June 5, 2003  Regular City Council Meeting

 

CITY OF PROVIDENCE

RHODE ISLAND

CITY COUNCIL

JOURNAL OF PROCEEDINGS

 

No. 15  City Council Regular Meeting, June 5, 2003, 7:30 o’clock P.M. (E.D.T.)

 

PRESIDING

 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT

JOHN J. LOMBARDI

 

 

ROLL CALL

 

PRESENT:                 COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI, COUNCILMEN ALLEN, APONTE, BUTLER, COUNCILWOMAN DIRUZZO, COUNCILMEN HASSETT, IGLIOZZI, JACKSON, LUNA, MANCINI, COUNCILWOMAN ROMANO, COUNCILMAN SEGAL, COUNCILWOMEN WILLIAMS and YOUNG – 14.

 

ABSENT:              COUNCILMAN DELUCA – 1.

                           

ALSO PRESENT:              Michael R. Clement, City Clerk, Ralph Guglielmino, City Sergeant, Raymond Dettore, Jr., Deputy City Solicitor, Anna M. Stetson, Second Deputy City Clerk and Sheri A. Petronio, Assistant Clerk.

 

 

INVOCATION

 

              The Invocation will be given by COUNCILMAN PETER S. MANCINI

 

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG

OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

 

              COUNCILMAN DAVID A. SEGAL leads the Members of the City Council and the Assemblage in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

 

 

APPOINTMENTS BY HIS HONOR THE MAYOR

 

              Communication dated May 12, 2003, Informing the Honorable Members of the City Council that pursuant to Sections 302(b) and 1104 of the Providence Home Rule Charter of 1980, as amended, he is this day appointing Mr. Bernard V. Buonanno of 100 Freeman Parkway, Providence, Rhode Island 02906, as a member of the Civic Center Authority (DBA – Dunkin’ Donuts Center) for a term to expire in May 2004. (Mr. Buonanno will be replacing Mr. Joshua Teverow who has resigned).

 

              Communication dated May 12, 2003, Informing the Honorable Members of the City Council that pursuant to Sections 302(b) and 1104 of the Providence Home Rule Charter of 1980, as amended, he is this day re-appointing Mr. Stuart Mundy of 20 Bellevue Avenue, Providence, Rhode Island 02907, as a member of the Civic Center Authority (DBA – Dunkin’ Donuts Center) for a term to expire in May 2006.

 

              Communication dated May 20, 2003, Informing the Honorable Members of the City Council that pursuant to Sections 302(b) and 1104 of the Providence Home Rule Charter of 1980, as amended, he is this day re-appointing Mr. Joseph Agostinelli of 160 Vinton Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02909, as a member of the Civic Center Authority (DBA – Dunkin’ Donuts Center) for a term to expire in May 2006.

 

              COUNCILMAN APONTE Moves to Dispense with the Reading of the foregoing matters.

 

              COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI Receives the Several Communications.

 

 

ORDINANCES SECOND READING

 

              The Following Ordinance was in City Council April 22, 2003, Read and Passed the First Time, As Amended and Returned for Passage the Second Time on May 1, 2003 and Referred Back to the Committee on Finance and is Returned for Passage the Second Time, As Amended:

 

              An Ordinance in Accordance with Chapter 21, Section 19 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Providence Entitled:  “Capital Equipment Budget”, As Amended.

 

              COUNCILMAN APONTE Moves Passage of the foregoing Ordinance the Second Time, As Amended, seconded by COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS, by the following Roll Call Vote:

 

AYES:              COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI, COUNCILMEN APONTE, BUTLER, COUNCILWOMAN DIRUZZO, COUNCILMEN HASSETT, IGLIOZZI, JACKSON, LUNA, MANCINI, COUNCILWOMAN ROMANO, COUNCILMAN SEGAL, COUNCILWOMEN WILLIAMS and YOUNG – 13.

 

NAYES:              COUNCILMAN DELUCA – 1.

 

ABSENT:              COUNCILMAN ALLEN – 1.

 

The Motion for Passage the Second Time, As Amended is Sustained.

 

 

The Following Ordinances were in City Council May 15, 2003, Read and Passed the First Time and are Severally Returned for Passage the Second Time:

 

              An Ordinance in Amendment of Section 12-88 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Providence, entitled “Fencing of Vacant Lots”.

 

              An Ordinance in Amendment of Chapter 23-13, entitled: “Removal of Snow Required”.

