Gun range, quarry, fees … July Tiverton hearings abound
TIVERTON — The month of July is going to be intense for the Tiverton Town Council, which has scheduled ten hearings for the month.
The hearing subjects, which are not all formal public hearings but are likely to involve numbers of citizens wishing to speak, are far-ranging in scope.
They include a gun range on Main Road, quarrying in town, seaplanes on Stafford Pond, private roads that may lose or gain town services, sound variances, changing the date for the Financial Town Referendum, fees for town services, and the creation of a town planning department.
One of the hearings — about roads in the Daniel Church Estates and Beech Tree Hill subdivision — is expected to draw a crowd in such numbers that consideration is being given by the clerk's office to holding it in the high school auditorium.
Tentative scheduling — time, date, place — for the 10 hearings appears below (for final details, readers should check the Town of Tiverton website at: www.tiverton.ri.gov). Meetings at which the hearings will be conducted all begin at 7 p.m. in Town Hall, unless otherwise indicated.
Monday, July 14 (Town Hall):
• Quarries, earth removal: to regulate and create health and safety standards, including noise, air, and water pollution, for all quarrying and earth removal.
• Town planning: to create a planning department and position of town planner, and set forth their duties.
• Financial Town Referendum (FTR): to change the voting date, from the third Tuesday in May to the third Saturday.
• To approve sound variances: at Pardon Gray (Pardon Gray Day, Saturday, Sept. 13). for Sing Out Against Hunger, at Coastal Roasters (Sept 13, 14), and Evelyn's Drive In (Sept. 12, 13, 14).
Monday, July 21 ( at high school):
• All streets within Daniel Church Estates and Beech Tree Hill subdivisions: possible stoppage of all Department of Public Works (DPW) services to all residents, including plowing and maintenance of roads, pending formal creation of legal homeowners association. Consideration of streets within Daniel Church Estates is likely to also include management, legal, and maintenance issues concerning Creamer Dam.
Monday, July 28 (Town Hall):
• Shooting range: licensing of proposed 4,500 square foot shooting gallery or gun range on Main Road at Haskins Avenue.
• Seaplanes: an ordinance to prohibit seaplanes from Stafford Pond.
• Town fees (except beach, cemetery, and Department of pUblic Works fees): possible changes to any town fees, of all kinds.