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The Valley Breeze & Observer 04-01-2021

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | APRIL 1-7, 2021 SMITHFIELD 7 "At the worst-case scenario, that's a $0.41 increase over two years while at the same time (continuing) with the type of service we want," Rossi said of the zero percent tax increase in 2020. Rossi said the budget will most likely see a lower tax rate after state funding estimates are finalized. In 2020, town residents approved replacing the Financial Town Meeting with a Review Board that will present a budget to the Town Council after reviewing the town manager's budget. The public can comment on the bud- get at the Review Board hearings and again when the budget is presented to the Town Council. The board met for the first time at the beginning of the month and has been meeting with department heads to look for possible savings in the budget. The $45 million elementary school improvement bonds were deferred in this budget cycle while the town pays off other bonds. The town refinanced several bonds in November of last year and secured lower interest rates to the tune of $650,000 in savings, he said. The Smithfield School Department's proposed budget increased by 1.3 percent, or $1.27 million, from last year, a requested increase of $403,125 in the town appropriation. Rossi said state aid to the school did not take as great a hit as antici- pated, and the district will receive an $868,711 increase in state aid from last year. Rossi said he thought the relatively minor increase in the local appropria- tion seemed reasonable and passed it to the Review Board without changes. Rossi said the town's budget includes $120,000, not included in the school's appropriation, that will help cover capital improvements to the Smithfield High School auditorium. "This is a part of a continued col- laboration between our two entities," he said. Of the anticipated $2.7 million in federal stimulus funds, Rossi said the town is hesitant to add the funds into the budget until they receive more details on how it can be spent. COVID-19 did not have as drastic an effect on the town's finances as expected, Rossi said, and state aid to municipalities and schools did not drop off as much as feared. Rossi said relying on the stimulus funding to plug gaps in the budget is not well-advised and will create prob- lems in the following year. He added that without knowing where the money can be spent, he would rather wait to use the funding in case addi- tional grants can be used for projects such as helping existing businesses. "There are so many unknowns for it. We don't want to spend money that could be covered somewhere else," he said. Rossi said increases in the budget stem from continued investment in the community, covering capital improvements for paving roads, improvements to various parks and recreational facilities and replacement of the Esmond Mill Bridge. To view and participate in the April 14 Review Board meeting via Zoom, follow the link on the town website or call in at 1-866-899-4679 using the access code 833-024-773. A copy of the proposed budget is available at www.smithfieldri.com . BUDGET From Page One NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TOWN OF FOSTER • ZONING BOARD OF REVIEW April 14, 2021 • 7:00 PM • Zoom.us e Town of Foster Zoning Board of Review will hold a Public Hearing on April 14, 2021 at 7PM remotely via Zoom.us for a property located on 1 Stoney Brook Lane, being Plat 17 Lot 67 in an Agricultural/Residential AR district on 0.47 acres. e Applicant and Owner, Erasmo Torres, seeks a Dimensional Variance from the Town of Foster Zoning Ordinanc - es Article IV Uses Section 38-192 (1) Dimensional Regulations. e applicant proposes to construct an attached garage to be connected to the existing single family. e proposed addition will require a variance of 47 feet from the required minimum side yard setback of 50 ; a variance of 4 from the required minimum front yard setback of 35; and a variance of 9.36% over the 3% maximum Building Coverage requirement. e hearing will be heard on April 14, 2021, at 7PM via Zoom.Us. All interested persons are invited to attend the Public Hearing and be heard. Modifica - tions to the proposal may occur as a result of the comments received during the hearing or as a result of further study. e application can be reviewed at Town Hall at 181 Howard Hill Road in the Planning Department during normal business hours by appointment only. e Zoom meeting access information will be posted on the Zoning Board of Review Agenda and posted to https://opengov.sos.ri.gov/openmeetings at least 48 hours prior to the start of the meeting. Individuals requiring interpreter service must notify the Town Clerk's Office at (401) 392- 9200 at least 72 hours in advance of the hearing date. By order of the Zoning Board of Review Manny Linhares, Chair TOWN OF SMITHFIELD • INTOXICATING BEVERAGE VIRTUAL TOWN COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA ADVERTISED ON WEBSITE: WWW.SMITHFIELDRI.COM NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, by the Smithfield Town Council of Smithfield serv- ing as the Smithfield Licensing Board, that an application for a License to sell intoxicating beverages under the provisions of Title 3, of the General Laws of R.I., 1956, and any amend- ments thereto has been made to said Council as follows: CLASS B-VICTUALLER BEVERAGE LICENSE (To include outdoor seating and bar service) Chacon Restaurant, LLC, to be known as "Frank & John from Italy on the Water", 743 Putnam Pike Pike in the Town of Smithfield. e above named application will be in order for a virtual hearing of the Town Council on April 6, 2021, at 6:00 p.m, please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone, https://www.gotomeet.me/Randy Rossi/smithfield-town-council, you can also dial in using your phone Toll Free: 1-877-568-4106 or 1-646-749-3129, Access Code: 