February 20, 2003  Regular City Council Meeting

 

CITY OF PROVIDENCE

RHODE ISLAND

CITY COUNCIL

JOURNAL OF PROCEEDINGS

 

No. 4 City Council Regular Meeting, Thursday, February 20, 2003, 7:30 o’clock P.M. (E.S.T.)

 

PRESIDING

 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT

JOHN J. LOMBARDI

 

 

ROLL CALL

 

PRESENT:                 COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI, COUNCILMEN ALLEN, APONTE, BUTLER, DELUCA, HASSETT, IGLIOZZI, JACKSON, LUNA, MANCINI, COUNCILWOMAN ROMANO, COUNCILMAN SEGAL and COUNCILWOMEN WILLIAMS – 13.

 

ABSENT:              COUNCILWOMEN DIRUZZO and YOUNG – 2.

             

ALSO PRESENT:              Ralph Guglielmino, City Sergeant, Joseph Fernandez, City Solicitor, Claire E. Bestwick, First Deputy City Clerk and Sheri A. Petronio, Assistant Clerk.

 

 

INVOCATION

 

              The Invocation is given by COUNCILMAN PATRICK K. BUTLER.

 

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG

OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

 

              COUNCILMAN JOSEPH DE LUCA leads the Members of the City Council and the Assemblage in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

 

              COUNCILWOMAN JOSEPHINE DI RUZZO joins the meeting

 

 

APPOINTMENTS BY HIS HONOR THE MAYOR

 

              Communication dated February 10, 2003, Informing the Honorable Members of the City Council that pursuant to Sections 302(b) and 1108 of the Providence Home Rule Charter of 1980, he is this day appointing Mr. James V. DeRentis of 715 Westminster Street, Providence, Rhode Island  02903, as a member of the Providence Redevelopment Agency for a term to expire in July, 2005.  Mr. DeRentis will replace Mr. Paul Brooks, who has resigned.

 

              Received.

 

              Communication dated February 14, 2003, Informing the Honorable Members of the City Council that pursuant to Sections 302(b) and 1003 of the Providence Home Rule Charter of 1980, As Amended, he is this day appointing Ms. Jill Jaffe, of 15 Freeman Parkway, Providence, Rhode Island  02906, as a member of the Board of Park Commissioners for a term to expire in January 2007.

 

              Received.

 

              Communication dated February 14, 2003, Informing the Honorable Members of the City Council that pursuant to Article III, Sec. 3.03 – 3.06(a) and 3.08(a) he is this day re-appointing Mr. Paul McDonald, of 1201 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, Rhode Island  02907, as a member of the Public Sector of the Board of Directors of the Providence Community Action Program, Inc., for a term to expire in January 2005.

 

              Received.

 

              Communication dated February 14, 2003, Informing the Honorable Members of the City Council that pursuant to Article III, Sec. 3.03 – 3.06(a) and 3.08(a), he is this day appointing Mr. Teny Gross, of 22 Stamford Avenue, Providence, Rhode Island  02907, as a member of the Public Sector of the Board of Directors of the Providence Community Action Program, Inc., for a term to expire in January 2005.

 

              Received.

 

              Communication dated February 14, 2003, Informing the Honorable Members of the City Council that pursuant to Article III, Sec. 3.03 – 3.06(a) and 3.08(a), he is this day appointing Mr. Warren Heyman, of 1201 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, Rhode Island  02907, as a member of the Public Sector of the Board of Directors of the Providence Community Action Program, Inc., for a term to expire in January 2005.

 

              Received.

             

              Communication dated February 14, 2003, Informing the Honorable Members of the City Council that pursuant to Code of Ordinances Sec. 2-377, he is this day re-appointing Ms. Kai Cameron, of 120 Robinson Street, Providence, Rhode Island  02905, as a member of the Juvenile Hearing Board, for a term to expire on December 31, 2005.

 

Received.

 

 

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

 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI Receives the Several Communications.

 

The Motion to Receive is Sustained

 

              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 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 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.

 

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.

 

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

 

The Motion to Receive and Refer is Sustained.

 

             

APPOINTMENTS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE CITY COUNCIL

 

              Communication from Council President John J. Lombardi, dated February 13, 2003, naming appointments to various Special Committees of the City Council for the term of January 2003 to January 2007.

 

              Received.

 

              COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI Receives the foregoing Communication.

 

              Communication from Council President John J. Lombardi, dated February 14, 2003, appointing the following members to a Sub-Committee of the Committee on Ordinances to Study Limited On-Street Parking (the On-Street Permit Parking Sub-Committee): Councilman Patrick K. Butler, Councilman David A. Segal and Councilwoman Rita M. Williams.

 

              COUNCILMAN APONTE Moves to expunge the foregoing matter, seconded by COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS.

 

              The Motion to Expunge is Sustained.

 

 

ORDINANCES SECOND READING

 

The following Ordinances were in City Council February 6, 2003, Read and Passed the First Time and are Severally Returned for Passage the Second Time:

 

              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 and Twenty Seven ($515,452,027) for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2003, As Amended.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

              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, BUTLER, DELUCA, COUNCILWOMAN DIRUZZO, COUNCILMEN HASSETT, IGLIOZZI, JACKSON, LUNA, MANCINI, COUNCILWOMAN ROMANO, COUNCILMAN SEGAL and COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS – 14.

