Archive - Sep 13, 2011 - News Article
PAWTUCKET â€” Changes to the city's zoning ordinances that are designed to make the downtown more business-friendlyâ€”including one that removes parking requirements-- have been proposed by the Planning Department.
A public hearing on the proposed amendments will be held by the City Council on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. at Pawtucket City Hall. The City Council could give first passage to the changes that night, and a second vote will be required for adoption.
PROVIDENCE â€” State employees and schoolteachers â€śpossess implied unilateral contract rightsâ€ť to their pension benefits, a Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday, keeping alive a lawsuit challenging previous changes made in state pension laws and further complicating ongoing efforts to make more changes that General Treasurer Gina Raimondo says are necessary to avert a fiscal calamity.
By JIM BARON
PROVIDENCE â€” General Treasurer Gina Raimondo told state senators Monday that she would like to fashion a pension reform plan that would not take benefits away from state employees who have already retired, and thinks she can do it. But she isnâ€™t making any promises.
â€śWe would love to be able get this done without touching accrued benefits,â€ť she said at an informational caucus for the full senate, â€śso if youâ€™ve earned it, itâ€™s yours, and I think that is possible, that is why we are taking so long to carefully go through the numbers.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” The owner of a local rug manufacturer said he has grown frustrated with National Grid's slow response to a loss of electrical power at his company â€” and it occurred long before Tropical Storm Irene.
On June 6 at around 11:30 a.m., a transformer located outside a mill complex at 560 Mineral Spring Ave. exploded while in the midst of being repaired by National Grid workers. The blaze that erupted caused damage to a stair tower, windows and a portion of the roof of the 325,000-square foot historic mill complex and disrupted power to 125 tenants.