2011-02-24 / News

Pavia Weed pleads to keep registry in Newport

Saying that she will do everything in her power to ensure that Aquidneck Island has a registry branch located there, President of the Senate M. Teresa Paiva Weed called upon Governor Lincoln Chafee’s administration to act immediately to restore service on the island.

No bids were submitted by the Feb. 17 deadline to a request for proposals for a new lease for the Department of Motor Vehicles on the island. This was the second request to draw no proposals.

The lease for the DMV’s Middletown branch expired on Feb. 11, which was its last day of operation on the island.

“I am concerned and dismayed to learn that there were no proposals submitted for a new Registry location on Aquidneck Island,” Paiva Weed said. “This is a critical service for the residents, and a new location must be identified as swiftly as possible. I have expressed in the past the Senate delegation’s concern that the requirements identified in the request for proposals were too restrictive, a factor which we believe played a role in there being no proposals submitted. I will do everything in my power to ensure that a Registry branch is re-opened as soon as possible on Aquidneck Island.

“The Aquidneck Island delegation is calling on the administration to immediately resolve this issue to ensure that that the Registry is reopened there,” said Paiva Weed.

On Feb. 15, the Aquidneck Island delegation to the Senate – Paiva Weed, Louis DiPalma, Walter S. Felag, Jr. and Christopher Scott Ottiano – wrote to Chafee regarding their concern over the temporary closing of the Middletown Registry.

“The residents of Aquidneck Island will experience a substantial burden due to the removal of the Registry from its current location,” they wrote. “Additionally, this closing will adversely affect East Bay and South County residents as they process motor vehicle claims, forcing them to experience longer waits and continued frustration.”

Paiva Weed noted that the addition of an additional day of service at the Warren DMV branch, while welcome, is no substitute for finding a new location for a branch on Aquidneck Island.

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