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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.

We encourage you to get involved in your community, and to make your voices heard by your elected officials on the Council. We are here to serve.

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Providence, RI (June 13, 2018) – Councilman Seth Yurdin will introduce a resolution opposing House Bill 8123 and Senate Bill 2838 at the June 21, 2018, City Council meeting. These companion bills would “authorize any municipal water supply system and any regional water quality management district commission to enter into an agreement called a ‘transaction’ enabling certain water supply systems to merge and be deemed a public utility.”


“If this proposal is approved, it will allow for the “monetization” of the Providence Water Supply Board (PWSB) at the expense of the residents by permitting the City to transfer control of the PWSB to an improperly regulated third-party operator,” stated Councilman Seth Yurdin. “This water-sale-scheme does not safeguard residents from unfair rate increases, fails to protect our environment, and does not ensure that city residents have safe, high-quality drinking water.”


Yurdin is not the only person to oppose these bills.  Several environmental advocates, government watchdog groups, and public policy experts, including the Conservation Law Foundation, the Burrillville Land Trust, The Rhode Island Association of Conservation Commissions, and the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council each have expressed deep opposition.


Under H8123 and S2838, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) would have no power to review transactions and would be prohibited from affecting rate increases “in any way” for five years. Removing the PUC’s authority to review transactions and reject rate increases leaves the residents and ratepayers exposed to potentially significant and unaffordable rate increases.  These bills also contain no environmental protections for the Scituate Reservoir watershed, nor do they have any provisions for ensuring the water quality of the reservoir.


In reports from The New York Times and Heavy.com and from environmental groups like Food & Water Watch, we have seen over and over that privately owned water utility services cost the public significantly more than publicly owned and operated water utilities.



PROVIDENCE, RI (June 7, 2018)…Providence Municipal Court trials scheduled on Thursday, June 14, 21, & 28, 2018, at 5:00 pm regarding portable camera unit violations have been continued, and defendants will receive a notice in the mail of a new trial date.


Arraignments or initial appearances for Portable Camera Unit Violations are still being heard.





Providence, RI (May 3, 2018) – Tonight the City Council introduced an ordinance allocating more than $5M in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for the city of Providence. Tonight was the first passage of the ordinance by the City Council, and it is expected to be passed for a second and final time at the Thursday, May 17 City Council meeting.


“As Chairman of the Committee on Claims and Pending Suits, I, along with fellow committee members, was tasked with ensuring that these federal dollars were allocated equitably and that the funds would have the greatest impact possible for our community,” stated Senior Deputy Majority Leader Nicholas J. Narducci Jr. “I would like to thank my colleagues for all their hard work to achieve this end.  I’m also very proud that we were able to help so many organizations in Providence to continue their good works.”


City Council President David A. Salvatore said, “Collaboration is key to the success of any budgeting process, and this particular process was a success because of the continued collaboration between the Council, Mayor Elorza, and his administration. Because of this collaborative effort, many local organizations will receive much-needed funds to continue their transformative work. Finally, I am grateful for the dedicated leadership of Chairman Narducci and the committee for their hard work on this process.”


The CDBG Program is a federal program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Beginning in 1974, the CDBG Program is one of the longest continuously run programs run by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


The 2018-2019 CDBG Budget Highlights Includes:


$473,714.00 in Community Center Grants


$386,135.00 in Public Service Grants


$437,885.00 in Economic Development Grants


$835,961.00 in Housing Grants


$1,118,521.00 in Facility Improvement Grants


$776,250.00 in Neighborhood Investment Strategies Grants


$1,354,201.00 in HOME Investment Partnerships Program


$1,133,603.00 in Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program


$421,403.00 in Emergency Solutions Grants (Programs helping the homeless)


For a complete list of recipients, please visit council.providenceri.com.





