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Welcome to the Providence City Council website.

Here you will find information about the activities and initiatives of the legislative branch of Providence’s government. From Council meetings to neighborhood meetings, the members of the City Council are committed to taking action to improve the quality of life for every Providence resident.

Providence has vast cultural, artistic, and historical assets, which the Council seeks to enhance as we move forward, conducting the business of the people with integrity, transparency, and efficiency.

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Councilman Nicholas J. Narducci Jr. today ensured the opening of the water park at Chad Brown before its originally scheduled opening of July 2, 2018.  The water park will be open today and tomorrow (Friday, June 29 and Saturday, June 30) from 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

Yesterday, the city announced the early opening of several water parks across the city, but Chad Brown was not on the list.  With help from Director Mike Stephens from the Providence Recreation Department and Executive Director Melissa Sanzaro of the Providence Housing Authority - Councilman Narducci was able to add this location to the city’s portfolio of operational water parks.

“I’m very pleased that I was able to ensure the early opening of the Chad Brown water park for today and tomorrow,” stated Senior Deputy Majority Leader Nicholas J. Narducci Jr. “I’m grateful for the assistance of Melissa Sanzaro and Mike Stephens in making sure that the community in Chad Brown was being served. With high temperatures called for all weekend, I wanted to ensure that North End residents were being served like other neighborhoods.”

Waterparks across the city are opening today (Friday, June 29, 2018, at noon).  For more information and to find the nearest open recreation center, residents can call the Providence Recreation Department’s main office at 401-680-7300, visit http://www.providenceri.gov/providence-recreation/ or contact the Mayor’s Center for City Services by dialing 3-1-1 or visiting http://www.providenceri.gov/pvd-311/.

For more information, please contact the City Council office at 401-521-7477.

 

 

Providence City Councilwoman Sabina Matos (Ward 15) announces several completed community park projects in her Ward, and several more about to begin. These projects range from building concession stands, to improving current park landscapes.

“I believe that recreation and access to green spaces are paramount to the quality of life in our neighborhood,” stated Council President Pro Tempore Sabina Matos. “Over the past year, I have worked with the Providence Parks Department to improve and redevelop many of our green spaces. This has been an exciting year, and I can’t wait to see all these projects come to fruition.”
 
Much of the funding for these projects has come from Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), City Council Neighborhood Infrastructure Funds, Eagle Square TIF funds, and other grants.
 
Breakdown of Community Park Projects
 
Joslin Playground:
  • Completed: Installation of shade sail, new fitness equipment, Water Park, soccer field, and landscaping.
  • In Progress: New entrance to be located on the Kossuth side parking lot.
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    James Ahern Park:
    • In Progress: Backstop and fence repairs, foul line pole, updated players’ area that includes benches and dugouts, infield renovations, and new signage.
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      Clarence Street Playground:
      • Completed: Outdoor classroom and new higher quality benches have been installed.
      • In Progress: Installation of additional play piece, fence repair, and replacement.
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        Riverside Park:
        • In Progress: Construction of parking lot, landscaping, repairs to the swale, renovations to the bike path, and signage.
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          Donigian Park:
          • Completed: Areas near Barstow Street received new seating from Downcity Designs and fitness equipment fabricated by the Steelyard and a soccer field.
          • In Progress: Construction of new concession stand, restroom facilities, turf and irrigation improvements. (Community meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 26 at 6:30 pm in the park.)
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            For more information on Providence Parks, visit www.providnceri.gov/providence-parks, or call the City Council Office at 401-521-7477.

 

The Ordinance has been referred to committee

where it will be vetted and open for public comment

 

 

PROVIDENCE (June 21, 2018)…Tonight, Council Majority Whip Jo-Ann Ryan reintroduced her ordinance to reduce single-use plastic bags in Providence, and it has been referred to committee for review.  After meeting with Mayor Elorza, constituents, and community groups, she felt that the time was right to bring the ordinance back before the Council.

 

Changes to this ordinance include the removal of the $0.10 fee for not having a reusable bag, it requires the City’s Office of Sustainability to present an implementation plan to the City Council no later than 30-days after passage, and calls upon the City to work with the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Center as part of their outreach and implementation plan.  This ordinance still addresses significant environmental and economic concerns facing the City and is modeled after those successfully passed in other municipalities and is most similar to the one recently passed in Boston.

 

Ryan, the lead sponsor of the ordinance, said, "After the Mayor’s veto I embarked on a listening tour, and I heard the concerns of the community and worked to ensure that all voices were heard in the creation of this updated ordinance.  This is the beginning of us collectively working together to rid our city, landfills, and oceans of single-use plastics, and I am proud to be leading that effort.  I will continue my work with my colleagues, the Mayor’s administration, and community partners to move this forward and will ensure robust community engagement and public discourse. We will hold a public hearing at an upcoming committee meeting to ensure that all voices have an opportunity to share their concerns, questions, and suggestions on how we can make this ordinance work for the people of Providence.”

