2003 -- H 6246
RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES -- TOWN HOUSING AUTHORITY
Introduced By: Representative Joseph L. Faria
Date Introduced: March 27, 2003
It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
SECTION 1. Section 45-26-4 of the General Laws in Chapter 45-26 entitled "Town
Housing Authorities" is hereby amended to read as follows:
45-26-4. Appointment, terms, and compensation of commissioner. -- (a) (1) When the
town council adopts a resolution creating a town authority, the town council shall appoint five (5)
persons as commissioners of the town authority; provided, however, that the town of Lincoln
shall appoint seven (7) persons as commissioners of the town authority. The commissioners who
are first appointed shall be designated to serve for terms of one, two (2), three (3), four (4), and
five (5) years, respectively, from the date of their appointment, but, subsequently, commissioners
shall be appointed for a term of office of five (5) years, except that all vacancies shall be filled for
the unexpired term, those appointments to be made by the town council.
(2) Provided, however, that the commission members of the town authority of the town
of Lincoln must be residents of the town of Lincoln during the term of their appointment.
Provided, further, that at least one of the commission members of a town authority must be a
resident as well as a resident of a public housing facility during the term of their appointment. A
public housing resident commissioner shall be appointed by the appointing authority from a list of
nominees chosen in open election by the occupants of public housing. Upon the failure of the
election process, there shall be a provision for an application process. Nothing in this subsection
shall be construed as preventing the appointing authority from appointing more than one resident
of public housing to the commission.
(3) Provided, however that the commission members of the city housing authority of the
city of Central Falls must be approved by a majority of the members of the Central Falls city
council and must also be residents of the city of Central Falls during the term of their
appointment to the housing authority.
(b) A commissioner of the town of North Providence shall receive twenty-five dollars
($25.00) per meeting but not in excess of five hundred dollars ($500) per year as compensation
for his or her services; provided, that a commissioner of the town of Coventry shall only receive
twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per attended meeting but not in excess of six hundred dollars ($600)
per year as compensation for his or her services, provided, further, that the chairperson of the
Coventry housing authority shall receive thirty-five dollars ($35.00) per attended meeting but not
in excess of eight hundred forty dollars ($840) per year as compensation for his or her services.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.