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School administrators throughout the East Bay are among local towns' highest earners, according to a salary survey released this week by the Rhode Island Department of Revenue's Municipal Finance … more
In today’s changing world, a high school diploma is not enough to secure sustainable employment into the future. At least some college education is critical, and therefore should be part of the … more
LITTLE COMPTON — The budgeting process in town for next fiscal year is underway, and Budget Committee Chairman George Crowell is focusing early attention on about 126 - 131 people in town who haven't paid their property taxes. The town needs the revenues that the unpaid taxes represent — an estimated $626,476 (including penalties), if collected. more
TIVERTON — The contract for Town Administrator Matt Wojcik, that expires Feb. 24, has not been renewed by the Town Council. In a brief one-paragraph statement, Town Council President Joan Chabot announced the decision Wednesday night at 10:20 p.m. "After review, the employment contract of the Tiverton Town Administrator, Matthew Wojcik, will not be renewed by the Town Council. The current employment contract’s term is three years, ending on February 24, 2017, with an additional four (4) month period after that date, to June 24, 2017. Mr. Wojcik will continue to serve as Town Administrator during that time, and may apply for the position of Town Administrator during the application process," read the statement. more
TIVERTON, LITTLE COMPTON, WESTPORT — Drought has hit the Tiverton, Little Compton and Westport communities, and has sharply limited the availability of water needed to fight fires and, in some cases, for drinking. Last weekend’s rains helped a bit but it will take much more of that to make a real difference. “It's going to take a lot of rain to fill the ponds up," said Little Compton Fire Chief Rick Petrin, who said the 12 pond locations he normally uses to obtain firefighting water have dwindled to two. He said the town hasn't had a big fire in two months more
TIVERTON —A night shift police lieutenant stands accused of directly or impliedly ordering officers under his command that the hours between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. were to be "quiet time," during which no law enforcement work was to be done. That is one of the revelations in a seven-page Tiverton Police Department report, dated Sept. 23, and modified Sept 27, that was released last week under a public records request to the department. more
LITTLE COMPTON — At its meeting Sept. 22, the Little Compton Town Council approved amendments to the two new entertainment and noise ordinances that may lighten the decision-making burden on the council, make it easier to enforce the two ordinances. more
TIVERTON — The Town of Tiverton announced today that the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) has awarded the Town a $393,237 grant to fund a restoration, improvement more
TIVERTON, LITTLE COMPTON — Amy Veri, a Little Compton resident, appears to have won her bid in the Republican primary, to face Louis P. DiPalma, a Democrat, in the November General Election in the race for the Senate District 12 seat in the General Assembly. more
To the editor: In a story titled “Town hires itself an administrator,” the June 30 Sakonnet Times reported on an important milestone in the history of Little Compton town governance. At its June 23 meeting, the Town Council approved a contract to hire Tom Dunn, who has previously served as the town’s part-time “Business Manager,” to the position of full-time Town Administrator, with expanded responsibilities and authority. more
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