Message from Tax Assessor

By: Bethany J.Hashway

East Greenwich, RI- Here is message the from the Tax Assessor.

Posted on: February 27, 2018

Message from the Tax Assessor

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Dear Resident,

The Town of East Greenwich has just completed a statistical revaluation as of December 31st, 2017. A statistical revaluation consists of a sales analysis of the previous one to two years applied to all like properties in like areas.

If you own property in Town, you will soon receive a notice from Northeast Revaluation Group LLC. This notice will include your property’s previous assessed value and its proposed new assessed value. If you wish to discuss the proposed new value, you will find instructions on how to schedule an appointment with Northeast for an informal hearing.

The notices will be mailed on March 1st, and the deadline to schedule an appointment is March 21st. If you are physically unable to attend a hearing, you can send a letter stating your concerns to Northeast. Instructions on how to submit a letter will be provided in the notice.

Sincerely,

Anthony F. Davey

Tax Assessor

Town of East Greenwich

 

East Greenwich Bulletin for 2/26/18- 3/2/18

By: Bethany J. Hashway

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East Greenwich, RI – Here are the latest happenings, upcoming meetings for the week of Feb. 26th– March 2nd. Also you will find events that are coming up in the next months or so.

 Happening This Week- Recycling is OFF this week (February 26th)

 Upcoming Meetings This Week Feb. 26th– March 2nd.

The Upcoming Meetings calendar toward the bottom of the new home page provides a complete calendar of all open meetings that will be taking place in the coming weeks.

  • Monday, February 26th – 7 pm – Town Council – Swift Community Center
  • Tuesday, February 27th – 7:00 pm – Zoning Board – Town Hall
  • Wednesday, February 28th – 6:00 pm – Juvenile Hearing Board – Police Community Room
  • Agendas and Minutes are available on the website.

 

Other Events Coming Up

 Free Income Tax Assistance 

Volunteers trained by AARP Tax Aide will be available at the Swift Community Center on Wednesdays until April 11th.  This is a free service for seniors and low income residents.  Reservations are required (no walk-ins will be seen).  Please bring the following documents to your appointment: social security card and photo ID for all individuals listed on the tax return, W2, SSA, any 1099 forms, any 1095 forms, brokerage statements for sale of stocks or bonds, mortgage interest, charitable donations, business and/or property taxes, records of federal and state taxes paid, educational expenses, a bank check for direct deposit and last year’s tax return.

 

 AARP Smart Driver Course

An AARP Smart Driver Course will be offered at Swift on Wednesday, April 25th from 1:00 – 5:30 p.m. Successful completion of the course qualifies those 55 and older for a discount on auto insurance. The fee for the class is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Pre-registration and payment are requested by Friday, April 20th.  Walk-ins will be accepted if space is available.

2018 Election Calendar

For more information please see the 2018 Election brochure aavailable on the Town web site.

Vacancies on Boards and Commissions

There are vacancies on many Town Board and Commissions. Please consider serving your community. Please see the website for details

Hit and Run Accident Arrest

By: Bethany J. Hashway

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Credit: Bethany J. Hashway- Warwick Police Traffic Division Officer’s Officer Hovsep Sarkisian, Officer Greg Johnson.

Warwick, RI –Earlier today the Warwick Police announced that they have made an arrest in the hit and run accident that occurred on Wednesday evening February 21st. On Wednesday night Feb. 21st at around 8:55p.m.members of the Warwick Police Department were dispatched to the area of 840 Post Road near Wal-Mart for the report of a hit and run accident involving a pedestrian. The victim of the hit and run accident is identified as Eduardo Amaral 31,from Warwick, RI. Currently he remains at RI Hospital in stable condition.

After an extensive investigation done by the Warwick Police Department’s Traffic Division, they have made an arrest of James Pinel, 58,fromWest Warwick, RI. He was arrested and is being charged with 1 count of, Duty to Stop, Accident Resulting in Personal Injury/Death. Pinel was arraigned and has been released on $2000.00 with surety. Police did say that Pinel has been cooperative, he and is sorry.” He is due back in court on March 6th. When police advised the family  of the victim that an arrest had been made the family was very happy.

