. Robicheau says question is not on the agenda. Robicheau says Driscoll can ask the question to the town administrator. 7:04 — Robicheau says the council had joint meeting with School Committee. Both the council and …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
A new Web site offers young farmers the chance to find local farmland for sale.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
The following is from a press release. Many young and second career farmers have their hearts set on farming in New England. Armed with a passion for feeding people, working with animals, and getting their hands in the dirt, these new farmers are prepared for the hard work ahead. They just need a good piece of land to start or expand their farming dreams. On the other hand, a growing appreciation of “local food” and valuable farm soils is leading New England landowners to connect with farmers and find creative ways to share their land. They see many advantages to renting or selling their farmland. They just need to find a farmer. Enter the New England Farmland Finder Web site. This new online service helps farmers and landowners find …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
The Portsmouth Town Council must decide by August if a ballot question will be put forth to voters.
The Portsmouth Town Council took two major steps towards the future use of the former Elmhurst Elementary School on Tuesday night. The council heard a presentation from the Elmhurst Reuse Planning Committee, which has been working to develop plans for the closed building. The Elmhurst Elementary School closed in 2009 in order to cut costs. The town is now debating the future of the waterfront property next to the Glen Manor House. On Tuesday, the town council voted to direct Town Administrator John Klimm and Finance Director David Faucher to develop a request for proposal or RFP. The RFP will be for the "removal of the Elmhurst school property, exclusive of the manor house and chapel; removal of the building; reshaping of the land; and …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Philip Driscoll wears many hats in town, but you might not know about this position.
Did you know the town of Portsmouth has an official "fence inspector?" "It's one of those old Colonial things where there's no real ordinance telling you what to do," laughs Philip Driscoll, while holding up his official "Portsmouth fence inspector" ID. "I've had two phone calls since 2008. One I handled on the phone. One I went to someone's house." Driscoll, while holding many other positions in town, laughs at this unpaid title of fence inspector. He's held the position since 2008, which is not as long as some of his other more recognizable roles in town. Driscoll, a native of Fall River, MA, moved to Portsmouth in 1972. His mother's family were "islanders." "That's what got me back here," he said. A Navy veteran, Driscoll served for …
Thursday, February 16, 2012
State lawmakers are looking at banning smoking at the beach and other outdoor places. Do you agree with this?
It may still be winter, but local lawmakers are already taking a closer look at the health of beach-goers. Lawmakers are reviewing a proposal by state Rep. Richard Morrison to extend the state's smoking ban outdoors, reports The Providence Journal. If approved, the ban would prevent smoking at beaches, parks, playgrounds and other outdoor, recreational locations. A vote on Morrison's proposal has not been scheduled at this time. According to Town Hall employees, there are no ordinances banning smoking at Portsmouth beaches, including Sandy Point Beach. We wanted to know what you thought about this state proposal. On Portsmouth Patch's Facebook page Wednesday, we asked users if smoking should be banned on beaches. Here are only a few of…
Monday, February 13, 2012
The Portsmouth Town Council met Monday night at Town Hall.
The following is a report of actions taken at the Town Council meeting of Feb. 13, 2012. 7 p.m. — Town Council President Joe Robicheau presents a proclamation to outgoing, interim Town Administrator David Dolce. The audience stands and applauds. 7:05 — The town clerk swears into office the new Town Administrator John Klimm. The audience stands and applauds. 7:13 — Len Katzman stands and asks council about public access near Carnegie Tower. Parking signs have recently appeared near the tower. 7:23 — Council approves victualler license for New China. 7:31 — Council votes to approve bills in amount of nearly $276,000. 7:39 — Newly sworn-in Town Administrator Klimm gave his first report. "I am mindful that the preparation of our budget …
The Portsmouth Town Council will meet tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall.
Many residents will get the chance to meet Portsmouth's new town administrator for the first time at tonight's swearing-in ceremony at Town Hall. Former Barnstable, MA, Town Manager John Klimm will be sworn into office as Portsmouth's new town administrator at tonight's Town Council meeting. A Massachusetts native, Klimm served as the town manager of Barnstable MA, for the past 12 years before being asked to take an early departure by the Barnstable Town Council this past June. Klimm will fill the office left vacant by longtime Town Administrator Robert Driscoll, who announced he would not seek a renewal of his contract last April. Tax Assessor David Dolce has been serving as interim town administrator since late August. Other agenda …
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Sections of the new Sakonnet River Bridge could not open until as late as November 2012.
The new Sakonnet River Bridge will not open by its ambitious May deadline and southbound lanes could even be closed until November due to problems with a "cofferdam," reports The Newport Daily News. The Newport Daily News reports a July opening for the northbound lanes. The southbound lanes could open to traffic much later in the fall. In November, workers at the new Sakonnet River Bridge celebrated a milestone in the $163.7 million project after placing the final steel girder. At the time, the project was 140 days behind schedule. The Department of Transportation (DOT) broke ground on the bridge replacement project in April 2009. The $163.7 million contract with Cardi Corp. for the construction of the new bridge is the largest single …
The Aquidneck Island Planning Commission releases its first census of Aquidneck Island's open space.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
The following is from a press release issued by the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission. The Aquidneck Island Planning Commission (AIPC) has released the first comprehensive census of the island’s open space, including farmland, recreation areas, schools and vacant land. In a report issued on Tuesday, AIPC maps and analyzes Aquidneck Island’s parks, beaches, farms, ponds and reservoirs, playing fields, and other areas with little or no development. The report is the final product of a year-long project to identify Aquidneck Island’s open space with the goal of providing information that will help the island’s communities and policymakers plan for future development, expand recreational opportunities, and protect key watersheds. To view …
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Rep. Raymond Gallison has introduced a bill that, if passed, would prohibit duck hunting south of Cory's Lane and north of Maritime Drive.
State Rep. Raymond E. Gallison, Jr. (Democrat- District 69, Bristol, Portsmouth) introduced new legislation Wednesday to prohibit duck hunting near the Kings Grant residential development off West Main Road. The legislation comes after several Kings Grant residents complained about duck hunting occurring on a nearby beach and much too close to their homes. "The law in Rhode Island allows hunters to fire weapons within 500 feet of an occupied residence. That is really very close when you have pets, children and grandchildren who also walk the beach," wrote resident Mike Doyle in an e-mail to Gallison. The legislation, House Bill 7433, prohibits the hunting of waterfowl "in the area south of Cory's Lane and north of Maritime Drive." The …