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Party politics dead in Warren? Council hopefuls sound off

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The following are the full texts of e-mail responses to a question on the importance of party politics and political designations in Warren, posed by the Warren Times this week to Warren Town Council candidates. The answers were abridged in print for brevity, and in keeping with the topic of the question.

Scott Lial (I)

Incumbent

I do not subscribe to the premise that the voters of Warren would be better off voting for any Candidate based on their party affiliation. There are many issues facing this town, ranging from simple to complex in nature. None of these issues would be better served by a following a party’s politics. In fact, the majority of citizens reflect this sentiment by choosing to register as unaffiliated. Simply put, they understand that they retain the ultimate power to choose their local government based on the qualities of the individual candidates and their stance on the issues.

Richard Silva (D)

Candidate

The Democrats are a party of unity and work together as a team in the development of all Warren.  In the past, the democrat town council majority has always been business friendly who believe small business contributes to the success of Warren. In addition, the impact to the town is vetted out as part of the diligence process when new issues are presented.  This philosophy continues today and with a majority vote will work together for the betterment of Warren.

Chris Stanley  (R)

Incumbent

Voters will gain huge dividends by casting their ballot for the “Lone Republican” who has worked tirelessly to fulfill the role of a “watchdog.” I have acted judiciously over the years exhibiting strength, determination and common sense. Undoubtedly, it is my record of success, not party affiliation that clearly demonstrates my ability to: listen attentively, compromise, act decisively and provide strong leadership to the council. My only pledge while serve our community is to “do my best.”

Throughout my tenure on the  town  council I fought  hard  to end overspending; demanded an investigation into charter violations and unapproved spending by the town’s administration; worked  to  cut  the  net  cost  of  town  government;  proposed changes to the enabling legislation that govern both the school district and the water authority in an effort to enhance fiscal accountability; voted to relax zoning requirements to accommodate Tom’s Market;  and initiated  the  creation  of  a  downtown walking map. I acted with clarity, resolve and professionalism when leading an effort to bring a fair and immediate end to the crisis caused by a manpower shortage in the police department only a few years ago.

Today, as President, I continue to affirm that the council must provide our community with strong, practical and decisive leadership. As Council President my efforts have focused on Open and Honest Government; Fiscal Responsibility; Providing Quality, Affordable Education; Responsible Preservation of Open Space; and Economic Revitalization. My commitment and immense efforts to unify the council have held the municipal and school budgets in check, re-established professionalism and ensured that council meetings are orderly.

Surely, I will continue to quietly lead and build true consensus. By encouraging creative redevelopment projects such as the kitchen incubator the town will better deal with population density, reduce taxes, create local jobs, restore rundown properties and capitalize on Warren’s unique character. Finally, I will continue to address the extraordinary inequity that exists between Bristol and Warren relative to the school budget. By working collaboratively local leaders we can change the law to ensure that Warren is fairly represented in planning the school budget thereby protecting Warren’s right to financial to self-determination.

Brian Mellor (D)

Candidate

Warren residents are better off voting Democrat because a Democrat  majority would concentrate on a plan of action to develop small businesses, bring in more grant money and create value for residents. Democrats have  two Small Business People on the Town Council. A majority would help them develop ideas that would be good for business. We need a team effort on the town council. The Democratic party is committed to restoring Warren to a viable healthy community by growing Small Businesses and helping  to reduce taxes .Democrats don’t have agendas and would create a plan for all of Warren, not just Water street. I’ll do my best to represent all of Warren.

Thank You

Cathie Tattrie (D)

Incumbent

I believe that at the municipal level there are very few advantages to being a part of a political party. Long gone are the days when one party could control all aspects of the municipal government. In our town the Charter went a long way towards making sure more and varied voices are heard. Having the Council hire a Town Manager also keeps that office from being a part of a political machine.

That being said, as a Democrat, I feel I have a more direct line to other Democrats holding higher offices both statewide and in Washington. This enables us direct contact for things we need and want for our town. It has enabled us over the years to get money for projects we felt were important to Warren, whether it be improving infrastructure or cleaning up Jamiels park.

