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Riverview Area Sewer Project Information:

Call for Neighborhood Action Regarding Sewer Issues!

Share your concerns at the “Town Hall Meeting”
with Congressman Langevin

Tuesday, August 22nd at 6 p.m.
Council City Chambers at Warwick City Hall, 3275 Post Road

Here is an opportunity for all of us, as a neighborhood community, to organize and come together to share our concerns regarding sewers and the lack of federal support for this project with our Congressman.
Councilman, Ed Ladouceur, State Representative Joe Solomon Jr, and our Mayor Scott Avedisian are attending

Even if you do not feel comfortable speaking, we hope that you will please attend this meeting to show your support.

Six Talking Points for Warwick Sewer Issue:

Click here for a PDF of the Talking Points listed below.

1. Over 25 years ago Warwick received federal funding to defray 60% of the costs to install sewers in every neighborhood in the city that was adjacent to the Bay.  The city mismanaged the funds, failed to complete the sewer project and subsequently lost federal funding after placing sewers in only select politically connected neighborhoods.  Over 40% of the neighborhoods in Warwick never had sewers installed!

2. Despite over 25 years of negligence, incompetence, and shady political deals associated with the sewer project, the city is forcing neighborhoods that are without sewers to pay the full costs for completing a project that should have been finished decades ago.

3. Over the past 25 years the price of labor, material, as well as new environmental and archeological regulations have all dramatically increased the costs of the sewer project. The financial burden is further exacerbated by the lack of any federal dollars dedicated to this project.

4. A clean Narragansett Bay provides vital environmental and economic public benefits to ALL the residents of Warwick, the state, and the region. 

5.  Therefore the costs and responsibilities of this public good must be shared by all.  The fiscal liability must not be carried by a few Warwick residents who failed to benefit from political deals made thirty years ago.

6. Riverview residents have not had any of their roads paved for decades because they were told sewers were imminent.  The city has saved millions of dollars by not paving streets in these neighborhoods. Other sections of Warwick have benefited from paved roads that were paid, in part, from taxes levied on residents whose streets were totally neglected by the city. 

Thank you to our Councilman, Ed Ladouceur for your continued concern, leadership and help with the ongoing sewer issues.  Also, thank you to our Riverview neighbors Marc & Pauline Genest, who created the Talking Points.

Link to Warwick Beacon Article, August 17,2017 by John Howell: City payment of sewer road work gains traction


Update, Oct 2015:

City of Warwick website is undergoing a major change and some of the links below are no longer accessible. The City's website re-direct users to the City's homepage.
That's unfortunate but maybe they will fix their links in the future. I am leaving them as-is until "The Sewer Review Committee" info can be accessed.

Link to Bayside I (Riverview Neighborhood) Preliminary Future Wastewater Collection System

Warwick City Council Sewer Review Commission
"The purpose of the Sewer Review Committee is to explore possible funding sources to complete the installation of sewers in the city and to explore and make recommendations including but not limited to legislation to the General Assembly regarding the Sewer Authority, establish a time frame and a plan to implement installing sewers to the un-sewered areas of Warwick, redefine the fees, interest rates charged as well as the assessment formulas being used." (Description copied from the Commission's home page).

There is a lot of information on the Sewer Review Commission's website and it is updated frequently. Click on the click above. You'll have access to their Meeting Minutes (including recorded audio minutes) and many documents pertaining to the Warwick Sewer Project.

Warwick Beacon, November 5, 2013 article:
It’s time to decide -
Commission hears concerns over cost of expanding sewer system, pleas of others to offer solutions
Be sure to check out the comments at the end of the article.

Cesspool Phase-Out Extensions
Click here to see information about extended cesspool phase-out deadlines.

Rhode Island Cesspool Act of 2007
This is an important issue. If you have an old cesspool or failing septic system, you should be aware of this.

Legislation Rep. Frank Ferri submitted was passed by the House on Tuesday to extend the cesspool deadline from 2013 to 2014 for cesspools within the 200 foot boundary covered by the 2007 cesspool phaseout act. For those who are in the boundary but have no idea when sewers are coming the deadline for the city to act is pushed out to 2020. The city however must inform DEM of their intentions by 2014. The legislation is statewide, not just for Warwick. For more general information, click on this link: RI Cesspool Act of 2007 - FAQs.

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