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New council meets, hints at clashes

January 11, 2013

PAWTUCKET — 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, “To me, that's the Bible. We shouldn't be tinkering with it just to convenience something.” 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 “tended to side with Hodge” on the issue, agreeing that unless there was something urgent that needed revision, another Charter Review should wait until 2015.

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