October 16, 2020
Town Manager's Weekly COVID-19 Update
Dear Barrington Residents, Businesses, and Community Partners:
I hope you are doing well and staying safe.
We all owe a big thank you to the Barrington Public Works Department. Over the past several months DPW has done an extraordinary job in cleaning up after three storms. Many hours of overtime and late nights have been spent clearing roads, keeping sewerage pump stations open, clearing bus stops and sidewalks for our students, and picking up and chipping debris from our properties. To Alan Corvi, John Renquinha and the entire DPW team; we say THANK YOU FOR A JOB WELL DONE!!!
COVID-19 - Rhode Island is seeing another uptick in COVID-19 cases over the past week. I strongly urge all residents to refrain from hosting or attending gatherings with over 15 people; remain 6 ft apart when in public; and always carry a face covering with you for times when social distancing cannot be maintained, or in indoor settings. Even if you are visiting with close family or friends, the Department of Health is suggesting distance be kept and masks be worn. Please do not let your guard down. For more guidance on Phase III, visit: https://reopeningri.com/
The state hopes to conduct more testing of asymptomatic people for early detection. Sign up at portal.ri.gov.
Halloween – Rhode Island’s uptick in cases can be tied to an increase in small gatherings. With Halloween two weeks away, we understand that children need an outlet for fun activities and a sense of normalcy; however, it must be done in a safe and responsible way.
Residents should not be hosting or attending Halloween parties.
Children and families trick-or-treating should wear face masks and physically distance.
If you are handing out candy at your home, please do not do so from a communal bowl. Consider leaving individually wrapped bags outside.
The Barrington Recreation Department is hosting several virtual Halloween events for residents here. For additional creative Halloween activities and guidance, visit: https://health.ri.gov/publications/guidelines/covid-tips-for-a-safer-halloween.pdf
Voting - A reminder to voters that early voting is available until Monday, November 2nd, 4:00 p.m. Voters wishing to cast their ballot early can do so at Town Hall on Mondays 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; and Fridays 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon. For more voting information visit our website or the R.I. Secretary of State.
Employers –The Governor has ordered on the closure of breakrooms for 90 days. Employers are still being encouraged to let people work from home to the greatest extent possible. Please also encourage your employees to sign up for asymptomatic testing at portal.ri.gov
The State announced that they are increasing the size of potential Restore RI grant awards up to $30,000 – doubling the original grant sizes. Eligibility for the program is also being increased to allow non-profit organizations and private child care facilities. An information session is being held on Tuesday, October 20 at 10:30 AM; Join here.
Support Local Businesses - Please consider supporting our local businesses this weekend. Rather than ordering online, shop local; many of our small businesses have contactless pick up options or delivery. There are also many options in our community for outdoor dining and takeout. Take it Outside!
Take-It Outside - If you are a local business interested in equipment to keep your business operating, such as heat lamps, lighting, sanitization outdoor materials, please contact Barrington’s Economic Development Director, Ms. Debra Page-Trim at DPageTrim@barrington.ri.gov. Equipment is on order and an application is being developed.
Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation.
October 15, 2020
Grant Program for Provides Items Needed to "Take It Outside" in Barrington
Apply Now! (Word file)
The Town of Barrington is making certain items available free of charge to businesses and other eligible entities through the Take It Outside Initiative to be utilized in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency to help sustain operations. Grant funds awarded by RI Commerce to the Town will allow the Town to acquire outdoor heaters, outdoor lighting, and other eligible items associated with utilizing outdoor spaces to provide additional seating, serving, sales and gathering areas. In order to begin the grant process, carefully read the program overview.
Events, Alerts, Job Openings, Etc.
Email email@example.com to submit requests to list an upcoming event on Community Calendar
For the latest information on voting please visit https://vote.sos.ri.gov/Voter/VoterCalendar
Important Dates for the General Election on Tuesday, November 3rd
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2020
Not later than 4:00PM
MAIL BALLOT APPLICATION DEADLINE
Mail Ballot Application: vote.sos.ri.gov
Return to: BOARD OF CANVASSERS
283 County Road
Barrington, RI 02806
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2020
at 9:00AM to Cavass the voter list for the Election on November 3, 2020.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2020 EARLY/EMERGENCY VOTING
Barrington Town Hall
Ends Monday, November 2nd, Not later than 4:00PM
Hours of Operation
Monday 8:30AM – 8:00PM
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8:30AM – 4:30PM
Friday 8:30AM - 12:00 Noon
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2020
All Polls Open: 7:00AM to 8:00PM
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
will be closed to all business other than Board of Canvassers.
Questions? Contact Town Clerk’s office: 247-1900 ext. 1
Support Barrington Businesses During “First Thursdays"
On behalf of the Barrington Economic Development Commission, we encourage Barrington residents to support their local businesses by participating in the upcoming “First Thursdays” promotion organized by the East Bay Chamber of Commerce.
Beginning August 6 from 5:00 -7:00 pm, and continuing on the first Thursday of each month, the East Bay Chamber will be promoting participating local businesses to help bring foot traffic back into their stores and restaurants and show the community that they are safely open and ready for business.
Participating businesses might run specials or have discounted items available for shoppers on the First Thursdays. We hope everyone can visit the participating businesses on the First Thursdays (and any other day) to shop and learn more about the businesses in your community.
See East Bay Chamber First Thursday Information about which businesses will be participating on August 6 and in the months that follow. We also encourage all Barrington businesses to participate in this wonderful opportunity for exposure.
Please continue to support your local businesses during this challenging and unprecedented time, and continue to support each other.
Economic Development Commission:
Rob Humm, Dick Wilbur, Matt Amaral, Frank Capizzo, Dan Horowitz, Carl Kustell
Community Electricity Aggregation Plan - Review Plan
A community electricity aggregation program will create a new default electricity supply for Barrington residents and businesses. The Town Council held a public hearing on June 8th and approved the Aggregation Plan prepared for the Town by Good Energy. Public Utilities Commission approval required. Email comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accessing Town Clerk Services During Covid-19
Urging Residents to Use Online and Mail Services. As you know, the Coronavirus (Covid-19) is in RI and diligence must be made to prevent the spread. In that effort, the Town of Barrington is advising residents and businesses to take advantage of its Online, Mail-in services and utilization of the Town’s Drop Box located at the left front door of Town Hall. For more information, please visit the Town Clerk's page.
Barrington Village: Neighbors helping neighbors remain in their community as they age
Please contact us at 401-400-5599 or email@example.com to learn more.We hope you will join us!
Age-Friendly Barrington Report to the Community - February 2019: Attachment
Eco-Depot - Disposal of Household Hazardous Waste
Eco-Depot is a free service for properly disposing of household hazardous waste from RI households (for non-residential hazardous waste disposal click here). You can make an appointment for an Eco-Depot collection via http://rirrc.org/ecodepot. Appointments are made to minimize wait times at the facility.
Town of Barrington Animal Control
Animal Control page has the latest lost and found listing of dogs, cats and other animals in Barrington.
E-Permitting Available: Building, Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing, and More
E-permitting in Barrington is available through the Rhode Island's state web-based system.
Applicants can apply for a range of permits such as building, demolition, electrical, mechanical and plumbing as well as applying for and renewing Chicken/Hen registrations by visiting the following website:
Paper applications for the above permits will no longer be accepted. Please contact Caroline Joyce at 401-247-1900, ext. 326 or firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Recycling, Composting, Reduce & Reuse Tips
RI Resource Recovery's website includes tips and other information on recycling, composting, reducing and reusing, etc.