cranston http://ripr.org en Cranston Public To Discuss Floodplain Maps With City Planning Director http://ripr.org/post/cranston-public-discuss-floodplain-maps-city-planning-director <p>Cranston's City Planning Director Peter Lapolla will be holding a meeting with the public on June 11th to discuss the city's floodplain management plan. Lapolla says the officials want to know about any flood-prone areas that they may have missed.&nbsp;</p><p>"What we're doing is going out to the public and saying 'I think we've identified the areas where there are flooding issues, and we want your input on whether we've properly identified all those areas. Have we missed any, and have we misrepresented or misassumed the causes of the flooding?'"</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 18:00:01 +0000 Benjamin Bryant 34539 at http://ripr.org Fung Calls For Firing Police Captain Who Ordered Parking Ticket Blitz http://ripr.org/post/fung-calls-firing-police-captain-who-ordered-parking-ticket-blitz <p>Cranston Mayor Allan Fung announced Thursday that the investigation into a police parking ticket scandal has been concluded. State police confirm a Cranston police captain violated police regulations.</p><p>Fung took the podium at a press conference to break the news: “Today we are announcing the</p><p></p><p>recommendation, and that is the recommendation of termination for Cranston police captain Stephen Antonucci.”</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:05:14 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 31485 at http://ripr.org Fung Calls For Firing Police Captain Who Ordered Parking Ticket Blitz Proposed Cranston Budget Doesn’t Hike Property Taxes http://ripr.org/post/proposed-cranston-budget-doesn-t-hike-property-taxes <p>Cranston residents will face no property tax increase next year under a budget proposed Tuesday night by Mayor Allan Fung.&nbsp;He has submitted a $262 million spending plan that would fully fund the city’s annual pension obligations while not hiking property taxes.</p><p></p><p>The average Cranstonian pays $5,000 a year in property taxes. Fung admits that’s high, but says just keeping taxes from rising has been a challenge given state funding cuts and the devastation caused by the great flood of 2010.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:03:39 +0000 Flo Jonic 31419 at http://ripr.org Proposed Cranston Budget Doesn’t Hike Property Taxes Flood Warning Remains In Effect For Rhode Island http://ripr.org/post/flood-warning-remains-effect-rhode-island <p>Flood warnings remain in effect for Rhode Island rivers, but forecasters for with the National Weather Service says people shouldn't fear a repeat of the historic floods of March 2010; which were the worst in the state.&nbsp; However residents in Westerly were still worried.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Gail Quatromanni lives in a sprawling ranch with spectacular view of the Pawcatuck River.&nbsp; But it hasn't been looking very pretty in the last couple days.&nbsp; In a 24 hour period starting Sunday morning, Quatromanni said the river rose 19 inches.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:36:08 +0000 Flo Jonic 31344 at http://ripr.org Flood Warning Remains In Effect For Rhode Island Fung Says Retiring Police Chief Will Not Receive An Enhanced Pension http://ripr.org/post/fung-says-retiring-police-chief-will-not-receive-enhanced-pension <p>Cranston Mayor Allan Fung said the city’s police chief did not enhance his retirement benefits by briefly being reinstated before retiring earlier this week.&nbsp; Former chief Marco Palombo will get an annual pension of just under $80,000.</p><p></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 14:59:41 +0000 Ian Donnis 30754 at http://ripr.org Fung Says Retiring Police Chief Will Not Receive An Enhanced Pension Cranston Police Chief Retires; Ticket Probe Ongoing http://ripr.org/post/cranston-police-chief-retires-ticket-probe-ongoing <p>Col. Marco Palombo, Jr. released a statement announcing that he is retiring as Cranston’s chief of police. The news comes on the heels of a police parking ticket scandal.</p><p>Col. Palombo announced his retirement after 27 years with the Cranston police in a statement to the media. In it, he said he had been considering retirement for a while and is looking forward to new opportunities, including helping to solve cold cases and teaching police science.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:11:05 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 30594 at http://ripr.org Heavy Snowfalls Straining Municipal Budgets http://ripr.org/post/heavy-snowfalls-straining-municipal-budgets <p>The agencies responsible for keeping the roads clear in Rhode Island are having a challenging winter.</p><p></p><p>Providence’s Public Works Director, William Bombard, described this winter’s snowfall as above average, but says Providence still has plenty of resources to face any further storms.</p><p>“The numbers are, we’re about $800,000 into a $1.8 million budget, not counting the most recent storm," said Bombard.</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 13:38:24 +0000 Benjamin Becker 29246 at http://ripr.org Heavy Snowfalls Straining Municipal Budgets RI Pension Deal Details Unveiled, Pension Board OKs Plan http://ripr.org/post/ri-pension-deal-details-unveiled-pension-board-oks-plan <p>The state retirement board voted in closed session Friday afternoon to approve a proposed pension settlement. The board met in executive session for nearly an hour, ending in a vote of 6 – 1, with 5 abstentions.</p><p></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:43:12 +0000 Catherine Welch, Ian Donnis, Scott MacKay & Dave Fallon 29160 at http://ripr.org RI Pension Deal Details Unveiled, Pension Board OKs Plan Snow Falling On RI, Turning To Sleet http://ripr.org/post/snow-falling-ri-turning-sleet <p>Meteorologists predict Wednesday’s storm will be quick and hard hitting. Glenn Field with the National Weather Service said the snow will hit around 4:00 am and start coming down hard during the morning commute, “maybe one to perhaps two inches per hour, for about four or five hours during that rush hour period,” said Field.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>A list of closings and parking bans </strong><a href="http://ripr.org/post/whats-open-whats-closed-due-snowstorms">can be found here</a>.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 20:40:54 +0000 Catherine Welch 28629 at http://ripr.org Snow Falling On RI, Turning To Sleet Edgewood Yacht Club Looking To Rebuild In Cranston http://ripr.org/post/edgewood-yacht-club-looking-rebuild-cranston <p>The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said the Edgewood Yacht Club is seeking a permit to build a new clubhouse.</p><p></p><p>The old Edgewood Yacht Club stood on pilings along the Providence River for more than 100 years, until a massive fire destroyed it back in January of 2011. Now the yacht club is working to build a new clubhouse, a 2,025 square-foot structure located at the same location. The Edgewood Yacht Club needs a permit from the Corps of Engineers before it can start building.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 09:32:00 +0000 Catherine Welch 28465 at http://ripr.org Edgewood Yacht Club Looking To Rebuild In Cranston