FEBRUARY 5, 2024

6:45 P.M.

 

NORTH SMITHFIELD TOWN COUNCIL
83 GREENE STREET, NORTH SMITHFIELD, RI 02896
PARTICIPATION FOR THIS MEETING WILL BE IN-PERSON ONLY.


The meeting will also be livestream. Please join the meeting (viewing only) from your computer, tablet, or smartphone by clicking on this link:
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Documents related to the meeting will be posted on the Town Council’s page of the Town’s website on Monday, February 5, 2024, at 10:00 a.m., see link here:
https://clerkshq.com/NorthSmithfield-ri

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I.
OPEN MEETING-PRAYER-PLEDGE
II.
ROLL CALL
III.
PRESENTATION BY THE USDA FOREST SERVICE ON SERVICE THAT IS FOCUSED ON THE RHODE ISLAND TOWNS IN THE BLACKSTONE RIVER WATERSHED – Christopher Riely, Conservationist and Licensed Forester (Ms. Hamilton)
IV.
OPEN FORUM (Non- Agenda Items Only) PURSUANT TO 42-46-6 (d) (Maximum 3 minutes per person)
V.
OLD BUSINESS
A.
Discussion by Council, Vote, or Other Action on Status/Progress Report of Specific Item
1.
Facilities Manager
2.
Grants
3.
Halliwell Review Committee
4. Human Resource Manager
5.
Municipal Building Review Task Force
a. Payment of Invoice #46922 to Tecton Architects – Immediate Repairs to NS Police Station
VI.
NEW BUSINESS
A. Discussion by Council, Vote, or Other Action on Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency
– Public Safety Communications – Director Marc Pappas/Deputy Director Tom Guthlein/
Operations Support Branch Chief Gil Woodside
B. Discussion by Council, Vote, or Other Action on North Smithfield Senior Citizen Advisory
Committee Position Paper – Linda Thibault
C. Discussion by Council, Vote, or Other Action on Request of Unused Economic Development
Commission Budget Funds to be Transferred to Enterprise Fund – Mr. Biron
D. Discussion by Council, Vote, or Other Action on Economic Development Commission Request
for Authorization to Draft and Release an RFP for Professional Services – Mr. Biron
E. Discussion by Council, Vote, or Other Action on Appointment to Town Boards/Commissions
1. Asset Management Commission (Appt by TC)
a. One appointment to complete a term serving 12/1/2020 through 11/30/2025
2. Board of Canvassers (Appt by TC)
a. One appointment for a term serving 3/1/2024 through 2/28/2030
3. Zoning Board (Appt by TC)
a. One appointment as 1st Alternate to complete a term ending 11/30/2024
F. Discussion by Council, Vote, or Other Action on Resolution Establishing the Groundwater
Protection Committee (“GPC”) – Mr. Osier
G. Discussion by Council, Vote, or Other Action on Appointments to the Groundwater Protection
Committee (GPC”) – Mr. Osier
H. Discussion by Council, Vote, or Other Action on Dissolution of the Water Supply Review
Committee (“WSRC”) – Mr. Osier
I. Discussion by Council, Vote, or Other Action on Protocols for Grant Requests – Mr.
Beauregard/Mrs. O’Hara
J. Discussion by Council, Vote, or Other Action on Approval of Additional Services from
ClerkBase for Town Council Minutes -Timestamping – Ms. Buttie
1. Reclassification of Reserves for Funds to Purchase Timestamping Program from Clerkbase
K. Discussion by Council, Vote, or Other Action on Penalties/Adjustments – Mr. St. Onge
L. Discussion by Council, Vote, or Other Action on Profit & Loss Report Q2 FY2024 – Mr. St. Onge
M. Discussion by Council, Vote, or Other Action on Authorization of Two (2) Councilors to Meet
with the City of Woonsocket to Negotiate an Updated Water Supply Agreement – Solicitor Igliozzi
VII. EXECUTIVE SESSION (Closed)
A. Discussion by Council, Vote, or Other Action Pursuant to RIGL 42-46-5 (a)(5) Any discussions or considerations related to the acquisition or lease of real property for public purposes, or of the disposition of publicly held property wherein advanced public information would be detrimental to the interest of the public.
1. Potential Acquisition of Land
B. Discussion by Council, Vote, or Other Action Pursuant to RIGL 42-46-5(A)(2) Sessions
Pertaining to Collective Bargaining or Litigation or Work Sessions Pertaining to Collective
Bargaining or Litigation or Potential Litigation.
1. Potential Litigation
VIII. OPEN FORUM (Agenda Items Only) PURSUANT TO 42-46-6 (d) (Maximum 3 minutes per person)
IX. ADJOURN
Individuals requesting special assistance should contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 767-2200, ext. 326 seventy-two (72) hours in advance of the meeting date.
Agenda posted February 1, 2024

 

A New York appeals court is rejecting Donald Trump's request to pause the enforcement of the civil fraud penalty he's facing. Trump's legal team had argued the judgement made it "impossible" to secure a bond covering the full amount of 454-million. His lawyers instead offered to put up a 100-million dollar bond. An appellate judge, however, ruled that Trump must cough up the full amount. But he did freeze the ban on Trump and his adult sons from running their business in New York, which could enable the former president to access some funds. This as Trump appeals the judgement finding him liable for fraudulently inflating his net worth on financial statements.        The impeachment inquiry into President Biden is moving into its next phase. House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer says it involves a public hearing including testimony from the president's son, Hunter Biden. Hunter gave a deposition to lawmakers today behind closed doors, in which he denied his father was ever involved in his business ventures. Comer said Hunter's testimony included claims that contradicted testimony from other witnesses. Republicans have accused Biden of carrying out an influence peddling scheme while serving as vice president.        President Biden's doctor says he's fit to serve as president. Biden underwent a routine physical today at Walter Reed. A summary from doctors says there are "no new concerns" from this year's physical. The president, however, did not take a cognitive test, as the White House says doctors said it was not necessary. This comes as Biden faces questions about his age and ability to serve a second term. Recent polls have shown a large majority of Americans believe he's too old to serve in office.        The Supreme Court appears to be torn over a challenge to the gun accessory "bump stocks." Bump stocks allow a semi auto rifle to fire more quickly. A ban on the accessory was imposed by the Trump administration in 2017 after the Las Vegas mass shooting, where a shooter used bump stock-equipped guns to kill dozens at a country music festival. In oral arguments today, both liberal and conservatives justices asked questions that indicate they believe it's possible an older law aimed to ban machine guns could also include bump stocks. Whether or not there's a majority that will reach that conclusion remains unclear.       "Dune: Part Two" is looking to jump start the box office this weekend. The film is expected to bring in 170-million-dollars worldwide in its first weekend in theaters. It's currently projected to make around 80-million-dollars domestically in its debut in theaters. 2021's "Dune" opened with 41-million-dollars in its first weekend, but it also released on HBO Max the same day it hit the big screen.       Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher is calling the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame "a load of bollocks." Oasis is one of this year's nominees for induction into the Rock Hall, along with Ozzy Osbourne, Foreigner and other famous rockers. The nominees also include Mariah Carey and hip-hop groups Eric B. & Rakim and A Tribe Called Quest, which triggered the outspoken Oasis singer. In a recent interview, Gallagher said, "As much as I love Mariah Carey and all that," it's "like putting me in the rap hall of fame." He continued, saying "I've done more for rock n' roll than half of them clowns." The Rock Hall Class of '24 will be announced in late April.