Town of Smithfield
 news & updates
June 1, 2020 | Issue 7

Police Chief's Corner
Smithfield Police congratulates SHS Class of 2020! This year's Smithfield High School graduates will receive a special congratulatory message from Chief Richard P. St.Sauveur, Jr., and the men and women of the Smithfield Police Department. The message will arrive by mail and includes a coupon for a free pizza from Biagio's Pizzeria & Bar.

CONGRATULATIONS on your achievement! Best of luck to all of you in your future endeavors.

Fire Chief's Corner
Keep Your Family Safe From Household Chemicals

During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may find you are using disinfecting chemicals a bit more frequently than normal. With that comes more potential dangers. Please be safe and keep in mind the following tips.
Chemicals you use in your home can be dangerous to your health and the environment. To keep your family safe, follow these safety tips when you use, store or throw them out.
Use and storage tips:
  • Follow the instructions on the label when you use and store household chemicals.
  • Don’t mix products. This can cause deadly gases or cause a fire.
  • Store products in their original containers.
  • Store anything that can catch on fire away from your home.
  • Only fill portable gasoline containers outdoors in an airy area. Make sure to place the container on the ground when you fill it.
  • Never store materials that can cause a fire in the sun or near an open flame or heat source.
  • Store these materials out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Use safety locks and guardrails on shelves and cabinets when you store materials. This will prevent them from falling or tipping.
  • Wear gloves or goggles when you use these materials.

Refuse and Recycling
Cardboard Recycling

With limited opportunities to shop in person, many residents are receiving deliveries from online stores.  DPW can help with those oversized pieces of cardboard that would be tedious to cut up to fit inside of curbside recycling carts. Flattened cardboard that is under 4.5 feet in length can be brought to Smithfield DPW, 3 Spragueville Road for recycling during our normal business hours, M-F 7:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The cardboard recycling container is located on the right side of the lot next to the Oil Igloo (grey shed).  
Elementary Reconfiguration Project Update
Excavators and construction trailers on site at McCabe, LaPerche, and Old County Road School are bringing carefully laid plans to life as Ahlborg Construction workers begin work in Smithfield. Due to distance learning, some projects originally planned for the last phase of construction will be started this spring and students returning this fall will enjoy improved facilities.  

At McCabe Elementary School, the playground has been removed, as has the asphalt in the back and left side of the school building. At LaPerche Elementary School, the back parking lot has been removed and expanded. Since the addition at Old County Road School is at the front of the building, the office has been moved to the right end of the building, where parent drop off takes place. Temporary fencing at these facilities separate areas under construction to ensure the safety of those visiting the building.  

Weekly construction meetings began on April 30th and are held
every Thursday for the duration of the project. Over the next month, the contractor will start general site clearance at Old County Road School, installing temporary fence and erosion control. The general contractor will also start general excavation for footings at all three school additions along with limited interior renovations at all three schools.

A groundbreaking ceremony is being planned but no date has been identified. 
Agendas, minutes, and presentations are posted on the school construction update page.
CLASS OF 2020!
 Smithfield COVID-19
Support Fund
The Town of Smithfield has partnered up with John J. Tassoni,Jr. to create a COVID-19 Support Fund to help Smithfield residents who might need assistance.
Gift Cards or Donations can be delivered or mailed to:
Smithfield Town Hall
c/o Town Manager, Randy Rossi
64 Farnum Pike
Smithfield, RI 02917
Donations can also be accepted electronically through PayPal!
  • Vacancies for Town Boards and Commissions

  • The Town is currently seeking volunteers to serve on various boards and commissions. These boards and commissions act as advisory committees to the Town Council. Town residents with an interest in serving on any of these boards or commissions are encouraged to apply.
  • Interested parties should submit a letter of interest to the Town Manager’s Office, 64 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917 along with an application form. A letter of interest may contain your interest or experience in the field of each particular board or commission that you are applying for and, optionally, resume information.
  • Check online for board & commission vacancies at Onboard click the “Run Report” button on the left of that page.

  • Smithfield Samaritans

  • The Smithfield Town Council has an initiative program called “Smithfield Samaritans,” and encourages anyone in the community to self-nominate or submit a name to the Town Manager, of a Smithfield resident or business in town who is doing or has performed an act of kindness or a good deed that is notable or charitable.
  • The Town Council will review all nominations that are submitted and will each month select one individual or business to be recognized with a citation and the opportunity to speak at the council meeting explaining their good deeds “on the record.”
  • The nomination form is available online here as well as printed copies available in Town Hall.
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