Monday, September 21, 2020        

Motor Vehicle Tax Bills Delayed

The Town of Smithfield has further postponed the mailing of motor vehicle tax bills amid delays in the state budget caused by the pandemic.

The 2020 real estate and personal property tax bills were mailed on July 31st, and town officials anticipate motor vehicle tax bills will follow by the end of September after state lawmakers reconvene to pass the budget.

 

Smithfield Town Hall Opens with Limited Hours

Effective on Tuesday, August 11th, Smithfield Town Hall will re-open to the public with limited hours, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

  • A self-screening temperature kiosk and sign-in list are available at each of the two open entrances:
    • Use the front door entrance or the rear entrance at the top of the entrance ramp.
  • Persons entering the building are required to sign in, screen for temperature, wear a mask and maintain a social distance of 6 feet.
    • Plexiglas partitions have been set up at each counter.
  • Please have any paperwork ready and filled-out before entering the building to limit your time inside.
    • Please limit your time inside the building to 10 minutes or less if possible.
  • Please continue to use one of the two available drop boxes, or the US mail, if possible, to avoid having to come into the building.
  • All departments are currently operating and all staff will be available by phone, email, or drop box located in the front of Town Hall.

The safety of everyone entering the building, including our employees, is important to us. Your cooperation is appreciated.

Restore RI Small Business Grant Program

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Commerce RI listens to RI Small Business Coalition, makes Restore RI small business grant program more inclusive and simplified, program announced today.

We spoke with Commerce Secretary Pryor and made it clear that the Coalition feels $50M is not enough, 6 weeks is too long. But gave two specific requests — change the qualifications to include sole proprietors and be inclusive to all, can’t be picking winners and losers. They have listened and announced their final program today.

  • $50M in grants to small businesses affected by COVID
    • Must demonstrate at least 30% revenue loss in severely-impacted industries, 50% revenue loss for other industries (Q2 2020)
  • Must have 1 to 20 employees, sole proprietors included
    • Restaurants and caterers are exempt from this rule
  • Must have a physical presence in RI
    • As well as open or a plan to be open within 60 days

NEXT STEPS

Gather all of your required documents ready now so you can apply right away when the grant application opens this Monday. List of documents required:

  • Business EIN/Tax ID and recent tax return
  • NAICS code for your industry
  • Income statement demonstrating year-over-year revenue loss for the second quarter of 2020
  • Verification of employment
  • Listing of eligible expenses totaling in excess of the grant amount
  • Color copy of owner’s Driver’s License
  • Federal DUNS number (note: this may take up to 24 hours to receive so request this number immediately if needed)
    • Look up DUNS number here
  • W-9 and business banking information for direct deposit

In order to show that $50M is not enough, we need to communicate this far and wide to all small business owners that are eligible and apply right away! The quicker the $50M runs out, the clearer the need for more support is to the Raimondo Administration.

We will continue to update you as we get more information, and here to help you to ensure you apply quickly and accurately. 

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Smithfield Launches New Citizen Reporting Tool Powered by SeeClickFix

The Town of Smithfield has partnered with SeeClickFix to announce a new platform that will allow citizens to report quality-of-life issues and request town services.

With the free SeeClickFix mobile app and web tools, Smithfield citizens will now be able to provide town staff with pictures, videos, specific descriptions, and more valuable information needed to get the job done efficiently. In addition, the SeeClickFix platform provides Smithfield officials with a centralized issue management system to manage issues from creation to resolution — engaging citizens throughout the process.

This partnership not only allows Smithfield citizens to report problems, but also to view and comment on problems submitted by their neighbors. Citizens can even create their own “watch areas” to receive notifications about all the issues reported in their community, enabling them to follow the progress of all service requests — not just the ones they report.

The SeeClickFix mobile app is available for download on Android and iPhone. In addition to the mobile apps, citizens can send reports to Smithfield’s website, and seeclickfix.com.

 

 

 

About SeeClickFix
SeeClickFix was founded in 2008 to empower citizens with tools to publicly document quality of life concerns in their neighborhoods. By radically improving the quantity and quality of this data, SeeClickFix was quickly adopted by local governments, who needed a better way to receive information from citizens.
This exchange helped to build one of the largest neighborhood networks in the world — upon which public agencies and public citizens engage to improve communities. Today, SeeClickFix has official partnerships with hundreds of cities, engaging hundreds of thousands of citizens in the resolution of millions of issues.
SeeClickFix has worked with government partners to develop municipal management tools on top of this citizen network. As SeeClickFix is adopted into the everyday lives of government users, the benefit of the engaged citizen base continues to grow.

