West Greenwich is located in Kent County and is a large rural town of 51 square miles. It is one of the least densely populated communities in the State with roughly 6000 residents. It has one of the highest percentages of permanent open space with 47% of the land in town preserved; including Arcadia State Park, URI/W.Alton Jones Campus and the Big River Management Area. The Nature Conservancy, Audubon Society and the West Greenwich Land Trust also have protected several large parcels, the latest being the 1600 acre Tillinghast Preserve.
Along with being one of the smallest and most rural Rhode Island towns, West Greenwich enjoys an active business community along the I-95 corridor and is home to many large businesses such as Amgen, Centrex, Conneaut and the Centre of New England.
West Greenwich continues to maintain the rural character and independent spirit that has made the town a great place to live for over 260 years.
Earth Scape Nursery
Step Stone Bridge
Hidden Meadows Farm
West Greenwich Town Administrator Kevin A. Breene Announces Successful $5.17 Million Refunding Bond Issue - Town of West Greenwich Benefits from AA+ Bond Rating and Low Interest Rates. Town Administrator Kevin A. Breene today announced that the Town has sold its $5,170,000 general obligation (GO) refunding bonds at interest rates lower than projected, saving over $525,000 in future debt service.
Mr. Breene said, “the Town is very pleased with the results. The upgrade in our bond rating to AA+ by Standard & Poor’s last year allowed us to achieve lower rates, which increased our savings. I commend Danielle Andrews, our Town Treasurer, and the Town’s financing team on a very successful sale.” The bonds were underwritten by Roosevelt & Cross. Locke Lord was bond counsel and FirstSouthwest was the financial advisor.
Adam Krea of FirstSouthwest, the Town’s financial advisor said, “the Town refunded bonds with an average coupon of 4.00% and replaced them with bonds with a net interest cost of 1.76% with maturities ranging from 2015 through 2026. The Town did not extend the final maturity; all of the savings are due to a reduction in interest rates.”
The Town’s Standard & Poor’s bond rating of AA+ was affirmed in January 2015. The Town’s strong credit rating is a result of strong budget performance, financial flexibility, solid liquidity, and a low debt burden.
Easter Sunday - April 5th - Transfer Station Holiday Hours: Will be open from 8 am until 1 pm. Closing at 1pm.
March Issue of RI Monthly - (page 57) Best Towns: West Greenwich is the least densely populated town in the sate, and it's proud of its rural character. Just about 6,000 residents share its mostly wooded fifty-one square miles and lots generally start at one acre. The town is also home to the highest amount of protected land in the state with escapes like Arcadia State Park, Big River Management Area and Tillinghast Preserve. Locals also maintain their independent spirit with few public services and by voting on the town budget.
EXETER-WEST GREENWICH REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT -
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
Notice is hereby given to all qualified voters of the District that a Public Hearing for the School Budget to operate said District for the fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2015 will be held in the Exeter-West Greenwich Junior-Senior High School Auditorium, 930 Nooseneck Hill Rd., West Greenwich, RI, Monday evening, March 23, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. The budget as proposed by the Regional School District School Committee anticipates an expenditure of $31,393,033 of which $23,519,207 must be raised by taxation to be appropriated between the two towns as prescribed by law. An All-Day-Referendum will be held on Monday, April 13, 2015 at the West Greenwich Town Hall, 280 Victory Highway, West Greenwich, RI for West Greenwich Voters and Exeter Town Hall, 675 Ten Rod Road, Exeter, RI for Exeter Voters from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The deadline for submission of written motions to increase or decrease the budget by more than $10,000 is Monday, March 16, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.
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Rabies Clinic – at the highway garage on Sunday, April 26th from 10 – 12. $10 cash only for dogs, cats and ferrets. Animals must be leashed or in a carrier. Bring your unexpired previous rabies slip in order to get a 3 year vaccination.
NOTICE TO OWNERS AND KEEPERS OF DOGS - DOG LICENSES ARE DUE APRIL 2015: Licenses may be obtained after April 1, 2015 at the office of the Town Clerk, Monday - Friday between 8:30 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. Fee: $8.00 male or female. Proof of Rabies Vaccination is required. Licenses may also be obtained by mail; addressed to the Town Clerk, Town of West Greenwich, 280 Victory Highway, West Greenwich, RI 02817. Please enclose $8.00 plus 60 cents postage for each dog. The following information is required: name and address of owner, phone number, sex of dog, breed, color and name. Proof of Rabies Vaccination is required and will be returned to you with the license.
