March 12, 2003  Regular City Council Meeting

 

CITY OF PROVIDENCE

RHODE ISLAND

CITY COUNCIL

JOURNAL OF PROCEEDINGS

 

No. 5 City Council Regular Meeting, Wednesday, March 12, 2003, 5:30 o’clock P.M. (E.S.T.)

 

PRESIDING

 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT

JOHN J. LOMBARDI

 

 

ROLL CALL

 

PRESENT:                 COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI, COUNCILMEN ALLEN, APONTE, DELUCA, COUNCILWOMAN DIRUZZO, COUNCILMEN HASSETT, IGLIOZZI, LUNA, SEGAL, COUNCILWOMEN WILLIAMS and YOUNG – 11.

 

ABSENT:              COUNCILMEN BUTLER, JACKSON, MANCINI and COUNCILWOMAN ROMANO – 4.

                           

ALSO PRESENT:              Ralph Guglielmino, City Sergeant, Bruce D. Todesco, Deputy City Solicitor, Michael R. Clement, City Clerk, Claire E. Bestwick, First Deputy City Clerk and Sheri A. Petronio, Assistant Clerk.

 

 

INVOCATION

 

              The Invocation is given by COUNCILMAN JOSEPH DELUCA.

 

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG

OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

 

              COUNCILWOMAN JOSEPHINE DIRUZZO 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 February 14, 2003, Informing the Honorable Members of the City Council that pursuant to Sections 302(b) and 415 of the Providence Home Rule Charter of 1980, as amended, he is this day reappointing Thomas E. Gardner of 93 Power Street, Providence, RI  02906, as a member of the Salary Review Commission for a term to expire in January, 2007, and respectfully submits the same for approval.

 

              Communication dated February 28, 2003, Informing the Honorable Members of the City Council that pursuant to Sections 302(b) and 1009 of the Providence Home Rule Charter of 1980, as amended, he is this day appointing Charles Newton of 45 Larch Street, Providence, RI  02906, as an auxiliary member of the Zoning Board of Review for a term to expire in January 2008, and respectfully submits the same for approval.  (Mr. Newton will fill the expired term of Mr. Marcos A. Rico).

Communication dated February 28, 2003, Informing the Honorable Members of the City Council that pursuant to Sections 302(b) and 1103 of the Providence Home Rule Charter of 1980, as amended, he is this day appointing Pastor Jeffrey Williams of 1738 Broad Street, Providence, RI  02905, as a member of the Human Relations Commission for a term to expire in January 2006, and respectfully submits the same for approval.  (Pastor Williams will fill the expired term of Mr. Gary St. Peter).

              Communication dated February 28, 2003, Informing the Honorable Members of the City Council that pursuant to Sections 302(b) and 1009 of the Providence Home Rule Charter of 1980, as amended, he is this day appointing Scott Wolf of 70 President Avenue, Providence, RI  02906, as a member of the Zoning Board of Review for a term to expire in January 2008, and respectfully submits the same for approval.  (Mr. Wolf will fill the expired term of Margaret Castro).

 

              Communication dated February 28, 2003, Informing the Honorable Members of the City Council that pursuant to Sections 302(b) and 1012 of the Providence Home Rule Charter of 1980, as amended, he is this day appointing Thomas E. Deller of 331 River Avenue, Providence, Rhode Island  02908, as the Director of the Department of Planning and Urban Development, and respectfully submits the same for approval.

 

              Communication dated February 28, 2003, Informing the Honorable Members of the City Council that pursuant to Sections 302(b) and 1002 of the Providence Home Rule Charter of 1980, as amended, he is this day appointing Makram H. Megalli of 196 Old River Road (8F South), Lincoln, Rhode Island  02865, as Director of the Department of Public Works, and respectfully submits the same for approval.

 

              Communication dated February 28, 2003, Informing the Honorable Members of the City Council that pursuant to Sections 302(b) and 1004 of the Providence Home Rule Charter of 1980, as amended, he is this day appointing Frank Santos of 444 Woodward Road, North Providence, Rhode Island,  02904, as the Director of the Department of Recreation, and respectfully submits the same for approval.

