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A Public Hearing on the following proposed Ordinances will be held before the Ordinance Committee on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 869 Park Avenue, City Hall, Cranston, R.I. pursuant to Section 3.12 of the Charter, in accordance with the RI General Laws Chapter 45-24-53 for the purpose of considering the following items listed on the agenda.  Remote participation is also available by using the logon information provided below as posted on the City’s website at www.cranstonri.gov and Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.ri.gov.

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Matthew Reilly, Chair
Ordinance Committee

Rosalba Zanni
Acting City Clerk

PROPOSED ORD. NO. 9-21-03 IN AMENDMENT OF TITLE 6.08 OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF CRANSTON, 2005, ENTITLED “ANIMALS” (Keeping of Chicken Hens)

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

Section 1.  Section 6.08.290 is hereby added to Title 6, “Animals”, by including the following:

6.08.290 - Keeping of Chicken Hens.

A. The keeping of chicken hens shall be subject to the following restrictions and regulations:

(1) Only a person or entity whose land has been certified as farmland by the State of Rhode Department of Environmental Management under the Rhode Island Farm, Forest, and Open Space Act may possess a chicken hen.

(2) Maximum chicken hens allowed.

The owner of any dwelling may keep or permit to be kept on the lot containing  the dwelling, one (1) hen per eight hundred (800) square feet of total lot area, with a maximum of six (6) on any lot, provided that:

(a) all chicken hens must be provided with both a hen house (coop) and a fenced outdoor enclosure (run), subject to the following provisions:

(i) the hen house must be covered, predator resistant, and well-ventilated;

(ii) the hen house must provide a minimum of two (2) square feet per chicken;

(iii) the hen house must be kept clean, dry, and sanitary at all times; manure must be composted in enclosed bins;                

 (iv) the hen house must be located upon a permeable surface that prevents waste run off;

(v) the hen house must be situated at least 10 (10’) feet from rear and side property lines and at least twenty-five (25’) feet from neighbor dwelling units located on abutting lots. The chicken coop shall not be built onto any shared fence;

(vi) the run must adequately contain the chicken hens;

(vii) the run must be kept clean and sanitary at all times; manure must be composted in enclosed bins;

(viii) the hen house must provide the chicken hens with adequate protection from the elements and inclement weather and provide for the chicken hens good health and prevent any unnecessary or unjustified suffering; and

(ix) the owner of the hen(s) must be a resident of said dwelling.

(b)  no hen house (coop) shall be built onto any shared fence;

(c) no chicken hens may be kept or raised within the dwelling.

(d) chicken feed must be stored indoors or in sealed, animal proof containers;

(e) no chicken hen may be slaughtered on premises;

(f) chickens and their eggs are for private consumption only;

(g) all chicken hens must be confined at all times.

(h) All chicken hens shall be subject to the nuisance provisions of Section 6.08.180 and must be confined to the hen house between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.

As used herein, “lot” shall mean one or more parcels of land which are contiguous and are under the same ownership according to the tax assessor’s records and which are zoned residential or are residential as a legal non-conforming use pursuant to the zoning ordinance.

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

Sponsored by Councilwoman Renzulli

      

PROPOSED ORD. NO. 9-21-04 IN AMENDMENT OF TITLE 6.08 TO THE CODE OF THE CITY OF CRANSTON, 2005 ENTITLED “ANIMALS” (ROOSTERS PROHIBITED)

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

Section 1.  Section 6.08.300 is hereby added to Title 6, “Animals”, by including the following:

6.08.300– Roosters Prohibited.  

A. The keeping of any roosters is strictly prohibited. This provision of this section shall be strictly enforced.

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

Sponsored by Councilwoman Renzulli

     

PROPOSED ORD. NO. 9-21-05 IN AMENDMENT OF CHAPTER 2.72 OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF CRANSTON, 2005, ENTITLED “ADMINISTRATION AND PERSONNEL – JUVENILE HEARING BOARD

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

Section 1.  Chapter 2.72.060 is hereby amended as follows:

The membership of the board shall consist of seven regular members and [two] three alternates over the age of eighteen (18) years, to be appointed by the city council, all of whom shall be residents within the city. The regular members appointed to the board shall serve for three-year terms. The two alternates appointed shall serve for one- year terms. No more than two of said regular members and alternates shall be an elected official in any capacity. In the event of a vacancy occurring in the office of a member by death, resignation or otherwise during said term, such vacancy shall be filled in like manner as the original appointment, but only for the remainder of the term of the former member.

