Change just for the sake of change is not something that I support, however change can be positive and necessary when the current situation does not deliver satisfactory results. This is the case with the North Kingstown Town Council and change is needed this November.
There is a long list of items that have occurred during the last two to four years that have had a negative impact on our community and have cost the taxpayers a lot of money. These would include the relocation of the town’s IT Department at a cost of $500,000 without going out to bid, the , the botched wind turbine ordinance and actions of the town that almost caused the town to be sued for millions and the firefighter contract that calls for 24-hour shifts that now stands at over $230,000 in legal bills and counting. I do not support the 24-hour shift.
North Kingstown needs new direction that will work to improve our image in the business community and revitalize the vacant stores on Post Road. We need to make better use of our personnel by combining and cross training our staffs of the town and school administrations. We need to figure out how to combine the two IT departments in one central location. And, we need to look elsewhere for examples of how other communities are handling the same issues that we have and become more efficient.
There are ways to improve our operations to help bring down the costs without providing fewer services to our residents. Some of these will not be popular if it means going out to bid to have private companies compete with town departments to do the work. South Kingstown operates their transfer station under contract and it cost the taxpayers less to operate and is open six days a week, not three. Change the management of the golf course to seasonal contracts for the manager and assistant could save over $100,000 a year in salary and benefits. Make economic development a top priority to attract business investment in North Kingstown. We need to increase the amount of non-residential tax base to help offset the high cost of education.
These are a few of areas where we could be doing things differently, we just need to think about how to get the same or better results at a lower cost. Please go to my web-site, richard-welch.net, for more detailed information on these and other issues that we need to change. Please vote for change this November. A vote for Richard Welch will be a vote for change in North Kingstown.
Candidate for North Kingstown Town Council