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AGENDA

 

TOWN OF SOUTH KINGSTOWN

 

RHODE ISLAND

 

 

TOWN COUNCIL

 

MONDAY, MAY 23, 2022

 

WORK SESSION

7:00 PM

REGULAR SESSION

7:30 PM

 

TOWN COUNCIL CHAMBERS

180 HIGH STREET

WAKEFIELD, RI

 

 

Members of the public are welcome and encouraged to attend in person or view the meeting live on ClerkBase at https://clerkshq.com/SouthKingstown-ri or on your local Public Access Television Station. Standard COVID-19 protocols in town buildings apply to all meeting attendees. Masks are optional, but attendees are asked to maintain social distancing.

 

NOTE:  Individuals requesting American Sign Language interpreters or CART service must call the Town Clerk’s Office at 401-789-9331 seventy-two (72) hours in advance of the meeting date.

 

DATE POSTED: 5/19/2022

 

1.         A.        INTERVIEW – 7:00 PM  Video

See Attachment A for Boards and Commissions Appointments Report.

 

B.        WORK SESSION – immediately following Video

All items listed on Town Council agenda are subject to discussion.

 

C.        REGULAR SESSION – 7:30 PM Video

Please be advised that the Council intends to discuss and/or act upon each and every item appearing on this agenda.

 

2.         A.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG

 

            B.        LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT STATEMENT Video

 

3.         ROLL CALL Video

 

4.         APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS Video

 

            A.        Work Session – May 9, 2022

 

B.        Regular Session – May 9, 2022

 

5.         CONSENT AGENDA Video

 

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I.              Rule 10A.  for the conduct of the meetings of the South Kingstown Town Council:  Members of the public shall be entitled to speak at regular meetings during any period designated on the agenda for public comment, once, for a period of five minutes, or longer at the discretion of the President, and at other times when invited to do so by the President.  The public shall address their comments to the question under debate as indicated on the agenda. Pursuant to RI General Laws §42-46-6(b), public comment regarding subject matter not on the agenda but received during the public participation portion of a meeting shall be for information purposes only and may not be voted on except where necessary to address an unexpected occurrence that requires immediate action to protect the public or to refer the matter to an appropriate committee or to another body or official.

 

II.             Rule 11:  No item of business other than that of adjournment may be brought before the Town Council at any meeting unless such an item is introduced before 11:00 PM; provided, however, that this rule may be suspended by an affirmative vote of a majority of members present.

 

III.            Rule 13:  All items listed with a (CA) are to be considered routine by the Town Council and will be enacted by one motion.  There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a member of the Council, or a member of the public so requests, in which event the item will be removed from Consent Agenda (CA) consideration and considered in its normal sequence on the agenda.

 

Pursuant to RIGL §42-46-6(b). Notice – “Nothing contained herein shall prevent a public body, other than a school committee from adding additional items to the agenda by majority vote of the members.  Such additional items shall be for informational purposes only and may not be voted on except where necessary to address an unexpected occurrence that requires immediate action to protect the public or to refer the matter to an appropriate committee or to another body or official.”

 

6.         LICENSES

 

(CA)    A.        A resolution granting a Holiday Sales License to Matunuck Live Theatre, Inc., d/b/a Theatre By The Sea, 364 Cards Pond Road, Wakefield, RI 02879.  Application by Tom Senter, CFO & General Manager; Renewal. License No. 59263.

 

7.         COMMUNICATIONS

 

            A.        A memorandum dated April 14, 2022 from Brian Wagner, Senior Planner submitting a request from the Historic District Commission to acknowledge the South Kingstown Preservation Award winners for 2022 selected by the HDC is received, placed on file, and the Town Council further directs ___________. Video

 

(CA)    B.        An email dated May 6, 2022 from Angela Christina, Assistant Principal for South Kingstown High School extending an invitation to the senior project presentations on May 25, 2022 is received and placed on file.

 

            C.        An email dated May 9, 2022 from Kenneth Burke, Chairman, Bicycle – Pedestrian Advisory Committee requesting to present the Bicycle – Pedestrian Master Plan and for consideration of a Complete Streets draft ordinance is received, placed on file, and the Town Council further directs ___________. Video

 

(CA)    D.        An email dated May 9, 2022 from Representative Teresa Tanzi in support of the Bicycle – Pedestrian Master Plan and consideration of a Complete Streets draft ordinance is received and placed on file.

