CITY OF PROVIDENCE

RHODE ISLAND

 

 

 

DOCKET OF THE Regular Meeting

 

OF THE CITY COUNCIL

 

ON

 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT

MICHAEL A. SOLOMON

 

PRESIDING


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.              Sabina Matos                            8.              Kevin Jackson             

              Councilwoman Ward 15                                           Councilman Ward 3                           

              55 Pocasset Avenue  02909                                          91 Jenkins Street  02906

 

2.              Bryan Principe                            9.              Luis A. Aponte             

              Councilman Ward 13                                          Councilman Ward 10             

              89 Hudson Street  02909                                          14 Blundell Street  02905

 

3.              Nicholas J. Narducci, Jr.                            10.              Carmen Castillo             

              Deputy Majority Leader                                           Councilwoman Ward 9                           

              Councilman Ward 4                                          381 Potters Avenue  02907             

              36 Langdon Street  02904                                                       

             

4.              Wilbur W. Jennings, Jr.                            11.              Davian Sanchez             

              Councilman Ward 8                                          Councilman Ward 11                           

              115 Sinclair Avenue  02907                                          35 Wesleyan Avenue  02907

                                                                     

5.              Michael J. Correia                            12.              Samuel D. Zurier             

              Councilman Ward 6                                          Councilman Ward 2                           

              195 Sisson Street  02909                                          330 Grotto Avenue  02906

 

6.              Seth Yurdin                            13.              David Salvatore              

              Majority Leader                                           Councilman Ward 14                           

              Councilman Ward 1                                          250 Nelson Street  02908             

              148 Governor Street  02906                                                                     

                           

7.              Terrence M. Hassett                            14.              John J. Igliozzi             

              Council President Pro Tempore                                          Councilman Ward 7              Councilman Ward 12                                          19 Legion Memorial Drive  02909                            15 Higgins Avenue  02908

 

ROLL CALL

 

INVOCATION

 

1.

The Invocation will be given by Councilman Samuel D. Zurier.

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

2.

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America led by Council President Michael A. Solomon.

 

APPOINTMENTS BY HIS HONOR THE MAYOR

 

3.

Communication dated August 5, 2013, Informing the Honorable Members of the City Council that pursuant to Sections 302(b) and 1013 of the Providence Home Rule Charter of 1980, as amended and Public Law, Chapter 45-50, Sections 1 through 31 passed in 1987, he is this day appointing Luis Torrado of Torrado Architects, 34 Greenwich Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02907, as his designee on the City Plan Commission.


4.

Communication dated August 5, 2013, Informing the Honorable Members of the City Council that pursuant to Sections 302(b) and 1013 of the Providence Home Rule Charter of 1980, as amended and Public Law, Chapter 45-50, Sections 1 through 31 passed in 1987, he is this day appointing Harrison Bilodeau of Providence as a member of the City Plan Commission for a term to end January 31, 2015, and respectfully submits the same for your approval. (Mr. Bilodeau will replace Stephen Durkee who has stepped down.


5.

Communication dated August 29, 2013, Informing the Honorable Members of the City Council that pursuant to Section 302(b) of the Providence Home Rule Charter of 1980, as amended, and Public Law, Chapter 45-50, Sections 1 through 31 passed in 1987, he is this day appointing Janet Freedman of Providence, as a member of the Providence Harbor Management Commission for a term to expire on December 31, 2015, and respectfully submits the same for your approval.


6.

Communication dated August 29, 2013, Informing the Honorable Members of the City Council that pursuant to Section 302(b) of the Providence Home Rule Charter of 1980, as amended, and Public Law, Chapter 45-50, Sections 1 through 31 passed in 1987, he is this day appointing Jonathan Stone of Providence, as a member of the Providence Harbor Management Commission for a term to expire on December 31, 2015, and respectfully submits the same for your approval.


7.

Communication dated August 29, 2013, Informing the Honorable Members of the City Council that pursuant to Section 302(b) of the Providence Home Rule Charter of 1980, as amended, and Public Law, Chapter 45-50, Sections 1 through 31 passed in 1987, he is this day appointing Edythe Warren of Providence, as a member of the Providence Harbor Management Commission for a term to expire on December 31, 2015, and respectfully submits the same for your approval.


8.

Communication dated August 23, 2013, Informing the Honorable Members of the City Council that pursuant to Section 302(b) of the Providence Home Rule Charter of 1980, as amended, and Public Law, Chapter 45-50, Sections 1 through 31 passed in 1987, and Providence Code of Ordinances, Chapter 2007-51, Ordinance No. 504, he is this day appointing Melissa Sanzaro, Manager of the Special Project Office at the Providence Housing Authority, to the Environmental Sustainability Task Force. (Ms. Sanzaro will replace Mr. Greg DeMaria who has resigned)


9.