Joseph Depasquale (I)

Candidate

As an experienced and effective Independent Town Councilman, I am prepared to represent the people of Warren.  I will continue to respect the Home Rule Charter and the Comprehensive Zoning plan and utilize them as tools to keep our government open and helpful.    We need a proactive council that listens to the needs of the people and plans for the future of Warren.  When I last checked, 64% of all registered voters in Warren were unaffiliated and my loyalties are with the people.  I will continue to appoint the most qualified candidates to our boards and commissions.   The next council will appoint a new Probate Judge, and finalize the Comprehensive Zoning Plan and my decisions will be free of partisan  influence  and manipulation.  I will continue to ask questions and make my decisions based on what is best for our Town free of Party Pressure.  I have never held elected office as the member of a political party and do not see the need at the local level.  There is not a Republican or Democratic Party way to solve our problems.  I pledge my continued support to the dedicated efforts of our Town Boards and Committees, and value highly the experience and guidance they bring to each important issue.  Through our combined efforts and hard work we will achieve our collective goals, knowing Warren is a great place to live.

Davison Bolster (I)

Incumbent

Two years ago, the voters of Warren spoke loud and clear when they elected Independents Scott Lial and myself, and almost elected Brandt Heckert the third Independent, to the Town Council. Voters were tired of the poor representation they were getting from the old Democrat and Republican parties, which seemed to exist just to perpetuate themselves, and not for the betterment of the Town of Warren.

Independent Town Council members can bring new ideas and are not weighed down by baggage of the bygone era of political parties. Today, the difference between the Democrat and Republican members of this Town Council is unnoticeable. They vote together as a block, and commonly vote for board candidates who are politically connected or have served forever, over more qualified candidates. This is not healthy for Warren or any community that wants to make sure their tax dollars are being spent as wisely and efficiently as possible.

David Frerichs (D)

Incumbent

That’s a fair question. I honestly believe that people should vote for the candidate that they believe in. We’re here to do the job for everyone, and I think today it’s not so much about the party. It’s about the person that’s running.

 

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  1. curiosityscout says:

    Party politics on a small town level is pretty silly, however it would be positive for Warren if the majority of council had a similiar progressive vision for Warren. I consistantly see a vote of two democrats and one republican against the the two independents on board appointments where clearly the candidate with better credentials and more experience in the particular field are passed over for friends and family affiliations. Lets get proactive in this election and vote to move Warren forward.

    • The record certainly does speak for itself. Over the past two years the council appointed over 96 people to boards, commissions and paid positions of responsibility. During that time span the Democrats and I voted together in the majority to appoint individuals on seven occasions. That accounts for less than 7% of the time. Clearly, this hardly constitutes a partisan “voting block.”

      Nevertheless, on December 14, 2011 Mr. Bolster seconded a motion made by Mr. Frerichs to appoint Stephen Calenda, a Democrat candidate for council in 2010, to the Zoning Board. Furthermore, part of that motion included Mr. Bolster’s support of Mark Smiley, a Republican Candidate for council in 2010, as the 1st alternate to the Zoning Board and Andrew Ellis as the 2nd Alternate to the Zoning Board. This motion passed unanimously as did approximately 89 other appointments over the past two years.

      Recently, the council sought to continue its policy of past practice by sliding Mark Smiley from the 1st Alternate over as full voting member of the Zoning Board. The council also saw fit to elevate Mr. Ellis to the position of 1st Alternate. This principle was supported by four members of the council and the only dissenting vote was cast by Mr. Bolster. However, it appears that Mr. Bolster believed that Mr. Smiley was qualified for the position in 2011 but not 2012. Interestingly enough, Mr. Smiley and Mr. Ellis are both registered Republicans. Faced with a unique situation the council voted four to one to choose between a registered Republican and another registered Republican.

      Sadly, Mr. Bolster decidedly accused the members of the town’s two a political parties as having frequently voted as a block. This charge is not only a fallacy but disingenuine. We welcome the public to regularly scrutinize our motivations, philosophies, qualifications, allegiances and campaign finances. However, good government cannot thrive if we tolerate candidates, and what can best be described as the cowardly “knights of the keyboard,” to purposely misrepresent the historical record.

