The cast of thousands who successfully convinced the Federal Railroad Administration there must be better ways to fix the Northeast Corridor than running track through some of this region’s most historic and beautiful areas should give themselves a round of applause. Then it is time to get right back to work and Act II. This is just intermission.
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The 27-acre farm located at 89a Country Drive, has been awarded a $20,000 grant toward the installation of a 15.6 kilowatt solar photovoltaic system that will offset power used by the farm’s composting and agricultural operation.
“We want the public to know and have confidence that we are adhering to best practices and are operating at the highest level we possibly can when it comes to meeting state and national police standards,” Allen said. “When we interact with the public on a day-to-day basis, this process has helped assure that we have proper policies and procedures in place for everything we do.”
A scuffle resulting in one arrest broke out at the Narragansett Tribal Office on Route 2 Saturday when a faction that identifies itself as the rightfully elected tribal council tried to enter the building during a meeting led by Matthew Thomas, the current chief sachem.
“We’re not just rolling over and saying ‘Hey, these solar panel farms are a great idea,’ he said. “There’s many challenges that come with that, and that’s what we wanted to do, was start getting stuff on the table…We need to take a step back on these things in our town and look at what other towns are doing and try to find a strategy as to how these projects should be sited, because now, it’s getting out of hand.”
“I don’t think it’s over by any means because the Record of Decision sets a benchmark that requires a transit time between New York City and Boston of 2 hours and 45 minutes, roughly an hour quicker than what it is right now,” he said. “The plan no longer proposes any solutions, instead it sets up the New Haven to Providence Capacity Planning Study, which requires the state-level departments of transportation in Connecticut and Rhode Island to take on a larger role, and to find a way to meet this mandated time savings.
“Just in Charlestown, we had 19 pieces of open space that would have been affected, and we counted upwards of almost 100 pieces of private property,” said Filippi. “The rerouting in northern Charlestown was going to save about one minute of time and cost over a billion dollars to do. And it just didn’t make sense.” Video included
Westerly Sun: Federal Railroad Administration drops plans for the Saybrook-to-Kenyon high-speed rail bypass
“We now place our faith in RIDOT and CTDOT to work with the FRA on a good-faith process to evaluate the New Haven to Providence corridor and impacts of the various route alternatives.”
Now, the new plan is calling for a studies in both Connecticut and Rhode Island to examine ways to improve service on this stretch. The FRA said those studies will be conducted by the states in conjunction with the FRA and other “stakeholders,” but the agency did not offer specifics on funding, costs or a timeframe.
Bowing to local pressure, the Federal Railroad Administration has dropped plans for a controversial new rail line from Old Saybrook CT to Richmond RI from its ambitious project to overhaul the railroad system in the Northeast corridor.
The town is applying for funds from the State Transportation Improvement Plan for its Old Post Road Multiuse Path Feasibility Study. The bike path would extend along a route, as yet undetermined, from Ninigret Park to either the Charlestown Post Office at 3970 Old Post Road or to a location on the border of South Kingstown.
July 2, 2017 10:27PM – By Cynthia Drummond Sun staff writer CHARLESTOWN – One of Rhode Island’s most celebrated commercial successes, aquaculture has undergone a rapid expansion in the last decade, and about half of it is taking place in southern coastal ponds. Industry representatives, scientists, government representatives and members of the public gathered Thursday […]
If you only go to one farmer’s market this year, this is your stop. It will be held every Friday throughout the summer from 9:30 to 1:00 on the grounds of Church of The Holy Spirit, 4150 Post Road in Charlestown. The mission of the land Trust is to help preserve the beauty and rural character of Charlestown. With honey, oysters and lemonade in the mix, that mission becomes quite delicious.
The price of the solar panels and installation decrease as more people sign up, he said. In Tier I, requiring one to 10 installations, the price per kilowatt will be 3.14 cents; Tier II, requiring 11 to 30 installations, will be 3.04 cents per kilowatt; and Tier III, anything above 30 installations, will bring the price down to 2.94 cents per kilowatt hour.
Scott Millar of Grow Smart Rhode Island, “Grow Smart certainly doesn’t support, taking agricultural land that can yield good, fresh food for Rhode Islanders out of production to generate power, and we certainly don’t support the clearing and further fragmentation of forest land that can negatively impact resources such as our drinking water, habitat, to supply power. I think Rhode Island needs power, and the increase in renewable energy is an important objective, but we believe there are many existing sites in Rhode Island that have already been developed or that are zoned for industrial or commercial use that can be used to support renewable energy.”
