NOVEMBER 20, 2023

6:45 P.M. 

NORTH SMITHFIELD TOWN COUNCIL

                                  83 GREENE STREET, NORTH SMITHFIELD, RI                                     

 

PARTICIPATION FOR THIS MEETING WILL BE IN-PERSON ONLY.

*Amended

*Executive Session will begin at 6:45 p.m. The regular council meeting will follow at approximately 7:00 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, November 20, 2023, at 10:00 a.m., see link here:

https://clerkshq.com/NorthSmithfield-ri

 

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

 

  1. OPEN MEETING – PRAYER – PLEDGE
     
  2. ROLL CALL

     

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

     

  2. EXECUTIVE SESSION (Closed Session)
  1. 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. Tomasetti v. Town of North Smithfield, RICHR No. 24 EMP 051 and EEOC No. 16-J-2023-00285
    2. IBPO v. Town of North Smithfield, A.A.A. Case Numbers 23-6737 and 23-8497

 

  1. NEW BUSINESS

    A.  Discussion by Council, Vote, or Other Action on Halliwell Review Committee – Mr. Porter

          1. Payment to Bargmann Henrie + Archetype, Inc.- Invoice #26495

  1. Discussion by Council, Vote, or Other Action on Resignation from Municipal Building Review Task Force – Mr. Beauregard
  2. Discussion by Council, Vote, or Other Action on Ordinance Amending Zoning Ordinance (Appendix A), Section 6 – Supplementary District Regulations – Section. 6.19 – Water Supply Protection Overlay District Proposed Changes to Code of Ordinance 6.19 – Water Supply Protection Overlay District – Mr. Osier

    1.  Public Hearing

    2.  2nd Reading

  3. Discussion by Council, Vote, or Other Action on Adoption of the Revised and Reorganized Code of the Town of North Smithfield, Including Schedule A and Zoning – Town Clerk
  1. Public Hearing
  2. 2nd Reading

     

  1. NORTH SMITHFIELD TOWN COUNCIL SITTING AS THE BOARD OF LICENSE COMMISSIONERS
  1. Discussion by Council, Vote, or Other Action on Renewal of Yearly Licenses (2023-2024)

 

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

 

  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 November 16, 2023

 

Social Media companies and the way they handle online content is the focus of a landmark U.S. Supreme Court hearing today. The court is examining Republican-backed laws in Texas and Florida that were put in place over claims TikTok, Facebook, YouTube and others dislike conservative speech. The laws were enacted in 2021 after the companies banned former President Trump from their platforms. The companies say laws deciding how they operate violate their First Amendment right to free speech.        An active-duty U.S. Air Force servicemember is dead after setting himself on fire, saying he'll will "no longer be complicit in genocide." This happened outside of the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC on Sunday. Video from the scene shows Aaron Bushnell saying he's resorting to "an extreme act of protest," which he said is still nothing compared to what Palestinians have been enduring.        Lawmakers are returning to Capitol Hill this week with just a handful of days to strike a deal to fund the government. Parts of the government will shutdown Friday night if Congress fails to act, with a full shutdown possible by March 8th. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Sunday said leaders had not yet reached a compromise on spending bills, blaming House Republicans for the delay. Speaker Mike Johnson, meanwhile, blamed Democrats for making last minute demands that are holding up negotiations.        Hunter Biden will testify behind closed doors Wednesday in the Republican-led impeachment inquiry of his father President Biden. Republicans seeking to impeach the president are trying to find hard evidence he used his time as vice president to benefit his family financially. The inquiry suffered a major setback following the recent indictment of an ex-FBI informant. The Justice Department indicted Alexander Smirnov on allegations he made up information.       An ally of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny says a prisoner swap was close to happening before his death earlier this month. In a video on YouTube, the associate of Navalny said talks were in the final stages to exchange Navalny and two unnamed U.S. citizens for a Russian hitman imprisoned in Germany. The medical report stated Navalny's cause of death was "natural," but President Biden has repeatedly said Russian President Vladimir Putin is responsible.       The future of the NFL will gather at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Monday as the NFL Combine begins. Over 300 of the best college football players have a chance to showcase their skills in front of coaches, general managers and scouts. Many players hope to improve their stock ahead of April's draft.