New Shoreham boards, committees and commissions
Anyone interested in serving on a Town Council-appointed board, committee or commission should notify the Town Council in writing at PO Box 220, and feel free to contact any Town Council member to learn more about open positions. Currently there are openings on the following boards, committees and commissions:
Commission on Motor Vehicles For Hire
One three-year position
The individual must not hold a town taxi, bus or limousine license. The MVFH Commission’s duties include drafting regulations for the operation of motor vehicles for hire on Block Island, including rates for the hiring of such motor vehicles, receiving and investigating complaints lodged by members of the public, and maintaining a list of applicants for new licenses. The commission has no jurisdiction over motor vehicles for hire that are not provided with a driver. The commission meets monthly and not during the months of July and August except to receive and act on complaints.
One five-year position
The Planning Board maintains a Comprehensive Community Plan for the Development of the town. The Planning Board can also serve as an advisory Board as directed by the Town Council or in commercial matters that will also require zoning relief.
One one-year alternate position
The duties of the Zoning Board of Review include but are not limited to hearing and deciding appeals of decisions made by an administrative officer, or by the Planning Board on matters of review and approval of subdivisions and land development projects; and authorizing variances or special use permits under the Zoning Ordinance. The Zoning Board meets once a month or more.
Juvenile Hearing Review Board
Two three-year positions
The Juvenile Hearing Board hears all cases referred to them by the Chief of Police involving residents who are under the age of eighteen (18), who are charged with violating the criminal laws of the State of Rhode Island or the Town of New Shoreham. The goal is to divert youth arrested for lower level offenses from Family Court, providing sanctions and referrals.
Senior Advisory Committee Alternate
One one-year term
The Senior Citizen’s Advisory Committee’s charge is as follows:
• Organize programs for senior citizens (in addition to already established programs such as lunch, medical, and recreation programs)
• Identify and promote senior citizen programs and services
• Consult with the island’s seniors and advise Town Council about their needs, island-unique problems, and suggest solutions and actions that will benefit Block Island senior citizens.