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The North Providence Breeze 04-10-2019

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | APRIL 10-16, 2019 NORTH PROVIDENCE 5 NORTH PROVIDENCE – Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza's announcement last week that he was pulling the plug on a plan to privatize Providence's water supply was good news for rate- payers in North Providence, said Mayor Charles Lombardi this week. Anyone with business sense knows the bot- tom line here was that if a private company were to purchase the water supply for up to $400 mil- lion, "someone's going to pay," said Lombardi, who was a vocal opponent of the privatization plan throughout the process. "Everyone's been opposed to it," he said. "This was not the right thing to do." Lombardi said he didn't care about the politics of the proposal, "but our ratepayers were definitely going to pay more money." Just the same as someone who buys a car for $30,000 shouldn't expect to pay nothing for it, the buyer of the water supply was going to need to find the money for its purchase somewhere, said Lombardi. "This is the best news that the ratepayers of North Providence could have heard from the city of Providence," he said. "Who else is going to pay besides the ratepayers?" Asking local communities serviced by the Providence Water Supply Board "to pay for Providence's financial woes was not fair," he said. "This is all about the taxpayers in the town having to pay more for water service." The Providence Water Supply Board continues to be run very well, and town leaders get along great with those who run it, said Lombardi. "Why would you fix something that's not broke?" he said. Facing mounting pressure against his proposal last week, Elorza scrapped his plan to monetize the water supply, asking that legislators' bills that would have enabled the plan be pulled off the table. He said the city would no longer try to sell or lease the water supply as a way to fund a $1.1 bil- lion unfunded pension liability. The Narragansett Bay Commission had expressed inter- est in purchasing the water supply in the Scituate Reservoir, which sends water to various communi- ties through the Providence Water Supply Board. The value of the supply, which brings water to about 60 percent of the state, has been pegged at about $400 million. The Providence Water Supply Board is prohibited from making a profit off its sale of the water to other cities and towns. Elorza conceded last week that the plan had many roadblocks in the way of actually pulling it off, noting the concerns expressed on finances, logistics and the environ- ment, among others. The Providence Water Supply Board serves customers in Providence, North Providence, Cranston, Johnston and parts of Smithfield. Lombardi: End of water privatization effort good for town ratepayers By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com 'This is the best news that the ratepayers of North Providence could have heard from the city of Providence.' MAYOR CHARLES LOMBARDI North Providence Place your classified ad online at classifieds.valleybreeze.com IN BRIEF Centredale School names Feinstein Jr. Scholars NORTH PROVIDENCE – The following students have been named Feinstein Jr. Scholars for March at Centredale School: Sophia Hughes, Daibah Karweh, Zoey Varr, Olivia Depina, Aaliyah Wilson, Rhylie Maples, Jeremiah Navedo, Aislynn Calderon, Marie Sans Souci, Sophia DePrisco, Ayden Medeiros, Kenadee Houle. Enjoy the Local Flavor 1113 Mineral Spring Avenue Across from Stop & Shop in North Providence Offer expires 4/25/19. Plus tax. Valid at 1113 Mineral Spring Avenue location only. While supplies last. One coupon per visit. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion. Offer expires 4/25/19. Plus tax. Valid at 1113 Mineral Spring Avenue location only. While supplies last. One coupon per visit. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion. Hot Medium Coffee 99 ¢ HAPPY HOUR 4 P.M. TO CLOSE ~ 99¢ MEDIUM REGULAR COFFEE OR TEA - HOT/ICED 99 ¢ 99 ¢ Cinnamon Stick Egg and Cheese Breakfast Wrap Offer expires 4/25/19. Plus tax. Valid at 1113 Mineral Spring Avenue location only. While supplies last. One coupon per visit. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion. Offer expires 4/25/19. Plus tax. Valid at 1113 Mineral Spring Avenue location only. While supplies last. One coupon per visit. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion. 99 ¢ Muffins Custom Cedar PVC Vinyl Aluminum Steel 401-769-2575 fax 401-766-2956 www.nsfenceri.com 375 Saint Paul Street, North Smithfield, RI RI Contractor's Reg. #6112 Fully Insured COMPLETE LINE OF RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL FENCING Your Official Eastern Illusions Dealer Since 2005 FENCING MATERIALS AVAILABLE FOR THE DO-IT-YOURSELF INSTALL Chain Link: Galvanized & Vinyl Coated Gates Happy Easter Please support these Valley

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