ORDINANCE COMMITTEE

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

           

            A Public Hearing on the following proposed Ordinances will be held before the Ordinance Committee on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.   pursuant to Section 3.12 of the Charter via Zoom webinar

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Feb 11, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Ordinance Committee,

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 Complete copies of proposed Ordinances are available for public review at the City Clerk’s Office, and the Cranston Central Library and the City’s website cranstonri.com under calendar by clicking on the meeting date.

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

Matthew Reilly, Chair
Ordinance Committee

Leanne Zarrella, JD
City Clerk

 

PROPOSED ORDINANCE 1-21-01 IN AMENDMENT OF CHAPTER 10 OF THE CITY OF CRANSTON CODE OF ORDINANCES, 2005, ENTITLED “MOTOR VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC - Traffic control signal lights authorized at certain intersections—Pedestrian actuated.”
(Park Avenue at Grace Street)

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

Section 1.  Chapter 10.12.200 is hereby amended by adding the following:

                     Park Avenue, at the intersection with Grace Street

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

Sponsored by Councilwoman Germain

 

 

 

PROPOSED ORDINANCE NO. 1-21-02 IN AMENDMENT OF TITLE 2 CHAPTER 40 SECTION 020 OF THE CITY OF CRANSTON CODE OF ORDINANCES, 2005, ENTITLED “ADMINISTRATION AND PERSONNEL/MUNICIPAL COURT” (Appointment, Term and Qualifications of Judge of the Municipal Court) and SECTION 130 (Acting Judge/acting clerk/auxiliary judge)

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

Section 1.  Title 2 Chapter 40, Section 020 entitled “Appointment, term and qualifications of judge of the municipal court” is hereby amended:

  1. The court shall be composed of one chief judge, one senior associate judge, [four] five associate judges and [one] two auxiliary judges appointed by the city council. The judges shall serve until his or her successor shall be duly appointed.

Section 2.   Title 2 Chapter 40 Section 130 entitled “Acting judge/acting clerk/auxiliary judge” is hereby amended:

        In case of sickness, absence, or other disability or ineligibility of the Chief Judge, the Cranston Senior Associate Judge and/or Associate Judges shall serve as the acting Chief Judge, with all powers and duties of the Chief Judge, and shall receive the pro rata salary of the Chief Judge during his or her tenure as acting Chief Judge. Said pro rata salary shall be deducted from the salary of the Chief Judge.

        There shall be appointed by the city council for a term of two years from the first Monday in January following each council election, [a] two Cranston Auxiliary Judges. The Cranston Auxiliary Judges shall be [a] qualified electors of the city, [an] attorneys-at-law admitted to practice in the courts of Rhode Island, and shall at the time of his or her appointment have so practiced for five years. In the event of any vacancy during the two-year term, the city council may appoint a qualified attorney to fill the unexpired portion of any term or to fill a vacancy resulting from a previously un-appointed judicial position.  Said Cranston Auxiliary Judges shall be empowered, to serve as the Presiding-Municipal or Probate Court Judge, whenever the Municipal or Probate Court Judge is temporarily unable to serve as Municipal or Probate Court Judge due to illness, absence, disability, or other exigent circumstance. The compensation of the Auxiliary Judges shall be three thousand seven hundred fifty dollars ($3,750.00) per year unless otherwise amended by the City Council.

        In case of sickness, absence, or other disability or ineligibility of the municipal court Clerk which shall be less than fourteen (14) days, said Clerk may appoint an acting Clerk, at the same compensation, or at such salary as the city council may determine, for the sum of such sickness, absence, disability, or ineligibility of said Clerk. The acting municipal Clerk shall perform all duties of the municipal court Clerk in his or her absence. In the event of a sickness, absence, or other disability or ineligibility of the municipal court Clerk which shall be fourteen (14) or more days, the city council may, by resolution, appoint an acting municipal court Clerk, at the same compensation, or at such salary as the city council may determine. An acting municipal court Clerk shall perform all duties of the municipal court Clerk, and in the performance of said duties, shall have the same effect as if performed by the municipal court Clerk.

