March 2, 2021 Election
Last Day to Register is January 31, 2021.
A Statewide Special Referenda Election
will be held March 2, 2021. The ballot has
twenty questions about changes to New
Shoreham’s Home Rule Charter and seven
statewide questions about funding capital projects. A copy of the ballot will be available soon
on the Town’s website new-shoreham.com.
Voting will be by mail, at Town Hall prior to
the election, or at the Block Island School gymnasium from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Election
Day. Mail ballot applications will be sent to all
For those not already registered in New
Shoreham, Sunday, January 31, 2021 is the last
day to register to vote in order to vote in the
March 2, 2021 election. Anyone who will reach
the age of eighteen (18) on or before March 2,
2021 may vote if they register by the January
31 deadline. You may register online at vote.
sos.ri.gov, or pick up a voter registration form
outside Town Hall Monday – Friday from 9:00
a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Paper registrations must be
in the lockbox outside Town Hall by 4:00 p.m.
January 31, 2021. On the last day, you may
register at the Police Station on Beach Avenue
from noon to 4:00 p.m. You must be registered
to vote from your place of residence.
INVITATION TO BID
TOWN OF NEW SHOREHAM, RHODE
2021 ROADWAY IMPROVEMENTS
Sealed bids for the construction of the 2021
Roadway Improvements will be received
at the office of the Town Manager, Town
Hall, 16 Old Town Road, Block Island, RI
until 1:00 P.M. local time on February 17,
2021. Due to the COVD-19 social distancing
requirements, the Contractor(s) will place their
sealed bids in a drop box located at the entrance to Town Hall. Once the bids have been
received by the Town Manager’s Office, one
representative from each firm will be allowed
into the Council Chambers in Town Hall
where the bid opening will occur, at which
time they will be publicly opened and read for
the 2021 Roadway Improvements.
A PRE-BID MEETING will be held on
Monday, February 8, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. via
Zoom Meeting Forum. For those attending
the pre-bid meeting they are to contact James
Geremia (Jim@GeremiaEngineering.Com) for
access to the Zoom meeting. The Engineer
and Water District staff will present general
information regarding the project and answer
All proposals shall be made on the forms
furnished (two originals) and shall be enclosed
in a sealed envelope marked: “NEW SHOREHAM, RI 2021 ROADWAY IMPROVEMENTS” and shall be directed to the attention
of the Town Manager, Town of New Shoreham, Rhode Island, Town Hall, Block Island,
Rhode Island. Each bid shall be accompanied
by a check or bid bond in the amount of five
percent (5%) of the bid payable to the order
of the Town of New Shoreham, Rhode Island.
The successful bidder will be required to furnish a performance and payment bond in the
amount equal to the contract award.
Questions regarding the Plans and Specifications should be directed in writing to
James J. Geremia & Associates, Inc., 272 West
Exchange Street, Suite 201, Providence, RI,
02903, Attn: Mr. James J. Geremia (at Jim@
GeremiaEngineering.com), no later than 12:00
pm on February 10, 2021.
The Issuing Office for the Bidding
Documents is the Engineer: James J. Geremia
& Associates, Inc., 272 West Exchange St.,
Suite 201, Providence, RI 02903 (401-454-
7000). Bidding Documents may be obtained
from the Town’s website under Request for
Bids and Proposals beginning on January 25,
Owner: Town of New Shoreham
By: Maryanne Crawford
Title: Town Manager
Date: January 25, 2021
Transfer Application for Beverage (Liquor)
Monday, February 1, 2021 @ 7:00 p.m.
Zoom access: Phone Number: 877-853-5247,
888-788-0099 OR 833 548 0282 US Toll-free:
Meeting ID: 856 0445 5911 Passcode: 153087
Notice is hereby given, pursuant to Chapter
2013 of the Public Laws of Rhode Island,
approved in April 1956 as amended, that the
following application for a transfer of Beverage
License has been made to the New Shoreham
Town Clerk as follows:
Transfer of Class BV Liquor License
• Transfer of Class BV liquor license
from W. Food Group, LLC, Members:
Jessica Wronowski & Adam Wronowski,
d/b/a Finn’s, to Ernie’s Old Harbour
Restaurant, Inc. Stockholders: Frederick
J. Howarth, Jason Howarth & Deborah B.
Howarth d/b/a Finn’s Seafood Restaurant,
212 Water Street, Plat 6, Lot 157
Before acting on the foregoing applications,
the Board of License Commissioners will
hold a Public Hearing via Zoom on Monday,
February 1, 2021 @ 7:00 p.m. at which time
remonstrants are entitled to be heard before the
granting of said licenses.
