Happening This Week

  • Town Hall and offices are closed on Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th for the Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Recycling is OFF this week (November 20th)
  • Trash pickup  is delayed one day beginning Thursday.

Meetings This Week

The Upcoming Meetings calendar toward the bottom of the new home page provides a complete calendar of all open meetings that will be taking place in the coming weeks.

  • Monday, November 20, 2017 - 7 pm - Town Council - East Greenwich High School Auditorium
Agendas and Minutes are available on the website.

Town Hall from Peirce Street

Statement from East Greenwich Town Council President Suzanne Cienki

Incorrect cost calculations. Misleading reporting. Cronyism and nepotism. Unapproved agreements. Improper loans. Discriminatory hiring practices.

We continue to uncover issues that have been quietly plaguing this town for years. From 2000-2015 East Greenwich had a 1.3% population increase (Exhibit 1) – merely 166 residents – yet, the tax levy imposed on its residents has increased 87% from $29.7 million to $55.4 million (Exhibit 2).

Here is a short list of what we have uncovered so far:

  • The former fire chief and former town manager informed the Town Council in February, 2016 that they negotiated a labor contract with an “estimated net contractual impact” of $165,221 (Exhibit 3). This information is not supported by the facts. The annual costs of the 2016-2019 fire union contract far exceeds $165,221, based on overtime costs alone.
  • Since becoming a town department in 2013, the fiscal impact to the town for the two consecutive fire contracts has been $4.3 million (Exhibit 4). That cost will continue to escalate unless structural changes are made to department operations.
  • The former fire chief and former town manager informed the Town Council that they negotiated a labor contract with the firefighters 2% annual raises (Exhibit 3). Not true. There were annual raises over 20% embedded in the contract (Exhibit 5).
  • The fire union president and former town manager then signed an agreement to keep 2 positions open, which opened the door to additional overtime costs. This agreement was never presented to, nor approved by the Town Council (Exhibit 5).
  • When the former fire chief was asked to identify the cause of increasing overtime costs, the response was short staffing. They are short staffed because they signed an unapproved agreement to KEEP themselves short staffed.
  • The former fire chief told the Town Council that the phase out of the “floater” position would cost $30,000 annually (Exhibit 3). So far, this fiscal year, the cost for firefighter overtime has averaged $14,200 a WEEK (Exhibit 6).
  • The fire union, the former fire chief and former town manager let a hiring list expire, full of qualified and diverse candidates, so they could hire 6 of their friends and family from other towns (Exhibit 5).
  • The former town manager and fire union president signed an agreement, never presented to, nor approved by the Town Council, to give the 6 friends and family a nearly 40% increase in step pay and overall compensation. Compensation more than what anyone on the prior list would have received (Exhibit 5).
  • An open bank account for the Fire Department with signatories from the former fire district was never reported or addressed by the previous administration. No one knew about the account and there was no oversight or accountability for the account.
  • The former town manager gave a $50,000 interest-free loan to a private organization without authority or making any effort to collect repayment (Exhibit 7).
  • The prior administration failed to identify or address the School Department’s emerging structural deficit, which raised the state auditor general’s attention in December, 2016.

The East Greenwich Town Council is charged with the larger responsibility of identifying and correcting the many errors of the past, most of which were made without our knowledge or date back further than our time on the Town Council.

We are moving forward to get the Town back on the right path.

As Town Council President, I encourage my colleagues to join me in renewing our commitment to providing the Town with greater fiscal stability and governing the Town with greater transparency. Let’s shine the light towards a better future.

Compost Bin

Free Compost Bins!

FREE compost bins will be made available to the first 80 residents beginning on October 30, 2017. Limit one per household.

Compost bins hold 11.5 cubic feet of yard waste material and are made from recycled content plastic. The bins are easily constructed, needing no tools, and only require approximately three feet of backyard space.

For bin requests or more information please call the DPW office at (401) 886-8620 or
(401) 886-8621.


Town Holiday Donation Program

Human Services is still accepting families who want to be adopted.   We have a lengthy list of donors who are waiting to be matched with their adopted family.

Families in need should contact Department of Senior / Human Services (DSHS) as soon as possible.  Those needing assistance in providing gifts for their children during the December holidays can complete an application at the Department’s office, located at the Swift Community Center, 121 Peirce Street or call 886-8638.  The deadline to complete an application is Friday, December 1st. 

Applications received after December 1st will be matched with donors contingent on availability. Donor and recipient personal information is strictly confidential.  Gifts will be delivered, unwrapped to the Swift Community Center by Monday, December 18th.  Each adopted family will be contacted to make arrangements for gift distribution.

Holiday Dinners

The East Greenwich Holiday Giving Program will distribute baskets and meals to residents in need. East Greenwich families who need help should call DSHS at 886-8638 to request a holiday food basket. The deadline to register for a December basket is Wednesday, November 29th.  The Department also provides a prepared meal with all the trimmings to East Greenwich seniors and spouses ages 55 and older and disabled individuals of any age, who will be alone for the holidays.

If you and your spouse are 55 or older, disabled, East Greenwich residents, and will be alone for the holidays, Senior Services will provide a prepared meal with all the trimmings. The meal includes a dinner roll, garden salad, turkey with gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetables and dessert. The deadline to register for a December holiday meal is Wednesday, December 6th. The meal will be delivered to residences on Thursday, December 21st.

Vacancies on Boards and Commissions

There are vacancies on many Town Board and Commissions. Please consider serving your community. Please see the website for details.

2017 Annual Holiday Trash Delay Schedule

See the Town website for printable version of the Trash Pickup Calendar and Schedule.

Trash is delayed one day for the remainder of the week for the following weeks with these holidays.

Monday, January 2nd - New Year's Day
Monday, January 16th - Martin Luther King Day
Monday, May 29th - Memorial Day
Tuesday, July 4th - July 4th!!
Monday, August 14th - Victory Day
Monday, September 4th - Labor Day
Monday,October 9th - Columbus Day
Thursday, November 23rd - Thanksgiving
Monday, December 25th - Christmas

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