Section 3.   This ordinance shall take effect upon its final adoption.

Sponsored by:  Council President Paplauskas and Councilman Reilly

 

 

PROPOSED ORDINANCE 1-21-03 IN AMENDMENT OF TITLE 2 OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF CRANSTON, 2005, ENTITLED “ADMINISTRATION AND PERSONNEL – SMALL BUSINESS ADVISORY COMMITTEE”

 

 

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

Section 1.  Chapter 2 of the Code of the City of Cranston is hereby amended by adding the following new Section:

 

Chapter 2.58 – Small Business Advisory Committee

 

Sections:

 

2.58.010          Establishment, Purpose, Membership, Appointment and Term

 

  1. In recognition of the unique nature of small businesses, their economic priorities and the specific characteristics of their geographic locations in the City of Cranston, an advisory Committee known as the “Small Business Advisory Committee” is established to aid the growth and retention of small business in the City. The specific purpose of the Committee shall be to offer advice to the Director of Economic Development and the city council: (1) as to the particular issues facing small business in each ward of the city; and (2) as to specific recommendations intended to inform the City’s development of economic development plans that foster small business growth and retention.
  1. The membership shall be comprised of small business owners who own businesses in the City and who are in good standing as to their payment of all state and city taxes and fees, and the appointment of Committee members shall be as follows:
  1. Six (6) members, one from each ward, appointed by the council member representing that ward; and
  2. Three (3) members appointed, one each, by city-wide council members; and
  3. Two (2) members appointed by the Mayor, one of whom shall be the Director of Economic Development or their designee.
  1. The term of Committee members shall be coterminous with that of the council and mayoral term. Vacancies may be filled at any time during the term by the designated appointing authority. A vacancy may be declared for any council appointee who fails to attend more than two (2) successive meetings.

2.58.020          Chairperson, Meetings, and Quorum

 

            The chairperson of the Committee shall be the Director of Economic Development or their designee; however, the Committee shall elect, by majority vote of those present, a vice-chair who shall function as chair in the absence of the Chair. All meetings shall be at the call of the Chair or a majority of the Committee members.

A quorum consisting of a majority of members shall be required for meetings.

  • Powers, Duties and Reporting

 

The Committee shall offer advice to the executive and legislative branches of government: (1) as to the contemporary issues impacting business development and retention as well as the financial, economic and socio-economic challenges of small businesses; and (2) as to specific recommendations intended to inform the City’s formulation of its short-term and long-term economic development planning as it relates to supporting the small business community.

The Committee shall meet monthly and produce a report of its findings and recommendations at least quarterly to the Mayor, directly, and to the City Council c/o the City Clerk.

2.58.040          Expenditure of Funds and Support of Committee Work.

  

The Committee is encouraged to work as efficiently and cost effectively as possible and to utilize the support of the resources with tin the city’s office of economic development.  From time-to-time, the Committee my request an appropriation by the City Council to accomplish the purpose of this chapter.

Section 2.  This Ordinance shall take effect upon passage.

Sponsored by:  Council President Paplauskas, Council Vice-President Brady, and Councilwoman Renzulli

 

PROPOSED ORDINANCE 1-21-04 IN AMENDMENT OF TITLE 2 OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF CRANSTON, 2005, ENTITLED ‘ADMINISTRATION AND PERSONNEL - Pandemic Advisory Task Force’

 

 

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

            Section 1.  Chapter 2 of the Code of the City of Cranston is hereby amended by adding the following new Section:

Chapter 2.57 – Pandemic Advisory Task Force

 

Sections:

 

2.57.010          Establishment, Purpose, Membership, Appointment and Duration

 

