Drainage of the beach car park to be settled

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City Manager Maryanne Crawford delivered her monthly report to City Council on January 19, outlining current projects and upcoming plans.

City Engineer Jim Geremia shared his findings regarding drainage issues in the south Fred Benson Town Beach parking lot. Currently the parking lot is flooded during heavy rain. National Grid, whose use of the car park during its works on the offshore cable led to the degradation of the car park, has pledged to “return the car park to its original state”.

According to Crawford’s report, to do this, Geremia recommends “removing at least 12 inches of silty and clay material” from the surface of the parking lot. He suggests replacing this material, which “prevents good drainage in times of heavy rain”, with a “permeable gravel mix”, which will allow rainwater to seep into the ground regularly. Crawford told the council she was working with Orsted and National Grid on a timetable to complete all work before the tourist season. The new cable still needs to be spliced ​​into the system to complete the repair, which must take place before repairing the parking lot.
New road signs
Crawford reported that the highway department is in the process of getting new signage for Corn Neck Road. Many of the old signs have lost their reflective coating, are damaged or are missing and will be replaced. Crawford’s report says updates and panel replacements will be “ongoing over the coming months.”
Passports at the town hall

Keisha Brown has obtained her passport acceptance agent certification and the Registrar’s Office can once again accept passport applications. With her recent appointment as City Clerk, Millie McGinnes was no longer able to continue as Passport Acceptance Officer. The Registrar’s Office had suspended the passport application for the past few weeks.
DEM visits Block Island
Crawford reported that Terrence Gray, acting director of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RI DEM), will be visiting Block Island this week. She told council she planned to discuss the landfill project at the transfer station, proposed plans for the Lighthouse Inn in Narragansett and “much needed upgrades to Mohegan Bluffs”.

Council member Mark Emmanuelle said he would like Crawford to discuss the deer situation with DEM, as well as mainland parking. DEM is currently renting parking spaces in the lot behind the public restrooms in Point Judith, across from the ferry
Terminal.
Additionally, the Lighthouse Inn and the parking lot behind it are leased by DEM to Procaccianti Companies in partnership with Paolino Properties. DEM has requested land use proposals for the property and has received three: one from Procaccianti, one from the Town of Narragansett, and one from Quonset Area Aqua Development Inc., in conjunction with iCell Aqua, Inc. DEM is expected to take a decision. on which of the three proposals he will accept.
The town of Narragansett had asked New Shoreham to write in support of its proposal. Second director Sven Risom said the board could not approve any particular proposal without at least reviewing the other two. Council member Keith Stover suggested
that the city council could write to DEM arguing that Narragansett has a “seat at the table” to determine what DEM will end up with
chooses to do.
Stover also suggested asking DEM for guaranteed parking spaces for Block Island residents, at least for those over 65. Currently, residents of Block Island can obtain an annual parking plate to use in the DEM parking lot, but this does not guarantee a spot. The DEM also rents spaces by the day, so on busy summer days when islanders return to the parking lot after a day on the mainland, the parking lot is sometimes full. There are car parks in Narragansett that offer guaranteed annual spaces, but the cost is higher than the DEM lot.
New emergency vehicles

Crawford’s report also contained an exciting announcement for the fire department and rescue team. Thanks in part to a generous donation of $320,000 from the Roosa Fund, two new rescue vehicles have been ordered. The report indicates that the new vehicles should be delivered in 12 to 15 months.

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