2018-04-12 / Island History


Despite reservations by professional staff, the town councilors tentatively approved measures that will ease regulations for municipal water connections, The Jamestown Press reported April 18, 2003.

The utility changes are pending legal review. The amendment would allow hookups in minor subdivisions, which can house up to five new lots, in addition to the previously exempt administrative subdivisions, which have a maximum of two lots.

Steve Goslee, director of public works, is concerned this change is too liberal and said it will open the utility to a significant number of properties, especially on the Beavertail peninsula. The council, however, does not expect a rush for subdivisions in that area.

100 years ago — April 13, 1918 (Newport Mercury)

Voters at the annual financial town meeting approved appropriations totaling $46,095 for the upcoming fiscal year. The tax rate, which will remain level, was fixed at $1.10 per $100 valuation.

The meeting was highlighted by a prosperous report from the treasurer of the ferry company. According to the audit, receipts totaling $113,592 from 1917 left a balance of $19,017 after expenses.

75 years ago — April 16, 1943 (Newport Mercury)

Both the Bayview and Bay Voyage hotels have been overtaken for a three-month period to house personnel engaged in federal construction work. The men will number 150.

It originally was planned to house all workers at the Bay Voyage. An increase to the work force, however, led the proprietor of that hotel, Edward Olsen, to lease the Bayview from James T. O’Connell.

50 years ago — April 12, 1968 (Newport Daily News)

Members of the Arnold-Zwier American Legion Post chose Francisco Brasil as their commander during the annual election of officers at the Green Lane home of Francis West.

The veterans also made preliminary plans for the Memorial Day parade. Col. John Rembijas was named grand marshal. He said the procession will feature the Rogers High School band, and the Fort Getty flag pole, which is being painted and repaired, will be ready for dedication.

25 years ago — April 15, 1993 (The Jamestown Press)

Nineteen property owners filed suit in Newport Superior Court to stop the town from building a ballfield at the corner of Eldred Avenue and East Shore Road. Both the town council and zoning board are listed as defendants.

According to the complaint, the town had no right to apply for a special exception because the municipality does not own the land. The state, the rightful owner, never signed an agreement or approved the application, the suit said. The complaint also maintains a name was omitted from a list of abutters who own property within 300 feet of the site, which the town was required to submit.

10 years ago — April 17, 2008 (The Jamestown Press)

Local lobstermen have asked the town council to stop using Altosid tablets for mosquito abatement.

The pesticide, which is provided by the state Department of Environmental Management, is leaking into Narragansett Bay and impacting the lobster population, they said. The tablets, which are dropped into stormwater catch basins to kill mosquito larvae, dissolve into the water and empty into the bay during rainstorms.

Lobsterman Patrick Heaney said Altosid contains methoprene, a pesticide used to interrupt a mosquito’s life cycle at the larval stage. The highly toxic chemical, however, also kills lobster larvae.

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