 

(CA)    E.         A resolution adopted May 9, 2022 by the Tiverton Town Council recognizing May 15 – 21, 2022 as National Police Week is received and placed on file.

 

            F.         An email dated May 16, 2022 from Representative Teresa Tanzi requesting consideration of a draft resolution in support of House Bill 8112 An Act Relating to Capital Development Program – 2022 Bond Referenda that would authorize a $25 million Bike Mobility Bond Referendum Question on the ballot for the November 2022 General Election is received, placed on file, and the Town Council further directs ___________. Video

 

            G.        An email dated May 16, 2022 from Chris Hubbard tendering his resignation from the Sustainability Committee effective immediately is received, placed on file, and the Town Council further directs ___________. Video

 

(CA)    H.        Emails dated May 17 and May 19, 2022 from David Smith concerning the Rhode Island Bicycle Summit to be held on June 3rd and June 4th, and providing an ecoRI News article relative to Bike Month is received and placed on file.

 

(CA)    I.          Emails dated May 17, May 18, and May 19, 2022 from Sarah Gaines, Bob Mohr, Lynne Broderick, Sarah Smith, Laura Erban, and Jaime Palter in opposition to the elimination of the South Kingstown School District’s DLI program are received and placed on file. Video

 

            J.         An email dated May 19, 2022 from Theresa Schimmel requesting a proclamation declaring the first Friday in June as National Gun Awareness Day is received, placed on file, and the Town Council further directs ___________. Video

 

(CA)    K.        Any communication added to the Agenda subsequent to this is hereby added by majority vote, in accordance with RIGL §42-46-6 (b) Notice --…  “Nothing contained herein shall prevent a public body, other than a school committee, from adding additional items to the agenda by majority vote of the members.  Such additional items shall be for informational purposes only and may not be voted on except where necessary to address an unexpected occurrence that requires immediate action to protect the public or to refer the matter to an appropriate committee or to another body or official.”

 

8.         COMMENTS FROM INTERESTED CITIZENS Video

 

9.         TOWN MANAGER’S REPORT Video

See Attachment B for Town Manager’s Reports

 

10.       APPOINTMENTS

 

A.           A resolution appointing ___________________________________ to the ______________________________ Board/Committee/Commission for a term to expire in _______________. (See Attachment A for Boards and Commissions Appointments Report)

 

11.       TOWN SOLICITOR’S REPORT Video

 

A.        Report on Nip Bottle Ban.

 

12.       NEW BUSINESS

 

            A.        A resolution adopting a proclamation recognizing June as LGBTQ Pride Month in the Town of South Kingstown, as shown on Exhibit 1 Video attached hereto.

 

(CA)    B.        A resolution authorizing the Tax Assessor to abate taxes in the total amount of $697.43, as shown on Tax Abatement Request No. 601.

 

(CA)    C.        A resolution authorizing the Town Clerk to advertise by reference for Order of Notice a Public Hearing relative to adoption of the FY 2022-2023 Position Allocation to Pay Schedule.

 

            D.        A resolution authorizing an amendment to an award of contract originally granted on December 13, 2021 to Marcus Communications, LLC, 33 Mitchell Drive, PO Box 1498, Manchester, CT 06045 for implementation, construction, subscribers, and delivery of a turnkey UHF Simulcast System in accordance with their proposal, from an amount not to exceed $2,692,842 to an amount not to exceed $3,086,687, including a contingency; and as further described in a memorandum from the Fire Alarm/Communications Superintendent to the Town Manager dated May 11, 2022 and entitled “Public Safety UHF Voice Radio Communications System, Contract Amendment #1.” Video

 

            E.         A resolution authorizing an award of purchase to Ricoh USA Incorporated, PO Box 41564, Philadelphia, PA 19101-1564, for two (2) multi-functional copy machines in a total amount not to exceed $14,363, including trade-in allowances; as described in a memorandum from the Public Services Director to the Town Manager dated May 16, 2022 and entitled “Multi-Functional Copy Machines - Recommendation.” Video

 

            F.         A resolution authorizing an amendment to the water user rate schedule adopted May 9, 2022, effective July 1, 2022 as follows, and amending the Town’s Schedule of Fees; as further described in a memorandum from the Public Services Director to the Town Manager dated May 16, 2022 and entitled “FY 2022-23 Water User Fee Adjustment – Additional Unit Excess Allowance Correction.” Video

Minimum

 

in Advance

Allowance

First Unit (5/8" meter)

$55.00

1,250 cu.ft.

