2003 -- H 6179
A N A C T
RELATING TO INCORPORATION OF THE DUNNS CORNERS FIRE DISTRICT
Introduced By: Representatives Lewiss, Kennedy, and McHugh
Date Introduced: March 11, 2003
It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
SECTION 1. Sections 10 and 11 of the act entitled “An Act to Incorporate the Dunns
Corners Fire District, and to Amend Contiguous Boundaries of said Fire District and the Westerly
Fire District and the Misquamicut Fire District,” passed at the January session, 1952, as amended,
are hereby amended to read as follows:
Section 10. Board of engineers. – The chief, first assistant chief, second assistant chief
and third assistant chief shall constitute the board of engineers, whose duties collectively shall be
(1) To meet on a regular basis to consider all expenses and claims and those that are
approved within the board of engineers budget shall be presented to the budget and finance
committee for approval, and then to the treasurer for payment. Each statement or claim shall bear
the signature of the chief or his/her nominee before being presented to the budget and finance
committee for payment.
To meet on a regular basis to consider all expenses and claims and those that
within the board of engineers budget shall be presented to the treasurer for
statement or claim shall bear the signature of the chief or his nominee before
to the treasurer for payment.
(2) A majority of the members of the board of engineers, present at a fire, or in the event
that there is only one (1) member of the board of engineers present, may order such buildings to
be pulled down or blown up, as they shall judge necessary to stop the progress of a fire.
(3) The board of engineers, acting on behalf of the Dunns Corners Fire District, shall
have the right to sue and be sued in the courts of this state having jurisdiction to hear, try or
determine such causes. The Dunns Corners Fire District shall indemnify any elected officer for
damages, judgments, settlements, costs and expenses incurred in connection with any action, suit
or appeal therefrom, arising out of an alleged or actual breach of duty, neglect, error,
misstatement or omission, or any other matter claimed against said person solely by reason of
their being an officer of the Dunns Corners Fire District.
(4) The owners of the greater part of the land within any area contiguous to the boundary
lines of the Dunns Corners Fire District, as herein set forth, or as may be extended from time to
time by operation of this section, may petition the board of engineers that the territory within
which they own land be admitted as part of the Dunns Corners Fire District. The board of
engineers shall consider the admission of the territory described in such petition and may require,
as a condition of such consideration, the payment to the treasurer of the Dunns Corners Fire
District, the sum equal to the cost of a survey of such additional territory and such plans and
reprints, as the board of engineers shall deem necessary. Upon approval of any such petition by
the board of engineers, the same shall be referred to the next annual meeting of the Dunns
Corners Fire District or the board of engineers shall call special meeting. Notice of the meeting of
the Dunns Corners Fire District at which the admission of territory is to be considered shall be
given in the manner hereinbefore provided but also shall make special mention that the
admission of territory is to be considered. Upon petition and approval by the board of engineers
and notice thereof given as aforesaid, at any meeting of the Dunns Corners Fire District, by
majority vote of the eligible voters present and voting, may accept or reject the admission of the
territory described in said petition. Upon certificate by the moderator, attested by the clerk, that
the meeting was duly called and held upon said petition and approval that it was voted to accept
such territory being filed with the secretary of state of the state of Rhode Island, said territory
shall be included within the boundaries of the Dunns Corners Fire District.
(5) The board of engineers, at each annual meeting, shall make a written report to the
eligible voters of the Dunns Corners Fire District as to fire suppression and prevention in the
(6) The board of engineers may, from time to time, prescribe such reasonable district
rules, orders and regulations concerning health, safety, cleanliness, maintenance, training and the
protection of Dunns Corners Fire District property as they shall see fit.
Section 11. Budget and finance committee. -- There shall be a committee of five (5)
qualified electors known as the budget and finance committee. The aforenamed committee is
authorized and enjoined to function in the following manner:
(1) To prepare and recommend to the annual meeting the budget for the ensuing year. For
this purpose they may examine previous records of expenditures, call for recommendations from
the different officers, departments or agencies, and in general exercise supervision over the
financial affairs of the district in the interest of economy and efficiency, but said duties shall not
conflict with the duties of the treasurer.
(2) Cause an audit to be made of all records annually and require that same be completed
in time to render report to annual meeting. For the purposes of this charter, the term “audit” shall
be defined as “the systematic inspection or review of the accounting and financial records of the
fire district which may include analyses, tests, and confirmations.”
(3) Maintain an inventory of all property belonging to the district and report at the annual
meeting its findings of accuracy, care and maintenance. No property of the district may be
abandoned or sold without the authority of the district assembled in meeting.
(4) No moneys shall be appropriated unless or until the budget and finance committee has
first been advised and its recommendation placed before the electors.
(5) All budgetary requests shall be in the hands of the committee thirty (30) days prior to
(6) All requests for appropriations which are disapproved will be announced at meetings
together with a recommendation of disapproval.
(7) Whenever a vacancy shall occur in the office of moderator, clerk, tax collector or
treasurer either through death, resignation or disability or removal for cause, the budget and
finance committee shall appoint an eligible voter of the district to serve in such capacity until the
next annual or special meeting.
(8) The budget and finance committee shall have the authority to retain legal counsel at
an annual cost to be determined by the eligible voters of the Dunns Corners Fire District.
(9) To meet on a regular basis to consider all expenses and claims of the district
contained in the approved budget and claims and expenses approved by the board of engineers,
and authorize the payment of said expenses or claims and forward said approved expenses and
claims to the treasurer for payment.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.