Thursday, February 25, 2021        

Smithfield Outdoor Ice Rink

Smithfield Outdoor Ice Rink – Now Open

109 Pleasant View Avenue

 



Waiver Form

Public Hearing – Zoning Map Amendment Information

NOTICE OF CONTINUED PUBLIC HEARING
on Smithfield Zoning Map Amendments

The Smithfield Town Council considered amendments to the Town’s Zoning Map at a January 19th public hearing. After reviewing the proposed changes with staff and hearing from a number of residents regarding the zone changes, the Town Council voted to continue the hearing to March 2nd. You are receiving this notice because your property may be among the properties affected by the proposed zone changes. Information on the changes can be found on the Town Planner’s page of the Town’s website www.smithfieldri.com. Please review the information on the web page and contact Town Planner, Michael Phillips, or Town Manager, Randy R. Rossi, with any questions you may have. You may also attend the virtual meeting on March 2, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. via GoToMeeting https://www.gotomeet.me/RandyRossi/smithfield-town-council, at which time you will be given the opportunity to speak during the public hearing.

Michael Phillips, Director of
Planning and Economic Development
P: (401) 233-1017
mphillips@smithfieldri.com

Randy R. Rossi, MBA, CGFM
Town Manager
P: (401) 233-1010
rrossi@smithfieldri.com 

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Smithfield Town Council will hold a Virtual Public Hearing on Tuesday, January 19th, 2021 at 6:00 PM. The purpose of the Public Hearing is to consider and act upon proposed amendments to the Smithfield Zoning District Map. The proposed amendments are proposed to conform the Zoning District Map to the Future Land Use Map contained in the Smithfield Comprehensive Community Plan in accordance with the provisions of Section 45-22.2-13(c) of the General Laws of Rhode Island. Notice of the public hearing is made in accordance with the provisions of Section 45-24-53 (a) and (b) of the General Laws of Rhode Island.


VIRTUAL MEETING
Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://www.gotomeet.me/RandyRossi/smithfield-towncouncil
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States (Toll Free): 1 877 568 4106
United States: +1 (646) 749-3129
Access Code: 342-830-965
For technical support dial: 401-233-1010


Public Hearing Notice with Maps

Excepts from Comprehensive Community Plan (Based on Proposed Amendments)

Comprehensive Community Plan (Full Version)

 

 

Smithfield Fire Department Selected to Participate in NFPA Community Risk Reduction Pilot Program

Smithfield Fire Department selected among 250 fire departments nationwide to participate in second phase of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) community risk reduction pilot program

January 25, 2021 – The Smithfield Fire Department has been selected by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to participate in the second phase of a pilot program to build a digital community risk assessment (CRA) tool. Aligned to NFPA 1300, Standard on Community Risk Assessment and Community Risk Reduction Plan Development, the tool, or “dashboard,” enables community leaders to gain valuable insights and make data-informed decisions around fire prevention and other risk-reduction activities in their communities. 

According to NFPA, the concept of community risk reduction (CRR) – a process that identifies and prioritizes risks and ensures impactful mitigation initiatives- has been gaining traction across North America for more than 20 years. Innovative technology, access to data, and a shifting focus on prevention have resulted in new energy around this process. Reflecting that momentum, NFPA’s CRA tool works to help fire departments aggregate and disseminate data that pinpoint where risks exist within a given community.

“Access to accurate data will allow CRR leaders to use insights and make informed decisions about where to focus efforts and resources,” said Karen Berard-Reed, community risk reduction strategist at NFPA. “While many fire departments have struggled to work with data sets, NFPA’s CRA tool will do the complex work behind the scenes to compile relevant data allowing stakeholders to create effective community risk reduction plans that incorporate five priorities – education, engineering, enforcement, economic incentives, and emergency response – in the most impactful ways possible.”

The first phase of the pilot project, which included participation from 50 fire departments across the country, helped identify features of the digital dashboard that will work effectively and those that need fine-tuning. During the second phase of the program, which involves participation from 250 departments nationwide, the Smithfield Fire Department will provide insights around the use of dashboard through June of 2021 to help continue refining and enhancing its effectiveness.

“Participation in this project allows each fire department to provide important feedback that will be used to improve future versions of the dashboard, positions the community among CRR leaders in the United States, and signals an interest in leveraging technology to drive high-quality community safety initiatives,” said Berard-Reed.

As a participant in the pilot program, Smithfield Fire Department will have free access to the dashboard, which includes customized visualizations (maps, charts, graphs) that illustrate each community’s risks and hazards across a variety of categories such as demographics, geography, building stock, economics, infrastructure, and event loss history. The dashboard also provides a snapshot of local capacity for risk reduction activities with information about public safety response agencies and community service organizations. In addition to dashboard access, participants will be provided rich networking and professional development opportunities with other communities engaged in CRR.

“We are thrilled to be participating in this important project,” said Captain John O’Rourke, Smithfield Fire Prevention Division. “Not only will access to the tool give us invaluable information about our community’s needs, but it’s rewarding to know that using the tool will increase its effectiveness and help other fire departments in the long run.” 

Follow NFPA’s CRR efforts on social media using #itstartswithinsights, or for more information online, visit www.nfpa.org/crr.

 

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
Founded in 1896, NFPA® is a global self-funded nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The association delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission. For more information, visit www.nfpa.org. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed online for free at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.

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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Smithfield COVID-19 Vaccination and Response Update – February 19, 2021

 


February 19, 2021
 
Dear Residents, Businesses, and Community Partners:
 
I hope you and your family are doing well and staying safe. 
 
Rhode Island is reporting another decrease in its COVID-19 positivity rate – now at 2.2%. I want to thank our residents and businesses for continuing to follow health guidance and taking the necessary precautions.
 
