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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-14-13

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Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket NOVEMBER 14-20, 2013 FREE Breeze The valley PATRIOTIC GATHERING BAH, HUMBUG! Museum of Work & Culture hosts Veterans Day events. PAGES 10, 11 Veteran actor takes on the role of Scrooge at Trinity Rep. LIVING @ "Like" us on valleybreeze.com Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Fair shopping Zoning Board pulled into complaint over Dowling storm water plan Hearing set for Dec. 10 Budget Commission report: Debt paid off by 2017, future savings in the millions By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com sandy@valleybreeze.com WOONSOCKET – The adjustments to union contracts negotiated and enacted by the Woonsocket Budget Commission have changed the city's long term financial outlook, decreasing the cost of post employment benefits by roughly $107 million over the next 30 years. That is, if all costs remain constant over the next 30 years, and the changes to the healthcare policies of both active and retired city employees hold up in court. An updated version of the city's five-year plan, released by the Budget Commission this week, demonstrates how those changes will affect the city's bottom line. As of last June, Woonsocket was scheduled to come up more than $9 million short on its annual required contribution for OPEB, or "other post employment benefits," a term for retiree costs including healthcare, life and dental benefits. With the new contracts in place, that figure is decreased NORTH SMITHFIELD – A dispute over who's responsible for enforcing pollution prevention regulations at Dowling Village will be heard by the town's Zoning Board of Review responding to an appeal filed by the Valley Alliance for Smart Growth. VASG first filed a complaint last year alleging that construction at the site was not in compliance with the approved development plan. The letter, delivered to the town on Dec. 27, 2012, requested that the town issue a cease and desist order on Bucci Development until the company, which is currently in the process of building a large retail complex off Eddie Dowling Highway, performed an invasive plant study, groundwater testing and a study of sediment damage in Booth Pond. The town denied the comSee ZONING, Page 20 Valley breeze photo by David Wuerth Dylan T. Burke, 3, sits on the shoulders of his dad, Dylan R. Burke, as they make their way through a Christmas fair at St. Charles Borromeo Church last Saturday. They are from Woonsocket. See more photos on Page 19, and a list of upcoming bazaars starting on Page 6. Dep r essed? Anxi ous? Str essed? • Short term counseling • Long term therapy • Anxiety, depression • Substance Abuse Counseling • Children, teens, adults Children often have symptoms of Depression & Anxiety such as poor concentration, low self esteem, low energy & frequent sadness. Children • Adults • Couples • Families Now Accepting New Patients Most Insurances Accepted Anthony Taraboreli l, LI , CDP CSW 1 Soc alSt eet W oonsoc i r , ket RI 02895 , 4018290341 A m erican / A sian / Indian G rocery @ JM A R T Cass A ve. Food M art With great pleasure we re-launch the vast varieties of Asian and Indian Groceries at JMart Woonsocket. Rice, Wheat Flour, Daal Varieties, Curry Powders, Spices, Indian Sweets & Snacks, Frozen Foods and more… Visit or call us today for details. 562 Cass Ave.,W oonsocket,RI02895 401.769.9700 or 401.769.1759 w w w .jm artw oonsocket.com ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc. to $3.6 million in 2014. "Our annual OPEB has dropped down for the city, and for the schools it has dropped down BRUCE significantly," said Finance Director Thomas Bruce. "Through collective bargaining that we obtained with most of the unions except for public safety, we were able to save dollars against what we projected against the baseline back in February," explained Stephen Coleman, fiscal adviser to the commission. "The most important part about this is by FY17 the city is able to eliminate the cumulative deficit between city and school." According to a chart released by the commission, projected deficits will remain around $3.6 million until 2016. That is the final year Woonsocket has to pay back the deficit funding bond - an $11-million, fiveyear loan taken out in 2011. The city currently pays $3 million annually on the debt and See BUDGET, Page 20

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