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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-28-2018

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8 SCITUATE NOVEMBER 29-DECEMBER 5, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER During the meeting, Mahoney said he had "no intention" of putting a transitional meeting on the docket. McCormick said the new mem- bers, as well as the three incumbent Republicans, need updates on town projects, such as construction of a new police station. "There are three members (Republican incumbents) on this council that have probably 10 years (of) experience, in some cases maybe more. They don't need to transition from us. They will guide you and your three other successful candi- dates appropriately," Mahoney told McCormick. None of the Independenet Men responded to requests for comment for this story. Despite not having Mahoney's per- mission, Collins, Frederickson and Town Treasurer Ted Przybyla went to inspect the police station build- ing over the weekend, confirming months of speculation about a crack in the foundation. Collins said the building looks decent and large enough to house police for many years to come, but the quality of work is a concern. He said he would like to hire a building inspector separate from Mahoney to get an update on the work. A video of the visit, posted on Facebook, shows the crack stretch- ing diagonally across the founda- tion, passing a load-bearing wall. Commenters question what the real cost of the "under budget and on time" police station will end up cost- ing the town should it need repairs. Collins Jr. said the police station visit was the beginning of an effort to create transparency in Scituate gov- ernment. At the Nov. 19 council meeting, he repeatedly asked the Independent Men to hold off on making long-last- ing decisions affecting government functions. "What gets me is that two years ago when I was the president of the council, I had an appointment up that John (Mahoney) asked me not to make because of a lame duck case law," he said. He said he respected the law and Mahoney's wishes, holding off on making appointments and holding a transitional meeting for the incoming Independent Men at the time. Now, Collins said he is suspicious of why Mahoney is refusing to return the favor. "It looks like they're taking care of the people that supported them," he said. For example, the independents approved, 4-2 on Nov. 19, an agree- ment with J. R. Vinagro on through- trucking on Hope Furnace Road in exchange for renovations and repairs on the Burlingame Bridge and pro- viding gravel at the police station. Collins said he will fight the through-trucking once the four inde- pendents are off the council, and a decision to hold off on the vote would have prevented added legal costs. "Let's put the cards on the table, it's to pay for the dirt that went into the police station, which isn't going to get finished because John doesn't want to finish it," Collins said. Though Mahoney said on multiple occasions that Vinagro would give up rights to build a landfill on its proper- ty on Hope Furnace Road "in perpe- tuity," the agreement said something different. "Vinagro agrees not to operate a solid waste landfill facility for the per- manent storage of solid waste at the property so long as trucks and com- mercial vehicles exceeding five tons can operate on Hope Furnace Road," the agreement states. Mahoney said he would ensure the restriction would be recorded on the land deed in Coventry, maintaining that the agreement was a win for Scituate because the bridge will be repaired. McCormick said the current coun- cil is tying the future council's hands. Per the agreement with Vinagro, Scituate will be responsible for costs associated with repairing Burlingame Bridge should it interfere with through-trucking on Hope Furnace Road in any way over the next 20 years. TRANSITION From Page One Hope Historical Society hosts Christmas at the Barn SCITUATE – Hope Historical Society will hold its annual Christmas gathering at the "Barn," Ryefield Road, Hope, on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. Attendees are invited to bring a $5 gift for the Yankee Swap. Original poems will be recited, along with readings, the "How Much" challenge, Christmas carols and a candle light- ing. Santa will be there to hand out a gift for everyone. Fellowship will follow and refresh- ments will be served. Meetings are open to the general public. For more information, contact Dave at 401-828-2784. Generations hosts 'Los Alamos' presentation Dec. 7 SCITUATE – Generations at Chopmist Hill Inn, 1315 Chopmist Hill Road, will host "Los Alamos, Birthplace of the Bomb: The Atomic Age Comes to the Land of the Anasazi" on Friday, Dec. 7, at 10 a.m. The presentation will be given by Ronald E. Barks. Call 401-647-2662 for more infor- mation or to register for this event. SCITUATE NEWS Make sand tray stories at North Scituate Library SCITUATE – North Scituate Public Library, 606 West Greenville Road, will host sand tray story making on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m. Using play sand, food trays and small toys, participants will create narratives. The use of these materials is meant to inspire and encourage participants to think outside the box of traditional storytelling. For more information, visit www. or call the library at 401-647-5133. Place your classified ad online at Happy Tailz Member of National Association of Professional Pet Sitters Schedule a Meet & Greet! Professional Pet Sitting Service We are dedicated to offering reliable and professional dog care services. LICENSED AND BONDED Maureen Dunn Smithfield, RI Call or text (203) 667-9892 • Daily Dog Walking • Pet Sitting • Overnight Care • Playtime • Meals, Medication & More In the Comfort of Your Home Beautiful glass art created by our students. 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