The Cranston City Council passed a non-binding resolution in support of the proposed $1.9 million settlement. David Scharfenberg of the Projo reported on the meeting here:
CRANSTON â€” The City Council approved a resolution last night backing the proposed $1.9-million buyout of the controversial, half-built Cullion Concrete Corp. batching plant in the Eden Park neighborhood.
The 6-3 vote, though nonbinding, provided critical political support for a deal that appeared tenuous in recent weeks.
â€œIâ€™m happy that theyâ€™re moving forward to resolve this matter,â€? said Mayor Michael T. Napolitano, who urged the council to back the resolution in a series of emotional appeals last night.
Napolitano, a Democrat, announced his tentative settlement last month, winning plaudits from neighbors who worried about the potential for traffic, noise and pollution should the plant be completed. [full text]
Like a lot of people, I’m glad to see this moving toward completion. I still think whatever careful checking can be done to make sure the appraisal is accurate and the land is clean, and the stipulations of the clean-up are as thorough as possible. According to Suzanne in the previous thread on the concrete plant, Councilperson Terry Livingston did a good job of outlining “the scope of what needs to be met before this can be resolved.”