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BLOG: Social Service Advocates Ask Council for Grants

Read along with updates posted live from Tuesday night's city council meeting.

During Tuesday night's city council meeting, members discussed agenda items including economic development initiatives, the Forbes Street Solar Project and upcoming negotiations with East Providence union representatives. 

Multiple members of social service non-profits asks councilors to support Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). Presently, a draft budget is up for review; many of the non-profits will not receive the same amounts they received in prior years.

Members also unanimously agreed to send legislation to the State House that will make East Providence part of the East Bay Energy Consortium. According to Planning Director Jeanne Boyle, a potential site to install wind turnines has been located in a Tiverton industrial space.

Scroll through the CoverItLive application to read an account of the meeting blogged live.

Abigail Crocker (Editor) May 02, 2012 at 12:03 AM
If you submit a comment, I can post it in the blog!
Abigail Crocker (Editor) May 02, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Comment From J Tired of hearing about Pond View, it's out of the Council's hands, so why do we have to keep hearing about it?
david sullivan May 02, 2012 at 12:53 AM
because theyre a nuissance
Kevin Oliver May 02, 2012 at 11:42 AM
I would ask for updates on Peirce Field... Last I read here was they were considering charging to use the park. I would ask if the city had any plans to ever fix a road in this city, as just about every street between Taunton Ave and Orlo ave are a mess...
Corliss Blanchard May 02, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Dear J- we in the neighboring homes are tired of PondView and its continuing to do as it pleases regardless of zoning laws and state laws. This has been going on for many years. We must not allow this to be pushed aside until the law is enforced. Are YOU allowed to pick and chose which laws you will abide? We pay taxes that are used to pay the salaries of the "enforcers" of law, so we expect results. Until PV is "in compliance" we will not be quiet. If you are so tired of hearing about this issue, join us to assist in getting a resolution to we all can get past this, and move on to something else.
Jack May 02, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Great point Kevin, there are many roads in horrible shape. Im sure there are some better road conditions in Kabul
Jack May 02, 2012 at 09:30 PM
And its great to see the sidewalk work being done on N. Broadway. Let's hope the road will be paved too. It has been in horrible shape for a while, and getting worse with the bridge closure detours.
Joe Botelho May 02, 2012 at 10:19 PM
I noticed the sidewalks being done on North Broadway. They look good. Of course I still can't understand why the sidewalks have not been done on Pawtucket Avenue from Wamponaog Trail to Warren Avenue. Some patches date back to the 1930's. It's even harder to understand considering that this area lies within an area to close to the high school for kids to get a bus. It seems like Kent Heights has become the forgotten neighborhood in this city. No playground activities, no library and the worst sidewalks in the city. And of course, gerrymandered every ten years.
Ron C May 03, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Don't worry Joe, there are no playground programs anywhere. Registration started today and my wife was told that not only is there now a charge for the camp but that the camp will only be at Pierce Field. Thanks to the budget commission.
TP May 03, 2012 at 06:03 AM
Ron, there's even more! A friend just told me that they are planning to move all of the school administration to city hall and that all the offices that are now on the 3rd floor will have to find other homes around the city, lol! This is just nuts! Schools got us into this mess and now the Planning Dept., Canvassing, Carousel, EP Prevention Coalition and the Parks & Rec Dept. have to move out. Planning, Canvassing and Recreation have been in the same locations since the city hall was built. I heard Ed Daft and other school staff were given the tour of city hall to choose which offices they want. Planning offices have a fire proof vault that contains all historical city documents. Where are they going to build another? Has anyone done a cost analysis on this proposed move??? Why does the school Supt. office and special needs have to be at city hall??? These offices should be with the schools as they are not being consolidated. Human resources, finance and IT are being consolidated and there is room at city hall for these staff...so why not leave things as they are and keep Daft and his entourage with the schools....why disrupt city services?? The city is blaming this on Michael O'Keefe...they say he wants Daft at city hall, WHY???
TP May 03, 2012 at 06:11 AM
Rumor is they plan to move Canvassing into City Clerk...where?...they just moved municipal court there. ISN'T IT A CONFLICT? This city is going down hill very fast!
JJD May 03, 2012 at 06:32 AM
How is it a conflict, other municipalities do it, it makes sense when you think of the synergies that can be achieved, decisions like that to get more bang for our buck is better than actually cutting services.
JJD May 03, 2012 at 06:34 AM
Doubt they're gonna need to do that much moving, there isn't much school administration left.
SL May 03, 2012 at 11:38 AM
Basically,these are ideas which should have become reality years ago. The present have to suffer for poor decisions that have been made for the last 20years. I really hope those folks that had the power in the past are happy with themselves.
TP May 03, 2012 at 02:33 PM
@JJD, the school administration they are moving into city hall consists of 30 people. I hardly call that "there isn't much school administration left"! Maybe they should consolidate that before they attempt any move. Plus the wizards at the school dept. recently spent $3 million to renovate Platt to accomodate the school admin offices...adding to our deficit...will they be able to recoup that in a sale of 30 Burnside? Who's going to buy it in this economy?
TP May 03, 2012 at 02:36 PM
@JJD, in small towns where the city clerk is an elected official it's kosher to have canvassing in the same office. In cities where the city clerk is a council appointed position there's clearly a problem and as Councilman Conley put it "a situation ripe for mischief"
JJD May 03, 2012 at 06:14 PM
That makes no sense, having an elected Clerk would be more ripe for mischief, as it would be an elected official in the same office as the body that controls elections. The Clerk in EP is appointed by the Council, so are the Canvassing Authority members! I hardly see a conflict there.
JJD May 03, 2012 at 06:23 PM
30 people is small compared with the past, how many of that 30 are in Finance and HR which will be consolidated anyway. That just leaves Daft, Curriculum, Attendance/Registration, Transportation and Special Ed. I think it doesn't make sense anymore to maintain a large separate building for these people. I do agree the Planning Dept. shouldn't be moved, but Canvassing should be fair game, maybe in the combination some cost savings can be found between the two offices as well. O'Keefe is suggesting that the city hold onto the building until the real estate market is more favorable, in the mean time it can be rented out.
TP May 03, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Maybe to you JJD 30 people is small...way too many for me! School HR supposedly only has 2 people and finance 5...so Daft, Sp. Ed & Transportation has 23?? I agree that maintaining a large separate building doesn't make economic sense...neither did their $3million renovation of 30 Burnside...but neither does it make sense to disrupt city services and move Daft, Sp Ed & Transportation to city hall...there should be room for them in other occupied school buildings. Clearly this hasn't been studied sufficiently! Yes the Canvassing Authority members are council appointed too, but the City Clerk aligns with who controls that gavel...big difference!
b1 May 04, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Don't thank the budget comission, you can thank all your former and current politicians who so adamantly REFUSE to believe they had nothing to do with the over spending. Maybe Ms. Rossi can sell a few ads to help with the road repair.
b1 May 04, 2012 at 12:02 AM
Where the hell will they put the time clocks for the new people?
b1 May 04, 2012 at 12:06 AM
The mischief is happening right before our eyes, it doesn't matter which office it's in. The clerk is in tight with Rogers, Rose and Kleyla it's pathetic. She can't be trusted anymore than the 3 above.

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