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 Charter was amended in 2010 and 2021.

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.  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 Town Council's 2021 Meeting Schedule

View or download the Council approved Town Schedule of Fees, September 4, 2020.

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)



André Boudreau, First Warden

Sven Risom, Second Warden

Martha Ball  

Keith Stover

Mark Emmanuelle



                   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:Maryanne Crawford

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.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.  (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

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

Pocketbook Issues for Ratepayers and Taxpayers

Town Film Production Protocol

Mobile Food Establishments

202 Developable Land Notice

PB Advisory Developable Land

202 Accessory Hotel Room Notice

PB Advisory Hotel Rooms

202 Building Height Notice

PB Advisory Building Height

Zoning & General Ordinance Notice

PB Advisory Building Heights

Building Height in SFHA Presentation

Proposed Amendment Relating to Solar Energy System

Amend 8-78 Mopeds Mar 4, 2021

Amend Zon 517 & 425 Solar Mar 1, 2021

Town Charter Mar 2, 2021

2021 Town Council Meeting Schedule

Fee Schedule as of 9-4-2021

Public Records Request Guidelines & Form

Zoning Ordinance Public hearing May 2022

Notice of Public Hearing may 2022

March 16, 2020 Emergency Meeting Report

March 16, 2020 Meeting Continued

Emergency Ordinance of TNS

Land Use


Statement from the Tourism Council

Town Clerk's Office

Building Department

Handout for Travelers

Advertencia de viaje - Coronavirus

Town Council Emergency Meeting Mar 22

Emergency Ordinance March 23, 2020

Shelter in Place FAQ Sheet 032520

BI Heath Services Update 032520

BI Health Services Update 032520 Add

COVID-19 Workplace Fact Sheet

RI List of Critical and Non-Critical Retail Busine

Town Council Meeting Agenda_20200401

BIHS COVID Update APril 3, 2020

COVID-19 Marina Guidance

TNS Emergency Ordinance April 15th

April 15 Notice to Res and Visitors updated

15 de abril Ordenanza de Emergencia

Regis Instr-Construction/Outside Workers

Regis Form-Construction/Outside Workers

Regis Instr-Essential Workers

Essential Activity Instructions-Espanol

Essential Activity Form-Espanol

Work Activity Instructions-Espanol

Revised FAQs on April 20 Ordinance

Amended Emergency Ordinance_200508

COVID-19 FAQ 05102020 Final

COVID-19 FAQ 05112020 Final

Emergency Town Ordinance - Enacted

Emergency Town Ordinance - May 27 2020

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