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The North Providence Breeze 01-08-2020

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BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY RYLAND BALLSEY, 2, and his mom, ALI, raise their hands during a numbers game at the North Providence Union Free Library last Saturday during a sign language storytime. It was the fourth program of the series, which is held at the library the first Saturday of each month for deaf and hard-of-hearing youth, as well as children with deaf parents. See more photos on Page 7. Launching into language NORTH PROVIDENCE – Town officials have ordered a halt to construction of a home on an undersized lot on North Elmore Avenue after the developer behind it started building without a per- mit. Mayor Charles Lombardi says he's contemplating all options in this matter, including seeking a permanent end to development of the home. Work done to date has seemingly ignored stipulations put in place by the Zoning Board in its questionable approval of the proj- ect, said the mayor. "If construction continues, it's going to be with some strict over- sight," he told The North Providence Breeze. A town legal notice affixed to the studs of the partially built home says to cease and desist all work due to a lack of a permit. Work will not be allowed to commence until after a Thursday, Jan. 16 Zoning Board meeting, if it is allowed to at all, says Lombardi. At that meeting he plans to ask members why they approved this project last year and why they allowed "the wool to be pulled over their eyes" by a man "crying on their shoulder" about how he Developer ordered to halt work on North Elmore house By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See HOUSE, Page 4 NORTH PROVIDENCE – Mayor Charles Lombardi, the town's top elected official since win- ning a special elec- tion back in 2007, says he expects to run for another term in 2020. "I think I'd like Lombardi expects to run for another term By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See MAYOR, Page 2 LOMBARDI NORTH PROVIDENCE – Dozens of town workers earn more than the mayor, and now the Town Council is looking to change that dynamic. After approving a $10,000 raise for the mayor during 2019 budget delib- erations, from $75,000 to $85,000, the council was set to consider a res- olution on the mayoral salary during its regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 7. Town Council President Dino Autiello noted that this raise has noth- ing to do with the mayor needing more money, but is about considering the future and attracting the right candidates after Lombardi leaves office and having a salary in line with other communities. "Comparatively, looking at the other cities and towns, and the job the mayor's done and what the other mayors have done, it's very low," he said, citing comparable surrounding communities with higher pay for the top elected official. The council is seeking a charter change raising the salary incremen- tally for the office of the mayor and making those raises permanent. Autiello said a couple of council members have raised the issue. The pay would go up next year to $95,000 and then incrementally increase over the next couple of years to $105,000, said Autiello. The initial budget proposed last year had Lombardi earning $5,000 less than Chief of Staff Dick Fossa's $80,000 before the council made the final change to $85,000. Council considers bumping up mayoral pay By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See PAY, Page 2 AUTIELLO THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE JANUARY 8-14, 2020 (401)944-2450 FOR A PERSONAL TOUR Our uplifting environment and special approach to Alzheimer's and dementia care have created a quality of life you simply can't get any place else. Lombardi Medical Associates LLC Wellesley Medical Building 1515 Smith Street, Suite M, North Providence, RI 02911 401-228-8775 Anthony J. Lombardi, Jr., MD Internal Medicine Welcome to 1565 Douglas Avenue, North Providence, RI 401-353-5555 Fax: 401-353-4807 An Active Adult Community. Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sat. & Sun. by appointment All of our Apartments include: •Air Conditioning •Heat, Hot Water & Gas Included •Pools, Tennis & Bocci Courts •Plenty of Parking •On-Site Laundry • Friendly On-Site Staff •Snow Removal! Douglas Apartments

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