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January 15, 2021

 

Town Manager's Weekly COVID-19 Update 

 

 

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Dear Barrington Residents, Businesses, and Community Partners:

I hope you are doing well and staying safe!

 

Barrington has seen a slight reduction in our COVID-19 rate- currently 5.3%. Residents efforts to keep their groups small and our efforts to increase testing are working to reduce cases and quickly identifying positives. On our first day of our local rapid testing site, over 400 people were tested. Please continue to keep vigilant.

 

           

COVID-19 Guidelines

The state has extended current guidelines through mid-February. As a reminder:

  • Wear a mask when outside of your home, even in the outdoors.

    • Consider masking when walking down the sidewalk or jogging and biking.

  • Keep your social interactions limited to members of your own household.

  • Self-isolate whenever possible.Work from home, shop locally online.

 

 

 

 

COVID-19 Testing

We are happy to have a pop-up rapid asymptomatic testing site at the former Joseph A. Bank storefront in the Barrington Shopping Center. Appointments are not necessary.

  • Friday, January 15 and Saturday January 16, 9am-5pm

  • Tuesday through Saturday, January 19-23, 9am to 5pm.

We owe a special thank you to Joe Paolino and Paolino Properties, the RI Department of Health and the RI National Guard for supporting this community effort.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition, rapid and PCR testing is available at various locations throughout the state. A full list of locations is located here. To make an appointment click here.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine

Rhode Island is currently in Phase 1 of vaccine distribution, which focuses on healthcare workers and those over 75 years of age.  Vaccinations have already begun for the first three sub-groups included in Phase 1 (see image below). Please note that there is no action that outpatient providers, adults over 75 years of age, or others for whom vaccination has not yet begun need to take at this time to get a vaccine. 

 

 

Rhode Island’s Vaccine Subcommittee is currently formulating recommendations for the state for Phase 2. They recently met to consider age, high-risk conditions, occupation and geography when more clearly defining the sub-groups in the next phase. We will update you once these decisions have been made.  

 

Additional details:

  • As of today, Rhode Island administered 39,502 first doses and 8,616 second doses.

  • RI is holding back first doses in Rhode Island to prepare for second doses.

  • The state is receiving approximately 14,000 doses each week (enough for just over 1% of RI population).  

  • Rhode Island ranks among the top states nationally in terms of first doses administered per 100,000 people.

 

Local Reminders

 

Municipal Buildings are closed to visitors; however, operations will remain the same and assistance is available. Appointments can be made for transactions by calling 401-247-1900, and tax payments can be made online or through the dropbox at Town Hall.

 

Vehicle tax bills will be mailed via USPS on Friday, January 15, 2021. For payments options, visit: https://www.barrington.ri.gov/finance-taxcollections

 

Vehicle Tax Payment Due Dates:

  • March 15, 2021

    • no interest will accrue until March 30, 2021

  • March 30, 2021     

    • interest will accrue after March 30, 2021

  • June 15, 2021

    • no interest will accrue until June 30, 2021

  • June 30, 2021

    • interest will accrue after June 30, 2021

Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation. Let’s come together to overcome this virus! 

 

Sincerely,

 

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Announcements

Events, Alerts, Job Openings, Etc.

Email jbellm@barrington.ri.gov to submit requests to list an upcoming event on Community Calendar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barrington Heritage Hall of Fame recognizes present and former residents that have made significant contributions through civic service or philanthropic contributions. Posthumous selections are acceptable. Nomination deadline is Sunday, January 31, 2021

 

Apply to "Adopt-A-Spot"

The Adopt-A-Spot program was created to meet a need of our community. The program allows volunteers to keep a portion of public areas beautified and properly maintained. Volunteers are allowed to adopt a spot that is important to them, their families, and their community. All public spaces are eligible for adoption such as: traffic islands, medians, and town owned lots, streets, and parks.

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.

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: phervey@barrington.ri.gov

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 barrington@villagecommonri.org 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 buildingdemolitionelectricalmechanical and plumbing as well as applying for and renewing Chicken/Hen registrations by visiting the following website:

https://barringtonri.viewpointcloud.com

 

Paper applications for the above permits will no longer be accepted. Please contact Isabelle Gillibrand at 401-247-1900, ext. 326 or igillibrand@barrington.ri.gov 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.

Upcoming Meetings

Town of Barrington

283 County Road

Barrington, RI 02806-2406

Town Hall Hours:

8:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Monday

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday

8:30 a.m.-NOON Friday

Phone: (401) 247-1900

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