 

              COUNCILMAN APONTE Moves to Dispense with the Reading of the foregoing matters and Moves Passage of the Several Ordinances the Second Time, seconded by COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS, by the following Roll Call Vote:

 

AYES:                 COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI, COUNCILMEN APONTE, BUTLER, DELUCA, COUNCILWOMAN DIRUZZO, COUNCILMEN HASSETT, IGLIOZZI, JACKSON, LUNA, MANCINI, COUNCILWOMAN ROMANO, COUNCILMAN SEGAL, COUNCILWOMEN WILLIAMS and YOUNG – 14.

 

NAYES:              NONE.

 

ABSENT:              COUNCILMAN ALLEN – 1.

 

              The Motion for Passage of the Several Ordinances the Second Time is Sustained.

             

 

PRESENTATION OF ORDINANCE

 

              COUNCILMAN APONTE and COUNCILMAN HASSETT:

 

              An Ordinance in Amendment of and in Addition to Chapter 1986-53 of the Ordinance of the City of Providence Approved October 23, 1986 and Entitled:  “An Ordinance Approving and Adopting the Official Redevelopment Plan for the Special Vacant Lot Project” for the Acquisition of Lots 908, 910, 911 & 795 on Plat 48, 814, 808, 804 Broad Street & 48-50 Norwich Street, respectively.

 

              COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI Refers the Resolution to the Committee on Urban Redevelopment, Renewal and Planning.

 

 

PRESENTATION OF RESOLUTIONS

 

              COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI, COUNCILMEN ALLEN, BUTLER, DELUCA, COUNCILWOMAN DIRUZZO, COUNCILMEN HASSETT, IGLIOZZI, JACKSON, LUNA, MANCINI, COUNCILWOMAN ROMANO, COUNCILMAN SEGAL, COUNCILWOMEN WILLIAMS and YOUNG:

 

              Resolution Extending Sincere Best Wishes for a Happy Birthday to Councilman Luis Aponte on June 3, 2003.

 

 

              COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI, COUNCILMAN MANCINI, COUNCILMAN BUTLER and COUNCILWOMAN DIRUZZO:

 

              Resolution Extending Sincere Congratulations to James M. Buckley, upon being the recipient of the Providence Police Department Citizens Award on May 22, 2003.

 

              Resolution Extending Sincere Congratulations to Richard Ferruccio, upon being the recipient of the Providence Police Department Citizens Award on May 22, 2003.

 

              Resolution Extending Sincere Congratulations to Byron G. Romero, upon being the recipient of the Providence Police Department Citizens Award on May 22, 2003.

 

              Resolution Extending Sincere Congratulations to Todd M. Stone, upon being the recipient of the Providence Police Department Citizens Award on May 22, 2003.

 

              Resolution Extending Sincere Congratulations to Officer Todd V. Costa, upon being the recipient of the Providence Police Department Outside Agency Award on May 22, 2003.

 

              Resolution Extending Sincere Congratulations to Officer Tracy Kerrigan, upon being the recipient of the Providence Police Department Outside Agency Award on May 22, 2003.

 

              Resolution Extending Sincere Congratulations to Lieutenant Brian T. Leonard, upon being the recipient of the Providence Police Department Outside Agency Award on May 22, 2003.

 

              Resolution Extending Sincere Congratulations to Detective Joseph P. McConaghy, upon being the recipient of the Providence Police Department Outside Agency Award on May 22, 2003.

 

              Resolution Extending Sincere Congratulations to Detective Sergeant Francisco Colon, Jr., upon being the recipient of the Providence Police Department Chief’s Award on May 22, 2003.

 

              Resolution Extending Sincere Congratulations to Detective Patricia L. Cornell, upon being the recipient of the Providence Police Department Chief’s Award on May 22, 2003.

 

              Resolution Extending Sincere Congratulations to Detective Bernard E. Gannon, Jr., upon being the recipient of the Providence Police Department Chief’s Award on May 22, 2003.

 

              Resolution Extending Sincere Congratulations to Detective Kevin M. Lanni, upon being the recipient of the Providence Police Department Chief’s Award on May 22, 2003.

 

              Resolution Extending Sincere Congratulations to Detective Oscar L. Perez, upon being the recipient of the Providence Police Department Chief’s Award on May 22, 2003.