 

              Communication dated February 28, 2003, Informing the Honorable Members of the City Council that pursuant to Sections 302(b) and 901 of the Providence Home Rule Charter of 1980, as amended, he is this day appointing Sybil F. Bailey of 53 Lauriston Street, Providence, Rhode Island  02906, as the Director of the Department of Personnel, and respectfully submits the same for approval.

 

              Communication dated February 28, 2003, Informing the Honorable Members of the City Council that pursuant to Sections 302(b) and 606 of the Providence Home Rule Charter of 1980, as amended, he is this day appointing Ernesto Figueroa of 80 Waller Street, Providence, Rhode Island  02908, as the Registrar of Vital Statistics, and respectfully submits the same for approval.

 

              Communication dated February 28, 2003, Informing the Honorable Members of the City Council that pursuant to Sections 302(b) and 814 of the Providence Home Rule Charter of 1980, as amended, he is this day appointing Nita Shah of 10 Brookway Road, Providence, Rhode Island  02906, as a member of the Board of Tax Assessment and Review for a term to expire in January 2006, and respectfully submits the same for approval.  (Ms. Shah will fill an existing vacancy on the Board).

 

              Communication dated February 28, 2003, Informing the Honorable Members of the City Council that pursuant to Sections 302(b) and 814 of the Providence Home Rule Charter of 1980, as amended, he is this day appointing Theodore Littler of 227 Irving Avenue, Providence, Rhode Island  02906, as a member of the Board of Tax Assessment and Review for a term to expire in January 2006, and respectfully submits the same for approval.  (Mr. Littler will fill the expired term of Elizabeth Bracken).

             

              COUNCILMAN APONTE Moves to Dispense with the foregoing matters.

 

              COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI Receives the Several Communications and Refers the Same to the Committee on Finance.

 

              Communication dated February 25, 2003, Informing the Honorable Members of the City Council that pursuant to the Articles of Incorporation of the Providence Plan, he is this day appointing Mr. Robert A. Walsh, Jr. of 230 Eighth Street, Providence, Rhode Island  02906, as a member of the Providence Plan Board of Directors for a term to expire on June 30, 2008.  (Mr. Walsh will fill the expired term of Dean Holt who has resigned).

 

              Received.

 

              Communication dated February 28, 2003, Informing the Honorable Members of the City Council that pursuant to the Articles of Incorporation of the Providence Plan, he is this day appointing Gordon D. Fox of 146 Woodbine Street, Providence, Rhode Island  02906, as a member of the Providence Plan Board of Directors for a term to expire on June 30, 2008.  (Mr. Fox will fill the expired term of Carol Grant who has resigned).

 

              Received.

 

 

APPOINTMENTS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE CITY COUNCIL

 

              Communication from Council President John J. Lombardi, dated February 28, 2003, appointing Shakira Abdullah of 10 Lillian Avenue, Providence, Rhode Island  02905 and Paul Caswell of 59 Hammond Street, Providence, Rhode Island  02909 to the Providence External Review Authority.

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

 

              COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI Receives the Several Communications.

 

             

ORDINANCES SECOND READING

 

The following Ordinances were in City Council February 20, 2003, Read and Passed the First Time and are Severally Returned for Passage the Second Time:

 

              An Ordinance Making an Appropriation of Fifty Million One Hundred Twenty Two Thousand Three Hundred Forty Seven ($50,122,347) Dollars for the support of the Providence Water Supply Board for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2003.

             

An Ordinance Establishing a Compensation Plan for the Water Supply Board and Repealing Ordinance Chapter 2001-49, Approved November 9, 2001, As Amended.

 

              An Ordinance Establishing the Classes of Position, the Maximum Number of Employees and the Number of Employees in Certain Classes in the Water Supply Board and Repealing Ordinance Chapter 2001-48, Approved November 9, 2001, As Amended.

 

              An Ordinance Making an Appropriation of Five Million Seven Hundred Seventy Six Thousand Four Hundred Sixty Eight ($5,776,468) Dollars for the Water Supply Board Water Quality Protection Fund for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2003.