Hianloland Fire Dept Annual Arts & Crafts and Chowda & Clamcakes - Sunday, April 26th starting at 10 am
Happy to announce that the following bands have been booked for our 2015 Summer Concert Series: RI Rednecks, Jesse Liam, Atwater Donnelly, Sure Thing, Lola & The Pallbearers, Zink Alloy, Slippery Sneakers, Breakheart Hill, Mishnock All Stars and Strange Ways. Concerts will start at 6:30.
News from Erin Liese, Town Clerk - I am very happy to report that all of West Greenwich Land Evidence Records are completely microfilmed, stored
and loaded into our computer system and searches are now available from 1886-current. This project took almost three years to complete. It was well worth the
time for our documents are now backed up off site and in the event of theft or damage we can recreate the document. Also the completion of this project allows for greater accessibility and ease to the public and Title Examiners.
The Conservation Commission is currently entertaining the idea of starting a farmers market in town for 2015. Anyone who is interested in this please email Dan Novak.
Attention Residents: Please contact Kevin Breene (392-3800 x. 123) if you are interested in serving on the 275th Anniversary of West Greenwich Celebration Committee.
Message from the WG Police Department:
Please print this form and return it to the police department if you will be away from your home and would like random security checks. Security / Resident Vacation Request Form
Military & Veterans :
The new 2013 edition of Federal Benefits of Veterans, Dependents and Survivors is now available at the library. It is for library use only.
We'd like to honor our residents who are serving. Please send information and/or photos to be included on the website to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Military Discounts from over 230 stores and services are available. For more info check out: http://www.bradsdeals.com/blog/military-discounts/
Veterans Guide to the Affordable Care Act: Click HERE for info
WG residents with questions regarding Veteran Affairs - please call Town Sergeant Frank Volucci at 397-5101.
Earth Day Clean Ups:
Saturday, April 18th the West Greenwich Conservation Commission invites you to participate in West Greenwich Earth Day Clean Up. Please meet at 8:30 at the Exit 6A Park & Ride. Bags and gloves will be provided. Lunch will be provided for volunteers at Mishnock Barn.
Saturday, April 25th from 9 am until 3 pm is the Annual Earth Day Town Cleanup Event sponsored by the Land Trust. Cleanup teams will meet at 9:00 am at the West Greenwich Town Pavilion (behind Town Hall) at 280 Victory Highway where cleanup routes across the town will be pre-assigned by groups. All volunteers will be supplied with green safety tee shirts, work gloves, and garbage bags. Refreshments and a light lunch will be served to all cleanup teams at 3:00 PM at the West Greenwich Pavilion located behind Town Hall. All participants should register online by April 14th on the West Greenwich Land Trust website.
WG TROOP 35 - PANCAKE BREAKFAST - SATURDAY, MAY 2ND - 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
HIANLOLAND FIRE STATION, 270 VICTORY HWY
ADULTS $8.00, SENIORS & KIDS UNDER 10 $5.00
COME OUT AND SUPPORT THE BOY SCOUTS OF WEST GREENWICH! BRING YOUR NEIGHBORS, FRIENDS AND FAMILY TOO!
Check out the Library for upcoming events
Click the 'Recreation' tab (upper left hand side of homepage) to find links to EWG Softball, Soccer, Football/Cheerleading, Scouting, Little League & Basketball
The WG Happy Seniors are looking for new members. If you are 55 and over, you qualify. The club meets the 1st Monday of every month at the Elks. Call Ann Siembab at 392-3452 for more info.
Click the recreation tab (upper left hand corner of homepage) for info on Scouting
A Community Bulletin Board
is at the transfer station on Bates Trail. Non-political community or charitable events
can be posted.
Contact Frank at 397-5101 if you have an event to post.
West Greenwich E-News Bulletins: If you would like to receive monthly news bulletins, please forward your name, address and
E-News Bulletin. This will be a confidential list used only to forward town information updates.
To make tax payments on line:
www.RIeGov.com Scroll down to West Greenwich and click Town Hall. Your account number and PIN number are located on your tax bill. A 3% transaction fee will be applied to your credit card. There is a $2 minimum fee.
PLANNING INFO Public Hearings for Zoning Ordinance Amendment
and Comprehensive Plan Amendment
See Planning Board's webpage for application, plan, and hearing notice.
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your energy bill by making some home improvements.
Free Energy Audit and free home improvements
available through South County Community Action. Click Here for info and eligibility.
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