Town of North Smithfield

December 4, 2020

 

 

 

 

Message from Town Administrator

Paul Zwolenski

 

I would like to acknowledge and express my appreciation to Gary Ezvoski for his service to the Town of North Smithfield. You are a beacon of leadership, no matter how complicated the issue. Your dedication and contributions have been inspiring. Thank you, Gary and enjoy your retirement.

 

To the residents of North Smithfield again, I thank you for the opportunity to serve you.

 

 

 

 

The Town of North Smithfield is Seeking Volunteer Members for

Several Committees

 

·     Assessor's Board of Review

·     Asset Management Commission

·     Budget Committee

·     Conservation Commission

·     Economic Development Commission

·     Historic District Commission

·     Juvenile Hearing Board

·     Parks & Recreation Commission

·     Personnel Board

·     Planning Board

·     Public Safety Commission

·     Senior Citizen Advisory Committee

·     Sewer Commission

·     Zoning Board of Review

 

 

Anyone interested in volunteering, please contact

Lillian Silva Scott at 767-2200 ext. 326 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application

or click on the link to download the application and submit it to:

83 Greene Street, North Smithfield, RI 02896.



DEADLINE TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS: JANUARY 6, 2021

 

 

Application

 

 

 

Road Construction/Traffic Update:

 

The new Rt 146 northbound bridge over Rt 104 (Farnum Pike) is scheduled to open next Friday, 12/11. As always, weather can be an issue and potentially postpone the opening.

 

The northbound traffic will be shifted onto the new bridge, and in turn, the offramp to Rt 104 will be reopened. There will be no impacts to southbound traffic at this time. Construction will return in the Spring to begin work on the southbound bridge.

 

Also, on 12/11, one lane on Rt 146 NB will be closed beginning at 7PM and both lanes will be open on the new bridge by 5AM. There will be no impacts to Rt 104 traffic.

 

 

Expect alternating lane closures for the bridge work at Great Rd & Lapre Rd.

 

 

RIDOT TO START PRE-CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES FOR UNION VILLAGE RAILROAD BRIDGE IN NORTH SMITHFIELD

Starting this week, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will begin pre-construction activities for the $5.2 million replacement of the Union Village Railroad Bridge, which carries Great Road over the Providence & Worcester rail line between Lapre Road and Meadowbrook Drive in North Smithfield.

 

Tree trimming and utility work could result in the need for temporary daytime lane closures. Specific lane closure information will be posted at www.ridot.net/TravelAdvisories [r20.rs6.net].

 

RIDOT expects to begin demolition of the old bridge in the near future, pending finalization of permits with the freight rail operator and weather. Any traffic pattern changes will be announced well in advance.

 

The bridge will be replaced in phases. RIDOT will demolish and replace the west side of the bridge first, then shift traffic onto the newly built portion so it can demolish and replace the eastern side of the bridge. The project will be done in late 2022/early 2023.

 

The Union Village Railroad Bridge is 89 years old and structurally deficient. It carries 17,400 vehicles per day and is a popular route for travel to and from neighboring Woonsocket.

 

All construction projects are subject to changes in schedule and scope depending on needs, circumstances, findings, and weather.

 

The Union Village Railroad Bridge Project was made possible by RhodeWorks, RIDOT's ongoing commitment to repair structurally deficient bridges and bring Rhode Island's transportation infrastructure into a state of good repair, promote economic development, and create jobs.

Learn more at www.ridot.net/RhodeWorks [r20.rs6.net].

 

 

 

 

 

North Smithfield Small Business Owners

 

We urge you to apply for a Restore RI grant as soon as possible—funds are set to expire by December 30, 2020.



All Restore RI funds are grants, not loans and they do not have to be repaid. Qualifying small businesses can use the grants to pay for overhead costs including rent and utilities. Eligible small businesses that can show 30% or more in lost revenue for just one month compared to the same month in 2019 will be eligible for a grant of up to $30,000. To see if you are eligible and to apply visit Commerce Rhode Island’s website at: commerceri.com/about-us/restore-ri

 

 

 

 

 

RECYCLING CENTER WINTER HOURS

 

Recycling Center drop off hours are Saturdays from 9 AM to 3 PM ONLY until December 19, 2020. The recycling Center will be closed on Saturday, December 26, 2020.

Starting January 2, 2021 Recycling Center drop off hours are Saturdays from 9 AM to 1 PM, until April 1, 2021. Residents will not be able to drop off outside those regular hours. Residents are welcome to bring yard waste or accepted recyclables. The town offers free drop off for ridged plastic and scrap metal items as well as used motor oil. Please do not leave items outside the gate after business hours, we will take notice!

 

If you need assistance or have questions please call 401-767-2200 ext 348

 

 

 

Click here to Register for Dec. 8th @3:30pm

 

 

Stamina Mill Office Demolition by EPA

 

 

Click here for the latest update

 

Demolition of the building is set to start next week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have received many phone calls inquiring about the car tax bills. To answer the main question, no they have not been sent out.  We are waiting for answers from the State regarding the car tax phase-out & the FY21 budget.

Here is an article that ran in the Providence Journal

https://www.providencejournal.com/news/20200822/delayed-car-tax-bills-may-be-first-ripple-of-state-budget-tsunami

 

*Please know that ultimately these bills will go out, please budget accordingly

 

 

 

 

 

December dates are:

Tuesday, December 22nd & 29th @5:30-6:00pm

Saturday, December 19th & 26th @10:00-10:30am

 

 Please line up in your cars on Greene Street.

 

Many thanks to everyone who provided food and financial support in November. Special thanks to our friends at Silgan Dispensing who had a food drive for us. We so appreciate their continued support . Also thanks to the Residents at Slatersville Mill for their food drive. And many thanks for the financial support donated in memory of Lucile R. McDonald.

 

Questions and to arrange drop offs - call 401-678-0356, Donations - please mail to:

North Smithfield Food Pantry

 PO Box 283 Slatersville RI 02876. 

 

We so appreciate your generosity - it is your involvement that makes the Food Pantry possible - Thank you!

 

 

December Flavors of the Month are:

Cereal, canned tuna & canned soup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATTENTION NORTH SMITHFIELD RESIDENTS WHO ARE BLACKSTONE, MASS WATER CUSTOMERS

 

(St Paul St / Elizabeth Ave / West St / Middle St / Colerick St / Fountain St)

 

PLEASE READ THE ATTACHED NOTICE REGARDING A WATER BAN

 

 

 

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS

Agendas can be found on the Secretary of State Website by

CLICKING HERE



Town Council Meeting

Zoom Meeting

Monday, December 7, 2020 @6:45pm

Agenda

 

Zoning Board Meeting

Zoom Meeting

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 @7:00pm

Agenda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

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