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Credit: Warwick Police – James Pinel

According to Police, Pinel had fled the accident scene and left behind an important piece of evidence, that important item that police recovered at accident scene was the driver’s side view mirror. During the investigation police were able to find a part number on it the driver’s side view mirror and it came back to a very unique Acura RLX. Police did say that this is a unique kind of Acura because not too many people in Rhode Island have this car. Early this morning at a press conference the Warwick Police said,  that during their investigation they had some tips come in and with the help from a Coventry Police Officer they were able to locate the car a body shop in West Warwick.

In a press release  statement The Warwick Police Department have thanked the Coventry Police Department and West Warwick Police Department for their assistance in helping them to solve this investigation.

 

 

 

Message to EG Residents From Council President

By: Bethany J.Hashway

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East Greenwich, RI- Today residents received a message in their inbox from Sue Cienki
Council President for East Greenwich. If you didn’t receive it here is a copy of it.

Dear Resident,

On Monday, Superior Court Judge McGuirl issued a decision to award nearly $42,000 in legal fees to the East Greenwich Firefighters’ Union for litigation involving the Town Council’s Open Meetings Act violations. We are deeply disappointed with this decision. The Union’s attorney, Liz Weins, initially claimed that her services for just the OMA portion of the lawsuit were worth $55,000. We believed that number was drastically inflated, and argued that the time Ms. Weins spent on the OMA portion of the suit was far less than she claimed. The Town and Ms. Weins were unable to reach an agreement on appropriate fees and Judge McGuirl ultimately set the fee at $41,905. This demands further Council discussion and we intend to explore our options, including appeal, on Monday evening in executive session.

Sincerely,

Sue Cienki
Council President

Trash Delays in Warwick

By: Bethany J. Hashway

Warwick, RI-The residents in Warwick are being told that, due to a broken sanitation truck, residents might be seeing a delay in trash and recycling pick up.

In August 2017, a sanitation truck had experienced a blown engine and has since been idle. In an effort to offset pickup delays, the Automotive Division has been working overtime to keep up with maintenance and repair schedules of all other sanitation vehicles. On average, there are two sanitation/recycling trucks down per day due to repair needs. That, coupled with the loss of RS-54, means that collection routes are now currently down three trucks per day.

According to a press release from the Mayor’s office with the aging fleet vehicles in near constant need of repairs, and without a replacement for RS-54, it has become increasingly difficult to maintain a timely collection schedule. A bid to purchase a new sanitation truck has been submitted to the City Council, which has held off on a vote since the fall of 2017.

Again Warwick Residents are being asked for their patience as all parties work towards an amicable compromise to address the issue.

Updated Information on Warwick- Hit and Run Pedestrian Accident on Post Rd.

By: Bethany J. Hashway

2/22/18 -Warwick Police have put out some updated Information in regards to last nights hit and run accident involving a pedestrian.

2/22/18 – Updated Information- Evidence recovered by the reconstruction team points to the suspect vehicle being a 2014-2018 Acura RLX sedan color Grey. The vehicle will have damage to the side-view mirror and front end. The Warwick Police Department is imploring the operator of this vehicle to turn themselves into the WPD Traffic Unit ASAP.

Attached is a photograph of a similar vehicle.

2014_Acura_RLX_in_black.jpgWarwick, RI- On Wednesday evening February 21st at around 8:55p.m. members of the Warwick Police Department were dispatched to the area of 840 Post Road near Wal-Mart for the report of a hit and run accident involving a pedestrian.

According to police the male pedestrian victim was transported to RI Hospital for with serious injuries. The pedestrian was crossing in the southbound lanes of 840 Post Road when a dark colored Honda or Acura sedan struck him. The suspect vehicle fled the scene traveling south on Post Road and at this time there is no registration plate or driver information. The Warwick Police Department Accident Reconstruction Team is investigating the accident.

Warwick Police are asking any person or witnesses with information related to the accident to contact the Warwick Police Department Traffic Division at (401) 468-4293. Please contact Sgt. John Kelly.