Attest: Millicent A McGinnes
Deputy Town Clerk
New Shoreham Board of License
Notice of Public Hearing
Proposed Amendment to TNS Zoning
Relating to Solar Energy Systems:
Section 517 - Solar Energy Systems and Article 4 Criteria for Special Use Permits
Section 425 “Solar Energy Systems”
Monday, February 1, 2021
Town Hall, Old Town Road, Block Island RI
The New Shoreham Town Council will consider amendments to the Zoning Ordinance related to Solar Energy Systems, as follows. Deletions appear crossed out and additions are underlined. The proposed language may be altered or amended prior to the close of the public hearing without further advertising, as a result of further study or because of the views expressed at the public hearing. Any alteration or amendment must be presented for comment in the course of the hearing. The proposed language follows, with language to be added underlined.
New Shoreham Zoning Ordinance
Section 517 - Solar Energy Systems (SES)
- Purpose: This section is intended to provide for and encourage the installation of solar energy systems on Block Island. Such systems shall include both solar thermal, to heat water, and photovoltaic systems, to create electricity. Photovoltaic systems may either provide power to be consumed on site, or be connected to the electrical production and distribution system with credit given by the utility for excess power produced.The purpose of this section is to regulate the placement, design, installation and removal of solar energy systems to minimize any potential adverse impact they may have on the aesthetics, public health, and safety of the Town.
- Intent: The Town encourages the use of accessory solar energy systems to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and to promote resiliency. The Town supports solar energy systems in locations which provide the greatest potential energy generation while actively striving to minimize the visual impacts to the existing landscape from which SES are visible from adjoining roadways and abutting properties.
- Definitions: The following terms shall have the following meanings as used in this Section:
- Abandoned Solar Energy System: A solar energy system that has reached the end of its useful life, is not fully maintained, or is disconnected with no plan for reconnection.
- Solar Energy SystemArray Size: The total area of the collector panels in a solar energy installation, measured as the length times width of each panel, with the area of all panels totaled to determine system size and expressed as square feet. System Array size is to be applied when calculating the contribution of a ground mounted solar energy installation system to lot coverage.
- Front Setback: An open unoccupied space on the same lot with the structure extending the full width of the lot and situated between the street line and the front line of the structure projected to the side lines of the lot.
- Ground-Mounted Solar Energy System: A solar energy system that is structurally appended to the ground and is not supported to a structure or building.
- Roof-Mounted Solar Energy System: A solar energy system that is structurally appended to the roof of a code compliant structure.
- Solar Canopy: A solar energy system that is located on an elevated accessory structure that hosts solar panels and provides shelter to a parking area, driveway or walkway underneath.
- 1.Solar Energy InstallationSystem (SES): The collective components of an individual solar energy system, including solar hot air or water collection devices or solar photovoltaic panels or arrays, and all supporting equipment and structures. and subsystems, including both solar thermal and photovoltaic, required to convert solar energy into electric energy or hot water. Solar energy systems are further defined by the following installation types: roof-mounted, ground-mounted, and solar canopies.
- Applicability and Review Procedures:
- Solar energy systems are considered accessory uses and are allowed in the Town of New Shoreham as follows: in all zoning districts as accessory uses subordinate to the principal use of the parcel.
- A roof mounted solar energy system, meeting all of the provisions of Section E below shall be allowed by right in all zoning districts.
- Ground mounted solar energy installations with a total system size of 750 square feet or less on a single lot or parcel shall be allowed by right in all zoning districts.
- Ground mounted solar energyinstallations systems, or solar canopies, with a total system array size greater than 750 400 square feet may be allowed by special use permit under the provisions of Section 424. An application must be submitted to the Zoning Board of Review for a Special Use Permit under the provisions of Section 425. Any such application shall also be subject to Development Plan Review by the Planning Board under the provisions of Section 704.
- Any solar systemSES proposed within the Historic Overlay District shall require review and approval by the Historic District Commission.
- Solar energy systems must be consistent with all applicable State and Federal fire and electrical safety codes and shall obtain all necessary statewide solar, building, and electrical permits from the Building Official prior to commencement of construction.
- Procedures: Prior to the installation of a solar enerby system, the property owner or installer shall receive a building permit from the Building Official. The following procedures shall apply:
- An application for a solar energy installation shall be made on a form to be provided by the Building Official. If the total system size of purposed ground mounted solar energy installations exceed 750 square feet, an application must be submitted to the Zoning Board of Review; for a special use permit under the provisions of Section 424. Any such application shall also undergo development plan review by the Planning Board under the provisions of Section704.
