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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 05-15-2019

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2 PAWTUCKET MAY 15-21, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION PAWTUCKET – The City Council last week agreed to the Planning Department's request to get the ball rolling on fur- ther development of the Conant Thread District around a coming new train station. Prior to approv- ing new zoning parameters, the council first stripped out an afford- able housing component. Councilor Tim Rudd was the lone no on the votes. Councilor Meghan Kallman, who has been vocal about keep- ing the pieces of the ordinances together and considering them as one, said she was satisfied to see the "crucial" matter of affordable housing will still be considered, with a roadmap to address it this summer. Director of Commerce Jeanne Boyle had made the request for the council to approve the major- ity of zoning for the district, saying the city doesn't want to hold up or jeopardize development projects that have sensitive timelines for funding. In addition to a 10 percent requirement for affordable hous- ing within the TOD district, said Councilor Terry Mercer, there's also been talk about an expanded affordable housing mandate else- where in the city. This is not the end of the discussion but a sort of beginning, he said. Councilor John Barry III said he doesn't want to see any zoning that displaces longtime residents or causes harm to the area. The item stripped out for further considering would have required 10 percent affordable units within developments of 20 or more resi- dential units. Affordable housing units must meet the definition of low and moderate income housing. The council also voted to remove two properties from the zone at the request of their own- ers: • The Samuel J. Ladd House LLC at 73 Park Place. • And the William E. Coyle Jr. & Association building at 389 Main St. The issue of promoting a mix of incomes for residents of the Conant Thread District has become a hot topic in recent weeks, as housing advocates and others have emphasized the need to avoid gentrification, or forcing out of those at lower incomes, around the coming train station. Council approves train station zoning, minus affordable component By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor PAWTUCKET – Last week's announcement that the city will receive another $1.9 million loan through the Rhode Infrastructure Bank to resurface local roadways marked another milestone in a part- nership between the two entities. Jeffrey Diehl, CEO and executive director of the Infrastructure Bank, says the quasi-public agency has now invested $158.7 million in financing and investments for Pawtucket over the past 30 years, including $18.5 million to pave roads over the past few years. The estimated interest savings on that $18.5 million because the city went through the agency is $2 mil- lion, making dollars stretch further. In addition to the road money, the city has also borrowed $135.4 million to improve drinking water, $3.9 mil- lion for energy efficiency upgrades, and $865,000 in other projects. That's part of a $302 million invest- ment in local communities by the City continues to borrow through Infrastructure Bank, saves big money By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See INFRASTRUCTURE, Page 12 City will run bin inspections after $61,000 in unexpected costs PAWTUCKET – The Department of Public Works is reminding residents of the city's recycling ordinance as officials make plans to run inspections on bins to minimize rejected loads and addi- tional unforeseen costs. Over the last nine months, the city has paid an additional $61,000 in unforeseen charges due to rejected loads, states a release. "Every time a load is rejected the city is fined $250, and then there is the cost of the weighted material now going as waste at an average of $282 for a total of $532 for each rejected load," said Public Works Business Manager Richard Karsulavitch. "If we continue on this path, we as a city are looking at $75,000 in additional expenses this year that could have been averted with proper recycling techniques." In response to these additional costs, the DPW will be out enforcing the city charter on recycling. Recycling bins will be inspected throughout the city for proper recycling and compliance. An orange sticker will be left on the container stating that the contents must be corrected before the following col- lection two weeks later, where it will be re-inspected for compliance. 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