Update of Town Council Meeting This Week (8/20/2012)

Update of Monday August 20 Town Council MeetingApproved:

  • Purchase of a Mobile Data Systems upgrade for Police Cars.  The total cost of the 3 year lease is $45,600 and was approved as an expenditure in the Capital Budget by voters.
  • Park and Recreation request to charge for reserving a tennis court time. The cost for reserving a court will be $6 for singles, $8 for doubles and an extra $2 for non-residents making a reservation.  There will be no cost for using the tennis courts without reservations and will continue to be on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Allow the Affordable Housing Commission to focus on new ideas to improve the number of affordable housing units including rental units in Charlestown and provide suggestions for seeking state legislative changes to the law to reflect the issues faced by rural communities in implementing the RI Affordable Housing Law.
  • To move forward with the Town Administrator Ad Hoc Committee but agreed that the next TC would be the ones who made the TA selection.
  • Ask the Acting TA to send a letter to all town commissions to see if any member who had a personal I-pad or lap top computer would like to get electronic information on commission business and to investigate in the next budget cycle if it were cost effective to purchase I-Pad  for any of the Town’s Commissions.
  • To have the Town Council President sign the Teamsters Tentative Agreement, which is the third, three year, Collective Bargaining agreement completed.

Also, the TC held a discussion on a request to implement a curfew for minors based on some complaints regarding vandalism. The acting police chief was aware of the problem and was working with the families of the juveniles, social services and the school to improve the situation. He will brief the council next month with a progress report on the situation.

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2 Comments

  1. Steering Committee
    August 24, 2012 @ 10:08 am

    There was discussion at the meeting similar to your comment.
    It was discussed that reservations are not really needed because there are lots of courts both in Charlestown and nearby in South Kingstown and now that there are 8 courts at Ninigret there aren’t long waits for courts. But taking reservations would also not exclude players for the same reason that there are a lot of courts now. There simply are a few groups of players that want to pay for reservations even though it seems they don’t need to. For instance someone who wants to play early in the morning before leaving for work and wants to be guaranteed a court.

    So it was decided that if people really want to pay for something then the fees could be collected and perhaps eventually used to improve the courts. They would pay the fee in advance at town hall presumably and the court times would be posted at the court. If it rains, they would still pay.

    If the reservation system ends up causing people to be excluded from the courts they will drop the program.

    The program was advanced by the Parks and Recreation Commission. They are volunteers so they aren’t getting paid and don’t have pensions.

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  2. CCA e-mailer
    August 23, 2012 @ 3:36 pm

    “Park and Recreation request to charge for reserving a tennis court time. The cost for reserving a court will be $6 for singles, $8 for doubles and an extra $2 for non-residents making a reservation. There will be no cost for using the tennis courts without reservations and will continue to be on a first come, first serve basis.”

    As a tennis guy this freaks of insanity. Also who will collect the tennis court rent? Plus, the courts SUCK to play on. Westerly is better, that is where I go.
    Also what are they going to do? Kick old men, young mothers and daughters and sons OFF? Because they cannot pay the rent?

    Intersting fact – “Park and Recreation request to charge for reserving a tennis court time”. For what? to pay for their union dues or their pension? They need to go. How silly of them. People will go elsewhere.

    Chalestown is not that great of a place to live. I have lived everywhere on the small marble we call earth. Really.
    Charlestown has low taxes…….. and that is it. Once they introduce fees to us there will be no money to buy and protect our environment, and make this a place that is special and devoid of pollution and corrupted … politics.

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