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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 06-06-2019

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4 WOONSOCKET JUNE 6-12, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION fighters that had previously been absorbed into the general revenue, a sticking point in previous budget years. In a contentious decision opposed by Baldelli-Hunt, councilors elimi- nated $65,000 for a new veteran and constituent services position, opting instead to add $25,000 in veteran expenses under the Department of Human Services budget. Baldelli- Hunt fought to keep the position, first requesting councilors take the funds from the post-employment benefit account and then offering blight removal funds to maintain the line item. The position, she argued, would offer key support to the 2,000 to 3,000 military veterans living in the city. "Making sure their concerns are being addressed is, I think, a small token amount to make sure our veterans have what they need," she said. Councilors stood by their deci- sion, arguing veteran resources would be adequately funded under the human services budget, and also adding $25,000 for the Senior Citizens Center. With the amended budget passing by a unanimous vote, this year's council dynamic offered little chance the changes would be reversed in the weeks ahead, as the council could easily override an attempted veto. "To your credit and to your fault, this was a tight budget. You didn't leave a lot of room for us to grab things," said Council President Daniel Gendron. Another controversial cut was the removal of $65,000 in park improve- ments to contingency funds, a line item Baldelli-Hunt had stated would be partly used to fund improvements at the city skate park. Councilor Jon Brien, supporting the change, said he wanted to ensure that all $65,000 went toward the skate park and plans to introduce a request for pro- posals to use the contingency money for skate park equipment at the next council meeting. "We've done enough for athletic fields. There's an underserved group out there that's no less deserving," he said. In addition to restoring post- employment benefits and building up the contingency account, coun- cilors added $250,000 to the city's contribution to the Woonsocket Education Department. The increase, which brings the local contribution to $16,416,330, represents the first time the city has increased its por- tion of the school budget since 2013. The amount had been previously agreed upon by the City Council and School Committee contingent upon the negotiation of a new con- tract with the Woonsocket Teachers Guild by June 1. Gendron said he learned just a few hours before the meeting that the contract, finalized last month, had been signed. "It seems like the School Committee put that together, and the City Council will be doing what we promised we would do for the extra quarter of a million dollars," he said. Councilors left several other budget items untouched, including $30,000 for a dog park, $50,000 toward an open space purchase at Holley Springs, $110,000 to the purchase of new police vehicles and $24,000 for grant writing services. Following the meeting, councilors defended their use of the contin- gency account, with Brien telling The Breeze he felt moving funds there offers greater transparency on their use in the future. "The role of the legislative branch is to control the city finances and to make appropriations where neces- sary," he said. "I think it allows for a lot more transparency when we do it this way." BUDGET From Page One Senior Center to be renamed in honor of Gaston 'Gus' Ayotte Jr. WOONSOCKET – The City Council voted unanimously on Monday to rename the Woonsocket Senior Citizens Center in honor of former Gaston A. "Gus" Ayotte Jr., the former city mayor who served in office from 1981 to 1985. The decision came after the city decommissioned Ayotte Field on the corner of Providence Street and Smithfield Road and is seeking to sell the parcel. In addition to serving as mayor, Ayotte served on the City Council and School Committee, was a found- ing member of East Woonsocket Fair- North and Bernon Little Leagues, was grand marshal of the first Autumnfest parade and was an active member of various social clubs and nonprofit organizations. The city plans to hold a dedication ceremony at the Senior Center later this year. Mount still seeking Class of '69 members WOONSOCKET – The alumni Class of 1969, Mount St. Charles Academy, is planning its 50th year reunion this weekend, June 7, 8, and 9, and would like the public's assistance in locating 10 alumnus. They are: Robert Amritt, Paul R. Allard, Reginald Baily, Thomas W. Crawshaw, Ronald Cummings, Raymond Desplaines, William Durkin, Robert Gross, Robert Guertin, and Raymond Peloquin. If you have any contact informa- tion for these people, please call Gail Bryson, Alumni Coordinator, today, June 6, at 401-769-0310. IN BRIEF ABOUT US The Valley Breeze is a locally owned newspaper Office location: 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite #204, Lincoln, RI 02865 Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Closed weekends and holidays. Call us: 401-334-9555 Fax: 401-334-9994 Online: www.valleybreeze.com READER SERVICES DO YOU HAVE A STORY IDEA? Contact News Editor Pat Erickson at news@valleybreeze.com or call 401-334-9555, ext. 139. 24-hour, 7-day voice mail. ADVERTISING – Call your sales representative, or Publisher Tom Ward at 401-334-9555, ext. 123 or email: tward@valleybreeze.com CLASSIFIEDS – Place ads at valleybreeze.com, or call 401-334-9555 during office hours. NEWS BRIEFS AND CALENDAR EVENTS Let others know about events sponsored by your non-profit organization, church or school. • Deadline: Entertainment news is Friday at noon. 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TOWN OF NORTH SMITHFIELD STATE OF RHODE ISLAND AND PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING PETITION FOR ABANDONMENT OF STREET Pursuant to North Smithfield Code of Ordinances Sec. 14-5 notice is hereby given of a public hearing of the North Smithfield Town Council to be held at the North Smithfield Middle School, 1850 Providence Pike, North Smithfield, RI on June 17, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. to consider the peti- tion of Ronald C. Brin et al that proceedings be commenced for the aban- donment of Moore Avenue located on Assessor's Plat 9, Lots 51, 52, 61, 66 and 67. This proposal may be altered or amended prior to the close of the public hearing without further advertising, as a result of further study or because of the view expressed at the public hearing. Any alteration or amendment must be presented for comment in the course of the hearing. Persons interested in the above petition are requested to attend said meeting and be heard. The petition is also available for review in the office of the Town Clerk at the Municipal Annex. Individuals requesting special assistance must call 767-2200, extension 326, seventy-two (72) hours in advance of the hearing date. Per Order of the North Smithfield Town Council Debra A. Todd, Town Clerk DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS REGULATION DIVISION OF COMMERCIAL LICENSING AND REGULATION Liquor Control Section The Department of Business Regulation gives notice that Lops Brewing LLC has ap- plied for a Manufacturer Brewery Liquor license to operate under Title 3 of the General Laws of Rhode Island, 1956, as amended. A hearing will be held on Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 at 11:00 am at the Department of Business Regulation, John O. Pastore Center, 1511 Pontiac Avenue, Building 69-1, Cranston, RI 02920 at which time and place all persons interested may be heard. The Department of Business Regulation is accessible to the handicapped. Individuals requesting interpreter services for the hearing impaired must notify this office at (T.D.D.711). Pamela J. Toro, Esquire Associate Director Department of Business Regulation

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