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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 01-08-2020

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JANUARY 8-14, 2020 PAWTUCKET 5 PAWTUCKET – Camera tickets through the city's new monitor- ing program were up for the final week they were tallied in 2019, Dec. 15-21, showing a significant increase over the first two weeks of December. According to Wilder Arboleda, spokesman for Mayor Donald Grebien, the total number of appar- ent violations captured that week was 9,114, with 7,029 of those for violations in 20 mph school speed zones and another 2,085 violations captured by cameras at red lights. Those increased numbers, provid- ed in a response to a request from The Breeze, were similar to the week- ly figures seen during the month of November. While violations in school 20 mph school zones are down, viola- tions at red lights continue to climb "incrementally," as Arboleda put it, as all of those cameras are now operational. The Breeze previously reported that there were 6,985 total combined violations for the two kinds of cam- eras for the week ending Dec. 15, and 5,718 violations for the week ending Dec. 8, but the speed camer- as were only on for four of five days during the first week of December. Officials have not ruled out changes to the camera program as higher-than-expected ticket numbers persist, including potentially add- ing, moving or eliminating cam- eras. They are also analyzing the program to see if more signage and other changes could be made. Resident complaints about the program have mainly revolved around the timeframe for the school zone cameras to be on, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the lack of great visibility for the signs warning drivers that the cameras are in use. "As we go through the next few months, signage and other improve- ments will be considered where appropriate," Arboleda said for a story last month. "Our community's continuing priority is safety around our schools for students, teachers, and parents alike." The cameras, run by private con- tractor Sensys Gatso, capture viola- tions that are then reviewed by the Pawtucket Police Department, and tickets are issued at $50 for speed zone violations and $95 for viola- tions at red lights if no extenuating circumstances are found. There were no speed zone viola- tions tallied between Dec. 22 and Dec. 31 because school was no lon- ger in session. The vast majority of tickets are going to drivers who live outside of Pawtucket, as previously reported by The Breeze. A violation is trig- gered when a driver hits 31 mph in a 20 mph school zone. Traffic camera violations rise to end 2019 By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor PAWTUCKET – A proposed amendment to the city's zoning code would make it easier for someone who lives on a corner lot to put up a new fence. "This emerged from a request from the council to consider ways to reduce the number of residents required to go to the Zoning Board when seeking to install side yard fences greater than 3 feet in maxi- mum height," said Jay Rosa, assistant director of planning and redevelop- ment for Pawtucket. The amendment received a favor- able recommendation from the City Planning Commission at its Dec. 19 meeting, and now goes to the City Council for final consideration. "In an instance where a property is a corner lot and has multiple yards with street frontage, the determina- tion of which lot lines are the front, side, or rear for the purposes of maximum allowable fence height shall be made by the zoning director in coordination with the Planning Department as required," states the new language. All fences located on a corner shall comply with street cor- ner visibility setback requirements in keeping with local law, it adds. The amendment, said Rosa, is only applicable for residential corner lots and provides a bit more flexibility for the maximum fence height per- mitted in "side yards." Current maximum heights for fences in residential zoning districts are as follows: • In a front yard, 3 feet for a closed fence where more than 50 percent of the side is covered and 4 feet for a fence where more than 75 percent of the fence can be seen through. • 6 feet for a side yard. • And 6 feet for a rear yard. The maximum height for front, side and rear yards in commercial districts is 8 feet. The matter of fence heights on cor- ner lots has proven to be an issue in a number of area communities over the years, including in Cumberland where a similar situation essentially means residents on those lots have two front yards and have to seek spe- cial permission for a taller fence on one side of the house. City seeks flexibility on corner lot fences By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor CACD will host Census recruitment event tonight PAWTUCKET – Capeverdean American Community Development, 2151, 120 High St., will host a Census 2020 Part-time Job Recruitment today, Wednesday, Jan. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. Part-time jobs working for Census 2020 are available; a Cape Verdean Kriolu speaker is needed. The part-time jobs pay $25 per hour and are local. Hours and sched- ule vary. There is no citizenship requirement for this work; all that is needed is a Green Card. For more information, email cacd@ . IN BRIEF Teens invited to movie night at the library PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Public Library, 13 Summer St., will host a Movie Night for Teens on Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to watch the new release about two teens with cystic fibrosis who meet in a hospital and fall in love despite the fact that they must maintain physical distance. No registration is required. For more information, call 401-725-3714, ext. 221, or email sbloom@pawtucketlibrary. org . IN BRIEF Teen volunteer hours available at the library PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Public Library, 13 Summer St., will hold teen volunteer hours on Monday, Jan. 13, from 4 to 5 p.m., and Thursday, Jan. 30, from 6 to 7 p.m. Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to assist with special projects in the library. Meet at the Reference Desk. No registration is necessary. For more information, call 401- 725-3714, ext. 221. X-Rays • Physicals • Drug Screens • Walk-in Services Open Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Weekends 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Open most holidays 209 Armistice Blvd. Pawtucket, RI 401-725-4100 Hold Your Spot In Line! Our goal is to be prompt, and give great care in a pleasant environment. 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