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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 03-07-2018

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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE MARCH 7-13, 2018 JANET TOWNER, of Pawtucket, has trouble keeping her hat on as she strug- gles with the wind during Pawtucket's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, held in downtown Pawtucket last Saturday. See more photos on page 28. PAWTUCKET – City officials are not putting the brakes on a plan to install new school speed zone and red light cameras, despite controversy in neighboring Providence over the heavy volume of tickets there. WPRI-TV reported last week that 12,193 tickets were generated from five speed cameras between Jan. 16 and Feb. 22, with nearly all of those on Mount Pleasant Avenue, Charles Street and Thurbers Avenue. At $95 for each ticket, that means violators were charged $1.15 mil- lion total in one month, according to WPRI's report. Companies that install and run such camera systems take a cut of the profits from tickets. According to the Providence report, Conduent State and Local Solutions Inc. was in line to earn some $100,000 in fees for the tickets issued over that month. The story led to widespread outrage over the money-making aspect of the pro- gram and the high number of tickets. Proponents of the program say it's been effective at getting drivers to slow down in school zones. Pawtucket officials are looking at installing both some school zone cameras as well as red light cameras. They are in talks with Gatso USA, of Beverly, Mass., to start the program. By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See CAMERAS, Page 7 BREEZE PHOTOS BY BILL MURPHY NEIL FLYNN, cen- ter, of Pawtucket, was the grand marshal for Pawtucket's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. Riding in the car with Flynn are his grand- daughters ELLIE FLYNN, 4, left, and SADIE FLYNN, 6, both of Milford, Mass. Cameras rolling Council agrees to three-month extension with Link Forum on waste transfer station descends into chaos PAWTUCKET – The city is now operating under a three-month exten- sion with Link Environmental for waste services at the Grotto Avenue transfer facility, even as the future of the facility in Pawtucket appears to be in doubt. The City Council voted on Monday to approve an extension with the company and waive fees to the city, but members said they weren't happy about feeling they had a "gun to our head" or were "being bullied" into doing so after Link warned that it would no longer be able to afford its month-to-month agreement with the city to operate the Grotto Avenue transfer station. The Grotto Avenue operation is a separate issue, said council members, and it's unfortunate that Link and Mayor Donald Grebien are tying it to the controversial proposal to construct a new and expanded trans- fer station on Concord Street. They By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See LINK, Page 8 Pawtucket officials moving ahead on traffic cameras

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