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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 12-05-2018

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4 PAWTUCKET DECEMBER 5-11, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION Mayor Grebien announces 'A+' bond rating PAWTUCKET– Mayor Donald Grebien announced last week that Fitch Ratings has assigned the city of Pawtucket an 'A+' rating on its general obligation bonds, an 'A-' rat- ing on its issuer default rating, and a stable outlook. The results come after a thorough review of the city's financial and managerial operations by the rating agency last month in connection with Fitch's annual surveillance review of Pawtucket. The ratings are expected to continue resulting in a lower cost of borrowing for the city on future debt. "The city has achieved posi- tive operations in both the general and school funds after a period of managing the accumulated deficit in the school fund," states Fitch. "Management's willingness and ability to raise revenues and reduce expenses underscores the city's financial flexibil- ity. A notable pension liability in two of the city's pension plans coupled with a hefty other post-employment benefits liability offsets the low debt burden." "It is encouraging to have an out- side agency Fitch Ratings, one of the Big Three credit rating agencies, reaffirm the real progress that we continue to make here in our city," said Grebien. "Fiscal responsibility has been a staple of my administra- tion since inheriting this city on the brink of bankruptcy when I first came on as mayor. These results could not have been achieved for the taxpayers if it weren't for the hard work and commitment of the City Council and the Pawtucket School Department. I thank my finance director, Joanna L'Heureux, and her department as well for all of their efforts in insuring the financial health of our city." L'Heureux said, "Our A category rating factors in the city's steady man- agement principles, improved fiscal health and the elimination deficits on the school side with continuing bal- anced budgets." While the city's financial progress has been acknowledged by Fitch, offi- cials know that there is still plenty of work to be done as they focus on the long-term fiscal health of the city, said Grebien. "We always take a conservative approach to debt and, along with the council, will continue to build up our reserves to protect our taxpayers if the city ever faces an economic downturn in the future," he said. The Fitch report notes that residents approved bond authorizations of $25 million for city capital improvements in November in addition to $220 mil- lion for school projects, contingent upon receiving at least 75 percent reimbursement from the state. Fitch does not expect additional issuance of debt to impact the current assessment. "The school projects bond and the city capital improvements bonds were all approved with overwhelming voter support. The school project bonds will provide generational upgrades to the city's schools adding to the recently completed renovations of Nathanael Greene and Potter-Burns as well as security and health upgrades that have occurred in every school," states the agency. "The city capital improve- ment bonds will give Pawtucket the opportunity to continue its improve- ments of city infrastructure including adding on to the more than half of the city roads that have been repaved under Mayor Grebien's administra- tion." Police nab suspect in package thefts PAWTUCKET – On Nov. 26 and 27, the Pawtucket Police Department received several reports of packages stolen off porches from homes along Power Road. With the help of neighborhood surveillance and observant patrol officers, detectives were able to iden- tify the suspect as Tracy Veveiros, 38, of Pawtucket. On Nov. 28, a warrant was issued for the arrest of Veveiros, who turned herself in to the police department Monday morn- ing, Dec. 3, and was charged with two counts of larceny. She was arraigned Monday in Sixth District Court where she was released on personal recogni- zance. VEVEIROS St. Teresa's Seniors announce events PAWTUCKET – St. Teresa's Seniors announce the following events. On Thursday, Dec. 6. at 1 p.m, Roberta Humble, a noted Rhode Island historian, will present a pro- gram based on R.I. history. The event includes games and books for purchase. Refreshments and short meeting will follow. On Thursday, Dec. 20, a Christmas Party, chaired by Penny Trottier and Nancy Messier, will be catered by Young's. In lieu of the Christmas grab bag, members have chosen to donate to the needy. The club will host the Rev. David Thurber and St. Teresa's staff on Thursday, Jan. 3. The event will feature a penny social. All functions will be in church hall, 358 Newport Ave., and all per- sons 55+ are welcome. In the event of inclement weather, if Pawtucket school are closed, meetings are canceled. IN BRIEF Teen Anime club meets at Pawtucket Library PAWTUCKET – Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to join other fans of Japanese animation to hang out, get to know some new anime, some older anime and enjoy pizza provided by the Pawtucket Library on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Campbell Auditorium, 13 Summer St. The program is free and no regis- tration is required. For more information, call the teen librarian at 401-725-3714, ext. 221, or email sbloom@pawtucketli- brary.org. IN BRIEF ABOUT US The Valley Breeze is a locally owned newspaper Office location: 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite #204, Lincoln, RI 02865 Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Closed weekends and holidays. Call us: 401-334-9555 Fax: 401-334-9994 Online: www.valleybreeze.com READER SERVICES DO YOU HAVE A STORY IDEA? 