 

NAYES:              NONE.

 

ABSENT:              COUNCILWOMAN YOUNG – 1.

 

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

 

 

PRESENTATION OF ORDINANCES

 

              COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI (By Request):

 

              An Ordinance Establishing a Tax Stabilization for the Capital Hotels, LLC, to be located at 121-133 Fountain Street.

 

 

COUNCILMAN MANCINI (By Request):

 

              An Ordinance Establishing a Tax Stabilization Plan for One Reservoir Avenue.

 

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

 

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

 

 

PRESENTATION OF RESOLUTIONS

 

              COUNCILMAN DE LUCA (By Request):

 

              Resolution Requesting the Traffic Engineer to cause the installation of a “No Parking Anytime” Sign across from 89 Sisson Street.

 

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

 

 

              Resolution Requesting the Chief Electrical Inspector to cause the upgrade of street lighting along Greenwood Street and on Pole #14 at 150 Erastus Street.

 

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

 

              The Motion for Passage is Sustained.

 

 

              COUNCILMAN DE LUCA and COUNCILMAN BUTLER:

 

              Resolution Requesting the Committee on Ordinances to draft an ordinance prohibiting all city owned vehicles from leaving the city limits unless on authorized official city business.

 

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

 

 

              Resolution Requesting Council President John J. Lombardi to establish a nine member commission of the City Council to study conditional On Street Parking by application and permit, to include the following members:  Two (2) Council Members, Director of Public Works, City Solicitor or designee, One (1) Real Estate Agent, the Mayor or designee, the Traffic Engineer or designee, One (1) Member of the Police Department (Traffic Division) and One (1) Home Owner.

 

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

 

              COUNCILMAN APONTE Moves to Amend the Resolution by deleting the word “committee” and replacing it with “commission”, seconded by COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS.

 

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

 

              The Motion for Passage, As Amended is Sustained.

 

 

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

 

              Resolution Extending Sincere Congratulations to Sojourner House, Advocacy & Resource Center upon the Grand Opening of a new facility on Thursday, January 30, 2003.

 

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

 

              The Motion for Passage is Sustained.

 

 

              COUNCILMAN JACKSON (By Request):

 

              Resolution Requesting to Amend Resolution #75, Approved February 13, 2002 for the abatement of the taxes for Assessor’s Plat 6, Lot 141 (140 Cypress Street) for the Mount Hope Learning Center, to include the taxes for the year 2002 in the amount of Five Thousand Four Hundred Fifty-Two Dollars and Eleven ($5,452.11) Cents.

 

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

 

              COUNCILWOMAN YOUNG:

 

              Resolution Proclaiming February 13, 2003 as Providence Collaboration Day.

 

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

 

              The Motion for Passage is Sustained.

 

 

REPORTS FROM COMMITTEES

 

COMMITTEE ON CITY PROPERTY

COUNCILWOMAN JOSEPHINE DI RUZZO, Chairwoman

 

              Transmits the Following with Recommendation the Same be Approved:

 

              Resolution Authorizing the Providence Water Supply Board to enter into a lease with the North Scituate Fire Department #1 for approximately three acres of property on Danielson Pike owned by the Water Supply Board, for a period of fifteen (15) years, in accordance with the vote of the Water Supply Board on May 16, 2001.

 

 

COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS

COUNCILMAN TERRENCE M. HASSETT, Chairman

 

              Transmits the Following with Recommendation the Same be Severally Approved:

 

              Resolution Granting an easement on George Street.

 

              Resolution Granting an easement on which to construct a handicapped accessibility ramp to provide accessibility to the property (The Owen Building) located at 101 Dyer Street, Assessor’s Plat 20, Lot 96.

 

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

 

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

 

NAYES:              NONE.

 

ABSENT:              COUNCILWOMAN YOUNG – 1.

 

The Motion for Passage of the Several Resolutions is Sustained.

 

 

COMMITTEE ON FINANCE

COUNCILMAN KEVIN JACKSON, Chairman

 

Transmits the Following with Recommendation the Same be Severally Adopted, 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 Establishing a Compensation Plan for the Water Supply Board and Repealing Ordinance Chapter 2001-49, Approved November 9, 2001, As Amended.

 

 

              Transmits the Following with Recommendation the Same be Severally Adopted:

 

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

 

              An Ordinance Making an Appropriation of Five Million Seven Hundred Seventy Six Thousand Four Hundred Sixty Eight Dollars ($5,776,468) 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 Dollars ($3,252,550) for the Water Supply Board Insurance Fund for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2003.

 

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

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              An Ordinance Making an Appropriation of Four Million Seven Hundred Seventy Four Thousand Nine Hundred Sixty Six Dollars ($4,774,966) 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 Dollars ($524,655) 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 Dollars ($1,591,116) 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 Dollars ($301,476) 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 Dollars ($1,132,724) for the Water Supply Board 102” Butterfly Valve Fund for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2003.

 

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

 

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

 

NAYES:              COUNCILMAN BUTLER is recorded as voting “NO” on “An Ordinance Making an Appropriation of Five Hundred Twenty Four Thousand Six Hundred Fifty Five Dollars ($524,655) for the Water Supply Board Meter Replacement Fund for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2003”. – 1.

