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Notice of Public Hearing

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

A Public Hearing on the following proposed Ordinance will be held before the Ordinance Committee on Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 7 p.m. City Council Chambers, 869 Park Avenue, Cranston, R.I. pursuant to Section 3.12 of the Charter.

A complete copy of the Ordinance is available for public review at the City Clerk’s Office, and the Cranston Central Library.

“Individuals requesting interpreter services for the hearing impaired must notify the City Clerk’s Office at 461-1000 ext. 3197 seventy-two (72) hours in advance of the hearing date.”

Paul H. Archetto, Chair Maria Medeiros Wall, JD

Ordinance Committee City Clerk

PROPOSED ORDINANCE NO. 08-11-3 IN AMENDMENT OF TITLE 5, CHAPTER 4 OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF CRANSTON, 2005, ENTITLED “BUSINESS LICENSES AND REGULATIONS” (Business Hours of Operation)

It is ordained by the City Council of the City of Cranston as follows:

Section 1. Chapter 5.04, Section .060 entitled “ Hours of Business” is hereby amended by adding thereto the following:

a) Hours of Operation. For businesses located within the City of Cranston whose hours of operation are subject to this Chapter, the hours of operation listed on their initial application and approved by the committee may not be increased until voted upon by the Committee on Safety Services after a public hearing for which advance written notice has been given. Written notice of the date, time and place of the public hearing and proposed change in hours of operation shall be sent by regular mail to all owners of real property whose property is located in or within not less than two hundred (200) feet of the business seeking to increase its hours of operation. The cost of said notice and radius map shall be paid by the business seeking to increase its hours of operation.

No shops, store or other place of trade or entertainment in the city, excepting licensed taverns, shall be kept open between [1:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m.] 10 pm and 6 am; provided, however, that for sufficient cause shown to the [police] Safety Services & Licensing committee any shop, store or other place of trade or entertainment in the city, except one holding an alcoholic beverage license, may be granted a license to keep open for a longer time upon payment of the license fee required.

Businesses who currently operate between the hours of 10 pm to 1 a.m. at the time of adoption of this section may continue with their current hours of operation, unless otherwise modified by the Safety Services & Licensing Committee for cause.

B) All night operation between the hours of10 pm and 6 am. Any business may apply for an all night license permitting operation for specific hours between the hours of 10 pm to 6 am upon a showing of public convenience and necessity after a public hearing before the Safety Services & Licensing Committee after having given notice to abutters as set forth above and by publication once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in a daily or weekly newspaper published and circulated in the City Nothing contained in this section shall exempt any business for notice and publication requirements for an all night license.

An applicant who has been denied a license to keep open all night cannot reapply for the license within a period of six months from the date of denial unless there is a substantial change of circumstances as evidenced by an affidavit signed by the applicant.

Section 2. This Ordinance shall take effect upon its final adoption.

Sponsored by: Councilman Stycos

8/25/11


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