Public Hearings & Notices

Proposed Ordinance

It is ordained by the Town Council of the Town of Foster to amend Article III, Section 8: Dogs

Whereas, the Town Council, as the governing body of the Town of Foster, has become aware of the public safety concerns regarding the presence of dogs, at the Foster Old Home Days.

Whereas, the Town Council has exclusive authority to enact such ordinances and regulations necessary to promote the health, welfare, and safety of the public and that restrictions on the presence of dogs and other pets to preserve and promote public safety and prevent public health hazards that may be associated with the presence of such animals at the Foster Old Home Days.

Whereas, the Town Council is mindful that certain animals are personal service animals or personal service animals in training to be of assistance to persons with disabilities and such animals shall be excluded from any such prohibition.

Whereas, the Town Council endeavors to preserve the aesthetic, cultural, and community event known as Foster Old Home Days.

Article III. Dogs

Division 1. Generally

Sec. 8-100.

Foster Old Home Days, Dogs restricted:

It shall be unlawful for any person or owner to permit or cause any dog, whether licensed or leashed, to be on or along the grounds and location designated for any Foster Old Home Days during any time which is designated for said event.  However, this section shall not apply to Seeing Eye Dogs assisting the blind or handicap persons, or such other personal service dogs or animals that are controlled by such persons and/or their companions.

Effective Date: This Ordinance shall become effective upon passage.

I hereby certify that the foregoing Ordinance was adopted by the Honorable Town Council of the Town of Foster at a regular meeting held on the _________ day of __________, 2017.



Susan Dillon

Town Clerk




Denise DiFranco, President

Town Council 



Chapter 29

Proposed Volunteer Fire Departments

Article I. In General

Sec. 29-1-29-30 Reserved.

Article II. Charges

Section 29-31 Purpose

            This section is adopted for the purpose of providing financial assistance to the Volunteer Fire Departments which serve the Town of Foster and its residents in the operation of each individual department.  The source of said financial assistance will be from those receiving direct services and benefits from the fire protection services provided by each of the Volunteer Fire Departments.

Section 29-32 Charges for Fire Department Services

            Each Volunteer Fire Department may charge recipients of any of the following services rendered or performed by said Volunteer Fire Department:

Emergency services rendered to and/or at the scene of  a motor vehicle accident;

House or Structure fire;

Automobile fire;

Truck Fire;

Aircraft Fire;

Unauthorized grass or brush fire;

Swimming pool and well fire services;

Hazardous material clean-up services;

“False Alarms” over 2 in 60 days; and

Public Safety, Health, and Welfare Response calls.

Section 29-33 Payment of Charges

            All of the foregoing charges shall be due and payable to the respective Volunteer Fire Department which rendered the services, within thirty (30) days after the date services are billed.  If said payment becomes more than thirty (30) days in arrears, each such account shall be considered in default and each department shall have the discretion to collect the forgoing charges as provided herein.

Section 29-34 Collection of Charges

            Each Volunteer Fire Department in the Town of Foster may designate a third party billing company to assist with collection of said default charges.

29-34.1 South Foster Fire Company

            The South Foster Fire Company herein delegates the authority and responsibility for billing and collection of the aforementioned charges in default status to The Dawson Group.  That said delegation authorizes The Dawson Group to proceed in the Rhode Island District Court, Rhode Island Superior Court, or any court of proper jurisdiction, if necessary, to collect all monies due and owing to the South Foster Fire Company for aforementioned charges and may pursue any and all other legal or equitable remedies provided by law for the collection of said charges.

The South County Fire Company reserves the right to waive or reduce charges in hardship cases.

Section 29-35 Exemptions

            The following properties and services shall be exempt from the forgoing charges:

Single incident “False Alarms;”

Fires caused by railroad trains which are the specific statutory responsibilities of railroad companies; and

Fires involving federal, state, county City or Town, and other governmental real estate and/or property.

Section 29-35 Effective Date

            This ordinance shall take effect and be in force as of ____________________.



New Tax Stabilization Ordinance for Businesses and Changes to the Senior and Disabled Tax Freeze - Approved at the Special Financial Town Meeting, July 12, 2016

The Town of Foster Town Council held a special Financial Town Meeting on July 12, 2016 at 7:00 PM in the South Foster Fire Station Hall, 5 Mt. Hygeia Road, Foster RI 02825, for a public vote relative to amending the Town’s Taxation Ordinances. The amendments relate specifically to:

  • Tax Relief for Elderly and Totally Disabled Persons - Amendments to stipulate that, under the existing Tax Relief Ordinance: No new applications shall be accepted by the Tax Assessor. Any resident currently receiving related tax stabilization shall continue to remain eligible. Click here for details.
  • Tax Relief for Elderly and Totally Disabled Persons - Replacement ordinance to stipulate that owners of an owner-occupied single family dwelling, in order to be eligible for new tax relief, shall be: 67 years of age or totally disabled; and entitled to a tax credit; subject to associated definitions and conditions. Click here for details.
  • Tax Stabilization Ordinance (New) - Tax stabilization incentive for industrial, commercial, or manufacturing facilities, or for property which has undergone environmental remediation. Subject to associated definitions, eligibility/criteria, conditions, procedure, stabilization amounts, revocation, number of projects, and sunset limitation. All interested persons are invited to attend the Public Hearing and be heard. Modifications to the proposal may occur as a result of the comments received during the hearing or as a result of further study. Click here for details.

Individuals requiring interpreter service must notify the Town Clerk’s Office at (401) 392-9200 at least 72 hours in advance of the hearing date.

By order of the Town Council, John L. Lewis, Jr., President

Click here for a fact sheet relating to the ordinances listed above.


Any person seeking access to any public record which is required to be made available by General Laws 38-2 shall:

Make a written, signed request to the custodian of such records stating specifically which records are sought for inspection and/or copying.

The custodian shall within ten (10) business days of such requests either permit or deny such request; provided, however, that failure to take any action within said ten (10) days, shall be deemed to be a denial. Furthermore, the person to whom the request is made may, for good cause, extend the period for permitting or denying a request to (20) days.

The custodian shall designate the time and place at which records may be inspected or copied. In no case shall records be required to be removed from the Town offices and in no case shall records be required to be made available outside normal business hours.

As provided by General Laws 38-2-4 a reasonable charge shall be levied for search or retrieval of documents. Hourly costs for search and retrieval shall be $15 per hour and no cost shall be charged for the first sixty (60) minutes of search or retrieval.

The person making the request shall be informed at the time the request is received of the charges and shall be furnished an estimate of the cost which will be incurred before any copies are made, the person making the request shall pay the estimated cost, and before any copies are delivered, the person making the request shall pay any balance due after credit for estimated cost paid.

Any person denied the right to inspect may, within twenty (20) days of the date of denial, petition the Town Council for a review as provided in General Laws 38-2-8, and the Town Council shall make a decision within (10) business days after the submission of the review petition.

If the Town Council determines that the record is not subject to public inspection, the person or entity seeking disclosure may file a complaint with the attorney general. The attorney general shall investigate the complaint and if the attorney general shall determine that the allegations of the complaint are meritorious, he or she may institute proceedings for injunctive or declaratory relief on behalf of the complainant in the superior court of the county where the record is maintained. Nothing within this section shall prohibit any individual or entity from retaining private counsel for the purpose of instituting proceedings for injunctive or declaratory relief in the superior court of the county where the record is maintained.