COVENTRY, R.I. (AP) – A Coventry lawmaker looking to streamline local government wants to merge five and a half communities into a “supertown.”

Rep. Nicholas Gorham’s plan would merge Exeter, Foster, Glocester, Scituate, West Greenwich and the western end of Coventry.

The new town would be called Westconnaug.

Gorham told the Providence Journal that consolidation would reduce property taxes and improve services.

The Republican has submitted a draft of his bill to the Joint Committee of Legislative Services.

Leaders in the towns Gorham proposed merging weren’t nuts about the idea.

Glocester town council president Steven Sette said Gorham was in a “fantasy world,” and he wasn’t convinced local residents would want to give up local representation.


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