No member of the board shall be entitled to receive any compensation by reason of his or her service on the board. An attorney may be appointed to the board as an ex officio member by the chief judge of the family court.

The composition of the board shall consist of citizens of Cranston who have backgrounds in or related to the fields of education, probation and parole, human services, community youth programs, members of the clergy, former law enforcement or judicial officials, or any citizen who the council deems has the credentials that would be an asset to the board.

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

Sponsored by Council President Paplauskas

     

PROPOSED ORD. NO. 9-21-07 IN AMENDMENT OF TITLE 8 OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF CRANSTON, 2005, ENTITLED “HEALTH AND SAFETY” (Cemeteries)

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

Section 1.  Title 8 is hereby amended by adding the following Chapter:

Chapter 8.01 – Cemeteries and Burial Places

8.01.010 Purpose and Authority

The purpose of this Chapter is for the city to exercise those rights conferred on it and enabled by the Rhode Island General Laws to address the preservation and care of burial places and memorials for the dead, including neglected burial grounds and cemeteries.

8.01.020 Definitions

The following definitions shall be for purposes of this chapter only, unless specifically adopted in another section of the Cranston Code of Ordinances:

“Abandoned Cemetery” means cemetery which is no longer subject to the management or control of an agency and has fallen into a state of neglect and for which either (1) no ready source of perpetual care funds exists or (2) the perpetual care funds are insufficient to care for the cemetery.

“Agency” or “Agencies” means a cemetery, religious or ecclesiastical society cemetery, cemetery association, or a person, or firm, corporation, or unincorporated association previously or hereafter engaged in the business of conducting a cemetery or operating a community mausoleum or columbarium.

"Burial ground authority" means the city, ecclesiastical society, or cemetery association.

"Burial place" means any tract of land within the city that is or has been used or has been in existence as a burial ground.

“Cemetery” means land reserved for the interment of human remains and shall include all burial grounds, burial places, columbaria, graveyards, mausoleums, and other similar places. Cemetery is not intended to include any active building used for the main purpose of conducting religious celebrations or ceremonies.

“Columbarium” means a structure or room, or other space in a building or structure of durable or lasting fireproof construction, containing niches, used, or intended to be used, to contain human remains.

“Community mausoleum” means a structure or building of durable or lasting construction, used or intended to be used, for the permanent disposition in crypts or spaces therein of the remains of deceased persons, provided in crypts or spaces and their use are available to or may be obtained by individuals for a price in money or other form of security.

“Crypt” means the chamber in a mausoleum of sufficient size to contain the remains of a deceased person.

“Family Burial Ground” means land designated as a burial ground for members of the same family and for which the care and control remains with a living member, in a corporation, in an association or in trust, and has not been accepted by the city pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 45-5-11

“Historic Cemetery” means any tract of land which has been for more than one hundred (100) years used as a burial place, whether or not marked with an historic marker, including but not limited to, ancient burial places known or suspected to contain the remains of one or more Native Americans

“Mausoleum” shall mean a building, housing a tomb or tombs. Mausoleum is not intended to include any active building used for the main purpose of conducting religious celebrations or ceremonies.

"Niche" means a recess in a columbarium or other structure, used or intended to be used, for the permanent disposition of the cremated remains of one or more deceased persons.

“Public Cemetery” means a cemetery under the care of the city.        

“Private Cemetery” shall mean a cemetery not under the care of the city or a religious or ecclesiastical society.

“Religious or ecclesiastical society cemeteries” means a cemetery under the care of an entity recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a church or religious organization.

