Kinch announces re-election bid

Kinch announces re-election bid

CUMBERLAND – At-large Town Councilor Michael Kinch announced that he will be seeking re-election.

“It has been truly an honor working on behalf of the residents of Cumberland. During my first two years in office, I feel that I have made a difference serving on the Town Council by fulfilling the campaign promises that I made two years ago,” he said.

Kinch said he led the fight to get a full $3 million in funding restored to the Broad Street regeneration project.

“At one point, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation was going to cut this construction project back by reducing it by some $3 million,” he said. “This would have deprived the residents and businesses on Broad Street from landscaping, new sidewalks, and drainage improvements on a good portion of Broad Street.”

Kinch said he also introduced and got passed an ordinance requiring all town boards and commissions to have a public comments section added to their agendas.

“Public participation is the backbone of our democracy, and this ordinance allows our residents to participate at every level of our government, he said.

Kinch said he introduced a resolution directed at limiting change orders after a bid for town projects has been accepted.

“Time after time, a low bid is accepted, and as the project progresses, companies come back to the town for additional funds in the way of change orders, he said, adding that if a new law gets approved by the General Assembly, a re-bidding process will be required if there is a substantial change to the bid documents during a project, saving taxpayers money.