 

              An Ordinance Making an Appropriation of Three Million Two Hundred Fifty Two Thousand Five Hundred Fifty ($3,252,550) Dollars for the Water Supply Board Insurance Fund for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2003.

 

              An Ordinance Making and Appropriation of Eighteen Million Eight Hundred Twenty Nine Thousand Two Hundred Thirty Nine ($18,829,239) Dollars for the Water Supply Board Infrastructure Replacement Program Fund for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2003.

 

              An Ordinance Making an Appropriation of Four Million Seven Hundred Seventy Four Thousand Nine Hundred Sixty Six ($4,774,966) Dollars for the Water Supply Board Capital Fund for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2003.

 

              An Ordinance Making an Appropriation of Five Hundred Twenty Four Thousand Six Hundred Fifty Five ($524,655) Dollars for the Water Supply Board Meter Replacement Fund for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2003.

 

              An Ordinance Making an Appropriation of One Million Five Hundred Ninety One Thousand One Hundred Sixteen ($1,591,116) Dollars for the Water Supply Board Equipment Replacement Fund for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2003.             

 

              An Ordinance Making an Appropriation of Three Hundred One Thousand Four Hundred Seventy Six ($301,476) Dollars for the Water Supply Board Alternative Supply Fund for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2003.

 

              An Ordinance Making an Appropriation of One Million One Hundred Thirty Two Thousand Seven Hundred Twenty Four ($1,132,724) Dollars for the Water Supply Board 102” Butterfly Valve Fund for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2003.

 

              An Ordinance in Amendment of Ordinance No. 645, Chapter 2002-42 Entitled:  “An Ordinance Relating to Tax Stabilization for Stanley Weiss Associates, LLC, As Amended.”

             

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

 

AYES:                 COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI COUNCILMEN ALLEN, APONTE, DELUCA, COUNCILWOMAN DIRUZZO, COUNCILMEN HASSETT, IGLIOZZI, LUNA, SEGAL, COUNCILWOMEN WILLIAMS and YOUNG – 11.

 

NAYES:              COUNCILMAN DELUCA and COUNCILMAN SEGAL request to be recorded as voting “NO” on “An Ordinance in Amendment of Ordinance No. 645, Chapter 2002-42 Entitled:  “An Ordinance Relating to Tax Stabilization for Stanley Weiss Associates, LLC, As Amended”.

 

ABSENT:              COUNCILMEN BUTLER, JACKSON, MANCINI and COUNCILWOMAN ROMANO - 4.

 

The Motion for Passage the Second Time is Sustained.

 

              COUNCILMAN JACKSON joins the meeting.

 

              An Ordinance Relating to Valet Parking.

                           

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

 

              COUNCILMAN HASSET Moves to Amend the effective date to July 1, 2003, seconded by COUNCILMAN IGLIOZZI.

 

              COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI and COUNCILMAN APONTE request to be recorded as voting “NO” on the amendment.

              COUNCILMAN DELUCA Moves Passage of the forgoing Ordinance the Second Time, As Amended, seconded by COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS, by the Following Roll Call Vote:

 

AYES:              COUNCILMEN ALLEN, DELUCA, COUNCILWOMAN DIRUZZO, COUNCILMEN HASSETT, IGLIOZZI, JACKSON, LUNA, SEGAL and COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS – 9.

 

NAYES:              COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI, COUNCILMAN APONTE and COUNCILWOMAN YOUNG – 3.

 

ABSENT:              COUNCILMEN BUTLER, MANCINI and COUNCILWOMAN ROMANO – 3.