 

              Resolution Extending Sincere Congratulations to Detective Henry Remolina, upon being the recipient of the Providence Police Department Chief’s Award on May 22, 2003.

 

              Resolution Extending Sincere Congratulations to Officer Elizabeth A. Wajda, upon being the recipient of the Providence Police Department Chief’s Award on May 22, 2003.

 

              Resolution Extending Sincere Congratulations to Officer Thomas J. Zincone, Jr., upon being the recipient of the Providence Police Department 2002 Commissioner’s Award on May 22, 2003.

 

              Resolution Extending Sincere Congratulations to Officer Dennis P. O’Brien, upon being the recipient of the Providence Police Department 2002 Commissioner’s Award on May 22, 2003.

 

              Resolution Extending Sincere Congratulations to Officer John Lough, upon being the recipient of the Providence Police Department 1st Place Archambault Award on May 22, 2003.

 

              Resolution Extending Sincere Congratulations to Officer Andrew P. Scanlon, upon being the recipient of the Providence Police Department 2nd Place Archambault Award on May 22, 2003.

 

              Resolution Extending Sincere Congratulations to Detective Timothy E. O’Hara, upon being the recipient of the Providence Police Department 3rd  Place Archambault Award on May 22, 2003.

 

              Resolution Extending Sincere Congratulations to Officer William M. Dwyer, Jr., upon being the recipient of the Providence Police Department 1st FOP Award on May 22, 2003.

 

              Resolution Extending Sincere Congratulations to Detective Andrew P. Lawton, upon being the recipient of the Providence Police Department 2nd FOP Award on May 22, 2003.

 

              Resolution Extending Sincere Congratulations to Detective Nicholas A. Ludovici, upon being the recipient of the Providence Police Department 2nd FOP Award on May 22, 2003.

 

              Resolution Extending Sincere Congratulations to Officer Scott T. Petrocchi, upon being the recipient of the Providence Police Department 3rd FOP Award on May 22, 2003.

 

 

              COUNCILMAN APONTE Moves to Dispense with the Reading of the foregoing matters and Moves Passage of the Several Resolutions, seconded by COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS.

 

              The Motion for Passage is Sustained.

 

 

              COUNCILMAN DELUCA and COUNCILMAN MANCINI

(By Request):

 

              Resolution Authorizing His Honor, the Mayor, to execute an agreement between the City of Providence, on behalf of the Providence Water Supply Board and the successful bidder for a Two Million Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollar ($2,750,000.00) revolving loan for a 364 day period.

 

              COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI Refers the Resolution to the Committee on Finance.

 

 

COUNCILMAN HASSETT (By Request):

 

              Resolution Requesting the Traffic Engineer to cause the installation of a “Watch for Children” Sign within the vicinity of 35 Harold Street.

 

              COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI Refers the Resolution to the Committee on Public Works.

 

 

COUNCILMAN HASSETT:

 

              Resolution Requesting the Traffic Engineer to prohibit motor vehicle traffic along Newark Street between Academy Avenue and Valley Street on Friday, July 4, 2003 between the hours of 4:00 o’clock P.M. to 11:00 o’clock P.M., to accommodate a Neighborhood Block Party.

 

 

              COUNCILMAN HASSETT, COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI, COUNCILMEN ALLEN, APONTE, BUTLER, DELUCA, COUNCILWOMAN DIRUZZO, COUNCILMEN IGLIOZZI, JACKSON, LUNA, MANCINI, COUNCILWOMAN ROMANO, COUNCILMAN SEGAL, COUNCILWOMEN WILLIAMS AND YOUNG.

 

              Resolution Extending Sincere Congratulations to James Ahern upon his retirement as Head Basketball Coach at Mount Pleasant High School.

 

 

COUNCILMAN HASSETT and COUNCILMAN DELUCA:

 

              Resolution Requesting the Director of Public Works to initiate the appropriate competitive bidding procedure associated with the re-surfacing of Academy Avenue from that point at Chalkstone Avenue to Atwells Avenue.

 

 

COUNCILMAN JACKSON (By Request):

 

              Resolution Requesting the Traffic Engineer to prohibit motor vehicle traffic along Dexterdale Road between Summit Avenue and Camp Street on Sunday, May 25, 2003 between the hours of 12:00 o’clock P.M. to 5:00 o’clock P.M., to accommodate a Neighborhood Block Party.

