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Comprehensive Plan Public Hearing Set

The Town Council and Planning Board will hold a joint public hearing on the 2015 Comprehensive Community Plan on Wednesday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m., in the Council Chamber at Town Hall, 283 County Road.

The hearing will be on the Planning Board’s recommended Comprehensive Community Plan. The Plan and other information can be found here:

The Comprehensive Community Plan sets the Town's goals and policies addressing a wide range of issues, including housing, land use, transportation, parks & recreation, community services & facilities, natural hazard mitigation, energy efficiency and renewable energy, and environmental protection. The Plan provides a basis for zoning, development/subdivision standards, capital improvement budgets, State grant applications and Town policies.

If you have comments, please submit them to the Office of the Town Planner, 2nd Floor, Barrington Town Hall, 283 County Road, or by e-mail:


Barrington "Bring on Art" Festival (6/14/2015) - Artists Invited to Apply

The Bring on Art Festival will be Sunday, June 14, 2015 on the grounds of the Town's Government Center (Town Hall/Library). The Town of Barrington wishes to create a unique environment for celebrating the power of the arts in the community.

Artists are encouraged to apply. Accepted original work will include oil and acrylic painting, watercolor, drawing, pastels, printmaking, sculpture, photography, glass, mixed media, wood, ceramics, metals, jewelry, textiles. The application deadline is April 1, 2015.

For more information, see the Recreation Department page.


New Energy Resources Page


The Energy Committee's new Energy Resources page is now available. Find information on the Town's efforts to reduce energy usage, as well as solar initiatives and other programs that benefit homeowners and businesses.


Project Updates

  • Police Cove Park. The contract to build a new park at Police Cove, located on County Road at the Barrington River Bridge, has been awarded to William Anthony Excavating of North Kingstown, RI. Construction is to take place in the spring / summer of 2015. The Town has also contracted with a Rhode Island artist to fabricate and install a sculpture within a waterfront plaza at the park. More information can be found here.

  • Veterans Park Trail Improvements. The Town has a grant to improve trails within Veterans Memorial Park, on the east and west sides of Brickyard Pond. Final approvals were recently secured from the State. Work is expected to begin in the spring. Volunteers will be needed for multiple trail projects. More information can be found here.

  • Walkway, Other Improvements at the Library/Town Hall area. A grant from RIDEM will help fund improvements to the area around the Library and Town Hall, including an improved path to the Barrington River with a canoe/kayak launch and benches; a walkway with steps up a hill to the east of the Library building; and replacement of old sections of chain link fence and other smaller projects at the Kids Kove playground. The survey was recently completed. Work is expected to begin in the spring.

  • Village Center Streetscape Improvements Project. The contract to complete the final design of the Village Center streetscape improvements project was awarded to Beta Engineering of Lincoln, RI. Survey work will be completed this year. Engineering work on the project - which will include new sidewalks, street trees, drainage, etc. - will begin soon. Construction is anticipated in 2015. Public workshops will be announced in the future. More information can be found here.

Bulletin Board bulletin

  • Reminder: Sidewalk Ordinance. Please note the Town has a new Ordinance 164-5 requiring any person having care of a building or house where there is a paved sidewalk in front to remove the snow by 6 PM the day following any snow storm. (View Sidewalk Map). For every day that the snow shall remain on a sidewalk, such owner, occupant or any person having the duty to care for the property shall pay a fine of not more than $50.00/day. If you claim a physical hardship and are incapable of removing the snow or lack financial means to pay for snow removal, you may apply for a hardship waiver from this article with the Director of the Department of Public Works. We ask for your cooperation in this matter of safety, especially of those residents near our local schools and businesses with walk-in customers.

Other Notices

  • Employment Opportunities - new openings posted on the Employment Opportunities page: Seasonal help for Barrington Recreation programs; part-time clerk

  • Revaluation: Important Dates

Updated valuations mailed to homeowners: Friday, February 27

Informal hearings at Town Hall: Thursday, March 5

Last day for Informal hearings: Saturday, March 28

Revised Values mailed to homeowners: Thursday, April 9

  • See the Town of Barrington Animal Control page for the latest lost and found listing of dogs, cats and other animals in Barrington.

  • Eco-Depot Hazardous Household Waste Drop-Off:

  • 9 am to 1 pm ~ Saturday, March 14, 2015

    Barrington High School, 220 Lincoln Avenue

Bring any household hazardous waste to high school parking lot.

  • Volunteers Needed: Boards & Commissions

The Barrington Town Council is looking for volunteers to serve on:

Ad Hoc Economic Development Task Force: 7 vacancies : 4 members from the business community and 3 members from the general community. The charge is to include investigating and evaluating strategies to boost our local economy; and, determine whether a part time Business Liaison or Economic Development person should be hired as a contact for new and established businesses and to facilitate procedures and answer questions.

Ad Hoc Taxation/Assessment Advisory Committee 2 vacancies: 2 full member positions

Board of Assessment of Review 3 vacancies: 2 full member positions, 1 alternate

Harbor Commission 1 vacancy: 1 full member

Housing Board of Trustees 3 vacancies: 3 alternates

Park & Recreation Commission 1 vacancy: 1 alternate

Senior Services Advisory Board 1 vacancy: 2nd alternate

Resume forms can be obtained through the website at, at the Town Clerk's Office at Town Hall, or at the Library. The deadline to submit your resume to the Town Clerk's Office is Monday, February 23, 2015.

Posted February 12, 2015

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