Established in 1664 and incorporated by Home Rule Charter on October 30, 1672, the Town of New Shoreham (named after Shoreham in Sussex County, England) has a Council-Manager form of government. 

The Town Council is comprised of a First Warden, Second Warden and three Town Councilors, elected each even numbered year for a two-year term.  Regular Town Council meetings are generally held on the first Monday and third Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm, at the Town Hall or other designated location.   View or download the 2017 Town Council Meeting Schedule.  Check the website News section for meeting cancellations or other changes or contact the Town Clerk's Office at 466-3200 to confirm the meeting schedule.

Use the link below to access Town Council agenda and minutes, as well as other Town documents.  If the following link fails, please type "" (without the quotes) into your browser to access the page.  Once you have successfully accessed it, the link should work thereafter.

          Town of New Shoreham ClerkBase Home Page       

View or download the Council approved Town Schedule of Fees as of July 1, 2018.

View or download the Guideline and Form for Public Records Requests.

New Shoreham Town Council
PO Box 220 ~ Block Island, RI 02807

Tel:  (401) 466-3215 

Fax:  (401) 466-3219


Council Members (terms expire Dec 2018)



Kenneth C. Lacoste, First Warden

André Boudreau, Second Warden 

Sven Risom  

Martha Ball

Christopher Willi



                   Other Officials (terms expire Dec 2020)


Molly O'Neill, Moderator


Thomas Durden II, Town Sergeant


The Town Manager, chosen by the Town Council for an indefinite term, is responsible to the Town Council for the execution of its policies and laws for the administration of the town government.

New Shoreham Town Manager
PO Box 220 ~ Block Island, RI 02807

Tel:  (401) 466-3210 

Fax:  (401) 466-3219


Town Manager:         

Ed Roberge

Town Manager Assistant:  

Shirlyne Gobern

An important provision of the Town Charter is the annual financial town meeting, generally held on the first Monday in May of each year for the purpose of adopting a budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which runs from July 1 through June 30.

Town HallThe Town Hall is located at 16 Old Town Rd.  The mailing address is PO Box 220, Block Island, RI  02807.


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To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice), or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).

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Charter of 2010

Hazard Mitigation Plan

Superceded: Schedule of Fees 1/18/2017

Public Records Request Guidelines & Form

Pocketbook Issues for Ratepayers and Taxpayers

Once in a Generation Opportunity

BI Times FAQs BIPCo 2016-08-19

Buying BIPCo - FAQs of the EUTG Aug 2016

Answers to Questions Submitted by K HoytQ&A





BIPCo Audited Financials 2012-2013

BIPCo Audited Financials 2014-2015

BIPCo High Level Pro Forma Financials

BIPCo SGC Engineering Review

BIPCo Informational Meeting Notice #1

Tilson BIPCo Synergies and Benefits

Tilson BIPCo Price Estimate

BIPCo Valuation and Cost Savings

BIPCo Stock Purchase Agreement

BIPCo Municipal Broadband Benefits

BIPCO Environmental Assess Executive Summary

BIPCO Environmental Assessment Report

Special Financial Town Meeting Warrant

BIPCO Environmental Assessment Addendum

Town Film Production Protocol

BIPCo Groundwater Sampling Report

BIPCo Environmental Costs

Legal Opinion on Environmental Impact

Town Council Meeting Broadband Presentation

2017 Town Council Meeting Schedule

Broadband Project FAQs

Fiber Broadband Network Map

Schedule of Fees As of July 1, 2018

Town of New Shoreham | PO Box 220 | Block Island, RI 02807 | Telephone: (401)-466-3200 | Copyright © 2007