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Esmond Street Water Main Replacement Project

The Esmond Street Water main replacement and relining project will begin on Monday, August 3rd. Providence Water Supply is upgrading their distribution system to improve service to its customers. In order to complete this work safely, and in an expedited manner, Esmond Street will be closed to through traffic.

The Department of Public Works has worked with Providence Water Supply and their contractor, Boyle and Fogarty Construction, to develop the detour plan along with notifications to the residents of the pending construction. Attached is the traffic detour plan and estimated project schedule.

The project timeline is about 2 ½ – 3 months without permanent road restoration, which would be performed in Spring 2021.

Smithfield COVID-19 Response Update – August 28, 2020

August 28, 2020

Dear Residents, Businesses, and Community Partners:

I hope you are staying safe and feeling healthy.  Thankfully, Rhode Islanders have been adhering to state health guidelines, which has resulted in fewer reported cases of COVID-19 and a 1.1% positivity rate over the past week. The State has also continued expanding its testing capabilities, testing over 7,000 Rhode Islanders last Thursday alone, to ensure the safety of our community. It is extremely important that we all continue to stay vigilant. As a reminder, the following is in place:

  • All gatherings must be limited to 15 people or less;
  • Limit your circle of contacts to 15 people or less;
  • Masks and face coverings should be worn when distancing is not possible;
  • Common surfaces should be cleaned frequently; and
  • Hands should be washed or sanitized often.
  • For more guidance on Phase III, visit: Re-Opening RI

I understand the stress that families across our community face around the opening of school. The Governor is working to address those concerns by communicating a series of reopening guidelines about how the State is preparing for the first day of school on September 14.

The Governor announced the creation of an “Education Operations Center”

The Center will be staffed by members of the National Guard, Rhode Island Department of Education, Rhode Island Department of Health, Rhode Island Department of Transportation, the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority and Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency. This team will be available 24/7 to provide support to our school district.

The operations center will be responsible for:

  • Providing schools with face masks, hand sanitizer, and other supplies.
  • Conduct testing, contact trace and isolate any infected students or teachers to prevent an outbreak.

Our School District will be responsible for:

  • Implementing cleaning protocols
  • Ensuring safe transportation of every student
  • Isolating and reporting symptomatic students or teachers to the Health Department

The Governor established a “facilities readiness team”

Their role will be to walk through every public school in the state to ensure the school is adhering to its reopening plan. You can find our district’s reopening plan here (Smithfield Public School’s Reopening Plan).

  • A nationally recognized air quality expert will attend these walk-throughs to confirm adequate ventilation of each school.

To find more information about the State, and our communities’ reopening plan, including a 13-page guidance document about a safe school reopening, visit Back2schoolri.

All Rhode Island public schools will open on September 14. Governor Raimondo will offer a final decision on whether schools will be fully open, partially open or fully remote on Monday August 31st at her 1:00 PM press conference. While the Governor is committed to providing safe, in-person education for every Rhode Islander this school year, Smithfield supports those parents who opt for distance learning.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Sincerely,

Randy R. Rossi

Town Manager


General Information:

  • Re-Opening Rhode Island’s Economy: Re-Opening RI
  • Re-Opening Rhode Island’s Schools: Back2schoolri
  • COVID Guidance in Multiple Languages: https://health.ri.gov/covid/multiplelanguages/
  • CRUSH COVID RI Mobile App: All Rhode Islanders are encouraged to use CRUSH COVID RI. The app provides Rhode Islanders easy access to all the resources required during the public health crisis, including a location diary that helps users identify the people and places they are in contact with and a symptom checking survey.
  • COVID-19 Governor’s Daily Update: Sign-up here.
  • RI Department of Health COVID-19 Data: Visit RIDOH.
  • Testing:
    • Rhode Islanders who have any COVID-19 symptoms. Learn how to get tested here.
    • Rhode Islanders who do not have symptoms, but:
      • Are high-contact workers
      • Recently attended a large gathering such as a protest or demonstration
      • Traveled to a place where cases are spiking.
      • You will be able to sign up for an asymptomatic test (if you don’t have symptoms) by going to ri.gov.
  • Travel:
    • If you are planning to travel to a state that requires a COVID-19 test in order to avoid extended quarantine, you can schedule a test through RI.gov. Individuals will receive their results within 24-48 hours. 
    • Rhode Islanders who travel to or from the states listed heremust quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Rhode Island and schedule an asymptomatic test.
    • Travelers coming to Rhode Island from one of these states with a COVID-19 positivity rate of higher than 5%, must quarantine for 14 days and self-monitor for symptoms.
    • As an exception, you may provide proof of a negative test for COVID-19 that was taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Rhode Island.
    • For more information, please visit: https://health.ri.gov/covid/travel/
  • Behavioral Health Resources
    • Adults seeking mental or behavioral health support should call BH Link at 414-LINK (5465). For services for children, call 1-855-543-5465.
    • People with moderate to severe opioid use disorder (OUD) can access telehealth service for initiation of buprenorphine treatment at 401-606-5456.
  • Business Support
    • Emergency Support:The State is offering $100 million in emergency financial support for Rhode Island’s small businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants will support small businesses for reopening, adaptation, technical support services, and fixed costs incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more and apply here.
    • COVID-19 Control Plan: Must be completed and kept on-hand. Template available here.
    • Department of Business Regulations COVID-19 guidance documents and business assistance can be found on RI DBR
    • Business Assistance: For business economic support, constituents should visit CommerceRI, call Commerce RI at 401-521-4357 (HELP), or email them at info@commerceri.com.
    • Financial Support: For questions or assistance for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loans dispersed by the Small Business Administration, please email ppp@commerceri.com.
    • PPE for Small Businesses: Small businesses with fewer than 50 employees can access a month’s worth of face masks and disinfectant solution from local chambers of commerce and business associations free of charge. Visit Commerce’s website.
  • Child and Family Assistance
    • Summer Meals for Children: For a list of summer food programs near you, please visit: https://health.ri.gov/diseases/ncov2019/about/foodsites/
    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants are now able to select and pay for their groceries online using their EBT card at Amazon and participating Walmart stores. For more details, visit ri.gov.
    • American Red Cross: Established the Virtual Family Assistance Center to support those that lost loved ones. Visit their website or call (833) 492-0094.
  • Employment Support
    • Unemployment Insurance: Constituents seeking assistance with filing a COVID-19 unemployment claim should first visit ri.gov for information, applications, and factsheets. Contact the Department of Labor and Training Monday-Friday at 401-234-4280 or dlt.covid19@dlt.ri.gov.
    • Employment: Jobseekers should visit EmployRI to find jobs as well as other important resources including information on unemployment insurance, résumé tips, and other COVID-19 updates.
  • Food and Medication Delivery Services
    • RI Delivers: Through the Office of Healthy Aging, RI Delivers connects those in quarantine or isolation with access to food and medication delivery services. To contact call 2-1-1 or the Point at 401-462-4444. Visit RI Delivers
    • RI Thrives is available for deliveries of groceries, medication, and health, beauty & medical supplies. For more information go to: RI Thrives.
  • Housing Assistance and Information
    • Safe Harbor Housing Program: an eviction diversion effort to serve as an alternative to the traditional eviction process and provide landlords and tenants an opportunity to work towards a solution outside of the court system. Tenants who are behind in their rent because of COVID-19 and in danger of eviction, or who have already received an eviction notice, can call 211 to be connected to the program.
    • Renters and Homeowners: For constituents seeking housing-related information and resources, visit: RI Housing
    • Housing Help RI: The statewide homelessness prevention initiative provides emergency housing assistance to very low-income renters who have been severely affected by the COVID-19 emergency and are at immediate risk of homelessness. Visit: https://www.housinghelpri.com/
  • Violence Prevention Support
    • Safe at Home: The Rhode Island State Police launched Safe at Home to raise awareness of the threat of increased violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. Safe at Home is focused on connecting with those who may be facing violence at home and providing all Rhode Islanders with resources to identify and help those at-risk.
    • Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence and member agencies are open, as are domestic violence shelters. Those seeking help can call 1-800-494-8100.
  • Additional Resources and Support
    • RI Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing – The Commission now has a website dedicated to COVID-19, with specific information that is critically important to members of the community with hearing loss. The site has videos presented in American Sign Language http://www.cdhh.ri.gov/covid-19/

Questions About COVID-19:

Please visit the R.I. Dept. of Health website for factual up-to-date information or call 401-222-8022. In addition, the United Way is available 24-7 to answer questions and connect residents with resources through their 211 hotline.