Each Additional Unit

$27.50

500 cu.ft.

Excess water use over the allowance at commodity rates.

 

            G.        A resolution authorizing an amendment to a contract originally awarded on April 26, 1999, and amended on March 26, 2007, February 22, 2010, March 11, 2013, March 9, 2015, June 27, 2016 and March 25, 2019 to Geological Field Services, Inc., 156 Tremont Street, Melrose, MA 02176 for landfill gas consulting engineering services from an amount not to exceed $60,000 to an amount not to exceed $85,000; and as further described in a memorandum from the Public Services Director to the Town Manager dated May 17, 2022 and entitled “Rose Hill Landfill Methane Monitoring - Consulting Engineering Contract Amendment.” Video

 

            H.        A resolution authorizing reimbursement to the Union Fire District for costs associated with the previously proposed EMS building on the Matunuck Fire Station property in an amount not to exceed $11,089; and as further described in a memorandum from the Chief of EMS to the Town Manager dated May 17, 2022 and entitled “UFD Reimbursement – SK Town Share of Costs Associated with EMS Building.” Video

 

            I.          A resolution authorizing an award of bid to Trumbull Printing, 205 Spring Hill Road, Trumbull, CT 06611 to provide brochure printing services, in accordance with all bidding specifications, in an amount not to exceed $8,232 per year for a term of three years for FY2022-2023 through FY2024-2025; and as further described in a memorandum from the Leisure Services Director to the Town Manager dated May 18, 2022 and entitled “Bid Recommendation – Recreation Brochure Printing #SK0110RD.” Video

 

            J.         A resolution authorizing an award of bid to Northeast Promotion and Apparel, 297 Hamilton Street, Leominster, MA 01453 for the purchase of Recreation program shirts for a three-year period, in an amount not to exceed $13,240; as further described in a memorandum from the Leisure Services Director to the Town Manager dated May 18, 2022 and entitled “Bid Recommendation – Recreation T-Shirts #SK0111RD.” Video

 

            K.        A resolution authorizing a three (3) year contract to ThinkGard LLC, 160 Yeager Parkway, Suite 200, Pelham, AL 35124 for Office 365 backup services in the amount of $5,625 per year for a total contract amount not to exceed $16,875; as described in a memorandum from the Director of Technology to the Town Manager dated May 17, 2022 and entitled “Award of Bid for Office 365 Backup Services.” Video

 

(CA)    L.         A resolution that a claim filed by Stephen Adams, Esquire on behalf of his client, Linda Savastano relative to her separation from employment with the South Kingstown School Department be referred to the Town Solicitor, the Town’s insurance carrier, and the School Superintendent.

 

(CA)    M.        Any New Business added to the Agenda subsequent to this is hereby added by majority vote, in accordance with RIGL §42-46-6 (b) Notice --…  “Nothing contained herein shall prevent a public body, other than a school committee, from adding additional items to the agenda by majority vote of the members.  Such additional items shall be for informational purposes only and may not be voted on except where necessary to address an unexpected occurrence that requires immediate action to protect the public or to refer the matter to an appropriate committee or to another body or official.”

 

13.       CLOSED EXECUTIVE SESSION Video

 

A.        A Closed Executive Session pursuant to RIGL §42-46-5(a)(1) to discuss matters pertaining to personnel.

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 1

 

 

Resolution Recognizing the Month of June as South Kingstown Pride Month,

Honoring the Inherent Dignity of All People and Celebrating the Pride of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, lntersex, Asexual, and Other (LGBTQIA+) Community

 

 

WHEREAS,    in June of 1969, the Stonewall Uprising sparked the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States, and worldwide, and has since served as the anchor for recognizing internationally the month of June as Pride Month; and

 

WHEREAS,    the State of Rhode Island was founded on the principles of equality and freedom; and

 

WHEREAS,    the State of Rhode Island has outlawed discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation since 1995, and on the basis of gender identity or expression since 2001; and

 

WHEREAS,    on August 1, 2013, the State of Rhode Island became the fifteenth state in the country to pass marriage equality; and

 

WHEREAS,    the Town of South Kingstown has adopted an anti-harassment and discrimination policy that obligates all elected and appointed officials and employees to refrain from any harassment or discrimination, direct or indirect, against any group or individual; and

 

WHEREAS,    Town policy specifically prohibits harassment or discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression; and

 

WHEREAS,    the Council seeks to affirm that the Town and all residents of South Kingstown should celebrate the wondrous diversity and unalienable rights of all humanity; and

 

WHEREAS,    the Council wishes to convey its commitment to continue to promote efforts to ensure toward the full legal, social and cultural equality for members of the LGBTQIA+ community within South Kingstown, statewide, and beyond.