COVID-19 Vaccine – Update
 
There are currently three (3) ways for those age 75+ to get vaccinated in Rhode Island:
 
  1. Local Site: The Town of Smithfield will be vaccinating from oldest resident (104) backwards to age 75 based on our vaccination waitlist beginning this Saturday, February 20th and those residents will be directly contacted to be scheduled. These clinics will be continuing every week until we get every interested Smithfield resident age 75+ vaccinated.
  2. State Sites: Register for a vaccine at Vaccinate RI or call 844-930-1779. These vaccination sites will be located at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence and the Sockanosset Cross Road site in Cranston for eligible individuals. by appointment.
  3. Pharmacies (CVS and Walgreens): They are accepting reservations to eligible individuals by appointment only at select retail pharmacies. You can visit CVS (800-746-7287) and Walgreens websites to schedule an appointment.
 
For Rhode Islanders ages 65+, the state will open vaccination appointments at their two sites on Monday, February 22nd. Sign up at Vaccinate RI or call 844-930-1779.
 
For Smithfield residents that are homebound, please feel free to contact us to register for our waitlist (please note that you are homebound) and our COVID team will work to accommodate you. Additionally, the RI Department of Health has created a survey to gather information for those unable to leave their home to receive a vaccine. If you are unable to leave home to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, or are the healthcare provider or family caregiver of someone who is homebound, please inform RIDOH through the following form: Homebound Vax.
 
Our COVID Team and myself have been constantly working with state officials to obtain the necessary supply for our residents. We continue to make it our priority to vaccinate every interested Smithfield resident. Please bear with us as we work through this process together and know that it might be a few weeks before you are able to get an appointment depending on your age. The more vaccines we receive each week, the more quickly appointments will become available. At this time, underlying conditions are not a factor for receiving an expedited appointment for a vaccine. The Town is scheduling vaccines from oldest to youngest residents.
 
If you are registered on our waitlist, there is no further action necessary and you can be assured that we will contact you. We are working on this important mission in an effort to keep our residents safe.

 

 
How do I get on the vaccination wait list?
 
The Town of Smithfield is committed to vaccinating its entire population and will follow all requirements set forth by the Department of Health and federal officials. We anticipate this process to take awhile, however, the process of vaccinating our residents has begun and we will continue until we meet the vaccination needs of every residents in our community.
 
To register for the vaccine waitlist database, please use the button below or call one of the following contacts:
  • Smithfield Senior Center (401) 949-4590
  • Smithfield Town Manager’s Office (401) 233-1010
 
Once you are contacted and scheduled for an appointment, it is crucial that you arrive only at your scheduled time in order to avoid long waits and potential impacts on traffic. If you receive the vaccine through one of the alternative sites (Pharmacy or State Site) and are on the Smithfield waitlist, please let us know so you can be removed from the list.
 
For more information, visit: COVID RI – Vaccination
 
COVID-19 Testing
 
Rapid walk-thru testing is available at the Smithfield VFW (47 Farnum Pike) everyday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
 
Rapid and PCR testing is available at various other locations throughout the state for those with and without symptoms. For a list of locations, visit. To make an appointment, visit

COVID-19 Guidelines
As a reminder, the state is operating under the following guidelines:
 

Please continue to:
  • Wear a mask when outside of your home, even in the outdoors.
  • Keep your social interactions limited to members of your own household.
  • Self-isolate whenever possible. Work from home, shop locally online.
 
Business Updates
Rhode Island Commerce will be hosting a webinar on the Paycheck Protection Program on Wednesday, February 24 at 12:00 PM. RSVP Here.
 
Local Updates
The Smithfield Town Hall will be closed to public traffic until further notice. All departments will operate as normal and all staff will be available by phone, email, or the drop boxes located in the front of Town Hall. Contact Info for all departments.
 
Special Election:
There is a Statewide Special Election on March 2, 2021. Important dates:
  • February 10 – March 1: Vote Early In Person.
  • Early Voting is available at the Smithfield Town Hall M-F (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM)
  • March 2 by 8:00pm: Vote in person at your polling location.
 
We will continue to provide updates through our website, social media and other means to get the word out. 
 
 
Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation.
 
Sincerely,
 
Randy R. Rossi
Town Manager


 
Available Resources
 
  • RIDOH COVID-19 Hotline
    •  401-222-8022 or email
  • United Way 24/7 Hotline
    • 2-1-1
  • Statewide Testing
  • K-12 Testing
  • Children’s Behavioral Health Issues
    • Kids’ Link, a service administered by Bradley Hospital/Lifespan at (855) 543-5465.
  • Mental Health and Substance Use Assistance
    • BH Link Hotline: (401)-414-LINK (5465)
    • 24/7 Walk-In Center: 975 Waterman Avenue, East Providence
  • Delivery Services for those in Quarantine
    • RI Delivers: call 2-1-1 or the Point at 401-462-4444. Visit RIDelivers.com
    • RI Thrives is available for deliveries of groceries, medication, and health, beauty & medical supplies. For more information go to: RIthrives.com.
  • Housing Assistance
    • Call 2-1-1 or visit here.
  • Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence
    • Those seeking help can call (800) 494-8100.
  • Business Assistance

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.

 

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.

Guidance for the Wearing of Cloth Face Coverings at Work

Governor Raimondo’s Executive Order 20-14 prohibited all gatherings of more than 5 people and all non-critical, retail businesses from conducting in-person operations. However, critical businesses remain open and some of their employees must be physically present at the work site, requiring further measures to keep those employees, and their customers/clients safe.

Click the document image below for the full .pdf:

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.

Smithfield COVID-19 Support Fund

The Smithfield Town Council Announces the Smithfield Samaritans Initiative

The Smithfield Town Council has a new 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.

 

Click the image to print, view or download the .pdf form