NK City Council Honors First Responders, Approves $ 258,000 Sewer Contract | New
NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI – VFW Post 152 honored the North Kingstown Police and Fire Services with Certificates of Appreciation for their hard work at the City Council meeting on Monday, October 25.
The awards were presented by Station Commander Sarah Cavanaugh and coincide with National First Responders Day on October 28. Cavanaugh also said that on September 11, the VFW held a remember run where they raised money for both departments.
“Not only does the VFW appreciate your work, but I assure you that the citizens of North Kingstown do,” said Council Chairman Gregory Mancini. “On behalf of the citizens of our community, we thank you. “
Council then unanimously voted on several motions after a public hearing in which no one from the public asked to speak. The motions included approving the renewal of licenses for alcoholic beverages and entertainment and a second reading of an increase in the number of permits allowed for mobile food vendors from 25 to 30.
The board voted to remove three items from its consent agenda to allow for public comment and discussion, but voted unanimously to approve the remaining agenda items. Among the items removed from the consent agenda for further attention was a motion to award a contract for the expansion of the sewer system to Boyle & Fogarty Construction Co. in the amount of $ 258. $ 265.
This motion was organized to answer questions from a local citizen who wanted an explanation as to why a bond had not been taken out to pay for the project, as had previously been voted on. The council explained that they decided to use the excess funds rather than taking out a bond due to the small size of the project and the expected cost of the bond to the city.
Instead of taking out a bond for the project, the city plans to pay off the contract out of its excess funds before recovering those funds along with a 3% interest from future residents of the new condominium complex upon its completion in 2024. After explaining their reasoning the council voted unanimously to approve the motion.
“Rather than going for a $ 300,000 bond where you pay an administrative fee and you pay a bond board,” City Manager Ralph Mollis said. “You do that stuff when you ask for a $ 5 million bond, on a $ 300,000 bond that doesn’t make sense. So what we’re going to do is take some of our big surplus. and we will pay for the sewer project, and the users rather than paying the deposit will pay back the fund balance every year.
In addition to questions about the sewer project, Council President Mancini chose to remove two other items from the consent agenda due to their high cost. Among the two was the award of a fire department bid for a new ambulance and the award of a public works bid for two new heavy dump trucks with snow removal accessories.
The two offers totaled more than $ 668,000, and Mancini said he felt the public should be given a little more information on why that money was being spent and how it was being justified. After council heard from the chiefs of public works and the fire department, they voted unanimously to approve the spending.
Following the consent agenda, the board voted to change its December schedule to replace its December 6 and 20 meetings with a single meeting on the 13th. They concluded their meeting by approving the requests. two park service grants to improve Wilson and Yorktown parks.
The next city council meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on November 8 at the Beachwood Senior Center.