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SUBSCRIPTIONS – The Valley Breeze may be delivered anywhere in the United States, in an envelope, by First Class mail only. The cost is $189 per year, or $4 per week. Phone 401-334-9555 for details. COPYRIGHTS – valleybreeze.com or its content may not be linked to any other Web site without the written permission of the publisher. News aggregators that solicit advertising may not link valleybreeze.com. Sidewalk snow removal required: According to city ordinance, the owner, occupant or other responsible person shall have snow and ice removed from a sidewalk intended for pedestrians not later than the first 12 hours of daylight after the end of a snowstorm. § 351-20, Remoyal of snow and ice required A. No snow shall be permitted to remain upon any sidewalk, which shall be defined as that portion of a street between the curblines, or the lateral lines of a roadway, and the adjacent property lines, intended for the use of pedestrians, for a period exceeding the first twelve (12) hours of daylight after the cessation of any snowstorm or after such snow shall have fallen from any building. No ice shall be permitted to remain upon any such sidewalk more than two (2) hours in the daytime, unless covered with sand or other suitable substance. B. The owner, occupant or other person having the care of any building or lot bordering upon any such sidewalk shall cause the same to be made safe and convenient by removing the snow and ice therefrom, or by causing the ice to be suitably covered. C. Snow and ice removed from a sidewalk shall not be thrown or deposited on any street or on any property of another property owner. § 351-21 Violations and penalties All violations of this article shall be subject to a fine of $25 for a first offense, a fine of $50 for a second offense, and a fine of $100 for a third and subsequent offenses. Fines may be paid by mail. Mailed-in fines must be received by the Office of Zoning and Code Enforcement within fourteen (14) days of the date of the summons. Anyone who does not pay the fine by mail in a timely manner must appear in Pawtucket Municipal Court Volunteer help with sidewalk snow removal, for seniors and people with physical limitations, is available by calling city Seniors Liaison Beth Roberge at 728-0500, ext. 241, or by contacting her by email at broberge@pawtucketri.com. Call or email to be placed on the list. El retiro de Ia nieye de Ia acera requirio Segun ordenanza de Ia ciudad, el dueño, el inquilino u otra persona responsable deben tener Ia nieve e hielo quitado de una acera querida para peatones no mas tarde que el primero 12 horas de luz del dia después del final de una tormenta de nieve. Seccion 351-20, El retiro de Ia nieve y del hielo reguirio A. No se permitira ninguna nieve para permanecer sabre ninguna acera, que sea difinida como esa porcion de una calle entre las lineas del reborde, o las lineas laterales de un camino, y las lineas. de caracteristica adyacentes previstas para el usa de pedestre, par un periodo que excede las primeras doce horas de luz del dia despues de Ia cesacion de cualquier tempestad de nieve o despues de tal nieve habra caido de cualquier edificio. No se permitira ningun hielo seguir siendo sobre cualquier acera mas de dos horas en el dia, a menos que este cubierto con Ia arena o Ia otra sustancia conveniente. B. El dueno, el linquilino o Ia otra persona teniendo el culdado de cualquier edificio o Ia porcion que confina con cuatquier acera haran iguales ser hechos seguros y convenientes quitando Ia nieve y helar de ahi, o haci - enda el hielo ser lanzado o ser depositado en cualquier calle o en cualquier caracteristica de otro propietario. C. La nieve y el hielo quitados de una acera no seran lanzados ni seran depositados en cualquier calle o cualquier caracteristica de otro propietario. Seccion 351-21 Violaciones y penas Todas las violaiones de este articulo estaran conforme a una multa de $25 para Ia primera ofensa, a una multa de $50 para Ia segunda ofensa y a $100 para Ia tercera y subecuentes ofensas. Las multas se puenden pagar por correo. Las multas se deben recibir por Ia oficina de Zoning y Ia aplicacion en el plaza de catorce dias de Ia fecha del emplazamiento. Cualquier persona que no paga la multa par correo a tiempo debe aparecer en Ia corte municipal de Pawtucket. La ayuda del voluntario con el retiro de la nieve de la acera, en para mayores y la gente con limitaciones fisicas, esta disponible llamando el Enlace de Mayores de Ia ciudad Beth Roberge en 728-0500, ext. 241, o poniendose en contacto con ella por el correo electronico en broberge@pawtucketri.com. Llamada o correo electronico para colocarse en Ia lista. CITY OF PAWTUCKET PUBLIC NOTICE • SNOW REMOVAL CITY OF PAWTUCKET PUBLIC NOTICE • RETIRO DE LA NIEVE

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