Thursday, November 15, 2012
Your imagination is the only limit, what would you open in Tiverton or Little Compton?
Economic development was the most widely purported platform for Tiverton candidates in the November election. What business would you open in the area? Imagine you had the tools and resources at your disposal - what business would you like to open in Tiverton or Little Compton? What would work in the community? Throughout Tiverton dozens of commercial buildings sit empty, the industrial park off of Route 24 is underdeveloped. We want you to weigh in on how Tiverton could capitalize on its unde-used resources. What about Little Compton. Tell us how you want business development to shape the future of the region. Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
The Bristol Town Council voted 3-1 to withdraw from the group committed to exploring renewable energy. Tiverton council members said they need clearer guidelines on the East Bay Energy Consortium's intentions for the industrial park.
Bristol has pulled out of the East Bay Energy Consortium, voting 3-1 at the Oct. 10 Town Council meeting to back away from renewable energy group, reports eastbayri.com. Nine East Bay communities, includeing Tiverton and Little Compton began the consortium in 2009 to explore the feasibility of combining resources across the East Bay municipalities to invest in renewable energy. The group got a boost earlier in the year when the state Senate approved it as a non-profit governmental entity, but the House Environment and Natural Resources Committee determined it should be "held for further study," which essentially killed the bill. Bristol Councilor Halsey Herreshoff proposed withdrawing from the group, gaining support from Councilors David…
Thursday, July 19, 2012
At its July 16 meeting, EBEC refocused its push to create a renewable energy engine in the Tiverton Industrial Park, reports EcoRI News.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
The East Bay Engery Consortium will continue its push for a renewable energy project at the Tiverton Industrial Park, though conversations will likely stall until after November elections, according to reports from EcoRI News. At the consortium's July 16 meeting members discussed refocusing plans around new state zoning guidelines for wind turbines, which includes cutting the number of turbines from 10 down to 5 and installing solar arrays in the 177-acre industrial park. EBEC planners reportedly said the changes would still allow for a profitable project. Thomas Moses, legal counsel to the consortium, said the regional municipal collaborative was defeated this spring because of an outcry from local Tea Party activists and a letter from …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Representatives from the state Economic Development Foundation warned the town council on Monday that costs to install roadways and utility infrastructure in the Tiverton industrial park could cost $9.2 million.
Initial investments in roadways and utility infrastructure at Tiverton’s 172-acre industrial park could cost $9.2 million, the Tiverton Town Council learned on Monday. Representatives from the Economic Development Foundation of Rhode Island presented a seven-page preliminary analysis of the 66-lot subdivision prepared by DiPrete Engineering and approved by the council in June that spelled out the initial costs of preparing the industrial park for development. According to Marcel A. Valois, vice president of the nonprofit economic growth company, under the approved plan, 93 acres would be divided into lots averaging 1.4 acres. The marketing strategy would be to accommodate small businesses and combine lots to accommodate larger ones. The …
Friday, June 29, 2012
The next improvement to Bulgarmarsh Recreation Area will provide a space for residents to gather, picnic, and hear music.
The Tiverton Town Council awarded $10,000 on Monday to help fund the installation of an open-air pavilion at Bulgarmarsh Recreation Area. The 20-foot by 20-foot pavilion will represent the final piece of a three-year improvement effort at the state park. Gary Rose, chairman to the town’s Recreation Commission said he hopes to have the pavilion installed by August. “I think that a pavilion would enhance that park so that it could truly have something for everybody,” said Rose. “Between the skate park, basketball court, and small-child playground, if we could do this and maybe put together music on a Saturday night - a band or maybe a play from on of out local players and have a little area where we could do some performing arts, that’s kind…
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
A town-wide ban on outdoor wood-fired hydronic heaters will continue in Tiverton at least until the council's Aug. 14 meeting.
The Tiverton Town Council voted to table a decision on Monday night on an ordinance that would limit residents trying to install outdoor wood-fired hydronic heaters. After nearly two hours of discussion and a reccomendation by the town's Planning Board, council members said they needed more information on whether to erect a stand alone ordinance to govern installation of the heaters or craft one under the jurisdiction of the town's Zoning Board of Appeals. The council will revisit the ordinance at its Aug. 14 meeting. The moratoirum was enacted in summer 2011 after several residents throughout town installed the units. Concern over public health and safety lead to what some called a stringent draft ordinance by the planning board that, if …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
The Tiverton Town Council unanimously approved changes to the the zoning ordinance that will make the town's 177-acre industrial park more attractive to developers.
The Tiverton Council voted unanimously on Monday to approve changes to the zoning ordinance that will attract large-scale developer's to the town's industrial park off of Fish Road. The changes are intended to open the 177-acre plot off of Route 24 near the Fish Road exit to any business from renewable energy - as was proposed by Natural Energy Generation in February - to medical to offices. "From our standpoint of economic development this is a step toward progressive development of the industrial park," said Leonard Schmidt, president of the town's Economic Development Committee. "This process has been going on in the town for about 20 years and it is coming to a point where we have several opportunities to turn it into an income …
Monday, June 11, 2012
Patch reported live from Tiverton's Town Council meeting of Monday, June 11.
The Tiverton Town Council met Monday night. Featured here is a report of the meeting. To watch full-length Tiverton Town Council and School Committee meetings, go to http://www.tivertonvideos.blogspot.com.
Monday, June 4, 2012
The new hiking trail in Little Compton opened to coincide with National Trails Day.
The Dundery Brook Trail in Little Compton opened to the public last Friday, June 2, to the rejoice of many hikers and outdoor educators. Wilbur-McMahon School students, town officials and residents gathered in the tennis courts at Veteran's Field for the trail's opening ceremony. Coming off the groundbreaking ceremony from last fall, the approximately 3,208-foot long handicapped-accessible boardwalk and 1.35-mile trail, with a total cost of $485,000 acquired through state, federal and local fundraising. It begins from an entrance to the woods next to the school’s tennis courts, and meanders north toward The Bumblebee Preserve, a 118-acre tract already managed by The Nature Conservancy of Rhode Island. Conservancy Director Terry Sullivan …
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Protecting more habitats of the Great Swamp Watershed is a focal point of last month's $643,000 land deal between the Tiverton Rod & Gun Club and the state.
The Tiverton Rod & Gun Club sold 121 acres of land near Lake Road and Weetamoo Woods last month to the state for future open space, recreation and conservation use, already adding to the town's list of protected wildlife parcels. "Our parcel is a part of the Great Swamp Watershed," said John Means, president of the Rod & Gun Club, in an interview last week about the approximate $643,000 transaction. "We felt it was in the best interest to turn to the parcel over to DEM as a managed wildlife area." Not only will the land be available for hunters, but it will also provide protection to local habitats and cater to hikers. Means said they were first approached by The Nature Conservancy about putting the land into open space. Cathy Sparks, …