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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 04-22-2020

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12 PAWTUCKET APRIL 22-28, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION PAWTUCKET – The city's plan to improve public infrastructure and buildings over the next five years has a strong emphasis on continued road repaving, infrastructure improvements around the coming commuter rail sta- tion and soccer stadium, and school rehabilitations and rebuilds. The capital improvement plan, approved by the City Planning Commission last Tuesday, April 14, and now before the City Council, sets a roadmap for the city as leaders consider how to expend public dollars through 2025. The city anticipates receiving $1.88 million in Community Development Block Grant funds in the upcoming year, and officials expect putting it toward traffic, paving and sidewalk improvements near the train station, which is now under development. Additionally, the city is considering the feasibility of using HUD Section 108 funding to support significant improvements to the riverfront area where a soccer stadium and related amenities are planned, including pub- lic access improvements, pedestrian walkways and a pedestrian bridge over the Seekonk River. "CDBG funds are also requested to help finance these infrastructure improvements around major develop- ment projects located in the Conant Thread District and along the city's riverfront," states the plan. "Improved access to these locations, as well as efficient circulation around these major areas of economic development, is a high priority over the next several years." The Department of Public Works has requested another $4 million for street and sidewalk improvements. Of that, $3 million will go to paving citywide, with a priority on primary thoroughfares and existing roadway conditions. Another $1 million will go to sidewalk improvements, specifically ADA compliance needs, street tree planting, and the city's 50-50 sidewalk repair program. In addition to money remaining from 2018 bonds, the city is seeking some $14 million in bond referendums on the 2020 ballot, including: • Another $3 million for paving in addition to the $5 million approved by voters two years ago. • Another $4 million for pub- lic buildings, added to $5 million approved in 2018. • Another $4 million for recreation facilities, added to $4.5 million in the last election. • Another $1 million for road and traffic control, added to $1 million pre- viously approved. • Another $1 million for streets and sidewalks, added to $7 million approved in 2018. • And another $1 million for sanitary sewer and storm drain work, added to $1.5 million previously approved. Taxpayers approved $220 million in school building improvements in 2018, and there is no new bond referendum for schools proposed in the CIP. Wilder Arboleda, spokesman for Mayor Donald Grebien, said the city continues to tackle important quality of life issues. The CIP, he said, takes a comprehensive look at a five-year time period involving all city departments, reviewing all potential funding sources. The mandated process is standard operating procedure for municipalities. "The city, through its departments, will continue to focus on infrastructure upgrades," he said. "This includes the continued repaving of our roads, with over 100 miles of our city's 180 miles repaved since 2011. The city continues to work on the infrastructure around the downtown and future train station, including sidewalks, roadways, and traffic signals for improved flow and beautification for our residents and businesses in the area. We also remain devoted to the upgrades of our public recreation sites and buildings as we have done with Payne Park and San Bento Parks. The city, School Committee, and school administration will continue working closely together on reno- vations and improvements to city schools, he said. Five-year plan focuses on upgrades along river, near train station By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com Pawtucket and CF create incident command system The cities of Pawtucket and Central Falls are partnering with local orga- nizations to combat the coronavirus pandemic after gathering broad com- munity support. The cities have created an inci- dent command system known as Beat Covid-19, focusing on grass- roots communication and assistance with the goal reaching out to every household in the two cities, includ- ing identifying residents who become symptomatic as soon as they get sick and moving them to effective isola- tion immediately. Beat Covid-19 is spearheaded by Dr. Michael Fine, who serves as health liaison for Pawtucket and heads the Central Falls Office on Health. Over the last few weeks, Fine has been working with both the Grebien and Diossa administrations on the plan to provide information to all residents including those in hard to reach communities. "Beat Covid-19 is a group of local and state organizations working in concert with RIDOH in order to access the hard to reach communities and provide them with the opportu- nity to defend themselves from this spread. This approach is different and has never been done before," said Fine in a release. "The number of Covid-19 posi- tive cases continues to increase in Central Falls and Pawtucket. We are coordinating a ground-level response to slow the increase and assist our residents," said Central Falls Mayor James Diossa. "We have established a team that will allow us to truly con- nect with everyone in our commu- nity. I thank all of the organizations and individuals who have rapidly stepped up to the plate." "Pawtucket and Central Falls are diverse communities. In order to reach all of our residents with nec- essary information to combat the spread of coronavirus, we understand that we need a community effort to the level of something we need to do with limited resources," said Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien. "I thank all of the organizations who are stepping up and working with the cities and Dr. Fine in order to keep our residents safe." Both Mayors and Dr. Fine acknowledged that this is the first step of many and noted that they anticipate having a hotline available to assist all Pawtucket and Central Falls residents who have questions, are experiencing symptoms, or need testing by the end of the week. Any organization looking to get involved with Beat Covid-19 can reach out to Wil Arboleda via email at warboleda@pawtucketri.com or phone at 401-728-0500 ext. 358. Health professionals looking to get involved are asked to contact the R.I. Responds System. Visit riresponds. org or call Nola Rich at 401-385-3911 to sign up. Man arrested for shooting The Rhode Island State Police, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Pawtucket Police Department announced the arrest of Jayquan Parker, age 25, of 227 Rand St., Central Falls, on several charges relating to a shoot- ing incident in Pawtucket on April 7. As a result, members of the Pawtucket Police Department issued an arrest warrant for felony assault, using a firearm when committing a crime of violence, possession of firearms by someone convicted of a crime of violence, firing in a compact area, drive-by shootings, license or permit required to carry, disorderly conduct and vandalism. Parker was taken into custody in Providence and later turned over to the Pawtucket Police Department. The Violent Fugitive Task Force is managed by the Rhode Island State Police and the U.S. Marshals Service. Police investigate after person killed on I-95 The Rhode Island State Police THE WEEK THAT WAS PARKER See WEEK, Page 14 ACROSS 1. Revolutions per minute 4. Hymns 10. Brew 11. Did not acknowl- edge 12. Atomic #77 14. Partly digested food 15. Not one 16. Lesotho capital 18. Copyreading 22. Living organism that feeds on organic matter 23. One's biological father 24. An aggregate of molecules 26. Equally 27. Khoikhoi people 28. Jump in figure skating 30. Lantern 31. TV network 34. Georges __, French philoso- pher 36. Sharp, shrill bark 37. Albanian mone- tary units 39. Launched Apollo 40. One who grad- uated 41. Exist 42. Passed by 48. Very unpleasant smell 50. Graduates 51. Seedless raisin 52. Self-protection 53. Clue 54. Life-savers 55. Ingest too much 56. Misrepresented 58. Small Eurasian deer 59. Most mocking 60. Soviet Socialist Republic DOWN 1. Flower cluster 2. A form 3. Inner organ regions 4. Local law enforce- ment 5. A citizen of Sen- egal 6. Positively charged electrodes 7. Connects granules 8. Business practice 9. The Mount Rush- more State 12. Leader 13. Hindu queen 17. Proofreading mark 19. European country 20. Greek mythologi- cal nymph 21. Grandfather 25. Clears 29. Amount of time 31. Mollusks 32. German munici- pality 33. Body part 35. City of Angels hoopsters 38. Suffocate 41. Pleasing to the eye 43. Poplar trees (Spanish) 44. Ship officer 45. Individual in- vestment account (abbr.) 46. Prefix meaning within 47. Ceased to live 49. Day by day 56. Not color 57. Condition of withdrawal (abbr.) Answers to this week's crossword puzzle can be found on page 15.

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