The sun is finally shining, the Town Manager is away and the East Greenwich Town Council’s agenda for tonight’s meeting is decidedly light — perhaps summer is finally here.
When council members convene tonight at Town Hall at 7 p.m., the two biggest items on their agenda —regarding Walgreens on Main Street and a prohibition on future colleges in town — are expected to be tabled.
The Town Council was to hear the second reading tonight for a zone change ordinance sought by a developer looking to build a Walgreens pharmacy at First Avenue and Main Street, but an error was found in the ad announcing the hearing.
“Out of an abundance of caution we are going to re-advertise the hearing,” said Council President Michael Isaacs.
The Planning Board denied the Walgreens application in May, saying that the former Sunoco gas station site was too small. But the developer is pursuing a zone change ordinance before the council.
In other business, Isaacs said that the council will probably discuss but not vote on a change to the zoning ordinance that would prohibit colleges from locating in East Greenwich. The change would not affect New England Tech, which hopes to relocate to Division Street just west of Route 2.
“The aim is to keep nonprofit colleges out of town,” said Isaacs. “The prior Town Council adopted what’s on the books and we’re stuck with that. I wouldn’t want to end up like Providence. Forty percent of the property there is not taxable because it’s nonprofit.”
He did not anticipate a vote at tonight’s meeting because the proposal still needs some fine-tuning, he said. New England Tech is in negotiations with the town over payments the town wants the school to make in lieu of taxes.
Meanwhile, Town Manager William Sequino is in Cambridge, Mass., for three weeks attending a leadership course at Harvard.