Communication dated July 29, 2013, Informing the Honorable Members of the City Council that he is this day appointing Richard Lapin of Providence as a member of the Providence Economic Development Task Force.


ELECTION

 

10.

Election of Two Members to the Recreational Advisory Board.


ORDINANCE SECOND READING

 

11.

An Ordinance Amending Ordinance No. 262 of Chapter 2013-17, Adopted June 13, 2013 Providing for the Assessment and Collection of 2013 taxes in a sum not less than Three Hundred Thirty Five Million Four Hundred Ninety Two Thousand Five Hundred Eighty Four ($335,492,584) Dollars and not more than Three Hundred Forty Six Million Seventy Eight Thousand Eight Hundred and Forty Three ($346,078,843) being based on a One Hundred Percent (100%) of the 2013-2014 Fiscal Year Tax Collections, Amending Section 21-182 of the Code of Ordinances to reflect the Tax Classification Plan, Approved by the Rhode Island General Assembly, Amending Section 21-126 of the Code of Ordinances to raise the Personal Exemptions.


12.

An Ordinance Repealing Ordinances 2009-20 and Amending Chapter 27 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Providence Entitled “The City of Providence Zoning Ordinance” Approved June 27, 1994, as Amended, to Modify Section 423 - Special Flood Hazard Areas and Article X.


13.

An Ordinance in Amendment of Chapter 27 the Code of Ordinances of the City of Providence Entitled: “The City of Providence Zoning Ordinance,” Approved June 27, 1994, As Amended, changing the zoning designation for Lots 704 through 724, 726 and 730, on Plat 58 located on the South Side of Carolina Avenue and Virginia Avenue from R-2 to M-1 provided however, that the use of said lots shall be limited to a parking lot.


14.

An Ordinance in Amendment of 2009-39, No. 305, Adopted June 19, 2009, Chapter 27, Entitled “Zoning”, Article IX, “Zoning Board of Review”, to Add a new Section Entitled “Continuances.”


PRESENTATION OF ORDINANCES

 

15.

Council President Solomon, (By Request):

An Ordinance in Amendment of Chapter 16, Article III of the Code of Ordinances, Entitled: “Noise Control,” As Amended. (Clarification of Noise Decibels)


16.

Council President Solomon, (By Request):

An Ordinance in Amendment of Chapter 27 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Providence, Entitled: “The City of Providence Zoning Ordinance,” Approved June 27, 1994, As Amended, to Modify Article III. (Clean up text for Section 303)


17.

Council President Solomon, (By Request):

An Ordinance Amending Chapter 14, “Licenses,” Article X – “Shows and other Amusements,” Division 4, “Commercial Establishments where Alcoholic Beverages are Offered for Sale.”


18.

Councilman Zurier

An Ordinance Authorizing Late Applications for the Homestead Rate.


PRESENTATION OF RESOLUTIONS

 

19.

Council President Solomon, (By Request):

Resolution Requesting the City Council to suspend enforcement of Sections 13-213 through 13-217 of the Code of Ordinances as of 11:59 p.m. on September 12, 2013 for so long as the state law remains in effect and remains substantially similar and intends to achieve the same goals as Sections 13-213 through 13-217 of the Code of Ordinances; provided, however, that the suspension shall not apply to homeowners already 120 days delinquent on their mortgages on that date so as to eliminate a gap in these foreclosure intervention protections. (Foreclosure Mediation)


20.

Council President Solomon

Resolution Authorizing the extension of the contract with Hutton Associates, Inc., to provide planning consultant services for the review of proposed amendments to the Providence Zoning Ordinance through December 2014 in a total amount not to exceed $35,000.00 (Thirty-Five Thousand Dollars).


21.

Council President Solomon, Councilman Aponte, Councilman Correia, Councilman Jennings Jr., Councilman Yurdin, Councilwoman Matos, Councilman Salvatore

Resolution Requesting Approval to hire Shawn Selleck, as Consultant to the City Clerk, Office of the City Council, and other City Departments for services to include: Information Technology Project Management, Support, Administration Documentation and Training, as well as provide support for the installation and implementation of a Meeting Management Solution which will provide tools to the Clerk and Board Secretaries throughout the City to generate and record meeting agendas, documentation and minutes, in a total amount not to exceed Thirty Three Thousand ($33,000) Dollars, for a period of up to six months.


22.

Council President Solomon

Resolution Requesting to transfer the abandoned property on a portion of Empire Street pursuant to a Land Acquisition, to the Providence Redevelopment Agency. (Street Line Section Plan No. 064812)

(PRI XVI, L.P.)


