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The North Providence Breeze 11-06-2019

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6 NORTH PROVIDENCE NOVEMBER 6-12, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION National Grid, town working on repaving resolution NORTH PROVIDENCE – A National Grid representative says the issue of repaving local road- ways following underground util- ity work is a complex one, and a matter the utility giant is now in discussions with the town on resolving. The Breeze reported last week that Mayor Charles Lombardi was looking into whether National Grid should be repaving from curb to curb on certain streets instead of repaving just the side where the digging occurs. An example cited in that story was Taft Street, off Mineral Spring Avenue. Spokesman Ted Kresse said from what he understands, a new water trench was recently dug on Taft and a water utility is responsible for that portion of the road that remains with the old asphalt. Asked about other local road- ways with similar half-paving jobs done recently, Kresse said the util- ity is working with Lombardi on best steps forward. "With several utilities involved, there needs to be coordination so ratepayer and taxpayer dollars are used both efficiently and effective- ly," he said. According to last week's story, a new state law requires companies to repave from curb to curb if they dig into a road. Previously, an agreement with the town of North Providence called for National Grid to have a road fully repaved after utility work only if the asphalt needed replacement, and each entity would cover half of the cost. If the road didn't need to be repaved, the utility was required to repave the half its workers dug into after the work was done. Lombardi said this week that offi- cials are still in talks with National Grid about how to handle repaving going forward. The town needs to "make sure they continue to do the work they're supposed to," he said, particularly when residents require utility service. The mayor said part of the contention brought up by National Grid was that the com- pany feels it has its "back against the wall" with the new law, and that always paving 100 percent of the road might as well push it into the repaving business. Lombardi cautioned that added paving costs across the state will be pushed onto the back of ratepayers because National Grid isn't going to pay for all of that work on its own. He said he doesn't want to be guilty of "aiming before we shoot." "I don't want to get cocky," he said, but if the town can reason- ably get more for its paving buck by having National Grid cover more of the work, then that's the route it should go. By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com CHRISTOPHER MCCLURD, 9, above, a member of North Providence Cub Scout Pack 5, processes donated canned goods to the Scouting for Food cam- paign on Saturday morning at St. Thomas' food pantry. Above right, 15-year-old BENJAMIN MORRISON carries bags of donated food into the pantry Local Scouts conduct food drive BREEZE PHOTOS BY ROBERT EMERSON Do you like to read The Valley Breeze? Then please shop with our advertisers, and tell them 'I saw it in The Breeze!' L The Mini Dental Implant Center Plainville Dental Care 13 Taunton Street, Plainville, MA 02762 www.theplainvilledentist.com 508-699-4822 Dr. Peyman Beigi, a graduate of Tufts University, School of Dental Medicine, is a proud member of the Massachusetts Dental Society & American Dental Association. Hablamos Español & e portugues • A Fast, affordable and permanent way to replace missing teeth or stabilize dentures in just one office visit! • Placing mini dental implants is quick, with a minimal invasive procedure. • Half the cost (and size of Conventional implants). • Less discomfort and less healing time needed. Are You Tired of LOOSE DENTURES or MISSING TEETH? Let Dr. Peyman Beigi introduce you to MINI DENTAL IMPLANTS $ 88 New Patient OFFER Includes: Tooth Whitening (home kit), Dental Cleaning, Check-up, X-Rays, Treatment Planning. Expires 12/31/2019 Evening & Saturday Appointments Available. Credit Cards & Most Insurance Accepted SAME DAY DENTAL IMPLANTS EXTRACTIONS, MINI IMPLANTS, CROWNS & DENTURES A value of over $400.00. Paid at time of service. You must present this coupon at time of service to receive the special offer. May not be used more than once and may not be combined with other offers or discounted plans. Paid at the time of service. Requires payment at the first visit. No cash value.

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