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An Open Letter to the People of North Providence

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November 10, 2017

I write to apprise the taxpayers, residents and all stakeholders in our community of North Providence of the status of pending arbitration with the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 13 (“FOP”) to construct a responsible and balanced labor contract.

As some of you may know, the Town and FOP are operating under the terms of a labor contract that expired June 30, 2016.  Long before that expiration date, the Town and FOP began negotiations on February 24, 2016.  Less than a month after negotiations began, on March 22, 2016 to be precise, the FOP jumped the gun and filed for what is known as interest arbitration, a process by which a 3-member panel of arbitrators will decide and establish the terms of a labor contract to commence July 1, 2016 and end June 30, 2017.  Simply stated, before substantive discussions on the respective Town and FOP proposals for that contract took place, the FOP opted for the expensive and time-consuming interest arbitration process.  Notwithstanding that premature tactic, the Town demonstrated its good faith and continued to negotiate with the FOP for at least 5 more sessions through late January of this year. 

Regrettably there is impasse, as the FOP refuses to concede rights that the Town previously won in Superior Court litigation.  For example, as far back as October of 2010, following the ruling in that litigation, the FOP also had agreed that the Deputy Chief, a key managerial position in the command staff would become non-union.  The FOP also agreed back then to eliminate a provision in the labor contract impeding the Town’s right to modify its organizational chart.  Disturbingly, in the face of the Town’s court victory, and the FOP’s 2010 specific agreement to concede rightful and critical management prerogatives to the Town, the FOP has now reneged on its promises.

And so, we are now mired in the expensive and protracted process of interest arbitration, which compels the Town to expend sizable amounts of money in legal fees, expert witness fees, arbitrator fees, stenographic fees and other costs of this contested evidentiary proceeding. We have had eight days of trial and there is no end in sight in this calendar year as further hearing dates are scheduled in November.

I present these facts to not only underscore the expense of this adversarial arbitration process, something the public surely has a right to know, but to let you know that I am committed to the principle of managing our police department in the best interests of the public, operationally and fiscally.  That said, I am desirous to achieve a cost-effective and reasonable compromise with the FOP.   For example, in an effort to reduce the number of contested issues in arbitration, at the urging of an officer in the FOP, I offered to increase the private detail rate of our police officers to $45 per hour, a rate that is more comparable to surrounding communities.  In return, I simply asked that the FOP agree to what it had previously agreed to, i.e. exclusion of the Deputy Chief Position from the union and the ability of the Town to select the best qualified candidate for Deputy Chief, whether from within or outside the North Providence Police Department.  This good faith offer on just these two issues pending in arbitration was rejected.

It seems plain to me that there is no genuine interest or appetite by the FOP leadership or its representative to forge labor peace and craft a meaningful compromise.  As long as it persists in such an unreasonable posture, I will plod ahead with arbitration. I cannot and will not surrender management or non-delegable responsibilities and duties of the Town to the FOP.  Hopefully sensible minds will eventually prevail.


Very truly yours,

Charles A. Lombardi

The Town is is Seeking Private Contractor’s for Snow Plowing Services and Material Spreaders (Sanders)

The Town Of North Providence is Seeking Private Contractor’s for Snow Plowing Services and Material Spreaders (Sanders)

Applications can be obtained at the
Office of the Purchasing Agent
North Providence Town Hall
2000 Smith Street, North Providence, RI 02911
Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

or downloaded/viewed here: 
2017 Snow Plow Application (.pdf)  
Updated online 11-8-2017

For information contact:
Michael K. Mooney, Purchasing Agent
(401) 232-0900 x. 236

All applications must be received by
November 30, 2017

Notice Of Intent To Request Release Of Funds – CDBG Grant

Notice Of Intent To Request Release Of Funds
October 26, 2017
Town of North Providence
2000 Smith Street, North Providence, RI 02911

On or about November 9, 2017, the Town of North Providence will submit a request to the Rhode Island Community Development Block Grant Program operated by RI Office of Housing & Community Development for release of Community Development Block Grant program funds under Section 105(a) of the Housing & Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, for the Johnston-North Providence Home Repair Program sponsored by the Town of North Providence in collaboration with the Town of Johnston.  The Home Repair Program will provide deferred payment loans to assist income-eligible low-and-moderate income residents of owner-occupied single, two and three-family homes with home repairs, code compliance, handicap access, health and safety issues, in North Providence.  Estimated funding for Home Repair program is to be determined on a rolling need basis by the Rhode Island Office of Housing & Community Development, plus any additional funds accessed from the CDBG state set-a-side program.  Available funds could be in the range of $200,000.00. 