 

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

 

 

PRESENTATION OF ORDINANCES

 

              COUNCILWOMAN YOUNG, COUNCILMEN APONTE, LUNA and SEGAL:

 

              An Ordinance in Amendment of Chapter 2002-27, Approved August 29, 2002, of the Ordinances of the City of Providence, making an Appropriation of Five Hundred Fifteen Million Four Hundred Fifty Two Thousand Twenty Seven ($515,452,027) Dollars for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2003, As Amended. (PERA)

 

 

COUNCILWOMAN YOUNG and COUNCILMAN LUNA:

 

              An Ordinance in Amendment of Chapter 2002-29, Approved August 29, 2002, Establishing a Compensation Plan for the City of Providence, As Amended. (MBE/WBE)

 

              An Ordinance in Amendment of Chapter 2002-28, Approved August 29, 2002, Establishing a Classification Plan for the City of Providence, As Amended. (MBE/WBE)

 

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

 

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

 

 

PRESENTATION OF RESOLUTIONS

 

              COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI (By Request):

 

              Resolution in support of 2003-H 5772 Entitled:  “An Act Relating to Businesses and Professions-Electricians.”

 

              Resolution in support of reallocating $80 Million Dollars of the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 (EGTRRA) for Federal Revenue Sharing to the Counties, Cities, and Towns.

 

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

 

              COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI Refers the Resolutions to the Committee on State Legislation.

 

              Resolution Requesting the Traffic Engineer to prohibit motor vehicle traffic along Aborn Street (Adrian Hall Way) between Washington Street and Empire Street on Saturday, March 29, 2003 from 9:00 o’clock A.M. to Sunday March 30, 2003 until 9:00 o’clock P.M., to accommodate the NCAA Regional Hockey Quarter Finals.

 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI, COUNCILMEN ALLEN, APONTE, BUTLER, 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 Joseph DeLuca on January 21, 2003.

 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI, COUNCILMEN ALLEN, APONTE, 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 Patrick K. Butler on January 27, 2003.

 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI, COUNCILMEN APONTE, 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 Ronald W. Allen on February 8, 2003.

 

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

 

              Resolution Extending Sincere Best Wishes for a Happy Birthday to Councilman Miguel C. Luna on March 2, 2003.

 

              COUNCILMAN IGLIOZZI:

 

              Resolution Extending Sincere Best Wishes to Gian V. Igliozzi, upon his Fifth Birthday, born on February 19, 1998.

 

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

 

              The Motion for Passage is Sustained.

 

             

COUNCILMAN LUNA (By Request):

 

              Resolution Requesting to cancel or abate in whole the taxes assessed upon Assessor’s Plat 53, Lot 196 (1137 Broad Street).

 

              Resolution Requesting to cancel or abate in whole the taxes assessed upon Assessor’s Plat 53, Lot 197 (12 Corinth Street).

 

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

 

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

 

 

              COUNCILMAN MANCINI and COUNCILMAN IGLIOZZI:

 

              Resolution Extending Sincere gratitude to Alan Costantino for his dedicated service to the citizens of the City of Providence and for his years of service on the Licensing Board.

 

              COUNCILMAN SEGAL (By Request):

 

              Resolution Requesting the Traffic Engineer to prohibit motor vehicle traffic along Benefit Street between College Street and Hopkins Street on Sunday, April 27, 2003 between the hours of 7:00 o’clock A.M. to 12:00 o’clock Midnight, to accommodate the 250th Anniversary of Providence Athenaeum.

 

              Resolution Requesting that the Director of Planning & Development, the Department of Public Works, and the Traffic Engineer to recommence the study of potential reforms to Providence’s parking regulations, with the aim of instituting a system that is less regressive than todays, encourages the conversion of surface lots into green space and is otherwise environmentally conscious, and provides the city with an increased and steady revenue stream.

 

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

 

              The Motion for Passage is Sustained.

 

             

COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS (By Request):

 

              Resolution Endorsing and Urging Passage by the General Assembly of House Bill 2003-H5751, Relating to the City of Providence.  (Wheaton Street)

 

              Resolution Endorsing and Urging Passage by the General Assembly of House Bill 2003-H5753, Authorizing the City of Providence to Convey Certain Property Dedicated for Park Purposes.

 

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

 

              COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI Refers the Resolutions to the Committee on State Legislation.

 

 

              Resolution Amending Resolution No. 25, Approved January 30, 2003, Relative to the Creation of an Education Committee, requesting to change the name to the “Education Commission.”

