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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 03-14-2019

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4 BLACKSTONE MARCH 14-20, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION BLACKSTONE – The Board of Selectmen last week approved its first host community agreement with a proposed recreational marijuana dispensary looking to set up shop on 1 Lloyd St. in the Millerville section of town. DDM Sales, the company propos- ing the store, approached town offi- cials last year about opening an adult- use dispensary in a building that currently houses Diamond Overhead Door behind the Bellingham, Mass. Stop & Shop. The host community agreement is a required step in the state licensing process that allows local officials to provide input on the proposal. Having secured a host community agreement, the company can now move forward with its appli- cation to the state Cannabis Control Commission, which has the ultimate authority to grant the business a license. According to Attorney Christopher Ryan, who is representing the appli- cant, the agreement mandates DDM Sales pay 3 percent of all gross sales to the town as a community impact fee along with an additional 2 per- cent of gross sales to be dedicated to infrastructure and public safety improvements on the Millerville side of town. The 2 percent, he said, was intended to address the needs of Millerville residents who shared concerns about public safety pres- ence during a community outreach meeting held at the Millerville Men's Club last month. During a meeting held Tuesday, March 5, Selectman Robert Dubois questioned whether the town could in fact earmark 2 percent of the funds for projects in Millerville. According to Town Counsel Patrick Costello, there have been questions in other areas of the state as to whether towns can legally request contributions from marijuana business above the 3 percent cap allowable by state law. The Cannabis Control Commission, he said, has so far declined to rule either way on the question, leaving local boards to continue to negotiate their own financial agreements with proposed businesses. "Their view is that towns negoti- ate these agreements at their risk," Costello told board members. "There's no clarity in that statute as it stands right now as to that cap or limit. As we read in the paper all the time, towns are continuing to negoti- ate agreements that include not only the 3 percent community impact fee but additional payments as well." Selectwoman Margo Bik ques- tioned the wisdom of signing an agreement that could potentially be overturned by state law in the future. The proposal also heard strong opposition from former town admin- istrator Daniel Doyle, who spoke out during the meeting as a member of the public and chairman of the board of the Blackstone Valley Boys and Girls Club. Doyle warned of the effects of marijuana on local youth and requested the board refrain from voting on any host community agreements before hearing from local police and fire personnel. "I would ask this board not to entertain any host agreement until there's more discussion about the societal impacts that this will have in our community," he said. The board voted 3-2 to approve the agreement, with Chairman Daniel Keefe and members Robert Dubois and Gerald Rivet voting in favor and members Margo Bik and Michael Catalano Jr. voting against. According to Ryan, the business has a projected annual gross income of $4 million to $6 million per year, resulting in a projected town contri- bution of $200,000 to $300,000 per year. Board members also heard from Gurpreet Kalra, the applicant for the second host community agreement currently under consideration in the town. Kalra, owner of the Family Grocer, had originally planned to put a recreational marijuana dispen- sary at the location of his store at 202 Main St., but decided to move the proposed dispensary to a build- ing he plans to purchase across the street in response to concerns from residents. During a community outreach meeting in November, residents shared concerns about the location's proximity to the Blackstone River Greenway. The new location, said Kalra, would no longer abut a playground and entrance to the bike path, though Doyle pointed out it would still remain in close proximity to the Blackstone Valley Boys and Girls Club. As the change is considered sub- stantial in nature, Kalra plans to resubmit his application using the new location at 199 Main St. A com- munity outreach meeting on the new proposed location will be held at the Blackstone Public Library on Tuesday, March 19, at 7 p.m. Board of Selectmen green lights first town marijuana dispensary By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer ABOUT US The Valley Breeze is a locally owned newspaper Office location: 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite #204, Lincoln, RI 02865 Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Closed weekends and holidays. Call us: 401-334-9555 Fax: 401-334-9994 Online: READER SERVICES DO YOU HAVE A STORY IDEA? Contact News Editor Pat Erickson at or call 401-334-9555, ext. 139. 24-hour, 7-day voice mail. ADVERTISING – Call your sales representative, or Publisher Tom Ward at 401-334-9555, ext. 123 or email: CLASSIFIEDS – Place ads at, or call 401-334-9555 during office hours. 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News aggregators that solicit advertising may not link North Smithfield Emergency Management Agency Training Opportunity: Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) (Course offered for area residents 18+) We will be having a meeting on March 30th @ 10 a.m. to discuss the upcoming CERT courses for the year 2019. Classes Will Be Held on Tuesday Nights April 2, 2019 - May 28, 2019 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. 575 Smithfield Road (Lower Level) North Smithfield, RI 02896 Capt. Jay Levenson - Instructor 401-230-9327 Or Contact EMA Office 401-767-2206 (Click CERT Tab) NORTH SMITHFIELD EMA 2019 CERT TRAINING CLASS TOWN OF NORTH SMITHFIELD OFFICE OF THE BUILDING AND ZONING OFFICIAL NORTH SMITHFIELD ZONING BOARD OF REVIEW HEARING-NOTICE Pursuant to the provisions of the North Smithfield Zoning Ordinance, the North Smithfield Zoning Board of Review will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 7 PM, at the Primrose Fire Station, 1470 Providence Pike, North Smithfield. The application by Ross and Ashley Burrell to construct an addition to the single family dwelling located at 21 Indigo Farm Road, plat 18 lot 73, for an accessory family dwelling unit as permitted under section 5.4.2 (2) of the Ordinance. The property is located in an R 65 zoning district. The applicants seeks relief from section (a)(2), which restricts the area of an accessory dwelling unit to 700 square feet. The applicants propose to construct an addition of living space containing 792 square feet with a deck containing 238 square feet. The relief requested totals 330 square feet. The applicants also seek a dimensional variance from the side yard requirements of section 5.5.1 which requires a side set back of 25 feet in the RA 65 district. The proposed addition will yield a 9 foot set back with a total of 16 feet of relief requested. Application materials and operating procedures of the Zoning Board of Review are available for review at the office of the Zoning Official, Town of North Smithfield Annex, 575 Smithfield Road, North Smith - field, RI during regular business hours. Individuals requesting interpreter services for the hearing impaired must call {401) 767-200 at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting date. LEGAL NOTICE Blackstone Nursing Home, 8 Butler St., Blackstone, MA 01504, is closed and will no longer participate in the Medicare Program (Title XVIII of the Social Security Act), effective 11/1/18. e agreement be- tween Blackstone Nursing Home and the Secretary of Health and Human Services has been terminated on 11/1/18, in accordance with the provisions of the Social Security Act. e Medicare program will not make payment for services furnished to patients who are admitted on or aer 11/1/18. For patients admitted prior to 11/1/18, payment may continue to be made for up to 30 days of inpatient services furnished on or aer 11/1/18. Tony Lacke, Administrator, Blackstone Nursing Home

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