ISLAND HISTORY


The planning commission unanimously has approved the development plan for new municipal offices presented by architect William Burgin, The Jamestown Press reported Feb. 23, 2006.

With the commission’s recommendation for Town Hall, the proposal now is ready to go before the zoning board of review to ask for the special-use permits and variances.

Town Planner Lisa Bryer said five plans were considered before deciding on the design and site. The site was sentimental to the planners, between two churches, and within walking distance to the commercial district, making for easy accessibility. Burgin said they will try to keep as many trees as possible on the property. He also said underground parking was considered but not feasible within the budget.

100 years ago — Feb. 23, 1924
(Newport Mercury)

Wednesday was by all odds the most disagreeable day of the winter, being marked by snow, sleet, rain, slush and high winds. Because of the disagreeable weather conditions, there were no sessions of the public schools.

The storm began in the form of snow late Tuesday night and by Wednesday morning there was considerable accumulation on the ground, the temperature being well below frozen. It soon warmed up, however, and turned to rain, with the consequence that conditions became about as disagreeable as they could be.

75 years ago — Feb. 25, 1949
(The Newport Mercury and Weekly News)

The town council failed to take any action on the motion by Councilman Hebert Chew to go on record as opposing the establishment on Prudence Island of the proposed foot-and-mouth disease research laboratory.

The council listened to Herbert Peabody, agent for the Eastern Rhode Island Farm Bureau, give his opinion. The bureau is on record as opposed to the laboratory and Peabody, personally, is in favor. He said scientists say it is safe. Medical men and veterinarians are “not worried.”

Peabody said professionals say there have been no known outbreaks in England where a laboratory is located close to London. He said Rhode Island has had cases of the disease among cattle and “will have it again.”

50 years ago — Feb. 22, 1974
(Newport Mercury)

A Newport boy was picked up on the Jamestown Bridge by a passing motorist who found him wandering, apparently ill, on the span.

Jamestown police took him by ambulance to the Newport Hospital. The 17-year-old was admitted for observation of possible injuries.

25 years ago — Feb. 25, 1999
(The Jamestown Press)

A new policy for use of the transfer station goes into effect in March.

Transfer stickers will be available for residents. They must be permanently affixed to the windshield of their driver’s side at the time of purchase. The cost is $40.

10 years ago — Feb. 27, 2014
(The Jamestown Press)

When the town councilors agree to a severance agreement with resigned Town Administrator Kevin Paicos, the relationship between the two parties officially will be over, lasting just 147 days from the time of his hiring.

The Paicos tenure ended last week when the council emerged from executive session with the unexpected announcement. A joint statement said Paicos decided to return to Massachusetts. According to his contract, “The charter requires … the employee to maintain residency in the town during the course of his employment.”

Paicos was a full-time employee of Jamestown for 14 weeks.

The contract, however, is wrong. According to the town charter, the town administrator must “remain a qualified elector and resident of the state.” Previously, the charter required the chief executive to be a resident of Jamestown, although it was amended in November 2009.