SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The six-year capital improvement program that has been discussed since December was adopted unanimously by the town council last night with comments thanking the staff for their hard work and dedication.
“The town is very fortunate to have the staff that we have,” said Town Council President Ella Whaley before taking a vote to adopt the plan. “We are truly grateful to make this - South Kingstown - a place that we call home.”
The adopted spending in the 2014-2015 fiscal year includes $1.2 million from the general fund, $180,000 from the water fund, $403,500 from the wastewater fund and $300,00 from the school fund.
Over the six years that were planned for, 15 projects were proposed that would cost $24 million to complete, including $7 million for leisure services and programs, $8 million for general municipal programs, $2.2 million for utilities programs and $6.5 million for school department programs.
The capital budget also includes a reduction of “fair share” development fees, which are fees applied to those who develop housing in South Kingstown. The reductions apply to all categories of housing equally.
In other council business, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, an award-winning national restaurant that serves fresh burgers with free toppings, fries and hot dogs, is coming to Belmont Plaza with plans to open in February.
The town council voted to grant a victualing license to the business on Monday.
At the meeting, Eugene Prentice of Ocean State Five III, LLC, spoke to the council about the business.
“We’ve done Five Guys for five years,” said Prentice, who owns three other Five Guys restaurants in Rhode Island. “We’ve been looking forward to this location for a long time.”
Five Guys plans to have 65 seats available inside and a patio with outdoor tables. Prentice said that the construction is in its final stages and they hope to open the doors on Feb. 10.
Prentice claimed that there are more than 250,000 ways to build a burger at Five Guys and that not one of the ingredients is ever frozen.
“There is not a single freezer in the entire restaurant,” said Prentice. “We are all freshly cut. Nothing is frozen. We don’t believe in a frozen product.”
The victualing license was granted unanimously by the town council, who wished the business good luck.
“This will definitely make my kids happy,” said Councilor Meg Healy.