 

ABSENT:              COUNCILWOMAN YOUNG – 1.

 

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

 

 

              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.

 

              COUNCILMAN APONTE Moves Passage of the Ordinance for the First Time, As Amended, seconded by COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS, by the Following Roll Call Vote:

 

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

 

NAYES:              COUNCILMAN DELUCA – 1.

 

ABSENT:              COUNCILWOMAN YOUNG – 1.

 

The Motion for Passage the First Time, is Sustained.

 

 

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

 

              Resolution Requesting the Transfer of Assessor’s Plat 63, Lot 104 (24 Hannah Street), in the amount of One Dollar ($1.00), to the Providence Redevelopment Agency and requesting the City Council abate all outstanding taxes in the amount of Eight Thousand Six Hundred Ninety Four Dollars and Fifty-Five ($8,694.55) Cents, and any taxes which will accrue while in Providence Redevelopment Agency ownership.

 

              Resolution Requesting the Transfer of Assessor’s Plat 48, Lot 825 (44 Lillian Street), in the amount of One Dollar ($1.00), to the Providence Redevelopment Agency and requesting the City Council abate all outstanding taxes in the amount of Seventeen Thousand Five Hundred Nineteen Dollars and Ninety-Three ($17,519.93) Cents, and any taxes which will accrue while in Providence Redevelopment Agency ownership.

 

              Resolution Requesting the Transfer of Assessor’s Plat 53, Lot 184 (621 Prairie Avenue), in the amount of One Dollar ($1.00), to the Providence Redevelopment Agency and requesting the City Council abate all outstanding taxes in the amount of Thirteen Thousand Nine Hundred Fifty-Three Dollars and Fifty-Six ($13,953.56) Cents, and any taxes which will accrue while in Providence Redevelopment Agency ownership.

 

Transmits the Following with recommendation the Same Be Severally Approved:

 

              Resolution Requesting to cancel or abate, in whole the taxes assessed upon Assessor Plat 29, Lot 505 (93 Cranston Street), in accordance with Rhode Island General Law Section 44-7-23, in the amount of Three Hundred Sixty-Five Thousand Four Hundred Fifty-Seven Dollars and Fifty-Six ($365,457.56) Cents, and that the property remain tax exempt until transfer by the PRA to a developer, at the request of the Providence Redevelopment Agency.

 

              Resolution Requesting to cancel or abate, in whole, the taxes assessed upon Assessor’s Plat 48, Lot 403 (398 Public Street), in accordance with Rhode Island General Law Section 44-7-23, in the amount of One Thousand Four Hundred Eighty-Five Dollars and Twenty-Six ($1,485.26) Cents, for the years 1998 and 1999 or any taxes accrued while in Providence Redevelopment Agency ownership.

 

              Resolution Requesting to cancel or abate, in whole, the taxes assessed upon Assessor’s Plat 48, Lot 401 (330 Prairie Avenue), in accordance with Rhode Island General Law Section 44-7-23, in the amount of Six Hundred Eighty Dollars and Forty-Eight ($680.48) Cents, for the years 1998 and 1999, or any taxes accrued while in Providence Redevelopment Agency ownership.

 

              Resolution Requesting to cancel or abate, in whole, the taxes assessed upon Assessor’s Plat 42, Lots 110, 111 and 112 (559-573 Cranston Street), in accordance with Rhode Island General Law Section 44-7-23, in the amount of Nine Thousand Nine Hundred Twenty-One Dollars and Eighty-Seven ($9,921.87) Cents, or any taxes accrued, while in Providence Redevelopment Agency ownership.

 

              Resolution Requesting to cancel or abate, in whole, the taxes assessed upon Assessor’s Plat 43, Lot 385 (9 Puritan Street), in accordance with Rhode Island General Law Section 44-7-23, in the amount of Five Thousand Eighty-One Dollars and Ninety-One ($5,081.91) Cents, or any taxes accrued while in Providence Redevelopment Agency ownership.

 

              Resolution Requesting to cancel or abate, in whole, the taxes assessed upon Assessor’s Plat 43, Lot 386 (838 Potters Avenue), in accordance with Rhode Island General Law Section 44-7-23, in the amount of Twelve Thousand One Hundred Fifty-Seven Dollars and Forty-Two ($12,157.42) Cents, or any taxes accrued while in Providence Redevelopment Agency ownership.

 

              Resolution Requesting to cancel or abate, in whole, the taxes assessed upon Assessor’s Plat 43, Lot 923 (712 Cranston Street), in accordance with Rhode Island General Law Section 44-7-23, in the amount of Nine Thousand Nine Hundred Twenty-One Dollars and Eighty-Seven ($9,921.87) Cents, or any taxes accrued while in Providence Redevelopment Agency ownership.

 

Resolution Requesting to cancel or abate, in whole the taxes assessed upon Assessor’s Plat 48, Lot 401 (330 Prairie Avenue), in accordance with Rhode Island General Law Section 44-7-23, in the amount of Two Thousand Seven Hundred One Dollars and Eighteen ($2,701.18) Cents, or any taxes accrued while in Providence Redevelopment Agency ownership. 

