Public Notices October 14, 2017

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 10:00am

Notice of Public Hearing
Proposed Amendment to New Shoreham General Ordinances
Chapter 6. Health and Sanitation, Add Section - Plastic Bags
Town Hall, Old Town Road
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
7:00 p.m.
The New Shoreham Town Council will hold a public hearing to consider amending New Shoreham’s Revised General Ordinances Chapter 6 Health and Sanitation, to add a new Article IV - Plastic Bags. The proposed language appears underlined below.
ADD – Article IV. - Plastic Bags
    •    The production, use and disposal of single use plastic carryout bags, which are commonly not recycled, has been shown to have significant detrimental impacts on the environment, including but not limited to contributing to the pollution of the terrestrial, near shore marine, and coastal environment, clogging of storm water drainage systems and injury and death of terrestrial and marine life through ingestion and entanglement.
    •    The manufacture, transport and recycling of single use plastic carryout bags requires substantial energy consumption and contributes to greenhouse gases, one of the major causes of climate change.
    •    Single use plastic carryout bags create a burden to solid waste recycling facilities.
    •    Prohibiting the use of single use plastic carryout bags is necessary to protect the environment of Block Island and the public health, safety and welfare of all residents and visitors.
    •    Plastic was the number one trash found on Block Island beaches as determined by The Ocean Conservancy’s Marine Debris Monitoring Study (1992-2007).  
    •    Plastics pollution puts at risk the health of the local economy of Block Island, as it is fundamentally dependent upon the health and beauty of the island’s natural resources.
    •    Similar ordinances have been passed in the City of Newport, Town of Middletown, Town of Barrington and throughout the United States.
The purpose of this ordinance is to protect the wildlife and coastal ecosystems of Block Island, the enjoyment of nature, and the health, safety, and welfare of Block Island’s residents and visitors by: encouraging the use of reusable carryout bags, banning the use of single use plastic carryout bags for retail checkout of goods, and reducing the number of single use carryout bags that enter our environment.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
Carryout Bag.  A bag used by the customer at the point of sale for the purpose of removing products purchased from retail establishment. "Carryout bag" does not include plastic barrier bags, double-opening plastic bags, or plastic bags measuring larger than 28 inches by 36 inches.
Double-Opening Plastic Bag.  Any thin plastic bag with a double opening (top and bottom) to protect clothing or other items for transport.
Paper Bag. A paper bag that is fully recyclable overall and contains a minimum of 40% post-consumer recycled content and contains no old growth fiber.
Plastic Bag.  A bag where any portion of the bag is made of plastic, including but not limited to those called "biodegradable, "compostable" or "oxo-biodegradable."
Plastic Barrier Bag.  Any thin plastic bag with a single opening used to: (1) Transport fruit, vegetables, nuts, grains, small hardware items, or other items selected by customers to the point of sale; (2) Contain or wrap fresh or frozen foods, meat, or fish, whether prepackaged or not; (3) Contain or wrap flowers, potted plants, or other items where damage to a good or contamination of other goods placed together in the same bag may be a problem; or (4) Contain unwrapped prepared foods or bakery goods.
Recyclable Plastic.  Plastic that meets the current Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation's standards.
Business Establishment.  Any commercial enterprise, including sole proprietorship, joint ventures, partnerships, corporations, or any other legal entity, and includes all employees of the business and any independent contractors associated with the business.  For the purposes of this ordinance, business establishment shall also include farmers markets.  Business establishment does not include sales of goods at yard sales, tag sales, or other sales by residents at their homes.
Reusable Carryout Bag.  A bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse. The bag must be made of washable cloth, other durable woven or nonwoven fabric, or durable plastic film that is recyclable plastic with a minimum thickness of four mils.
    •    No business establishment shall make available any plastic carryout bags, either complimentary or for a fee, for any sales transaction or other use to members of the public.
    •    Nothing in this section shall preclude business establishments from making reusable bags or paper bags available to customers, by sale or otherwise.
Enforcement; violations and penalties.
Refer to Sec.1-15 – General Penalty.
This ordinance shall take effect on January 1, 2018.
Before acting on the foregoing, the New Shoreham Town Council will hold a Public Hearing at the time and place referenced above at which time all persons for or against may be heard.
Fiona Fitzpatrick,
Town Clerk
Posted: September 6, 2017
Hearing: October 18, 2018

Town of New Shoreham, Rhode Island
P.O. Box 220
Block Island, RI 02807
Sealed proposals will be received by the TOWN OF NEW SHOREHAM, RI for  MOORING INSTALLATION, MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR at the office of the Town Manager, 16 Old Town Road, Block Island, RI on October 23, 2017 at 1:00 PM and at that time and place, bids will be publicly opened and read aloud. Copies of the CONTRACT DOCUMENTS may be obtained on the Town’s website at or by contacting the Town Manager’s office at  Posted: 10/02/2017 Shirlyne Gobern Interim Town Manager
of hearings on an applications and appeals
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Town of New Shoreham Zoning Board of Review will be in session at the Town Hall, Old Town Road on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 5:00 PM for a regular meeting.  
All persons interested will be heard for or against the granting of the following Applications/appeals under the Zoning Ordinances:
    •    Wallen, Jonathan & Anastos, Katheryn. Plat 18, Lot 60. Application for a Variance from Sections 113(C) and 307(C) to construct an addition to a single family dwelling.
    •    Mensching, William and Holly. Plat 2, Lot 6. Application for a Variance from Sections 113(C) and 306(C) to expand the second floor living area.

Historic District Commission Meeting
Monday, October 16, 2017
Town Hall, Old Town Road
 7:00 pm
A. Call to Order
After presentations by the Applicant, members of the Public will be allowed 2 opportunities to speak on Agenda items.  The Chair will ask if anyone from the Public has questions of the Applicant in an attempt to understand the project.  After questions are closed, the Chair will ask if anyone from the Public has comments.  Members of the Public will have up to 3 minutes per person to comment.  Comments should be limited to the exterior design of the building and site.  Comments will not be allowed as to the interior design or use of the project, etc.  Thank you for participating.
B. Matters from the Public not on the Agenda
C. Approval of September 18, 2017 Minutes
D. Preliminary
    •    Plat 6 Lot 6. Chris and Melanie Reeves. Application to construct a new Single Family Dwelling.  
    •    Plat 5, Lot 35. Lowell and Jane Rosman. Application to replace existing garage with new structure.     
    •    Plat 6, Lot 136. Ann Law. Application for changes to addition plan.
E. Final:
    •    Plat 5 Lot 64-1. BI Maritime Institute. Application to replace tent frame on the south porch.
    •    Plat 8 Lot 84-6. Island Entertainment. Application to install a 16’ x 29’ awning over rear deck at The Barn.
    •    Plat 19 Lot 1. Town of New Shoreham. Application by the Lions Club to install a barrier fence between the parking lot and the playground.
    •    Plat 5 Lot 66. Island Marine Corp. Application for addition to existing cottage to be used for employee housing.
G. Adjournment
*Individuals requesting interpreter services for the deaf and hard of hearing must call 466-3200 forty-eight hours in advance of the meeting date. TTY: 711 posted 10/11/2017 ksc