NARRAGANSETT- The town council wants to reinstate a coalition with representatives from the University of Rhode Island to address problems with students living in the town.
The town council met with University of Rhode Island President Dr. David Dooley and other administrators Monday to discuss the potential partnership.
“What we’re worried about in Narragansett is the quality of life in our neighborhoods,” Town Manager Pamela Nolan said. “There are 5,000 to 6,000 students living here and police and zoning enforcement will be aggressive from now on. We would like the university to contribute to these costs. Narragansett will amend the zoning ordinance to create a stronger quality of life in Narragansett. We ask that a representative be appointed from URI to work with me and [Police Chief Dean Hoxsie] daily if necessary, who also have the ear of the president and executive staff, so we can work together in partnership toward the resolution of these residential problems.”
President Dooley said URI is interested in partnering with all of its neighboring communities, including Narragansett.
“We are here to serve all the people of the state of Rhode Island, which includes building constructive, positive, working relationships in our neighborhoods and throughout the state,” he said.
Dooley said the university has not ignored the residential issues in Narragansett.
“The university has attended to a lot of these issues very diligently and has worked very hard,” he said.
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