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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.

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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