NOTICE OF OPEN MEETING
DATE: Tuesday, December 11, 2018
TIME: 9:00 a.m.
PLACE: Rhode Island Ethics Commission
Hearing Room - 8th Floor
40 Fountain Street
Providence, RI 02903
1. Motion to approve minutes of Open Session held on November 20, 2018.
2. Advisory Opinions:
a.) Derek M. Silva, a member of the Rhode Island State Labor Relations Board, who is also a Lieutenant with the Providence Fire Department, a municipal employee position, and the President and Legislative Agent for Providence Fire Fighters Local 799 of the International Association of Fire Fighters, requests an advisory opinion regarding whether the Code of Ethics prohibits him from participating in discussions and decision-making relative to Labor Relations Board matters involving parties other than Providence Fire Fighters Local 799 and its members, when such other parties are represented by an attorney who has in the past represented or is representing Providence Fire Fighters Local 799 or its members on unrelated matters.
b.) Dennis J. Lopes, a program monitor with the Department of Human Services, Weatherization Assistance Program, requests an advisory opinion regarding whether he may inspect work performed by companies that employ his sons.
c.) Megan DiPrete, Chief of the Division of Planning and Development at the Department of Environmental Management, requests an advisory opinion regarding what limitations, if any, the Code of Ethics places upon her in carrying out her current duties, given that her first cousin owns and operates a civil engineering firm that is among those vendors from whom the Division of Planning and Development, sometimes in conjunction with the Department of Administration, solicits bids on contracts for capital improvement projects.
d.) Amanda Gingell, a member of the Burrillville Town Council, requests an advisory opinion regarding what limitations, if any, the Code of Ethics imposes upon her in carrying out her public duties, given that her private employer appears annually before the Burrillville Budget Board and Town Council to seek funding.
e.) Francis DiGregorio, a member of the Exeter Town Council and a former member of the Exeter Planning Board, seeks an advisory opinion regarding whether he may appear before the Exeter Planning Board, the Exeter Zoning Board, and potentially the Exeter Town Council to oppose the proposed development of property directly abutting his personal residential property.
f.) Caswell Cooke, Jr., a member of the Westerly Town Council, requests an advisory opinion regarding whether the Code of Ethics prohibits him from participating in the Town Council’s discussion and/or decision-making relative to matters involving the Westerly School Committee and/or the Elementary School Redesign Committee, given that his wife is currently serving as an elected member of the Westerly School Committee and as an appointed member of the Elementary School Redesign Committee.
3. Motion to go into Executive Session, to wit:
a.) Motion to approve minutes of Executive Session held on November 20, 2018, pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-46-5(a)(2) and (4).
b.) In re: Brian Mathieu, Complaint No. 2018-12, pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-46-5(a)(2) and (4).
c.) In re: James P. Pierson, Complaint No. 2018-13, pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-46-5(a)(2) and (4).
d.) Motion to return to Open Session.
4. Report on actions taken in Executive Session.
5. Motion to seal minutes of Executive Session held on December 11, 2018.
6. Election of Officers.
7. Director’s Report: Status report and updates regarding:
a.) Complaints and investigations pending;
b.) Advisory opinions pending;
c.) Access to Public Records Act requests since last meeting.
8. New Business proposed for future Commission agendas and general comments from the Commission.
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Posted on December 6, 2018