      • allpoliticsislocal says:

        What we have here is a difference of opinion – which is healthy. As you’ve stated several times you feel it’s important for this type of discourse to occur.

        You are correct the majority of Council action is unanimous. However there are exceptions and those exceptions can help voters determine how candidates may act in the future.

        In one of your responses, you cite 7 times where you and the democrats voted together in a majority on appointments. You’ve also made the case that you are comfortable with your votes – which is fine and something people respect.

        The other side of the coin is other people (voters) may not agree with your votes and that is a fair distinction.

        It’s a little disingenuous to on the one hand say your all in favor of voters who look at the record and engage in perfectly legitimate healthy discourse and then on the other hand refer to those very people who are commenting on this thread as the “cowardly knights of the keyboard.”

        The information various people are sharing on here is directly from the Council minutes/meetings.

        There are votes on appointments over the last term where you sided with the democrats that people may simply not agree with – that is fair. You yourself have offered your own views on how other Council members have voted.

        The appointment of John Jannitto the BCWA, George Gempp as Assistant Harbor Master – who then resigned a few months later and Richard Silva to the Planning board are several examples where people may legitimately disagree with the votes of you and others.

        What is healthy about this dialogue is that it is fact based and voters can determine how they feel.

        • Yes, there are votes on appointments over the last term where you sided with the Democrats that people may simply not agree with – that is perfectly fair. This is a necessary check on political power and polite, civil discourse allows those checks to arise in the political process and ensures innovative, honest and focused government. My only issue was the blanket charge that the members of the two political parties frequently vote as a block. That charge is patently false. I appreciate the fact that you are fairly questioning my individual voting record and accept it as constructive criticism for which I can learn.

          Nevertheless, these blogs may serve our community as a powerful tool for government reform if those individuals who place commentary were willing to walk out of the shadows and used their real names. The basic problem is that the individuals running for office are held accountable but the “cowardly knights of the keyboard” type away feverishly without being held to any real standard of truth. There is a greater value in standing up and being counted while defending key principles of fair and open government.

  2. drjacoby says:

    I’m not sure I’d characterize party politics as the main issue here. The real issue is why the two democrats and one republican virtually always side together on votes. If there were true party distinctions in Warren that wouldn’t be happening.

    I think the real issue may be the establishment vs the non-establishment. It seems the two democrats and one republican represent the old ways of doing things while the two independents on the council do not.

    In this article the Council President claims to be a “watchdog” what examples are there of him siding with the two independents over the two democrats? Are there any?

  3. The Town Council has worked collaboratively over the past two years. Anyone, who doubts that assertion may go on line and examine the minutes of each meeting. In fact, of more than one hundred votes taken since 2010 they frequently reflect a unanimous decision by the council. The truth remains that there are only a handful of times when the two Democrats and myself, the Lone Republican, voted together to make a majority. These votes, more often than not, do not reflect partisanship but rather what we as individuals believe is in the entire town’s best interest as opposed to a special interest group. A cursory glance of the minutes over the past two years reveals that there are half dozen votes where the “independents” voted in the minority. In fact, I even supported a motion made by Councilman Lial that was seconded by Councilman Bolster to appoint Andrew G. Ellis to the Zoning Board as the 2nd alternate. Furthermore, councilman Bolster made the motion to appoint a large number of individuals to town boards, commissions and paid positions on December14, 2010. That motion was seconded by myself and carried unanimously. Quite frankly, his assertion that the members of political parties frequently vote as a block is false.

  4. Gina says:

    and still no playground at Jamiels Park….I’m sure if the park was located on Water Street or even close to where any these counselors live that would not be the case….certain sections of town have been forgotten & overlooked over the past several years…..deteriorating right before your eyes….shouldn’t the whole town have attention paid to it ? Not just the parts you see ? or where your friends & family live ?

  5. curiosityscout says:

    Yes, that area is badly in need of attention. From Malik’s liquor to Main St is in bad shape. Roads are bad and sidewalks are worse. We need Trees -trees-trees, it wpuld really soften the streescape and help airquality. I thought a playground was added to Jamiels park and it made it impossible to have a baseball diamond. There was some disscusdion about this at a meeting a few months ago. Contact the planner for an update on the park.

