2015-04-16 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Compiled by Sue Maden

Week of April 16

The news of 10 and 15 years ago is from the Jamestown Press. The news of 100 years ago came from the collection of the Newport Historical Society.

From the Newport Journal, April 16, 1915 At the afternoon session of the financial town meeting Saturday, the following business was transacted: The proposition to widen Eldred Avenue was lost by a vote of 19-25. The petition for a road connecting Howland Avenue and Greene Lane was laid on the table. The tax rate for the year was fixed at $1.05, the excess of $1 to be set aside for town indebtedness. The petition of the Jamestown Historical Society for land opposite the Town Hall for a site for a building was laid on the table, but a vote was passed leasing land west of the Town Hall to the society for that purpose. A vote placing a $5 bounty on raccoons was again passed, and again rescinded. A bounty of 25 cents for each crow’s head and five cents for each crow’s eggs was passed. 75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, April 18, 1940 While contractors drive on to complete the $3.1 million Jamestown Bridge sometime in June, members of the commission that will operate the bridge are looking anxiously towards state aid in the construction of roads that will make possible auxiliary ferry service for through traffic. 50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, April 19, 1965 Revenue for the Jamestown Bridge was reported up for the first two weeks of April, reports released today said.

Revenue was up 23 percent above last year’s figures. Receipts totaled $5,604. The traffic count was 14 percent higher than during the same period last year. From the Newport Daily News, April 20, 1965 The town will receive the last installment of $27,000 from the state toward the purchase of the Jamestown-Newport ferry. The ferry was purchased as part of the state highway system 10 years ago. 25 years ago From the Jamestown Press, April 12, 1990 Attorney General James O’Neil is ordering a grand jury to investigate the beleaguered Jamestown Bridge project, which is now three years behind schedule and at least $50 million over budget. State officials are not allowing the town to rebid the contract to pick up recyclable trash. On March 26, the Town Council voted to open the contract to bidding again after the lowest bidder, American Disposal of Johnston, did not meet state bonding requirements. 15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, April 13, 2000 The Town Council Monday heard a proposal that, if approved, would put telecommunications equipment on an existing radio tower in Beavertail State Park. In Omnipoint’s plans, three sides of the tower would be fitted with three antennas, each 74 inches high. The units were 5 feet wide and 7 feet long. 10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, April 14, 2005 Town Administrator Mark Haddad and Town Engineer Michael Gray on Monday recommended to the council and an audience of about 75 residents that the much needed and much delayed new highway barn be located at the entrance to the town transfer station at the former landfill on North Main Road. The project would cost about $1.1 million, they said.

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