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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 05-22-2019

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MAY 22-28, 2019 PAWTUCKET / THE VALLEY 5 PAWTUCKET – Implementation of the city's new red light and school speed camera traffic ticket- ing system is significantly behind due to all the rain the city saw in April and early May, say city offi- cials. They now anticipate that a 30-day probationary period for the red light cameras will begin in the next week or two. The 30-day warning period for the speeding cameras in school zones will now likely begin at the start of the next school year. None of the locations previously announced for the cameras have changed, said Wilder Arboleda, spokesman for Mayor Donald Grebien. The contract with the outside company set to run the program, the Sensys Gatso Group, also hasn't changed. "The major change is the tim- ing," he said. Cameras have been installed at both Curtis Elementary and Varieur Elementary, though those are not live. Many of the poles for the cameras were installed at selected locations and installation of cameras began last week. "The city continues to ensure that the public is informed of the incoming traffic camera safety pro- gram through a number of ways including an insert sent out with the water bills, advertisements, and a 30-day grace period that will be held before tickets are issued," said Arboleda. "The public can expect that we will continue this transpar- ent process as the cameras come online." City officials maintain that this is a traffic safety program, with similar camera systems around the world credited for helping reduce accidents and injuries. They say it's important to establish more consistent monitoring of trouble areas, particularly around schools, as complaints continue to pour in about poor driver behavior. Representatives for the Sensys Gatso say fewer people are injured or die in accidents when cameras are in place. They're promising a "more harmonized environment" with better quality of life for resi- dents. In addition to cameras near Curtis (Benefit Street) and Varieur (Pleasant Street), two cameras will go between Potter-Burns Elementary and Goff Middle School on Newport Avenue, and another near Nathanael Greene Elementary on Smithfield Avenue. Red light cameras are going in at the intersections of Armistice Boulevard and Newport Avenue (two cameras), School Street and Division Street (two cameras), Cottage Street and Newport Avenue (one camera), Thurston Street, Lonsdale Avenue and Main Street (one camera), and Smithfield Avenue and Mineral Spring Avenue (one camera). According to the contract signed in December, the company will receive a fixed fee of $1,800 per red light camera per month, plus $15.40 for each $95 notice of vio- lation issued. On speed cameras, the fixed fee will be $2,500 month- ly, plus $7.30 for each $50 notice of violation. That monthly fee won't have to be paid during sum- mer when school is not in session. City Council members have said they want regular updates on the program over a five-year contract with the company, particularly on potential increases to traffic on nearby roads that don't have the cameras. City's delayed red light camera program now days away By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com BVP Special Education Advisory Committee meeting Tuesday CUMBERLAND – The next Blackstone Valley Prep Special Education Advisory Committee meet- ing will be on Tuesday, May 28, at the high school, 65 Macondray St., from 6 to 7 p.m. This special presentation is pro- vided by one of the school's social workers and school psychologist on supporting children with anxiety. Discussions will take place on how schools and families can support and provide the best continuity of care for children experiencing anxiety in school, the community and at home. For more information, contact HYPERLINK "mailto:SEAC@ blackstonevalleyprep.org" \t "_blank" SEAC@blackstonevalleyprep.org. IN BRIEF Gusetti, Tillinghast announced as Blackstone Society winners PAWTUCKET – The Blackstone Valley Tourism Council has announced the newest members chosen for the William Blackstone Society for 2019. The two inductees are Bruce Tillinghast, Pawtucket preservation- ist and former chef/owner of New Rivers in Providence, and Russ Gusetti, executive director of the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland and a board member of the RI Music Hall of Fame in Pawtucket. The 34th annual Awards Celebration of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council will be held on Sept. 26, at the Twin River Event Cen ter, 100 Twin River Road, Lincoln, at noon. The new members will be inducted at that time. Read more about the winners in next week's edition of The Valley Breeze.

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