910 - Capital Improvement

City of East Providence FY2021 Budget Summary

Capital Budget & Improvement Program



The Planning Department has worked in cooperation with the mayor, finance director, and department and division heads in the preparation of the proposed FY 2021 Capital Budget and the FY 2021 through FY 2025 Capital Improvement Program. Each year the Planning Department solicits Capital Budget funding requests for the upcoming fiscal year beginning November 1, and compiles an inventory of recommended capital improvements across the city for the five-fiscal-year period beginning at the same time. The result is the Five-Year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Master List.

FY2021 Capital Council-Approved Budget



The Planning Department has worked with the mayor, finance director and department heads to determine a Capital budget for FY 2021 and derive a preliminary recommendation of projects to fund across city departments that fall within that budget.

COUNCIL APPROVED -

CAROUSEL: Structural Stabilization Phase I - $60,000

The historic Looff Carousel at Crescent Park has undergone significant improvements in recent years including work on the carousel mechanism, flooring repairs, replacement of the windows, as well as interior and exterior painting. An urgent need for the facility is replacing the support foundations to stabilize the carousel's mast. Capital funding in the amount of $50,000 was approved FY2020, for which engineered drawings have been completed and are currently going out to bid. An additional $60,000 is being requested to stabilize the mudsills of the carousel, which support the carousel mast and reinforce the center floor. Currently, the footings are causing the floor to shift and will eventually sink. This is Phase I of II for stabilization of the carousel, estimated at a total cost of $139,770: $50,000 was secured in FY2020 from the City's Capital Budget, $29,770 was donated from the Crescent Park Preservation Association in 2020, and an additional $60,00 is being requested from FY2021 Capital Budget to complete Phase I. Phase II is programmed for FY - 2023 in the five-year Capital Improvement Program and grants will be sought for Phase II. Once both phases are completed, the carousel will be able to operate at full capacity and remain open and operating for years to come.

COUNCIL APPROVED -

FIRE DEPARTMENT: Old Lease for Three Engine Trucks - $247,966

Three engine trucks were purchased as part of a comprehensive vehicle replacement program. The City established a lease agreement to spread the cost of the payments for the remaining balance over a period of seven years, at $247,966 per year. Remaining payments need to be made through FY2023.

COUNCIL APPROVED -

FIRE DEPARTMENT: Re-chassis Reserve Rescue - $145,000

Re-chassis of the existing reserve rescue is highly needed. The rear of the existing rescue is in good condition, but the engine and chassis are in very poor condition.

COUNCIL APPROVED -

Information Technology Department: City WiFi - $75,000

To fulfill requests for wireless acess for employees at public safety buildings, the public library and DPW locations, IT is requesting $75,000 in Capital Budget funds to provide additional wireless access units to the City's existing network (Cisco Meraki). Many departments have moved to tablet devices for operations including Water Meter Reading (iPads). Police and Fire (Surface tablets). Wireless access is the current norm and our lack of strong wireless access hinders our ability to incorporate the latest technology into City operations. This would also provide free public WiFi at locations where wireless access would be beneficial to the City's services to residents, and enhance citizen engangement, including the library, recreation and senior center.

COUNCIL APPROVED -

Information Technology Department: Fire Statewide CAD System - $75,000

The state of Rhode Island public safety agencies have been seeking a new statewide dispatch, mobile and records program to replace our existing system. The existing dispatch software was purchased and installed in 1998. The majority of RI public safety agencies have used the same CAD system for 20 years. The Rhode Island Police Chiefs Association presented the RFP in 2015 seeking a cloud-based, consolidated statewide CAD program. A vendor has been selected in 2016 and a statewide letter of intent has been signed by multiple agencies including East Providence. The contract will cover Police and Fire CAD. This Capital Budget request for $75,000 seeks to fund excluded items from the state agreement including Fire Mobile Access liscensing and API software to intergrate Fire Department infrastructure including Vision21/SigComm, Zetron, Ambupro and Emergency Reporting.

COUNCIL APPROVED -

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS - ENGINEERING: Forbes Street Landfill Closure Monitoring - $25,000

Per RIDEM landfill closure requirements, quarterly monitoring of the wells at Forbes Street is required. The City could be issued a Notice of Violation from RIDEM if compliance is not met. The $25,000 Capital Budget request is an annual expense.