- The Building Official will determine if the proposed system, whether roof mounted or ground mounted, meets all of the applicable dimensional standards of this Section, or if a dimensional variance is required, in which case an application shall be submitted to the Zoning Board of Review under' the provisions of Section 706.
- The Building Official shall not grant a building permit for any solar system within the Historic Overlay District until the Historic District Commission has reviewed and approved the application.
- Standards for Roof-Mounted Systems: solar collectors orpanels which are mounted on the roof of a building are exempt in the calculation of the calculation of the building's height, but may shall not extend above the highest point of the roof, regardless of its total height, by more than one (1) foot unless a dimensional variance is obtained. In no case shall a solar panel extend beyond the edge of the roof. In addition, if the distance between the surface of the roof and the upper surface of the solar panels shall not be more than four two (4 2) feet, i.e. meaning the panel shall not be higher than 4 2 feet above the plane of the roof. If feasible, such panels shall be mounted so as to not be visible from adjoining roadways or neighboring properties. Roof mounted systems are considered separate from, and shall be reviewed for compliance independently of, ground mounted systems on the same lot or parcel.
- Standards for Ground-Mounted Systems: The following dimensional standards shall specifically apply to ground mounted solar systems. Solar energy systems which consist of one or more installations that exceed 750 square feet of system size on a single lot or parcel are allowed only by special use permit and shall be governed by the standards of Section 424. Relief from height and setback requirements may be granted by the Zoning Board of Review as a dimensional variance. Ground mounted systems are considered separate from, and shall be reviewed for compliance independently of, roof mounted systems on the same lot or parcel.
- Height: A ground mounted solar systemGround-mounted SES shall not exceed eight ten(810) feet in height, as measured from the natural grade to its highest point, including the top of any support structure or panel when adjusted to its highest seasonal position.
- Ground-mounted SES shall comply with the minimum side and rear setbacks for accessory structures and uses for the zoning district in which the SES is located. Applications seeking placement of ground-mounted solar energy systems within the front setback of a property shall require a Special Use Permit from the Zoning Board of Review. Such use shall also undergo development plan review by the Planning Board under the provisions of Section 704.
- Lot Coverage: The first two-hundred fifty(250) square feet of system array size, of one or more solar energy installations on a single lot shall be exempt in the calculation of total lot coverage in all zoning districts. Any Additional square foot area of system array size beyond 250 square feet shall be counted toward the maximum lot coverage for the zoning district in which the system is located.
- Solar panels should not to be placed within the front setback of a property, as defined in Section 202, if there is a viable alternative location. Any panel that is so located must meet the minimum front setback requirement for the zoning district in which it is located. However, in the OHC Zone, no ground mounted solar system shall be placed within the front setback of any property.
- Side and Rear. A solar energy installation with a system size of 250 square feet or less is governed by the following reduced setback requirements:
- Fifteen (15) foot side and rear setbacks shall be allowed in the RA and RB Zones and in the SC Zone; and
- Ten (10) foot side and Fear setbacks shall be allowed in the RC, RC/M and M Zones and in the OHC and NHC Zones.
The reduced setbacks above are allowed for a solar energy installation on a single lot provided that the total system size does not exceed 250 square feet. Any solar energy installation that meets 250 square feet of system size must meet the minimum side and rear setbacks for the zoning district in which the system is located.
- Standards for Solar Canopies: Building height for solar canopies shall not exceed twelve (12) feet in height. All other applicable dimensional standards required for the zoning district in which the proposed solar canopy is located shall apply.
- Abandonment: If any solar energy system is not fully maintained or is abandoned, the Building Official shall be authorized to direct the removal of such system and all of its components. The property owner shall remove the system within sixty (60) days of said notice by the building Official. Any abandoned solar energy system shall be removed within 180 days from the date of discontinued operations. Decommissioning shall consist of:
- Physical removal and recycling of all solar energy system components.
- Disposal of all solid and hazardous waste in accordance with all federal, state and local laws, regulations and ordinances.
- Stabilization and re-vegetation of the site necessary to minimize erosion.The Building Official shall be authorized to direct the removal of abandoned SES and all of its components. The property owner shall remove the system within ninety (90) days of said notice by the Building Official. If the owner or operator of an abandoned or decommissioned SES fails to remove the SES in accordance with the provisions of this section, the Town of New Shoreham may enter the property and physically remove all components of the SES at the cost of the property owner.
ARTICLE 4 - CRITERIA FOR SPECIAL USE PERMITS
Section 425 - Solar Energy Systems
- Applicability: Solar energy systems are considered accessory uses, and are permitted in all zoning districts, as provided in Section516 517. A ground-mounted solar energy system, or solar canopy,consisting of one or more installations with a total system array size greater than 750 400 square feet, is allowed only upon the granting of a special use permit by the Zoning Board of Review. Such use shall also undergo development plan review by the Planning Board under the provisions of Section 704. In no case shall a solar array size greater than 750 square feet be permitted if the primary use of the lot is residential.
