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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
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
LITTLE COMPTON — The Town will have its first town administrator beginning July 1. As a result of unanimous Town Council action last Thursday night, Thomas G. Dunn III, who now serves as the town's business manager, will acquire a new title and new responsibilities, and will shift from part-time to full-time employment. more
East Bay legislators doled out nearly a quarter of a million dollars in legislative grants this year, and two local lawmakers are among the state’s top grant givers. Rep. Jan Malik, who … more
Eighteen Westport roads have made this year’s list for repairs and repaving and the work will begin as soon as the Board of Selectmen give approval. That action was put on hold recently due to … more
They’re little more than tiny grains now. But in a year’s time, many of the 50,000 or more baby oysters bound soon for Warren will be big enough to harvest, waiting to be plucked by … more
Leaders of the Board of Selectmen swapped seats last week at the post-election reorganizational meeting. R. Michael Sullivan rose from vice chairman to chairman, while Craig Dutra, the previous … more
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