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The Valley Breeze & Observer 09-05-2019

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SEPTEMBER 5-11, 2019 SMITHFIELD 5 SMITHFIELD – Lower rates on electricity could soon be coming to Smithfield, according to Finance Director Jason Parmelee, who is searching for a company to pool residents together for a lower group rate. He said providers will be more likely to offer discounts to residents that are grouped together in town as a whole. Area towns are typically estimat- ing about $50 in savings per year for each customer through electric- ity aggregation agreements. "Ultimately, the agreement will be for anyone with a Smithfield ZIP code to get," Parmelee said. During the Aug. 20 Town Council meeting, Parmelee introduced a three-year contract with Direct Energy Services for natural gas that saved the town $1,500 annually. The contract offers lower fixed-rates compared to the town's previous services. When asked if he could do some- thing similar for town residents, Parmelee said he'd already begun looking into hiring an energy bro- ker to negotiate lower rates for Smithfield residents. He expects a request for proposals for the broker to come before the council in the upcoming weeks. The energy broker will shop energy suppliers separately from National Grid to find the lowest rates. "You can buy your energy at a cheaper rate from Texas and have it delivered to your door," Parmelee said. He said an energy provider would pay the broker through a negotiated agreement. "There will be zero cost to the town and zero cost to the residents," Parmelee said. Residents will receive notification of the program and may choose to opt out if the town goes ahead with the group rates. Parmelee said lower energy prices would be automatically applied to the bill. Residents with an existing negotiated rate contract would not see the savings until their contract expires, Parmelee said. Those cases are rare, and he said more than 95 percent of the town would be eli- gible to receive the benefit. Parmelee said he and town offi- cials are looking to find costs sav- ings for Smithfield residents and to keep "no stone unturned" leading up to the elementary school recon- figuration bond payments. "Any potential rock we can over- turn, we're looking to do the best we can," Parmelee said. He said aggregation programs are relatively new to Rhode Island, and Smithfield will lead the pack. North Providence was the first to enter a similar program with Colonial Power Group in July. The change would switch the majority of the city's accounts to Colonial Power and away from National Grid/ Narragansett Electric. Expected sav- ings in North Providence amount to approximately $15 per year. Smithfield looks to lower residents' energy bills By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer PARMELEE Place your classified ad online at Notice Town of Foster Application for Alcoholic Beverage License Notice is hereby given by the Foster Town Council, being the Licensing Board in said Town under Title 3, Chapter 5, Section 17 of the General Laws of RI, 1956, as amended; that the following named corporation has applied to said Council for Licenses for the year ending December 1, 2019: Class BV (Includes Victualing) Shady Acres Fry Shack, LLC, d/b/a Shady Acres, 164 Danielson Pike Plat 10, Lot 36 e above application will be in order for a Public Hearing of the Foster Town Council, September 12, 2019 at 7:00 p.m., at e Benjamin Eddy Building, 6 South Killingly Road, Foster, RI, at which time and place all remonstrates may make their objections. Hard of hearing persons attending who require the ser- vices of an interpreter, should call the office of the Town Clerk at 392-9201 at least 72 hours in advance of said meeting. By Order of the Foster Town Council Susan M. Dillon Foster Town Clerk TOWN OF SMITHFIELD, RHODE ISLAND PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Smithfield Town Council will hold Public Hearings at the Smithfield Town Hall, 64 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, RI on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 7:00 PM. The purpose of the Public Hearing is to consider and act upon proposed amendments to the following Articles and Sections of the Smithfield Zoning Ordinance. Summary: The proposed zoning ordinance amendments involve the repeal of existing Sections 4.3 (L) of the Table of Uses entitled "Medical Marijuana" and 4.4 L entitled " Medical Mari- juana" of the Smithfield Zoning Ordinance and replacement thereof with new provisions that would regulate the cultivation and distribution of medical marijuana and medical marijuana products in a manner that is consistent with the Edward O. Hawkins and Thomas C. Slater Medical Marijuana Act, as amended. Specific provisions to be added include the following: Section 4.3 Table of Uses, "L. MEDICAL MARIJUANA" with the following use categories: 1. Patient Cultivation; 2. Caregiver Cultiva- tion; 3. Residential Cooperative Cultivation; 4. Non-Residential Cooperative Cultivation; 5. Licensed Cultivator; 6. Compassion Center; 7. Medical Marijuana Emporium; and 8. Licensed Manufacturer and Section 4.4.L Medical Marijuana with the following sub-sections: A. Defini- tions.; B. Purpose.; C. General Prohibition.; D. Possession Limits.; E. Special Use Standards.; and F. Severability. At said Hearings opportunity will be given to all interested persons to be heard upon the pro- posed amendments. The proposals shown thereon may be altered or amended prior to the close of the Public Hearings, without further advertising, as a result of further study or because of the views expressed at the Public Hearings. Any alteration or amendment must be presented for comment in the course of the Hearing. A complete copy of the proposed amendments 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) and may be viewed on the Town website, Interested persons requiring special accommodations or assistance are requested to notify the Town Manager's Office (401-233-1010) 48 hours in advance of the meeting. BY ORDER OF THE TOWN COUNCIL. Suzanna L. Alba, President Department Of Public Works 181 Howard Hill Road Foster, RI 02825 401-392-9203 Request For Proposals The Town of Foster is seeking for bids for Prep and painting of the Town Hall also Strip and re-roof with ice and water plus gutter shields. See the State and Town websites for more information. TOWN OF FOSTER TOWN OF GLOCESTER PUBLIC HEARING Special Event License Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held by the Glocester Town Council at the Town Hall, 1145 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, RI on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at which time all remonstrants will be heard on the following application. Hootowl Scramblers MC LOCATION: 104 Bungy Road, Glocester Off Road Motor Cycle Event (This application represents a change in event location from previous years) Per Order of the Town Council Jean Fecteau, CMC, Town Clerk The Glocester Town Hall is accessible to people with disabilities. Individuals requiring interpreter services for the hearing impaired must notify the Town Clerk at (401) 568-6206, Ext. 0 not less than 48 hours in advance of the meeting date. TDD (401) 568-1422. Town of Smithfield Planning Board PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE RETAIL CENTER REDEVELOPMENT Major Land Development Project Preliminary Plan Review Notice is hereby given pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws §45-23-41 and §45-23-42 as well as the Smithfield Land Development and Subdivision Review Regulations (Adopted 1996, amended June 27, 2013) that a Public Hearing will be held at the time, date and place indicated below for the purpose of presenting and discussing the acceptance of a Preliminary Plan for the proposed development of a Major Land Development, identified below, and provide the public the opportunity to comment on the proposed development. Time and Date of Hearing: Thursday, September 19, 2019 Meeting begins at 7:00 PM Place of Hearing: Smithfield Town Hall, 2nd Floor, Crepeau Hall 64 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, RI Property Proposed for Major Land Development: RETAIL CENTER REDEVELOPMENT Major Land Development - Preliminary Plan - Public Hearing AP 43 / Lot 85 - 473 Putnam Pike 3.55 Acres / Planned Development Zone Applicants/Owner: CGRI Greenville, LLC Engineer: Garofalo & Associates, Inc. Availability of Information The plans and accompanying documents for this proposed Land Development are available for the public review during normal business hours at the Smithfield Planner's Office, 64 Farnum Pike, Town Hall – Lower Level, Smithfield, RI. 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. Per Order of the Smithfield Planning Board, Albert S. Gizzarelli, Jr., Chairman

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