Block Island Times

Town Council tidies up

The Town Council did some end-of year housekeeping at its meeting on June 15. As the fiscal year comes to a close on June 30, Town Finance Director Amy Land led them though what she termed “annual exercises.”The first was to reassign expenditures that were “unplanned or greater than anticipated.” All of the expenditures are offset by under-expenditures in other areas or departments. The expenses range from processing fees that resulted from the Harbors Department accepting credit cards, to shifting the wages for the director of Public Works from the Highways Department to the Administrative Department.One expenditure caught the eyes of the council: $90,200 in “capital investments” for the “Chief’s House” at the Coast Guard Station, which was pressed into service for housing for Police Chief Matthew Moynihan. Town Manager Maryanne Crawford said one of the larger expenses in making the building more livable was heating and air conditioning.First Warden André Boudreau said that he knew that Robbie Gilpin had been working on the roof.Second Warden Sven Risom asked if the house would be available for an incoming chief of police.Crawford said it would, but that there was still a lot to do on it.“I felt like we

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