 

              Resolution Requesting to cancel or abate, in whole the taxes assessed upon Assessor’s Plat 48, Lot 403 (398 Public Street), in accordance with Rhode Island General Law Section 44-7-23, in the amount of Five Thousand One Hundred Eighty-Three Dollars and Seventy-One ($5,183.71) Cents, or any taxes accrued while in Providence Redevelopment Agency ownership.

 

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

 

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

 

NAYES:              NONE.

 

ABSENT:              COUNCILWOMAN YOUNG – 1.

 

The Motion for Passage of the Several Resolutions is Sustained.

 

              Resolution Establishing A Tax Exemption for the Rhode Island Community Foundation Pursuant to Section 21-170 of the Code of Ordinances.

 

              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, BUTLER, DELUCA, COUNCILWOMAN DIRUZZO, COUNCILMEN HASSETT, IGLIOZZI, JACKSON, LUNA, MANCINI, COUNCILWOMAN ROMANO, COUNCILMAN SEGAL and COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS – 14.

 

NAYES:              NONE.

 

ABSENT:              COUNCILWOMAN YOUNG – 1.

 

The Motion for Passage is Sustained.

 

 

PERSONAL EXPRESSION

 

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

 

              First of all I wanted to first congratulate and thank Governor Carcieri and the new Director of the Department of Transportation James Capaldi who helped out the City of Providence during this past snow storm.  The City of Providence reached out to the State of Rhode Island needing help plowing Kennedy Plaza and numerous other areas to prepare for the flower show and other events in the City and the Governor and Director Capaldi came through.  They understand the necessity to maintain the City of Providence and its ability to open its roads so I think it is important that we recognize that effort from the State and from that agency.  I also want to say, I want to thank the Department of Public Works and I want to thank on behalf of the 80% of the people who were plowed out.  They all send a thank you, they are happy that they made it to school, work, to the local convenient store, pharmacy, to their mother’s house and their sisters house but what raises my concern was the other 20% that not only was not plowed but was never touched.  Some streets were not even touched until 10:00 o’clock on Tuesday night and some streets weren’t even touched until yesterday.  Now I understand that a snow storm is a very serious event, I understand it is very taxing on our drivers, I understand it is very taxing on our vendors but we had at least a week or so to prepare.  We had school vacation so there was no school buses, there was no rushing to school, we didn’t have any concerns about children in getting them to school or closing schools.  We also had a City and a partial State holiday in which many offices, city buildings and other business were closed so for all intensive purposes we were very fortunate that at that time when the snow storm hit we at least had many elements on our side.  My concern was that once again we are back to relying too heavily on City vendors.  The DPW Department throughout the years and I know my colleagues and I have spoken about it numerous times in the past years has severely been depleted.  Its ability to provide the quality of services that it used to with also the quantity of help and for the past years the attrition rate has been very severe.  It brings great concern to me because with that the City then relies more on vendors who in this case from what I gather from the last snow storm, the storm prior and the one that just passed there were numerous new City vendors who really didn’t know the neighborhoods, who didn’t know the little dead ends, the side streets, those very difficult hills and it’s very concerning to me because although numerous people were able to step out their front door and into a clean street I had numerous constituents and I know many of my colleagues also and one in particular I will mention a gentleman who was diagnosed with cancer who wasn’t able to send anybody out the front door down the street to the local CVS to get his medication.  Now I understand how serious the plowing of the snow equates to public safety, that’s the point.  The point is we can’t stand for it and it is not acceptable that 80% of the streets are plowed.  It has to be 100% and I commend some of my colleagues, they had no problems in their neighborhoods and I think that is fantastic but the problem is it has to be universal because if something happens, if an elderly person needs to get out, if the ambulance has to get to the house, if the fire trucks have to get to the house it is unacceptable for streets not to be plowed for days after the snow storm.  It is not acceptable, so as I said it recently, I think we need to and I will be looking at my colleague who Chairs the committee to bring hopefully the DPW Director and to maybe start beginning a new dialogue of how to create a better coordinated effort, how to educate our new vendors and our old vendors and I mentioned earlier maybe have them do dry runs before one snowflake hits the ground, have them go out there with our City supervisors who know the neighborhood and know the streets and help them and teach them how these neighborhoods need to be plowed and in a timely fashion.  I also was concerned that my supervisor who did a very good job but what I was concerned about was he wasn’t even given a small plow truck, he had to drive around in a four door sedan and the problem is when you have that he who knows so much about the neighborhood wasn’t able to exercise his fullest potential and help out these contractors.  He had to supervise from a four door sedan so I think that is something that we need to address hopefully as a council in the upcoming budgets that we need to make sure that our supervisors are also equipped, not just the vendors.  That they have the small plows, that they have the appropriate equipment because it is not fair to them because they work hard and long hours.  So I rise because it gives me great concern of a past plowing effort and I think we need to re-evaluate it and create a better coordinated effort with it so I look to all of you to help in this effort and hopefully we can have a better running plow situation.  Now on a lighter note I also want to say Happy Birthday to my son Gian who turned five years old on Wednesday.  I just wanted to put it on the record because I think he will like it.  With that thank you all.