  1. In recognition of the significant public health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic such that it permeates all aspects of the lives of Cranston residents, an advisory task force known as the “Pandemic Advisory Task Force” is established to address the impact of any pandemic on the City of Cranston. The specific purpose of the Task Force shall be to offer advice to the executive and legislative branches of government: (1) as to the development of issues, concerns, and community impact of a pandemic; and (2) as to specific recommendations intended to inform the City’s response to any such public health crisis.
  1. The membership and appointment of task force members shall be as follows:
  1. One (1) members of the Executive branch appointed by the Mayor; and
  2. The Cranston City Clerk or the Clerk’s designee shall be appointed; and
  3. Two (2) members appointed by the City Council, one of whom shall be appointed by the Council minority leader and one of whom shall be appointed by the Council majority leader; and
  4. One (1) member designated by the School Committee; and
  5. The Superintendent of Schools or her/his designee; and
  6. The Director of the Cranston Public Housing Authority or her/his designee; and
  1. One (1) member of the faith community appointed by the Mayor; and
  2. Two (2) health care professionals appointed by the Mayor, one of whom shall be a practicing physician or physician’s assistant with significant frontline health care experience dealing with infectious diseases and one of whom shall be a public health policy professional. Neither health care professional shall be employed by the City.
  1. The Task Force shall be become operative at such time as any public health emergency or crisis is classified as a pandemic by the National Institute for Health, the Centers for Disease Control or the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health and impacts, or is anticipated to impact, the citizens of the City of Cranston. The Task Force shall remain operative until such time as the pandemic shall abate as pronounced by the National Institute for Health, the Centers for Disease Control or the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health.

2.57.020          Chairperson, Meetings, Quorum and Records

 

            The chairperson of the Task Force shall be one of the two healthcare professionals; however, the Task Force shall elect, by majority vote of those present, a vice-chair who shall function as chair in the absence of the Chair. All meetings shall be at the call of the Chair or a majority of the Task Force members and subject to the Rhode Island Open Meetings Act. Unless otherwise prohibited by law, the Task Force may meet via a collaboration platform with the City Clerk generating all meeting notices and invitations, and the clerk shall keep all Task Force records. A quorum consisting of a majority of members shall be required for meetings.

  • Powers, Duties and Reporting

 

The Task Force shall offer advice to the executive and legislative branches of government: (1) as to the development of issues, concerns, and community impact of a pandemic; and (2) as to specific recommendations intended to inform the City’s response to any public health crisis classified as a pandemic by the National Institute for Health, the Centers for Disease Control and the Director of the Rhode Island Department.

The Task Force shall meet at least monthly and more frequently as circumstances may dictate and the it shall produce a monthly report of its findings and recommendations to the Mayor, directly, and to the City Council c/o the City Clerk.

2.57.040          Expenditure of Funds and Support of Task Force Work.

 

The Task Force is encouraged to work as efficiently and cost effectively as possible and to utilize the support of the City Clerk for meeting notices, collaboration platform invitations, calendaring on the City calendar and record keeping of its reports. From time-to-time, the Task Force my request an appropriation by the City Council to accomplish the purpose of this chapter.

Section 2.  This Ordinance shall take effect upon passage.

Sponsored by Council President Paplauskas, Council Vice-President Brady, Councilwoman Marino,

 

 

PROPOSED ORDINANCE 1-21-06 IN AMENDMENT OF CHAPTER 8.32 OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF CRANSTON, 2005, ENTITLED “RECYCLING”

 

 

 

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

Section 1.  Chapter 8.32.010 - Mandatory recycling is hereby amended by adding the following:

No waste management employee shall be engaged in recycling residents' trash bins. If the recycling bins look inconsistent, the sole obligation of the employee is to issue a ticket and leave the bins as is until the next round of pick up. 

Any waste management employee engaged in such conduct shall be suspended for 4 weeks without pay."

 

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

Sponsored by Councilwoman Germain

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