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The Valley Breeze & Observer 10-29-2020

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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE SMITHFIELD – After hours of testimony last Thursday, Oct. 22, the Smithfield Town Council voted 4-0 to move forward with the purchase of the 114-acre Camp Shepard property for $1,225,000 from the YMCA of Greater Providence. Council President Suzy Alba was not present at the meeting, which saw some residents asking for more time to con- sider funding options for the purchase before going ahead with the deal. YMCA of Greater Providence Chief Executive Officer Steven O'Donnell said he and the board were firm on the 45-day closing period given to the town, and would not extend the offer any fur- ther. That period ended on Oct. 25. O'Donnell explained that the YMCA had been in negotiations with Smithfield to use the property for recreation activi- ties for years, but COVID-19 then hit and changed plans. The board decided to sell the property and approached Smithfield before putting the property on the market. As word got out about the planned purchase, several local real estate inves- tors made offers on the property, some more than what Smithfield had offered, and O'Donnell said the YMCA would look into those offers if Smithfield didn't agree by Oct. 25. "We have a handful of people offering pricing on this property," he said. "The biggest reason we went to the town was Smithfield moves forward with Camp Shepard purchase By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See SHEPARD, Page 33 SCITUATE – Anyone driv- ing through Scituate this summer noticed the low water levels in the Scituate Reservoir, when, according to Providence Water Supply Board spokesman Christopher Hunter, the water source saw historic lows. The Providence Water Supply Board has 90 years of water level data, which the board uses along with historical drought information to predict water levels by month. "Depending on the Scituate Reservoir water levels, certain actions may be taken such as drought advisories through press releases or certain water restriction," Hunter said. The PWSB has not had to restrict water use for at least 20 years, he added. Hunter said that due to watershed protection and the large capacity of the Scituate Reservoir, there is no diminishing of water quality when the water level drops. The reservoir is fed by a complex system including the Regulating Reservoir, Barden Reservoir, Moswansicut Reservoir, Ponaganset Reservoir and the Westconnaug Reservoir. According to a Scituate Reservoir historic water level chart ranging from April 27 to Nov. 2, the reser- voir reached its high point this year in the week of May 11 at 285 feet, Water level low, quality high in Scituate Reservoir By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See WATER, Page 33 SMITHFIELD – Smithfield is the recipient of one of the state's $2.1 million in Take It Outside grants aimed at relieving local busi- nesses of costs associated with mov- ing business outdoors to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. According to Town Manager Randy Rossi, Smithfield was granted $75,000 in grants to award to local businesses, with the town as an intermediary, for restaurants, retailers, health clubs, yoga and cycling studio and fitness cen- ters, small businesses and apple orchards and farms, as well as the Greenville Library and Smithfield Senior Center. Rossi said he expects the town to put a maximum for grant funding on each business and expects each business to receive no more than $7,500. Grants will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. Rossi said local businesses can Grant allows local businesses to Take It Outside By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See GRANT, Page 33 BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON CONNOR MONTALBANO, 6, dressed as TIGGER, applauds as he hangs out the car window at the end of a story during last Friday's Halloween Family Story Time, held in the Greenville Public Library parking lot. Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. 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