A ground-mounted solar energy system, or solar canopy, consisting of one or more installations to be located in the front setback of a property, is allowed only upon the granting of a special use permit by the Zoning Board of Review. Such use shall also undergo development plan review by the Planning Board under the provisions of Section 704.
- Standards: Prior to the approval of an application submitted under this Section, the Zoning Board of Review shall determine that it meets the general criteria for a special use permit. The standards belowlisted in Section 517, as applicable, and the following standards shall also apply.
- Dimensional Requirements: All applicable dimensional standards required for the zoning district in which the proposed solar energy system is located shall apply, specifically setbacks and lot coverage, unless a dimensional variance is also granted by the Zoning Board of Review. However, in no ease shall a ground mounted solar energy system proposed under this Section be allowed within the front setback of any residentially used property;
- The system shall not exceed eight (8) feet in height, as measured from the natural grade to its highest point, including the top of any support structure or panel when adjusted to its highest seasonal position;
- All electrical lines are to be placed underground and the system designed to prevent unauthorized access; andPower and communication lines running between sub arrays of solar panels and to the off-site electric distribution system or interconnections with buildings onsite shall be buried underground.
- The system shall be comprised of low glare panels, and or black framing. Solar energy systems shall be designed and located to prevent reflective glare towards any inhabited building or roadway.
- Solar energy systems shall be constructed and maintained in a way that minimizes the use of herbicides and pesticides. Vegetative cover, consisting of native plants, shall be maintained to prevent soil erosion.
- Solar energy systems shall be sited and designed to minimize any negative aesthetic impact on viewsheds and abutting properties. The siting of solar energy systems should prioritize limiting visibility from public roadways. The design shall incorporate landscaping and design elements to visually screen the SES from public roadways and abutting properties.
Posted: January 11, 2021
Public Hearing: February 1, 2021
The Town of New Shoreham hereby
requests sealed bid proposals for the
• BED & BREAKFAST ACCOMMODATIONS
• HAULING (NOT ROAD MATERIALS)
• PURCHASE, MAINTENANCE
and AFFIXING OF FIRE EXTINGUISHERS TOGETHER WITH THE
MAINTENANCE OF EMERGENCY
• PORTABLE TOILET SERVICE
• PROPANE DELIVERY and SERVICE
• ROAD MATERIALS
• ROAD WORK
• TIPPY CANS SERVICE
Information is available on the above bids
on the Town’s website at www.new-shoreham.
com Submit proposals in an envelope clearly
marked with one of the above “services” and
the bidder’s name should also appear on the
outside of the envelope. Bids will be received
in the Town Manager’s Office, #16 Old Town
Road, Block Island, RI until 10:00 a.m. local
time on Friday, February 19, 2021 and then
shall be opened and read aloud.
If forwarded by mail, the sealed envelope
containing the Bid must be enclosed in another outer envelope addressed to: Maryanne
Crawford, Town Manager, P. O. Box 220, Block
Island, RI 02807.
The undersigned Bidder hereby agrees that
the BID PROPOSAL submitted shall remain in
effect and binding upon the Bidder for a period of 90 calendar days, from the date and time
Bids are received.
The Town Manager reserves the right to reject any and all bids or any part thereof and to
waive any informalities.
Posted: January 29, 2021
New Shoreham Board of Canvassers
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
The Board of Canvassers will meet via telecommunication pursuant to State of Rhode
Island Executive Order 20-46 dated June 12,
Zoom access: dial toll free for cellular
phone or landline (888) 788 0099; (833) 548
0276; (833) 548 0282 or (877) 853 5247. When
prompted, Meeting ID: 811 5873 2386 Passcode 749140. We do not have bandwidth to
support a video link for members of the general public. Raise your hand” on your phone by
pressing *9; mute and unmute by pressing *6.
1. Canvass and correct the Voting List
for the Final Canvass for the Statewide
Special Referenda Election to be held
on March 2, 2021.
2. Planning Session for the March 2, 2021
Individuals requesting interpreter services
for the deaf and hard of hearing must call (401)
466-3200 forty-eight hours in advance of the
meeting date. TTY: 711. 1/19/2021 FF
As part of a program to reduce the deer herd, there will be controlled hunting on
Town-owned land: Plat 20 Lot 20
Archery Shotgun Muzzleloader:
January 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 of 2021
February 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 of 2021
Signs will be posted on West Beach Road and Andy's Way.
The non-hunting public is advised to keep clear on these days.