  6. curiosityscout says:

    In response to Councilman Stanley’s comments. The vote for the last zoning board appointment was 4-1 Davison Bolster the only desenting vote. Scott Lial seem to be asking questions about what the protocol is for voting for first and second alternates. Not sure why he caved on that one. In my opinion the positions should go to the most qualified individuals- period.

  7. curiosityscout says:

    One more comment for Councilmen Stanley, Not sure what special interest groups you are referring to in your statement. Thank you for taking the time to dialog.

  8. allpoliticsislocal says:

    The only instance found in the minutes of the current Town Council term (publicly available online only through March 2012) where Council President Stanley sided with Councilors Bolster and Lial was on the appointment of Andrew Ellis as Zoning Board 2nd alternate on 01-11-2011. Councilor Tattrie voted against Mr. Ellis.

    However at the October 09, 2012 meeting all Councilors except Bolster voted for Mark Smiley to be appointed to the Zoning Board over other candidates including Mr. Ellis. Mr. Smiley and his family are past supporters and donors of the Warren Republican Town Committee, the East Bay Republicans and various Republican candidates and causes throughout the state.

    The minutes also show there are examples of the opposite action occurring.

    Bristol County Water Authority
    John Jannitto. 01-11-2011 Motion to appoint by Councilor Tattrie seconded by then VP Stanley. Motion fails. 2 for (Tattrie, Stanley) 2 against (Bolster, Lial) with Councilor Frerichs absent.

    Despite the first failed vote another motion was made two months later to appoint Mr. Jannitto. This time it worked.

    03-08-2011 Motion by VP Stanley seconded by Councilor Tattrie to appoint John Jannitto to the Bristol County Water Authority. Motion carries 3-2 with Councilors Stanley, Tattrie, Frerichs in favor and Councilors Bolster & Lial opposed.

    Juvenile Hearing Board
    08-09-2011 Juvenile Hearing Board motion by Councilors Bolster & Lial to appoint Louise Ornstein. Motion fails 3-2 with Stanley, Tattire, Frerichs opposed.

    Motion by Councilor Tattrie seconded by VP Stanley to appoint Linda Rimoshytus (a 2010 donor to Councilor Tattire) to the Juvenile hearing board. Motion passes 3-2 with Tattrie, Stanley & Frerichs in favor and Bolster & Lial opposed.

    While Council President Stanley is correct most of the votes of the Town Council are unanimous there are exceptions and only one instance found in the minutes of the current term where he did not side with Councilors Tattrie & Frerichs on a vote.

    I’m confused on the “special interest” comment as well and wonder were these board appointments in the best interest of the town?

  9. Debate and discussion are vital to our community. It frames the real issues that face us with clarity and responsibility, and affords dissent. Yes, from time to time, I have supported the Democrats on key votes and appointments. Still, at the heart of the matter is that differences of opinion often give rise to legitimate opposition and progress through compromise. The challenge of statesmanship is to lead, once certain of a course of action is in the best interest of everyone, you must have the determination to stick with it and be undaunted when under fire. That is how I voted in the past, and how I will vote in the future. It brings me great happiness that someone is taking the time to pour through the council minutes to examine my record.

    December 13, 2011
    Warren Town Council Meeting

    INTERVIEWS:
    Affordable Housing Advisory Board
    1. Thomas Fairchild 7 Jeffrey Street
    Motion by Councilman Bolster seconded by Councilman Lial; the above appointment is to be heard with NB-2. Motion is unanimous.

    Cable Advisory Committee – 1 Position
    1. Davison Bolster 53 State Street
    Councilman Bolster recues.
    Motion by Councilwoman Tattrie seconded by Vice President Frerichs; Councilman Bolster is appointed. Motion carries. Vote 4-0 (1 Recusal) Bolster

    Conservation Commission – 2 Positions
    1. David Weed 23 Bridge Street
    2. Helen Hawkinson 72 Bridge Street
    Motion by Councilman Lial seconded by Councilwoman Tattrie; the above applicants are appointed to the Conservation Commission. Motion is unanimous.

