East Providence City Council conducts concise, convivial meeting

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EAST PROVIDENCE — By most accounts the East Providence City Council comported itself in a rare fast and friendly manner during its second meeting of the month Tuesday, Sept. 18, in the City Hall main chamber.

The Council, which stayed in session for only about two hours, granted a pair of licenses related to the temporary sale of alcoholic beverages; one for Sacred Heart Church's anniversary dinner on Sept. 29 and the other for St. Francis Xavier Church for its 20-Week Club Dinner on Oct. 27. In addition, the Council approved the appointment of two traffic control/crossing guards, city residents Kimberly Crowle and Mary Cayer. The licenses and appointments gained consent by an infrequent 5-0 vote of the Council members. Of note as well, the Council granted the Knights of Columbus Club tax-exempt status for the property it owns at 3200 Pawtucket Ave. The Council did so knowing full well the East Providence Budget Commission, as the latter has done several times with other non-profit organizations in the city, will likely overturn its decision. The KofC is looking to avoid paying some $11,343.83 in taxes it would owe on the property. City Manager Peter Graczykowski presented the Council with an outline of the Fiscal Year 2013 he and the Budget Commission are planning to present to residents in the coming weeks. The $134,031,010 proposed FY13 budget comes in nearly $700,000 under what the city spent a year ago. In addition, the much-discussed parking situation on Oakley Street adjacent to the Madeira Restaurant complex on Warren Avenue was once more addressed. City Zoning officer Edward Pimentel told the Council on-street parking can't be considered as part of the business' parking footprint, a contentious aspect of the issue the Council has argued over since the issue first came forth some three months ago. The Council has long considered allowing parking on both sides of Oakley Street. It recently made the road a one-way, but a decision on the double-sided parking issue, as has happened the last several time the Council has met, was again tabled Tuesday. The Council meets next on Tuesday, Oct. 2.    

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