 

              Resolution Requesting the Traffic Engineer to prohibit motor vehicle traffic along Camp Street and Cypress Street and Cypress Street at Knowles Street and Ivy Street and Camp Street at Abbott Street and Locust Street on Saturday, May 17, 2003 between the hours of 9:00 o’clock A.M. to 3:00 o’clock P.M., to accommodate the Attorney General Prosecutor’s “Toy Gun Smash”.

 

 

COUNCILMAN LUNA (By Request):

 

              Resolution Requesting the Chief Electrical Inspector to cause the installation of a light on Pole No. 25 on Calla Street.

 

              Resolution Requesting the Director of Public Works to cause the sewers to be baited on various streets located within Ward 9.

 

 

COUNCILMEN LUNA, APONTE and COUNCILWOMAN YOUNG:

 

              Resolution Extending Sincere Best Wishes to Paul and Elizabeth Fitzgerald on the celebration of their 35th Wedding Anniversary.

 

 

COUNCILMAN MANCINI (By Request):

 

              Resolution Amending Resolution No. 246, Approved April 14, 2003 relative to the abandonment of a portion of Stanhope Street.

 

 

COUNCILMAN MANCINI, COUNCILMAN HASSETT and COUNCILMAN BUTLER:

 

              Resolution Extending Sincere Best Wishes to Kevin Reilly for a complete and speedy recovery from his recent surgery.

 

 

              COUNCILMAN SEGAL (By Request):

 

              Resolution Requesting the Traffic Engineer to prohibit motor vehicle traffic along East Street between John Street and Arnold Street on Saturday, May 31, 2003 between the hours of 4:00 o’clock P.M. to 10:00 o’clock P.M., to accommodate a Block Party. (Rain Date, Sunday, June 1, 2003)

 

 

              COUNCILMAN APONTE Moves to Dispense with the Reading of the foregoing matters and Moves Passage of the Several Resolutions, seconded by COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS.

 

              The Motion for Passage is Sustained.

 

              Resolution Requesting the Traffic Engineer to cause the installation of street signs indicating East Transit Street, at the intersections of said street with Governor Street and Ives Street.

 

              Resolution Requesting the Traffic Engineer to cause the installation of a street light at the northeastern corner of the intersection of Arnold Street and Benefit Street.

 

              Resolution Requesting the Traffic Engineer to cause the installation of a “Four-Way Stop” Sign at the intersection of Pitman Street and Wayland Avenue.             

 

 

              COUNCILMAN SEGAL:

 

              Resolution in Support of the burial of the transmission lines along Providence’s Waterfront.

             

              COUNCILMAN APONTE Moves to Dispense with the Reading of the foregoing matters.

 

              COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI Refers the Several Resolutions to the Committee on Public Works.

 

             

              COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS (By Request):

 

              Resolution Requesting the Traffic Engineer to prohibit motor vehicle traffic along Diman Place between Angell Street and Stimson Avenue on Sunday, June 8, 2003 between the hours of 9:30 o’clock A.M. to 2:00 o’clock P.M., to accommodate Central Congregational Church’s Annual Picnic.

 

              Resolution Requesting the Traffic Engineer to prohibit motor vehicle traffic along Gorton Street between Slater Avenue and Cole Avenue on Sunday, June 1, 2003 between the hours of 8:00 o’clock A.M. to 7:00 o’clock P.M., to accommodate a Neighborhood Block Party.

 

 

              COUNCILWOMAN YOUNG (By Request):

 

              Resolution Requesting the Traffic Engineer to prohibit motor vehicle traffic along Glenham Street between Broad Street and Taylor Street on Saturday, June 21, 2003 between the hours of 2:00 o’clock P.M. to 8:00 o’clock P.M., to accommodate a Graduation Party.

 

 

              COUNCILWOMAN YOUNG and COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI:

 

              Resolution Creating a Special Committee on Recreation.

 

              COUNCILMAN APONTE Moves to Dispense with the Reading of the foregoing matters and Moves Passage of the Several Resolutions, seconded by COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS.

 

              The Motion for Passage is Sustained.

 

 

REPORTS FROM COMMITTEES

 

COMMITTEE ON CITY PROPERTY

COUNCILWOMAN JOSEPHINE DIRUZZO, Chairwoman

AND

COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS, JOINTLY

COUNCILMAN TERRENCE M. HASSETT, Chairman

 

              Transmits the Following with Recommendation the Same be Received:

 

              Communication from Peter V. Lacouture, Nixon Peabody, LLP, dated April 9, 2003, submitting a notice of intent application and supporting report on behalf of Narragansett Electric Company with the Energy Facility Siting Board in connection with the relocation of the E-183 115 kV Transmission Line Relocation Project.