    Coastal Resource Management Council – 1 Position
    1. Mark Amaral, 48 Water St.
    Motion by Councilman Lial seconded by Councilman Bolster; the above applicant is appointed to the Coastal Resource Management Council. Motion is unanimous.
    Economic Development Board – 3 Positions
    1. Sara Volino 69 Harris Avenue
    Motion by Councilwoman Tattrie seconded by Councilman Bolster; the above applicant is appointed to the Economic Development Board and the two (2) vacancies are to remain advertised on the Town’s Website. Motion is unanimous.

    Harbor Management Commission – 3 Positions
    1. Craig Lippman 25 Shore Drive
    2. Donald Betts 64 Water Street
    Motion by Councilman Bolster seconded by Councilman Lial; the above applicants are appointed to the Harbor Management Commission. Motion is unanimous.
    Motion by Councilman Bolster seconded by Councilwoman Tattrie; the above vacancy is to remain advertised on the Town Website. Motion is unanimous.

    Voluntary Historic District Committee – 3 Full Positions, 2 Alternate Positions
    1. Edward J, Theberge 1 Pine Lane
    2. John Sheridan 34 Brown Street (Alternate)
    3. Richard J. Valente 36 Barden Lane
    Motion by Councilman Bolster seconded by Vice President Frerichs; the above three (3) applicants are appointed as full members. Motion is unanimous.
    Motion by Councilman Bolster seconded by Councilwoman Tattrie; the two (2) alternate positions are to be advertised. Motion is unanimous.

    Voluntary Historic Committee – Board of Appeals – 2 Positions
    Motion by Councilman Lial seconded by Councilman Bolster; the above two (2) vacancies are to be re-advertised. Motion is unanimous.

    Juvenile Hearing Board – 2 Full Positions, 2 Alternate Positions
    Deborah Jackson 47 Overhill Road
    Lynne A. Kemp 16 Bridge Street (Alternate)
    Motion by Councilman Bolster seconded by Councilwoman Tattrie; the above two (2) applicants are appointed to the Board as full members. Motion is unanimous.
    Motion by Councilman Bolster seconded by Vice President Frerichs; the two (2) alternate vacancies are to be advertised. Motion is unanimous.

    Library Trustee – 2 Positions
    John S. Chaney 172 Water Street
    Joyce Katzberg 40 Church Street
    Motion by Councilman Bolster seconded by Councilwoman Tattrie; the above applicants are appointed as Library Trustees. Motion is unanimous.

    Planning Board – 3 Positions
    1. Elliott W. Stanley, 74 Canario Dr.
    2. C. Richard Paduch 4 Read Avenue
    3. Douglas P. Kallfelz 22 Bridge Street
    4. Richard Silva 28 Clark Road
    Council President Stanley recues.
    Motion by Councilwoman Tattrie seconded by Councilman Lial; Elliot Stanley is appointed to the Planning Board. Motion is unanimous. Vote 4-0 (1 recusal) Stanley
    The other applicants are interviewed by the Council and asked similar questions regarding experience, education in the related field and what they can offer the Planning Board.

    Motion by Councilman Lial seconded by Councilman Bolster; Douglas Kallfelz is appointed to the Planning Board. Motion carries. Vote 4-1 (Tattrie)

    Motion by Councilwoman Tattrie seconded by Vice President Frerichs; Richard Silva is appointed to the Planning Board. Motion carries.
    Vote 3 aye (Stanley, Frerichs, Tattrie) – 2 nay (Lial, Bolster).

    Recreation Board – 1 Position
    Carol Gafford 624 Metacom Avenue
    Motion by Councilwoman Tattrie seconded by Vice President Frerichs; the above applicant is appointed to the Recreation Board. Motion is unanimous.

    Tax Assessment Board of Review – 1 Position
    Motion by Councilman Lial seconded by Councilman Bolster; the above position is to be advertised. Motion is unanimous.

    Town Sergeant – 1 Position
    Ronald P. Jarvais 17 Birchswamp
    Motion by Councilman Lial seconded by Councilman Bolster; the above applicant is appointed Town Sergeant. Motion is unanimous.

