Tag Archives: Portsmouth Town Council

An inspector checks things out atop the Portsmouth wind turbine’s nacelle Thursday afternoon — 213 feet above the ground.

Inspectors climb Portsmouth wind turbine

Inspectors climb Portsmouth wind turbine

PORTSMOUTH — You may have wondered what that man was doing on top of the town’s broken wind turbine today. “Today was our day for a big inspection,” explained Town Planner Gary Crosby. “We’re trying to decide whether to fix the turbine or take it down. The company that we have selected to go ahead with

The Prudence Island Ferry leaves its dock from Homestead last year. The Town of Portsmouth is negotiating with a competitor, A&R Marine Corp., to lease town-owned land nearby for a new dock.

Portsmouth applies for permit for ferry dock on Prudence

PORTSMOUTH — In a move that would bring a competing ferry service one step closer to reality, the town is applying for a license from the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) to build a dock for a ferry on town-owned property on Prudence Island. Town Council President James Seveney announced the decision Monday night following


‘Back to basics’ for Portsmouth economic panel

PORTSMOUTH — A revitalized town panel’s ideas for bringing in new business here include attracting a big-name hotel, consideration of an entertainment or sports facility located at the former landfill and creating an entity like Shelburne Farm in Vermont. The bold ideas came out of the Portsmouth Economic Development Committee’s (PDEC) annual report presented to the

The Prudence Island Ferry at the Bristol landing on Thames Street.

Which ferry company will dock at Bristol landing?

BRISTOL — Prudence Island Ferry’s lease for the Town of Bristol’s dock expires in less than seven weeks, yet it’s still unclear what ferry service will be using the landing going forward. Both Prudence Island Ferry owner Bruce Medley and a competing service, A&R Marine Corp., have been talking with Bristol officials in hopes of securing


Portsmouth council hears license violations

PORTSMOUTH — Two local businesses have been put “on notice” by the town after reportedly violating the terms of their liquor licenses during separate incidents recently. The Town Council, sitting as the Board of License Commissioners, leveled no sanctions against the businesses after Police Chief Thomas F. Lee requested a review of the incidents Monday night.

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Letter: Portsmouth shouldn’t throw in towel with DEM

To the editor: In November of 2010 the R.I. Department of Environmental Management (DEM) issued a notice of violation (NOV) charging Portsmouth with polluting the Sakonnet River via town storm water drain pipes. DEM alleges that area septic systems are substandard or failed and are the source of pollution, so the town must install a

Matt Picciandra of Tree Tech uses a Wacker to remove an arborvitae that had been cut down along the south side of the Portsmouth High School tennis courts Friday morning.

Tree removal at Portsmouth High rankles some

PORTSMOUTH — Town Council member David Gleason had just left an Arbor Day event to celebrate the planting of a tree at one school only to find a whole row of them ripped out at another. Last week a subcontractor began removing the tall American arborvitae surrounding the Portsmouth High School tennis courts as part of

Before it was torn down, John Vitkevich had proposed turning the former Elmhurst School chapel into a music and film production studio.

AG: Portsmouth council violated open meetings law

PORTSMOUTH — The Town Council violated the state Open Meetings Act (OMA) when it met in October 2013 to discuss the fate of the former Elmhurst School chapel, the Rhode Island attorney general’s office has ruled. Local resident and Realtor John Vitkevich filed the OMA complaint with the attorney general in December, alleging that the council