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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 05-23-2019

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MAY 23-29, 2019 NORTH SMITHFIELD 3 An article and photo caption in the May 16 issue of The Valley Breeze misspelled the name of the North Smithfield High School valedictorian. Her name is Morgan Kruzan, not Moran Kruzan. CORRECTION NORTH SMITHFIELD – After the announcement that David Gold had sold a 144-acre parcel to a solar developer drew criticism from some residents who wanted the town to purchase the land as open space, town officials responded this week, saying there's still a possibility the land could come under town owner- ship. Though Gold did not provide details of the purchase, several town officials have told The Valley Breeze the town was recently approached by Anthony DelVicario, a solar developer who operates under the name Rhode Island Renewable Energy, about devel- oping a 10-megawatt solar facil- ity on the property. According to Town Administrator Gary Ezovski, DelVicario has expressed interest in donating the use of a portion of the property to the town as part of the benefits to be discussed during the citing process. "The portion of the land that he does not use – and it happens to be the portion of the land that has the most historic significance – would be donated to the town immediately," said Ezovski. In addition, he said, DelVicario has expressed interest in donat- ing the remaining portion of the property when the solar facility has reached the end of its lifespan. Most solar applications include a plan for decommissioning after about 25 years of use. "So the ultimate circumstance would be, yeah, it takes some time, but immediately we get a big chunk of the land as it relates I think to the historic issues, and in the long run, we get all of the land for nothing," said Ezovski. John Mancini, the attorney repre- senting DelVicario, confirmed the developer's plans and added the land earmarked for a conservation easement encompasses 60 acres on the northeast section of the property adjacent to Tarkiln Pond. Rhode Island Renewable Energy, he said, is currently developing engineering plans with DiPrete Engineering and hopes to submit a formal application to the town within the next 30 days. "We're excited about it. We think it's going to be a great project," he said. The 144-acre parcel off Mattity Road has been a subject of town debate since at least 2008, when town officials first began discussing a possible purchase of the land with property owner Gold. Earlier this month, Gold announced he'd sold the land to a solar developer after receiving an offer from the town to purchase the prop- erty for $800,000, far below the $1.95 mil- lion asking price. Town Council President Paul Vadenais defended that offer in com- ments to The Breeze last week, explaining a recent assessment on the property commissioned by the town came back at only $600,360, less than a third of the asking price. The deci- sion to offer $800,000, he said, was made unanimously by town coun- cilors. "I think we made a good faith offer, and it was unanimous, and it was 30 percent higher than the value of the property," he said. Vadenais also defended the coun- cil's decision to discuss the proposal in closed session, a decision that drew criticism from several residents frustrated with what they saw as a lack of transparency on the matter. "I don't think you negotiate strate- gies or issues in open session. Why would you tell everyone what you're going to do it you're trying to negoti- ate a price?" he said. Former Town Council President John Beauregard also shed light on the history of the property in a let- ter to the editor addressed to The Breeze this week. In 2017, he said, he and Council Vice President Paul Zwolenski approached Mark DePasquale of Green Development about developing a portion of the property for solar in order to pay off an open space bond that would have been used to purchase the property. The company was not interested in developing the property, but Beauregard stated he had hoped payments from a separate Green Development project, a proposed solar farm off Iron Mine Hill Road, would be used to fund the purchase. With the Gold property now sold, town leaders will have to decide how they want to spend those pay- ments if the Iron Mine Hill Road project receives final approvals, he noted. "This money can do great things if it is earmarked properly," he said. Town officials: Gold property not off the table yet By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com EZOVSKI Town-wide yard sale will be held June 1 NORTH SMITHFIELD – The town of North Smithfield will hold its annual town-wide yard sale to benefit the North Smithfield Food Pantry on Saturday, June 1. Residents can participate by hold- ing an individual or multi-family yard sale at their homes. When they register with the Town Clerk, their location will be listed on the town web site and in publicity, so that interested shoppers will have their location. Residents who want to take part must go to the Clerk's office at the Town Annex, 575 Smithfield Road, to obtain a yard sale permit for $5. Residents are encouraged to make a contribution to the town's Food Pantry at the same time. Yard sale addresses will be listed for permits obtained before noon on Friday, May 24. If anyone has feedback on how to improve the upcoming event, con- tact Town Hall at 401-767-2200, ext. 301. BEAUREGARD Valley Breeze offices to close for Memorial Day HOLIDAY DEADLINES The Valley Breeze office in Lincoln will be close on Monday, May 27, 2019 in observance of Memorial Day. The news display advertising deadline will move forward to Friday, May 24 at 3 p.m. The classified line advertising deadline will remain Tuesday, May 28 at Noon. CA$H MOB We know you want to buy local, so come to our "CA$H MOB" and meet new people and, most of all, HAVE FUN!! 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