    Tree Commission – 2 Positions
    Marian L. Clark 81 Union
    Valerie Harvey 17 West Street
    Motion by Councilman Bolster seconded by Vice President Frerichs; the above applicants are appointed to the Tree Commission. Motion is unanimous.

    Warren Housing Authority – 1 Position
    Robert Remy Massasoit Ave
    Motion by Councilwoman Tattrie seconded by Councilman Bolster; the above applicant is appointed to the Housing Authority. Motion is unanimous.

    Zoning Board – 1 Full Position, 2 Alternate Positions
    Steven P. Calenda 20 Parker Avenue
    Mark Smiley 14 Evie Drive (1stAlternate)
    Andrew Ellis 31 Liberty Street (2ndAlternate)
    Motion by Vice President Frerichs seconded by Councilman Bolster; the above applicants are appointed to the Zoning Board. Motion is unanimous.

  10. December 14, 2010

    APPOINTMENTS:
    The Town Council discusses expired terms and the process of making those appointments. In the future the Clerk’s Office will advertise the vacancies created by the expired terms and if the Board Member would like to apply for the position they are free to do so.

    Motion by Vice President Stanley seconded by Councilman Lial to approve appointments a page at a time and read name of appointees. Motion is unanimous.

    Conservation Commision
    Kurt Jamiel – 3 yr. Term Diane E. Warren – 3 yr. Term
    44 Church St. 15 Munroe Ave.
    Warren, RI 02885 Warren, RI 02885

    Economic Development Board
    Karen Dionne – 3 yr. Term
    45 Washington St
    Warren, RI 02885

    Electrical Inspector
    Nicholas T. Massed – 1 yr. Term
    44 Everett St.
    Warren, RI 02885

    Emergency Management Committee
    Alexander R. Galinelli – 1 yr. Term John M. Massed – 1 yr. Term
    22 Luther St. 35 Sachem St.
    Warren, RI 02885 Warren, RI 02885
    Peter T. Achilli – 1 yr. Term
    24 Wilcox St.,
    Warren, RI 02885
    Motion by Vice President Stanley seconded by Councilman Bolster the above applicants are appointed to the respective positions. Motion is unanimous.

    Emergency Management Committee
    David S. Frerichs – 1 yr. Term C. Richard Paduch – 1 yr. Term
    43 Kinnicutt Ave 4 Read Ave.
    Warren, RI 02885 Warren, RI 02885

    Harbor Master
    Matthew J. Calouro – 1 yr. Term
    118 Fales Rd.
    Bristol, RI 02809

    Assistant Harbor Master
    David E. Pion – 1 yr. Term
    82 Harris Ave
    Warren, RI 02885

    Harbor Management Commission
    William J. Kemp – 3 yr. Term
    16 Bridge St.
    Warren, RI 02885

    Voluntary Historic District Committee
    Christopher Fuller – Alternate-1 year
    66 Beach Street
    Warren, RI 02885

    Voluntary Historic Committee – Board of Appeals
    Ronald N. Servant – 3 yr. Term
    35 Canario Dr.
    Warren, RI 02885
    Motion by Vice President Stanley seconded by Councilwoman Tattrie the above applicants are appointed to the respective positions. Motion is unanimous.

    Juvenile Hearing Board
    Mario Canario – 3 yr. Term Paul B. MacDougall – 3 yr. Term
    240 Market St. 28 Laurel Ln.
    Warren, RI 02885 Warren, RI 02885

    Lynne A. Kemp Alternate 1 yr. Term Lauren M. Tekippe Alternate 1 yr. Term
    16 Bridge St. 511 Child St., #403
    Warren, RI 02885 Warren, RI 02885

    Library Trustee
    John S. Chaney – 1 yr. Term Harriet Lapointe – 1 yr. Term
    172 Water St. 15 Hope St.
    Warren, RI 02885 Warren, RI 02885

    Municipal Court Judge
    Ernest G. Mayo – 2 yr. Term
    6 Scott Ct.
    Warren, RI 02885

    Planning Board
    Frederick D. Massie – 3 yr. Term Russell J. Mello – 3 yr. Term
    15 Brownell St. 87 Arlington Ave.
    Warren, RI 02885 Warren, RI 02885
    Motion Councilman Bolster by seconded by Vice President Stanley the above applicants are appointed to the respective positions. Motion is unanimous.

