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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 11-20-2019

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 20-26, 2019 PAWTUCKET 3 PAWTUCKET – A draft request for proposals from companies inter- ested in operating the Blackstone Valley Regional Transfer Station on Grotto Avenue is up for con- sideration by the City Council, a move meant to provide the city with options going forward, says Public Works Director Eric Earls. "This is an important issue for the city of Pawtucket that has impacts on trash and recycling services for all residents, taxes for all taxpayers, and a number of quality of life matters for the surrounding neighborhoods," he said. The transfer station is a direct ben- efit to the residents of Pawtucket who utilize the facility on a regular basis to dispose of several types of trash, Earls said. "There is a direct financial impact to the residents," he added. Residents of Fairlawn have repeat- edly emphasized that the station is far less of a benefit to them than to other residents, particularly con- sidering its continued substandard operation by Waste Connections Inc. Earls previously told members of the Fairlawn Against Crime Team that the move to solicit proposals is meant to expand the pool of possi- bilities here. The process, said Earls, will pro- vide an open and transparent process for the City Council and adminis- tration to work together in seeking responses from qualified parties to refurbish and operate the transfer station in advance of the end of an extended agreement with Waste Connections in December. "We anticipate that this RFP will provide us with an option for opera- tion that will improve the quality of life in the neighborhood while pro- viding a service that saves the tax- payers millions," he said. He thanked the City Council for working along- side the Department of Public Works throughout the process and pledged that everyone will continue to be informed of details. In a letter last week to Earls, F.A.C.T. President Pat St. Germain thanked him for answering residents' questions at a Nov. 4 meeting. She apologized for verbal attacks by some in attendance, but noted the community's "understandable anger and frustration" about two of the three options proposed for the trans- fer station site. She repeated a num- ber of questions she said had not yet been answered fully. Request for proposals seeks options for transfer station By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor PAWTUCKET – RJP Packaging, a company that moved to Pawtucket last year, has announced the acquisition of Legacy Supply, of Fall River, Mass. John Powers, of RJP, said this is a good fit for the city-based packaging supply company, with no overlap of customers, which is always a concern for two com- panies operating in the same geo- graphic area. This is also a rare instance of acquiring the company as well as its assets and owner, he said, as the one-man crew of owner Josh Blais will now come aboard. RJP President Ryan Powers said there will be some rearranging at the company's 1 Campbell St. location, but the business overall will be operating as usual. The overall worker total goes from 18 to 19 with the addition of Blais, he said. Blais has always been in the business, but eventually became fed up with it as he was unable to grow, said the owners. The acquisition brings some of Legacy's laundry business, which hasn't been a big point of empha- sis at RJP, and the company also supports a resort. Legacy's main offerings of food service and jani- torial supplies fit well with what RJP is currently doing, said the RJP owners. This acquisition helps expand RJP's reach further beyond Rhode Island's borders, said the owners. They said they remain happy with their Pawtucket location, particu- larly its centralized location in the region, allowing quick trips to Massachusetts and Connecticut. RJP Packaging announces purchase of Legacy Supply By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor do you know? You're holding 1 newspaper, but we fill 5 every week! They're all at

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