COUNCIL APPROVED -

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS - ENGINEERING: Sea View Avenue Drainage Pipe - $100,000

Replacement of a rotted corrugated metal drainag pipe with new HDPE drainage pipe is high priority as the pipe is located close to residential homes and sink holes have occurred in this area in the past. This is a critical public safety concern should the pipe fail. This project will also shore up the seawall at Sea View Ave.

COUNCIL APPROVED -

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS - HIGHWAY DIVISION: 3/4 Ton Pickup Truck w/ Plow - $45,000

Purchase of this truck is strongly recommended by the Highway Division Superintendent and the Public Works Director. Most of the City's fleet of of pickup trucks are more than 20 years old.

COUNCIL APPROVED -

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS - HIGHWAY DIVISION: 17500 GVW Dump Truck w/ Plow - $60,000

Purchase of this large truck is strongly recommended by the Highway Division Superintendent and the Public Works Director. Most of the City's fleet of dump trucks are more than 20 years old.

COUNCIL APPROVED -

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS - HIGHWAY DIVISION: Sidewalks - $1,000,000

Construction of new sidewalsks and repair of sidewalks that are in disrepair.

COUNCIL APPROVED -

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS - HIGHWAY DIVISION: Traffic Calming Measures - $200,000

Installation of speed bumps, digital speed displays and other measures to control traffic.


COUNCIL APPROVED -

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS - PARKS DIVISION: Stump Grinder - $50,000

Purchase of this stump grinder is strongly recommended by the Parks Division and the Public Works Director for maintenance of City-owned parks and recreation areas. As major storm events and disease occasionally take down trees, this is necessary equipment.

COUNCIL APPROVED -

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS - PARKS DIVISION: 3/4 Ton Pickup Truck w/ Plow - $45,000

Purchase of this truck is strongly recommended by the Parks Division and the Public Works Director. Pickup trucks are imperative for the Parks Department to be able to complete day-to-day operations and maintenance duties of City-owned parks, playgrounds and recreation areas.

COUNCIL APPROVED -

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS - PARKS DIVISION: Park Upgrades - $175,000

The city's Parks Division requests funds for improvements and upgrades at city-owned parks and playgrounds including lights. Locations will be determined by needs and priorities.

COUNCIL APPROVED -

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS - PUBLIC BUILDINGS DIVISION: Central Garage Sprinklers - $200,000

Sprinklers for the whole building, including School Department and DPW, need to be upgraded to current fire safety standards, in order to meet compliance with State and Federal regulations. A delay of this project could jeopardize the safety of City employees and the public who use the Central Garage and could lead to Fire Code violations.

COUNCIL APPROVED -

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS - PUBLIC BUILDINGS DIVISION: HVAC Replacement DPW Garage - $40,000

The HVAC Replacement at the Central Garage, which provides forced hot air and air conditioning for the offices and corridors, needs to be replaced. The current system is nearing the end of its functional life and needs to be replaced

COUNCIL APPROVED -

CITY COUNCIL: Tree planting Bullocks Point Avenue - $25,000

To replace trees which were removed along Bullocks Point Ave in the vicinity of Riverside Square.

COUNCIL APPROVED -

CITY COUNCIL: Riverside Square Electrical Drop - $3,500

To install a city owned electrical supply at Riverside Square in order to host community events..

COUNCIL APPROVED -

CITY COUNCIL: Willett Pond Improvement - $125,000

A project to upgrade the walking trail around Willet Pond, improve water quality of the pond through filtration and additives. Also, to install a gazebo and other landscaping improvements.

COUNCIL APPROVED -

CITY COUNCIL: Myron Francis Fencing - $12,000

To install a fence on school grounds.

COUNCIL APPROVED -

CITY COUNCIL: Hunts Mills Dog Park - $5,000

To install a secure entry system at the dog park.

COUNCIL APPROVED -

CITY COUNCIL: Finance accounting software - $100,000

To move the technology software expense from the finance budget to the capital budget.


910 - Capital: Council-Approved Budget