    Planning Board
    Charles A. Thibaudeau – 3 yr. Term
    605 Main St.
    Warren, RI 02885

    Plumbing/ Mechanical Inspector
    Peter J. Withers – 1 yr. Term
    8 Brady St.
    Warren, RI 02885

    Probate Judge
    Morphis Jamiel – 1 yr. Term
    10 Market St
    Warren, RI 02885

    Recreation Board
    Donna Ramos – 3 yr. Term
    17 Denver Ave
    Warren, RI 02885

    Social Services Director
    Ann Marie Roy – 1 yr. Term
    40 Walter St.
    Barrington, RI 02806

    Town Sergeant
    Ronald P. Jarvais – 1 yr. Term
    17 Birchswamp Rd.
    Warren, RI 02885

    Solicitor
    Anthony DeSisto – 1 yr. Term
    450 Veterans Memorial Pkway, Ste. 103
    East Providence, RI 02914

    Assistant Solicitor
    S. Paul Ryan – 1 yr. Term
    670 Willett Ave.,
    East Providence, RI 02915
    Motion Councilman Bolster by seconded by Vice President Stanley the above applicants are appointed to the respective positions. Motion is unanimous.

    Tree Warden
    John M. Massed – 1 yr. Term
    35 Sachem St.
    Warren, RI 02885

    Tree Commission
    Kathleen Pannoni – 3 yr. Term Charles Staton, Jr. – 3 yr. Term
    350 Water St. 6 Prudence Ln.
    Warren, RI 02885 Warren, RI 02885

    Housing Authority
    Gerald C. Sousa – 5 yr. Term
    20 Libby Ln., B13
    Warren, RI 02885

    Zoning Board
    Steven P. Calenda – 1st Alternate – 1 yr. Term
    20 Parker Ave.
    Warren, RI 02885
    Motion Councilman Bolster by seconded by Vice President Stanley the above applicants are appointed to the respective positions. Motion carries. Vote 3-2(Frerichs, Tattrie)

    Benedict L. Ferrazzano, III – 5 yr. Term
    510 Child St., Apt. 202C
    Warren, RI 02885
    Motion by Councilor Tattrie seconded by Council President Frerichs Benedict L. Ferrazzano, III is appointed to the Zoning Board. Motion carries. Vote 4-1(Bolster)

    SPECIAL CONSTABLES APPOINTMENTS:
    Almeida, Scott A. 1 Hezekiah Drive
    Canario, Amy 1028 Main Street
    Canario, Paul 1028 Main Street
    Correia, Jason M. 606 Metacom Avenue
    DaCosta, Christopher M. 19 Washington Street
    Forman, Darrell M. 175 Touisset Road
    Garrity, Heidi A. 37 Andrews Court
    Gempp, George E. 60 Coomer Avenue
    Gordon, Thomas R. 14 Terrace Avenue
    Harris, Matthew M. 316b Metacom
    Hozempa, Matthew R. 527 Metacom Avenue
    Komiega, Ronald P. 115 Almy Avenue
    Moreira, Nelson A. 22 Luther Street
    O’Donnell, Laura L. 728 Main Street
    Pevin, George H. 96 Market Street
    Rainville, Joseph M. 22 Taddy Avenue
    Reese, Myron E. 4 Grove Avenue
    Sousa, Jason J. 15 Overhill Road
    Tavares, Frank 4 Long Lane
    Urban, Jared D. 14 Kathleen Drive
    Violett, Gary W. 45 Canario Drive
    Whitmore, Harvey A. 27 State Street
    Wiitala, Eric L. 28 Third Street
    Hutchison, Tyler S. 49 Maple Street
    Burns, Dennis E. 115 Seymour Street
    Motion by Councilman Bolster seconded by Councilwoman Tattrie the above applicants are appointed as Special Constables. Motion is unanimous.

    INTERVIEWS:
    Conservation Commission – 1 position
    1. Lester Lombardi, 48 Campbell Street
    Motion by Vice President Stanley seconded by Councilwoman Tattrie Mr. Lombardi is appointed to the Conservation Commission. Motion is unanimous.