8.01.030 Regulation of new cemeteries, expansion of existing cemeteries and the disposition of bodies

(a) No cemetery, or any expansion of an already existing cemetery, shall hereafter be established in the city without the consent and approval of the city council pursuant to Section 8.01.060.

(b) All burials of the bodies of deceased persons must occur in a cemetery and registered pursuant to Section 8.01.080 and the burial of bodies of deceased persons in other places is prohibited, except for a burial lawfully made within an active building used as a church, temple or other active building used in regular and active religious celebrations or ceremonies or as may be provided by a majority vote of the city council upon the submission of a petition seeking exemption from the restriction contained in this section or within a crypt, vault or burial plot maintained within an active building used as a church, temple or other active building used in regular and active religious celebrations or ceremonies.

(c) No person shall bury a human body or place the same in any vault in the city unless such body shall be first placed in a box or casket, the top, bottom and all sides of which shall be securely fastened, and no person shall bury any such box or casket unless in such manner that every part and portion of such box or casket shall be at least 4’ feet below the natural surface of the ground where the same is buried or such further distance below the surface of the ground as is required by the Rhode Island Department of Health.

8.01.004 Approval of construction plans – Supervisory control – Mausoleums

(a) Before any person or entity commences the building, construction, or erection of any mausoleum or columbarium, the agency constructing the structure shall make and file plans and specifications of the structure with the city and secure the approval of the city to erect the mausoleum or columbarium. Before the approval shall be granted, the Inspector of Buildings shall be satisfied that the proposed new structure or any alterations or additions to an old structure for that purpose, shall be built in accordance with the standards set forth in the Code of Ordinances, and shall comply with any further requirements as to perpetual care and maintenance provided by this chapter. The city shall have supervisory control over the construction.

(b) Every community mausoleum, other than structures containing crypts erected or controlled by churches and religious societies, and every columbarium, or other similar structure intended to hold or contain the bodies or remains of the dead, the spaces, crypts, or niches of which are available to the public, shall be located only within the confines of an established cemetery.

(c) Except for burials exempted under the Rhode Island General Laws, no structure shall be used for the purpose of depositing therein human remains until the structure is finally completed, nor until provision for maintenance of the structure has been provided in accordance with the requirements as provided by the city.

(d) No crypt, room, or space in the structure shall be sold or offered for sale before the structure is entirely completed, unless and until the agency selling the crypt or niches, enters into an agreement whereby it agrees to refund to each and every purchaser all sums of money paid by each, together with legal interest on all sums of money, in the event it fails to complete the structure within the time which shall have been limited by the city, which agreement shall be entered into with some federally insured financial depository or other organization as trustee for the persons as directed by the city, nor until the agency shall also have made, executed and delivered to the trustee, its bond, with adequate security, if required, conditioned upon paying to the trustee a sum of money sufficient to provide for the refund previously provided and to provide for the repair, maintenance, and replacement of the structure, or shall have paid or delivered to the trustee a sum of money or other property sufficient for these purposes, the amount of the bond, payment, or delivery of property and the security on the bonds, if any shall be required, to be fixed and determined by the city or town wherein the structure is located. A copy of any such bond shall be filed with the City Clerk within ten (10) days of its issuance.

8.01.050 Approval of construction plans and layout – Burial grounds

(a) Before commencing the improvement of any land or the building, construction, or erection of any roads, paths, fences, gates, markers or other man-made item for the purpose of establishing or building a new burial ground or cemetery, or expanding one previously in existence but not on file with the city, the agency seeking to undertake the improvement or construction shall make and file plans compliant with this chapter with the city clerk, and secure the approval of the city. Before the approval shall be granted, the Inspector of Buildings shall be satisfied that the proposed new cemetery or burial ground or any alterations or additions to an old structure for that purpose, shall be built in accordance with the standards set forth in the Code of Ordinances, and shall comply with any further requirements as to perpetual care and maintenance provided by this chapter. The city shall have supervisory control over the construction.

