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Executive Order 95-05
February 1, 1995

WHEREAS, pursuant to Public Law 89-153, as amended by Public Law 90-56 and Public Law 94-426, a Master Plan for Howard Center, in Cranston, has been initiated by the Statewide Planning Program; and

WHEREAS, the State Planning Council has adopted the "Report and Recommendations/" effective on October I/ 1994, constituting Phase I of said Master Plan and Element 912 of the State Guide Plan; and

WHEREAS, the adoption of said element fulfills the requirements of Public Law 89-153; and

WHEREAS, the advisory committee prescribed in Public Law 89-153 is dissolved; and

WHEREAS, Phase 1 of the Master Plan contains certain conclusions and sets forth certain recommendations which are ready to be considered for implementation; and

WHEREAS, new mechanisms are needed to pursue Phases 2, 3 and 4 of the Master Plan, and to provide for the efficient management and further revitalization and development of Howard Center; and

WHEREAS, said plan recommends that a council be created and that a superintendent be designated.

NOW THEREFORE, I, LINCOLN C. ALMOND, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, do hereby order as follows:

1. There is hereby established an interim "Howard Center Council" (the "Council");

2. The purposes of said Council shall be:

(a) to take over the role of the advisory committee in completing Phases 2, 3, and 4 of the master plan, being Element 912 of the State Guide Plan, and to recommend the adoption thereof, and any amendments thereto, to the State Planning Council;

(b) to assume the duties and responsibilities of the Howard Complex Advisory Committee, created by Executive Order 89-21, and the Cranston Community Relations Board, appointed by the Director of Corrections, both of which bodies hereby are abolished;

(c) to review the jurisdiction and current uses of all buildings at the Howard Complex, and make appropriate recommendations to the Governor, pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws §37-7-6;

(d) to oversee and approve any changes in the use or occupancy of land or buildings at Howard Center;

(e) to provide the coordination or consolidation of certain central and potentially redundant functions at Howard Center;

(f) to determine whether future development at the Howard Center will be entirely publicly supported or whether some privatization will be considered; and

(g) to retain the services of a superintendent and such other staff as the council deems necessary to fulfill these purposes.

3. The Council shall consist of the following eight (8) members or their designees:

(a) The Director of the Department of Administration, who shall serve as chairperson;

(b) The Director of the Department of Children, Youth, and Families;

(c) The Director of the Department of Corrections

(d) The Director of the Department of Human Services;

(e) The Director of the Department of Mental Health, Retardation and Hospitals;

(f) The Director of the Department of Substance Abuse;

(g) The Mayor of the City of Cranston; and

(h) The City Councilperson from the ward which encompasses all or most of the Howard Center.

4. In the event that any other department or major agency of state government is relocated to Howard Center, its director shall be added to the membership of the Council.

5. Additional professional, technical, administrative, and support staff, as deemed necessary by the chairperson of the Council, shall be provided by any appropriate departments of agencies of state government. Interim Howard Center Council Executive Order 95-5 Page 4.

6. All departments and agencies of state and local government shall cooperate with. the Council by furnishing such information and advice, documentary and otherwise, as the Council or its agents shall deem necessary or desirable to facilitate the intent of this Executive Order.

7. The interim Council, after having considered all the matters set forth in the master plan, shall propose legislation prescribing the creation of a permanent Howard Council, and such other provisions as it shall deem necessary for the proper administration and development of the Howard Center, and said legislation shall be submitted to the 1996 session of the General Assembly.

8. No provision herein is intended to limit the powers now held by the Cranston City Council.

This Executive Order shall take effect immediately.

So Ordered:

Lincoln Almond