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Town Government

 

The voters of East Greenwich, through a “Home
Rule Charter” approved in 1972, adopted a Council-Manager
form of government, providing for a five member
legislative body with a professional administrator. The legislative
body is styled after the traditional New England
form of government, with a five member Town Council,
elected at large for two-year terms. The president and vicepresident
are elected by the Council.


Council meetings are held on the second and fourth
Mondays of each month at 7:00 pm in the Town Hall.
The Town Manager is selected by the Town Council and
serves at their discretion. The Manager is charged with the
administrative responsibility of the Town Government.
A Town Moderator is also elected every two years. The
seven members of the School Committee serve staggered
terms, with elections held every four years.
The Town Moderator presides over the Financial Town
Meeting each year in the month of June. The meeting approves
the Town budget and levying of taxes. Town residents
who are qualified electors are eligible to vote.

Town Council

  • Michael B. Isaacs, President
  • Henry V. Boezi,Vice Pres. Michael S. Kiernan
  • Mark Watkins Gee Jeffrey B. Cianciola

Appointed Officials

Appointments to boards and commissions are made by
the town council for set terms. Department head appointments
are made by the Town Manager, subject to Town Council approval.

Town Offices

Most Town offices are located in the historic Kent County
Courthouse at 125 Main Street. Public Works and the
School Department administrative office are located at
111 Peirce Street. The Police Department is located at 176
First Avenue. The Recreation Department is located at
1127 Frenchtown Road.


Boards / Commissions and Committees

Affordable Housing

  • Kathleen Gray
  • Marie Hennedy
  • William Daly

Board of Assessment Review

  • Jeffrey Flowers
  • Sherry Rupp
  • Rob Hamlin
  • Richard Huntsman, Alternate


Board of Canvassers

  • Frederick J. Holmquist, Chair
  • Noreen D. McGeary
  • John Laliberty

Coastal Resources Management Council

  • Marilyn J. Kiesel

Cove Management Advisory Commission

  • David Splaine, Chair
  • Robert Laforge
  • Richard Friend
  • Scott Karn
  • Christopher Pearson

East Greenwich Free Library

  • Edmond P. Magner-Chairperson

Fire District

  • Doug Axelsen -Chair
  • William Daly – Vice Chair
  • Steve Bartlett
  • Dr. Mark Schwager
  • Mark Gee

 

Historic District Commission

  • Kim Balkcom, Chair
  • Stephen Tyson, Vice-Chair
  • Susan Aitcheson
  • Kingston Fallon
  • Erinn Calise
  • Matthew McGeorge

The Commission monitors all changes to buildings within
the Town’s historic district. Any exterior remodeling of
buildings within the district is subject to prior approval of
this commission, which also serves as the sign committee.

 

Housing Authority

  • Marcia Sullivan-Executive Director
  • Cynthia White Overton
  • Ruth Feder
  • Hector Vargas
  • John Larsen

Hunt Wellhead Committee

  • Lisa Bourbonnais, Planning Director

Juvenile Hearing Board

  • Len Curado
  • Emmanuel D.T. Bautista
  • Carl I. Hoyer
  • Larry Tocci
  • Bruce Rollins
  • Anne Polumbo, Alternate

Kent County Water Authority

  • Peter O. Masterson

Municipal Land Trust

  • Stephen H. Whitney-chair
  • Douglas L. Brown-Co vice chair
  • Kevin Fetzer co-vice-chair
  • Peter Swaszek

Personnel Board

  • Cheryl Botwick
  • Vincent Ragosta, Jr.
  • Lori Mathieu
  • Robert Brooks


Planning Board

  • Bradford Bishop, Chair
  • Jack Simpson – Vice Chair
  • Charles Newton, Jr.
  • Stephen Brusini
  • Bill Stone
  • Jason Gomez
  • Michael Donnegan
  • John Ayotte-Alternate

Quonset PT Development Corp. board

  • Jack Simpson

School Committee

 

