In a perfect world, Warwick would have brand new elementary schools nestled in every neighborhood. Wouldn't it be nice if the same people advocating for this, came forward years ago and questioned Mayor Avedisian on his excessive spending habits which has now put us in a hole worth $600 million in unfunded pension and healthcare liabilities.
Are the same people who are advocating for new schools willing to go back to the City retirees and put a copay on their healthcare? Are they willing to stop City retiree COLAs? Do they advocate for any City employee to retire with unrealistic, unsustainable, and unfair benefit packages?
Last night when the Schools presented their case for borrowing almost $120 million dollars to repair school buildings, what was revealed is that no one bothered to find out if the City could afford it.
What people need to be aware of is the Mayor froze the last School repair bond back in 2006 because he did not want to pay the principal and interest on the bond as the City couldn't afford it then. So what exactly has changed?
The City now has to report its debt and all obligations (unfunded pensions and healthcare). According to the City's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, pg. 9, we owe more than we own, to the cost of : $333 million. In just one year alone, the cost of the City's debt increased by $35 million!! (This is just for City retiree pensions, it does not include the total indebtedness for retiree healthcare.)
The auditor recommends: "it should be noted that the resources needed to repay this debt must be provided from other sources, since the capital assets themselves cannot be used to liquidate these liabilities."
Translation: Massive tax increases every year. Avedisian has the City of Warwick on the road to bankruptcy.
To Councilman Rix, as you meet with your constituents in your Ward talking about shiny new schools, it is highly advised that you laminate page 9 (above) and bring copies of it along with you, then ask them how do they expect it all to be paid for? Take off your rose colored glasses and get real.
Councilman Ladouceur, you are clearly aware of Warwick's financial plight. As Finance Chairman , we have no time for baby steps when it comes to the fiscal health of Warwick. No more special meetings on why we should borrow! Call a special meeting and spend 5 hours addressing how we can SAVE and make CUTS to the budget!!
It will be painful, but it's extremely necessary... because it's the year of the taxpayer.
Thank You To All Of You That Email Warwick Watch Daily With Your Concerns and Suggestions To Better Warwick & Make It a More Positive Community To Live In.
We all agree that another tax increase is to be avoided at all costs next year.
Warwick does not have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem, and Warwick Watch consistently identifies where the cuts can be made.
Warwick Watch has recently forwarded a list of solutions to the City Council, the Mayor, and the city solicitor/union contract negotiator, attorney Peter Ruggiero. They have all been put on notice that there will be no excuses as to why the cuts were not made.
Councilman Ladouceur was correct... this is the year of the taxpayer.
Lets Take a Closer Look at The Most Recent Pieces of Human Waste That Made the Warwick Watch Block List...
This is why human waste products get blocked from the Warwick Watch page.
They just don't know when to quit.
No Gary, you got blocked because you were called out and you tried playing "discredit the messenger" and it doesn't fly on the Warwick Watch page. Looks like you roll with quite a class act crew though, why is that not surprising?
Nathan, nice criminal record you have there .. body attachments, restraining orders, DUI's, domestics, DUI/firearm possession... Now you're out to "torment" more women and give out personal cell phone numbers too ? Really?
Oh really Dan Williams?
Warwick PD, take notice...
Warwick's City Council Finance Chair Ed Ladouceur recently stated that he thinks the School Administration failed to prepare for a teacher's contract.
The fact is, the School Admin. is not overseen by councilman Ed Ladouceur and the City Council, so it's unclear why councilman Ladouceur continues to not understand this. Why criticize the Schools for excessive spending, yet fail to address all of the money that is wasted on the City side of business?
Councilman Ladouceur as the Finance Chairman, along with members, councilmen McAllister and Howe, should be laser focused on how tax dollars are being spent on the City side of business.
Councilman Ladouceur, Howe and McAllister... there is more than enough for your Finance Committee to keep itself occupied than to even be voicing an opinion on the School Admin. The City side of business is out of control and needs a complete overhaul!
Councilman Ladouceur, if you hope to live up to your mantra of "this is the year of the taxpayers" --you better get that whip cracking!!
Councilman Ladouceur the City Council Finance Chair along with the other two members, councilmen Howe and McCallister keep saying this year is "the year of the taxpayers."
When will they be calling a special meeting to discuss what impact the latest, generous, school contract will have on next year's tax rate, as well as the upcoming expiring municipal/police/fire contracts?
