PAWTUCKET â€” Fresh from Monday night's inauguration, the City Council convened for a regular meeting on Wednesday, taking up a variety of housekeeping items but also hinting at possible clashes with the mayoral administration over some issues in the coming months.
City Council President David Moran, re-elected by his peers to another leadership term, started off with words of welcome for the two new members, District 3 Councilor Terrence E. Mercer and District 6 Councilor Timothy P. Rudd, Jr. Along with Moran, they join District 2 Councilor Mark J. Wildenhain, District 4 Councilor John J. Barry, III, District 5 Councilor Jean Philippe Barros, and Councilors-At-Large Thomas E. Hodge, Lorenzo C. Tetreault, and Albert J. Vitali, Jr. on the 9-member panel.
As one of his first orders of business, Councilor Thomas Hodge questioned why Mayor Donald Grebien was asking for a new Charter Review Commission to be convened.
He pointed out that the City Charter had been reviewed in 2010 by a similar panel, which had called for another review in 2015 and then every fourth year after that.
Of the City Charter, Hodge said, â€śTo me, that's the Bible. We shouldn't be tinkering with it just to convenience something.â€ť He said that unless the mayor has something of a specific or emergency nature regarding city operations that requires action, he see no reason why a review can't wait until 2015.
Moran said he â€śtended to side with Hodgeâ€ť on the issue, agreeing that unless there was something urgent that needed revision, another Charter Review should wait until 2015.