TIVERTON — For about 42 minutes Monday night the Tiverton Town Council met, discussed and voted on several matters, then adjourned, setting a record for brevity unmatched in the last several years.
Councilors David Nelson and Brett Pelletier were absent. No one signed up to speak at the council's "open public forum," a regular agenda item, there for the purpose of "announcements, comments, and questions." There were no licenses to be acted on, and no hearings or public presentations.
A public presentation to the council had originally been scheduled to take place in the high school, but was cancelled last week and postponed indefinitely. The cancellation left a short agenda and caused what was left of the regular meeting to be rescheduled back in Town Hall.
The presentation was to have been made by the Carpionato Group, a Johnston-based real estate development company which is eyeing a 44 acre site on Souza Road for a major development. The 44 acres, sometimes known locally as "the McInnis" property, has been the focus of development planning by other groups in years past.
In one of its few actions Monday night, the council unanimously approved the appointment of Joy Gilkeson and Jennifer S. Mello to fill two vacancies on the town personnel board, for terms that will expire Oct. 15, 2015.
The council also voted to continue the existence of the Stone Bridge Committee, whose charter was set to expire Jan. 1, 2013 but by council action will now continue to Jan. 1, 2015, with the existing membership continuing to serve.
In other action:
• The council heard Council President Jay Lambert remind the public that a meeting of all people and groups who oppose tolls on the new Sakonnet River Bridge has been set for 6:30 p.m. in Tiverton Town Hall on Thursday, Sept. 27. Council member Robert Coulter noted during discussion that "we're approaching 15,000 signatures on petitions opposing tolls."
• Town Administrator James Goncalo announced that a Drug Take-Back Program will be held at the Tiverton Police Station on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Expired and unwanted drugs will be accepted. No hypodermic needles will be, however.
• Mr. Goncalo also announced that on Wed. Oct. 3, Pocasset Elementary School will celebrate "Walk to School Day," which he said was "intended to promote health, safety and the environment." The event is "open to anyone" he said.
• The news was conveyed by Mr. Goncalo that on Monday the Governor's Office notified the town that the Community Development Block Grant the town had applied for, in the amount of $300,000, had been awarded in the much-lesser amount of $173,000.
• Flu shots, said Mr. Goncalo, will be available in the Senior Center from 9 - 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4. Recipients must be over 18 years old, he said.