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03/10/2017

Barrington Tricentennial Events Planned for 2017

UPCOMING EVENT: Barrington 300 Preview Party on Saturday, March 18 from 4:00 to 6:30 pm at the McCulloch Center for the Arts, St. Andrew’s School, 63 Federal Road, Barrington, RI.

The town of Barrington was founded in 1717 rather than 1770 as shown on the signs at the entrances to town. 1770 was the date of Barrington's refounding after 23 years as part of Warren, Rhode Island. The Town Calendar for 2017 displays the portrait of Viscount John Shute Barrington, for whom our town was named. Lord Barrington was a powerful English politician and theologian, and the brother of Samuel Shute, Governor of Massachusetts. The Calendar cover also includes a transcript of the November 18th, 1717, creation of "Barrington" by the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

In November of 2015, a group of citizens urged the Town Council to form Barrington 300 to celebrate 300 YEARS OF PROGRESS IN BARRINGTON. In August of 2016, Barrington 300 was made a Town Administrative Committee and charged with creating a Calendar of Events. Barrington 300 is comprised of 50 volunteers with a Board and Advisory Committee, who will execute the year-long program.

This represents a unique opportunity to unite our community through the Celebration of its 300-year history with many town-wide activities. 2017 promises to be an exciting year for Barrington. It offers a great opportunity for the community to learn about Barrington's heritage and participate in this Tricentennial Celebration!

For more, go to the Barrington 300 page.

03/20/2017

Residents approve financing for new Barrington Middle School at Special Financial Town Meeting

  • By vote of 590 to 349, lifting the tax cap approved to fund the $68.4m project

Financing to construct a new Barrington Middle School received final approval from the voters of Barrington last night. At a Special Financial Town Meeting, by a vote of 590 to 349, residents approved exceeding the 4% cap on the increase in the town’s total tax levy in order to finance the $68.4 million project.

Nearly 1,000 registered voters attended the meeting at Barrington High School. Following several hours of public comment, the measure was approved by paper ballot.

In November, voters overwhelmingly approved (63.8%) a referendum in favor of the middle school project. In January, the Town Council unanimously approved a resolution to exceed the 4% tax increase cap in order to finance the project through a 25-year municipal bond and scheduled the Special Financial Town Meeting. School officials estimate that up to 39 percent of the project costs will be reimbursed by the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE).

According to Superintendent Michael B. Messore III, the middle school project can now be scheduled to go out to bid this summer, with construction estimated to begin in the fall. If the project remains on schedule, the building will open in August 2019, followed by demolition of the existing facility.

“We appreciate the continued support of the people of Barrington to move forward with this important opportunity,” said Superintendent Messore. “Today, we are closer than ever to replacing our outdated middle school with a first-rate educational facility.”

School Committee Chairperson Kate Brody emphasized a commitment to reducing the total cost of the project in order to minimize the impact on taxpayers.

“The School Committee, the Building Committee, and the Administration will remain vigilant throughout this process to identify cost-saving measures,” she said. “We are confident we will build the middle school our students need in a fiscally responsible way.”

Ms. Brody said that the School Committee will continue to receive regular updates on the project, and the Building Committee will include its periodic review of independent cost estimates.

School officials noted that the special meeting was called to take place separate from the Financial Town Meeting held annually in May, in part to secure the municipal bond before interest rates may increase. By locking in a rate in the near future, the town would likely secure the bond at an interest rate close to 3.4% or lower. At that rate, officials estimate that the residential property tax rate would increase by approximately $1.12 per $1,000, or about $448 per year for a home valued at $400,000.

For more information, visit www.bmsproject.org.

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  • Middle School Motion has Passed

    • 590 in favor

    • 349 opposed

  • Barrington Times - Town Manager, Letter to the Editor

    • Chapter 161, Article II (Snow and Ice Removal) Attachment

  • Winter Preparedness

    • Make a Kit, Make a Plan, Stay Informed, Winter Vehicle Preparedness, Heat Safety, and Extreme Cold Preparedness- please view attachment

  • Limited Winter Parking: Parking Ban, Ordinance 179-6 - No parking on public roads during snowstorm after a snowfall of one inch has occurred for a period of 12 hours after a snowfall of at least one inch has occurred.

  • Reminder: Sidewalk Ordinance. Please note the Town has a new Ordinance 164-5 requiring any person having care of a building or house where there is a paved sidewalk in front to remove the snow by 6 PM the day following any snow storm.
    For every day that the snow shall remain on a sidewalk, such owner, occupant or any person having the duty to care for the property shall pay a fine of not more than $50.00/day.

If you claim a physical hardship and are incapable of removing the snow or lack financial means to pay for snow removal, you may apply for a hardship waiver from this article with the Director of the Department of Public Works. Please call 247-1907 if you have any questions.

We ask for your cooperation in this matter of safety, especially of those residents near our local schools and businesses with walk-in customers.

  • Warming Center Information for Barrington Residents

Barrington Public Library: 281 County Rd
Monday to Thursday: 9 AM - 9 PM
Friday & Saturday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Sunday: 1 PM - 5 PM

For Barrington residents seeking warming centers outside of above hours please contact 401-437-3930.

For more information, please view State of Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency at www.riema.ri.gov