Stay with the EG/Warwick News for the latest information!

East Greenwich Bulletin for 2/19-2/23

By: Bethany J.Hashway

East Greenwich, RI-Here are the latest happenings and meetings in East Greenwich for the week of February 19th-23rd.

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HappeningsThis Week 2/19-2/23

  • *There is NO delay due to the Monday holiday, trash pick up will take place on the usual schedule.
  •  Recycling is ON this week (February 19th)
  • Town Hall and offices are closed Monday, February 19th for President’s Day

Upcoming Meetings This Week

The Upcoming Meetings calendar toward the bottom of the new home page provides a complete calendar of all open meetings that will be taking place in the coming weeks.

  • Tuesday, February 20th – 5:00 pm – Cove Management Commission – Town Hall
  • Ocean State Toastmasters will hold its next meeting from Tuesday, February 20th 7 to 9 p.m. at Warwick City Hall, 3275 Post Road. Regular meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. The club is one of some 13,500 in Toastmasters International, a nonprofit, educational organization devoted to the development of public speaking and leadership skills. The organization has approximately 280,000 members in 116 countries. Founded in 1963, Ocean State Toastmasters is one of the oldest clubs in Rhode Island. Visit and see what they are all about. For more information, contact Merrill Winoker, Vice President of Membership, at 688-4741 or merrillwinoker@icloud.com.
  • Wednesday, February 21st – 7:00 pm – Town Manager Search Advisory Board – Town Hall
  • Thursday, February 22nd – Probate Court – 9:00 am – Town Hall

Agendas and Minutes are available on the website.

Vacancies on Boards and Commissions

There are vacancies on many Town Board and Commissions. Please consider serving your community. Please see the website for details.

Ocean State Toastmasters Flyer

OSTM 02.20.18 Library Flyer

 

Town Manager’s Message to Residents

By: Bethany J. Hashway

East Greenwich, RI- This week the town manager Gayle Corrigan of East Greenwich wrote a notice to all residents regarding three important issues related to the financial well-being of the Town of East Greenwich that have recently come to my attention. Below is the letter she wrote incase you missed it.

 

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Dear Resident,

As part of our ongoing efforts to keep you informed, I am writing to share an update on three important issues related to the financial well-being of the Town of East Greenwich that have recently come to my attention.

As you may have heard, the Town has requested an extension in the filing of its annual financial audit to March 31st. Here are some of the reasons for that request:

  • When the Town took over the former East Greenwich Fire District in 2013, it also took on potential liabilities for the district’s illegally-collected impact fees, which could ultimately cost the Town more than a million dollars. This information was not disclosed to the Town or its residents, as little due diligence was done at the time. There is no evidence that the Town conducted any fiscal analysis or risk assessment on the economic ramifications of taking over the former Fire District as a Town department.
  • We recently learned that starting in 2016, the Town failed to make payments on a general obligation bond that was refunded a month prior to its first due date. There should have been a tracking schedule in place with multiple layers of oversight, internally and externally.
  • We have also found inconsistencies that are requiring us to review multiple prior-year audits. We are looking into these inconsistencies to determine the appropriate course of action for prior-period reporting.

We are working to correct these significant errors of the past to ensure that our administration sets the Town on solid financial footing. In the coming weeks, we will continue to share developments about our progress on our website and in our e-newsletter. We are also establishing a social media presence in the near future to further support our efforts to provide you with accessible information about your community.

Sincerely,

Gayle Corrigan

Town Manager

EGPD Logs January22nd- February 4th.

By: Bethany J. Hashway

East Greenwich, RI-  Here are the latest incidents and arrests that were reported by the East Greenwich Police for the week January22nd- February 4th.

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Monday, Jan. 22 –

Car Vs. Deer

6:49P.M. – Police responded to Tillinghast Road for a car vs. deer accident. When police arrived on scene they found a grey Jeep facing north on Tillinghast Road with minor damage to the driver’s side front bumper/fender area. Police spoke with the driver who told police that while he was driving north on Tillingahast Road a deer ran straight out in front of him. Police found the deer lying on the side of road and DEM was contacted.