 

              COUNCILWOMAN DI RUZZO Requests the privilege of the floor to speak on a point of Personal Expression and states:

 

              It is so easy to criticize when you are on the outside looking in and I can only talk about my ward.  Although I go around inspecting, I’m actually a supervisor for Public Works ex-officio every time it snows.  I do it voluntarily, I don’t get paid, I don’t want to get paid, I just want to do it for the benefit of the people.  I was out on the road Monday night.  I left my house and was picked up by my supervisor, the supervisor assigned to me at quarter of eleven in the evening.  I didn’t want to go earlier because I wanted to be in the middle of the storm.  I stayed out for two hours and explained that to Greg Smith who called me but he didn’t print it or I wouldn’t have to repeat this story.  Ladies and gentlemen all over the North East we all know what a terrible storm this was and I’m not saying these things that these are facts to protect anyone.  I have been doing this for twenty years so I pretty much know a little bit about how to plow.  I’ve tried to teach outside vendors how to plow, I’ve tried to teach them how to read the names of streets so they wouldn’t get lost and I’ve tried to keep them from disappearing when I am in front of them.  The point I want to make is the storm was a very very difficult storm to clean-up plus the fact ladies and gentlemen when we have storms like this we have to have the cooperation of the people who live in the city.  Tons of cars out on the street.  Now you don’t have to be an expert to look at a street and know that there were cars on a particular street.  We talk about a cows path in the middle of the street, lots of cars were on the street.  You can always tell because the plow has to go here there and everywhere.  It is a zig zag look and your street never gets plowed because the next day it freezes up and its hard to plow it or there is not enough snow to do the whole street.  There are so many reasons, now fortunately the inspector I went with had a plow truck but Councilman I have been out in cars over the twenty years I have served on this council with inspectors.  I have been out with directors, I have been out on the plow trucks, the big ones.  I have thrown people off the trucks so I can ride in the passengers side so I can see how the streets are being plowed.  We have a problem in that and I want to commend the truck drivers who did work for twelve, sixteen, eighteen hours.  I did go down to the Department of Public Works to see who was working and there were a lot of truck drivers there and city workers that were red eyed, they were tired and they were driving tired and they shouldn’t have to do that ladies and gentlemen.  I say this because if we want all City trucks we have to provide the money to buy all City trucks.  If we want everyone to have a radio we have to provide the funds to buy radios and how many times have we talked about training the CDL drivers in the summer doing dry runs on how to plow curb to curb.  Most of them know how to plow curb to curb and most of them want to do a good job because their jobs are on the line and they don’t want to be criticized.  So it was a multitude of things and all of us who are aware that there are certain provisions we have to make for the elderly, the sick people and we have to make sure that the main roads are done first so that the traffic will continue to flow and people can travel on the main roads in concert with the State trucks as well and then we have to do the hills on the East Side and all around the City, the hills have to be cleared and we have to make sure that we are protecting our elderly, the high rises have to be clear.  DPW was in front of my high rise last night where I was with the Police Department towing cars because Kelly Street was not cleared curb to curb because they couldn’t do it not when you have three and four cars parked one after another and you toot the horn and people don’t want to move their car.  You can’t even pass through certain streets and that is not only the fault of the Department of Public Works ladies and gentlemen, everyone has to work together and we the leader of the city have to sit down once again with this department, the department director, the Mayor and talk about and identify all the problems that we had and work together in a collaborative effort to fix it.  I don’t think we are through with snow, I mean one of the biggest complaints I received and I’m sure all of you did are the mounds of snow on the corners making it hazardous conditions and drivers inability to see if they can take a left or a right turn and a lot of people have complained about that.  Take the snow away, I asked the director to do that.  We don’t have the equipment to take the snow away.  The equipment that was used downtown was borrowed from the State of Rhode Island in order to do that and I’m sure the State of Rhode Island is not going to do all the corners in the City of Providence.  The amount of snow, 90% of the sidewalks are not shoveled, are not cleared and I would venture to say that.  People leaving the garbage out  today were leaving it out in the street.  Where are you going to put it on your roof.  I mean you know what?  This snow storm reminds me of snow storms we used to have when I was a little girl.  We used to get six foot and eight foot banks of snow and we haven’t had that in a long time so to end this, in conclusion let me just say that I think again and I will repeat myself it is important for us to realize all of the entire situation and it is important for us not to hit people when they are down because they are looking for help too.  It is important to have a supervisor in every ward.  Ladies and gentlemen we don’t have that, we have four or five supervisors and we are taking people in from Water Supply Board who have CDL licenses, from the Parks Department who are not accustomed to doing all this plowing.  So we are using, I guess they are using everyone they can so there are a lot of things that I’m concerned with and if you appoint a Task Force I will be glad to head it Council President because I have had a lot of experience with snow removal.  Okay, so I wanted to say that and I think it is important that we do sit down and talk with them about it.

