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The Valley Breeze & Observer 09-05-2019

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4 NORTH COUNTY SEPTEMBER 5-11, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER Residents of multiple states are on alert after several cases of a life- threatening mosquito-borne virus were detected in southern New England over the past few weeks. At least four cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis have been con- firmed in Massachusetts. One of those cases resulted in the death of a Fairhaven woman at Tufts Medical Center. On Aug. 26, the Rhode Island Department of Health issued a rec- ommendation cautioning schools and municipal leaders to reschedule games, practices and other outdoor activities scheduled for dusk or early morning or relocate them indoors. The warning is to reduce the risk of exposure to mosquitoes infected by EEE during their most active hours. The warning also notes that two mosquitoes trapped in Central Falls tested positive for EEE this year, though there are no confirmed cases of EEE in humans in Rhode Island. In Massachusetts, the Department of Public Health raised the risk level in parts of Worcester County to criti- cal after two horses in Mendon and Uxbridge tested positive for EEE in August. Last week, the Department of Agricultural Resources began aerial spraying in Worcester and Middlesex Counties to reduce the risk of contracting the disease. Parts of Blackstone are inside the spray area, including Milk Street, Mendon Street and Quisset Wildlife Management Area. A full map of the spray area is available at www.mass- nrc.org/spray-map. In Blackstone, the local Board of Health has restricted the use of all town fields and parks due to the heightened concern for EEE. Town officials announced on Monday that all fields and parks will be closed from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. until further notice. Local organizations are also responding to the heightened con- cern for the disease. On Aug. 26, the Blackstone Heritage Corridor announced that several outdoor events scheduled as part of their GO! 2019 program had been can- celed. These include the Sept. 5 Bonds to Nurture and EnviroScape program in Upton, Mass., the Sept. 5 Blackstone Gorge Hike, the Sept. 13 Kent Cameron Memorial Sky Gaze in Uxbridge, Mass., and the Sept. 14 Full Harvest Moon Paddle in Blackstone Gorge. Further updates are available on their Facebook page or by calling the office at 508-234- 4242. EEE is a rare but serious disease Local towns on alert after EEE death confirmed By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See EEE, Page 6 TOWN OF SMITHFIELD, RHODE ISLAND PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Smithfield Town Council will hold a Public Hearing at the Smithfield Town Hall, 64 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, RI on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 7:00 PM. e purpose of the Public Hearing is to consider and act upon proposed amendments to the Zoning Ordinance Map. e proposed Zoning Map amendment involves superimposing the Economic Growth Overlay District on the following Assessor's lots: Assessor's Plat 48/Lots 4C, 5, 5A, 6, 17B, 24, 25, 26, 26C, 33, 33A, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 40A, 41A and a portion of 31 as shown on the map below: ese amendments are proposed to be made in accordance with the provisions of 45-24-53 of the General Laws of the State of Rhode Island (1956, as amended). At said Hearing opportunity will be given to all interested persons to be heard upon the proposed amendments. e proposed amendments 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 views expressed at the Public Hearing. Any alteration or amendment must be presented for comment in the course of the Hearing. A complete copy of the proposed amendments and map are available for inspection or copying at the Smithfield Planning Office, Town Hall, 64 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, Rhode Island during regular business hours (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday – Friday). Interested persons requiring special accommodations or assistance are requested to notify the Town Manager's Office (401-233-1010) at least 48 hours in advance of the Hearing. BY ORDER OF THE TOWN COUNCIL. Suzanna L. Alba, President TOWN OF SMITHFIELD NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Town Council to consider adoption of Chapter 237 – Entitled "Mobile Food Establishments" Public Hearing Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 Time: 7:00 p.m. Place: Smithfield Town