Barrington Town Hall

Council Chamber

283 County Road, Barrington, RI

6:30 pm Monday, March 6, 2023


Agenda and attachments:




1.      Call to Order


2.      Approve: Minutes from the Spencer Trust meetings held on February 6, 2023.


3.      Discuss and Act:  Election of Officers.


4.      Discuss and Act:  Spencer Trust FY23 Funding Requests.


5.      Adjourn








1.      Call to Order


2.      Pledge of Allegiance


3.      Land Acknowledgement:

Aquene (Peace) We recognize the unique and enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories.  We acknowledge that we are in the ancestral homeland of the Pokanoket Tribe within the original territory of the Pokanoket Nation.  We commit to ongoing efforts to recognize, honor, reconcile and partner with the Pokanoket people whose ancestral lands and water we benefit from today.  Aquene (Peace)”


4.      Announcements: (Town Manager)    (TM)

·       Community Electricity Aggregation Program is launching. Announcements have been mailed to customers of RI Energy in Barrington. Customers are automatically in the program unless they Opt-Out. For more, go to

·       Stronger Together, a mental health awareness training for town leadership, is being offered on March 27th and April 5th and a presentation on Anxiety by Ellen Flannery-Schroeder in conjunction with a Health Fair on May 3rd

·       Thursday, March 23, RI Blood Center Mobile Drive – Barrington Town Hall/Library Parking Lot from 2 to 7 p.m.

·       Registration is now open now until noon Thursday, March 16th, for the Random Drawing for boat and kayak storage stickers. Go to Random Drawing will be on Wednesday, March 22, at 1:30 p.m. at the Peck Center for Adult Enrichment.

·       April 1st, registration for BEACH CAMPOUT begins.

·       Recreation Department is seeking a) certified lifeguards and b) camp counselors who are college students.

·       Nayatt 5K Road Race on April 1, 2023, 9:00am – 2:00pm.

·       Sunday, June 11, 2023:  Recreation Department’s Annual Arts Festival along with Barrington Business and Community Association Street Fair.

·       FEMA approved the Town’s Hazard Mitigation & Flood Management Plan on Feb. 5, 2023.

·       Tree Planting & Removal:  February 1, 2022 – January 31, 2023 – 57 trees removed/110 trees planted.



DISCUSS AND ACT ON THE CONSENT AGENDA:  All items with an asterisk (*) are routine by the Town Council and will be enacted by one motion.  There will be no separate discussion on these items unless a council member or citizen so request, and the request is for good cause in which event the item will be removed from the consent agenda and will be considered in its normal sequence on the agenda.


5.      *Accept Resignation(s): (none)    (TM)


6.      *Approve Reappointments to Boards and Commissions:

·       Barrington Board of Canvassers:

o    Claire L. Boyes to be reappointed as full member, with a term to expire March 31, 2029.

·       Economic Development Commission:

o    Daniel Horowitz to be reappointed as full member, with a term to expire February 28, 2026.


7.      *Accept the Minutes

from the Town Council meeting held on February 1, 6, 9 and 13, 2023, and Minutes from the Financial Town Meeting held on May 25, 2022, and Executive Session minutes from January 9, 2023.


8.      *Accept Monthly Department Reports (January ‘23):

Business and Finance Director, Fire Chief, Human Resources, Library Director, Police Chief/Animal Control Official, Public Works Director, Planner/Building and Resiliency, Recreation and Senior Services Director, Tax Assessor and Town Clerk


9.      *Approve Abatement List


10.   *Approve Surplus Property (none)


11.   *Acknowledge Correspondence:

·       BAY Team Monthly Report

·       BCWA Monthly Reports


12.   *Accept the Board and Commission 2022 Annual Reports


13.   *Approve Class F License: 

St. Luke’s Knights of Columbus, 108 Washington Road, St. Patrick’s Day Dinner, March 18, 2023, 6-8 St. Luke’s Gym.  Applicant:  Douglas Johnston


14.   *Approve the Nayatt 5K Road Race

on April 1, 2023, 9:00am – 2:00pm at Nayatt Elementary School ; Venture Endurance Marathon on May 1, 2023 and Memorial Day Parade on May 29, 2023 9:00 – 11:00am.


15.   PUBLIC HEARING:      (TM)

Discuss and Act on Transfer of Ownership:  Class BV Full Liquor License from the 286  Club Corporation to Oxford Tavern, Inc. dba Oxford Tavern, Inc. located at 286 Maple Avenue.                Owners: Alan, Lorree and Arielle Manchester


16.   Discuss and Act:  Comprehensive Annual Financial Report with Bacon & Company    (TM)


17.   Discuss and Act:  Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee Meeting Schedule and Terms.    (TM)


18.   Discuss and Act:   Interviews and Appointments:    (TM)

·       Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee: (14 vacancies:  11 full members and 3 alternates)

o   Interview:  Lauren Burgess, Tom Fulton, Paul Jones, Jay Katzanek, Eliza Lawson, Franciso Lovera, Jack Madden, Maura McCrann, Sam Obstfeld, John O’Grady, Thomas Ollila, Tiffany Rhodes, Caryl Salisbury, Doug Shattuck, Peter Shinkle, Andrew Watson and Sandra Wyatt

·       Housing Board of Trustees: (4 vacancies:  1 full member and 1st,2nd and 3rd alternates with a term to expire on January 31, 2025)

o   Interview:  Lawrence Bacher


19.   Discuss and Act on Ordinances:    (TM)

·        INTRODUCTION: (none)


v 2023-4 Renewal of Declaration of Emergency


20.   Discuss and Act on Bid(s): (none)    (TM)


21.   Discuss and Act:  Pre-Authorize Funding for Electric or Hybrid Police Vehicle Purchases    (TM)


22.   Discuss and Act:  Town Seal (P. Hervey)    (TM)


23.   Discuss and Act:  Recreation Fields and Facilities  (R. Humm)    (TM)


24.   Discuss and Act: Town Council Goal-Setting Retreat    (TM)


25.   Update:  Liaison Reports    (TM)


26.   Public Comment (Maximum 3-minute statement)    (TM)


To the public:  This agenda item is for members of the public to speak regarding a topic that is not already on the agenda.  Please indicate that you would like to speak by raising your hand.  When you are recognized, please state your name and residency for the record.


27.   Set Agenda for the Monday, April 3, 2023, at 7:00pm Town Council Meeting    (TM)

·       Discuss and Act:  Recreation Fields and Facilities (standing agenda item)

·       Proclamation for Arbor Day (April 28, 2023)

Note: The Council is holding a Special Town Council Meeting on either Wednesday (March 8th) or Thursday (March 9th) to discuss the Town Manager’s Proposed FY2024 Municipal Budget.


28.   Executive Session in Accordance with RIGL:    (TM)

·       42-46-5 (a) (1) Personnel:  Town Manager Phil Hervey

·       Discuss Executive Session minutes from February 6, 2023, for placement on the April 3, 2023, Town Council meeting agenda.


29.   Adjourn         



The Town of Barrington will provide accommodations needed to ensure equal participation in all meetings.  Please contact the Town Clerk’s office prior to the meeting so arrangements can be made to provide such assistance.  A request for accommodations can be made in writing to 283 County Road or by calling 401-247-1900, Ext. 301.  Hearing impaired callers can dial 711 “Relay” for additional assistance.  The Barrington Town Hall, Barrington Public Library and Barrington Public Safety Building are accessible to the disabled. 

Posted on March 2, 2023 at Barrington Town Hall, Barrington Public Library, Barrington Web Site and Secretary of State Web Site. 


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