PORTSMOUTH TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
JUNE 26, 2023
AGENDA

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6:30 PM - Town Council Chambers, Portsmouth Town Hall, 2200 East Main Road

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

1.  RIGL §42-46-5 (a)(5) Any discussions or considerations related to the acquisition or lease of real property for public purposes, or of the disposition of publicly held property wherein advanced public information would be detrimental to the interest of the public.

 

ADJOURN

 

7:00 PM - Town Council Chambers, Portsmouth Town Hall, 2200 East Main Road

 

EMERGENCY EVACUATION PLAN

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

SITTING AS THE PORTSMOUTH TOWN COUNCIL

1.  Roll Call
 

PRESIDENT'S EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

CONSENT AGENDA

Directions to view licensing applications: 1) Click on Viewpoint, 2) Click Records and then type in the
record number which is listed on the agenda, 3) Click on the highlighted record to view the application

1.

Bills

 

SITTING AS THE BOARD OF LICENSE COMMISSIONERS

Directions to view licensing applications: 1) Click on Viewpoint, 2) Click Records and then type in the
record number which is listed on the agenda, 3) Click on the highlighted record to view the application

1.

Entertainment License:

newportFILM, 174 Bellevue Avenue, Suite 314, Newport, for a film screening at Safe Harbor New England Boatworks, 1 Lagoon Road on July 27 from 6:00-10:30 PM (#2386)

 

ADJOURN

 

TOWN ADMINISTRATOR'S REPORT

1.  Budget update
2.  Learn365 RI Update
3.  Glen Farm trail easement update
4.  Naval War College President and Newport Naval Station Changes of Command
5.  Firefighter Grant
6.  Town Hall closing for July 4th

 

RESIGNATIONS AND APPOINTMENTS

1.

Resignation/Removal:

Melville Park Committee – E. Felder

2.

Appointment:

Bristol Ferry Town Common Committee (6 vacancies)

 

OLD BUSINESS (Discussion/Action)

1.

Monthly Finance Report. / R. Kilpatrick (5)

2.

Final approval of proposed FY 24 Town Budget (The full budget is available for review on the Town’s website at www.portsmouthri.gov) (10)

FY 24 Town Budget

a. Presentation of possible budget changes as proposed by Councilors Levesque and Hamilton
b. Final adoption of proposed budget
c. Drafts of FY 2024 Budget Ordinance 

 

NEW BUSINESS (Discussion/Action)

1.

Request additional funds of $55,594 for an upgraded motor for the new fire engine. / P. Ford (5)

2.

Request to purchase two 2023 Ford Police Interceptor Utility Vehicle AWD patrol vehicles using funds from the Emergency Vehicle Apparatus Capital Program in the amount of $157,442. / B. Peters (5)

3.

PUBLIC HEARING: Community Development Block Grant Application. / L. Hitchen & R. Plain, Church Community Housing Corp.

Review, prioritize, and approve of proposed activities and programs for inclusion in the Town’s application for a Small Cities Community Development Block Grant to undertake a range of activities including:
   a. Improved housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income families and individuals.
   b. Provision of employment opportunities for low- and moderate-income individuals.
   c. Provision of community facilities and services principally benefiting low- and moderate-income families and individuals.

Documents:
  1. CDBG PH.pdf
4.

Resolution of the Town Council regarding the CDBG Application – Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) – Approving the prioritized list of projects for submission with the Town’s 2023 CDBG application and authorizing the Town Administrator to file said application. / R. Plain, Church Community Housing Corp. (5)

Documents:
  1. CDBG Resolution.pdf
5.

Request to advertise for a public hearing for a sound variance for noise that may be generated by the operation of portable liquefied natural gas equipment at 111 Old Mill Lane, Portsmouth (Viewpoint #2390). / G. Watson, III, Robinson+Cole (5)

6.

PUBLIC HEARING: To consider a proposed amendment to Chapter 45 Personnel, Article I, Section 14.B, Prohibited activities.

7.

PUBLIC HEARING: To consider a proposed amendment to Chapter 405 Zoning, Article VI Non-Standard Development, Section C Alteration of non-conforming development. / C. Chappell & L. Hitchen

8.

Discussion/action to support/not support Little Compton’s resolution supporting the exploration of an overland route for the offshore wind turbines. / D. Gleason (5)

 

CORRESPONDENCE

1.

Short-term rental fees and easing the burden on residents. / S. Panaggio

Documents:
  1. Corr-STR.pdf
2.

Resolution opposing Senate Bill 2023 – 137 and House Bill 2023 – H 5201 Relating to Towns and Cities – Relief of Injured and Deceased Fire Fighters and Police Officers - Presumption for Heart Disease and Hypertension. / Burrillville Town Council

 

FUTURE MEETINGS

Jul 10       7:00 PM – Town Council Meeting
Jul 24       7:00 PM – Town Council Meeting - Cancelled
Aug 15     7:00 PM – Town Council Meeting (Tuesday)
Aug 28     7:00 PM – Town Council Meeting

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION - (If Needed)

 

ADJOURN

 

RETURN TO OPEN SESSION

 

OPEN SESSION

 

ADJOURN

The public is welcome to any meeting of the Town’s boards or its committees. If communication assistance (readers/interpreters/captions) is needed or any other accommodation to ensure equal participation, please contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 683-2101 at least (3) business days prior to the meeting. 

POSTED 6/22/23