23.

Councilman Correia

Resolution Requesting the Forestry Division of the Parks Department to trim the tree located at 34 Beaufort Street.


24.

Councilman Correia

Resolution Requesting the Forestry Division of the Parks Department to remove the tree located at 48 Pomona Avenue due to the fact that is it causing damage to property owner’s sewer line.


25.

Councilman Correia

Resolution Requesting the Forestry Division of the Parks Department to remove the tree located at 39 Geneva Street due to the fact that is it causing damage to property owner’s sewer line.


26.

Councilman Correia

Resolution Requesting the Acting Director of Public Works to cause the repair of the sidewalk in front of 212 Leah Street.


27.

Councilman Correia

Resolution Requesting the Acting Director of Public Works to cause the repair of the sidewalk in front of 100 Pomona Avenue.


28.

Councilman Correia

Resolution Requesting the Acting Director of Public Works to cause the repair of the driveway apron located at 96 Roanoke Street.


29.

Councilman Correia

Resolution Requesting the Acting Director of Public Works to cause the overgrowth to be cut along the curve located on Chalkstone Avenue.


30.

Councilman Correia

Resolution Requesting the Director of Inspections and Standards to cause the property at 163 Pomona Avenue to be razed.


31.

Councilman Correia

Resolution Requesting the Director of Inspections and Standards to cause the property at 1035 Chalkstone Avenue to be razed.


32.

Councilman Correia

Resolution Requesting the Committee on Urban Redevelopment, Renewal and Planning to name the access Road from Roanoke Street to the George J. West Park and the District 6 Community Police Substation, as the “John M. Reposa, Jr. Way.”


33.

Councilman Correia

Resolution Requesting the owners and operators of the Providence Place Mall to secure all areas of access to the high end of the parking garage to avoid dangerous and fatal accidents from occurring.


34.

Councilman Jennings Jr.

Resolution Requesting the City of Providence to donate a 1991 MAC CF6 Red Fire Truck, Plate No. 2198, Vin No. 1M2A152C1MM001433, an obsolete piece of equipment to Bonao, Dominican Republic.


35.

Councilman Jennings Jr.

Resolution Requesting the City of Providence to donate a 1991 MAC CF6 Red Fire Truck, Plate No. 2198, Vin No. 1M2A152C1MM001433, an obsolete piece of equipment to Bonao, Dominican Republic.


36.

Councilman Zurier

Resolution Recognizing the Month September as Peace in Providence Month.


REPORT FROM COMMITTEE

 

SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION

COUNCILMAN SAMUEL D. ZURIER, Chairman

 

Transmits the Following with Recommendation the Same be Severally Approved:

37.

Resolution Authorizing Approval of the following sole source contract award by the Board of Contract and Supply, in accordance with Section 21-26 of the Code of Ordinances.

 

              Rhode Island College-Upward Bound Program                            $45,750.00

              (School Department)


COMMUNICATIONS AND REPORTS

 

38.

Communication from Alan Sepe, Director of Operations, dated July 13, 2013, requesting the property located at 155 Niagra Street, formerly the Elmwood Community Center be transferred to the Providence Redevelopment Agency.


39.

Communication from Alan Sepe, Director of Operations, dated August 28, 2013, requesting approval of bid submissions for sale of property located at 25 Bough’s Street, Assessor’s Plat 35, Lot 356.


40.

Communication from Natalie Lopes, Director, First Source Providence, dated July 30, 2013, submitting the First Source Quarterly Director’s Report for the quarters ending March 31, 2013 and June 30, 2013.


41.

Communication from Kerion O’Mara, Class B Representative, dated August 8, 2013, submitting his resignation as a member the Retirement Board.


FROM THE CLERK'S DESK

 

42.

Memorandum of Agreement between the City of Providence and Johnson & Wales University.


43.

Petitions for Compensation for Injuries and Damages.


PRESENTATION OF RESOLUTIONS

"IN CONGRATULATIONS"

44.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT SOLOMON and MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL

Resolution Extending Congratulations.


PRESENTATION OF RESOLUTIONS

"IN MEMORIAM"

45.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT SOLOMON and MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL

Resolution Extending Sympathy.


CONVENTION

 

46.

The City Council will Convene in the Chamber of the City Council, City Hall on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2013 AT 7:00 O’CLOCK P.M.                                                                                    

 

The City Council will Convene in the Chamber of the City Council, City Hall
on Thursday, September 12, 2013 AT 7:00 o’clock PM.

 

 

ANNA M. STETSON
CITY CLERK