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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 04-18-2019

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NO. SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET | VALLEY BREEZE | APRIL 18-24, 2019 WOONSOCKET / NO. SMITHFIELD 7 Zoning change will stand after council overrides veto WOONSOCKET – A controver- sial zoning amendment that gives the City Council greater control over local zoning decisions will stand after a majority of councilors voted to override Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt's veto of the measure this week. The amendment, officially approved by the council earlier this month, alters the city's zoning ordi- nance to require council approval of any municipal, state or federal use. While the change would not apply retroactively to the project, both supporters and opponents acknowl- edged it stemmed from a dispute over a controversial zoning decision by city Zoning Official Carl Johnson that allowed RISE Prep Mayoral Academy to move into a new build- ing at 30 Cumberland St. earlier this month. Baldelli-Hunt expressed her disap- proval of the measure in an April 10 veto letter. "After careful consideration, review and consultation with learned practi- tioners in the area of zoning, I have come to the conclusion that I must veto (ordinance)19 O 05 as it is an unlawful attempt by the City Council to usurp the power of the zoning official and the administrative boards that are charged by state statutes with review and approval of land use and development," she wrote. On Monday, coun- cilors who voted for the measure reaf- firmed their support for the decision, vot- ing to override the mayor's veto in a 5-2 vote. Councilor John Ward added that he intended to propose additional measures in the future that would further clarify what types of institutions qualify as "public" and "semi-public" uses, a distinction at the heart of the debate over RISE Prep, a publicly funded charter school. "I think historically, the distinc- tion has been self-evident," he said. "However, that distinction or line seems to have been blurred, so with the passage of this ordinance I think I will immediately be following up with another that will separate gov- ernmental use from nonprofit use." Councilors who voted to override the veto included Ward, Council President Daniel Gendron, Councilor Jon Brien, Councilor James Cournoyer and Councilor Denise Sierra. Councilors David Soucy and Julia Brown, who voted against the original measure, continued to express opposition and supported the mayor's veto. Per city ordinance, an override vote requires the support of at least five councilors to pass. By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com WARD For his Eagle Scout project, CAMERON MARTIN, a mem- ber of Troop 1139 Slatersville, planned, fundraised, orga- nized and executed construction of two welcome signs located in North Smithfield. The first sign welcomes people to the village of Primrose, and the other welcomes people to the village of Forestdale. Martin is a sophomore at North Smithfield High School.

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