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NORTH KINGSTOWNâ€”On Monday evening, the North Kingstown Town Council debated a number of recommendations given by the Charter Review Commission, which has been researching potential improvements to the town charter over the past several months. The amendments which the council approved will be placed on the voter ballot in this Novemberâ€™s local elections.
The council first approved unanimously to remove a proposed amendment which would allow the town council to purchase, or lease land or other real estate after a public hearing. The councilâ€™s decision was met with applause from a sizeable audience at Monday eveningâ€™s meeting.
The town charter currently allows the council to purchase or sell real estate after it has been approved by voters during a scheduled or special election. Charter Review Commission Chair Richard August said on Monday that the motivation behind making sales or purchases subject only to a public hearing was to speed up the real estate process for the town.
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