After oath-taking, Little Compton council re-organizes


LITTLE COMPTON — After a brief swearing-in ceremony at 7 p.m. last Tuesday night in Town Hall, Little Compton's five town council members, all newly re-elected after running unopposed, voted unanimously to name Robert Mushen to serve again as town council president.

Paul Golembeske was elected to serve as council vice-president. Both were the only nominees.

At the meeting immediately following its re-organization, the council unanimously confirmed the same 16 liaison, custodial, and representative appointments from among their members as had held the positions in the past.

These included the naming of council members to serve as liaison to the gym committee and the planning board, members "in care of" Wilbour Woods and the transfer station, representatives to the tree committee and the zoning board, and naming the housing trust representative, among others.

Richard Humphrey, the incumbent town solicitor, was asked to continue to serve in that position, and agreed to.

The councilors re-appointed Wayne Montgomery to serve as "appraiser of damage done by dogs." Mr. Montgomery has served a number of years in the position. Following his re-appointment, Council President Mushen said "the dogs will be sleeping well tonight."

The council accepted the sole bid, in the amount of approximately $35,000, for a used heavy duty truck for the public works department.

Finally, as a last order of business before adjourning at about 7:35 p.m., the council renewed 61 licenses of various types (e.g. Class A, Class BV-Limited, entertainment, victualing, etc.).






After running unopposed in the 2012 November general election, all five Little Compton Town Council members are sworn in at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20 by Town Clerk Carol Wordell (herself re-elected). From left:  Fred M. Bodington III, Paul J. Golembeske, Robert L. Mushen, Charles N. Appleton Jr., and Gary S. Mataronas.


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