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The Valley Breeze & Observer 07-23-2020

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SCITUATE – An additional $10,000 was added to Scituate's fis- cal year 2020-2021 budget to pay for a copy of the proposed Home Rule Charter to be mailed to each Scituate home. Democratic Party Chairwoman Alicia Ann Kelley proposed adding $10,000 to the town clerk's budget to print and mail the 65-page charter during the July 15 Financial Town Meeting. Kelley said the idea is to allow each resident to read over the docu- ment before voting on the governing document during the Nov. 3 general election. Copies of the charter will be available upon request and also at the library. "The purpose of this motion is not to support or dissent about the Home Rule Charter. It's about being conscious to what's going on in the community," Kelley said. The change came after resident Paul Durfee made a motion to accept the budget as a whole rather than discuss each line. Town Moderator David D'Agostino initially did not intend to bring Kelley's motion to a vote after Durfee's motion had already been seconded. D'Agostino changed his mind after arguments by Kelley and Democratic Town Council candidate Michael Marcello. "The whole purpose is to allow the community to come together and allow amendments on the budget," Marcello said. Marcello also made a motion to decrease the town's late tax penalty from 12 percent to 6 percent, which passed. Marcello said the reduction will help anyone struggling during the pandemic. The changes brought the budget up to $37.84 million for the 2020- 2021 fiscal year, imposing a 2 per- cent increase on the tax levy, or overall amount to be collected in taxes. The changes will amount to a tax rate of $18.27 per $1,000 of value on residential real estate, $22.76 per thousand on commercial and indus- trial, and $38.92 per thousand for tangible personal property. The budget includes a $247,551 increase in town appropriation, or 2 percent, for the Scituate School 4 SCITUATE JULY 23-29, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION Scituate budget pays for charter mailers, reduced fees Resident files complaint over in-person FTM By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Outdoor seating at Scituate's FINANCIAL TOWN MEETING gave voters six feet of space between seats. Town Councilor Tim McCormick recommended outdoor seating for immunocom- promised residents who did not feel comfort- able indoors. In total, 112 residents voted at Wednesday's meeting. See FTM, Page 11 Town of Foster – Public Hearing ere will be a virtual and in person Public Hearing on proposed changes to the Town Charter of the Town of Foster on ursday, July 30, 2020 at 7:00 p. m. at Captain Isaac Paine School, 160 Foster Center Road. Such changes, if approved, will be placed on the ballot as Referenda at the November 3, 2020 election. e following are the proposed changes.- Proposed Articles & Sections as presented by the Charter Review Committee: Article II, Town Council, Section 2.01. Composition, Election and Terms; Article II, Town Council, Section 2.04. General Powers and Duties; Article II, Town Council, Section 2.06. Vacancies, Forfeiture of Office, Filling Vacancies; Article II, Town Council, Section 2.16. Town Employees; Article III, Moderator, Section 3.03. Financial Town Meeting; Article IV, Town Clerk, Section 4.01. Election; Article IV, Town Clerk, Section 4.04. Powers and Duties; Article V, School Committee, Section 5.01. Membership, Term of Office and Vacancies; Article VI, Appointive Officers and Town Sergeant, Section 6.01. Director of Human Services; Article VI, Appointive Officers and Town Sergeant, Section 6.02. Tax Assessor; Article VI, Appointive Officers and Town Sergeant, Section 6.03. Tax Collector; Article VI, Appointive Officers and Town Sergeant, Section 6.04. Sealer of Weights and Measures; Article VI, Appointive Officers and Town Sergeant, Section 6.10. Town Sergeant; Article VI, Appointive Officers and Town Sergeant, Section 6.12. Town Manager; Article VII, Public Works Department, Section 7.02. Director; Article VIII, Police Department, Section 8.02. Chief of Police; Article X, Financial Procedures, Section 10.03. Preparation of the Budget; Article X, Financial Procedures, Section 10.10. Capital Reserve Fund; Article XI, Treasurer's Department, Section 11.01. Appointment, Qualifications, Organization; Article