Richmond to hear requests for part-timers’ comp-time; selection of dog park 

Richmond to hear requests for part-timers’ comp-time; selection of dog park 

The Westerly Sun
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RICHMOND — Amendments to the town’s personnel ordinance and several other requests will head a light agenda at the Town Council’s meeting on Tuesday.

Town Administrator Karen Pinch explained that the council will consider a proposed amendment to the town employees’ compensation ordinance that would allow supervisors to grant compensatory time in lieu of overtime for employees who work fewer than 40 hours per week. “A lot of them don’t have a lot of vacation time, so a lot of them would like the time over the money,” she said. “The ordinance is set up to allow that only for 40-hour employees.”

Also on the agenda is a request from the Dog Park Committee to designate the property adjacent to the town transfer station on Buttonwood Road as the town’s official dog park. Pinch said that the parcel, which is on a former landfill, continues to be monitored by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and the designation as the town’s official dog park should be approved by the Town Council.

“I wouldn’t want to imply that it’s not safe. They still require some monitoring, so I think the council should decide, with input from the town planner and the DPW Director,” she said.

There is also a request from resident Lesley Beitz to post no-hunting signs on town-owned land next to the Carolina Management Area. Pinch said that people hunting in the management area sometimes ended up on town property, which is next to Beitz’s property. “She’s asking for a sign to mark that property, so people don’t cross into ours from the Carolina Management Area and precariously close to that neighborhood,” Pinch said. 

The council will also be asked to sign a letter of support for the proposed redesign of the traffic pattern at Richmond Elementary School. The school district will apply for the funding from the Rhode Island Department of Education in mid-September. 

The original design, completed four years ago, called for a budget of $607,000, an amount that will likely change. The application will be submitted to the education department as part of Chariho’s five-year capital improvement plan. 

The council meeting will take place at the Town Hall at 6 p.m.



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