Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Cost of Narragansett Bay Commission's CSO project has jumped from $389M to $1.4B

Sewer rates set to spike if massive RI tunnel project gets OK

By Ted Nesi
Published: December 29, 2015, 2:36 pm  Updated: December 29, 2015, 6:22 pm

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – State officials plan to make a decision next month on whether to approve the third and final phase of one of the largest infrastructure projects in Rhode Island’s history – and the major hike in sewer rates required to pay for it...

The Narragansett Bay Commission (NBC), the quasi-public agency responsible for wastewater treatment in northern parts of the state, has asked DEM to approve a revised version of Phase III that would cost $815 million through 2038. Phase III had been slated to be done by 2025 – at a cost of $750 million – but in June the commission issued a report recommending the timeline be extended 13 years to spread out the financial burden on ratepayers.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

WPRI: As Elorza names new school board members, president’s status is uncertain

Dan McGowan, Reporter
Published: December 10, 2015, 4:31 pm  Updated: December 10, 2015, 9:28 pm

On Wednesday, the City Council Finance Committee approved the school board nominations of Lorraine Lalli and Ivette Luna and the reappointment of Nicholas Hemond. The full council must still approve all three appointments. Full story

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Blackstone Blvd traffic

Meeting to Discuss Proposed
Traffic Controls on Blackstone Boulevard

Over the past year, a group of Blackstone Boulevard residents have met with the Public Works Department to construct a plan to install traffic controls on Blackstone Boulevard.  The plan calls for a combination of 24 speed lumps/humps, 19 raised crosswalks and 3 signs, which you can view by clicking on these links: Map 1, Map 2, Map 3 and Map 4.  The City is holding a public hearing to solicit comment concerning the plan, which will take place Monday Night, December 14 at 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at Nathan Bishop Middle School.  Public comments are invited, and people who have a strong view for or against are encouraged to attend and speak.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Providence obtains CodeRED Emergency Notification System

CodeRED is an emergency notification service that allows emergency officials to notify residents and businesses by telephone, cell phone, text message, email and social media regarding time-sensitive emergency information.

Types of emergency messages that people may be alerted to could be Amber Alerts, notifications of hazardous incidents, boil water advisories, evacuation notices, parking bans, and severe weather alerts.

Providence Emergency Management is encouraging residents, commuters and businesses to sign up for this system and download the free CodeRED app. The service is free and easy to sign up for. Simply visit the City of Providence website or the Providence Emergency Management website and click on the CodeRED feature.

If you have any further questions, you can contact the PEMA Preparedness Coordinator Michael Previty at 401-680-8096 or

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Community meeting on Brown Inst'l Master Plan: Wed 12/2, 5:30 pm‏

Wednesday, December 2, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Brown's new Applied Math Building (170 Hope St at George St), Room 108 (first floor seminar room).
Refreshments will be served.


From Sam Zurier:

Providence needs to grow its tax base to keep tax rates affordable.  As a result, you are invited to join me for a Community Meeting To Discuss Economic Development.  We will hear from Mark Huang, the City's Economic Development Director and Stefan Pryor, the State's Secretary of Commerce (or his designee).  It will take place at the Hope High School Cafeteria, Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.  I hope to see you there.

Intro to Property Tax Evaluation Process