342- 830-965 at which time and place all remonstrants may make their objections. e public is welcome to any meeting of the Smithfield Town Council. If communication 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 for- ty-eight hours prior to the meeting. By order of the Town Council: Lyn Antonuccio, MPA, CMC, Acting Town Clerk TOWN OF SMITHFIELD, RHODE ISLAND PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Smithfield Planning Board will hold a virtual Public Hearing on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 6:00 PM. The purpose of the Public Hearing is to consider and obtain public input on proposed amendments to the Land Use chapter of Comprehensive Community Plan. This amendment is proposed in accor- dance with the provisions of Section 45-22.2-8 of the General Laws of Rhode Island. VIRTUAL MEETING* Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/454530925 You can also dial in using your phone. United States (Toll Free): 1 877 309 2073 Access Code: 454-530-925 For Technical Support, please call 401-233-1017 *Provided, however, that the meeting is allowed to be held virtually. If virtual meetings are prohibited on this date, then the Planning Board may convene the meeting at the Smithfield Town Hall, 2nd Floor, Crepeau Hall, 64 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, RI, pursuant to compliance with the latest Executive Order dealing with public meetings. Comprehensive Plan Amendment Summary: The Planning Board will review areas of inconsistency identified in Figure LU-12 Inconsistencies between Future Land Use and Existing Zoning as recommended by the Smithfield Town Council. Specific areas identified for review by the Planning Board include Map ID #21, Map ID #22, Map ID #32, Map ID #52, a portion of Map ID #11 on Douglas Pike, Map ID #12 and Plat 46, Lot 171, Plat 43, Lot 78 on Mountaindale Road and Plat 39, Lot 45 off of Whipple Road. The Board may recommend to the Town Council that amendments be made to these areas and other parts of the Comprehensive Plan including, Figure LU-11 Future Land Use, land use categories, Table LU-4 - Zoning and Land Use Inconsistencies and Figure LU-12 Inconsistencies between Future Land Use and Existing Zoning. At said Hearing opportunity will be given to all interested persons to be heard upon the proposed amendments. The proposed amendments may be altered or amended prior to the close of the Public Hearing, without further advertising, as a result of further study or because of the views expressed at the Public Hearing. Any alteration or amendments must be presented for comment in the course of the Hearing. Availability of Information: A complete copy of the proposed amendments are available on the Town Planner's page of the Town's website at www.smithfieldri.com. The public is welcome to any meeting of the Planning Board. If communication 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 (48) hours prior to the meeting. Please call (401) 233-1017 with any Technical difficulties during the meeting. By order of the Smithfield Planning Board Albert S. Gizzarelli, Jr., Chairman TOWN OF SMITHFIELD, RHODE ISLAND PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Smithfield Town Council will hold a virtual Public Hearing on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 6:00 PM. The purpose of the Public Hearing is to consider and obtain public input on a proposed amendment to the Housing chapter of the Comprehensive Community Plan. This amendment is proposed in accordance with the provisions of Section 45-22.2-8 of the General Laws of Rhode Island. VIRTUAL MEETING* Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. https://www.gotomeet.me/RandyRossi/smithfield-towncouncil You can also dial in using your phone. United States (Toll Free): 1 877 568 4106 United States: +1 (646) 749-3129 Access Code: 342-830-965 For technical support dial: 401-233-1010 *Provided, however, that the meeting is allowed to be held virtually. If virtual meetings are prohibited on this date, then the Town Council may convene the meeting at the Smithfield Town Hall, 2nd Floor, Crepeau Hall, 64 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, RI, pursuant to compliance with the latest Executive Order dealing with public meetings. Comprehensive Plan Amendment Summary: The proposed amendment involves a complete rewrite of the Housing section including the Introduction; Data and Trends Snapshot; Types of Housing Development; Housing Costs; Housing Trends; Special Needs; Housing Problems and Needs; Zoning for Resi- dential Uses; Smithfield's Housing Agencies and Programs; Rehabilitation of Existing Building Stock for Residential Purposes; Low-Moderate Income Housing Data and Trends; Low and Moderate Income Housing Strategies, including the removal of Table H-25 which lists selected properties for LMI housing development; Implementing the Strategies; Goals, Policies; and, Actions; and, Implementation. At said Hearing opportunity will be given to all interested persons to be heard upon the proposed amendments. The proposed amendment may be altered or amended prior to the close of the Public Hearing, without further advertising, as a result of further study or because of the views expressed at the Public Hearing. Any alteration or amendment must be presented for comment in the course of the Hearing. Availability of Information A complete copy of the proposed amendments are available on the Town Planner's page of the Town's website at www.smithfieldri.com. If communication assistance (readers/interpreters/captions) or any other accommoda- tion to ensure equal participation is needed, please contact the Smithfield Town Man- ager's office at 401-233-1010 at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the meeting. Please call (401) 233-1010 with any Technical difficulties during the meeting. BY ORDER OF THE TOWN COUNCIL. Suzanna L. Alba, President

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