 

              COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS Moves to Amend The Resolution to add “One (1) Member of the Association of Providence Public Schools Administrators, seconded by COUNCILMAN APONTE.

 

              COUNCILMAN APONTE Moves for Passage of the Resolution, As Amended, seconded by COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS.

 

              The Motion for Passage, As Amended, is Sustained.

 

 

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

 

              Resolution Expressing Sincere Gratitude to Samuel J. Shamoon for his years of Public Service to the City of Providence.

 

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

 

              The Motion for Passage is Sustained.

 

 

REPORTS FROM COMMITTEES

 

COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS

COUNCILMAN TERRENCE M. HASSETT, Chairman

AND

COMMITTEE ON CITY PROPERTY, JOINTLY

COUNCILWOMAN JOSEPHINE DIRUZZO, Chairwoman

 

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

 

              Resolution Granting the execution of that certain maintenance agreement by and between the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations acting by and through the Rhode Island Department of Transportation and the City of Providence for highway maintenance and access with respect to various highway bridges and overpasses over certain streets as described in said maintenance agreement.

 

              Resolution Granting the acquisition, for nominal consideration, of an easement from the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations acting by and through the Rhode Island Department of Transportation for the erection and maintenance of a dam or barrier over and across the property in connection with the operation of the Providence Hurricane Barrier; such relocation of the existing easement being made necessary by the relocation of Interstate Route 195; and upon the relocation of such easement to extinguish a portion of the existing Hurricane Barrier easement with Narragansett Electric Company dated April 10, 1961 and recorded in the City of Providence Land Evidence Records in Book 1108 at page 61.

 

              Resolution Granting the waiver of compensation with respect to the condemnation by the State of Rhode Island of certain property owned by the City of Providence for highway purposes in connection with the relocation of Interstate Route 195 or, in the alternative, to authorize the conveyance, for nominal consideration, of fee title to said property to the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations acting by and through the Rhode Island Department of Transportation for highway purposes.

             

              Resolution Granting a waiver of compensation with respect to the condemnation by the State of Rhode Island of certain property owned by the City of Providence for a temporary and permanent sewer easement near India Street, or in the alternative, to authorize the granting, for nominal consideration, of a temporary and permanent sewer easement to the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations acting by and through the Rhode Island Department of Transportation to install, construct, use, operate, repair, replace and maintain sewer facilities and appurtenant structures in, under, through, over and upon the property described in the proposed grant of easements.

 

              COUNCILMAN HASSETT Moves to Amend the foregoing Resolution, paragraph four, fourth line “it improves”, we are inserting an “s”, page four of seven, item seven after the second line, we are inserting a new line “as such Ordinances may be amended from time to time” and the reason for that is because the Old Harbor Plan may from time to time being an Ordinance accepted by the Council that may change relative to how Planning & Development may make amendments to that plan and we may offer amendments so that cleans it up as making it more of a versatile document for us.  Line eight, fourth line after Providence Zoning Ordinance inserting “as such Ordinance may be amended from time to time” for the same reason.  Item eleven strike “Mayor David N. Cicilline” inserting Mayor.  “City of Providence, City Hall, its not 1025” it’s “25 Dorrance Street”.  Also adding below that with a copy to “City Solicitor, City of Providence, 275 Westminster Street, Suite 200, Providence, Rhode Island 02903”.  As it concerns to the DOT strike “James Capaldi” insert “Director” with a copy to General Counsel, Rhode Island Department of Transportation, Two Capitol Hill, Providence, Rhode Island  02903”.  Last paragraph strike “February” insert “March, 2003”.  “Approved as to Form and Correctness” were added and “City Solicitor, City of Providence”.  Also change page three, first paragraph, fourth line after that the City shall amend the “Older Harbor Plan” to “Old Harbor Plan”, seconded by COUNCILMAN APONTE.

 

              COUNCILMAN HASSETT Moves for Passage of the Several Resolutions, As Amended, by the Following Roll Call Vote:

 

AYES:              COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI, COUNCILMAN APONTE, COUNCILWOMAN DIRUZZO, COUNCILMEN HASSETT, JACKSON, SEGAL and COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS – 7.

