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    Town Sercives / Facilities



    Police Department

    The Police Department is headquartered at it’s facility
    at 176 First Avenue. The Police Department consists of 34
    sworn and 9 civilian positions when at full compliment.
    The vehicle Fleet is comprised of 11 marked patrol cars,
    4 unmarked Detective cars, 2 unmarked Administrative
    cars, an ACO truck, a van used by the Special Response
    Team, a Mobile Command vehicle, and a Police Boat. In
    addition to the department’s regular local law enforcement
    duties, the department regularly participates in national
    and statewide initiatives such as DUI enforcement and
    Speed management. The department’s record keeping is
    completely computerized and each patrol vehicle is outfitted
    with a Mobile Data Terminal allowing patrol officers
    access to local, state and national data bases from their vehicles.
    The department’s overall strategy is heavily based on
    the Community Policing model with traffic enforcement
    issues and quality of live issues dominating the call response
    of the Patrol Division. Although the department
    does not have a separate traffic division, there is a high
    likelihood that more patrol officers may be needed in the
    future to handle the growing number of traffic complaints
    in and around the South County Trail corridor. This is expected
    to be exasperated with the opening of New England
    Institute of Technology on Division Road and the continued
    growth of the commercial district along South County
    Call response times are excellent with an overall average
    of four to six minutes per call.
    Call volume has increased dramatically over the last
    several years, mostly due to the continued commercial and
    residential growth in the west end of town as well as the
    continued vibrancy of the downtown and waterfront districts.
    Additional staffing may be necessary in the future
    due to this continued growth in call volume.
    In addition to the department’s response to an increase
    in call volume, three special situations shall almost certainly
    present a need for greater resources in the future. These
    are (1) the opening of New England Institute of Technology’s
    campus on Division Road, (2) the continued vibrancy
    of the downtown area that attracts large amounts of people
    for its living, shopping and entertainment, as well as (3)
    the continued popularity of the waterfront district during
    the summertime months, These three special situations
    shall no doubt continue to test the current resources of the
    department in the future.

    East Greenwich Fire District

    East Greenwich’s fire protection and emergency medical
    services are provided by the East Greenwich Fire District.
    The EGFD is a separate municipality with full taxing
    authority. It was established by charter from the State of
    Rhode Island in 1797.

    Fire Tax Billings and tax collection services are provided
    by the Town of East Greenwich in order to afford residents
    the convenience of quarterly payments

    The Fire District has 36 full time Firefighter / EMT-Cardiacs

    , who provide 24 hour coverage 365 days a year.
    There are two fire stations, one on Main Street and one
    on Frenchtown Road. They operate 5 pieces of fire fighting
    apparatus, in addition to two Advanced Life Support
    rescues and a fire / rescue boat in Greenwich Bay. Both
    fire engines are also capable of conducting Advanced Life Support measures.

    Monthly meetings, open to taxpayers, are held at the
    Town Council Chamber on the fourth Tuesday of each
    month. An annual meeting to vote on the budget and
    elect the Board of Fire Commissioners is held on the third Monday of June at Swift Gym.

    To report a fire or medical emergency dial 911.

    For nonemergency / Fire Prevention and Administration, call 886-8686…tax office 886-8690. For additional information the District’s website is egfiredistrict.net

    Department of Public Works

    The Department of Public Works is located at 111
    Peirce Street. The Phone number is 886-8618. Hours are
    Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

    The Department’s responsibilities are as follows:

    • Operation of the wastewater treatment plant and of the transfer station.
    • Maintenance of all Town Roads.
    • Collection of municipal refuse.
    • Operation of municipal buildings and street lights.
    • Maintenance of street signs

    • Building Inspection


    The Department of Public Works is the liaison between
    the public and the various divisions. Questions concerning
    street maintenance, snow removal, street signs, drainage
    problems, sidewalks and minimum housing complaints
    should be referred to this department, as well as questions
    concerning building, plumbing, electrical, sign, swimming
    pool and stove permits. All permits pertinent to building
    are issued from this department and it is also involved with
    subdivisions from inception to final approval.
    Questions and problems concerning public sewers should
    be referred to the sewage treatment plant at 886-8649.