XI, Treasurer's Department, Section 11.04. Powers and Duties; Article XI, Treasurer's Department, Section 11.05. Specific Powers; Article XI, Treasurer's Department, Section 11.06. Compensations; Article XI, Treasurer's Department, Section 11.07. Bonds; Article XII, Board of Tax Review, Section 12.03. Duties; Article XII, Board of Tax Review, Section 12.04. Correction of Assessments; Article XIII, Nominations and Elections, Section 13.03. Forfeiture of Office; Article XIII, Nominations and Elections, Section 13.05. Non-partisan Elections; Article XIV, General Provisions, Section 14.01. Personal Financial Interest; Article XIV, General Provisions, Section 14.02. Bidding; Article XIV, General Provisions, Section 14.03. Removal From Office; Article XV, Transitional Provisions, Section 15.06. Continuation of Administrative Personnel; Article XV, Transitional Provisions, Section 15.07. Director of Public Welfare; Article XVI, Land Trust, Section 3; Copies of the proposed changes are available on the Town website: https://www.townoffoster.com/town-clerk/pages/public-hearings-notices All persons interested in the above are respectfully requested to be present at the time indicated, meeting details will be posted on an agenda at least 48 hours before the meeting. (See https://www.townoffoster.com/town-council) Per Order of the Town Council Susan M. Dillon, Town Clerk TOWN OF SMITHFIELD INTOXICATING BEVERAGE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, by the Smithfield Town Council of Smithfield serving as the Smithfield Licensing Board, that an application for a License to sell intoxicating bever- ages under the provisions of Title 3, of the General Laws of R.I., 1956, and any amendments thereto has been made to said Council as follows: CLASS B - VICTUALLER BEVERAGE LICENSE (To Include outdoor seating and bar service) Lola's Lounge, LLC, to be known as "Lola's Lounge", 55 Douglas Pike in the Town of Smithfield. e above named application will be in order for a hearing at a meeting of the Town Council on August 4, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber, Smithfield Town Hall, 64 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, at which time and place all remonstrants may make their ob- jections. e public is welcome to any meeting of the Smithfield Town Council. If commu- nication assistance (readers/interpreters/captions) or any other accommodation to ensure equal participation is needed, please contact the Smithfield Town Manager/s office at 401- 233-1010 at least forty-eight hours prior to the meeting. By order of the Town Council: Carol A. Aquilante, MMC, Town Clerk Town of Smithfield Zoning Board of Review • PUBLIC HEARINGS The Smithfield Zoning Board of Review will hold virtual public hearings on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 5:00 PM. All persons entitled to be heard will be heard for or against the granting of the following applications: Blue Water Realty, LLC & Tristan Development, LLC as applicant and owner of property located at 150 George Washington Highway, listed as Plat 46, Lot 63 seek an extension of a previously granted resolution. Nathan Carr as applicant and owner of property located at 5 Menard Lane, listed as Lot 241 on Assessor's Plat 49, seeks a variance to construct a garage. Joseph T. Polseno Jr. and Gina Marie Polseno as applicant and owners of property located at 733 Putnam Pike, listed as Lot 3 on Assessor's Plat 1B, seek a special use permit to conduct retail sales in an existing barn. Seven Cedars Farm LLC as applicant and owner of property located at 20 John Mowry Road, listed as Lot 349 on Assessor's Plat 46, seeks a special use permit to construct a greenhouse. Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/536429301 You can also dial in using your phone. United States (Toll Free): 1 877 309 2073 Access Code: 536-429-301 The application and accompanying documents for these applications are available for public review on the 2020 Meeting Agendas page of the Town's Website: https://www.smithfieldri.com/ If communication assistance (readers/interpreters/captions) is needed or any other accommodation to ensure equal participation, please contact the Smithfield Town Manager's Office at 401-233-1010 at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the meeting. BY ORDER OF THE ZONING BOARD. S. James Busam, Chairman

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