The Warwick taxpayers don't need another tax increase, we need a tax reduction!
Warwick Watch will be submitting more suggestions as to how the City can be cutting and saving in order to give the Warwick taxpayers a break.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- Warwick Resident Rob Cote Calls For the Termination of Warwick Fire Chief James McLaughlin
On November 20th at Warwick City Council chambers, Warwick Resident Rob Cote has called for the termination of Warwick Fire Chief James Mclaughlin for knowingly and willfully violating state law and local ordinances. Cote presented evidence after researching city documents for the past year, that the WFD has been destroying / discarding public records related to "requests for leave", that are specifically required to be retained for 4 years in accordance with the Rhode Island Secretary of State Records Retention Laws.
Cote itemized 1391 separate documents that have been destroyed / discarded. Cote has obtained the budget hearing recordings of Chief Mclaughlin stating on several occasions "that the documents are discarded".
These "CHANGE OF SHIFT" form 109 documents have been the source of contentious debate as Cote and others allege that the policy is being utilized to allow fire department personnel to engage in activities ranging in leaving work to work on prevailing wage state jobs, and granting time off to play softball.
Cote contends that these "LEAVE DAYS" should be consumed by the individuals vacation days. "The practice preserves vacation days to be monetized at a later date", said Cote.
Cote indicates that the penalty for the destruction of these documents can incur fines between $47,000 upwards of $ 695,000 in accordance with the applicable laws. (see attached pdf)
Cote also pointed to the fact that department is in violation of City Ordinance PCO-17-17 which requires the department to break out sick time vs salary in separate line items. The ordinance was unanimously past on April 10th, 2017. The department has failed to comply as of this date.
Testimony from Warwick resident Rob Cote from tonight's Warwick City Council meeting.
The Warwick Fire Department is using Change Of Shifts to preserve their vacation/sick time and NOT retaining the Change Of Shift documents as required by state law.
You will hear in the video that during the weekend of August 18, 2017, there were 41 change-of-shifts taken, so that Warwick firefighters that play on the "Smoke Showin" Warwick Freedom Softball team, could go away to Maine for four days (Friday thru Monday) to play in their softball team tournament.
According to the Warwick City Code of Ordinances, the Department of Public Works should have an inventory log of all equipment and tools that have been, and are purchased, on a regular basis. There should also be annual inventory reports on file which are available for public viewing.
If any Warwick taxpayers would like to view these documents, contact the Department of Public Works, 925 Sandy Lane, Warwick, RI @ 401-738-2003.
Sec. 56-20. - Inventory documentation of purchased equipment and tools.
The purchasing agent shall document and enter into inventory all equipment and tools acquired by the city with a value of $1,000.00 or more. All city department directors or their assignees shall perform an annual inventory of all equipment and tools which shall be attested to by said director on an annual basis.
(Ord. No. O-11-21, § I, 12-13-11)
Sec. 56-21. - Inventory equipment and tools.
Upon passage of this section and biannually thereafter, the City of Warwick, through its department directors, shall inventory all equipment and tools valued at over $1,000.00 owned or leased by the city. This inventory shall include the location and condition of said equipment and tools.
(Ord. No. O-11-22, § I, 12-13-11)
Last month, the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) and the Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) announced the expansion of CARGO operations at TF Green Airport and Quonset Business Park. RIAC did not disclose the times of the flights or the size of the cargo aircraft that would be arriving and departing from TF Green.
The Mayor thinks a new CARGO hub at TF Green Airport is "good development" for the City of Warwick.
Question for TF Green: what time do the CARGO flights arrive and depart? We are currently hearing planes arriving pre-dawn, before 5:30 AM ...all this week! Are those the new CARGO flights making their deliveries? Should the people expect any other CARGO flights arriving prior to 5:30am? 5AM? 4AM? 3AM?
You can all thank former councilwoman turned Representative hack, Camille Vella-Wilkinson, along with the Mayor, for expanding the runways and giving us all a pre- dawn noisy wake up all!
We sleep with white noise machines, running fans, ear plugs, home sound proofing, etc... what's next? Underground sleep shelters?
No amount of state aid could ever make up for disrupting, uprooting and displacing so many people's lives, all in the name of economic development.
What do we have to show for it all? Empty, blighted, litter filled lots, half lit street lamps, overground trees, and dug up pothole filled roadways surrounding the entire TF Green/ City Centre area.
Where is the silver lining?