Councilors approve goals

At a recent Town Council meeting, councilors approved a list of five goals for fiscal year 2021, including Hood Park revitalization; developing Abbott Court, and a possible parking garage plan; considering zoning enhancements along West Broadway; completing the town’s seven collective bargaining agreements, due to expire in June 2021, and continuing to facilitate development projects that may fall within the town’s new West Running Brook zoning district approved last year.

In other council business, councilors also approved election compensation for Town Moderator Tina Guildford, and the town’s three Supervisors of the Checklist for both the Sept. 8 and Nov 3 elections. The moderator is compensated at the rate of $150 per election and councilors approved a measure to include $15 per hour hazard pay for poll workers.

Councilors also agreed to include Town Clerk Dan Healey and his assistant clerk, along with Guilford and the three supervisors, to receive hazard pay, an additional $600 per official that will be funded from the COVID-19 Trust Fund.

Councilors also approved a measure to authorize the police and fire departments to accept a gift of personal protective equipment from Ocean State Job Lot, valued at $5,772, to further support both departments during response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Receiving these items would help to supplement our existing stock of PPE,” police and fire officials stated in a report to Council. “With the future being uncertain, this donation should put us in a good position with our PPE leading into the fall and winter months.


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