 

              COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI Receives the foregoing Communication.

 

 

 

COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS

COUNCILMAN TERRENCE M. HASSETT, Chairman

 

              Transmits the Following with Recommendation the Same be Severally Approved:

 

              Resolution Adopting an immediate moratorium on the issuance or approval of any permit required for any construction and or demolition related to any expansion by and for the Miriam Hospital and or any of its entities for a period of six months in order to allow for a full and complete impact study.

 

              Resolution Granting permission for an underground easement on Union Street for service at 236 Westminster Street.

 

              Resolution Granting permission for an underground easement in the sidewalk of Harris Avenue for service at Jefferson Place Condominiums.

 

              Resolution Granting permission for an underground easement within the sidewalk at the intersection of Chestnut Street and Ship Street for service at 89 Ship Street.

 

              Resolution Granting permission for an underground easement on George Street for service at 114 George Street.

 

              Resolution Granting approval for an easement to lay telephone conduit and place two new manholes under and on Harris Avenue and Kinsley Avenue to Providence Place.

 

 

              COUNCILMAN APONTE Moves to Dispense with the Reading of the foregoing matters and Moves Passage of the Several Resolutions, seconded by COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS.

 

              The Motion for Passage is Sustained.

 

 

COMMITTEE ON FINANCE

COUNCILMAN KEVIN JACKSON, Chairman

 

              Transmits the Following with Recommendation the Same be Severally Approved:

 

              Resolution Requesting to cancel or abate, in whole, the taxes assessed upon Assessor’s Plat 68, Lot 586 (54 Goddard Street), in the amount of Two Thousand Eight Hundred Twenty Six Dollars and Sixty Eight ($2,826.68) Cents, or any taxes accrued, at the request of the Smith Hill Community Development Corporation’s Affordable Housing Program.

 

              Read and Passed on Motion of COUNCILMAN APONTE, seconded by COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS, by the following Roll Call Vote:

 

AYES:                 COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI, COUNCILMEN APONTE, BUTLER, DELUCA, COUNCILWOMAN DIRUZZO, COUNCILMEN HASSETT, IGLIOZZI, JACKSON, LUNA, MANCINI, COUNCILWOMAN ROMANO, COUNCILMAN SEGAL, COUNCILWOMEN WILLIAMS and YOUNG – 14.

 

NAYES:              NONE.

 

ABSENT:              COUNCILMAN ALLEN – 1.

 

The Motion for Passage is Sustained.

 

 

              Resolution Granting an extension of the Residency Requirement for Makram H. Megalli, P.E., Director of Public Works for the City of Providence, for a six month period to commence on April 3, 2003 and ending on October 3, 2003.

 

              Read and Passed on Motion of COUNCILMAN APONTE, seconded by COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS.

 

              The Motion for Passage is Sustained.

 

 

COMMITTEE ON FINANCE

COUNCILMAN KEVIN JACKSON, Chairman

AND

COMMITTEE ON CITY PROPERTY, JOINTLY

COUNCILWOMAN JOSEPHINE DIRUZZO, Chairwoman

 

              Transmits the Following with Recommendation the Same be Approved, As Amended:

 

              Resolution Requesting the Providence Public Building Authority to use its best efforts to finance the renovation, the repair, replacement, improvement, furnishing and equipping of schools and school facilities in the City, including design and feasibility, engineering or other studies which may be necessary in connection therewith and any other acts necessary or incidental thereto (the “Projects”), and to issue Bonds and/or Notes in an amount not to exceed Thirty-One Million Dollars ($31,000,000) to provide funding for the Projects.

 

 

              COUNCILMAN APONTE Moves Passage of the foregoing Resolution, As Amended, seconded by COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS, by the following Roll Call Vote:

 

AYES:                 COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI, COUNCILMEN APONTE, BUTLER, DELUCA, COUNCILWOMAN DIRUZZO, COUNCILMEN HASSETT, IGLIOZZI, JACKSON, LUNA, MANCINI, COUNCILWOMAN ROMANO, COUNCILMAN SEGAL, COUNCILWOMEN WILLIAMS and YOUNG – 14.