(b) Plan requirements. Any plan filed to satisfy subsection (a) of this Section shall contain at least the following minimum information:

(1) Any application for the establishment of a cemetery or for the establishment of an extension to an existing cemetery shall set forth the name and post office address of the owner of the land, the part or parts thereof to be used for burial purposes, and the part or parts thereof to be used for screening purposes, and such other information as may be helpful to the zoning board of review in its consideration of the application. Such applicant shall pay to the zoning board of review a sum sufficient to pay for the cost of advertising the application; and

(2) Detailed site plans drawn to scale by a licensed professional registered land surveyor or professional engineer as applicable, at a minimum scale of 1″:40′, showing the boundaries of the property in question, existing topographical contour intervals of no more than two feet, a surveyed boundary of the cemetery and a setback area of no less than 25’; and

(3) A plan denoting the locations and size of for burial places and the number and arrangement of burial plots within each burial place, ash scattering areas, roads and paths, buildings, and any other permanent fixtures, changes or improvements to the land; and

(4) A plan for landscaping and the setting aside of part of the proposed area for screening purposes; and

(5) A budget for the perpetual care fund proceeds to ensure sufficient operating cash flow to ensure the cemetery does not fall into neglect.

8.01.060 Location of new cemeteries.

Before any permit to approve a new cemetery may be granted, the agency sponsoring the new cemetery under Sections 8.01.030 and 8.01.040 of this chapter must file a petition with the city council and after hearing thereon the city council must vote to approve the location and boundaries of such cemetery.  While considering the petition, the city council shall give due consideration to the size and suitability of the location, the density of building on surrounding properties, any health and safety plans formulated by the agency proposing the cemetery, traffic concerns surrounding the property, the availability of cemetery lots within cemeteries already in operation elsewhere in the city, the nature of the agency as profit, not-for-profit, religious, public or otherwise, the history of the agency in managing other cemeteries, and any other factors deemed to be of import by the city council.  Any reports, recommendations, changes, amendments or approvals made by the Inspector of Buildings or as a result of discussions with the Department of Building Inspection shall be considered by the City Council.

8.01.070 Requirements for perpetual care of cemeteries and mausoleums

(a) The proceeds from the sales of crypts, niches, or any space in a mausoleum, shall be used for the repayment of loans for the purpose of construction thereof with reasonable interest on the loans and for the construction, maintenance, and perpetual care of the structure, and may not be divided among any persons as profits. Such restrictions shall not relate to services for interment, preparation of a site, or other services and/or charges.

(b) The sale of cemetery lots or plots, or the sale of crypts or niches in a community mausoleum, or niches in a columbarium, crematory, or any other similar structure, for speculative purposes, or upon the promise, representation, or inducement to the purchaser that the structure may be resold at a financial profit, is prohibited.

(c) All funds paid to or held by an agency for the purpose of funding the perpetual care of cemetery lots, crypts, or niches shall be maintained in a separate perpetual care fund, and shall not be commingled with any other funds of the agency.

(d) Not less than twenty percent (20%) of the sale price of a cemetery lot, crypt, or niche sold with perpetual care shall be deposited by the agency in the perpetual care fund.

(e) All private cemeteries which are not considered abandoned cemeteries shall on an annual basis on or before July 1 submit a filing with the City Clerk of the financial condition and status of the cemetery.  The statement shall contain:

(1) a listing of the monies held in the account as of the date of the statement, the revenues and expenses for the year; and

(2) a budget for the following twelve (12) months; and

(3) the enumeration of the number of burial plots or niches remaining available for sale; and

(4) a certification by the person making the filing that the cemetery:

(i) shall remain active for the next twelve-month period;

(ii) that there are no notices of violation by the building or housing departments; and

(iii) that the cemetery is not a defendant in a municipal court, district court, superior court or supreme court proceeding.

(f) The City Clerk shall review such filings and provide notice to the City Council and the Mayor of any cemetery that required to file under this Section whose disclosure indicates that: (1) there will be insufficient revenues to meet budgeted expenses, (2) who has less than twenty-five (25) plots or niches, as applicable, remaining available for sale, (3) fails to make the certification required in subsection (a) that the cemetery will remain active for the next twelve (12) months; or (4) had received a notice of violation or is a defendant in any matter pending in any of the applicable courts. 