 

NAYES:              COUNCILMEN ALLEN, DELUCA, LUNA and COUNCILWOMAN YOUNG – 4.

 

NOT VOTING:              COUNCILMAN IGLIOZZI – 1.

 

ABSENT:              COUNCILMEN BUTLER, MANCINI and COUNCILWOMAN ROMANO – 3.

 

The Motion for Passage of the Several Resolutions, As Amended, is Sustained.

 

COUNCILMAN HASSETT Moves to Suspend Rule 20 Standing Committees, Special Committees and Subcommittees because there is a Public Works Committee meeting scheduled for 6:00 o’clock and we are approaching the thirty minute mark.  The meeting shall be postponed or canceled at the discretion of the chairperson but just on the side of caution if we could suspend that rule just so that the committee can meet Upon the Rise verses 6:30, seconded by COUNCILMAN ALLEN.

 

 

COMMITTEE ON FINANCE

COUNCILMAN KEVIN JACKSON, Chairman

 

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

 

              An Ordinance Amending the Classes of Positions, the Maximum Number of Employees and the Number of Employees in Certain Classes in the City Department Ordinance submitted to the City Council for approval for the Fiscal Year 2002-2003.

 

Transmits the Following with Recommendation the Same Be Severally Adopted:

 

              An Ordinance Amending the Appropriation Ordinance submitted to the City Council for approval for the Fiscal Year 2002-2003.

 

              An Ordinance Amending the Compensation Ordinance submitted to the City Council for approval for the Fiscal Year 2002-2003.

 

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

 

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

 

AYES:              COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI, COUNCILMEN ALLEN, APONTE, DELUCA, COUNCILWOMAN DIRUZZO, COUNCILMEN HASSETT, IGLIOZZI, JACKSON, LUNA, SEGAL, COUNCILWOMEN WILLIAMS and YOUNG – 12.

 

NAYES:              NONE.

 

ABSENT:              COUNCILMEN BUTLER, MANCINI and COUNCILWOMAN ROMANO – 3

 

The Motion for Passage the First Time is Sustained.

             

 

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

 

              Resolution Requesting the Superintendent of the Parks Department to cease and desist of all non-emergency overtime of Parks Department Employees.

 

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

 

AYES:              COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI, COUNCILMEN ALLEN, APONTE, DELUCA, COUNCILWOMAN DIRUZZO, COUNCILMEN HASSETT, IGLIOZZI, JACKSON, LUNA, SEGAL, COUNCILWOMEN WILLIAMS and YOUNG – 12.

 

NAYES:              NONE.

 

ABSENT:              COUNCILMEN BUTLER, MANCINI and COUNCILWOMAN ROMANO – 3.

 

The Motion for Passage is Sustained.

 

 

Transmits the Following with Recommendation the Same be Severally Approved:

 

              Communication dated February 14, 2003, Informing the Honorable Members of the City Council that pursuant to Sections 302(b) and 415 of the Providence Home Rule Charter of 1980, As Amended, he is this day appointing Mr. Stephen Lichatin, of 326 Taber Avenue, Providence, Rhode Island  02906, as a member of the Salary Review Commission for a term to expire in January 2007, and respectfully submits the same for approval.

 

              Communication dated February 14, 2003, Informing the Honorable Members of the City Council that pursuant to Sections 302(b) and 1103 of the Providence Home Rule Charter of 1980, As Amended, he is this day appointing Sister Ann Keefe, of 23 Plum Street, Providence, Rhode Island  02905, as a member of the Human Relations Commission for a term to expire in January 2006, and respectfully submits the same for approval.

             

              Communication dated February 14, 2003, 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, he is this day appointing Ms. Jennifer Cole-Steele, of 49 Ring Street, Providence, Rhode Island  02909, as a member of the City Plan Commission for a term to expire in January 2008, and respectfully submits the same for approval. 

 

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

 

The Motion for Passage of the Several Communications is Sustained.

