TOWN OF RICHMOND, RHODE ISLAND
5 Richmond Townhouse Road
Wyoming, RI 02898
(401) 539-9000 www.richmondri.com
RICHMOND TOWN COUNCIL
Special Town Council Meeting
Town Council Chambers
5 Richmond Townhouse Road, Wyoming, RI 02898
August 5, 2022
President Carpenter called the meeting of the Richmond Town Council to order at 4:00 P.M. held on August 5, 2022. This meeting was held In-Person at the Town Council Chambers, 5 Richmond Townhouse Road, Wyoming, RI.
Town Council Members present in Council Chambers were as follows: Council President Nell Carpenter, Vice President James Palmisciano, Councilor Ron Newman and Councilor Lauren Cacciola. Councilor Richard Nassaney was not present. Also present Town Solicitor Karen Ellsworth, Town Administrator Karen Pinch, Finance Director Laura Kenyon and Town Clerk Erin Liese.
Please Note in Accordance with Section 42-46-6 (b) the Council May Review, Discuss and/or take Action on the following items:
1) Discussion of Community Center Project for federal/state funding consideration.
a) Discussion of program inclusion requirements
b) Discussion of continued operations costs requirements
c) Approval to solicit construction cost estimates via State MPA mini-bid.
d) Endorsement to submit project application for grant funding consideration by State.
Finance Director Kenyon and Town Administrator Pinch explained the recent opportunity for funding of a Community Center Project; however discussed concern with the turnaround of the application and the feasibility to do that given the short notice and upcoming holiday. They further explained the Town Council would need to determine what type of center, size and scope would be built if this financial opportunity was perused as they would need to obtain quotes.
Vice President Palmisciano advised he reviewed the document and believed the timeline and requirements would set the staff up for failure.
President Carpenter stated there is data in the feasibility study and did not wish to give up as maybe the funding could be utilized to rehab the Police Station.
Finance Director Kenyon advised the funding could not be used for upgrades to the police dept. This has specific criteria that the rehab of the police station would not fit.
Discussion ensued on the utilization of funds and requirements.
It was determined due to the short notice and requirements that this opportunity would not be perused; however scope of a future project should be determined.
A motion was made by Councilor Newman with second by Councilor Cacciola to adjourn at 4:32 P.M. Vote: President Carpenter, Aye; Vice President Palmisciano, Aye; Councilor Newman, Aye; Councilor Cacciola, Aye.
Erin F. Liese, CMC Town Clerk