PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

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A Public Hearing on the following proposed Ordinances will be held before the Public Works Committee on Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 6:00 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.

When: Aug 12, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Public Works Committee Meeting

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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.” 

Robert J. Ferri, Chair
Finance Committee

 Rosalba Zanni
Acting City Clerk

PROPOSED ORD. 7-21-08 IN AMENDMENT OF CHAPTER 12 OF THE CITY OF CRANSTON CODE OF ORDINANCES, 2005, ENTITLED “STREETS, SIDEWALKS AND PUBLIC PLACES” (Street Paving)

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

Section 1.  Chapter 12.04 is hereby amended by adding the following:

Section 12.04.140: Street Paving

At the same time that the Mayor submits the operating budget to the City Council, the Director of Public Works shall submit to the City Council, for informational purposes only, a list of all streets that are proposed to be paved during the corresponding budget fiscal year. Subsequently, by July 31, the Director of Public Works shall submit to the City Council, for informational purposes only, (a) a final list of all streets the City intends to pave that fiscal year and (b) a final list of all streets that were paved in the prior fiscal year. These final lists as noted in sections (a) and (b) shall be made available to the public and posted on the City website.

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

Sponsored by Councilman Donegan and Councilwoman Marino

PROPOSED ORD. 7-21-15 IN AMENDMENT OF CHAPTER 8.12 OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF CRANSTON, 2005, ENTITLED “HEALTH AND SAFETY - GARBAGE COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL”

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

Section 1.  Chapter 8.12.121 is hereby amended as follows:

The department of public works provides collection of municipal refuse and recycling for properties of four or fewer dwelling units. All other properties must make provisions for proper, legal disposal of their wastes.

The department of public works provides one refuse and one recycling roll out cart to each residential unit, which remains the property of the city of Cranston. Disposal of bulky waste (defined as any object that will not fit into a roll out cart) is the responsibility of the property owner. The department of public works shall provide a means for the property owner to coordinate and pay for disposal of bulky waste and mattresses with the contractor that performs refuse and recycling collection with the city.

Municipal refuse and recycling does not include waste generated by residents of a municipality in the course of their employment or that generated by any manufacturing or commercial enterprise. Enforcement will be in accordance with Section 8.16.030 of this title.

The department of public works shall pick up bulky waste during the months of March and September, free of charge, subject to the following guidelines:

  • Each residential property shall be eligible for one pick up in the month of March and one pick up in the month of September.
  • Pick ups will be limited to three items per event.
  • Bulky waste does not include mattresses, construction debris, TV's or electronic goods, white goods or any household trash/garbage that would fit into the city provided sixty-five (65) gallon cart.
  • Bulky waste pick up during this time period will require the property owner to call and make an appointment with the disposal contractor employed by the city.

A. Non-Compliance with Bulk Waste Guidelines. For those property owners who do not follow the guidelines provided herein, including times when such waste way be picked up, the department of public works shall remove the bulk waste and the city shall assess the property owner for disposal of such waste at a commercially reasonable rate.  

  1. A dated notice of the assessment shall be posted on the property by the department of building inspections and the notice shall be sent regular mail, postage prepaid to the last known address on record with the city for property owner. In all cases the date of posting shall be the effective date of notice of assessment.
  2. The property owner shall have ten (10) days from the notice of the assessment to pay the assessment and any other costs incurred by the city in assessing the property owner.
  3. Failure to Pay the Assessment. A certified letter shall be sent to the property owner advising them of the assessment and costs incurred plus an additional twenty (20) percent service charge. The assessment and costs must be paid within thirty (30) days after notification. The assessment, costs and service charge shall become a lien against such property to the same extent and character as a real estate tax liens with penalty and interest and with the same right of collection and tax sale as apply to other tax liens or at the discretion of the city. The inspector of buildings shall certify the expenses to the city solicitor who shall record said lien with the recorder of deeds and institute appropriate action against the owner for the recovery of such expenses.

Subject to appropriation by administration and city council.

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

Sponsored by Council President Paplauskas

PROPOSED ORD. 7-21-16 IN AMENDMENT OF CHAPTER 8.12, OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF CRANSTON, 2005, ENTITLED “HEALTH AND SAFETY - GARBAGE COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL”

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

Section 1:  Chapter 8.12 is hereby amended by adding the following:

8.12.150 Collection of refuse at private residential establishments and elsewhere; dumpsters.

Definitions:

1.  The word "dumpster" shall mean an approved metal container on wheels with a tightfitting solid top.

 2. Mixed Use Residential Commercial Apartments: A property with mixed-use residential, private and condominiums development with 5 dwelling units or more.

  1. The owner of a mixed-use residential commercial apartments with a location in the City of Cranston, and the owner of every residential multi-dwelling structure containing more than five or more residential units and defined as “mixed used residential commercial apartments" that are not eligible for municipal curbside refuse collection services, shall be responsible and provide a private waste hauler for the storage, disposal, and collection of refuse.
  2. It is the responsibility of the owners of such structures, or their agents, to employ a private collection hauling service that utilizes either a commercial collection container, (commonly known as “dumpsters”) barrels with covers or plastic bags. Overflowing of dumpster due to accumulations of garbage, refuse, trash, located at mixed use residential commercial apartments not picked up at least once a week will be fined at $50.00 per day per the City of Cranston code Chapter 8.28.100 – Penalties for Environmental Violations and follow compliance per City of Cranston Chapter 8.28 Property Maintenance Standards.
  3. All commercial trash and garbage containers (dumpsters) whether at mixed use private residential establishments with five or more dwelling apartment/units or otherwise, shall be covered, and the name, address, and telephone number of said commercial contractor or company shall be prominently displayed on the exterior of each container. Such refuse container with overflowing refuse will be in violation of the Health and Safety code.
  4. Said commercial trash and garbage containers located at buildings with residential units of five (5) or more, shall be screened by fencing or shrubbery if visible from the street.
  5. All dumpsters, at mixed use residential commercial apartments with five (5) or more residential or otherwise, shall be serviced only between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Anyone in violation of this subsection shall be subject to a fine of up to $100 for each day in violation. Second and subsequent violations may be subject to a fine of up to $300 maximum.
  6. Refuse shall be collected at least once a week from all mixed use private residential structures in the City of Cranston by the private waste hauler, or as many times as necessary to eliminate a public nuisance, potential health hazards or as the Director of Public Works or Director of Zoning and Code Enforcement may determine.

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

Sponsored by Councilwoman Vargas

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