 

 

Transmits the Following with Recommendation the Same be Severally Denied:

 

              Communication dated February 14, 2003, Informing the Honorable Members of the City Council that pursuant to Sections 302(b) and 415 of the Providence Home Rule Charter of 1980, As Amended, he is this day re-appointing Mr. Michel Van Leesten, of 11 Belair Avenue, Providence, Rhode Island  02906, as a member of the Salary Review Commission for a term to expire in January 2007, and respectfully submits the same for approval.

 

              Communication dated February 14, 2003, Informing the Honorable Members of the City Council that pursuant to Sections 302(b) and 415 of the Providence Home Rule Charter of 1980, As Amended, he is this day appointing Ms. Merrill Sherman, of 24 Channing Street, Providence, Rhode Island  02906, as a member of the Salary Review Commission for a term to expire in January 2007, and respectfully submits the same for approval.

 

              Communication dated February 14, 2003, Informing the Honorable Members of the City Council that pursuant to Sections 302(b) and 1103 of the Providence Home Rule Charter of 1980, As Amended, he is this day appointing Ms. Mary Kay Harris, of 44 Superior Street, Providence, Rhode Island  02907, as a member of the Human Relations Commission for a term to expire in January 2006, and respectfully submits the same for approval. 

             

COUNCILMAN APONTE Moves to Dispense with the Reading of the foregoing matters and moves for Denial of the Several Communications, seconded by COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS.

 

The Motion for Denial of the Several Communications is Sustained.

 

 

COMMITTEE ON URBAN REDEVELOPMENT, RENEWAL AND PLANNING

COUNCILWOMAN BALBINA A. YOUNG, Chairwoman

 

Transmits the Following with Recommendation the Same be Severally Adopted:

 

              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 2, 73, & 763, Plat 23, 10, 2, & 6 Hayward Street, Respectively.

 

              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 560 & 555, Plat 63, 2 & 60 Curtis Street, Respectively.

 

              An Ordinance in Amendment of and in Addition to Chapter 1986-53 of the Ordinances 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 371 and 384, on Plat 62, 39 Julian Street and 31-33 Julian Street, Respectively.

 

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

 

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

 

AYES:              COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI, COUNCILMEN ALLEN, APONTE, DELUCA, COUNCILWOMAN DIRUZZO, COUNCILMEN HASSETT, IGLIOZZI, JACKSON, LUNA, SEGAL, COUNCILWOMEN WILLIAMS and YOUNG – 12.

 

NAYES:              NONE.

 

ABSENT:              COUNCILMEN BUTLER, MANCINI and COUNCILWOMAN ROMANO – 3

 

The Motion for Passage the First Time is Sustained.

 

 

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

 

              Resolution Renaming that street currently named “American Express Way” to “Park Row West” so as to establish a permanent reflection of businesses located along the street.

 

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

 

              The Motion for Passage, is Sustained.

 

 

Transmits the Following with Recommendation the Same be Severally Approved:

 

              Resolution Requesting the Board of Contract and Supply to authorize the purchase of Assessor’s Plat 64, Lot 653 (280 Academy Avenue), within the Special Vacant Lot Project from the Providence Redevelopment Agency for the sum of One Dollar ($1.00) to be transferred to the Parks Department and also to cause any and all taxes to be abated, in whole, including 2002 taxes.

 

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

 

AYES:              COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI, COUNCILMEN APONTE, DELUCA, COUNCILWOMAN DIRUZZO, COUNCILMEN HASSETT, LUNA, SEGAL, COUNCILWOMEN WILLIAMS and YOUNG – 9.

 

NAYES:              COUNCILMEN IGLIOZZI and JACKSON – 2.

 

 

NOT VOTING:              COUNCILMAN ALLEN – 1.

 

ABSENT:              COUNCILMEN BUTLER, MANCINI and COUNCILWOMAN ROMANO – 3.

 

              The Motion for Passage is Sustained.

 

              COUNCILMAN APONTE Moves to Reconsider the foregoing Resolution, seconded by COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS.

 

              COUNCILMAN APONTE Moves to Refer the forgoing Resolution to the Committee on Finance, seconded by COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS.

