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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 02-06-2019

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16 PAWTUCKET FEBRUARY 6-12, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION technologies," the NHTSA says, "have the potential to reduce crash- es, prevent injuries, and save lives." Once a driver experiences these features, "they'll never buy a vehicle without them," Tasca said. Both Taft and Tasca pointed out that cars available to the public aren't yet fully autonomous, but "we're almost there." Not all drivers are eager for self- driving cars, but many do appreci- ate features that improve the way they drive. According to a 2018 survey by Consumer Reports, 51 percent of buyers looking to pur- chase a new car want a rearview camera or backup warning and 45 percent want a blind-spot warning system, compared to 11 percent who said they want a car with automatic acceleration, braking and steering. In addition to safety features, today's car buyers are also inter- ested in fuel efficiency, connectivity with mobile devices, and electric vehicles, Taft said. The majority of manufacturers now offer all-electric, hybrid electric or plug-in electric vehicles, and if they don't, they have plans for them in the future, she said. Massive trucks are out, as the mid-sized pickup makes a return, Taft said, pointing to the 2019 Ford Ranger as an example. These trucks offer "a lot of functionality" and are more fuel-efficient than bigger coun- terparts. "The sedan business is getting less and less of a percentage of the mar- ket," Tasca said. "I think people feel safer in an SUV, sitting up a little higher." He added that most SUVs now have all-wheel drive, a good feature for Rhode Islanders who have to deal with snowy winters. With a showcase by duPont Registry Ferrari & Maserati of New England, the Auto Show also offers an opportunity for visitors to do a little dreaming, Taft said, by trying out luxury cars "without having any pressure" to buy. Admission to the show is $12 for adults, $9 for senior citizens (62 and older) and $8 for students (21 and under with a school ID). Children 12 and under are admit- ted free when accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit www. ProvidenceAutoShow.com . The new 2019 FORD RANGER, filled with driver-assist technologies, will be one of hundreds of cars available for viewing at the 2019 Northeast International Auto Show, at the Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin St. in Providence. The event will take place Friday, Feb. 8, from noon to 10 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 10, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. AUTO SHOW From Page 10 St. Xavier Academy Class of 1969 to reunite WARWICK – St. Xavier Academy Class of 1969 celebrates its 50-year reunion on Sunday, Oct. 20. Classes ending in 9 and 4 will be honored as well. A Mass will be held at 11 a.m. at St. Timothy Church, 1799 Warwick Ave., followed by lunch at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown. All SXA graduates are invited. Call Margaret at 401-232- 9006 with additional questions. REUNIONS the Johnston landfill, would be $1.6 million, $1.1 million of that in one- time improvements to trucks and equipment, and another $500,000 in annual costs. With a current price tag of $2.3 million for trash and recycling, it would effectively more than double the city's cost to dispose of waste, he said. Councilor Meghan Kallman ques- tioned the decision to include the one-time costs in the figure, saying it gives residents the wrong impression about the long-term costs of closing the facility. Earls responded that even with the $1.1 million in one-time costs taken out, that's still nearly $2 million in added costs. The combined extra price tag of nearly $3 million in year one would require a tax increase of about $250 on a $250,000 home, or about $1 on the tax rate. The maximum the city could raise taxes in one year is just under $4 million, which would mean about three-quarters of the allowed increase going to that one item. According to Earls and others, there are many tasks the DPW does on a daily basis that intersect with the transfer facility, which is why they're projecting much higher operational costs. The DPW currently uses the facility to dispose of litter from parks, trash from city buildings and outdoor recreation field bins, street sweepings, illegally dumped materials and tree trimmings, among others. Without the access to the transfer station, workers would have to take items to the Central Landfill, requir- ing "multiple trips by multiple pieces of equipment and personnel" and greater wear and tear on trucks, said Earls. None of those extra costs factor in the $2.5 million needed to address deficiencies at the facility as required by the state if it is to stay open. The cost of going back to a city-run transfer facility would be $1.3 million in year one and $1 million annually after that. That alternative has been proposed by Councilor Tim Rudd as a possible solution to the impasse over what to do with the facility. The cap and closure cost at the facility is estimated to be about $4.5 million. Members of the Grebien adminis- tration said with some 1,000 monthly trips to dispose of trash items, plus 50 trips to drop off yard waste and another 50 to drop mattresses and box springs. The city is currently responding to 10-20 calls for illegal dumping each week, said Commerce Director Jeanne Boyle, and they expect that number would rise if the facility closes, resulting in a reduc- tion in quality of life and setting the city back on its efforts to enhance enforcement efforts. Kallman and others noted that there's been little talk about the quali- ty of life for residents of the west side of the city where the transfer facility is located. Kallman said she'd like additional answers on who's culpable for what she described as 21 years of mismanagement at the facility. Rudd asked about next steps fol- lowing the Jan. 31 summit, noting that time is of the essence since a contract with private contractor Waste Connections is set to expire Feb. 28. Council President David Moran said the council may need to extend the contract again, as mem- bers need to digest what they learned last week and talk to the administra- tion further. This is a big decision to make, he said, and when it is made, it will be an "administrative function" of the Grebien administration. "At the best it's going to be a joint deci- sion," he said. "Stay tuned." Councilor Albert Vitali Jr. said he wants to make sure any decision made "doesn't cripple the taxpayers," saying he doesn't want the outcome here to jeopardize money for other items, including roads and schools. This decision should not be rushed, he said, and should be done "prop- erly and with caution." Grebien said Monday that his administration and the council are working together to find the most viable solution for the community. "Understanding that this is an extremely complex issue, we will continue to do our due diligence to look into all of the options in front of us," he said. "We would like to thank the council for having a productive meeting and look forward to con- tinue our collaboration." Several council members ques- tioned whether the private vendors at the transfer station have lived up to their contractual obligations to com- plete upgrades, asking Solicitor Frank Milos to analyze whether there might be some sort of liquidated damages due to the city for improvements not being done. TRANSFER From Page One Valentine's Day greeting card class at Pawtucket Library Feb. 13 PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Public Library, 13 Summer St., will hold a Valentine's Day Greeting Card Class on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. in the Woolley Conference Room. This is a free event and all the materials are included. Participants can make up to three Valentine's Day themed greeting cards. For more information, contact Natalie Coolen at 401-725-3714, ext. 231, or programs@pawtucketlibrary. org . In your time of need, The Valley Breeze will print your loved one's full obituary for a small charge. The paper also places the obituary on our web site, valleybreeze.com, as soon as it is provided to us by your family's funeral director. Notification to friends and neighbors is also made weekdays on WOON-AM radio announcements. Should you desire our services, kindly inform your funeral director. The full charge is $90, or $125 for lengthy obituaries, in the edition of your choice. You may place the obituary in any of our other editions for $50 each. Thank you. OBITUARIES 220 Cottage Street, Pawtucket 401-723-4035 Costigan-O'Neill Funeral Home • Offering personalized services and compassionate care for your family. • Pre-Arrangements can be made at any time to record your wishes. • We are available to meet you any day or night. John H. O' Neill www.OneillFuneralHomes.com 401-658-1155 Monument Manufacturers INDOOR SHOWROOM Cemetery Lettering 91 Pawtucket Ave., Rumford 401-434-4064 www.stanleygranite.com Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. • Sat. 9 a.m.-Noon STANLEY GRANITE CO.

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