  • Deidre S. Gifford,Chair
  • David Green
  • Jack Sommer
  • Robert J. Durant
  • Paul H. Martin
  • Susan Records
  • Mary Ellen Winter

 

Senior Advisory Council

  • Sergeant John Carter
  • George Coleman
  • Joyce Coleman
  • Helen Friend
  • Tracy Johnson
  • Grazina Kulawas
  • Erin McAndrew
  • Maureen Tortolani
  • Carol Tudino

Town Sergeant

  • Richard Denice

Tree Warden

  • Michael E. Scheffler

West Bay Community Action

 

  • Erin McAndrew – EG Senior Services

Zoning Board of Review

  • Joseph Russolino, Chair
  • Joseph Zenga, Vice-Chair
  • Jennifer Walker Fairbank
  • Renu Englehart
  • Robert Bolton
  • Jodi Gladstone (alternate)
  • Richard Land (alternate)

This board hears applications for special use permits, dimensional
variances, and use variances for land development.
It also hears appeals of decisions of the Building Official,
the Planning Board and the Administrative Officer,
and hears Comprehensive Permit Applications under the
requirements of the Rhode Island Affordable Housing Act.
The Board meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month. The
Board consists of five members who serve five year terms
and two alternates who serve one year terms.

U.S. Post Office

  • East Greenwich Postmaster – Roland Neirinckx

State Officials and Legislators

  • Governor Lincoln Chafee(I)
  • Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts (D)
  • Secretary of State Ralph Mollis (D)
  • Attorney Peter F. Kilmartin (D)
  • Treasurer Gina Raimondo (D)
  • State Senator Dawson Tucker Hodgson ( R)
  • State Senator Glenford Shibley (R )
  • State Representative Robert A. Watson (R)

U.S. Legislators

  • U.S. Senator John F. Reed (D)
  • U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D) First Congressional District
  • U.S. Representative David Cicilline (D) Second Congressional District
  • U.S. Representative James R. Langevin (D)

Facts

Established / Incorporated as a town............................ 1677
Form of Government..............................Council / Manager
Population (2010 Census / April 2010)..................... 13,146
Total Housing Units (2000 Census).............................. 5226
Owner occupied............................................................. 3,739
Renter Occupied............................................................. 1,221
Median Home Value (2000 Census)......................$435,000
Median Family Income (2010 Census)................... $93,636
Median Age.................................................................... 40.5
Student Enrollment......................................................... 2500.
Telephone Area code........................................................ 401
Postal Zip Code............................................................. 02818
Miles to New York City.................................................... 164
Miles to Providence......................................................... 14.2
Miles to Boston................................................................... 64

Taxes

Homeowners in East Greenwich are subject to the following
taxes and service charges.

  • East Greenwich Real Estate Tax. This tax is based on the

property’s valuation as of December 31st of each respective
year. The tax rate is $17.25 per thousand valuation.
(New tax rates set in July).

  • East Greenwich Excise Tax. This tax is assessed on motor

vehicles. It is based on a rate of $22.88 per thousand
value per the Rode Island Value Commission.
Fire District Tax. Fire protection and rescue services are
provided by the East Greenwich Fire District which is a
separate taxing authority. The tax rate is $1.74 per thousand
valuation.

  • Sewer. Some homes in the downtown area and certain

plats of town are connected with the East Greenwich sewer
system. These homes pay a user fee based on water consumption.

  • State Taxes. All Rhode Island residents are subject to a

seven percent state sales tax.

Voting

New residents of East Greenwich must be at least 18
years of age and a citizen of the United States to be eligible
to vote in Town, State and National Elections.
New residents may register to vote at the Town Clerk’s office between the hours
of 8:30 to 4:30 Monday through Friday. You may also register to vote at
the Department of Motor Vehicles and online at www.elections.state.
ri.us. Registrations must take place at least 30 days before an election
in order to be eligible to vote in that election.


For more information
call 886-8603.


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