 

NAYES:              NONE.

 

ABSENT:              COUNCILMAN ALLEN – 1.

 

The Motion for Passage, As Amended is Sustained.

 

 

COMMITTEE ON CLAIMS AND PENDING SUITS

COUNCILMAN PETER S. MANCINI, Chairman

 

              Transmits the Following with Recommendation the Same be Severally Approved:

 

              Certificates from the City Collector No. 45 & No. 46, Recommending Cancellation of Excise Taxes pursuant to the provisions of Section 44-7-14 of the General Laws of Rhode Island, 1956, as amended, as the same are determined to be uncollectable.

 

              Certificates from the City Collector No. 47, Recommending Cancellation of Tangible Taxes pursuant to the provisions of Section 44-7-14 of the General Laws of Rhode Island, 1956, as amended, as the same are determined to be uncollectable.

 

 

              COUNCILMAN APONTE Moves to Dispense with the Reading of the foregoing matters and Moves Passage of the Several Certificates, seconded by COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS, by the Following Roll Call Vote:

 

AYES:                 COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI, COUNCILMEN APONTE, BUTLER, DELUCA, COUNCILWOMAN DIRUZZO, COUNCILMEN HASSETT, IGLIOZZI, JACKSON, LUNA, MANCINI, COUNCILWOMAN ROMANO, COUNCILMAN SEGAL, COUNCILWOMEN WILLIAMS and YOUNG – 14.

 

NAYES:              NONE.

 

ABSENT:              COUNCILMAN ALLEN – 1.

 

The Motion for Passage of the Several Certificates is Sustained.

 

 

COMMUNICATIONS AND REPORT

 

              Communication from Mayor David N. Cicilline, dated May 8, 2003, Informing the City Clerk that he is this day appointing Mr. Pedro Espinal of 162 Verndale Avenue, Providence, Rhode Island 02905, as one of three Mayoral appointees to the Providence External Review Authority (PERA), for a term to expire in May 2005.

 

              Communication from Mayor David N. Cicilline, dated May 8, 2003, Informing the City Clerk that he is this day appointing Ms. Patsy L. Peterson of 118 Warrington Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02907, as one of three Mayoral appointees to the Providence External Review Authority (PERA), for a term to expire in May 2006.

 

              Communication from Mayor David N. Cicilline, dated May 22, 2003, Informing the City Clerk that he is this day appointing Mr. Arthur C. Jones, Ph.D of 31 Olney Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02906, as one of three Mayoral appointees to the Providence External Review Authority (PERA), for a term to expire in May 2004.

 

              Communication from Mayor David N. Cicilline, dated May 19, 2003, Informing the City Clerk that he is this day appointing Mr. John Simmons, as his appointee to serve on the “Special Commission to Study Tax Exempt Institutions” pursuant to Resolution Number 86, Effective February 17, 2003.

 

              Communication from Council President John J. Lombardi, dated May 19, 2003, Informing the City Clerk that he is this day appointing Antoinette Breed of 7 Cushing Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02906, to the On Street Parking Study Commission.

 

              Communication from Councilman Terrence M. Hassett, dated May 14, 2003, Informing the City Clerk that he is this day appointing Elizabeth A. Colon to the Providence External Review Authority (PERA) for a term of (1) year, as prescribed by the City Ordinances.

 

              Communication from Councilman John J. Igliozzi, dated May 9, 2003, Informing the City Clerk that he is this day appointing Andrew Galli of 35 Deborah Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02909, to the Providence External Review Authority (PERA).

 

              Communication from James F. Rattigan, Chief of Fire, dated May 23, 2003, Informing the City Clerk that he is this day appointing Deputy Fire Marshal, Chief Officer George S. Farrell, to the On Street Parking Study Commission.

 

              Communication from Christine Roundtree, Executive Director, Providence Human Relations Commission, dated May 27, 2003, submitting the Providence Human Relations Commission’s 2002 Annual Report.

 

              COUNCILMAN APONTE Moves to Dispense with the Reading of the foregoing matters.

 

              COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI Receives the Several Communications.