             

 

              Resolution Authorizing the Providence Redevelopment Agency to initiate the condemnation of that property located at 551 Chalkstone Avenue, Assessor’s Plat 69, Lot 260.

 

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

 

              The Motion for Passage is Sustained.

 

 

COMMUNICATION

 

              Communication from Laurence K. Flynn, Executive Director, Board of Canvassers, dated February 26, 2003, informing the City Clerk of the official results from the election for the Class “B” Employee Representative, Providence Fire Department held on February 25, 2003.  The results of that election are as follows:

 

              Brian Jackvony – 179

              William Moise, Jr. – 37

              Kenneth Prew – 24

              Write-in – 0

              Total Ballots Counted – 240

 

              COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI Receives the Communication.

 

FROM THE CLERK'S DESK

 

              Petition from Robert M. Rolando, requesting permission for an easement to relocate Splash Duck Tours from the Providence Tourism Office at 10 Dorrance Street to the old bus stop at Fountain Street and Eddy Street.

 

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

 

              Petitions for Compensation for Injuries and Damages, viz:

 

Juan Sena

Phillip Davis

   (Christopher E. Fay, Esquire)

R. Zoppo Corp.

Donald J. Jackson

Eleanore L. Mikucki

Melanie Charles

Michael L. Mangeni

   (Robert V. Russo, Esquire)

Marian Firmani

Mary Klanian

Richard P. Sullivan

Kyle Davie

Jeffrey Rodriguez

Richmond Sand & Gravel, Inc.

Chanson Lee

Hart, Jennifer

Alfred V. Saravo

   (Hugh L. Moore, Esquire)

Kevin A. Lepine

Marchetti, Gina M.

George L. Thomas

Christina Graham

Jorge E. Albina, M.D.

GEICO a/s/o Tina Khamvongsa

Fiona Clement

Manuel Taveras & Rafael Matos

Americo & Maria Mancuso

Josette Latalladi

   (Teresa Quinn, Esquire)

Roberto Guzman

Elise J. Weisman

April M. Fontaine

Edward J. Foster

Linda Vachon

Jennie M. Gaul

   (John C. Manni, Esquire)

Michael A. Shorts

James Taylor

Laura L. Sanderson

Kathleen M. Griffin

Commerce Insurance a/s/o Kelvin Rogers

Mary Vican

Doris J. Bryer

Tracey L. Elfakhry

Traci A. Lima

Mark J. Loiselle

April Brophy

Kristen P. Martineau

Joseph Saurino

NLC Insurance Companies

Joanne M. Williamson

   a/s/o Mary Fenn

Aurora Mena

Russell Bianca

Daniel N. Weiner

Esther L. Person

Eileen A. Chece

Jeffrey Soscia

Progressive Insurance a/s/o Paul Defosse

David L. Dercole

Peder A. Schaefer

 

              COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI Refers the Several 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 of the City Council Rules in order to allow the introduction of the following Matters Not Appearing on the Printed Docket.

 

 

COUNCILMAN APONTE (By Request):

 

              Resolution Requesting to cancel or abate, in whole, the taxes assessed upon Assessor’s Plat 23, Lot 537 (164 Pearl Street), for 2001 taxes, in the amount of Two Thousand Fifty Nine Dollars and Sixty ($2,059.60) Cents, and any interest that may be accrued.

 

 

              COUNCILMAN IGLIOZZI, COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI, COUNCILMEN HASSETT, DELUCA, COUNCILWOMAN DIRUZZO, COUNCILMEN APONTE and BUTLER:

 

              Resolution Requesting documentation regarding funding of the contract and other documentation relative to the employment of the Director of Administration, Public Finance Consulting and the City of Providence.

 

              COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI Refers the Several Resolutions to the Committee on Finance.

 

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

              There being no further business, on Motion of COUNCILMAN APONTE, seconded by COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS, it is voted to adjourn at 8:25 o’clock P.M. (E.S.T.), to meet again on THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 2003 at 7:30 o’clock P.M. (E.S.T.)

 

             

 

 

 

                                                                                                  MICHAEL R. CLEMENT

                                                                                                  CITY CLERK