Councilor Announces his Candidacy for Re-Election
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I would like to take this opportunity to formally announce my candidacy for re-election to the Middletown Town Council, and to thank you for the privilege to be a “service to “and “a voice for” you, the people of Middletown, and hope that you will give me your support in the upcoming election, so I can continue to protect the health, safety, and way of life for all residents of Middletown.
I believe, as stated by Charles Krauthammer in his column, in the Washington Post, stewardship, (ones record), is pretty straightforward. “Ideas matter. The 2010 election, the most ideological since 1980, saw the voters resoundingly reject a Democratic Party that was relentlessly expanding the power, spending, scope and reach of government”.
I have proposed several amendments to the state's Title 16 Education statutes that govern the regionalization of school districts in Rhode Island., specifically targeting portions of the law that give regionalized school districts certain powers over local municipalities, debts passed down to taxpayers, where I perceived there to be in imbalance in fair representation of each participating communities, and deprive you of your right of petition, the right of jury trial, and all other rights under the provisions of §§ 16-9-7 and 16-9-8.
Proposed removing the requirement that the public, request a council member, to remove an item from the Consent Calendar, so they may address it.
I voted as follows;
1. Opposed authorizing a Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) proposal for two roundabout traffic circles to go before the Planning Board, without having a public hearing with the DOT, to allow the residents to ask questions and give their opinions. The Town Council did call for a special meeting. The proposal was rejected at the next Council meeting.
2. Voted for storm water design and engineering measures aimed at reducing runoff pollutants from contaminating Easton’s Bay, closing beaches and endangering shellfish, as agreed, to settle a lawsuit.
3. Opposed zoning change of Omni Drive, proposed by developer Vincent Mesolella, from light industrial to general business, to hold for manufacturing.
4. To start each meeting with the Pledge Allegiance to the flag at the start of every meeting.
5. To move the public session from the end of the meeting to the beginning.
6. To take public input at every budget meeting, instead of just the two public meetings at the end of the process.
7. To tape all budget meetings in the future.
8. Worked behind the scenes to reduce a proposed budget of a 3% increase, down to a 2.22% level.
9 To limit the installation of Wind Turbines in Middletown, to agricultural farming, to protect the health, safety, and way of life of all residents of Middletown.
Antone C. Viveiros,
Middletown Town Councilor