Helping residents find the park, located at approximately 41 Columbia Heights Road, was challenging, because the it has no formal address and isn’t on maps yet, Hilton said. “We gave out a house number nearby so people could get here,” she said. It was the first of what the town intends to be an annual event.
The open field, surrounded by trees on three sides, boasts a new playground that was installed by the town this spring to replace one that had deteriorated at the rear corner of the site.
The six applications come on the heels of a much larger proposal, heard by the Planning Board on May 3 and by the Town Council on Monday. That project would be the town’s largest to date, an 18.8 -megawatt station on 73 acres in Bradford comprising 43,000 solar panels.
The average price per watt for solar panel installation in Rhode Island is $3.89, said Karen Stewart, Community Outreach Manager for SmartPower Rhode Island, but Sol Power offered a shared price model in three tiers: Tier one was $3.14 per watt for one to 12 installations; tier two was $3.04 per watt for 13 to 25 installations; and tier three was $2.94 per watt for 25 or more installations.
Scott Millar, manager of community technical assistance for Grow Smart Rhode Island, said solar panels on rooftops, industrial land, landfills and brownfields would minimize environmental damage. He noted that crash-strapped municipalities would be eager to rent vacant and underused development space to renewable-energy developers.
“We need to take a hard look at what we’re proposing,” the former Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management staffer said. “We shouldn’t be sacrificing farms and forests.”
Working in two shifts over three days, groups of approximately 20 volunteers are planting 23,000 plugs of spartina grass in the sand at the Ninigret salt marsh. It’s a simple but demanding task that requires carefully digging each hole and inserting a tuft of grass.
May 15, 2017 07:43AM By Catherine Hewitt Sun staff writer CHARLESTOWN — Nine experimental oyster reefs are being built in Quonochontaug Pond to test whether they can improve the survival of important recreational fish such as black sea bass, tautog, striped bass, scup, summer flounder and winter flounder. The Nature Conservancy and the Rhode Island […]
May 10, 2017 03:31PM By Catherine Hewitt Sun staff writer CHARLESTOWN — A new Italian restaurant is serving double duty as a quick drive-through and casual sit-down establishment. “We tailored the menu with popular Italian comfort foods with speed of service,” said owner Nicole Manfredo, of Charlestown, who opened Gemelli Bistro with a ribbon-cutting ceremony […]
Greg Stroud is a quiet, thoughtful academic with limited experience in civic engagement, but he transformed into a relentless community organizer and grass-roots lobbyist after learning of a proposal from Washington, D.C., aimed at boosting the speed and capacities of trains in the Northeast Corridor. That proposal from the Federal Railroad Administration included construction of […]
SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives. The organization’s mission is to prepare career and technical students to enter the workforce. Chariho Superintendent of Schools Barry Ricci said the state competition motivated students to elevate their game.
The Linear Park Greenway and Trails Subcommittee met informally Thursday to plan the bike safety event, which will include bike activities to help children ages 5-16 improve their cycling skills.
A rebellion that began in Old Lyme and has spread along coastal Connecticut is pressing the federal government to make big changes in an ambitious plan to bring high-speed rail to the Northeast, and to turn the proposal into merely “aspirational” recommendations.
At $27,724,601, the proposed budget is $121,833, or .44 percent, higher than the current budget, which is $27,602,768. But with the revaluation of the town’s grand list, effective December 31, 2016, the budget results in an estimated mill rate of $9.54 per $1,000 of property value, a reduction of 6.56 percent, or 67 cents, from the previous mill rate of $10.21.
April 8, 2017 02:30AM By Catherine Hewitt Sun staff writer In support of Charlestown’s fourth attempt to pass an extraction ordinance, the town’s state representative, Blake Filippi, R-Block Island, testified in favor of enabling legislation at a hearing Wednesday before the House Committee on Municipal Government. Filippi was the sponsor of the proposal, House Bill […]
April 6, 2017 01:44AM By Catherine Hewitt Sun staff writer PROVIDENCE — As one of six municipalities statewide, Charlestown was named a Rhode Island Energy Champion by National Grid and SmartPower, a nonprofit marketing firm specializing in energy efficiency and clean energy. Charlestown, Barrington, Bristol, Little Compton, Narragansett and Tiverton received the awards Thursday at […]
The properties, which have all been acquired by the state, are the Salt Pond Archaeological Preserve in Narragansett, the former Providence Boys Club Camp Davis in Charlestown, and the Chief Sachem Nighthawk property on South County Trail in Charlestown. The DOT demanded that the tribe waive its sovereign immunity on the parcels and agree to make them subject to civil and criminal state laws.