    The schedule of services for the department of public
    works is as follows:

    Transfer Station

    located on Crompton Ave.
    Hours of operation are Saturdays
    8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    A permit is required. East
    Greenwich residents with a
    valid vehicle registration may
    obtain a permit at the Department
    of Public Works office.
    Items accepted included municipal
    waste, recyclables (blue
    bin and green bin items), yard
    waste and metal from East
    Greenwich Residents only.
    Used motor oil and filters are
    also accepted.

    Trash Collection

    The town provides collection
    Monday to Friday. Call the
    Department office for your
    route day. Some holidays may
    delay the trash collection one
    day for the remainder of the
    week. Refuse must be placed
    in a metal or plastic trash can
    and left at the curb on collection
    day. One heavy item is
    allowed each week w/exceptions.
    Appliances are collected
    once a month by appointment

    Recycling Program

    The Town provides weekly
    collection of recyclable materials
    (the same day trash is
    collected) i.e. metal and aluminum
    cans, some plastics,
    glass and newspapers. Call the
    Department office for your
    regular route day. Recyclable
    materials must be left on the curb by 7:00 am in the blue
    and green bins, which can be obtained at the DPW office.

    Dog Licenses and Leash Law

    State law requires all dogs 6 months and older to be licensed
    annually. The fee to license a dog is $8.00. A current
    rabies certificate is also required.
    Licenses can be obtained at the Town Clerk’s office at
    125 Main Street during regular business hours. A special
    licensing period is held each year in April. For more information
    call the Town Clerk’s office at 886-8606.
    A leash law adopted in 1978 requires that dogs be kept
    under restraint at all times.

    The law states: an animal is under restraint when it is leashed, within a motor
    vehicle, on the property of its owner or keeper or
    on the property of a person other than the owner
    or keeper provided such person is agreeable to the animal’s presence.

    For more information call the Animal Control
    Officer in the Police Department at 884-2244.


    Water, derived mainly from the Scituate reservoir,
    is distributed by the Kent County Water Authority. Most developed sections of Town
    have water connections, although many homes
    west of Route 2 depend on wells.

    The Kent County Water Authority is located at 1072 Main
    Street in West Warwick. For more information
    call 821-9300. www.kentcountywater.org or


    East Greenwich Free Library

    Located at 82 Peirce St, the library is open
    Mon. through Thurs. from 10:00 am until 8:00 pm, and
    on Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. It
    is handicapped accessible. The Library is a member of the
    state-wide automated library network. The phone number
    is 884-9510 or visit the library’s website at www.eastgreenwichlibrary.org
    The East Greenwich Free Library has a circulating collection
    of over 65,000 items, including printed books, audio book recordings, magazine and newspaper subscriptions and movies for both children and adults.

    The popular fiction collection containing mysteries, science
    fiction, large print books, young adult titles and of course
    children’s books, also offers all of the new bestsellers. Titles
    can be reserved either online, using the automated card
    catalog, or by calling. With 21 computer stations available
    to the public and the wireless entry system supplying
    connections for personal laptop computers, the library
    provides access to the electronic card catalog, online research
    databases and the internet. There is a substantial
    compilation of reference materials, designed to assist in
    research queries, and the Rhode Island History and Genealogy
    Room houses an outstanding variety of items for
    specialized studies.

    The Children’s Department hosts several weekly story time sessions, plans featured programs throughout the year and conducts an annual Summer Reading Program. The library’s Community Room provides space for cultural and educational events and can be
    reserved for use by non-profit groups.

    Swift Community Center

    The Swift Community Center, formerly known as Swift
    Gym, is located at 121 Peirce Street. The building contains
    a large gymnasium, a senior meal site, game room and
    computer room that are used for Town recreation and senior

    For rental information, please contact Human
    and Senior Services at 886-8669 Extension 1