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The Valley Breeze & Observer 07-12-2018

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10 NORTH COUNTY JULY 12-18, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION The exits, which will be num- bered Exit 10 for both Route 295 north and south drivers when the black coverings come off the signs, are being paid for through $3 mil- lion from the state and another $3 million from Citizens Bank, which is nearing completion on its new corporate campus just off the high- way. The opening of the new exits is expected to have a significant impact on local traffic patterns. Residents along Greenville Avenue have had a much smoother ride of late after repaving was done as part of the final phase of a Narragansett Bay Commission pipe project, which coincides with the addition of the corporate campus. Representatives for Citizens Bank couldn't be reached for comment this week. Polisena said these are the first exit ramps "I've ever owned," and he doesn't intend on the town accepting them until a "punch list" of items is complete. "As soon as the punch list is done, we'll take it from Citizens and then give it to the state," he said. Among the items still remaining to be done early this week were the installation of chatter strips along the edge of the road and the painting of new lines, said Polisena. In a way, he said, the town is "being held hostage" by some last items still not being done, but he said he won't take the exits and then be forced to try to have issues corrected later. The state must first sign off that everything's complet- ed, he said. Pettengill said that since RIDOT is not the entity responsible for completing all certifications, but rather the one making sure every- thing is completed, "we are not in a position to issue completion dates." BREEZE PHOTO BY JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD The new EXIT RAMPS off Route 295 at Greenville Avenue, in Johnston, may not open for another month. RAMPS From Page One Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena said these are the first exit ramps 'I've ever owned,' and he doesn't intend on the town accepting them until a 'punch list' of items is complete. Scituate Plan Commission seeks clerk SCITUATE – The Scituate Plan Commission is seeking a part-time clerk. As clerk for the commission, one would be responsible to attend and record meetings that are normally held on the third Tuesday of each month, at 7 p.m., at Town Council Chambers. Duties include the recording of meetings, preparing written record of the hearings, its proceedings and actions taken, and making record of votes taken by members present, also noting absence of members, and if present, reason of failure to vote. The clerk will also be responsible for working and coordinating with the administrative officer and Town Clerk's office in creating and post- ing agenda. Those interested should send a background letter or resume to the Town Clerk's Office at 195 Danielson Pike, P.O. Box 328, N. Scituate, RI 02857 by Aug. 3. IN BRIEF Balfour-Cole Post plans rededication ceremony SMITHFIELD – Balfour-Cole American Legion Post 64 is plan- ning a rededication ceremony for Pvt. Alexander M. Balfour, one of two men for whom the post is named, on Wednesday, July 18, at noon, at the World War I memorial in Esmond Park, corner of Route 104 and Esmond Street. Balfour, of the U.S. Army, was declared missing in action, and deceased on July 18, 1918. The public is invited to attend this cer- emony. For more information, call 401- 524-0735.

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