 Missing Cash and Cards

7:02P.M. – A West Warwick woman reported to police that her cash and credit cards were stolen from her wallet sometime during a visit to Panera Restaurant at 1000 Division St. that afternoon. The woman told police that she had left her purse hanging over the back of her chair and no one had left the table unattended while she and friends ate. She had only discovered the theft of the items when she went food shopping right after leaving Panera. She told police she was missing $60 cash and two credit cards. When she called the bank for the credit cards, she had learned the cards had already been used at the Target on Bald Hill Road, where someone had spent $899 on one card and about $1,200 on the other card.

 Tuesday, Jan. 23- Breaking and Entering

3:05 p.m. – A Fifth Street resident told police that someone had broken into his shed overnight. This morning, he’d noticed an old suitcase on his driveway that was kept in the shed. The suitcase had been rifled through. The shed, which was unlocked, had been rifled through too. Nothing appeared to have been missing. The man told police that he and his wife had heard what sounded like someone trying to get into their garage two different times the week before. Police told the man to notify his neighbors and to report any suspicious activity.

Wednesday, Jan. 24 – Vandalism

4:17 p.m. – A Church Street resident told police someone had kicked in his basement door and turned on the water, which was supposed to be off because of a leak. He did not know who might have done this.

Friday, Jan. 26- Violating a no-contact order.

6:54 p.m. – Police arrested a North Kingstown man, 37, on one charge of violating a no-contact order. East Greenwich police were notified by Warwick police to be on the lookout for a 2013 Hyundai Sonata, for a possible “rolling domestic” – a domestic incident in a motor vehicle. East Greenwich Police stopped the car on Main Street and found the NK man in the car with another person – the two had a no-contact order between them but said they “didn’t care.” The NK man was taken into custody.

Saturday, Jan. 27- Suspended License

1:40 a.m. – Police arrested a Cumberland man, 24, for driving on a suspended license after stopping him on Main Street at King Street because one of his taillights was out.  Routine checks were done and they revealed that his license was suspended. He told police that he knew his license was suspended because he had an unpaid ticket. He was issued a District Court summons for driving on a suspended license.

 

Monday, Jan. 29- DUI

12:10 a.m.  – Police arrested a Warwick man, 21, for driving while intoxicated after police saw his car cross the yellow center lines twice and veer over the white fog lines while traveling north on South County Trail. He was also driving at inconsistent speeds. Police could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car so they asked the man to take field sobriety tests, which he failed. He was taken into custody and driven to EGPD for processing.

Tuesday, Jan. 30- Accident /Expired License

8:25 a.m.- Police were dispatched to the area of 2611 South County Trail for a motor vehicle accident. When police arrived on scene they found two cars. The driver of car 1 told police he was traveling south on South County Trail when the second car had pulled out from the Dunkin Donuts lot. The driver of the second car told police that while he was attempting to pull out of the Dunkin Donuts lot and back onto South County Trail he had tried to stop but couldn’t; and slid out due to the snow and he never saw the other car traveling south. The accident happened in the south travel lanes and no injures were reported. Both the cars had to be towed. The driver of car 1 was driving on an expired license. Police issued him a district court summons.

Wednesday, Jan. 31- Scam

2:26 p.m. – A resident from South County Trail told police that she had received a phone call from a male who identified himself as an attorney named “Steven Lewis”. Her told her that her grandson was in trouble for a “DWI” in another state and needed $4000.00 to pay his attorney fee so that he could help her grandson. He had told her to go to a “Best Buy” store and buy two $2000.00 gift cards and then call him back for more directions. She went to the Best Buy store where she was told the clerk that this was a scam; she decided not to buy the gift cards.

Friday, February 2

Driving Without License

1:59 p.m. – Police arrested a West Warwick man, 64, driving with an expired license after police were called to the area of Division Street, west bound at the Route 4North off ramp, for a car accident. When police arrived on scene they made contact with driver and did back round checks on him. Routine checks showed that had an expired license. He was issued a district court summons and released on scene and a licensed operator drove the car from the accident.

