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The North Providence Breeze 02-06-2019

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4 NORTH PROVIDENCE FEBRUARY 6-12, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION Tikoian emphasized. Of the 12 com- plaints, fewer than a quarter of them were sustained. That statistical analysis "supports the professional behavior exhibited by our members on a daily basis," he said. "This is consistent with my philosophy of officers treating peo- ple with courtesy, dignity and respect." Of the 12 complaints, two were found to be justified, six were unsub- stantiated, and another four are still pending. The two requiring discipline were in the complaint categories of unprofessional behavior and job per- formance. The number of complaints against officers in 2017 was also 12, with five of those (two for unprofessional behavior, two for neglect of duty and one, an informal complaint) found to be substantiated. Seven were unsub- stantiated, according to the 2017 report. All 30 use of force investiga- tions in the North Providence Police Department were also found to be justified in 2018. The 2018 report on the department shows "transformational, professional leadership" and a new direction that will continue in 2019, says Tikoian, as part of his effort at greater transpar- ency. The second such report since Tikoian became chief in 2017 noted that police responded to 43,000 calls for service, completed 1,451 arrests, including 360 for felonies, issued 5,022 motor vehicle violations and complet- ed 1,067 crash reports. Working with elected officials, edu- cators and residents, the department's goal is to provide the most profession- al law enforcement services possible to the town, said Tikoian. The Office of Professional Standards is led by Lt. Diana Perez, a 15-year vet- eran who reports directly to Tikoian. Perez is responsible for receiving, pro- cessing and investigating complaints made against department employees, ensuring that there is a system in place creating a sense of confidence on the part of citizens that their complaints will be taken seriously and properly investigated, and corrective measures taken when needed. Perez is the officer who previously leveled sexual harassment accusations against former Chief Chris Pelagio and other members of the department. That matter is still pending. The crime rate continues to decrease in the town, with an overall decrease of about 5 percent in 2018, following a decrease of 16 percent in 2017. Tikoian said he originally pledged to become part of the fabric of the town by being accessible and visible within the community. As a strong proponent of community outreach, he said he believes in engaging with students, seniors, the business community, resi- dents and faith-based organizations, "which are all integral parts to building trust, confidence, mutual respect and transparency between the department and the public." Publishing an annual report fosters transparency and accountability that the public seeks from police, he said. The 2018 Annual Report provides an overview of the department, includ- ing statistical information, department structural organization, budgetary data, community outreach initiatives and recent accomplishments, as well as projected goals. It states that the department's annual budget was $6.2 million in 2018, about $200,000 less than the previous year. "The agency has exercised fis- cal responsibility, limiting operating expenses to just over $800,000, or approximately 13 percent of the total annual budget," said Tikoian. Also included in the annual report is a progress update on the new public safety complex being built at 1834 Mineral Spring Ave. "The new, state-of-the-art, 56,000-square-foot facility, with a total estimated cost of $28 million, is expected to be completed during the summer/fall of 2019," states Tikoian in the report. "The project is being financed with federal forfeiture funds that have been awarded to the depart- ment. The chief said these are exciting times for his department. The public may access an electronic version of the annual report by visiting and clicking on the information tab. CONDUCT From Page One anything fancy, said Autiello. This would be pull-up and push-up bars and other similar equipment needed for CrossFit-type exercises. The council president said he himself enjoys this brand of exer- cise, though he isn't a member of a CrossFit gym. The equipment could also get use from American Ninja Warrior enthusiasts, he said. Asked about the idea, Mayor Charles Lombardi said he would "absolutely" consider finding a spot at the park to add new equipment. "I don't have a problem looking into that," he said. "Anything that's going to add to the recreation of the town." Autiello said local CrossFit enthusiasts previously used old bar equipment at Stephen Olney Park, but that was torn down in 2016 after the town replaced it with new playground equipment for young children. CrossFit is a competitive fitness program incorporating high-inten- sity interval training, weightlifting, rapid stretching, gymnastics and cal- isthenics, among other elements. Autiello said he doesn't have a specific location in mind at the town's largest recreation space, but said there's plenty of room for add- ing such a facility. Lombardi said the town is making great strides overall with its recre- ation facilities. In addition to ongo- ing grant-funded upgrades at Camp Meehan/Notte Park, the town is in the process of acquiring and rede- veloping two other properties for new athletic fields. The Town Council was set to vote Tuesday on the $1.1 million purchase of the Coletti Farm prop- erty off Mineral Spring Avenue and Woodward Road. A permit will soon be issued to demolish the Pate prop- erty building off Ivan Street. That property was purchased for $675,000 last year. Town officials are planning to develop a new multi-use athletic field at each of the properties. FITNESS From Page One WILLIAM LITTLE, left, president of the Key Program Inc. presents the Vision Award to BENEDICT F. LESSING JR., President/CEO of Community Care Alliance on Dec. 6. The Rhode Island Coalition for Children and Families recognized Lessing with the coalition Vision Award. Lessing was one of the founders of the coalition, now 38 agencies strong, that works on behalf of Rhode Island's children and families to advocate for better legislation and policy. MORTGAGEE'S SALE 2 Lawn Acre Drive North Providence, RI 02911 The premises described in the mortgage will be sold subject to all encumbrances and prior liens on FEBRUARY 15, 2019, AT 10 a.m. on the premises, by virtue of the power of sale contained in a mortgage by Kimberly F. Ray dated March 2, 2005 and recorded in the Town of North Providence Land Evidence Records in Book 2069, Page 125, the conditions of said mortgage having been broken. $5,000.00 in cash, certified or bank check is required to bid. Other terms will be announced at the sale. PELLETIER MARSHALL & CLARK Attorney for the Holder of the Mortgage 36 Vermont Avenue, Unit 4 Warwick, RI 02888 401-727-4100 NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE OF PERSONAL PROPERTY Notice is hereby given that the undersigned will sell, to satisfy lien of the owner, by public internet sale via www. for competitive bidding to begin on January 30th at 11:00 AM and conclude February 13, 2019 at 4:00 PM via the Compass Self Storage located at 711 Branch ave. Providence, Rhode Island 02904 The personal goods stored therein by the following may include, but are not limited to general household, furniture, boxes, clothes, and appliances. 1132 Rachel Beshansky, 1217 Brian Bucacci, 1234 Tamika Dias, 1186 Zheng Xinran, 1245 Jacqueline Silverio, 2241 Cristian Rosario, 2318 Rut Carrionbrito, 6314 Willa Truelove, 7209 Elizabeth Mccarthy, 7222 Kolawole Badru, 7297 Justin Graham, 9175 Arnaldo Casillas, 9181 Autumn Simonds, 9216 Stephanie St. George, 9337 Robert Perry Purchases must be made with cash only and paid at the time of sale. All goods are sold as is and must be removed at the time of purchase. Compass Self Storage reserves the right to refuse any bid. Sale is subject to adjournment. A Request For Proposal (RFP) will be opened by the North Providence School Department soliciting proposals for Snow Removal Services to be provided over a 3 year school term. The request for proposal will be issued on 2/14/18 for 21 days. The proposal due date and opening tentatively scheduled for March 7, 2019 at 10 a.m. at the School Department Central Administration Building. It is anticipated that the potential contract will be awarded by the North Providence School Committee during the March 27, 2019 meeting @ 6:30 p.m.

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