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The North Providence Breeze 01-08-2020

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JANUARY 8-14, 2020 NORTH PROVIDENCE 3 NORTH PROVIDENCE – Members of a committee charged with planning the future new North Providence Animal Shelter are continuing talks about moving it to Notte Park, but town officials say they want to keep the facility where it is. Town Council President Dino Autiello, who heads up the com- mittee, said he thinks "it's a good exercise to explore the options," but he doesn't see the town moving the shelter to a new location, particularly given the sewer tie-in work previ- ously done at the existing location on Smithfield Road. "I just think the easier thing is to keep it where it is," he said. Ultimately, it will be town officials who decide the location for the shelter, and not the Animal Shelter Committee. The committee is set to meet tonight, Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 5 p.m. in Town Hall, when a "discussion on the proposed shelter" is on the agenda. A December meeting saw low attendance, with Autiello also absent, but members discussed shelters they'd visited and compared and contrasted what they'd seen during tours. Autiello said David DeQuattro of RGB Architects met members at Notte Park, where they looked at the stone building that the North Providence Mayor's Youth Commission currently meets in as a possible location for the shelter. DeQuattro is set to bring informa- tion, including renderings of what a shelter could look like there, to Wednesday's meeting, said Autiello. The softball field at Notte Park has also been discussed as a possible location for the shelter, said Autiello, but he doesn't see that as feasible based on the needed use of that field for state tournaments, among other factors. Mayor Charles Lombardi said this week that he also remains opposed to moving the shelter to Notte Park, saying he can't get behind the dis- ruption that it would bring to exist- ing recreational, community and rental uses in the park, as well as the fact that people frequenting the facil- ity wouldn't even be allowed to walk the dogs in the surrounding park space. Autiello agreed that shelter activi- ties would interfere with an increas- ing number of events and other uses at the park, particularly if the shelter were to be moved more toward the Lincoln town line within the Camp Meehan acreage. The council president said he'd like to see "realistic expectations" on the shelter. At numerous events, including pasta dinners at the senior highrises, the question he gets asked more than any other is when the ani- mal shelter will be built. "We just need to get the thing built," he said. "If moving it is not an option, let's just build it where it is." The Animal Shelter Committee revived planning discussions for a new animal shelter late last year after the completion of the new North Providence Public Safety Complex. The plan is to use a combination of the Police Department's remain- ing winnings from a 2012 settle- ment with Google, as well as partial funding from neighboring Johnston, which shares the animal shelter, to build a new and improved shelter. It hasn't been decided yet whether a complete tear-down of the existing dilapidated shelter will be warranted. Town officials not interested in moving animal shelter By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor The committee is set to meet tonight, Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 5 p.m. in Town Hall, when a "discussion on the proposed shelter" is on the agenda. United Way of R.I. appoints community leaders to board of directors PROVIDENCE – Two local com- munity leaders have been appointed to the United Way of Rhode Island Board of Directors for three-year terms. New to the UWRI Board of Directors are Marcela Betancur, of North Providence, and Brian Carroll, of Lincoln. Betancur is the executive direc- tor of the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University, where she advocates for policy solutions that focus on issues such as afford- able housing and healthcare. She is also director of the R.I. New Leaders Council, vice president of the R.I. Latino Political Action Committee, and a policy associate with the ACLU. She graduated from Rhode Island College. A senior legal leader with broad operational, compliance and trans- actional experience, Carroll is senior vice president, senior man- aging counsel for Citizens Capital Markets (Citizens Financial Group). He is a graduate of Boston College and University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and holds a master of public and international affairs degree from University of Pittsburgh Graduate School. 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