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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 04-24-2019

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4 PAWTUCKET / THE VALLEY APRIL 24-30, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION to others established in neighbor- ing Providence, where people can share rides. In Providence, bicycles are returned to specific locations while scooters can be left anywhere to be picked up by someone using an app. An outside company would pro- vide the program if desired, said Arboleda, renting out scooters and bicycles to anyone who wants to use them. There are many benefits to pro- viding additional modes of trans- portation, he said, including greater exercise opportunities, an economic boost, and generally bringing more life to local streets that might other- wise not get a lot of car traffic. Companies do not have to respond through a bid process, as the proposed change to the ordinance would authorize DPW Director Eric Earls or anyone else filling the position to review a per- mit application and approve it. "As long as they go through application and abide by the nec- essary rules set forth by the city, they would be allowed to do it," Arboleda said. "Theoretically you could have more than one com- pany apply." The ordinance change headed to the City Council at its meet- ing tonight, April 24, removes a blanket prohibition on people rid- ing vehicles on public sidewalks or other rights of way, inserting the following wording: "... except upon the filing of a permit applica- tion and a finding by the director of public works that the proposed obstruction does not unduly hin- der the free flow of pedestrian and vehicular traffic. The director of public works is authorized to pro- mulgate regulations to affect the intent hereof." The Grebien administration is asking the council to refer the mat- ter to its ordinance subcommittee for further review. In Providence, scooters from two companies, Bird and Lime, returned to city streets last October. That came two months after the city issued new policies on the pro- gram, requiring $1-per-day fees to the city for each scooter. Arboleda said Pawtucket would not gain revenue from these pro- grams, as the companies would own the scooters and bicycles and would charge for their use. Scooter and bike programs would likely be allowed on all Pawtucket streets under the plan, said Arboleda. SCOOTERS From Page One "They get opened all at once after the deadline," said Sheaff. He was giving no indication about how many proposals have come in. Zelazo said it's become abundant- ly clear over the past six months or so that there is plenty of interest from professional sports teams and other companies interested in rede- veloping the McCoy site and other parcels once the Pawtucket Red Sox leave for Massachusetts in two years. Though the McCoy site isn't included in a federal opportunity zone, other downtown sites included in the joint request for proposals are, he said, which has prompted significant interest. The city is "eagerly awaiting" offi- cial proposals, said Zelazo, and is looking forward to seeing what ben- efit the proposals could bring to the city's economic development efforts. Local officials are grateful to rep- resentatives from the state and the R.I. Commerce Corp. for their work on the project, particularly including the downtown parcels, he said. Grebien previously said his administration pushed hard to expand the current request for pro- posals for reuse of McCoy to the downtown area and the site of the former Memorial Hospital. "We wanted to ensure that we took full advantage of the opportu- nity of bringing new use to McCoy and the redevelopment sites in Pawtucket," he said two weeks ago. Once the bids are opened, city and state officials will begin the process of evaluating them, and are planning to jointly select the best proposal. Proposals could include just McCoy or other sites, and the pos- sibility of choosing multiple bidders has not been ruled out. MCCOY From Page One Stop & Shop reopens after strike ends Workers from local Stop & Shop stores were back at work Monday morning following the announce- ment of a deal between the United Food and Commercial Workers and the company the night before. Workers had been on strike for more than a week, protesting what they saw as unfair treatment by the New England grocery chain. The strike had proven one of the most effective of all time as many thou- sands of customers refused to cross picket lines and instead flooded other grocery stores, leading to long lines. Some Dave's stores were reporting up to double the business during the strike. Stop & Shop spokeswoman Jennifer Brogan issued a statement after the announcement of a tenta- tive three-year deal, which needed ratification by all the local unions representing 31,000 workers. "We are pleased to announce Stop & Shop has reached fair new tenta- tive agreements (with the unions)," she said. "We're also glad to have our associates return to work as the strike has ended." The deal agreed to, said Brogan, calls for: • Increased pay for all associates; • Continued excellent health cover- age for eligible associates; • And ongoing defined benefit pen- sion benefits for all eligible associ- ates. Workers were going to immedi- ately start restocking shelves, but rep- resentatives for the store said it might be some time before full operations are restored. "The agreement preserves health care and retirement benefits, pro- vides wage increases, and maintains time-and-a-half pay on Sunday for current members," said the local unions in a joint statement, claiming a "powerful victory" for hardworking employees. Still to be determined is how much of a long-term impact the strike has on customer shopping habits. Jewelry sale at Trash or Treasure Shop Saturday PAWTUCKET – The Trash or Treasure Shop of the Church of the Good Shepherd has extended its costume jewelry sale through Saturday, April 27. The shop is located at the church, 490 Broadway, and is open every Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Senior Center will hold Sock Hop Friday PAWTUCKET – The Leon Mathieu Senior Center, 420 Main St., will hold a Sock Hop with music provided by D.J. Martini on Friday, April 26, at 12:30 p.m. Seniors are encouraged to wear '50s attire. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free. For more information, call 401-728- 7582. 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