NARRAGANSETT–The Galilee Advisory Committee elected new leadership at Tuesday's meeting. Kevin Kosko was elected Chairman, Bill Shepard was elected Vice Chairman, and Barry Keinard was elected secretary.
Committee member Tonia Daufee drafted several recommendations to the board regarding the aesthetics and upkeep of Galilee. Amongst committee members, concerns were raised about the misuse of local garbage bins. There were complaints that individuals were taking their personal garbage and stuffing it into public bins. Consequently, committee members claim, wily sea gulls and powerful winds have sent garbage whipping through Galilee. The group will draft a letter of concern to the Town Council.
Larry Mouradjian, D.E.M.'s Associate Director For Natural Resources Management, also announced a change in that organization's leadership. Director Michael Sullivan resigned and his replacement, Janet Coit, head of The Nature Conservancy in Rhode Island since 2003, was selected by Governor-elect Chafee as D.E.M.'s new director. Her nomination is subject to confirmation by the Rhode Island state senate. While at the Nature Conservancy, she was involved in the acquisition of 1,800-acres for the Tillinghast Pond Preserve in West Greenwich. The total land protection is now 30,000 acres. She also successfully directed the group’s more recent emphasis on coastal and marine restoration projects, such as a forthcoming oyster reef construction project that allows local raw bars to contribute shells for conservation efforts in Charlestown.