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​November 8, 2021

Town Council selects new Town Manager

See Press Release

Town Planner Phil Hervey to serve as the Town Manager effective January 1, 2022.

Mr. Hervey has served as the town’s planner for over 15 years. He received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland at College Park. He also received his Master’s Degree in City & Regional Planning from UNC - Chapel Hill. Mr. Hervey has overseen various municipal projects for the town, such as Latham Park Phases 1 and 2, Town Beach recreation and water quality improvements, and the LED streetlight conversion project. In addition, he helped to secure approximately 50 grants totaling more than $6.4 million for Barrington. Mr. Hervey has been a recipient of several awards from the Rhode Island Chapter of American Planning Association. 

August 5, 2021


Town Manager issues Executive Order 2021-08

Requires face mask in all Town buildings including Town Hall, Schools, Library, Senior Center, Public Safety, Public Works

The Town Manager of the Town of Barrington has issued Executive Order #2021-08 requiring face mask or cloth face shield in all municipal buildings:

  • Town Hall

  • Public Schools

  • Peck Center (Library, Center for Adult Enrichment, Town Museum, TAP-IN)

  • Public Safety Building

  • Public Works

Executive order exempts children under two years of age and persons with physical or developmental disabilities that prevent the wearing of face coverings.

Business are encouraged to implement masking requirements as appropriate.

May 27, 2021

Barrington's Community Electricity Aggregation Program Approved

Goal is to expand access to clean electricity at competitive rates 

The Town of Barrington, along with the cities of Providence and Central Falls and the Town of South Kingstown, received approval from the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), for the state’s first Community Electricity Aggregation (CEA) programs, also known as municipal aggregation. Together these communities represent nearly 20% of all households in Rhode Island.


Each municipality’s plan sets out a vision to provide competitively sourced and cleaner electricity as the new default in their communities. The plans also offer optional products to maximize affordability or environmental benefit.


Community Electricity Aggregation, or CEA, allows a municipality to procure electricity in bulk for residents and businesses, with the goal of increasing the renewable content of the electricity used by the entire community while keeping the supply rate stable and affordable.  


For Providence, Central Falls, South Kingstown, and Barrington, the CEA process started in 2019 when the City and Town Councils approved the development of aggregation plans. The communities retained an aggregation consultant, Good Energy, to help them develop their individual plans, obtain the required regulatory approval, and launch the programs. 


With support from their Resilience & Energy Committee, the Town of Barrington moved swiftly to develop the program plan, solicit public input and submit the final version to the PUC. “The Community Electricity Aggregation program is an opportunity for the residents of Barrington to control utility costs and take a real step forward in promoting and utilizing green energy,” said Barrington Town Manager Jim Cunha. “Barrington is one of the most susceptible municipalities in Rhode Island to the impacts of sea level rise. It is time for Barrington residents to step up and do everything in their power to combat this environmental crisis. The approval of the Community Aggregation Program is an important step in the right direction.” 


With the PUC approvals, the four communities are ready to procure bids for electricity supply after which they will launch extensive education and outreach campaigns in their communities. The programs may launch as early as the fall of 2021.


 “These Rhode Island communities are placing themselves at the forefront of the vital campaign to pursue energy democracy and combat climate change,” said Philip Carr, New England Director for Good Energy.


Events, Alerts, Job Openings, Etc.

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

Let's Hear from You!

Carmelite Monastery. Click here to submit your ideas on the future use of the Carmelite Monastery property.  In the coming months, the Town will be a launching a public planning process to identify the community's goals and objectives that will provide a basis for evaluating developers' proposals to develop the property. In the meantime, the Town wants to hear what you think!

American Rescue Plan funds. Click here to submit your ideas on how to spend $4,700,000 in American Rescue Plan funds the Town will be receiving.

National Grid Electrical

Distribution Interruptions


Click here for 2015 - 2020 Customer Interruption details for the following Towns: Barrington, Bristol, Middletown, Portsmouth, Tiverton and Warren.


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.

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.

Visit www.villagecommonri.org, and select Barrington Village in Our Villages tab for details.

Contact us by phone at (401) 400-5599

to speak with a volunteer,

Monday-Friday, 9-5. Or by email at barrington@villagecommonri.org


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.

Recycling, Composting, Reduce & Reuse Tips


RI Resource Recovery's website includes tips and other information on recycling, composting, reducing and reusing, etc.

Learn more about recycling right.

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