R 192
2016 -- S 2923
Enacted 04/28/2016

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senators P Fogarty, Paiva Weed, Lombardo, Lombardi, and Walaska
Date Introduced: April 28, 2016

     WHEREAS, National Utility Contractors Association of Rhode Island (NUCARI) was
founded in 1973, and represents over two hundred Member Contractors, Associate Members,
Institutional Members and Professional Members which serve the underground utility
construction industry with the mission of promoting safety and responsible installation and
rehabilitation of new and existing underground utility infrastructure consisting of water, sewer,
gas, electrical, telecommunications, water and wastewater treatment plants, dams, and landfills;
     WHEREAS, NUCARI brings the underground utility construction industry,
policymakers, and stakeholders together as they focus on long-range underground utility
infrastructure development; and
     WHEREAS, The terrible developments in Flint, Michigan, have clearly demonstrated the
critical need to repair, maintain and rehabilitate underground utilities, particularly safe water
delivery; and
     WHEREAS, NUCARI advocates for robust government services, which focus on damage
assessment, prevention issues, and convene discussion on responsible and safe installation; and
     WHEREAS, NUCARI is composed of a diverse membership of recognized licensed
utility contractors, site developers, engineers, heavy equipment dealers, equipment suppliers, law
firms, insurance bonding agents, and anyone with an interest in underground utility contracting in
Rhode Island; and
     WHEREAS, NUCARI delivers this mission through the platforms of advocacy,
education, and information by working with elected officials, administrators, and professional
staff of all municipalities and stakeholders in conjunction with state agencies, including
legislative and executive leadership; and
     WHEREAS, NUCARI is proactively involved in the formulation of policy and legislation
critical to the utility construction industry by addressing safety issues, regulatory compliance, and
underground utility infrastructure needs within the State of Rhode Island; and
     WHEREAS, NUCARI continues to increase its efforts to educate stakeholders,
policymakers, and elected officials statewide; and
     WHEREAS, NUCARI will host its inaugural NUCARI Day on April 28, 2016, to raise
awareness on the need for safety in the industry, to convey that message to members of the Rhode
Island General Assembly, and allow interaction with policymakers at every level; now, therefore
be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
hereby commends NUCARI for its efforts in promoting safe and responsible installation of
underground utilities in the State of Rhode Island and recognizes April 28, 2016, as NUCARI
Day in the State of Rhode Island; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit duly certified copies of this Resolution to the Honorable Governor of the State of Rhode
Island, Gina Raimondo, and the Honorable Rhode Island Secretary of State, Nellie Gorbea, and
Tony Raposo, President of NUCARI.