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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 09-05-2019

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4 NORTH SMITHFIELD SEPTEMBER 5-11, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION Car show Sunday at Villa at Saint Antoine NORTH SMITHFIELD – The Villa at Saint Antoine, 400 Mendon Road, will host a car show on Sunday, Sept. 8. Admission is free to the public, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The cost to register a car is $15. Contact Kristen at 401-767-2574 or check-in on Sunday morning between 9 to 11:30 a.m. The event will offer music, raffles, breakfast sandwiches, burgers, sau- sage and peppers, a variety of snack items, and a beer and beverage tent. Trophies will be awarded at 2:30 p.m. to Best In Show, People's Choice, Community Classic, Best Engine, Best Truck, and Top 15 picks. Visit Saint Antoine Community's Facebook page for more information or contact Kristen at 401-767-2574. Heritage Association will meet Sept. 13 NORTH SMITHFIELD – The North Smithfield Heritage Association will host its monthly History Night on Friday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m., in Heritage Hall, 101 Greene St., Slatersville. Professional tinsmith Richard Eckhart, from the Old Sturbridge Village Museum in Sturbridge, Mass., will discuss and demonstrate his 18th century craft. This free pro- gram is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit www. . Mount Pleasant Class of 1957 to hold birthday party Sept. 22 PROVIDENCE – The Mount Pleasant High School Class of 1957, will hold an 80th birthday party on Sunday, Sept. 22. For more information, contact Joe DiBenedetto at 401-831-1765 or 401- 487-1620. NORTH SMITHFIELD – More than a year after the Town Council approved a special zoning district to allow Green Development to build a 40-plus-megawatt solar farm off Iron Mine Hill Road, councilors and the company are finding themselves unable to come to an agreement on a proposed tax treaty for the project. At issue is a clause prohibiting the town from increasing taxes for either the solar equipment or the property underneath it due to the value of the project or reclassifying the area from rural residential to commercial use. Councilors on Tuesday night said they had concerns with the clause and did not want to sign an agreement unless it maintained their rights to reassess the property. The agreement offers the town $7,000 per megawatt per year over 20 years. The company has also offered the town a separate, one- time payment of $5,000 per mega- watt. Under the current scale of the project, the financial benefit totals $5,655,000 over the lifespan of the project. However, councilors questioned whether they might obtain more tax payments from the landowner, in this case Ralph Ferra, owner of Iron Woods Golf Practice Center, by reas- sessing the land or changing the use to commercial. Town Solicitor David Igliozzi explained that several towns have attempted to do just that after signing tax stabilization agreements with Green Development or other solar companies, and those cases are currently making their way through the state court system. "There are actually a bunch of cases in Superior Court that are dealing with this issue," he said. "There is an ambiguity in that stat- ute that doesn't answer that ques- tion." State law currently requires solar companies to pay towns $5,000 per megawatt in annual taxes for their arrays but is vague on whether towns can also charge higher taxes to landowners leasing their land for solar use, according to Igliozzi. Though the Office of Energy Resources sides with the landown- ers, he explained, the issue will likely be decided in Superior Court in the coming months or resolved by the General Assembly. "You've got to decide whether you want to negotiate it, litigate it or accept the Office of Energy Resources position," he said. Green Development Chairman Mark DePasquale and his lawyer, Stephen Bursini, told councilors they didn't plan to offer incentives beyond what's required by state law if the town can't guarantee they won't raise taxes on the property. Pointing out the agreement already offers $2,000 per megawatt more than required by state law, Bursini told councilors the agreement would revert back to $5,000 in that case, leaving the town with $1.56 million less over 20 years. "You can't ask me to sign some- thing to give you the right to allow you to change the taxes," said DePasquale. Both Councilor Paul Zwolenski and Council President Paul Vadenais said they don't plan to sign an agree- ment unless it maintains the town's right to reclassify the property, and Councilor Terri Bartomioli said she wants to see the difference in tax funds a commercial classification would make. Councilor Douglas Osier Jr. also raised concerns with the agreement, pointing out he wasn't on the council when the developer first brought the plan to the town last year. "I would like to see us personally slow down with the project, I think we're moving a little too fast," he said. Unable to come to an agreement, councilors scheduled a public hear- ing on the issue for Monday, Sept. 23. They also requested details about the current tax payments on the property and the tax laws from the town administration, saying they need more information before mov- ing forward with a vote. Green Development, town at odds over tax agreement By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer The Valley Breeze offices are located at 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite #204, Lincoln, RI 02865 Call us at 334-9555 Our fax is 334-9994. Thanks for your support! do you know? St. Michael Church, Woonsocket, RI Annual Ukrainian Festival Sunday, September 8th, 2019 • 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free parking and admission 74 Harris Ave., Woonsocket, RI For info. call 401-762-3939 • Traditional, Homemade Ukrainian Foods & Pastries Children's Entertainment Free Balloon Art for Kids begins at 1:00 p.m. Moonbounce, Penny Social, Baba's Attic, Music by "Polka" Paul Belanger, host of the Polka Paul Show on WNRI To schedule a tour, call 401-949-3880, ext. 109 20 Austin Avenue, Greenville, RI 02828 Receive a $1,500 BONUS Traditional Assisted Living Two Memory Care Communities Move in before September 30, 2019 and receive a $1,500 Bonus towards your rent! Please call for details. 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