City Council member moves to end board's pay

Seth Yurdin

The majority leader of the Providence City Council said he wants to strip members of the city Board of Licenses of their pay.

Seth Yurdin said he's upset because the board decided not to revoke the license of Cheaters after a 15-year-old girl was found dancing there.

Unlike most city boards and commissions, each of the five members of the Board of Licenses receives a salary of about $20,000 a year.

A long investigation by city police officers and the licensing board recently uncovered prostitution at the club and a revealed that a 15-year-old girl had been employed as a dancer.

Yurdin said board members shouldn't receive salaries because they're failing to do their jobs, which is protecting the safety of the public at large.

"The board found that there was a 14-year-old girl hired. The board found that there was prostitution taking place, and I think that we really have to act in the strongest way to protect children, to send a message that this type of thing won't be tolerated in the city. Those officials are charged with doing that," Yurdin said Wednesday. "I think it's clear that the wrong message has been sent."

The Board of Licenses did take action against Cheaters, shutting the club down for 45 days and fining the owners $5,000.

Yurdin said he will present his ordinance to revoke the salaries Thursday night.