Providence, RI (May 3, 2018) – Tonight, the City Council passed a resolution naming next week (May 6-12, 2018) Municipal Clerks Week. The International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC), a professional non-profit association with 14,500 members comprised of City, Town, Township, Village, Borough, Deputy and County Clerks throughout the United States, Canada and 15 other countries has been honoring the work of municipal clerks during the first full week of May since 1969.


The City Council is proud to honor the work of the Department of the City Clerk through a resolution and an exhibit entitled Clerks: The Evolution of Recorded History of City Government from 1636 to the Present, in partnership with Providence City Archives, on display in the Third Floor Gallery of City Hall through the end of May.


“The work that my team and I do on a daily basis is vital to our community,” stated Providence City Clerk Lori L. Hagen. “The City Clerks department does more than take notes at Council meetings – we are the keepers of all historical records related to the democratic process in the city of Providence. Over the past decade, we’ve led the way in digitizing our records to ensure their longevity and that anyone can access them on the city’s Open Meeting Portal. Thus, continuing the long tradition of ensuring transparency in local government.”


Council President David A. Salvatore stated that “the Clerks are the backbone of our municipal democracy, and serve as a resource for historians and constituents alike on the goings on of our municipality. Lori Hagen, Providence City Clerk, and her team continue to do a remarkable job in making sure that the community has access to meeting minutes, notes and recordings of city meetings and I’m delighted to be able to highlight their important work with this resolution and exhibit.”


About the Exhibit:

Clerks: The Evolution of Recorded History of City Government from 1636 to the Present will take visitors on a journey through the history of Providence, going back to our first Clerk, Roger Williams.  The exhibit will feature several artifacts from the long and storied history of our municipal government including ledgers, town records, various recording instruments and much more.


About the City Clerk Department:

The City Clerk operates under the auspices of the City Council. This department is responsible for maintaining and recording all votes, orders, resolutions, and ordinances made and passed by the City Council as well as those of its subcommittees, and meetings of the retirement board. Furthermore, the City Clerk furnishes the heads of departments and the chairmen of all committees of the City Council with certified copies of such votes or resolutions as they relate to their respective departments or committees.

They are the official repository for all ordinances, resolutions and official documents related to the government of the City of Providence and responsible for the authenticity of all legal documents.  In addition, the City Clerk collects and presents to the City Council all petitions concerning abandonments and easements, personal injury and automobile or property damage, as well as certificates of Assumed Business Name and Going Out of Business.

The department also oversees the Providence City Archives and its staff.

About the City Archives:

A formal archival program for the City of Providence was established in 1978 as part of a year-long centennial observance marking the dedication of City Hall. The archives, located on the 5th floor of City hall, houses extensive collections of manuscripts, printed material, maps, blueprints, and photographic images that span the period from the colony’s founding in 1636 to present day.


The nearly 40,000 cubic feet of records detail all aspects of the development and operation of municipal government. Highlights of the holdings include vital and probate records, house and city directories. Local census data, deed books, as well as collections of maps and atlases. These collections offer researchers a unique opportunity to trace the history of New England’s second largest city from its settlement as a coastal village, through its transformation into a national industrial powerhouse in the nineteenth century.


What’s on the Open Meeting Portal:

Committees Completed on the Portal (Agendas, Minutes, Exhibits & Audio)


City Council Meetings – 1993 to Present


Board of Investment Commissioners - 1995 to Present


City Council as a Whole – 1986 to Present


Special Committee on Ways & Means – 2012 to 2014


Commissioners of Dexter Donation – 1990 to Present


Special Committee on Education – 2012 to 2014


Committees in Progress on the Portal:


Board of Contract and Supply – Back to 1995


Retirement Board – Back to 1970


Retirement Board Medical Sub-Committee – Back to 1996


Committee on Finance – Back to 1941


Committee on Ordinances – Back to 1977


Committee on City Property – Back to 1994


Committee on Claims and Pending Suits – Back to 1992


Committee on Urban Redevelopment, Renewal & Planning – Back to 1986


Committee on Public Works – Back to 1994


Environmental Sustainability Task Force – Back to 2005