SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Ella Whaley became the new South Kingstown town council president Monday night amidst tension as former president Kathleen Fogarty and former vice president Mary Eddy abstained their votes during the swearing-in ceremony.
While Eddy nominated Fogarty to be president for a second term, Carol Hagan McEntee nominated Whaley with councilman Jim O'Neill's support. After Whaley's nomination, Fogarty and Eddy abstained from voting for the president.
Hagan McEntee also became the new town council vice president. Whaley nominated first Fogarty and then Eddy for the vice president position, but both declined.
The town council also held a public hearing on proposed amendments to the zoning ordinance that would prohibit flashing signs in any zoning district. Signs that incorporate any flashing or moving illumination or animation, which includes electronic messaging boards, LED (light emitting diode) type signs and other electronic, changeable copy signs would be prohibited. The ordinance does not include the illuminated sign at the University of Rhode Island's Keaney Gym because it is state property.The Planning Board, the Economic Development Committee and the 'ad hoc' signage committee wished to extend the sunset date to amend the sign ordinance for six months from Monday, Nov. 22 to May 24, 2011. The extension of the sunset date would allow more time to review and study the issue and give a more useful recommendation to the town.
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