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5 Richmond Townhouse Road

Wyoming, RI  02898

(401) 539-9000




Regular Town Council Meeting Agenda

Town Council Chambers

5 Richmond Townhouse Road, Wyoming, RI 02898

June 6, 2023

6:00 P.M.


This meeting will take place in Town Council Chambers, 5 Richmond Townhouse Road, Richmond, RI 02898; however, the public can also observe and participate in the meeting remotely broadcasted on Zoom. The public is invited to observe and participate in the deliberations of this meeting by accessing the meeting link below. For those without access to video observation platforms, you may also call in to listen to the deliberations of this meeting by using the call-in phone number provided herein. To participate during Public Hearing or Public Input you will press *9 to raise your hand.


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A.        CALL TO ORDER Video


B.        ROLL CALL




D.        PUBLIC HEARING Video

Please Note in Accordance with Section 42-46-6 (b) the Council May Review, Discuss and/or take Action on the following items.

1)                  Outdoor Entertainment License Application:

Applicant: SRI 4H Leaders Fair

Entertainment: 4-H Fair

Dates: June 20-25, 2023

Location: Washington County Fair Grounds- 78 Richmond Townhouse Road


2)                  Outdoor Entertainment License Application:

Applicant: Preserve Property Management Company, LLC  

Entertainment: Live Music

Dates: June 2023 to June 2024

Location:  The Preserve- 87 Kingstown Road


E.        CONSENT AGENDA Video

Approval of the Consent Agenda shall be equivalent to approval of each item as if it had been acted upon separately; or items may be removed by the Town Council for review, discussion and/or take Action.

1)                  Approval of Town Council Minutes

a)                  May 2, 2023 (Regular Meeting)

b)                  May 16, 2023 (Regular Meeting)

c)                  May 23, 2023 (Special Meeting)


2)                  Approval of Town Department Reports

a)                  Approval of Town Planner’s report for the month of May 2023


F.         PUBLIC FORUM Video

The Public Forum will be conducted according to Town Council Rules & Procedures Article 6.

Those participating remotely, use the “raise hand” icon at the bottom right side of your screen, or, if you are using a phone, press *9. The moderator will tell you when it is your turn to speak.


G.        REPORTS Video

Please Note the following items are Status Reports and Matters of Interest to the Council and are for Informational Purposes unless Indicated Otherwise and will be Acted upon in Accordance with Section 42-46-6 (b)   

1)                  Town Administrator’s Report: Karen D. Pinch

a)                  Review of draft EDC Request for Qualifications for a Consulting Firm.  Determination as to taking action to review and modify, or schedule a future workshop for same

a)                  Update on door replacement project

b)                  Consideration of a Two-Year Contract with Constellation/Power Options for Supplying Electricity to the Town

c)                  Review of ACLU Report on Municipal Open Meetings

d)                  Update on Naming Richmond School Softball Field


2)                  Town Planner’s Report: Shaun Lacey

a)                  Referral of applications filed by Jordan E. Carlson for an Amendment to the Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map and Amendment to the Comprehensive Plan affecting a property located on Buttonwoods Road, Assessor’s Plat 4c Lot 28, to the Planning Board for review and recommendation; and authorization for the Town Clerk to advertise for Public Hearing

3)                  Recreation Director’s Report: Morgan Cusumano

a)                  Authorization to rehire the following candidates for Summer Camp:

i.          Amanda Grundy- Assistant Director

ii.         Erika Christensen- Counselor

iii.        Julia LaFontaine- Counselor

iv.        Ruby Taylor- Counselor

b)                  Authorization to hire the following new candidates for Summer Camp:

i.          Samantha Beauregard-Counselor

ii.         Mia DeLuise- Counselor

iii.        Savanna Fisher-Counselor

iv.        Jack Grissom-Counselor

v.         Sadie Grissom- Counselor

vi.        Amanda Moyer-Counselor

vii.       Quinn White- Counselor



Please Note in Accordance with Section 42-46-6 (b) the Council May Review, Discuss and/or take Action on the following items:  

1)                  Request of Councilor Wilcox for discussion and consideration of New Business ARPA Grant


K.        NEW BUSINESS Video

Please Note in Accordance with Section 42-46-6 (b) the Council May Review, Discuss and/or take Action on the following items:     

1)                  Request of President Trimmer for discussion and consideration of a policy for appointments and reappointments to boards and commissions


2)                  Request of Councilor Wilcox for consideration to send a Welcome Resolution for the Golden Rule Peace Ship


3)                  Request of Councilor Wilcox for discussion and consideration to invite all board members, commissioners, and other individuals subject to the Open Meetings Act to the Attorney General’s Annual Open Government Summit on July 28th and request to schedule a town wide training held by the Attorney General’s Office in Richmond for all individuals subject to the Open Meetings Act who cannot attend the Annual Summit


4)                  Request of Councilor Wilcox for discussion and consideration to amend the board and commission appointment renewal form and application to include “I hereby certify that I have reviewed the most recent Open Government Summit recording and/or presentation available on the Attorney General’s Website.”


5)                  Request of Councilor Colasante for discussion and consideration of Economic Development Director’s Job Description


6)                  Request of Councilor Colasante for discussion and consideration of RFP for the Ordinance Review and Economic Development Strategy Plan


7)                  Request of Councilor Sheehan for consideration of support of Resolution House Bill H6324 Entitled “An Act Relating to Criminal Offenses-Obscene and Objectionable Publications and Shows”


8)                  Request of President Trimmer for discussion and consideration of additional stop signs at the intersection of Hog House Hill and Gardiner Road


9)                  Request of President Trimmer for discussion on requesting consideration by DOT to reduce the speed limit on Route 138 from Stilson Road to Town Hall


10)              Request by President Trimmer for discussion of the terms of a tax exemption or tax stabilization agreement with the Preserve at Boulder Hills.


11)              Request by Councilor Colasante for consideration of draft enabling legislation that would authorize the Town Council to enter into agreements for partial exemption or stabilization of property taxes, and consideration of a resolution asking the General Assembly to enact the draft legislation.


12)              Discussion and consideration on the Richmond Budget Referendum Results and Budget FY 23/24



The Council may acknowledge any of the listed Communications and Proclamations and Resolutions. Should any member wish to have a conversation on any of the matters, the item will be placed on a future agenda for review, discussion and/or potential action and/or vote.

1)                  Communications Received:

a)                  Notice on the Town of Richmond Board/Commission Vacancies- May 18, 2023   

b)                  Richmond Police Department Press Release – May 24, 2023

c)                  Email to: Richmond Town Council

From: Christopher Kona

Dated: May 23, 2023

Re: Recommended update to ranked ballot



            The Town Council may conduct a closed session to discuss the following:

1)                  Pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-46-5(a)(1)- Jeffrey Vaillancourt




Pursuant to RIGL § 42-46-6(c) Notice of this meeting was posted on the Secretary of State’s website, Richmond Town Hall, Richmond Police Station, and ClerkBase on June 1, 2023


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