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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 06-06-2019

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WOONSOCKET – The City Council passed a $145.9 million budget by a unani- mous vote Monday night, wrapping up the city's bud- get process a month earlier than in previous years. The final budget includes a $55.8 million tax levy, some $3 million less than the current year's levy. Under the new budget, the tax rate for residential property will remain steady at $24.08 per thousand dollars of value, while the commercial rate will drop 25 cents to $35.94. Though the total bud- get amount and tax rates remained unchanged from Mayor Lisa Baldelli- Hunt's proposal last month, Councilor James Cournoyer again introduced a sweeping amendment that passed by a unanimous vote of the coun- cil and cut funding to sev- eral city departments before bringing the budget to a final vote. Close to $500,000 of those funds were removed to a contingency account, a maneuver allowing the coun- cil greater authority over their future use. "There will be a significant contingency that we can use as we go along and once we get a little more clarity on some of these outstanding things from some of these people," said Cournoyer. Among the cuts were $350,000 from the road pav- ing account, $100,000 from the city property division, $25,000 from energy con- servation improvements and $100,000 from the mayor's blight removal account. Councilors also restored $586,880 to a retirement benefit account for city fire- Council keeps tight hold on funds in $145.9 million budget By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See BUDGET, Page 4 NORTH SMITHFIELD – In the woods off Old Smithfield Road, a quiet stretch of land has stirred up a loud debate over the future of this neighborhood. Driving into Ruth Pacheco's farm at 810 Old Smithfield Road, visitors might think they've entered a different era. Historic farm structures give way to an expansive herb garden with bright blooms and tantalizing scents. Honeybees buzz from one flower to the next, scooping up nectar before flying off to replenish their hives in anoth- er portion of the property. Pacheco, 89, was raised on the farm, and still lives in a house beside the herb garden. Sitting in her kitchen, she can recall watching her father and brothers carry stones from the field to weigh down Neighbors divided over wind turbine By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com RUTH PACHECO stands in front of the herb garden shed of the family farm at 810 Old Smithfield Road, where she and her daugh- ters hope to install a wind turbine. The turbine, she says, will allow them to continue to maintain the property, which has been in the family for seven generations. NICOLE VALLIERE and her family purchased the property at 796 Old Smithfield Road, immediately next door to the proposed wind turbine, in March. She and her neighbors fear the turbine could affect their health and quality of life in the secluded neighborhood. BREEZE PHOTOS BY LAUREN CLEM See TURBINE, Page 7 ©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JUNE 6-12, 2019 Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation. Family Owned Since 1926 LIC. #RIMP882 Are you thinking about replacing your boiler? Before you sign on their dotted line, give us a call for a free estimate. We can beat or match any of our competitor's prices! $100 Off Any New Boiler or Tankless Water Heater • One Day Gas & Oil Burner Replacements • Same Day Gas & Electric Water Heater Replacements • Boiler Repairs & Maintenance • HVAC Service & Replacements • All Work Guaranteed Call NOW To Schedule Your Yearly Gas Boiler & Furnace Maintenance Mario's Appliances Serving Loyal Clients Since 1989 (401) 765-1636 Appliance Sales & Service Refrigerators, Stoves, Space Heaters, Washers, Dryers, Dishwashers & More! 6 Month Guarantee on parts and labor 968 Elm St. Woonsocket, RI 02895 mariosappliances@gmail. com 30 years in business!

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