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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 06-07-2018

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JUNE 7-13, 2018 THE VALLEY 3 City's 130th anniversary celebration fundraiser set for Wednesday WOONSOCKET – Woonsocket Pothier Foundation Executive Director Albert Beauparlant and the Heritage Harbor Foundation board of directors will host "Reflections on the Blackstone," a celebration of the city's 130th anniversary taking place at River Falls restaurant, 74 South Main St., on Wednesday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m. The event will raise funds for the Feast of St. Jean Baptiste taking place in downtown Woonsocket on June 25. The fundraiser will include a celebra- tion of the city's ethnic diversity and a birthday cake for the city to be cut by Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt. Dress is summer business casual. For more information, contact Albert Beauparlant at 401-356-0430. Beer and dynamite fundraiser this Friday BLACKSTONE – Friends of the Blackstone Library will hold a beer and dynamite fundraiser on Friday, June 8, from 5 to 9 p.m., at the Millerville Mens Club, 8 Lloyd St. The event feature DPW Director Jim Sullivan's dynamite recipe. Tickets are $10 and include all-you- can-eat dynamites and two beers or two sodas per person. Tickets are on sale at the Blackstone Public Library and will be sold at the door. IN BRIEF NORTH SMITHFIELD – The Budget Committee presented its 2018-2019 budget recommenda- tions to the Town Council on Monday, submitting a $43.9 mil- lion budget representing a 1.4 per- cent increase in spending over the current fiscal year. The budget proposes a 1.85 percent increase in overall prop- erty taxes, an increase Budget Committee members said was nec- essary due to the loss of approxi- mately $800,000 in tangible prop- erty tax revenue from National Grid over three years following a reclassification of about $35 million of the company's tangible prop- erty. While the exact impact on individual taxes is unclear, Town Administrator Gary Ezovski said he hopes to keep tax rate increases under 3 percent. "We have to be mindful of the people who pay the bills. We're in a 2 percent inflation environment," he told The Breeze. According to Ezovski, a primary focus of the proposed budget is setting aside funds to enhance the town's credit rating and finan- cial stability, including $250,000 in fund balance restoration and contingency and another $20,000 to prepare for the town's next full revaluation. The budget also advo- cates a "pay as you go" policy, with plans to set aside funds over several years for capital and other projects, including fire and rescue equip- ment, improvements at the High School athletic fields and restora- tion of the Slatersville water tank, as an alternative to funding those projects through bonds at a later date. "My conclusion is that we have less than an adequate fund bal- ance to maintain the kind of credit rating that a community like North Smithfield should have," said Ezovski. "That's a tough one, because you put that money aside and you don't buy anything." The budget also includes funding for a traffic study of the intersec- tion of Rte. 146 and Pound Hill Road and $350,000 for road resur- facing, along with $253,000 for the purchase of a snowplow and F-550 truck by the Public Works Department. Under the police budget, the committee approved the hiring of two full-time school resource officers to begin work in January 2019. "In my view, in order to make sure that our roads stay in an appropriate state of repair, we should be budgeting construction of about two miles of road every year," said Ezovski, noting that his original budget had included a larger allocation for road paving. In school funding, the Budget Committee recommended a 2 percent increase, less than the 3.4 percent increase school officials had requested as a result of grow- ing enrollment and greater demand for student services. The committee also recommended the allocation of $35,000 for the replacement of Chromebooks and $270,000 toward school capital projects, including funds for outdoor throw- ing cages, a field house and the replacement of auditorium lighting. The public hearing on the bud- get will take place during the next Town Council meeting on Monday, June 18, with plans to further discuss the budget and vote on any changes on June 25. Council President John Beauregard praised the cooperation of the town admin- istrator and the Budget Committee in putting together the proposal. "I think as an overall picture, everybody's very happy and very pleased with it, but there are indi- vidual items in there that I think might require some changes," he told The Breeze. Budget Committee recommends increase in spending, taxes By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com EZOVSKI Friday, June 8th northeast groove LIVE MUSIC 47 summer st., Manville, rI 401-762-9741 Hours: Sun. Noon-Midnight; Mon. 1 p.m.-10 p.m. Tues. 1 p.m.-Midnight; Wed. & Thurs. Noon-1 a.m.; Fri. & Sat. 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