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The Valley Breeze & Observer 01-10-2019

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©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Rossi: Finances, roads are priorities in 2019 SMITHFIELD – After another solid financial year, Town Manager Randy Rossi said he expects 2019 to bring progress on many town projects and a focus on add- ing improved cus- tomer service in town departments. Rossi said one of his goals this year is to streamline town services, such as business licensing, by ask- ing for constructive feedback from residents. He said he is figuring out the best way to survey for feedback, but expects to send out requests in the coming weeks. Rossi plans to continue evaluat- ing Smithfield departments by both using the town's strategic plan and performing an annual review. "I want to continue to examine the picture of the town, laying out the financial future," he said. Smithfield's audit shows the town finished the 2018 fiscal year with a surplus of $622,692, with $15,580,742 in general funds. By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY SANDRA CACCIA, of Smithfield, has her hand full with prom dresses to donate to the Hope's Closet Project. The collections were held after masses at St. Michael's Church in Smithfield, last Sunday. See more photos on page 9. Civility the theme as Scituate council sworn in SCITUATE – Civility was the word of the night at the Scituate Senior Center on Tuesday, where more than 200 town residents gath- ered to celebrate the inauguration of new leaders. Opening the evening, Gen. Reginald Centracchio thanked the community for understanding the importance of voting. Like the group of people who gathered to form Scituate in 1731, town voters of today exercised their right and chose the people they want to rep- resent the town, he said. "You can vote people into office, and you can vote people out of office," Centracchio said, drawing a chuckle from the crowd. He said the challenge now is not to forget why the town voted for these elected officials, and to hold leaders accountable for "all the things they said they would do." "Accountability, respect and civili- ty are absolutely essential," he said. William Riccitelli, Scituate's pro- bate judge and longtime town resi- dent, had the honor of swearing in elected officials Tuesday night. All three re-elected Republican By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See INAUGURATION, Page 5 See FOCUS, Page 8 There aren't enough plow drivers to go around for the winter of 2018- 2019, and the blame is being placed squarely on skyrocketing insurance rates brought about due to excessive claims of slip-and-fall injuries. Contractors, especially the inde- pendent ones with a plow truck or two, are finding it both difficult and expensive to acquire insurance to work. This insurance, called "com- pleted operations coverage" insur- ance, is beyond the regular business auto insurance to cover damage while a plow is on site, instead cov- ering the costs if someone falls and claims an injury after the work is done. John Cote, of JB Cote Construction in Lincoln and a Woonsocket native, said insurance has gotten so expen- sive that he's given up one of his largest accounts at Stop & Shop in Bellingham, Mass. "It's just too easy for people to sue you, and people have no common sense, so you're at fault," he said. This is already a tough business to be in due to the fact that one can't count on the snow even coming, said Cote, who owns three plows and a Plow drivers increasingly scarce as insurance costs rocket up By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See PLOW DRIVERS, Page 15 ROSSI Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE JANUARY 10-16, 2019 Family Dentistry Accepting New Patients 7 Smith Avenue, Greenville www.drscottri.com Dr. Scott B. Klimaj 949-3200 New Year's Resolutions for a Healthy Smile! OUR UPLIFTING ENVIRONMENT AND SPECIAL APPROACH TO ALZHEIMER'S AND DEMENTIA CARE HAVE CREATED A QUALITY OF LIFE YOU SIMPLY CAN'T GET ANYPLACE ELSE. Barbara A. Scanlon Broker Associate ABR, CPDE, CRS, e-PRO, PMN, SRES Home Office: (401) 949-1689 Licensed Since 1985 RE/MAX Town & Country barbarascanlon.com barbara@barbarascanlon.com SMiTHfiELD: NEw LiSTiNg! 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