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Ward 15 Newsletter

To my neighbors,

Intersection Improvements
After some time working with the City of Cranston, the city has informed me that they support an all-way stop at the intersection of Union Avenue and Terrace Avenue. An all-way stop will go a long way in improving the traffic and pedestrian safety at that intersection. The City of Cranston estimates it will take about a month from now to make the changes to the city ordinances and install the signs and flashing signal on their side of the intersection.

Pete Buttigieg
On Saturday, I went to New Hampshire to hear my friend Pete Buttigieg speak at a Democratic Town Committee meeting. I met Pete five years ago through our mutual affiliation with the Aspen Institute – Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership program. Pete is a smart guy with experience in many different areas and he has some big ideas about where we should be going as a nation. It’s very early in the 2020 election cycle, but if you haven’t heard about Pete already, please take some time to learn about him. I think you will be impressed.

$30 Million Improvement Bonds
Last week, the City Council Finance Committee approved a $20 million bond for school repairs and $10 million for improvements to community centers and city hall through the Providence Public Building Authority. The state will reimburse the city for most of the school repairs.

Providence voters approved a $160 million bond for school repairs in November, so the $20 million the Finance Committee approved will be used for more pressing repairs like roof replacements, boiler replacements, sprinkler systems and fire alarms.

The $10 million bond will be used to make repairs to almost every community center in the city and roof repairs and other safety repairs to city hall.

3-1-1

Just as a reminder, those in need of any city services such as litter pickup, street signs requests, tree-related issues, graffiti or potholes can call 3-1-1 while inside the limits of the city to make a request. The city also created a 3-1-1 app, which can be downloaded for IOS here or Android here. You can also call the city council with requests or complaints at (401) 521-7477.

City Council Committees
This week, all eight city council committees were filled. In the spirit of collaboration, I delegated the choosing of one of the positions on each committee to that committee’s chair. The assignments are listed below.

Finance Committee
Councilman John Igliozzi
Councilwoman Jo-Ann Ryan
Councilwoman Carmen Castillo
Councilman James Taylor
Councilwoman Helen Anthony

Ordinance Committee
Councilwoman Jo-Ann Ryan
Councilwoman Carmen Castillo
Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris
Councilman Nicholas Narducci
Councilwoman Rachel Miller

Urban Redevelopment, Renewal and Planning Committee
Councilman Luis Aponte
Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris
Councilman Michael Correia
Councilman Nicholas Narducci
Councilwoman Carmen Castillo

Public Works Committee
Councilman Michael Correia
Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris
Councilman Nicholas Narducci
Councilman James Taylor
Councilwoman Katherine Kerwin

City Property Committee
Councilwoman Carmen Castillo
Councilman Michael Correia
Councilman Nicholas Narducci
Councilwoman Katherine Kerwin
Councilwoman Rachel Miller

Committee on Claims and Pending Suits
Councilman Nicholas Narducci
Councilman Michael Correia
Councilman James Taylor
Councilwoman Nirva LaFortune
Councilwoman Helen Anthony

Special Committee on State Legislative Affairs
Councilman Luis Aponte
Councilwoman Jo-Ann Ryan
Council President Sabina Matos
Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris
Councilman James Taylor
Councilman Seth Yurdin
Councilman David Salvatore

Special Committee on Public Safety
Councilman James Taylor
Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris
Councilman Michael Correia
Councilman Nicholas Narducci, Jr.
Councilwoman Rachel Miller

This newsletter will be posted on my website and shared on my social media pages each week going forward, as a way for me to communicate information I think is important and to keep you up date on what’s going on in the city council and in the neighborhoods in Ward 15. If you have any questions about anything, please feel free to reach out to me.