City Budget and more!

Dear Neighbor,

Our City Budget

In my 2016 budget address, delivered before a capacity crowd in the City Council Chambers, I shared my vision and goals for Fiscal Year 2016: continued fiscal responsibility, increased government transparency, stronger economic growth and a better quality of life.

“We, the people of Central Falls, have demonstrated resilience in bouncing back from an unprecedented challenge,” I stated in the budget address. ”This budget stands on the shoulders of the hard work we have completed over the last two years and offers the city further stability and sustainability in the coming years.”

For the first time, my budget address was live-streamed over the Internet (watch it here) as part of my administration’s goal of increasing the openness and transparency of city government. 

Key Proposed Budget Points (read whole budget here):

  • $1.2 million less spending than the bankruptcy plan

  • Creation of reserve accounts which will minimize the risk and exposure to the city.

  • Investing 150% of required pension contributions to chip away at unfunded pension liabilities.

  • Creating OPEB Trust to fund retiree health care and start to deal with OPEB liabilities.

  • Investing new Wyatt payments into Road Paving fund to rebuild 30 city streets.

  • Starting a Broad and Dexter St. small business plan to provide capital for businesses to improve building exteriors.

  • Developing a Youth Fellowship program to increase youth opportunities.

  • Focusing on redevelopment of major city initiatives - the train station, the Landing, Osram Sylvania and Coats and Clark - through the revival of the Central Falls Redevelopment Agency.

  • Continued support for the Nuisance Task Force and its efforts to clean up our city, block by block.

  • Helping business owners by freezing the tangible tax rate for a second year in a row.

  • Rolling-out the Open Counter program to accept permits, licenses and payments online and on-demand.

  • Creating a Community Policing bureau with the addition of 2 new police officers who will walk the beat and build relationships in the community so as to decrease crime.

I encourage you to come out for the public hearing on the city budget on Thursday, May 28th starting at 6:00pm in the City Council chambers of City Hall.  Your opinion matters to me and I would love to hear your thoughts.

Cogswell Tower in the News!

ABC 6’s Alana Cerrone profiled Cogswell Tower in Jenks Park last week for her “Your Town Your Life” series about local attractions in RI communities.

“In Central Falls, there's a hidden gem… that's not so hidden.

Cogswell Tower stands in the middle of Jenks Park and is the highest point in the city of Central Falls.

Even though residents walk through and hang out in that park every day, most have never stepped foot inside the tower.

Central Falls residents are plenty familiar with Jenks Park as a place to walk their dog, have a picnic, or even just to cut through to Broad Street. But in that same park stands Cogswell Tower. In the city that's only one square mile, the tower is hard to miss…”

See the full version of this story with video here.

Community Policing comes to Central Falls

This Friday, the three newest members of the Central Falls Police Department will be sworn-in at a ceremony at City Hall. Officers Brian T. Graves, Randy S. Bell, and Yomaira Rodriguez will be sworn-in by myself and Chief of Police, Colonel James J. Mendonca, before an expected audience of friends, family members, city officials, and members of Central Falls Police Department.

The new officers will allow for the establishment of a Community Policing bureau - composed of officers who have been selected based on their high degree of motivation and the ability to demonstrate a proactive approach to preventing crime. The mission will be to work closely with the community in all respects.  And through stronger relationships with the community, crime will decrease.

Central Falls High School Honors Night

This Wednesday, the class of 2015 Seniors were recognized at the Central Falls High School Honors Night. Many students were awarded scholarships, including Laura Cuevas and Claudia DeCarvalho, who won the Central Falls Alumni Association Scholarship. This event was a heartwarming celebration of the academic achievements of our hard-working students. Congratulations to the Warriors Class of 2015 and best of luck on your next endeavors!

Memorial Day Weekend

As we enter Memorial day weekend, I’d like to reflect upon the sacrifice and courage of our fallen heroes from Central Falls, our state and our nation. Those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the benefit of this country deserve our recognition. I encourage everyone to take the time and reflect in your own way upon the generations of men and women who laid their lives down for all of us. Stay safe this holiday weekend and enjoy your time with friends and family.

Upcoming Events:

 * Monday, May 25 - Central Falls Veterans Council Memorial Day Ceremony starting at 12 pm at Moshassuck Cemetery and stopping at Quinn Sq., Adams Library, Notre Dame Monument, and ending at the intersection of Charles St. & Roosevelt Ave.

 * Thursday, May 28 - PUBLIC HEARING on the City Budget beginning at 6:00pm in the City Council chambers at City Hall.  Come out and share your thoughts on our budget!

 * Friday, May 29 - Don’t Hope for It, Go for It! Education and Job Training Fair from 9:30am-12:30pm at the Anchor Recovery Community Center at 249 Main Street Pawtucket.  Free and Open to the Public.  The fair is an opportunity for community members to connect with the resources necessary to reenter the workforce or take the next step in advancing a career path. 

 * Saturday, June 6 - Central Falls Housing Authority 2nd Annual Kickball Tournament beginning at 9 am.

 * Monday, June 29 -  2nd Annual Summer Food Service Program Kick-offfrom 10 am - 2:30 pm.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me by calling the Mayor’s Office at (401) 727-7474 or emailing Mayor AT CentralFallsRI DOT us.

Very Truly Yours,
Mayor James Diossa

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