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The Valley Breeze & Observer 10-31-2019

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER | BREEZE & OBSERVER | OCTOBER 31-NOVEMBER 6, 2019 GLOCESTER 5 GLOCESTER – The Glocester Zoning Board last week unanimous- ly approved a 6-acre solar develop- ment at White Oak Farm, saying the plan demonstrates what the town's solar ordinance intends for renewable energy on land zoned for farming. Representing owners Roger, Patricia and Paul Phillips of the farm, attorney John Mancini said the purpose of the solar array is to supplement their income during low-performing harvests. The Zoning Board granted a spe- cial use permit and dimensional variances during the Oct. 24 meet- ing. Kevin Morin of Green Development said the solar farm is designed to not interrupt farming operations, which include growing corn, blueberries, raspberries and peaches. "We worked closely with White Oak Farm for those uses could con- tinue," Morin said. He said the dimensional vari- ances are a byproduct of needing to work around farming zones. The Zoning Board granted four dimen- sional variances for setback relief from a right-of-way, a land-locked plot on the farm, and the bordering Audubon conservation land. Morin said the project will not be seen from the road or by the majority of neighbors. No abutter attended the meeting to contest the developer's claim or oppose the project. "It was purposely located very central to the property with respect (to the) area around it," Morin said, adding that he believes it fit in with the character of the town and tone of its solar ordinance. Hannah Morini of Green Development said White Oak Farm owners intend on farming the land as long as possible and have a five- year farming plan on file with the town. She said the current own- ers represent the fifth generation of farmers here. Solar will be the insurance policy in place that will allow the family to keep farming, and "epitomized the goal" of the ordinance. "The ultimate goal is the preser- vation of the farmland. Solar will help," Morini said. Plans include minimal clearing of the land, 6.9 acres, or 12.3 percent of the total acreage, which is less than the 30 percent allowed by ordinance. The only changes in the plan pre- sented to the Zoning Board were adding a fence around the two pads of ground-mounted solar panels, and the connection to National Grid was moved underground. The 1.9-megawatt system will be White Oak Farm solar approved By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See SOLAR, Page 12 'The ultimate goal is the preservation of the farmland. Solar will help.' HANNAH MORINI Green Development NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TOWN OF FOSTER ZONING BOARD OF REVIEW NOVEmBER 13, 2019 • 7:00 PM BENJAmIN EDDY BUILDING, 6 SOUTH KILLINGLY ROAD e Town of Foster Zoning Board of Review will hold a Public Hearing on November 13, 2019 at 7:00 PM in the Benjamin Eddy Building, 6 South Killingly Road, for property located at 153 Danielson Pike, Plat 10 Lot 43 in a GBM – General business – Mixed use on approximately 30 acres. e Owner and Applicant, CLM Realty LLC appeals the June 19, 2019 Notice of Violation and Cease and Desist Order issued by the Town of Foster Building/Zoning Official, to the Zoning Board of Review regarding the above-mentioned property in the Town of Foster. In the event of overcrowding, the Hearing will be moved to the Foster Town House, 180 Howard Hill Road, Foster RI. Individuals requiring interpreter service must notify the Town Clerk's Office at (401) 392-9200 at least 72 hours in advance of the hearing date. By order of the Zoning Board of Review Paula Mottshaw, Chair TOWN OF SMITHFIELD NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Public Hearing Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2019 Time: 7:00 p.m. Place: Smithfield Town Hall 64 Farnum Pike, 2nd Floor To discuss, review and amend the Rates, Rules and Regulations of the Smithfield Water Supply Board. The public is welcome to any meeting of the Town Council or its sub-committees. If communication assistance (readers/in- terpreters/captions) or any other accom- modation 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 INTOXICATING BEVERAGE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, by the Smithfield Town Council of Smithfield serving as the Smithfield Licensing Board, that an application for a License to sell intoxicating beverages under the provisions of Title 3, of the General Laws of R.I., 1956, and any amendments thereto has been made to said Council as follows: TRANSFER OF A CLASS B-VICTUALLER BEVERAGE LICENSE (TO INCLUDE OUTDOOR SEATING AND BAR SERVICE) Rocco's, LLC d/b/a "Rocco's Pub & Grub", 55 Douglas Pike in the Town of Smithfield TO: JNN, Inc. d/b/a "Rocco's Pub & Grub", same location e above named application will be in order for a hearing at a meeting of the Town Council on November 5, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber, Smithfield Town Hall, 64 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, at which time and place all remonstrants may make their objections. e public is welcome to any meeting of the Smithfield Town Council. 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 Town Council: Carol A. Aquilante, MMC, Town Clerk PUBLIC HEARING TOWN OF GLOCESTER, RI. ENTERTAINMENT LICENSE RENEWALS Pursuant to RI General Laws, 1956, as amended, 5-22-1 et seq., and Glocester Code of Ordinance entitled Entertainment License 1982, as amended, the following applicants have applied to the Town Council for a license for the year ending December 1, 2020. Entertainment Licenses will be heard on November 21, 2019 by the Town Council of the Town of Glocester, RI at the Town Hall, 1145 Putnam Pike at 7:30 PM. All remonstrants will be given an opportunity to be heard before any action is taken on the following licenses: Entertainment License Renewals Harmony Lodge Restaurant, LLC, d/b/a Harmony Lodge Restaurant, 102 Putnam Pike Prickly Pear, Inc., d/b/a Pinewood Pub & Pizza, 16 Terry Lane, Units #9-13 Tyo Ristaino Corp., d/b/a Cadys Tavern 2168 Putnam Pike Hill's Tavern and Grill, LLC, d/b/a Hill's Tavern and Grill, 417 Putnam Pike Mr. Z's By e Lake, LLC, d/b/a Mr. Z's By e Lake, 2400 Putnam Pike Per Order of the Town Council Jean M. Fecteau, CMC, Town Clerk e 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 GLOCESTER PUBLIC HEARING Special Event Licenses 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 November 21, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at which time all remonstrants will be heard on the following applications. Robin Tyo, Tyo Ristaino Corp d/b/a Cadys Tavern 2168 Putnam Pike, Glocester, RI Request for miscellaneous 2020 Outdoor Special Events Nikolas Zarokostas, Mr. Z's By e Lake, LLC d/b/a Mr. Z's By e Lake 2400 Putnam Pike Request for miscellaneous 2020 Outdoor Special Events Albert Hill, Jr., Hill's Tavern and Grill, LLC d/b/a Hill's Tavern and Grill 417 Putnam Pike Request for miscellaneous 2020 Outdoor Special Events Per Order of the Town Council Jean Fecteau, CMC, Town Clerk e 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.

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