 

              COUNCILMAN BUTLER Requests the privilege of the floor to speak on a point of Personal Expression and states:

 

              I believe it was two Friday nights ago I was informed that someone who is near and dear to many people in the City of Providence ended his career with the City of Providence and I would just like to give a brief history of that individual and we can see if everybody here can figure out who it was.  He began working with the Providence Police Department in 1976, worked in the Patrol Bureau until 1979, transferred to the Traffic Bureau in 1979.  In 1983, he was assigned to the Terrorist/Extremist Team Headquarters and in 1984 he returned to the Traffic Bureau.  Promoted to the rank of Sergeant in April 1985; first he was assigned to Patrol Bureau, then he was transferred to the Traffic Bureau.  In December 1988, he was promoted to Lieutenant and remained in the Traffic Bureau in charge of the Night Motorcycle Division.  In December 1990, he was designated Commanding Officer of the Traffic Bureau.  He was promoted to Captain in December of 1991 and remained Commanding Officer of the Traffic Bureau.  He supervised a staff of 25 sworn police officers and 125 civilian employees.  He represented the Providence Police Department as the first official organizer in pedestrian and safety for events such as First Night and the Extreme Games.  In July of 1985, he was appointed to Acting Department Inspector.  In October of 1995, he was promoted to Major and was designated the Department Inspector and he served in the capacity until November of 1999.  At that time he was designated the Commanding Officer of the newly formed Traffic Services Division.  In February 2001, he was promoted to rank of Colonel of the Providence Police Department.  He served as the City’s 35th Chief of Police until September of 2002.  He was a graduate of LaSalle Academy and earned an Associate’s Degree from CCRI.  He received a Bachelor’s in Administration of Justice from Roger Williams College, five years after joining the Providence Police Department.  He earned a Master’s in Criminal Justice from Salve Regina College, seven years after joining the Providence Police Department.  He completed a Secondary Ed certification from Providence College and certified by the University of North Florida in Traffic Accident Reconstruction.  He is considered an expert in the field of Law Enforcement Traffic Accident Reconstruction.  He is a certified Breathalyzer Operator; Motor Carrier Inspector; Standardized Field Sobriety Tester, Radiological Response Officer; Safety Belt Instructor and AAA Driving Improvement Instructor.  He was instrumental in enabling the certification program through AAA for Providence school crossing guards and for apprehending four armed gunmen while they were in the act of committing a hold-up in 1978.  He received the Department Ribbon for Outstanding Police Work, the department’s highest honor.  He was awarded the Rhea Archambault Award for 1st Place and was named “Policeman of the Year.”  He received the Lion’s Club Award, received the American Legion’s Medal of Valor, received the Silver Star of Bravery from the American Law Enforcement Officers Association, received the Attorney General’s Law Enforcement Award and received the Chief’s Award from the Providence Police Department.  He received the City Council Award in 1981 and was again awarded the Rhea Archambualt Award and was named “Policeman of the Year” and again received the City Council Award.  He also received national recognition in 1995 from the American Public Health Association for a publication on Pedestrian Safety.  He lives in the City of Providence with his wife Kathleen, they have three children and a grandchild.  From the bottom of my heart I would just like to thank Former Colonel Sullivan for his outstanding dedication.  I will be putting forward a resolution at the next council meeting and I ask my colleagues at the appropriate time if they would co-sponsor that.  Thank you very much.

 

              COUNCILMAN IGLIOZZI Requests the privilege of the floor to speak on a point of Personal Expression and states:

             

              Actually I would be remised not to say a couple of words on behalf of Chief Sullivan.  First of all I would like to congratulate Chief Sullivan and Major Simoneau in their recent victory against the City dealing with the recruitment process and why do I congratulate them?  Because here are too individuals that in a major storm during the last couple of years showed to the public and to the justice system that they were honorable, that they maintained the integrity and the truth and velocity of their words is believable and the court ruled in their favor again dealing with this latest recruitment class and unfortunately for the City’s part the Judge ruled that the City violated those recruits constitutional rights, due process rights, that the City breeched the contract and unfortunately it looks like the City will be paying legal fees for those recruits because of those actions.  That gives me great concern because sometimes in the haste, to make things better in the interest of reform you sometimes leave in your wake honorable people and Chief Sullivan and Major Simoneau through these court proceedings was shown that their recruitment process was honorable, lawful and done correctly.  So I think it is important to acknowledge that because although we are all in favor of reform we should not hurt individuals and their reputations who are honorable in the name of reform.  We should embrace the individuals who stood up and were counted and were shown that they did the right thing.  So I also would like to congratulate Chief Sullivan because also I see his wife practically everyday when she makes sure my son gets to school so I want to congratulate Chief Sullivan and their family and also Major Simoneau.  These are individuals that we’re very fortunate to have serve in the City of Providence.  I know Major Simoneau is still there but my point is that Chief Sullivan is somebody that will be an individual who will be missed and someone that I believe the City could have utilized to all our benefit.  With that, thank you.