 

The ordinance calls for a 1-year implementation period where the City’s Office of Sustainability will work to educate residents and business owners on the single-use plastic bag reduction plan. This plan will be presented to the Council no later than 30-days after the passage of this ordinance. During this 1-year implementation period, we will work with community partners to distribute free or little-to-no cost reusable bags to those that need them.  This period also allows businesses to use their remaining stock of single-use plastic bags.

 

The production, use, and disposal of single-use plastic bags have significant adverse impacts on the environment and are a serious economic burden to the City's solid waste disposal and single-stream recycling systems.  Reducing single-use plastic bags will help to curb litter on our streets and waterways, protect the marine environment, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Ryan continued, "The economic reasons are also significant as the City will save at least $1 million each year by removing this common contaminant to our recycling system. This initiative will also help to remove 95 million single-use bags annually from our landfill. I recently visited the Rhode Island Resource Recovery recycling center and saw the toll that plastic single-use bags play on their system. Every few hours they have to shut down to pull these bags from the gears that move the recycling along. This slows the process, and is dangerous as employees have to climb into the machine and remove the bags from the gears."

 

Highlights of the Ordinance Include:

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No additional fee for non-compliance by consumers.

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All checkout bags must be designed for multiple reuse or be paper.  If the checkout bag is plastic, it must be made from 100% recycled plastic. Paper bags must be 100% recyclable and made from at least 40% recycled paper.

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It exempts certain types of plastic bags such as dry cleaning or laundry bags, bags used to wrap or contain frozen foods or prevent or contain moisture, etc.

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It gives 12 months from passage for businesses to become compliant allowing time for education/outreach and for retailers to use existing stock.

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It provides an exemption for retailers who may have a hardship determined by the Director of the Office of Sustainability.

 

The Ordinance is the product of numerous meetings, over ten months, with the City's Zero Waste Group the City's Office of Sustainability, and other stakeholders.

 

Some facts on the environmental impacts of single-use plastic bags provided by Upstream Policy:

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Single-use plastic bags are used on average for 12 minutes and live for about 1K years.

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Single-use plastic bag production produces over 2.5K metric tons of CO2 (carbon dioxide) annually and contributes to the greenhouse effect and global warming.

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Single-use plastic bags end up in the ocean, breaking down into smaller pieces called microplastics, Clean Water Action found that the Providence River had the highest concentration of these microplastics in the Bay.

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It is estimated that over 95M plastic bags are used annually in Providence.

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Single-use plastic bags account for roughly 60 tons of garbage.

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Single-use plastic bags are NOT recyclable in our single stream RIRRC’s recycling facility.

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Single-use plastic bags are the cause of contamination of our recycling bins and compromise our recycling program.

 

 


Once passed Providence will join 280 other North American

jurisdictions to ban the commercial sale of dogs and cats

 

Providence, RI (June 21, 2018) – Councilman Nicholas J. Narducci Jr. tonight introduced an ordinance that would make it illegal for the commercial sale of dogs and cats. It should be noted that the ordinance specifically allows for commercial pet stores to keep and facilitate the adoption of dogs and cats from animal shelters, humane societies, and non-profit rescue organizations. 

 

“We’ve all seen and read of the horrors of puppy mills in the United States,” stated City Council Senior Deputy Majority Leader Nicholas J. Narducci Jr. “For the better part of a year I have worked on this ordinance, and I am very proud to have it passed for the first time tonight. As a pet lover, and as an advocate and board member of Friends of Providence Animal Control I felt a responsibility to ensure the safety and humane treatment of our four-legged friends.”

 

The ordinance aligns with State standards and establishes exceptions to the spay/neuter law for thoroughbred dogs and dogs with health concerns (letter from veterinarian required). It also creates an additional Dog Permit allowing the owner to keep 4+ dogs, so long as certain health and safety standards have been met.

 

In passing this ordinance, Providence will join 280 other jurisdictions across the US and Canada to ban the commercial sale of dogs and cats. There is a growing consensus that the best way to stop the proliferation of puppy mills is to cut the demand for them by prohibiting commercial sales. Albuquerque, NM became the first US jurisdiction to ban commercial sales of dog and cats in 2006. In Rhode Island, both East Providence (2014) and Warwick (2017) have also passed bans on the commercial sale of dogs and cats. Other Jurisdictions with such a ban include:  Austin, TX (2010), Boston, MA (2016), Cambridge, MA (2017), California (statewide ban, 2017), Philadelphia (2016) and Pittsburgh (2015).

 

The ordinance was written in close consultation with the Friends of Providence Animal Control and the Rhode Island SPCA.