MAY 20, 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.

*Executive session starts at 6:45 p.m./Regular meeting should start APPROXIMATELY 7:15 p.m.

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 Monday, May 20, 2024, at 10:00 a.m., see link here:

 

https://clerkshq.com/NorthSmithfield-ri

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  1. OPEN MEETING – PRAYER – PLEDGE
  2. ROLL CALL
  3. EXECUTIVE SESSION (Closed Session)

A. 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. Dudley Development Corp. V. Jennifer St. George in her Capacity as Tax Assessor Town of North Smithfield C.A. NO. PC 2022-5064 

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 Items

1. Grants – Zoom Update from G&G Municipal Consulting and Grant Writing

a. Possible Grant to Hire Additional Police Officer – Town Administrator Zwolenski

2. Facilities Manager – Mr. Osier

3. Municipal Building Review Task Force – Ms. Alves

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

A. Discussion by Council, Vote, or Other Action on Peddler/Hawker License – Ice RI LLC, d/b/a Del’s Lemonade, Owner – Cory Sukaskas 

B. Discussion by Council, Vote, or Other Action on Victualling License – d/b/a Litte Creek Farm LLC, (Farmstand - Cottage Food Manufacturer of Sourdough Bread), Owner – Kristin McNamara, Location – 1575 Victory Highway 

VII. DISCUSSION BY COUNCIL, VOTE, OR OTHER ACTION ON PUBLIC HEARING ON F/Y 2024-2025 BUDGET 

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

IX. 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.

A. Town Council Minutes of April 15 and May 6, 2024

B. Communications

  1. Animal Control Monthly Report for April 2024
  2. NSF&R Monthly Report for April 2024
  3. NS Municipal Court Monthly Report for April 2024
  4. NSPD Monthly Report for April 2024

X. DISCUSSION BY COUNCIL, VOTE OR OTHER ACTION ON SPECIFIC ITEMS REMOVED

FROM CONSENT AGENDA ABOVE

XI. 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 Town Council Member Volunteer to Serve on the Ad Hoc "Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulation Update Advisory Committee "– Mr.Carruolo 

C. Discussion by Council, Vote, or Other Action on Contract Renewal – Employee Assistance Program – Mr. St. Onge 

D. Discussion by Council, Vote, or Other Action on Budget Transfers – Mr. St. Onge

1. EMA

2. Finance

3. Police Department

E. Discussion by Council, Vote, or Other Action Amending Contract for Trash Pick-up – Mr.Beauregard 

F. Discussion by Council, Vote, or Other Action on Award of Bid for Audit of Town/School Financial Statements – Mr. St. Onge 

XII. 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 May 16, 2024

Former President Donald Trump is in Washington, D.C. huddling with Republican lawmakers. Trump told reporters today Republicans are unified and he expects to take back the White House in November. He said he plans to "bring common sense back to the government" and secure the southern border if he wins the election.        The Supreme Court is keeping widely used abortion pill mifepristone [[ mif-ah-pris-tone ]] available to Americans. The high court unanimously ruled that a group of anti-abortion doctors who challenged the FDA's actions to make mifepristone [[ mif-ah-pris-tone ]] more accessible did not have legal standing to sue and threw out the case. The ruling will allow the pill to be mailed to patients without an in-person doctor's visit.       Wisconsin Republicans are coming to the defense of Donald Trump after the former President allegedly criticized Milwaukee during a meeting with Congressional Republicans. Punchbowl News reported that Trump called Milwaukee a "horrible city." Wisconsin Congressman Derrick Van Orden said Trump was specifically referring to the crime rate in Milwaukee, while Representative Bryan Steil said Trump didn't say the comment at all. This comes as Milwaukee is set to host the Republican National Convention next month.       There are growing fears in the U.S. that the Israeli-Hamas war is widening. This as attacks between Israel and the Lebanon-based terrorist group Hezbollah are increasing. The Iran-backed group has been shelling Israel's northern border in retaliation for Israel's assassination of a senior Hezbollah commander. Israel has since sent fighter jets to hit "Hezbollah military structures."       A U.S. Navy submarine is now in Cuba a day after two Russian war ships arrived at the Havana Port. The U.S. Southern Command confirmed the USS Helena arrived at Guantanamo Bay Thursday. It said it's part of a routing port visit and the vessel's location and transit were previously planned. The arrival of a Russian frigate and submarine at the Havana Port has been seen as a show of force by the longtime ally of Cuba, but both the U.S. and Cuba said it posed no threat.       The Eagles are next in line to play the Sphere in Las Vegas. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will play a total of eight shows over four weekends at the cutting edge venue this fall. The residency will kick off on September 20th and end on October 19th. U2 opened the venue last year and have been followed by residencies from Phish and Dead & Company.