Saturday, February 4- Suspended Licenses

 12:35 a.m. – Police arrested a North Kingstown man, 26, for driving on a suspended license after stopping him having an expired inspection sticker. Routine checks were done and they revealed that his license and registration was suspended. He was issued a District Court summons for driving on a suspended license and a summons for violation of inspection sticker. The car was towed plates were seized by police.

1:51 a.m. – Police arrested a Providence woman, 34, for driving on a suspended license after police were called to the area of Division Road at New England Tech for a one -car accident. When police arrived on scene they spoke with the driver, rescue arrived on scene and transported her Rhode Island Hospital. Routine checks were done and they revealed that her license was suspended. She was issued a District Court summons for driving on a suspended license.

Assist Fire

8:13 a.m.- Police were dispatched to 66 King Street for the report of structure fire. When police arrived on scene they found smoke coming from the wall on the right (east) side, first floor apartment. A short time later East Greenwich Fire Department arrived scene and put out the fire. The investigation revealed that the fire had started around a gas fired heater exhaust vent pipe. The apartment where the fire started was occupied. There are several other apartments located within the building. The owner of the building was contacted about the fire and the residents were able to make other plans for temporary housing.

Sunday, February 4- Vandalism

8:30 a.m. – The owner of the Oaks Tavern located at 63 Duke Street reported to police that on Friday, February 2 an employee told him that the men’s bathroom had been vandalized and had graffiti on the ceiling in the bar area where someone had written with a black marker different words with a “tagging” design. The owner told police that his bartender provided him with information on the male subject because he had used a credit card while at the establishment.

Larceny 

4:11 p.m. – A resident from Frenchtown Road told police that his snow plow had been missing from his back yard. He told police that the plow was located in the back yard behind a wooden frame, there were tire marks in the snow leading up to where the plow had been taken from. He said to police that he had noticed the marks in the snow but didn’t think anything of it because the plow was his. He told police he had thought his uncle had taken the plow from his yard to use during the last snow storm, he contacted his uncle and he found out that his uncle didn’t have the plow and therefore wished to make a police report  for the missing plow.

East Greenwich Bulletin Notice for 2/11-2/16/18

By: Bethany J. Hashway

East Greenwich, RI – Here are the latest happenings and meetings in East Greenwich for the week of February 11th– 16th.

 

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Happenings This Week

  • Recycling is OFF for this week (February 12th)
  • Valentines Day is Wednesday 2/14/18

 

Meetings Happening This Week

The Upcoming Meetings calendar toward the bottom of the new home page provides a complete calendar of all open meetings that will be taking place in the coming weeks.

  • Monday, February 12th – 6:00 pm – Joint Executive Session with Town Manager Search Advisory Board; 7:00 pm Joint with School Committee – Swift Community Center
  • Wednesday, February 14th – 6:00 pm – Historic District Commission – Town Hall
  • Wednesday, February 14th – Board of Assessment Review – Cancelled
  • Thursday, February 15th – Probate Court – 9:00 am – Town Hall

Agendas and Minutes are available on the website.

Message From Town Council President:

Dear Resident,

In May,2017, a mailing distributed by the Town Council contained some data points provided to us by the previous Town administration that we have learned are factually inaccurate.

The Town’s current administration has reviewed the data and determined that the correct figures for the median tax bills in fiscal years 2011 and 2016 were $8,186.59 and $9,408.06, respectively, which equate to a median tax bill increase of 14.92% over that time period.

On behalf of my Council colleagues, I’d like to thank the resident who brought this matter to our attention, and Town Manager Gayle Corrigan and Tax Assessor Anthony Davey for providing us with the accuracy and precision we need from our Town administrators.

Sincerely,

Sue Cienki

Town Council President

Vacancies on Boards and Commissions

There are vacancies on many Town Board and Commissions. Please consider serving your community. Please see the website for details.

Reminder For February School Vacation Week Activities

The Registration begins on Monday, January 29th at 8:45am either online or with a paper registration form.  

Get your form to the office prior to the 29th if you are using a paper form.