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The North Providence Breeze 02-13-2019

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2 PAWTUCKET FEBRUARY 13-19, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION Book Club will celebrate Latino Authors Saturday PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Library, 13 Summer St., will host the program Celebrating with Latino Authors: A Book Club for Kids on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The club will discuss the book "Stella Díaz Has Something to Say," by Angela Dominguez. Read the book with friends, family or on your own and attend the book club to talk about your favorite part, answer trivia questions and do an activity/craft. Children who join the book club will receive a free copy of the book while supplies last. The program is recommended for students in grades 3-5. Registration is required. For more information, call 401- 725-3714, ext. 208, or email mcot- to@pawtucketlibrary.org . CACD will hold singing audition Sunday PAWTUCKET – Capeverdean American Community Development will hold auditions for Tudo Mundo Canta (All the World Sings) USA on Sunday, Feb. 17, from 2 to 5 p.m., at CACD, 120 High St. The singing audition is open to ages 15 and older. First prize is $2,000 and one EP with four tracks. For more information, call 401- 753-2368 or visit http://cacd. nationbuilder.com . PAWTUCKET – The burden of paying for the expensive third phase of the state's Combined Sewer Overflow Abatement Project should not be placed squarely at the feet of city ratepayers who can ill-afford to fund such a project, says Mayor Donald Grebien. According to a report last week by WPRI, more than two-thirds of the Narragansett Bay Commission's accounts are in the communities of Providence, Pawtucket and North Providence. The average household's sewer bill will climb 23 percent to help pay for this third phase of the planned underground project, from $480 a year in 2016 to $588 in 2025, before falling gradually after that. Additional municipal infrastructure upgrades would boost those sewer bills to $643, according to the news station. The $765 million third phase of the project, meant to keep polluted water from flowing into the Narragansett Bay, features construction of lengthy tunnels some 300 feet underground in Pawtucket, Providence and Central Falls. Also planned is a new Pawtucket pump station to serve the 13,000-foot tunnel to be built under the city. One of the biggest and most expen- sive projects in state history, says General Treasurer Seth Magaziner, steps need to be taken to ensure that the work doesn't push ratepayers into poverty. Grebien said the analysis of the project's impact on NBC ratepayers was completed in the CSO (Combined Sewer Overflow) Control Facilities Phase 3 Amended Re-evaluation Report of November 2017. The infrastructure improvements are needed, he said, but "the needs should not impose a financial burden on Pawtucket rate- payers. I join Treasurer Magaziner in his call for the need for a progressive approach to this matter. We cannot allow those who can least afford it, elderly on fixed income and residents with modest incomes, shoulder the burden of hundreds of millions of dol- lars." While the rate increase is allegedly only tied to the tunnel, "all munici- palities should be concerned about the impacts of the proposed sale of Providence's water supply by the city of Providence to NBC," Grebien added. "Ratepayers across northern Rhode Island, especially those who are financially stressed, should not be asked to bail out Providence. The resi- dents we serve are burdened all too often with hidden increases and fees." Grebien said his administration is watching this situation carefully "and will advocate to protect the Pawtucket residents and all ratepayers." NBC and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management last week announced a consent agreement including the cen- terpiece initiative of building a deep rock tunnel in Pawtucket and Central Falls to capture storm-related sew- age overflows and transport them to NBC's Bucklin Point wastewater treat- ment facility in East Providence. The first two phases of NBC's CSO project went online in 2008 and 2014, and have captured and treated more than 10 billion gallons of storm-related sewage. As a result of the success of those two phases, RIDEM revised shellfish- ing closure rules in 2017, removing the "conditional" status from Area B, an area north of Providence Point and south of Rocky Point that had restricted harvesting based on rainfall for 70 years, and significantly relaxed the rainfall-related closure criteria in Conditional Area A, a highly produc- tive shellfishing area north of Rocky Point and south of Conimicut Point. According to the news release, in consideration of the costs associated with the estimated $765 million proj- ect, the consent agreement extends the construction timeline for phase three "in a fiscally responsible manner to try to mitigate the impacts to NBC's 80,000 rate-paying customers while also ensuring significant improvements to water quality." "This agreement is another giant step forward in our decades-long effort to clean up our rivers and Narragansett Bay," said RIDEM Director Janet Coit. "By addressing the weaknesses in our antiquated infra- structure, we continue reducing the sewage and other pollutants that wash into our waters during storm events. Rhode Islanders deserve to enjoy all the benefits of a clean bay." Grebien: We must protect ratepayers in face of tunnel project By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com GREBIEN IN BRIEF Library will be closed Monday PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Public Library, 13 Summer St., will be closed on Monday, Feb. 18, in observance of Presidents Day. The library's Passport Acceptance Office will also be closed for the day. Visit the library's website, www. pawtucketlibrary.org, to get home- work help, chat with a live tutor, see historical photos, download e-books, learn a language and more. The Valley Breeze distributes almost 9,200 papers in Pawtucket every Wednesday? do you know? Do you know someone celebrating a March Birthday? 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