 

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that we, the Town Council of the Town of South Kingstown officially recognize the month of June as South Kingstown Pride Month.

 

 

 

 

Attachment A

 

Boards and Commissions Appointments Report

 

 

The following information reflects the status of those Town boards, commissions and committees which have vacancies, members whose terms are expiring and are eligible for reappointment, and/or applications filed for consideration of appointment. The Town Council may make appointments at any meeting.

 

Affordable Housing Collaborative Committee (7 members; 3 year term)

Vacancy: term expires August 2022 (Kenneth Burke resigned)

 

Assessment Board of Review (3 members, 1 alternate; 3 year term)

Vacancy: Alternate member term expires January 2024 (Bradford Hevenor appointed to full member to fill the term of William Salerno)

 

Bicycle – Pedestrian Advisory Committee (minimum 5, maximum 9 members; 2 year term)

Vacancy: term expires July 2023 (Jenn Judge resigned)

 

Conservation Commission (7 members; 3 year term)

Vacancy: term expires September 2024 (Anne Heffron did not wish to be reappointed)

John J. McGinn (applied 2/20/2022; interviewed 3/14/2022)

 

Economic Development Committee (11 members, 3 year term)

Vacancies: 2 terms expire March 2023 and March 2025 (Marc Levitt resigned; Alex M. Petrucci did not wish to be reappointed)

 

Historic District Commission (7 members; 3 year term)

Vacancy: term expires December 2022 (Karen DaSilva resigned)

 

Planning Board (7 members; 3 year term)

Vacancy: term expires May 2025 (Josh Daly resigned)

James M. Murdock (applied 05/25/2021; interviewed 6/14/2021)

 

Route 1 Stewardship Plan Development Committee (7 members)

Vacancy: Route 1 business owner (Steve Wood resigned)

John J. McGinn (applied 2/20/2022; interviewed 03/14/2022)

 

Route 138 Reconstruction Project Area Committee (11 members; 2 year term)

Vacancies: terms expire May 2023 (Peter Maynard did not wish to be reappointed; James Garfield, Ex-officio member of Historic District Commission resigned; and URI representative)

 

Saugatucket Veterans’ Memorial Park Commission (5 members; 5 year term)

Vacancy: Vietnam Veteran term expires January 2025 (Mark Spangler deceased)

 

Statistical Modeling and Analytics Research Tools (SMART) Committee

Two vacancies: (Lauren Weinstock and Jonathan E. Daly-LaBelle resigned)

Applicant: Nathaniel H. Merrill (applied 8/11/2021)

 

Sustainability Committee (7 members)

Two vacancies: (Hannah Morini and Angela Tuoni resigned)

Applicant: Pamela F. Lezaeta (applied 6/21/2021)

 

Trustees of the South Kingstown School Funds (5 members; 5 year term)

Vacancy: term expires June 2022 (Carol Vetter resigned due to appointment to the School Committee)

 

Waterfront Advisory Commission (7 members; 3 year term)

Reappointments for terms to expire in June 2022: (Barry Ennis does not wish to be reappointed) Michael Sherry (to be interviewed 5/23/2022) and Samuel Grimley (to be interviewed 6/13/2022) wish to be reappointed. It is reported that, Mr. Sherry has attended 27 of 27 and Mr. Grimley has attended 20 of 23 meetings held since their respective appointments.

 

Zoning Board of Review (5 members, 2 alternates; 3 year term)

Vacancy: Alternate #2 for a term expiring March 2023 

John J. McGinn (applied 2/20/2022; interviewed 3/14/2022)

 

 

 

 

Attachment B

 

 

1.    Manager’s Report dated May 12, 2022

2.    Manager’s Report dated May 19, 2022

 

 

 

 

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