(g) The purposes of the disclosure in subsection (e) is to ensure that the health and safety of people entering the cemetery is maintained by ensuring that perpetual care funds are sufficient to ensure maintenance and the avoidance of neglect or risk that the cemetery will become abandoned. 

8.01.080 Records of Disposition

Agencies are responsible for the proper maintenance of all records of disposition of human remains, and all burials shall be accompanied with appropriate records or combination of records giving location and name of deceased, date of burial, record of property owner, and a geographic schematic indicating the specific location of final disposition. The agencies have the ability to cross reference this material as the agencies deem necessary as long as the records ensure the accuracy and quality control of the location and name of the deceased. No less than annually, agencies shall file this information annually with the City Clerk and a summary filing may be made that contains the information required by this Section.

8.01.090 Scattering of Ashes

(a) The scattering of cremated human remains within a cemetery shall be prohibited except within a specific area designated for that purpose.

(b) Nothing in this section shall be construed to require a cemetery to authorize the scattering of ashes when that practice is contrary to the regulations of the agency or the religious beliefs of the agency associated with the cemetery.

8.01.100 Exemptions

(a) The following cemeteries and/or agencies shall be exempt from the provisions of Sections 8.01.070 (e)(1) through (3) of this chapter:

(1) Religious and ecclesiastical societies who maintain burial grounds;
(2) The Cranston Historical Cemeteries Commission;
(3) Public cemeteries;
(4) Abandoned cemeteries;
(5) An active building used in regular and active religious celebrations or ceremonies maintaining a crypt, vault or burial plot within the confines of the building.

(b) Any agency claiming an exemption under section (a)(1) shall be required to:

i. file a one-time statement of exemption with the City Clerk stating the legal name of the entity, contact information for the entity; registered agent for service; date the exemption was granted by the Internal Revenue Service; proof of the exemption from the Internal Revenue Service; the assessor’s plat(s) and lot(s) that would otherwise be subject to this chapter along with appropriate contact information for the entity; and

ii. annually file any IRS Form 990, IRS Form 990-EZ, IRS Form 990-N , IRS Form 990-T, IRS Form 990-W, IRS form 1096 and/or any other form required to be filed by the entity within ninety (90) days of filing with the Internal Revenue Service except for forms solely related to employment and payments to independent contractors such as IRS Forms W-2, W-3 and/or 1099; and

iii. file any certification required by Section 8.01.070 (e)(4).

8.01.110 Remedy for Violations

(a) The City shall have the authority to take all appropriate legal action to ensure enforcement of the obligations under this Chapter.

(b) Any person, member of a firm, or any officer or director of a corporation, failing to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter, upon each and every conviction of any of the provisions of this chapter, shall be fined not less than one hundred dollars ($100) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500) or by imprisonment for not less than sixty (60) days nor more than six (6) months, or by both fine and imprisonment.

(c) Upon an order of the municipal court, the district court, the superior court, the supreme court, or another court of competent jurisdiction pursuant to any finding of a violation of this chapter or of any other ordinance, the court may order that in addition to the provision of 8.01.050(d) the agency shall be required to place up to fifty percent of the (50%) of the sale price of a cemetery lot, crypt, or niche sold into the registry of the court until the amount of any order or judgment is satisfied and to file reports of all sales, internments or other dispositions of final remains in the care of the agency on a periodic basis along with the standard court costs imposed for violations of zoning ordinances.

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

Sponsored by Councilwoman Vargas and Council President Paplauskas

      

PROPOSED ORD. NO. 9-21-08 IN AMENDMENT OF CHAPTER 10.32.030 OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF CRANSTON, 2005, ENTITLED “MOTOR VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC – MULTI-WAY STOP INTERSECTIONS–ENUMERATED”

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

Section 1.  Chapter 10.32.030 is hereby amended by adding the following:

Vinton Avenue and Harrison Avenue, 3 way stop.

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

Sponsored by Councilman Ferri and Councilwoman Marino

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