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The Valley Breeze & Observer 02-07-2019

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4 SMITHFIELD FEBRUARY 7-13, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER SMITHFIELD – New Town Council President Suzy Alba said during her own state of the town address Tuesday that the upcoming budget process is going to be "one of the toughest ones that Smithfield has seen in a long time." Alba said the difficulty is a result of the reduction of $1.5 million in state aid and the potential debt service payment associated with the $45 mil- lion elementary school reconfigura- tion bond and $4.5 million fire sta- tion bond. Alba said elected officials must scrutinize municipal finances and make adjustments to the budget to minimize impact to the taxpayer. "Every dollar that is saved is one less dollar that our taxpayers have to be burdened with," she said. "I do want to be clear, however, that no funding decisions have been made at this time and the allocations for the school budget have not been presented or finalized," Alba said. She said her answer to combatting a problematic budget is to create new business opportunities in town to expand the tax base. She said the Economic Development Commission is working to make Smithfield a more business-friendly community. "We need to collectively think out of the box and create economic opportunities wherever possible so that we can continue to offer the quality of services that you deserve and continue to make Smithfield the wonderful com- munity that we all call home," Alba said. She said the town is aiming to streamline the process of registering, licensing and fees to new and existing businesses and will amend ordinances to do so. The town also updated a guide to starting a business in Smithfield. Alba cautioned that developing a broader commercial base needs to be done responsibly. She said to work within financial restrictions, town departments need to continue to work together, and not against each other. "I would like to assure everyone in this room that this will continue to be a council that continues to work collaboratively and collectively in order to achieve what is best for resi- dents of our great community," Alba said. Alba plans to recognize the good deeds done by community mem- bers in what she's calling the new Smithfield Samaritan Program. The council will select an individual or business going above and beyond with good deeds to be celebrated and honored each month during council meetings. "People do a lot of good things that we don't know about," she said. Alba: We must save every dollar possible, promote business By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com ALBA 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. IN BRIEF The Foster Town Council will hold a Public Hearing on February 14, 2019 at 7:00 PM at the Captain Isaac Paine School, 160 Foster Center Road, Foster RI 02825 relative to amending Foster Code of Ordinances. There are changes to Chapter 8. Animals. Article III. Dogs. Division 1. GENERALLY, Division 2. IMPOUNDMENT, and Division 4. RABIES CONTROL: Add text to Division 1. GENERALLY Sec. 8-71. Definitions. for Animal Control Officer and Restraint. Replace text and fine amounts for Division 2. IMPOUNDMENT Section 8-102. Redemption; fees and fines. Replace text for Section 8-103. Classification and disposition of unclaimed dogs. Delete Division 4. RABIES CONTROL. Sec. 8-154 and delete last sentence of text in Sec. 8-155. All interested persons are invited to attend the Public Hearing and be heard. Modifications to the proposal may occur as a result of the comments received during the hearing or as a result of further study. The application can be reviewed at Town Hall at 181 Howard Hill Road in the office of the Town Clerk during normal business hours. Individuals requiring interpreter service must notify the Town Clerk's Office at (401) 392-9200 at least 72 hours in advance of the hearing date. By order of the Town Council Denise DiFranco, President NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TOWN OF FOSTER TOWN COUNCIL AMENDMENT TO CODE OF ORDINANCES February 14, 2019, 7:00 PM CAPTAIN ISAAC PAINE SCHOOL, 160 FOSTER CENTER ROAD The Foster Town Council will hold a Public Hearing on February 14, 2019 at 7:00 PM in the Captain Isaac Paine Elementary School, 160 Foster Center Road, Foster RI 02825 relative to amending Foster Code of Ordinances. There are changes to Chapter 38. Zoning. Article VI. Supplementary Regulations. Sec. 38-292. Solar installations. (c) Major solar installation. and Sec. 38-191. Table of uses. potentially prohibiting Major Solar Installations in commercial zones: Changes include requiring all major solar installations to obtain major land development approval rather than smaller projects (not minor solar installations) only needing minor land development approval, adding year-round opaque terrain masking to the required vegetated buffer, adding a required landscaping performance bond for at least 5 years with third party cost estimates agreed to by Town and applicant, and requiring third party cost estimates for decommissioning bond agreed to by Town and applicant. Possible change to Sec. 38-191. Table of uses. to change Service industries 6. Major solar installations from special use permit to prohibited use in NC neighborhood commercial, and GBM General business – Mixed use. All interested persons are invited to attend the Public Hearing and be heard. Modifications to the proposal may occur as a result of the comments received during the hearing or as a result of further study. The application can be reviewed at Town Hall at 181 Howard Hill Road in the office of the Town Clerk during normal business hours. Individuals requiring interpreter service must notify the Town Clerk's Office at (401) 392-9200 at least 72 hours in advance of the hearing date. By order of the Town Council Denise DiFranco, President NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TOWN OF FOSTER TOWN COUNCIL AMENDMENT TO ZONING ORDINANCES February 14, 2019, 7:00 PM CAPTAIN ISAAC PAINE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 160 FOSTER CENTER ROAD The Foster Town Council will hold a Public Hearing on February 14, 2019 at 7:00 PM in the Captain Isaac Paine Elementary School, 160 Foster Center Road, Foster RI 02825 relative to amending Foster Code of Ordinances. There are changes to Chapter 38. Zoning. Article I. In General Sec. 38-2 Definitions, and Article IV. Uses Sec. 38-191. Table of uses, and Article VI. Supplementary Regulations. Sec. 38-293. There may be discussion on recreational marijuana in addition: Adding to Sec. 38-2. Definitions. for Compassion center, Licensed Cultivator, Licensed Non-residential cooperative cultivation, Licensed Residential cooperative cultivation, Medical Marijuana Emporium, Residential caregiver cultivation, and Residential personal cultivation. Adding to Sec. 38-191. Table of uses. for Medical Marijuana –Compassion Center to be prohibited in all zones except allowed by right in GBM General business – Mixed use. Licensed Cultivator to be prohibited in all zones except allowed by right in GBM General business – Mixed use., and by special use permit in AR agricultural/residential. Medical Marijuana Emporium to be prohibited in all zones except allowed by right in GBM General business – Mixed use. Non-Residential Cooperative Cultivation to be prohibited in all zones except allowed by right in GBM General business – Mixed use. Residential Cultivation to be prohibited in all zones except allowed by special use permit in AR agricultural/residential. Residential Caregiver Cultivation is allowed by right in all zoning districts. Residential Personal Cultivation is allowed by right in all zoning districts. Add to Sec. 38-293. Medical marijuana uses. to regulate under Article VI. Supplementary Regulations. All interested persons are invited to attend the Public Hearing and be heard. Modifications to the proposal may occur as a result of the comments received during the hearing or as a result of further study. The application can be reviewed at Town Hall at 181 Howard Hill Road in the office of the Town Clerk during normal business hours. Individuals requiring interpreter service must notify the Town Clerk's Office at (401) 392-9200 at least 72 hours in advance of the hearing date. By order of the Town Council Denise DiFranco, President NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TOWN OF FOSTER TOWN COUNCIL AMENDMENT TO ZONING ORDINANCES FEBRUARY 14, 2019, 7:00 PM CAPTAIN ISAAC PAINE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 160 FOSTER CENTER ROAD Place your classified ad online at valleybreeze.adperfect.com

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