 

 

FROM THE CLERK'S DESK

 

              Certificates from the City Assessor (Nos. 3G and 4G), recommending the same be severally cancelled pursuant to the provisions of Sections 14 and 15 of Title 44, Chapter 7 of the General Laws of Rhode Island, As Amended.             

 

 

              Petitions for Compensation for Injuries and Damages, viz:

 

Nicholas E. Gilbert

Christian P. Arruda

Shirley Shaw

   (Henry J. Almagno, Esquire)

Dawn M. & Jose L. Gonsalves

Henry A. Verducci

   (Mark T. Romano, Esquire)

David J. Arundel

Anneliese K. Loffler

Patricia J. Neves

Milder Cruz

Marybeth Bartholet

   (Charles J. Vucci, Esquire)

Darlene Gomes

Willie Brassell & Angela King

   (John S. Coughlin, Esquire)

   (Edward A. Shapira, Esquire)

Marcia I. Pomon

Anne West Ring

   (Charles J. Vucci, Esquire)

David P. Weindel

Amica Mutual Insurance a/s/o Marjorie Mann

Jordan Elpern-Waxman

   (Mark B. Morse, Esquire)

Norman Chou, MD

Helen Meloni

Luis A. Martinez

Evaristo Rosario

   (Charles J. Vucci, Esquire)

 

 

              COUNCILMAN APONTE Moves to Dispense with the Reading of the foregoing matters.

 

              COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI Refers the Several Certificates and Petitions to the Committee on Claims and Pending Suits.

 

 

PRESENTATION OF RESOLUTIONS "IN CONGRATULATIONS"

 

              COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI and the MEMBERS of the CITY COUNCIL:

 

              Resolutions Extending Congratulations.

 

              Severally Read and Collectively Passed, on Motion of COUNCILMAN

APONTE, seconded by COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS.

 

              The Motion for Passage is Sustained.

 

PRESENTATION OF RESOLUTIONS "IN MEMORIAM"

 

              COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI and the MEMBERS of the CITY COUNCIL:

 

              Resolutions Extending Sympathy.

 

              Severally Read and Collectively Passed, by a Unanimous Rising Vote, on Motion of COUNCILMAN APONTE, seconded by COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS.

 

              The Motion for Passage is Sustained.

 

 

 

MATTERS NOT APPEARING ON THE PRINTED DOCKET

 

              On Motion of COUNCILMAN APONTE, seconded by COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS, it is voted to Suspend Rule 16-B of the City Council Rules in order to allow the introduction of the following Matters Not Appearing on the Printed Docket.

 

PRESENTATION OF ORDINANCES

 

              COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS (By Request):

 

              An Ordinance Amending Chapter 13 of the Code of Ordinances Entitled:  “Housing”.

 

              COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI Refers the Ordinance to the Committee on Ordinances.

             

 

              COUNCILMAN HASSETT: 

 

              An Ordinance Relating to Workers’ Compensation Insurance and Licensing.

 

              COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI Refers the Ordinance to the Committee on Ordinances.

 

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

              Communication from Councilman Kevin Jackson, dated June 2, 2003, Informing the City Clerk that he is this day appointing Mr. Kenneth Brown of 130 Evergreen Street, Providence, RI  02906 to the Providence External Review Authority. (PERA)

 

              Communication from Councilman Luis A. Aponte, dated June 4, 2003, Informing the City Clerk that he is this day appointing Mr. Michael D. Evora of 237 Washington Avenue, Providence, Rhode Island  02905 to the Providence External Review Authority. (PERA)

 

             

              COUNCILMAN APONTE Moves to Dispense with the Reading of the foregoing maters.

 

              COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI Receives the Several Communications.

 

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

              There being no further business, on Motion of COUNCILMAN APONTE, seconded by COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS, it is voted to adjourn the meeting at 7:55 o’clock P.M. (E.D.T.), to meet again on THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 2003 at 7:30 o’clock P.M. (E.D.T.)

 

 

 

                                                                                                                MICHAEL R. CLEMENT

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