             

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

 

              I was out Monday night for probably most of the day and most of the night driving the ward, seeing what was going on, looking at the streets that needed to be plowed and I was out there.  I am sorry for my colleagues that didn’t have the opportunity to go out and tour their wards but I made sure that the dead ends were plowed, I made sure that the mains were open and the side streets were open.  I don’t know if someone will file a union grievance against me but I actually plowed a few streets with my own truck.  I think we have to be on top of these inspectors, we have to be on top of the Director of Public Works and the Deputy Directors and the employees.  I think for the amount of snow that they had and the short amount of time that it all came down I believe that they did a good job.  I have been out there and I have seen what they have done.  I have actually worked and have done what they did.  I think like my colleagues have said we need to provide them with more equipment maybe more employees because to work twenty-four hours or thirty-six hours is tough on the body.  I have done it myself and I know how they feel.  So I would ask my colleagues to work in cooperation with the Department of Public Works and don’t forget this when it comes time for the budget.  Thank you.

 

 

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

 

              I know we talked about the 80/20, I was in the 20% so I will raise you 20 there Councilman Luna, I was there.  As far as not touring the ward Councilman Butler I was out there for a good four or five hours.  I got up early in the morning on the cell phone fielding calls.  I had a dozen streets, it was like Alaska, a plow hadn’t touched the street.  In this department I can remember and I am not that old but I can remember years ago Larry McGarrahy’s standard for snow plowing was curb to curb, no questions just very simple, its curb to curb.  Now in this storm they towed 365 cars, I mean that shows that the citizens were participating and that the Police Department was doing its thing.  I mean there are a lot of cars in Providence, 300 cars for  a Capital City.  The Police Department did its job, I saw them towing cars right off the streets.  It really comes down to the personnel and the Department of Public Works and the equipment.  This department has gone from like 300 people, we used to pick up our own garbage and they used to go in the back yard twice a week garbage collection.  We used to send our people out on plows, they put them on garbage trucks, every available piece of equipment, all trained personnel.  They knew the streets, they knew the City and they had the same area to plow.  Now we have someone from Woonsocket that happens to bid on it and gets the job and buzzes through the streets.  You know where Almond Street is, which is a small street or the dead end off Linton Street those were completely buried.  We have ninety-eight employees, we added four, this council added four in its budget, we added four employees.  I don’t know if those were the people that were let go or not but it is basically ninety-eight to a hundred people verses three hundred years ago.  It seems like we are going backwards.  I often ask myself one question.  What do we do for the taxes that people pay and that is a concern.  It’s Police and Fire we understand that and we have added police officers and all that.  You get the basic Public Works, wait till you see the sewer problem.  I had a neighborhood meeting last night and everyone there had a problem with the sewers not being cleaned, there is two people that do that and one piece of equipment or two pieces of equipment and one was broken down.  Its actually a favor, say can you clean the sewer at Candace and Inkerman Street?  It’s a favor.  Well, what is the regular schedule, could you send me the schedule when they are coming to my ward.  Well, we do it on a case by case basis when they request it.  This has got to end, I mean these are different individuals.  It comes out of personnel and equipment.  We have drifted away from having Public Works actually function as a department that delivers City services.  Well, we are paying for I don’t understand it maybe we should get a rebate or something.  I mean you had private contractors doing me a favor plowing out people because they will plow the streets and then at the end of the street towards the main it is full of snow so why don’t we tidy that up, don’t we have smaller vehicles so that they can tidy that up.  I am actually sick of talking about it so I’m going to sit down but the fact is we have to address this through Personnel and more equipment.  We had forty-two of our own pieces of equipment and forty-two hired, there is something wrong with that.  Cranston who has serious financial problems hired zero outside contractors, they were all in-house.  We have a serious problem and hopefully we can deal with it, thank you. 

 

              COUNCILWOMAN ROMANO Requests the privilege of the floor to speak on a point of Personal Expression and states:

 

              I’m listening to my colleagues and I have to come to the defense for the DPW because in my neighborhood they did a fantastic job for the conditions that we were in.  Yes, I had a few calls, three or four and I straightened them out right a way but the team that worked in my neighborhood in the Fourth Ward did an excellent job.  Now if you come up Charles Street I have a lot of hills that run off Charles Street.  My workers, the DPW workers do hills, mains and then the sides.  How have I learned this, I have sat in that truck and heard them over the radio.  Hills, mains and sides and that is exactly what went on in my neighborhood.  Now, however, like I said I did have a few calls and they did not go out until 10:00 o’clock P.M. the following night only because of the fact that they had to go home and rest because they were out there for seventeen and eighteen hours but I have to commend the Department of Public Works and the workers in the Fourth Ward that did a wonderful job, thank you. 

 

             

              Communication from His Honor the Mayor dated January 14, 2003, Informing the Honorable Members of the City Council that pursuant to Sections 302(b) and 1102 of the Providence Home Rule Charter of 1980, As Amended, he is this day re-appointing Arline Feldman of 235 Sixth Street, Providence, Rhode Island, as a member of the Board of Licenses for a term to expire in January 2006, and respectfully submits the same for approval.

 

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

 

              COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS Moves to Refer the forgoing matter Back to the Committee on Finance for reconsideration, seconded by COUNCILMAN DELUCA, by the following Roll Call Vote:

 

AYES:              COUNCILMAN DELUCA and COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS – 2.

 

NAYES:              COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI, COUNCILMEN ALLEN, APONTE, BUTLER, COUNCILWOMAN DIRUZZO, COUNCILMEN HASSETT, IGLIOZZI, JACKSON, LUNA, MANCINI, COUNCILWOMAN ROMANO and COUNCILMAN SEGAL – 12.