Click below to read the full document:

North Providence is Live with Online E-Permitting

E-Permitting Portal

North Providence has now gone live with online E-Permitting at
This online system will allow contractors and homeowners to apply for the following permits from their office or home:

  • Building Permit
  • Demolition Permit
  • Electrical Permit
  • Mechanical Permit
  • Moving Permit
  • Plumbing Permit

Don’t have a computer? No worries. There are two kiosks located in the Inspections Department lobby that you can use to apply for your permit. Our staff will be there to assist you in filling out the application online.

This system will help better streamline the permitting process and allow a better means of communications between the Applicant, Clerk, Inspector, Building Official, and Fire Marshal. Where you can always log in or receive email notifications and check the flow status of your application. and completed inspection.

Paper applications for the above permits will no longer be accepted.

Please send your feedback to

E-Permitting Kisoks in the Inspections Department lobby that you can use to apply for your permit. Our staff will be there to assist you in filling out the application online.

Teen Center Now Accepting Registrations and Donations

youth-centerNorth Providence Youth Center, scheduled to open in early October, is now accepting registrations for 6-12 grade students. The week of September 26th-30th, the youth center will be open 5:00-7:00 PM to host visiting hours and collect registrations.

To become a member, students must complete the registration form with a parent/guardian. Forms will be available online and at the center itself. Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

There will be an annual membership fee of $25. However, registrations submitted before October 3rd will only be charged $20. A family discount is available for multiple-child households.

If you are interested in donating to the center, there are various methods of doing so. The youth center currently has two online registries through Target (Org. Name: North Providence Youth Center) and Walmart (Last Name: Youth Center).

To inquire about other ways to help, please email Mandy Roach at or call 719-1633.

Monetary donations can be made out to Town of North Providence Youth Center and mailed to 2 Governor Notte Park Way, Building 2. Donations will help enrich the experiences of youth members, pay for exceptional programming, and provide member sponsorships.

North Providence Youth Center Registration Form (.pdf)

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Home Repair Assistance Available

The Johnston-North Providence Home Repair is encouraging home owners to a use the Home Repair program to assist with home repairs, code compliance, furnace replacements and upgrades, as needed before winter sets it. Income eligible North Providence home owners may apply and receive a zero-interest loan with no regular payments. The loan becomes due upon sale or transfer of the home.

For more information, please contact the Johnston North Providence Home Repair Program at 231-4000, extension 4117. The Home Repair Coordinator is at North Providence Town Hall, 2nd floor, every Thursday morning from 10 am to 12 noon. Interested persons can come by and speak to the coordinator in person, or call the office over in Johnston, Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 3:00 pm.

This program is sponsored by the Mayor’s Office and receives funding from the RI CDBG program.

For more information, click the linked .pdf document below:


CodeRed Notification Upgraded to Include Optional Weather Notifications

This is the Town of North Providence, RI with an important message for all residents and businesses in North Providence.

We have recently upgraded our CodeRED Community Notification System to include CodeRED Weather Warning, an automatic severe weather notification service, to alert citizens in the path of severe thunderstorms, flash floods and tornadoes.

CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment PageUnlike community notification, citizens must register to receive these warnings by going to the Emergency Info page, then click on the CodeRED logo located on the right (or click the CodeRed logo to the left) and entering their contact information. At sign up you may select which types of warnings you’d like to receive. Entering your information will also update our Community Notification System with your current contact details. There is no charge to register for this service.

If you know of anyone who did not receive this call who lives in New Providence, please encourage them to visit the city website and enter their information.

Should you not have Internet access, please contact a friend or family member to help add your contact information. You can also call the North Providence Communications Director Ralph Nahigian directly at 401-719-1500 ext 3 for assistance. When calling, please leave your name and phone number on his voice mail.


Video: Rhode Island Foundation 100 Year Celebration at Camp Meehan

See all of the Town’s YouTube videos on our YouTube Channel

Photos from Mayor Lombardi’s Fishing Derby

The annual Mayor Charles A. Lombardi Fishing Derby was held on April 18th, 2016 at Governor John A. Notte, Jr.,Park / Geneva Pond. Boys and girls ages 6-14 enjoyed refreshments & awards were presented by Mayor Lombardi. The event was sponsored by the North Providence Recreation Department. 


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