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'Disorderly' Bar Back on Council Docket

A public hearing on the entertainment license of Rockin' Times on Waterman Avenue will be held Tuesday evening.

The East Providence City Council meets Tuesday, Jan. 8, in its first meeting of the year with the Rockin’ Times bar on Waterman Avenue back on the agenda. 

A public hearing will be held on the bar’s entertainment license, which currently has a stipulation that all music must cease by 11:30 pm. The hearing is to remove the stipulation on the license, which the current owner seemed to be unaware of at a previous “show-cause” hearing on why the bar should not be fined or have its liquor license suspended or revoked for not maintaining an orderly establishment.

That previous hearing was continued after an attorney representing the owner, Phil Rigi of Warwick, came before the City Council rather perplexed as to what the bar was charged with.

East Providence Police Chief Joseph Tavares said an investigation into the allegations against the bar was not completed at that time. He said the bar was being investigated because of a variety of complaints about vandalism by customers leaving the bar, loud parties, assaults and other disturbances.

The city council continued the hearing at that point.

Here is the complete City Council agenda:

CITY OF EAST PROVIDENCE

DOCKET OF REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

January 8, 2013

Council Chambers, City Hall, 145 Taunton Avenue, East Providence, RI 02914

7:00 P.M. Executive Session, Room 101

7:30 P.M. Open Session

I.  EXECUTIVE SESSION

The City Council of the City of East Providence will meet in Executive Session pursuant to RI General Laws § 42-46-5 (a) (2

A. New Claims

    1. Sharon Burns

    2. Luis Raposo 

II.  CALL TO ORDER

III. SALUTE TO THE FLAG 

IV.  TO APPROVE THE CONSENT CALENDAR

All items under “CONSENT CALENDAR” are considered to be of a routine and noncontroversial nature by the City Council and will be enacted by one motion.  There will be no separate discussion on these items unless a Council member so requests, in which event, the item will be removed from the “CONSENT CALENDAR” and will be considered in its normal sequence on the docket.

A. Letters

     1. Coastal Resources Management Council January 2013 Calendar.

B. Council Journals

V.  PUBLIC COMMENT

VI. LICENSES REQUIRING PUBLIC HEARING

A. Entertainment License - Amend to Remove Stipulation

PWRPJ, Inc. DBA Rockin' Times, 478 Waterman Avenue (02914), Philip Riggi, 61 Whitford Street, Warwick (02889)

VII.  NEW BUSINESS

A.City Managers Report (by City Manager Peter Graczykowski)

     1. Departmental Activity Update

     2. Budget Commission Activity Update

     3. Revised Street Sweeping Proposal

      4. Christmas Tree Recycling Chip-A-Tree 2012-2013

       5. Police and Fire Pension Plan Information Request

       6. Municipal Surplus Properties Real Estate Broker RFP Update

        7. Budget Information Request

        8. Rental Fee Information Request

        9. Closed Library Buildings - Status Update

B.Reports of Other City Officials

1. Claims Committee (by City Solicitor Orlando Andreoni)

C.   Council Members

1. Economic Development (by Mayor Briden)

2. Department Procedures (by Assistant Mayor Rose)

3. Street Sweeper (by Assistant Mayor Rose)

4. Voluntary Donation Checkbox (by Assistant Mayor Rose)

5. Request for an ordinance removing the two hour parking limit on Taunton Avenue (by Councilwoman Rossi)

 6. Volunteers Wanted (by Councilwoman Rossi)

-Soccer Task Force

-Skate Park Committee

-Ward Food Pantries

-Donation Stations

-Economic Development

-Neighborhood Improvement

-Parks and Recreation

-Elderly Affairs

-Home-Ec at the Rec

-Community Service Hours

 7. Committees and Commissions: Appointments/Vacancies (by Councilwoman Rossi)

 8. School Department Update (by Councilwoman Rossi)

-School Closing Proposals

-Superintendent Search

-Vacant Admin Positions

9. Real Estate/City Surplus Buildings - Update on RFP process (by Councilwoman Rossi)

10. Highway Superintendent Position - Update on posting of position (by Councilwoman Rossi)

11. Legal RFP - Update on committee progress (by Councilwoman Rossi)

12. Budget Commission Exit Strategy (by Councilwoman Rossi)

13. Police and Fire Pension Fund (by Councilwoman Rossi)

 -Presentation by Wainwright the Pension Fund Manager

-Update on how we are funding it by Finance Director

 14. Carousel (by Councilwoman Rossi)

- RFP Update

- Ownership Explanation from Legal

15. Groundwork Providence Potential Partnership -Environmental Job Training (by Councilwoman Rossi)

16. Police Department Facebook Page (by Councilwoman Rossi)

 D. Communications

1. Freddie Rybka, 9 Cozzens Avenue (02915) requesting to address the Council regarding removing snow from city sidewalks, who is responsible for issuing the fines and where do the fines go to insure compliance?

2.  Bruce Rogers, 500 Warren Avenue (02914) requesting to address the Council regarding appointments, the legality of appointments made on inauguration day.

3. Anthony Ferreira, 44 Brightridge Avenue (02914) requesting to address the Council regarding City employees/personnel’s attitudes when the general public comes to City Hall with questions and/or issues.

Rags 1 January 07, 2013 at 03:35 PM
All employees work for the public, and the public should be treated as customers. Fair enough. There is a balance that has to be maintain between the need for data and the amount of work that the employee has to get done on their work day. Sometimes the two conflict.
Barry Ponzio January 08, 2013 at 05:24 AM
I cruise that bar all the time. I have never had a problem scoring good looking hunks. The men are fabulous. I will be sorry to see this bar close.
Rob Ronzio January 08, 2013 at 05:26 AM
Hey Barry remember me. I enjoyed our sessions together and I hope to see a good looking man like you again.
Jennifer.O January 08, 2013 at 02:02 PM
Is this the East Providence batch or plenty of fish.com?

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