Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The Portsmouth Town Council met Monday night at Town Hall.
The Portsmouth Town Council took up a number of issues on May 13, 2013. Featured here is an account of the meeting. 7 p.m. - Molly Magee and John Blaess are running late. Only five councilors are present. 7:03 - New LCD TV screens are present in the council chambers. Portsmouth High School students installed the screens. Portsmouth Town Hall also now has WiFi. 7:04 - The council presented a proclamation to the Middletown "Teacher of the Year" Sharon Bissonnette, a Portsmouth resident. 7:06 - Doug Smith and Gary Gump, members of the Portsmouth 375th Anniversary Committee, were also honored with a proclamation. Smith and Gump are heading to Portsmouth, England, the town's namesake. They will present a formal invitation from the town to…
Monday, May 13, 2013
The Portsmouth Town Council will tackle a number of top issues Monday night, including the Prudence Island Ferry issue and possibly taxing a state-approved medical marijuana facility.
There's no shortage of big topics slated for discussion at this Monday's Portsmouth Town Council meeting. Prudence Island Ferry The Portsmouth Town Council will hear a proposal to draft a RFP and go out to bid for a new ferry service for Prudence Island. As of Dec. 1, the current Prudence Island Ferry service will end, leaving Prudence Island without access to the mainland. Taxing Medical Marijuana Center Portsmouth Town Councilor David Gleason will discuss a proposal to tax a medical marijuana center expected to open later this month. The Greenleaf Compassion Center, owned and operated by CEO Seth Bock, is expected to open in May as the state of Rhode Island's second medical marijuana center. The medical marijuana center will open …
Monday, April 29, 2013
Two budget workshops will be held Monday and Tuesday at Portsmouth Town Hall.
While town officials really work on the town's proposed budget most of the year, the season could be said to unofficially begin today. Two workshops will be held today and Tuesday, each beginning at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. These meetings are open to the public. Residents are encouraged to attend. The workshops will include discussion on department budgets for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. The proposed budget for fiscal year 2013-2014 includes a long-term road plan for the town and funding for full-day kindergarten. The proposed budget includes a two percent increase in spending since the last fiscal year. To view the entire budget, click here.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
An abandoned boat will be removed from Blue Bell Cove.
The following story was updated at 1:10 p.m. Tuesday. The Portsmouth Town Council voted Monday to finally remove an abandoned boat in Blue Bell Cove, reports The Sakonnet Times. The boat has been submerged in the Cove since Hurricane Irene, according to Patch archives. The owner has been fined, but has made no plans to remove the vessel. The council voted 5-1, with Liz Pedro against, to hire Mac Marine at an estimated cost of $23,400 to remove the boat. The council will not go out to bid for this contract due to the emergency situation, reports The Sakonnet Times.
Monday, April 22, 2013
The council meeting will begin early with an executive session at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The council will tour the former Elmhurst School, Glen Manor House and surrounding grounds on Wednesday evening.
Monday, April 8, 2013
The Portsmouth Town Council will meet at 7 p.m. tonight at Town Hall.
Monday, March 25, 2013
The council will hear updates on the future of the closed Elmhurst School. The meeting will begin Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The Portsmouth Town Council heard proposals for a "sustainability center" on Monday night.
Friday, March 8, 2013
The Portsmouth Town Council will meet this Monday at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. The agenda includes discussions about the 2014 budget process, hiring a new assistant town solicitor and more.