It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
SECTION 1. The city of Pawtucket is hereby authorized, in addition to authority previously granted, to issue bonds up to an amount not exceeding three-hundred fifty thousand ($350,000) dollars from time to time under its corporate name and seal or a facsimile of such. The bonds of each issue may be issued in the form of serial bonds or term bonds or a combination thereof and shall be payable either by maturity of principal in the case of serial bonds or by mandatory serial redemption in the case of term bonds, in annual installments of principal, the first installment to be not later than three (3) years and the last installment not later than thirty (30) years after the date of the bonds.
SECTION 2. The bonds shall be signed by the city treasurer and by the manual or facsimile signature of the mayor and be issued and sold in such amounts as the city council may determine. The manner of sale, denominations, maturities, interest rates and other terms, conditions and details of any bonds or notes issued under this act may be fixed by the proceedings of the city council authorizing the issue or by separate resolution of the city council or, to the extent provisions for these maters are not so made, they may be fixed by the officers authorized to sign the bonds or notes. The proceeds derived from the sale of the bonds shall be delivered to the city treasurer, and such proceeds exclusive of premiums and accrued interest shall be expended: (a) for the construction and reconstruction of sanitary and storm drains in the city of Pawtucket (the project); (b) in payment of the principal of or interest on temporary notes issued under section three; (c) in repayment of advances under section four; (d) in payment of related costs of issuance of any bonds or notes and/or (e) in payment of capitalized interest during construction of the project. No purchaser of any bonds or notes under this act shall be in any way responsible for the proper application of the proceeds derived from the sale thereof. The proceeds of bonds or notes issued under this act, any applicable federal or state assistance and the other monies referred to in sections six and nine shall be deemed appropriated for the purposes of this act without further action than that required by this act.
SECTION 3. The city council may by resolution authorize the issuance from time to time of interest bearing or discounted notes in anticipation of the issue of bonds under section 2 or in anticipation of the receipt of federal or state aid for the purposes of this act. The amount of original notes issued in anticipation of bonds may not exceed the amount of bonds which may be issued under this act and the amount of original notes issued in anticipation of federal or state aid may not be the amount of available federal or state aid as estimated by the city treasurer. Temporary notes issued hereunder shall be signed by the city treasurer and by the mayor and shall be payable within five (5) years from their respective dates, but the principal of and interest on notes issued for a shorter period may be renewed or paid from time to time by the issue of other notes hereunder, provided the period from the date of an original note to the maturity of any note issued to renew or pay the same debt or the interest thereon shall not exceed five (5) years. Section 5-106 of the city charter shall not apply to the issue of notes in anticipation of bonds.
SECTION 4. Pending any authorization or issue of bonds hereunder or pending or in lieu of any authorization or issue of notes hereunder, the city treasurer, with the approval of the city council may, to the extent that bonds or notes may be issued hereunder, apply funds in the general treasury of the city to the purposes specified in section two, such advances to be repaid without interest from the proceeds of bonds or notes subsequently issued or from the proceeds of applicable federal or state assistance or from other available funds.
SECTION 5. Any proceeds of bonds or notes issued hereunder or of any applicable federal or state assistance, pending their expenditure may be deposited or invested by the city treasurer, in demand deposits, time deposits or savings deposits in banks which are members of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or in obligations issued or guaranteed by the United States of America or by any agency or instrumentality thereof or as may be provided in any other applicable law of the state of Rhode Island.
