MEETING MINUTES

RESTORATION ADVISORY BOARD (RAB)

Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island

Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Officer’s Club, NAVSTA Newport
CALL TO ORDER

The NAVSTA Newport Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) gathered at the Courtyard Marriott, Middletown, Rhode Island for their bimonthly meeting on Wednesday, November 20, 2013. The meeting started at 6:30 pm. Refer to the attached meeting agenda and attendance list.

David Dorocz (Navy), the Navy Co-Chair, opened the meeting and welcomed the group. D. Dorocz introduced the new Community Co-Chair, Margaret Kirschner.

The agenda for this RAB meeting was abbreviated, to allow the Tank Farm 5 public meeting to commence at 7:00 pm.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MINUTES

The last meeting was a RAB “members-only” meeting conducted on September 18, 2013. Ms. Kirschner (RAB) provided meeting minutes via a hand-out to the group (attached). The meeting minutes were accepted without comment.

M. Kirschner stated that ideas were presented to enhance community outreach and involvement through the Middleton Town Council and local college organizations at Salve Regina and Roger Williams University.

Kathy Abbass (RAB) reiterated the RAB’s prior concern relative to whether funding for Navy environmental actions would expire in the near future (2014). Ms. Abbass stated that she contacted Senator Jack Reed’s office to obtain further information, and was provided the same information the Navy has previously provided to the RAB (attached). Ms. Abbass indicated there was no indication from the Senator’s office that funding was soon to expire.

D. Dorocz noted the hyperlink to the Navy’s website has changed and should be re-posted in these meeting minutes, as well as subsequent public notices (see new/corrected website links below).

Navy’s website:
http://www.navfac.navy.mil/ (search for Newport)

Navy’s NAVSTA Newport website:
http://www.navfac.navy.mil/products_and_services/ev/products_and_services/env_restoration/installation_map/navfac_atlantic/midlant/newport.html

NAVSTA Newport RAB website:
www.rabnewportri.org

COMMUNITY CO-CHAIR ELECTION

The community members voted unanimously to elect Ms. Margaret Kirschner as the new Community Co-Chair.

SITE PROGRESS UPDATE

Mark Kauffman (Resolution) provided copies of the Progress Milestone and Site Status reports (attached). No discussion transpired.

NEXT MEETING

The next meeting of the RAB will be held on January 15, 2013. The location will be at the Courtyard Marriott, Middletown, Rhode Island, unless noted otherwise in the public notice. Ms. Kirschner suggested inviting a representative from Jamestown because of the upcoming public meeting that may be scheduled for Gould Island (Jamestown). Ms. Abbass suggested that the next RAB meeting also include the status of the Navy’s 2014 environmental budget.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting adjourned at 7:00 pm.

/S/
D. D. Dorocz

Enclosures:
Meeting Agenda
Attendance Sheet
Site Progress Milestones
Site Status Summary
RAB Meeting Minutes from September 18, 2013
Budget Status from Senator Reed’s Office

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