NOTICE OF OPEN MEETING
DATE: Tuesday, October 16, 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 September 25, 2018.
2. Advisory Opinions:
a.) Peter Friedrichs, the former Director of Planning and Economic Development for the City of Central Falls, requests an advisory opinion regarding the application of the “revolving door” provisions of the Code of Ethics, given that his new private employer may provide development services to a multi-institutional collaborative effort across three communities, including Central Falls, to improve conditions along Broad Street.
b.) Thomas W. Kane, a Cumberland Town Council member, requests an advisory opinion regarding whether the Code of Ethics prohibits him from participating in the Town Council’s discussion and/or decision-making regarding a proposed ordinance relating to the use of tow service companies by the Cumberland Police Department, given that the Petitioner is also employed by the Town of North Providence and the son of the Mayor of North Providence operates a tow service company in the Town of Cumberland.
c.) Michael D. Fournier, a member of the North Smithfield Planning Board, requests an advisory opinion regarding whether the Code of Ethics prohibits him from participating in the Planning Board’s discussion and decision-making relative to a proposed development, given that he spoke with and provided a business card to a member of the development team.
3. Motion to go into Executive Session, to wit:
a.) Motion to approve minutes of Executive Session held on September 25, 2018, pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-46-5(a)(2) and (4).
b.) In re: Gayle Corrigan, Complaint No. 2018-5, pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-46-5(a)(2) and (4).
c.) In re: Linda Carter, Complaint No. 2018-8, 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 October 16, 2018.
6. Review of Exemption for Abraham Kovoor, Ph.D., pursuant to the R.I. Public/Private Partnership Act, R.I. Gen. Laws § 16-59-26.
7. Director’s Report: Status report and updates regarding:
a.) Complaints and investigations pending;
b.) Advisory opinions pending;
c.) Financial disclosure, including discussion of online public access to financial disclosure statements, and the compliance rates for 2017 and candidate filings relative to 2018 elections; and
d.) 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 October 11, 2018