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Town of Coventry, RI
Kent County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Coventry 11-12-1991 by Ord. No. 9-91-0181 as Ch. 18, Art. V, of the 1991 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Industrial waste disposal — See Ch. 142.
Solid waste — See Ch. 204.
No person shall place hazardous waste in any container for collection, transport, processing or disposal until the Director has approved the method of storage, transport, processing or disposal.
Pursuant to R.I.G.L. § 23-19.7-6(b), the Town Council, after a siting and impact agreement has been negotiated pursuant to this chapter, shall have the power to approve or reject any such siting or impact agreement. The approval or rejection shall be by resolution of the Town Council.
Created; membership.
Pursuant to R.I.G.L. § 23-19.7-6, there is hereby created a committee to be called the "Siting and Impact Assessment Committee," the purpose of which shall be to negotiate siting and impact agreements for the siting of a hazardous waste management facility.
This Committee shall be established no later than 45 days after the issuance of necessary state permits for construction or substantial alteration of a hazardous waste management facility under the provisions of the state Hazardous Waste Management Act of 1978, as amended. The Committee shall consist of nine members including:
The Town Manager or designee;
The Council President or designee, who shall serve as Chairman;
The Chairman of the Town Planning Commission;
One member of the Town Council elected by the Town Council;
The chief of the fire district or designee in which the site is located; and
Four public members appointed by the Town Manager, at least one of whom shall be knowledgeable in environmental matters by reason of training or experience. One of the public members should reside in the general area of the proposed site for a hazardous waste management facility.
The Building Inspector, Town Engineer and Town Planner shall serve as ex officio members to the Siting and Impact Assessment Committee, without vote, and shall prepare any reports or studies requested.
Vacancies. In the event of a vacancy on the Committee, interim appointments may be made by the appointing authority.
Vice Chairman; subcommittees. At the first meeting of the Committee, the members shall elect a Vice Chairman, and shall organize such subcommittees as they shall deem necessary for the performance of their duties.
The Committee shall meet within five days of its appointment and at such other times as may be needed to complete its duties as outlined in this chapter.
All Committee meetings shall be open to the public. Comments shall only be allowed at advertised public hearings.
Records; clerical assistance. The Committee shall keep accurate records of its meetings and actions, and shall file a final report with the Town Council. The Committee may retain the necessary clerical assistance required to carry out its responsibilities, to keep minutes and to give notice of meetings. All records of its proceedings, resolutions and actions shall be open to public view. All records shall be filed in the office of the Town Clerk.
Use of Planning Department guidelines. The Siting and Impact Assessment Committee shall use the guidelines for hazardous waste siting as prepared by the Planning Department, which are made part of this section by reference.
Powers; duties. The powers and duties of the Siting and Impact Assessment Committee shall be to:
Establish such rules and procedures as may be necessary to carry out its functions and perform its duties.
Represent generally the best interest of the Town in all negotiations with the developer of a proposed hazardous waste facility.
Negotiate with the developer the detailed terms, provisions and conditions of a siting or impact agreement to protect the public health, the public safety and the environment of the Town, as well as to promote the fiscal welfare of the Town through special benefits and compensation.
Conduct public hearings for the purpose of soliciting public comments on any proposed siting or impact agreement prior to referring such agreement to the Town Council for ratification.
Expend funds received from the developer, any federal or state grants, and such other funds as the Town may appropriate to pay costs incurred by the Committee for participation in the hazardous waste management facility siting process established by this chapter.
Members to serve until agreement ratified. Members of the Siting and Impact Assessment Committee shall serve until a siting or impact assessment agreement is ratified by the Town Council, or until such time a siting or impact agreement is reached in accordance with R.I.G.L. Chapter 19.7.