    Economic Development Board – 2 positions
    1. Joel Cary, 49 Miller Street
    2. Darcy E. DaCosta, 19 Washington Street –not present (sent letter)
    3. Kate Dickson, 146 Water Street
    4. Priscilla a. Galligan-Tremblay, 28 Miller Street – withdrew
    5. Matthew Hozempa, 527 Metacom Avenue – not present
    Motion by Vice President Stanley seconded by Councilman Lial Joel Cary and Kate Dickson are appointed to the Economic Development Board. Motion is unanimous.

    Harbor Commission – 1 position
    1. Thomas J, Culora, 976 Main Street
    2. Dennis Sao Bento, 48 Brownell Street
    3. Mary Hunt Araujo, 50 Wheaton Street
    Motion by Councilman Bolster seconded by Councilwoman Tattrie Mr. Culora is appointed to the Harbor Commission. Motion is unanimous.

    Voluntary Historic District Committee – 1 position
    1. John Sheridan, 34 Brownell Street
    Motion by Councilman Lial seconded by Vice President Stanley Mr. Sheridan is appointed to the Voluntary Historic District Committee. Motion is unanimous.

    Zoning Board – 3 positions
    1. Steven P. Calenda, 20 Parker Avenue
    2. Richard Silva, 28 Clark Road
    3. Dennis Sao Bento 48 Brownell Street
    4. Mark Smiley, 14 Evie Drive
    5. Jerry Belair, 22 Kelly Street
    6. Barbara J. Davis, 24 Parker Avenue
    7. Paul Attemann, 65 Church Street
    Motion by Vice President Stanley seconded by Councilman Lial Mr. Attemann is appointed to replace Scott Lial. Motion is unanimous.

    Motion by Vice President Stanley seconded by Councilman Lial Mr. Calenda is appointed to replace Elaine Stafford. Motion is unanimous.

    Motion by Vice President Stanley seconded by Councilman Lial Mr. Smiley is appointed to replace Mr. Calenda as 1st Alternate. Motion is unanimous.

  11. allpoliticsislocal says:

    The facts speak for themselves. In this current term there were only two votes on appointments to boards where Stanley, Tattrie & Frerichs didn’t vote as a block.

    They are:
    1) Andrew Ellis as 2nd Alternate to Zoning Board on 01-11-2011 where Stanley sided with Bolster and Lial to appoint. Tattrie opposed, Frerichs absent
    2) Doug Kallfelz to Planning Board on 12-12-2011 where the vote was 4-1 with Tattrie opposed to appointing Kallfelz, an architect with experience to the board.

    Here are the other votes by year and board that were not unanimous.
    2011
    Bristol County Water Authority
    01-11-2011 John Jannitto. Motion to appoint by Tattrie seconded by then VP Stanley. Motion fails. 2 for (Tattrie, Stanley) 2 against (Bolster, Lial) with Councilor Frerichs absent.

    03-08-2011 Motion by VP Stanley seconded by Tattrie to appoint John Jannitto to the Bristol County Water Authority. Motion carries 3-2 with Stanley, Tattrie, Frerichs in favor and Bolster & Lial opposed.

    Assistant Harbor Master
    01-11-2011 George Gempp appointed over other candidates on a motion by Tattrie seconded by Stanley passes 3-1 with Bolster voting against and Frerichs absent.

    Juvenile Hearing Board
    08-09-2011 Juvenile Hearing Board motion by Councilors Bolster & Lial to appoint Louise Ornstein. Motion fails 3-2 with Stanley, Tattire, Frerichs opposed.

    Motion by Councilor Tattrie seconded by VP Stanley to appoint Linda Rimoshytus. Motion passes 3-2 with Tattrie, Stanley & Frerichs in favor and Bolster & Lial opposed.

    Planning Board
    12-12-2011 Richard Silva appointed on a motion by Tattrie seconded by Frerichs passes 3-2 with Stanley, Frerichs, Tattrie voting for and Lial & Bolster against.

    2012
    Zoning Board
    10-09-2012 Mark Smiley appointed to zoning board 4-1 with Bolster against.

    Were these votes in the best interest of Warren?

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