SECTION 6. Any accrued interest received upon the sale of bonds or notes hereunder shall be applied to the payment of the first interest due thereon. Any premiums arising from the sale of bonds or notes hereunder and, to the extent permitted by applicable federal laws, any net earnings or profits realized from the deposit or investment of funds hereunder shall, in the discretion of the city treasurer, be applied to the cost of preparing, issuing, and marketing bonds or notes hereunder to the extent not otherwise provided, to the payment of the cost of the project, to the payment of the principal of or interest on bonds or notes issued hereunder , to the revenues of the city and dealt with as part of the revenues of the city from property taxes to the extent permitted by federal law, or to any one or more of the foregoing. The cost of preparing, issuing, and marketing bonds or notes hereunder may also, in the discretion of the city treasurer, be met from the bond or note proceeds exclusive of premium and accrued interest or from other monies available therefor. In exercising any discretion under this section, the city treasurer shall be governed by any instructions adopted by resolution of the city council. Any balance of bonds or note proceeds remaining after completion of the project shall be subject to section 5-109 of the city charter
SECTION 7. All bonds and notes issued under this act and the debt evidenced hereby shall be obligatory on the city in the same manner and to the same extent as other debts lawfully contracted by it and shall be excepted from the operation of section 45-12-2 of the general laws. No such obligation shall at any time be included in the debt of the city for the purpose of ascertaining its borrowing capacity. The city shall annually appropriate a sum sufficient to pay the principal and interest coming due within the year on bonds and notes issued hereunder to the extent that monies therefor are not otherwise provided. If such sum is not appropriated, it shall nevertheless be added to the annual tax levy. in order to provide such sum in each year and notwithstanding any provisions of law to the contrary, all taxable property in the city shall be subject to ad valorem taxation by the city without limitation as to rate or amount.
SECTION 8. Any bonds or notes issued under the provisions of this act, if properly executed by the officers of the city in office on the date of execution, shall be valid and binding according to their terms notwithstanding that before the delivery thereof and payment therefor any or all of such officers shall for any reason have ceased to hold office.
SECTION 9. The city, acting by resolution of its city council is authorized to apply for, contract for and expend any federal or state advances or other grants of assistance which may be available for the purposes of this act, and any such expenditures may be in addition to other monies provided in this act. To the extent of any inconsistency between any law of this state and any applicable federal law or regulation, the later shall prevail. Federal and state advances, with interest where applicable, whether contracted for prior to or after the effective date of this act, may be repaid as a cost of the project under section two.
SECTION 10. Bonds and notes may be issued under this act without obtaining the approval of any governmental agency or the taking of any proceedings or the happening of any conditions except as specifically required by this act for such issue. In carrying out any project financed in whole or in part under this act, including where applicable the condemnation of any land or interest in land, and in the levy and collection of assessments or other charges permitted by law on account of any such project, all action shall be taken which is necessary to meet constitutional requirements whether or not such action is otherwise required by statute, but the validity of bonds and notes issued hereunder shall in no way depend upon the validity or occurrence of such action. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the validity of bonds and notes issued hereunder shall in no way be affected by sections 2-308 and 4-1602 of the city charter, and the purposes of this act shall be deemed to constitute a single project under Article V of the city charter.
SECTION 11. The city treasurer and the mayor, on behalf of the city are hereby authorized to execute such instruments, documents or other papers as either of the foregoing deem necessary or desirable to carry out the intent of this act and are also authorized to take all actions and execute all documents necessary to comply with federal tax and securities laws including Rule 15c2-12 of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the Rule) and to execute and deliver a continuing disclosure agreement or certificate in connection with the bonds or notes in the form as shall be deemed advisable by such officers in order to comply with the Rule.
SECTION 12. The question of the approval of this act shall be submitted to the electors of the city at the next general election but if a special city-wide election or special state election, in either case other than a primary, is called for a date earlier than the date of such general election, the mayor may direct that the question of the approval of this act be submitted at such special election. The question shall be submitted in substantially the following form: "Shall an act passed at the 1997 session of the general assembly entitled 'An act authorizing the city of Pawtucket to provide for the construction and reconstruction of sanitary and storm drains in the city of Pawtucket and authorizing the financing thereof, including the issue of not more than $350,000 bonds and notes therefor' be approved?" and the warning for the election shall contain the question to be submitted. From the time the election if warned and until it is held, it shall be the duty of the city clerk to keep a copy of the act available at his or her office for public inspection, but the validity of the election shall not be affected by this requirement. To the extent of any inconsistency between this act and any law of special applicability to the city, this act shall prevail.
SECTION 13. This section and the foregoing shall take effect upon the passage of this act. The remainder of this act shall take effect upon the approval of this act by a majority of those voting on the question at the election prescribed by the foregoing section.