CENTRAL FALLS â Itâs a new concept: using social media to reach out to investors to fund private and government projects. Recently, the city of Central Falls decided to try the method, known as âcrowdfunding,â to pay for five new steel trash/recycling bins for Jenks Park. To date, the city is about a tenth of the way there, but those involved are voicing optimism about the potential to reach the goal.
PAWTUCKET â While the City Council is typically granted the information it asks for, the need to protect the anonymity of undercover police officers trumped a request for details about the purchases of vehicles made by the city administration outside of normal purchasing procedures.
PROVIDENCE â Citing changed circumstances, the state Ethics Commission says Cumberland Town Councilman Scott Schmitt may participate and vote after all in matters where attorney Scott Partington, a former council president, represents clients.
Last February, the commission issued the opposite opinion, saying Schmitt must recuse himself in matters involving Partington because Partingtonâs law office rents space in a building that was owned at the time by ARS Holdings, a company owned by Schmitt and his wife.
PAWTUCKET â Maybe itâs the concerns about global warming. Or just nostalgia for shady lanes. Whatever the reason, residents have responded positively to an offer from the city to have trees planted along sidewalks, free of charge.