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 Supreme Court is getting rid of a Trump-era ban on "bump stocks." The court ruled Friday that the firearm accessory that allows semi-automatic rifles to fire more quickly can't be included in a 1934 law banning machine guns. The decision was 6-3 on ideological lines, striking down a regulation imposed during the Trump administration. Despite the ruling, bump stocks remain illegal in 18 states.       The Supreme Court is not yet ruling on Donald Trump's claims of presidential immunity. The court did not make a decision on the consequential case today, but may do so on June 20th when its next opinions are released. The case impacts some of Trump's pending cases, including his alleged attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election. Trump argues he is immune from prosecution because his actions fell under official conduct that should be protected, and was not a private act.       Floridians can expect even more rain today after days of severe weather and flooding. Non-stop rain has drenched parts of the southern half of the state for days now -- including Miami. Governor Ron DeSantis already declared a state of emergency. Thunderstorm activity in the region is expected to subside by the weekend, but forecasters say flash flooding and urban flooding will remain possible through Saturday.       Kate, Princess of Wales, says she is making "good progress" in her treatment for cancer. In a rare statement Friday, the British royal said she is still undergoing chemotherapy and that she has "a few more months" of treatment remaining. She also announced that she will be attending a military parade Saturday to mark King Charles the Third's birthday. This will be her first official public appearance since she revealed she has cancer.       Ukraine is rejecting Russia's demands to bring the war between the two countries to an end. On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country would end the war if Ukraine agreed to certain conditions. Those include Kyiv [[ KEEV ]] dropping its ambitions to join NATO, pulling out troops from four Ukrainian provinces claimed by Moscow. The proposal from Russia came just a day after the U.S. and Ukraine agreed to a new ten-year security agreement.       The USA cricket team is continuing to make history. The team has advanced to the next stage of the men's T20 Cricket World Cup after its match against Ireland was rained out in Florida Friday. The point earned by the USA due to the game being called off meant the team qualified for the Super Eight stage of the tournament. The USA will now be placed in a group of four of the final eight teams, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the semifinal round.