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The North Providence Breeze 4-17-13

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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A Valley Breeze Newspaper APRIL 17-23, 2013 FREE Breeze The north providence What's Cooking? Sporting Smiles Local food featured in the first Eat Drink RI Festival. LIVING Little League players hit the fields of North Providence. PAGE 12 @ "Like" us on Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Fishing for excitement Mayor likely to seek bids on private DPW by end of April By ETHAN SHOREY Breeze Staff Writer Breeze photo by Bruce McCabe Nicholas Bamber, 4, is the family fish spotter during the derby. The Mayor Charles A. Lombardi Fishing Derby for boys and girls ages 6 through 14 was held at Geneva Pond in Governor Notte Park Monday. Free refreshments were served, with the winners in various age groups receiving trophies. The event was sponsored by the North Providence Recreation Department. See more photos on page 4. NORTH PROVIDENCE – The town may finally be on the brink of launching a private public works department, if Mayor Charles Lombardi has his way. Lombardi told The Breeze he's finally ready to move forward with the privatization of a department he says is costing taxpayers too much for too little service. He expects to seek bids from interested companies by the end of the month. "We think there will be big Lombardi savings for taxpayers," he said. An effort by Lombardi's administration in February to seek bids just on town grass cutting was disappointSee DPW, Page 15 Lombardi in talks on a new and more lucrative solar deal By ETHAN SHOREY Breeze Staff Writer NORTH PROVIDENCE – Mayor Charles Lombardi, intent on not giving up his plan for bringing a solar energy farm to town, says he's in talks on a proposal that would nearly double the revenue of an earlier failed project. Lombardi told The Breeze "he couldn't convince" the Town Council that an earlier proposal from Sun Edison was in taxpayers' best interest, but is very hopeful that a new one, with FRIEnergy, will do the trick. "This is very promising," said Lombardi. Based in Texas, FRIEnergy has specialized in renewable solar and wind energy for more than 50 years, according to the company website. Lombardi said he plans to go out for "re-bid" on proposals for the old landfill on Awarded as Smithfield's #1 Hearing Practice ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc. Smithfield Road by the end of this week. "To be fair to everyone," he said, all companies will be asked to submit bids, including Sun Edison. But the frontrunner here appears to be FRIEnergy, said Lombardi, a company his administration has already met with three times. Lombardi called the proposed deal with FRIEnergy a "different concept" from the previous one with Sun Edison. As part of that earlier proposal, the mayor was asking the Town Council to waive as much as $300,000 in tangible taxes to See SOLAR, Page 15

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