FEBRUARY 20, 2024     6:45 P.M.

 

*Amended

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:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFgw5KxL950ZgZ_DKz8B-MQ

or go to the North Smithfield YouTube page - North Smithfield Town Meetings

*If technical difficulties occur during livestream the above specified meetings will resume as scheduled.

Documents related to the meeting will be posted on the Town Council’s page of the Town’s website on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at 10:00 a.m., see link here:

https://clerkshq.com/NorthSmithfield-ri

FOR BOARDS/COMMISSIONS VACANCIES: https://onboard.nsmithfieldri.org/

FOR ONLINE APPLICATIONS: https://www.nsmithfieldri.org/home/webforms/town-north-smithfield-application-boardcommission

 

I. OPEN MEETING – PRAYER – PLEDGE

II. ROLL CALL

III. OPEN FORUM (Non- Agenda Items Only) PURSUANT TO 42-46-6 (d) (Maximum 3 minutes per person) 

IV. NORTH SMITHFIELD TOWN COUNCIL SITTING AS THE BOARD OF LICENSE COMMISSIONERS 

A. Discussion by Council, Vote, or Other Action on Special Event Liquor License (Class F) - d/b/a

Blackstone Millville St. Andre Bessette Knights of Columbus Council #15829, LLC, located at Divine Mercy’s Parish Center (Saint Paul Street) – March 16, 2024 

V. DISCUSSION BY COUNCIL, VOTE, OR OTHER ACTION ON PAYMENT OF BILLS

VI. DISCUSSION BY COUNCIL, VOTE, OR OTHER ACTION ON CONSENT AGENDA All items listed in this section are considered in one motion. There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a Councilor requests, in which event the item will be removed from the consent agenda 

  1. Town Council Minutes of January 2, 16, 25 and February 5, 2024
  2. Communications
  3. Animal Control Monthly Report for January 2024
  4. NS Municipal Court Monthly Report for January 2024
  5. NSPD Monthly Report for January 2024

4. NSF&R Monthly Report for January 2024

VII. OLD BUSINESS

A. Discussion by Council, Vote, or Other Action on Grant Requests

1. Meet Grant Writers

2. Protocols

B. Discussion by Council, Vote, or Other Action on Status/Progress Report on Completion of Specific Items 

1. Facilities Manager

2. Halliwell Review Committee

3. Human Resources Manager

4. Municipal Building Review Task Force

5. NS Town Website

VIII. NEW BUSINESS

A. Discussion by Council, Vote, or Other Action on Abatements/Supplementals – Ms. St. George

B. Discussion by Council, Vote, or Other Action on Chang Order #4 for Halliwell School Demolition Project – Mr. Pendergast 

C. Discussion by Council, Vote, or Other Action on Sewer Department’s Upcoming Budget and Sewer Use Rate – Mr. Dorry 

D. Discussion by Council, Vote, or Other Action on Addendum to Contract by and Between North

Smithfield Fire and Rescue Service Repair Inc. and Town of North Smithfield (July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2025) – Ms. Alves 

E. Discussion by Council, Vote, or Other Action on Appointments to Town Boards/Commissions

1. One Appointment to the Historic District Commission for a 3-year term serving 12/1/2023 to 11/30/2026 

F. Discussion by Council, Vote, or Other Action on Reconsideration of Open Forum (agenda items) Established Policy – Mrs. O’Hara 

  1. OPEN FORUM (Agenda Items Only) PURSUANT TO 42-46-6 (d) (Maximum 3 minutes per person)

X. *EXECUTIVE SESSION

A. Discussion By Council, Vote, Or Other Action 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

XI. 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 15, 2024

  1. 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 15, 2024

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