East Smithfield Public Library Update

Starting on Wednesday, July 15 the library will be offering additional services. We will have appointments for computer use on Wednesdays and Fridays. Please call the library between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. (231-5150 ext. 5) to set up your appointment for that day (1 hour time slots will be given from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. to 2 people at a time to ensure social distancing regulations of 6 ft.). Face masks MUST be worn in the building.  Assistance with or instruction on computers will not be available at this time because of social distancing requirements.

We will also offer 20 minute appointments for you to come into the main floor of the building to browse new books and DVDs and check them out. If you request material that is available in the library at the time of your appointment a staff member will retrieve it for you. Only 1 person will be allowed at a time. You can call for your appointment from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Face masks MUST be worn in the building.

We will continue to offer contact-less pick-up on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Tuesdays please call the library (231-5150 ext. 0) between 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. to request your pick up on the same day between 12:30 and 2:00 p.m. On Thursdays please call between 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. to request pick up on the same day between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. Please feel free to call during these times to request items through inter-library loan or ask any other library related questions.

 

Town Manager Accepting Applications for the 2020-2021 Smithfield Youth Council

The Town Manager is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 Smithfield Youth Council.

The primary function of the Youth Council is to serve as a communications link between young residents of the Town and Town Government.

Smithfield Youth Council Application (.pdf) Smithfield Youth Council Ordinance (.pdf)

Town Manager Signs Executive Order Expanding Outdoor Dining

Restaurateurs: On Wednesday, May 13th, the Town Manager signed Smithfield Executive Order 2020-02 expanding outdoor dining and developing the necessary procedures for a streamlined approval process. Please complete the online application here.

From Town Manager Randy R. Rossi: 
“Today, I have signed Executive Order 2020-02 to expand outdoor dining to accommodate the outdoor dining option for restaurants which is set to begin on Monday, May 18th. The Town is reaching out to all restaurants to provide the necessary guidance and a streamlined process.”
 
Helpful Documents (.pdf)


Submission Requirements

All Applicants must submit the following to rrossi@smithfieldri.com :

  1. A plan showing:
    1. The proposed outdoor service area;
    2. The proposed number of seats (capacity may not exceed the current licensed capacity);
    3. The location of physical barriers or other protection to keep diners separated from other trafficked areas; and,
    4. For restaurants wishing to temporarily convert a portion of off-street parking areas into service areas, a parking plan;
  2. Evidence that the expanded service area is covered by liability insurance;
  3. Where any portion of the proposed area of temporary expansion is owned by a separate legal entity, a written authorization from the property owner; and
  4. All temporary expansions of service areas shall make adequate provisions for parking and the physical safety of diners, and shall be operated in compliance with current:
    1. Social distancing or other applicable regulations issued by RIDOH and/or RIDBR;
    2. All applicable fire codes and provisions of the Life Safety Code;
    3. Applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act; and,
    4. Shall maintain a setback of at least ten feet (10’) from the front side and rear property lines of the licensed premises, and shall maintain a setback of at least twenty feet (20’) from any property line abutting a residential use.
  5. The hours of operation of any temporary outdoor service area approved hereunder shall be limited to 7:00 am to 10:00 pm.
 
 

Contactless Materials Pick Up at the East Smithfield Public Library

The East Smithfield Public Library, although still closed to the public, will offer contactless materials pick up for all on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting May 12th. We ask that you call the library, with your library card barcode number ready, on Tuesday mornings between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. or on Thursday afternoon between 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.to request up to 7 items for your family. We will only be able to supply materials that are currently on our shelves.

You will be given a pick up time to collect your bag of materials just inside the library’s front door. Please follow the instructions on our website for contactless pick up and wait your turn to enter the building to retrieve your materials. We will do our best to make this run smoothly. Please visit our website (www.myespl.org) for more specific directions and feel free to voice any questions or concerns when you call (401-231-5150 Ex 0) on Tuesday or Thursday. Enjoy your materials and we look forward to seeing you all when it is safe.