Write down this number on a post-it note and stick it on your refrigerator. Or put the number on your cell phone. Or program it on your land line.
The number: 435-7722.
It's the number in the East Providence building inspector's office. You can call it if you have a complaint about "quality-of-life issues" in East Providence. And you can call it anonymously and leave a message anytime.
Does your neighbor have a junk car in his driveway? Is another neighbor piling up trash in his back yard? Have you seen a rat scurrying around your neighborhood?
Call 435-7722. It's the "Q Alert" system that takes and files complaints for action by the appropriate city official, said City Manager Peter Graczykowski at the most recent City Council meeting.
Graczykowski was getting back to City Councilor Helder Cunha, who said at the previous meeting that he wanted to look into a "hotline" that could be used by anyone to register a complaint about "upkeep" of properties and streets in East Providence.
"Many people are afraid to come forward or go City Hall," Cunha said. "In some cases, there is a language barrier."
The city manager said he would look into expanding the Q Alert system to serve as more of a "help line." He said Q Alert should work just fine.
"I have found someone who speaks Portuguese, too," he said.
They can translate a message and get back to anyone who might have a language barrier.
Now it's just a matter of letting as many people know about the number as possible, Graczykowski said.
Here it is again: 435-7722.
Put it on your refrigerator and phone.