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

 

  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

The White House isn't saying whether or not the President would commute his son Hunter Biden's sentence. Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre declined to say whether President Biden would consider doing so, although she pointed to his previous comments that he would not pardon his son. Hunter was convicted Tuesday of three federal felonies for unlawfully purchasing a gun while addicted to drugs.       The Federal Reserve is not changing interest rates. Officials predict they will only cut borrowing costs once before the year ends. Fed chairman Jerome Powell told reporters today inflation has eased substantially but is still too high. He said the central bank is committed to bringing inflation down to its two-percent goal. The benchmark rate is in a range of five-and-a-quarter to five-and-a-half-percent.       Severe weather in Florida is delaying flights at airports across the U.S. As of early this afternoon, there have been just over three-thousand flights delayed within, into or out of the United States according to FlightAware. In Florida, the flight tracking site says there has been more than 300 delays and over 160 cancellations at Miami International Airport as of 2 p.m. local time. Passengers are urged to check with their airline before heading to the airport.       Eight men with possible ties to ISIS are arrested after crossing the southern border into the United States. ICE agents arrested the men over the weekend in New York, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. Sources said on Tuesday that the eight suspects had been on the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force radar. It turns out none of the men have criminal records. They have not yet been charged with a terror connection or a plot.       Survivors of the Sandy Hook school shooting are set to graduate high school. Over 300 students will be graduating from Newtown High School in Connecticut today, and 60 of those students will be survivors of the mass shooting that killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. On Thursday, another mass shooting will be remembered when demolition begins on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed in 2018.       Sony Pictures is entering the movie theater business. The studio announced Wednesday that it has bought Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. The Texas-based theater chain that serves food and drinks and famously has a strict no-talking and no-texting policy has more than 30 locations in the U.S. Film distributors had been prohibited from owning exhibition companies between 1948 and 2020. Sony is the first major Hollywood studio to enter the theater market since the restriction was rescinded.