 

ABSENT:              COUNCILWOMAN YOUNG – 1.

 

The Motion to Refer Back Fails.

 

COUNCILMAN APONTE Moves Approval of the foregoing matter, seconded by COUNCILMAN BUTLER.

 

              COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS is recorded as Voting “NO”.

 

The Motion for Approval is Sustained.             

 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI

RELINQUISHES THE CHAIR

 

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT

JOSEPHINE DI RUZZO IN THE CHAIR

 

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 Assessor (1G and 2G), 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 the State of Rhode Island, 1956, As Amended.

 

              COUNCILMAN APONTE Moves Approval of the Several Certificates, seconded by COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS, by the Following Roll Call Vote:

 

AYES:                 ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT DIRUZZO, COUNCILMEN ALLEN, APONTE, BUTLER, DELUCA, HASSETT, IGLIOZZI, JACKSON, LUNA, MANCINI, COUNCILWOMAN ROMANO, COUNCILMAN SEGAL and COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS – 13.

 

NAYES:              NONE.

 

ABSENT:              COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI and COUNCILWOMAN YOUNG – 2.

 

The Motion for Passage of the Several Certificates is Sustained.             

 

 

COMMITTEE ON ORDINANCES

COUNCILWOMAN RITA M. WILLIAMS, Chairwoman

 

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

 

              An Ordinance Relating to Valet Parking and the placing of obstructions in the roadway.

 

 

 

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

 

AYES:                 ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT DIRUZZO, COUNCILMEN ALLEN, APONTE, BUTLER, DELUCA, HASSETT, IGLIOZZI, JACKSON, LUNA, MANCINI, COUNCILWOMAN ROMANO, COUNCILMAN SEGAL and COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS – 13.

 

NAYES:              NONE.

 

ABSENT:              COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI and COUNCILWOMAN YOUNG – 2.

 

The Motion for Passage the First Time is Sustained.

 

 

Transmits the Following with Recommendation the Same be Approved:

 

              Resolution Granting a variance in the width of a planting bed located at Casey Family Services, 1268 Eddy Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02905.

 

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

 

AYES:                 ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT DIRUZZO, COUNCILMEN ALLEN, APONTE, BUTLER, DELUCA, HASSETT, IGLIOZZI, JACKSON, LUNA, MANCINI, COUNCILWOMAN ROMANO, COUNCILMAN SEGAL and COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS – 13.

 

NAYES:              NONE.

 

ABSENT:              COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI and COUNCILWOMAN YOUNG – 2.

 

The Motion for Passage is Sustained.

 

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

              Communication from Councilman Kevin Jackson, dated February 4, 2003, designating Councilman Terrence M. Hassett, as his designee to the Capital Center Commission and Councilman Miguel C. Luna, as his designee to the Neighborhood Housing Corporation.

             

              Communication from Council President John J. Lombardi, dated February 14, 2003, Informing the City Clerk that he is re-appointing Bryan Principe to serve on the Providence City Plan Commission for a term to expire in January, 2007.

 

              COUNCILMAN APONTE Moves to Dispense wit the Reading of the foregoing matter.

 

              ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT DIRUZZO Receives the Communication.

 

             

FROM THE CLERK'S DESK

 

              Petition from Azarig Kooloian, Jr., requesting to change the zoning district for the following two properties, zoning map 80, Lot 14 (921-923 Manton Avenue) & Lot 378 (911-915 Manton Avenue) from R-2 to C-2.

             

              ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT DI RUZZO Refers the Petition to the Committee on Ordinances.

 

 

PERSONAL EXPRESSION

 

              COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI Requests the privilege of the floor to speak on a point of Personal Expression and states:

 

