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The North Providence Breeze 11-13-2019

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10 NORTH PROVIDENCE NOVEMBER 13-19, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION Johnston, which shares the existing facility, and most or all of the rest paid for through the Police Department's 2012 winnings from a Google settlement. A Nov. 5 meeting of the Animal Shelter Committee included new members and six people who volunteer their time at the shelter, among others. Lombardi said he assured Autiello and the committee that the town will provide busing for members to go visit other shelters. He said he found the first meeting of the committee to be very profitable. "We'll see where it goes," said the mayor. Though there are a lot of ideas being thrown around for the shelter, said Lombardi, he wants to remain careful with how funds are spent and believes the town can get a very nice shel- ter for $600,000. One idea was to possibly move the shelter to a new location, said Autiello, an outcome he said he doesn't foresee happening. Lombardi also said he's reluctant about any plan to move the shelter, saying he doesn't see the need to do so. The committee is planning to meet again on Nov. 25, said Autiello. Tours of other shelters, including facilities in Pawtucket, Bristol and Westerly, will occur before that meeting. The newer Westerly shelter is viewed as the most comparable to what North Providence is trying to achieve, according to local officials. Committee members cited Pawtucket's placement of its shelter in Slater Park as one reason why North Providence might choose to move its own shelter to a new location. Autiello and others are aware of the issues that have plagued the Pawtucket shelter since it opened 11 years ago, including an inefficient heating system and crumbling roof, but still think they can get ideas for North Providence's shelter with a tour. The contribution from Johnston could come in the form of a long-term lease, said Autiello. The chairman said the committee generally feels that bids submitted for shelter design work when the committee previ- ously met two years ago are now obsolete. He said he'll leave it up to the committee how to proceed on whether to seek new proposals, but said there's so much expertise now on the com- mittee, that "we can almost design it on our own" and take out the cost of having a firm do the work. The committee's work over the coming weeks will be to determine exactly what would work and what wouldn't work for the facility near the town's new solar facility on Smithfield Road. Autiello, an animal lover who adopted rescue dogs him- self, said he completely understands why Lombardi and oth- ers wanted to wait until after a new safety complex and new schools were completed before focusing on a new shelter. SHELTER From Page One rate sale of the former public safety complex on the other end of Mineral Spring Avenue from the former Marieville School. He said he expects the revenue from these two town properties to limit local property tax increases for the near future. "Our mission is to empower stu- dents with unique needs to make progress in light of their individual cir- cumstances," states the site. "Student respect, value, and self-worth are the cornerstones of our multi-disciplinary team approach to enable students to function within their community in the least restrictive environment." The school partners with local education agencies, state, and federal agencies, local service providers, educational advocates, and parents/ guardians to develop individualized educational programs based on the unique needs of each student. The town's real estate tax database lists the 2-acre Marieville School prop- erty and 30,000-square-foot school building, including finished basement, at $3.15 million in tax value. An added benefit of having the revenue-gener- ating school here is that the property won't be adding a great deal of traffic to an area that's already heavily con- gested near the off-ramps from Route 146, said the mayor. LEASE From Page One BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY THE FORMER MARIEVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL on Mineral Spring Avenue will likely soon be filled with a new school under a $15,000-a-month lease deal with the town. N.P. Police hosting Thanksgiving food drive NORTH PROVIDENCE – Mayor Charles Lombardi and the North Providence Police Department are running a Thanksgiving food drive, with the following locations available to drop off food items across town: • North Providence Town Hall, 2000 Smith St. • The North Providence Police Department, 1835 Mineral Spring Ave. • The North Providence Library and Pool and Fitness Center, 1810 Mineral Spring Ave. • The North Providence Mancini Center, 2 Atlantic Blvd. • Stop & Shop, 1128 Mineral Spring Ave. • Shaw's Market, 15 Smithfield Road. BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE The Town of North Providence and the North Providence Police Department kick off their annual Thanksgiving Food Drive on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11. From left are SGT. RODNEY MOREAU, an Army National Guard veteran, LT. THOMAS JONES, Day Shift Commander and an Air Force veteran, and PATROLMAN KYLE MOURA, an Army veteran.

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