Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian today announced that he is moving ahead with plans to renovate the closed Potowomut Elementary School into a fire station to serve the neighborhood.
Avedisian said in a news release that he will ask the city council to use $2 million in bonds for the renovation. The mayor said putting a fire facility in the old school would allow Warwick to end its fire service agreement with the East Greenwich Fire District, which would save Warwick the annual $350,000 payment to East Greenwich.
State Representative Joseph Shekarchi, who still has more than $82,000 in his campaign account after aggressively raising money during his rep run last year, is keeping a close eye on City Hall in Warwick.
The freshman Democrat from Warwick says he'd "absolutely" consider seeking the mayor's office if incumbent Scott Avedisian doesn't seek a ninth term in 2014.
The head of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is out five months after he was placed on paid administrative leave for undisclosed reasons.
Charles Odimgbe has severed his relationship with RIPTA, according to a tersely written press release issued by the transit authority’s board. The decision to end his employment was mutual, according to the statement.