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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 01-10-2019

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4 WOONSOCKET JANUARY 10-16, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION Family of woman killed near Kennedy Manor suing city WOONSOCKET – The family of a Woonsocket woman hit by a car on Clinton Street near Kennedy Manor in November is suing the city for damages after she died in the hospital later that week. Marian Morrow, 64, was struck by a car on Nov. 5 and died at Rhode Island Hospital a few days later. While initial police reports indicated she was crossing the street in front of Walgreens at the time of the acci- dent, a claim submitted to the city in December says Morrow was actually walking on the sidewalk when the leg of her walker went into a hole, caus- ing her to fall into the street. Attorney R. Andrew Pelletier is bringing the suit, which was submitted to the City Council on Dec. 14. On Monday, the council declined to take any action on the suit at the recommendation of City Solicitor John DeSimone, who suggested it be referred to the Rhode Island Interlocal Trust. The Trust provides coverage for such claims under the city's insurance policy. Young adults invited to pizza party BLACKSTONE – The Blackstone Public Library, 86 Main St., will hold a young adult pizza party on Tuesday, Jan. 29, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Pizza, drinks and ice cream will be served. Games, crafts and music will also be provided. To register or for more information, call Karen at 508-883-1931, ext. 104, or visit . WOONSOCKET – During the December inauguration, when members of both sides of the rift dividing a majority of city coun- cilors from the administration expressed hope for a better rela- tionship going forward, the city's prospects for a more cooperative 2019 appeared to be looking up. Now, one week into the new year, those sides are back to their usual stances, with members of the council and administration exchanging harsh words during Monday's meeting. Early in the meeting, Joel Mathews, the city's director of planning and development, rose during the citizen's good and welfare portion of the meeting to express his opposition to a proposed ordinance change. The proposed amendment would alter the city zoning ordinance to require council approval of any municipal, state or federal use, a significant change that would give the council greater control over the zoning process. A municipal use is at the center of the ongoing debate over the proposed expansion of RISE Prep Mayoral Academy and whether it can operate at a new location on Cumberland Street. "The City Council is trying to make a power grab and take away from the Zoning Board, and maybe at some point the Planning Board, their powers to exercise independent judgment of issues that come before them, and I think it's very inappropriate," said Mathews. While the comments pertained to an item on the council agenda, Councilor Jon Brien pointed out that since he was not a resident, Mathews was not entitled to give his opinion during the citizen's good and welfare portion of the meeting. Council President Daniel Gendron initially allowed the comments but later asked Mathews to hold the remainder of his speech until the matter was taken up by the council. However, when the council arrived at the agenda item an hour later, the item was tabled for review by the Planning Board and a future work session before any discussion could occur, a step that has previously been taken in the case of zoning ordinance changes. Mathews chastised the council for their "lack of respect" after he was declined the opportunity to speak, drawing an impassioned response from Gendron. "Mr. Mathews, I will not tolerate that," the council president said. "I am trying to be respectful, and I told you we are going to have a work session, you will be able to make your comments." Tensions showed elsewhere in the meeting when Councilors Julia Brown and David Soucy, both new to the council, said that going forward, they hope all councilors are made aware of items that will appear on the agenda. Two agen- da items, both related to transfers of funds in the city budget, were sponsored by the remaining five councilors, while a third, the zon- ing amendment, was sponsored by four other councilors. The placement suggests a dynamic that emerged during the campaign sea- son, when Councilors Gendron, Brien, James Cournoyer, Denise Sierra and John Ward supported each other's candidacies, may con- tinue into the months ahead. "I hope that moving forward, we can all work together and include everyone in these matters so us newbies can make an informed opinion and have a clear say in what goes on," said Brown. The two budget transfer items also echoed back to a previous council dynamic. Last June, sev- eral councilors had attempted to amend Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt's proposed budget but were not suc- cessful in overriding her veto. The two budget transfers, approved on a 5-2 vote, transferred $420,000 from individual department bud- gets to the city's contingency fund, creating a budget that more closely aligns with the one coun- cilors had tried to effect in June. The move drew opposition from Brown and Soucy, who requested councilors hold off on a vote to more closely consider the matter during a work session. New year brings division back to City Hall By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer Notice is hereby given in accordance with R.I.G.L §45-22.2-8, subsection 3., subsection iii that a Public Hearing will be held in the Primrose Fire Station, 1470 Providence Pike, North Smithfield, RI 02896 on January 17th, 2019 beginning at 7:00 p.m. Notice is hereby advertised once per week for three successive weeks on December 27th, 2018, January 3rd, 2019, and January 10th, 2019. The purpose of this hearing is to consider the Comprehensive Plan as amended by the Town Council on December 17th, 2018. Proposed text is available for public review at the North Smithfield Planning Department, North Smithfield Town Hall, 1 Main Street, North Smithfield, RI during the hours of 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday through Wednesday, 8:00 am – 7:00 pm Thursday and 8:00 am – 12:00 pm Friday. It can also be found on the North Smithfield website at draft-comprehensive-plan Individuals requiring interpreter services for the hearing impaired must notify the Planning Department at (401) 767-2200 ext. 336 not less than 48 hours in advance of the hearing date. TOWN OF NORTH SMITHFIELD PLANNING BOARD PUBLIC HEARING COMPREHENSIVE PLAN UPDATE MEETING Notice of public hearing pursuant to North Smithfield Zoning Ordinance Section 5.6.7 Ground-mounted solar photovoltaic system procedure and submission requirements. Subsection B, site plan review. The applicant, TPE Rhode Island Solar Holdings1, LLC, is requesting a decision of approval from the Planning Board regarding a special use permit and variance to construct a 6.22 mw solar array on the following properties: Map 007, Lots: 12, 14, 23, 24, and 101-105. The property is located adjacent to Old Oxford Road on the north side of Pound Hill Road. A public meeting will take place on February 7, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Primrose Fire Station, located at 1470 Providence Pike. A public hearing will be conducted at this meeting. Plans are available for review at the Planning Department located at 1 Main Street, Slatersville, RI 02876 between the hours of Monday thru Wednesday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 12 noon. TOWN OF NORTH SMITHFIELD NOTICE OF PLANNING BOARD PUBLIC HEARING

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