              I think this council has been talking about it for many, many years.  They talk about ethics and integrity and this council was certainly, I think, on the lead in that certainly in the past four years and one thing we learned as my esteem colleague from the Twelfth Ward talked about.  Hopefully we learned many lessons in the last three years but sometimes things just defy logic to me and of course I am talking about the discovery of the telephone taping system that we learned about, that this company was awarded it said $125,000.00 for installation of a recording system called Total Recall.  It sounds like a science fiction and as you really think about it, it is science fiction but it is scary.  It says $846,376.00 for installation of telephone and computer equipment.  Total contract award $971,664.00, bidding process just for the record Expanets was not the low bidder.  One lower bidder did not meet specifications and two others did not bid on the added recording system.  Features of the system and this is probably what the scariest thing is.  Storage capacity is virtually unlimited, think about that.  Storage of 10,000 hours, one years worth of calls on computer hard drive.  Capability of downloading call information from systems onto DVD’s and tapes accessible from remote locations via the internet.  Users could search through calls, users could monitor live calls and hundreds of phone lines were tapped, 500 they say to be exact and some were not plugged into the system.  Some of my main concerns, well I will tell you what some of my main concerns are as an attorney and as the President of this esteem body people who work very, very hard, part time pay with full time responsibility.  Just think, every time you called that building, whether it be not only police, fire or communications somebody listened, somebody had the ability to listen.  Query, if certain people called were there red flags going off.  Rhode Island Law as well as Federal Law requires a one party consent for telephone recording, who was consenting.  I know my esteem colleagues were not.  The initial reaction is that no parties in the phone conversations has knowledge of the recordings so if there were 100,000 calls made there may have been 200,000 violations, think about that you double it.  Just be mindful interceptions and wire communications is a felony punishable by at least five years in prison plus fines.  I query again as an attorney, is the City at risk to settle civil suits and how many?  The media has been asking about the FOP and the Fire Department and what are they going to do.  Well, I will tell you what?  I don’t know what they are going to do but I can say this to the hard working men and women that work in that department that if there is a validation to this, if there is any truth to this I hope that they do what they have to do because I don’t think they have a choice.  One of the funny things in the article, it says that the calls were recorded for quality assurance.  Let me tell you something that is something out of a crazy movie, it really, really is.  This is something that you know I watch in my late night rendezvous with the satellite.  Some of the other features and I don’t know if I have discussed them more specifically it said monitoring 500 lines at once, saving recorded conversations in a computer format that would be stored on floppy disk or attached to e-mail messages, imagine that.  Your conversation e-mailed to somebody who was on vacation somewhere or on business somewhere.  Searching stored messages by time, date.  The phone used to make a call from the Public Safety Complex, the number called and the length of the conversation.  The system could have been monitored from Windows NT 2000, the computer on the City’s network.  Maintaining a log of who used the system to monitor calls.  Setting different telephone lines so recordings would begin at a scheduled time wherever someone was talking and always been on.  Warning someone at a remote location if the power to the system failed or the system stopped working for other reasons allowing someone in a remote location to monitor and listen to this live conversations or play back ones that had been stored.  I don’t know about you but I am thoroughly offended by this.  This is an egregious problem and I just want to commend the Cicilline Administration for their diligence in having the where with all and the intestinal fortitude to deal with this problem because this has been whispered for many, many years but I don’t know about a smoking gun but I know one thing this is about as close as it gets, in my opinion.  So just think about this query again, you’re in the police station, you’re in the fire station, anyone of you my esteem colleagues and you happen to want to call someone.  It could be a loved one, it could have been an emergency situation and oh, by the way you might have been talking to your spouse and you say, you know what honey, by the way, thank you for that complaint, you called about Mrs. Smith or Mrs. Jones by the way could you put that sexy negligee on and light those candles and get that dinner going because I’m going to be home because I want to be with you really bad this evening.  It is not funny, it’s really not funny, it’s scary.  Let me tell you whatever happens with this I hope that we have the where with all, all fifteen of us and I know that we do that we will support the administration in doing what we have to do to get to the bottom of this.  There needs to be consequences.  This is the one, this is the one where there needs to be consequences.  We need every single question answered and no question will be a dumb one.  Which lines where tapped, if there were lines there were not tapped and why were they not tapped.  The ACLU, many people are not fans of the ACLU but the ACLU released a statement yesterday February 19, 2003 requesting Chief Esserman to investigate if the Police Department used secret surveillance equipment to spy on political activists or opponents that is in the article, sound familiar.  The next questions is from this what happens with some of the criminal matters, victims are victimized twice, defendants where as you may not like them but there is a presumption of innocence by the way let’s not forget that.  Attorneys in their conversations, their privileged conversations.  Let me tell you something let’s not sit back on this one, please let’s not sit back on this one.  I just want to say publicly that I will be supporting the Cicilline Administration as to whatever happens with this.  This is up or down, this is the line in the sand, this is scary stuff.  It is 1984 all over again.  Thank you Madam President.

 

 

              Petition from Fred Macri, Executive Vice-President, Rhode Island Hospital, requesting permission for a utility easement for the removal and reinstallation of a fiber optic and electrical duct bank.

 

              ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT DI RUZZO Refers the Petition to the Committee on Public Works and the Committee on City Property, Jointly.

 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI IN THE CHAIR

 

 

              Petitions for Compensation for Injuries and Damages, viz:

 

Joanne M. Coppotelli

David M. Andoscia

Beverly Lacy

Gina Petrarca

Prudential a/s/o Anthony Micheletti

Francis X. Flaherty

Duane Fortes

Leo R. Berendes

Jeffrey McBride

Ryan Hughes

Chantel Brannon

New England Gas Company

Mary Fenn

   (Joseph M. Martinous, Esquire)

Dennis Medvetsky

Sandra Merced p.p.a. Angel Santana

David Singer

Brian C. Taute

Miriam E. Garcia

   (Charles J. Vucci, Esquire)

David MacDonald

Wilma Holland

 

              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.

 

 

MATTER 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 in order to allow the introduction of the following Matter not Appearing on the Printed Docket.

 

              Communication from Lawrence J. Lepore, Executive Director, Dunkin Donuts Center, dated November 7, 2002, requesting a one time advance of One Hundred Fifty Thousand ($150,000.00) Dollars for the projected deficit for the current fiscal year for the operation of the Fleet Skating Center.

 

              COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOMBARDI Refers the Communication 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 the meeting at 9:15 o’clock P.M. (E.S.T.), to meet again on THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2003 at 7:30 o’clock P.M. (E.S.T.)

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                MICHAEL R. CLEMENT

                                                                                                                CITY CLERK