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:
Peck Center (Library, Center for Adult Enrichment, Town Museum, TAP-IN)
Public Safety Building
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to submit requests to list an upcoming event on Community Calendar
Hurricane preparedness tips. Get tips on preparing for the impacts of major storms.
There is a free #COVID19 vaccination clinic at the Barrington Center for Adult Enrichment (Senior Center), 281 County Road, from 1:30 pm to 6:00 pm on Friday, August 20, 2021. With school just around the corner, now is the time for kids 12 or older to be vaccinated against #COVID19. You can make an appointment at 844-930-1779 or at https://www.vaccinateri.org/appointment/en/reg/6150090902.
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
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 email@example.com
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.
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, Zoning Certificates, and Citizens Complaints by visiting the following website:
Paper applications for the above permits will no longer be accepted. Please contact Isabelle Gillibrand at 401-247-1900, ext. 326 or firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Further information on e-permitting and other frequently requested resources can be found on the Building and Zoning Page.
Recycling, Composting, Reduce & Reuse Tips
RI Resource Recovery's website includes tips and other information on recycling, composting, reducing and reusing, etc.