Hall, 64 Farnum Pike, 2nd Floor Proposed Ordinance Chapter 237 – Entitled "Mobile Food Establishments" The Proposed Ordinance is as follows: Sections 237-1 through 237-14. The public is welcome to any meeting of the Town Council or its subcommittees. If communication assistance (readers/interpreters/captions) or any other accommodation to ensure equal participation is needed, please contact the Smithfield Town Manager's office at 401-233-1010 at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the meeting. To view the full text of the proposed ordinance amendment, please visit the office of the Smithfield Town Clerk during normal business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or visit the Town's Web Site at: www.smithfieldri.com. By order of the Town Council: Carol A. Aquilante, MMC, Town Clerk TOWN OF SMITHFIELD PLANNING BOARD Public Hearing Notice Proposed Amendments to the Land Development and Subdivision Review Regulations Notice is hereby given, pursuant to Rhode Island General Law §45-23-53 and the Smithfield Land Development and Subdivision Review Regulations (as amended, June 27, 2013), that a Public Hearing will be held by the Smithfield Planning Board in the Town Council Chambers of Smithfield Town Hall (64 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, Rhode Island 02917) on Thursday, Sep- tember 19, 2019 at 7:00 PM, or as close to that time as possible, to consider amendments to the Land Development and Subdivision Regulations as summarized below: • Amendments to the Regulations to make them consistent with State Law, including but not limited to changing the time requirements for certifying applications for all types of subdivisions, changing the time requirements for approval or denial of all types of subdivisions, and changing the time for expiration of approvals for all types of subdivi- sions; • Amending the language and punctuation used in the Regulations for sake of clarity and correcting spelling errors; • Adding to the pre-application provision that allows the applicant for a major land devel- opment to proceed with the application if no pre-application meeting is scheduled and held within 60 days of the filing of the pre-application submission; • Requiring all TRC reports be made available to the applicant before the Board meets to consider the report; • Requiring all decisions to be recorded within 20 days after the planning board vote. • Adding to the appeal section that appeals of final decisions are limited to the elements of the approval or disapproval that were not contained in the decision on the prelimi- nary plan as long as there was a public hearing at preliminary plan. Availability of Information Interested persons may obtain a copy of the proposed amendments at the Planning and Eco- nomic Development Office, Town Hall, 64 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, RI during normal business hours (8:30 am - 4:30 pm). The proposed amendments may be altered or amended prior to the close of the Public Hearing without further advertising as a result of a further study, or because of the views expressed at the Public Hearing. Any such alteration or amendments must be presented for comment in the course of said Public Hearing. All persons interested in the above are requested to be present at the time and place to be heard thereon. Facilities are accessible to handicapped persons. If communication assistance (readers/interpreters/captions) or any other accommodation to ensure equal participation is needed, please contact the Smithfield Town Manager's office at 401-233-1010 at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the meeting. By order of the Smithfield Planning Board. Albert S. Gizzarelli, Jr., Chairman TOWN OF SCITUATE VOTER INFORMATION SPECIAL FINANCIAL TOWN MEETING - AUTHORIZING DEBT FOR THE FUNDING OF EXPENDITURES FOR PUBLIC SAFETY - OCTOBER 15, 2019 FINAL DAY FOR UNREGISTERED VOTERS TO REGISTER TO VOTE FOR THE OCTOBER 15, 2019 SPECIAL FINANCIAL TOWN MEETING IS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2019 REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM 12:00 AM – 11:59 PM ON SEPTEMBER 15TH AT THE POLICE DISPATCH TRAILER LOCATED AT 116 MAIN STREET, HOPE, RI 02831 SPECIAL FINANCIAL TOWN MEETING IS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15TH AT 7:00 AT THE SCITUATE HIGH SCHOOL, 94 TRIMTOWN ROAD REGISTRATIONS ARE RECEIVED DAILY FROM 8:30 AM TO 4:00 PM AT THE TOWN CLERK'S OFFICE, 195 DANIELSON PIKE, SCITUATE Sign up to receive Scituate e-news or obtain voter information and related forms at www.scituateri.org

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