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Portsmouth opposes legalization of recreational marijuana

Portsmouth opposes legalization of recreational marijuana

PORTSMOUTH — A Portsmouth High School senior threw his support behind a Town Council resolution opposing a bill that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Rhode Island. Council member Joseph Robicheau proposed the town resolution, which opposes a state Senate bill, S-0510, that would authorize the sale of marijuana to people 21 and older

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Portsmouth’s proposed budget calls for small increase

PORTSMOUTH — In one of his final acts as town administrator, John C. Klimm has proposed a $58.26 million budget for the next fiscal year that calls for an overall increase of less than 1 percent over the current spending plan. “My budget proposal contains a 0 percent funding request from our School Department, a 0

Melville School and the other three schools in the district will be getting a new boiler system under a $2.6 million plan approved by the School Committee Tuesday night.

Portsmouth schools counter town on surplus flap

PORTSMOUTH — Just over two weeks after the Town Council approved a resolution calling for the General Assembly to change state law on how school surpluses can be expended, the School Committee Tuesday night adopted its own resolution asking legislators to keep things the way they are. School Committee member Thomas R. Vadney proposed the resolution,

John Klimm is expected to be sworn in as Aiken, S.C. city manager on April 27.

Portsmouth’s Klimm to be Aiken, S.C. city manager

PORTSMOUTH — Town Administrator John Klimm was hired Monday night to be the next city manager of Aiken, S.C. According to a story in the Aiken Standard newspaper, Mr. Klimm was selected from three finalists for the job by the Aiken city council. He will be sworn in April 27 and paid a starting salary of $130,000,


Portsmouth to state: Change school surplus law

PORTSMOUTH — Saying it should have the authority to tap into unexpended school funds, the Town Council Monday night voted 4-2 to ask state lawmakers to change a Rhode Island law that now prevents any school surplus funds to be returned to the town. Council member Joseph Robicheau proposed a resolution that requests the General Assembly


Grant OK’d for Prudence well pump generator

PORTSMOUTH — The Town Council voted 5-2 Monday night to sign a contract for a $45,000 grant to fund the purchase and installation of a new generator at the Indian spring well house on Prudence Island. Bob Marshall, chief of the Prudence Island Volunteer Fire Department, said the island came close to running out of


Portsmouth moves ahead with Stone Bridge plan

PORTSMOUTH — Despite concerns over potential costs, the Town Council Monday night voted unanimously to study the feasibility of renovating the old Stone Bridge for use as a neighborhood recreation area. Council Vice President James Seveney had proposed the idea, saying the Portsmouth abutment could be an asset to the community if major improvements were made.

The Portsmouth portion of the Stone Bridge abutment as it appeared during Thursday’s snowstorm.

Portsmouth to consider renovations to Stone Bridge

PORTSMOUTH — How would you like to have a picnic, throw a frisbee or just saunter along the Stone Bridge and take in the water views? That just might happen someday if one Town Council member’s idea becomes a reality. Stone Bridge, built in 1907, was once the connector between Portsmouth and Tiverton before being replaced

Joanne M. Mower takes the oath of office for town clerk in November 2013.

Firing fuels scrutiny of Portsmouth clerk’s office

PORTSMOUTH — After more than an hour’s worth of often-testy exchanges between Town Council members, Town Clerk Joanne Mower and residents over the recent termination of Deputy Town Clerk Patti Cofield, the council Monday night called for an operational audit of all administrative functions in Town Hall. That includes the town clerk’s office, which came


Portsmouth shoots down pay-as-you-throw proposal

PORTSMOUTH — A proposed pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) program was halted in its tracks tonight by the Town Council, which voted 4-2 against the plan. Under a PAYT system, residents are charged based on the amount of ordinary household trash they throw away in special bags that are purchased at local stores. The idea is to increase recycling

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