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TIVERTON — A proposed amendment to the Tiverton zoning ordinance, that would have allowed the installation of a motocross park at 691 Brayton Road, failed to get a majority of votes from the Tiverton Town Council on April 9, so it was in effect defeated. more
LITTLE COMPTON — A major land acquisition, that is likely to have far-reaching consequences for the Town of Little Compton, was agreed to last weekend by the Little Compton Agricultural Conservancy Trust (*the Ag Trust") and Daniel and Fulton Pontes, whose family have owned the parcel for generations. What is now a working corn field, just yards from town center, could transition in years to come into a passive recreational area — with trails, walking and bike paths — it's up to the Ag Trust. more
LITTLE COMPTON — While affordable housing is off the table as a possible use for the 63-acre property just acquired by the Little Compton Agricultural Conservancy Trust, which by its charter cannot develop property it acquires, it’s very much on the minds of town leaders. more
TIVERTON — The Town of Tiverton is attempting to bring a halt to a motocross and all-terrain vehicle track and trails at 691 Brayton Road, and to that end has filed a lawsuit against Raymond E. Johnson and a company called Camaco Holdings. Both hold ownership or managing interests in the approximately 43-acre Brayton Road site which hosts the activities. Complaints about the activity and the noise it generates have been made to the town by neighbors, Tiverton Town Administrator Paul McGreevy said. more
LITTLE COMPTON — Suspense and hard work dating back to 2014 will culminate Saturday, August 5, when the new town recreation field will be dedicated (rain date is Sunday).  It will be a ceremony accompanied by some serious hoopla extending into the evening — comments about honorees, for whom the field, tennis courts, and walking path will be named, two soccer games, a chicken barbecue, hot dogs, music, and fireworks. more
By Tom Killin Dalglish tdalglish@eastbaynewspapers.com TIVERTON — Tiverton has a new town administrator. He is Paul E. McGreevy, 57, of Newport, and he starts with the town on Monday, … more
LITTLE COMPTON — The Little Compton Town Council last Thursday night voted unanimously to grant entertainment licenses to Carolyn's Sakonnet Vineyard (CSV) for "up to 14 concerts" on deed-restricted land and for "up to 14 [other] entertainment events" (understood to be mainly weddings) this summer on non-deed-restricted land. The council proceedings took all of 17 minutes, before an estimated 130-140 mostly local spectators, who crammed into extra chairs and benches in the Town Hall council chambers, stood along the walls and in the hallway outside. more
After receiving multiple reports of a scammer preying on senior citizens in Rhode Island, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has issued a statewide Medicare fraud alert. Medicare patients have … 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
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