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The North Providence Breeze 04-03-2019

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | APRIL 3-9, 2019 NORTH PROVIDENCE 7 NORTH PROVIDENCE – Leaders considered a number of remedies to address traffic issues on Spicer Street last week, hearing from police on what's being done and what could be done to address the situation. Councilor Stefano Famiglietti, chairman of the ordinance subcom- mittee, said officials are happy that Providence Bagel has made North Providence home, opening a second location for the company at the cor- ner of Mineral Spring Avenue and Spicer, but said leaders want to find an "appropriate balance between homes and businesses." Police presented a study of the road's traffic at a subcommittee meet- ing last Thursday, March 28. One of the solutions discussed to address traffic around Providence Bagel was resident-only parking signs, which had already been put up, said Famiglietti. Officials will see if those pro- vide a sufficient rem- edy to the problem. Famiglietti also offered the solution of banning through- traffic on Spicer Street, but police rec- ommended against that solution, so the committee tabled it. Officials also asked that new dou- ble yellow lines be painted on what is currently an unlined road to elimi- nate any confusion that it is, indeed, a road. Famiglietti said just about everyone at this point has seen the picture of the car parked sideways across the street, its driver apparently believing it to be parking for the res- taurant. The full Town Council was set to hear from the owner of Providence Bagel at a meeting Tuesday, April 2. Also at the March 28 meeting, committee members discussed with town employees about the possibil- ity of legislating through ordinance that utility companies doing work locally restore roads to the way they found them before they started tear- ing up asphalt. But Public Works Director Bernie Salvatore sent the board a letter saying that the town can resolve this issue without legis- lating anything. The DPW plans to use the permit process to add a layer of account- ability, with applicants being given standards to comply with as a condi- tion of getting the permit. The permit wouldn't be closed and the bond on the work wouldn't be returned until the work is done to those specifica- tions. The committee also: • Approved charter amendments requested by the Purchasing Board to streamline that board's work and making it easier to accommodate requests quickly and efficiently. • Postponed a discussion on changing zoning along Douglas Avenue to commercial use so Town Planner David Westcott and Council President Dino Autiello can be in on the discussion. Board maintains through-traffic on Spicer Street By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor FAMIGLIETTI NORTH PROVIDENCE – Councilor Ken Amoriggi says the Town Council should throw its full support behind Mayor Charles Lombardi and the newly formed nonprofit Marieville Neighborhood Partnership in asking National Grid to either sell or gift its properties in the neighborhood to the town or the nonprofit. The Town Council was set to dis- cuss Amoriggi's request at its meeting Tuesday night, April 2. At the top of the list for some members of the new Marieville Neighborhood Partnership is to purchase the abandoned National Grid property at 1 Charlotte St., just off Charles Street, and turn it into a community park. National Grid representatives have said they currently intend to hold onto the vacant Charlotte Street property, but have pledged to contin- ue working with Lombardi on plans for the area. Lombardi told The Breeze this week he's waiting to get together again with National Grid officials, saying he's hopeful they've reconsidered their stance on the property. Once the sides sit down, the property at 1 Charlotte St. "will be one of our pri- orities," he said. Lombardi previously indicated that he's looking to acquire a series of National Grid properties in the Marieville area to be used for poten- tial new recreation spaces. Amoriggi said he'd also like to see a small building fronting on the Charles Street side of the Charlotte Street property purchased as a sort of community center to go with a proposed park on the National Grid property, but acknowledged there might be some challenges in acquir- ing that as well. Lombardi said he would be reluc- tant to purchase the building, which was previously used as a community policing substation, due to its close proximity to busy Charles Street. Residents, officials target Marieville properties By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor This MODEL created by Marieville residents Ryan Conaty and Anthony Baldino offers one vision for what the National Grid property at 1 Charlotte St. could become if the town is able to pur- chase it. Rabies clinic at Gov. Notte Park Saturday NORTH PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association will hold a rabies clinic for cats, dogs and ferrets on Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Governor Notte Park recreation hall, 1801 Douglas Ave. The cost is $12, cash only. To be eligible for a three-year vaccine, owners must bring a rabies certifi- cate as proof of prior vaccination. Rabies tags are not considered proof of vaccination. Town residen- cy is not required for the clinic. Town collecting yard waste NORTH PROVIDENCE – Starting this week, the town is run- ning its spring cleanup program, with weekly pickup of yard waste running now through Dec. 15, or until the first large snowstorm. Yard waste must be in biodegrad- able bags or containers marked "yard waste only." Call 401-719- 1610 with questions. IN BRIEF CharterCare Foundation offers nursing scholarship NORTH PROVIDENCE – The CharterCare Foundation is now accepting applications from Rhode Island students for nursing scholar- ships. Applicants may be current high school seniors or already enrolled in an accredited R.I. institution majoring in nursing. For details, visit www.chartercarefoundation. org . You can place a Classified Ad anytime at Click on 'Classifieds' do you know? David A. 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