Town of Scituate
Rhode Island


Incorporated 1731

Scituate Town Hall

 

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                                    Agendas (Town Meetings)      647-2822 ext. 6
                                    Animal Control      647-7200
                                    American Legion Post 19      647-2290
                                    Announcements & Public Information      647-2822 ext. 6
                                    Art Festival      647-2822 ext. 6 
                                    Assessor      647-2919 ext. 3
                                    Assessor's Maps      647-2919 ext. 3
                                    Audit 2013       647-2547
                                    Bids      647-2822 ext. 6 
                                    Budget Brochure -2014-2015      647-2547 ext. 4 
                                    Building Official      647-5901
                                    Business Licenses      647-2822 ext. 6
                                    Calendar - meetings & events      647-2822 ext. 6
                                    Canvassing & Elections      647-7466 ext. 103
                                    Churches in Scituate
                                    Clerk      647-2822 ext. 6
                                    Collector      647-5526 ext. 5
                                    Community House Rental      647-3366 
                                    Conservation Commission      647-2822 ext. 6 
                                    Directions to Town Hall      647-2822 ext. 6 
                                    Elections      647-7466 ext. 103
                NEW!         E-News (click here to subscribe or  unsubscribe)      647-2822 ext. 6
                                    Electronic Public Notice Reg for local subdivision & zoning ordinances      647-5901

Emergency Management

     647-3000
                                    Fire & Rescue      for emergencies call 911 
                                    Fun & Facts     647-2822 ext. 6
                                    Gentian Garden Club       934-1899
                                    Housing Rehabilitation Program       744-0143
                                    Human Services      647-2768 
                                    Land Trust      647-2822 ext. 6
                                    Hope Associates      821-6620
                                    Human Resource Policy Manual      647-2547
                                    Libraries      No. Scituate 647-5133        Hope 821-7910
                                    Local Businesses      647-2822 ext. 6
                                    Noise Ordinance      821-5900
                                    Organizational Chart      647-2822 ext. 6
                                    Planning & Zoning      647-5901
                                    Plan Commission Application      647-5901
                                    Police      821-5900 (non-emergency)  emergencies call 911
                                    Police Pension Experience Analysis 4-1-11      647-2547
                                    Police Pension Actuarial Report      647-2547
                                    Police Pension Plan      647-2547
                                    Police Pension Reports      647-2547
                                    Power Outages Reporting Line
                                            Verizon Trouble Line 
     1-800-465-1212
     1-800-837-4966
                                    Probate      647-2822 ext. 6
                                    Proposed Ordinance Changes      647-2822 ext. 6
                                    Public Hearings (upcoming)      647-2822 ext. 0
                                    Public Information Request
                                    Public Records Policy-Police      647-2822 ext. 6
                                    Public Works      647-3366
                                    Recreation      647-3366
                                    Recycling Calendar 2013-2014      647-3366
                                    Recycling Information      647-3366
                                    Rubbish      647-3366
                                    School Department      647-4100
                                    Scituate Health Alliance      647-2822 ext. 6 
                                    Scituate Photographs      647-2822 ext. 6
                                    Scituate Reservoir Watershed Public Field Tours      521-6300
                                    Senior Services      647-2662
                                    Scituate Youth Soccer Association      226-6601
                                    Subdivision and Land Development Regulations
                                     Fee Schedule - Subdivision & Land Development
     647-5901
                                    Tax Book - 2013      647-5526 ext. 5 
                                    Tax Roll - 2013      647-2919 ext. 3
                                    Town Buildings & Facilities Use Regulations      647-2822 ext. 6
                                    Town Council      647-2822 ext. 6
                                    Town Council Minutes      647-2822 ext. 6
                                    Town Council Minutes - past years      647-2822 ext. 6
                                    Town Code of Ordinances      647-2822 ext. 6
                                    Treasurer      647-2547
                                    Treasurer's Public Records      647-2547
                                    Vacancies      647-2822 ext. 6 
                                    Verizon Trouble Line      1-800-837-4966
                                    Volunteers & Community Organizations      647-2822 ext. 6
                                   

                   RI General Laws Regulating Zoning Ordinances

     647-5901
                                    Yearly Schedule of Meetings      647-2822 ext. 6
                                    Zoning Board of Review Application
                                     Zoning Application Instructions
     647-5901
                                    Zoning Map - Town of Scituate      647-5901

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History of Scituate

Scituate, R.I. was first settled in 1710 by emigrants from Scituate, Massachusetts. The original spelling of the town's name was "Satuit", an Indian word meaning "cold brook". In 1730, Scituate lands were separated from Providence and the town was officially incorporated in 1731. Scituate's first town meeting was held at the Angell Tavern in South Scituate, with Stephen Hopkins elected as the first moderator and Joseph Brown as clerk. Stephen Hopkins later became a governor of Rhode Island and was a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

At that time, Scituate boundaries also encompassed the land which is now Foster, so it was bounded by Glocester to the north, Providence to the east, Warwick to the south, and Connecticut to the west. In 1781, the present day town boundaries were created when a western portion of largely unsettled woodlands was given to create Foster.

As the population grew, the villages of North Scituate and Hope also grew. North Scituate was the home of the "Scituate Manufacturing' Company's mills, a National Bank, well-kept livery stores and other establishments". (1) Hope was the stopping point for the Pawtuxet Valley Railroad, and a mill that manufactured cannons used in the Revolutionary War. Other villages also developed, including Ashland, Clayville, Elmdale, Fiskeville, Glenn Rock, Harrisdale, Jackson, Kent, Ponaganset, Potterville, Richmond, Rockland, Saundersville, and South Scituate.

In 1915, the Rhode Island General Assembly voted to take 14,800 acres of land in Scituate (38% of the town) to create a reservoir to supply fresh water to greater Providence. This project resulted in the condemnation of "1,195 buildings, including 375 houses, seven schools, six churches, six mills, thirty dairy farms, eleven ice houses, post offices, and an electric railway system, the Providence and Danielson Railway system". (2) The hamlets of Kent, Richmond, Rockland, South Scituate, Ashland, Saundersville, Ponaganset and parts of North Scituate and Clayville disappeared forever.

Scituate has played an important role in many of the United States wars. During the Revolutionary War, 76 cannons were forged at the Hope Furnace. During World War II, Scituate was the site of a radio monitoring system that intercepted enemy signals. Because of this, in 1946, the Chopmist Hill area was considered as the headquarters of the United Nations. (3)

The present-day Scituate offers suburban conveniences and proximity to Providence, and a tranquil, rural environment of unspoiled forests and pristine streams and ponds. Low taxes, an excellent school system, and location make Scituate a desirable place to live in Rhode Island.

 

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