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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 01-10-2018

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2 PAWTUCKET JANUARY 10-16, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION The proposal has also drawn criti- cism from neighboring communities, including North Providence and Providence. The newly formed stakeholder group will learn more about the challenges at the current site, the proposal for the relocation, industry standards and requirements, financial impacts, and services to residents, and will then explore options mov- ing forward, states a release from the mayor. The Hassenfeld Institute will facilitate this process and compile the data into a report for the city and the City Council. Grebien previously announced a pause in the approvals process for the transfer station, as experts review the proposal and come up with rec- ommendations. Members of the stakeholder group represent Fairlawn residents, the City Council, the business community, and include representatives of Link Environmental and the city. The preliminary list released this week includes: • City Councilor Meghan Kallman • City Councilor Timothy Rudd • Former City Councilor Mary Bray • Foolproof Brewing Company owner Nick Garrison • Carole Kelly, a neighbor of the existing Grotto Avenue facility • Ricardo Pitts-Wiley, of Mixed Magic Theatre, located near the existing transfer station • Arthur Plitt, head of the Neighborhood Alliance of Pawtucket, and member of city boards • Joseph Reposa, executive direc- tor of the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corp. • Patricia St. Germain, Fairlawn community organizer and head of the Fairlawn Against Crime Team • Mary Ann Shallcross, of Doctor Day Care, which is located near the proposed facility • Jim Semenko, owner of The Car Store, also located near the proposed facility • Joseph Vinagro, CEO of Link Environmental • And Dylan Zelazo, chief of staff to Grebien. The current Grotto Avenue transfer station directly abuts a dense resi- dential area and has multiple issues ranging from truck traffic directly through the neighborhoods, envi- ronmental concerns, and operational issues from "the lack of investment for decades," stated the release from the mayor's office. "The current issues at the Grotto Avenue site are challenging and cost- ly," it states. "This has resulted in the need for the current transfer station to be replaced." The city began assessing options more than three years ago, looking at alternatives to continue to provide existing trash collection services within a fully enclosed and regulated facility. Those discussions have also related to how to keep the service affordable to residents. One of the compelling reasons for the reloca- tion, according to Grebien, is to reduce the traffic from current pat- terns and off residential roads and have truck traffic coming directly off I-95 to the site, a much shorter distance away compared with the current site. The city has engaged Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership at Bryant University "to ensure a transparent and informative pro- cess." Officials say they will engage the community to understand "all options and the impact both from a quality of life and financial perspec- tive." Visit ipal-transfer-station for more on the proposal. TRANSFER From Page One PAWTUCKET – School offi- cials are now only a handful of policies away from completing an overhaul of the Pawtucket School Department's policy manual. The more than 200 policies, many of which have not been updated since 1965, have now been reviewed, brought into line with current prac- tices and made available online. Erin Dube, vice chairwoman of the school board and head of the policy subcommittee, said the biggest changes made over the past three years of work include: • Transportation: Increasing bus- ing to include middle school, after looking at how the district could be smarter about busing and shift- ing some start times to use one bus for two or three routes, also known as tier busing. That change came about after several months of work between the policy subcommittee and transportation provider. • Homework: Giving teachers, the "educational experts," more flex- ibility to use home- work as they see fit instead of having a one-size-fits-all approach. • Core beliefs and commitments: One of the first policies tackled back in 2015 was this school board's governance policy. The revamped policy now displayed on the board's web page governs how the board approaches all other policies. On a whole, school officials have also worked to clean up language, reduce redundancy, and ensure that they "have policy and not procedure in this manual," said Dube. The work takes a lot of time, she said, and many school boards hire consul- tants to do it. 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