Office of the Town Engineer

Welcome to the Office of the Town Engineer. The Town Engineer is primarily responsible for overseeing roadway and drainage projects and maintenance, including design, bidding and construction management.  In addition, the Town Engineer issues and administers permits to private contractors for road, curbing and sidewalk work within Town rights-of-way.

 

The Town Engineer works with the Planning Board to review and comment on the engineering aspects of proposed subdivisions and commercial developments.  Similar services are also provided to the Building Official’s office for review of individual site plans submitted with building permit applications.

 

The Office of the Town Engineer is also responsible for the continuing development of a Geographic Information System (GIS) for the Town.  By obtaining digital mapping information from a variety of sources, we will soon be able to produce maps of the town showing various features such as roads, buildings, water bodies, approximate FEMA flood plains, and zoning districts.

 

The Town Engineer also monitors the street light program for compliance with the street lighting policy, and works with developers for lighting in new subdivisions.

 

 

Please read further to get more information about the listed items.  Links to downloadable .pdf format forms are immediately below. You must download Adobe Reader in order to view the .PDF files.

 

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Roadway Alteration Permits

Roadway alteration permits are required for any proposed excavations within the right-of-way lines of any street or public roadway in the Town.  Applications are available at the Office of the Town Engineer located at Town Hall, or on-line by clicking on the Roadway Alteration Permit Application Form link above.

           

Completed applications may be submitted to the Office of the Town Engineer during normal business hours. 

 

For Road Openings:

 

The following items must accompany any roadway alteration permit applications for road openings:

 

-         Proof of contractor’s current liability insurance in the amount of $1,000,000 per incident

-         Road opening bond to the Town in the amount of $10,000.00 for each permit

-          $100.00 permit fee

-         Detailed sketch to scale showing the location, dimensions and approximate depth of the proposed excavation, as well as any other utilities in the immediate area

 

For Curbing/Sidewalk Installations:

 

The following items must accompany any roadway alteration permit applications for curb and sidewalk work:

 

-         Proof of contractor’s current liability insurance in the amount of $1,000,000 per incident

-         Detailed sketch to scale showing the location and area of the proposed sidewalk/curbing work, as well as any other utilities in the immediate area

 

According to the Town ordinance, private property owners are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of sidewalks passing by their property frontage.

 

Roadway alteration permits typically take 2-3 days to process, and are mailed back to the applicant when completed.  The applicant is responsible for coordinating all required inspections with the Town Engineer.

Building Permit Site Plans

All building permit applications must include a detailed site plan of the property where the building is to be constructed.  The Building Permit Site Plan Checklist contains the items that must be included on the site plan for the Town Engineer to review.

Sidewalk & Curbing Cost-Sharing Program

According to the Town ordinance, private property owners are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of sidewalks passing by their property frontage.  The Town understands that curbing and sidewalk replacement can be expensive; therefore, we have passed a new ordinance creating a Sidewalk & Curbing Cost Sharing Program.

 

Under this program, residential property owners will be able to have fifty percent of the cost of sidewalk and curbing replacement reimbursed to them, up to a total reimbursement of $1,000.  Funds for this program are limited, and available on a first-come first-serve basis.

 

Please download the Cost Sharing program checklist and agreement for more information on what you will need to do in order to participate in this program.

Street Light Requests

The Town Engineer coordinates residents’ requests for the installation of new street lights.  Please click on the  Street Light Request Form link above to download the Street Light Request form, and return the completed form to the Office of the Town Engineer.

 

Street light requests typically take 1-2 weeks to review.

 

To Report a Damaged/Non-Functional Street Light:  Reports of street lights that are damaged or out should be made directly to Narragansett Electric via their web page.  The link to their site is:

 

https://www.nationalgridus.com

You will need a pole number or the nearest street address when reporting the problem.  Repairs will typically be performed by Narragansett Electric within 48 hours of the report.