Wednesday, April 1, 2020        

Letter to Town Residents from the Town Manager

March 26, 2020

Dear Residents, Businesses, and Community Partners:

Thank you for your support and cooperation during this unprecedented time. We understand that it has been extremely challenging to be confined to your home, have your children home from school, and to have to limit the operation of your business. We expect that with your help, the steps that we have taken locally will help slow the spread of the virus and move us one step closer to returning to our normal lives. 

The Town of Smithfield is following the latest updates and guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19) locally, state-wide, and nationally. It is important that we all stay informed, follow guidance from state health officials and not solely relying on social media or rumors. As a reminder, the Town of Smithfield will be updating our COVID-19 Webpage frequently and sharing information on our official social media pages (Facebook or Twitter).

As another weekend approaches, we cannot stress enough how important it is to continue to follow the directives to stay home, only go out when absolutely necessary, limit gatherings to 10 people  5 people or less, and wash your hands frequently or use alcohol-based hand gel. These directives apply to our local parks, fields, playgrounds, and courts, as well. If you see too many people gathering, find another park or field. The Police Department continues to monitor this closely. Don’t risk it! It’s not worth it.

I would like to extend a special thank you to our emergency medical services team, firefighters, police officers, and healthcare workers in our community. It is important that we keep them safe which is another important reason to follow state health directives and slow the spread of the virus. Our teachers, support staff and school administrators have put in an enormous amount of effort to get ready for distance learning. It was all hands-on deck to make sure our students had the tools that they needed, to re-adapt lessons, and go live this week. We encourage everyone to continue to be patient, as we are all learning together. Our municipal staff, from DPW to the senior center and everyone in between, have all stepped up and are adapting to help our residents in any way that they can. Thank you!

As a reminder, Governor Raimondo and the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) are directing Rhode Islanders to do the following:

  • Effectively immediately, all residents and visitors that have recently visited New York state are directed to self-quarantine for 14 days from the day they left the State of New York. That means do not go to work and stay at home.
  • Domestic travel: Anyone returning to Rhode Island by plane (with the exception of public safety, health care professionals and pilots) must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days. That means do not go to work and stay at home.
  • International Travel: If you have traveled anywhere internationally in the last 14 days, self-quarantine for 14 days. That means do not go to work and stay at home.
  • Rhode Island residents who work in another state must work from home if possible. Rhode Island businesses with employees who are residents of another state must make every attempt to let those employees work from home.
  • Avoid all crowded places, large events, and mass gatherings. However, people should continue doing essential errands such as going to the grocery store and picking up prescriptions. 

Local Updates:

  • The Smithfield Town Hall and all other municipal buildings are closed to public traffic until further notice.  All departments are currently operating and all staff will be available by phone or email.
  • Most Board and Commission meetings have been suspended until further notice.  Any Board and Commission meeting will be conducted virtually/telephonically, please check for updates on the Town’s website for all postings.   
  • Property owners and businesses can pay their taxes online, mail their payments to 64 Farnum Pike, Smithfield RI  02917, or use the dropbox located in the front of Town Hall.  The 3rd Quarter Municipal Tax and Smithfield Water payment deadlines have been extended to April 30th although we encourage those that can to submit payments beforehand.
  • If you are out of work or if your business has been affected by COVID-19, RI Department of Labor and Training has resources available. More information and website

COVID-19 Workplace Fact Sheet

  • The Governor moved Rhode Island’s primary election to June 2 for what will likely be a primarily mail ballot election. Make sure you are registered and that your information is up-to-date here: http://vote.ri.gov.
  • Senior Center: We have closed the Senior Center but with the help of the Senior Center staff and volunteers we are providing meals to those in need of assistance.
  • For additional resources and for a full listing of what’s opened and closed, please visit: https://www.smithfieldri.com/emergency/.
  • The State of Rhode Island has partnered with Care.com to increase child care access for frontline workers responding to the COVID-19 crisis. In addition to providing 90 days of free, premium access to their website, Care.com has created portals specifically for frontline workers. Rhode Island residents interested in becoming caregivers can visit care.com/rigive to register.
  • If you have questions:
    • Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline: 401-222-8022, Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm
    • Town of Smithfield COVID-19 Hotline: (401) 949-4590, Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:00pm (For necessary assistance and also to register to volunteer)
    • Town of Smithfield Emergency Management: (401) 233-1033
    • RI United Way Hotline: 2-1-1, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Thank you again for your support and cooperation. Stay safe and be well.

Sincerely,

Randy R. Rossi
Town Manager

Town of Smithfield State of Emergency Declaration (.pdf) 
Updated – passed by the Smithfield Town Council on March 19, 2020

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All Fields, Playgrounds, and Courts are Closed

All Fields, Playgrounds, and Courts are Closed

Annual Rabies Clinic Postponed

The Annual Rabies Clinic scheduled for April 4th, 2020 has been postponed until further notice.

The RIVMA Board is postponing all RIVMA Municipal Rabies Clinics scheduled for the month of April.

Annual Rabies Clinic Postponed

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

BSA Scout Troop 2359 and Cub Scout Pack One Smithfield Information

Troop 2359 Smithfield is a brand new troop in town that meets every Wednesday from 7-8:30 PM at the Elks Lodge at 326 Farnum Pike in Smithfield. Boy Scouting is for boys age 11-17, and is a community-oriented program that instills values such as citizenship, teamwork, honesty, respect, responsibility, and fitness, while being a lot of fun. We practice skills for life, from first aid to public speaking to wilderness survival, while helping our community through service projects.

We welcome you to come to a meeting and check it out for yourself. For more information, contact Troop 2359 Scoutmaster Mike at mguilmain@cox.net or call 401-578-5261.

Pack One Smithfield is a Cub Scout Pack in town that meets every Tuesday from 6:30 to 7:30 PM at the RC LaPerche Elementary School on Limerock Road in Smithfield. Cub Scouting is for boys and girls in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Up to age 11, and is a community-oriented program that helps our children grow up in a way that promotes mutual respect for others while understanding more about the community we live in.

We welcome you to come to a meeting and check it out for yourself. For more information, contact Pack One Cubmaster Mike at mguilmain@cox.net or call 401-578-5261.

Anna McCabe Basketball Court Committee Seeks Sponsorships


The Anna McCabe Basketball Court Committee is seeking individuals, families, or businesses to sponsor the renovation of the Anna McCabe Basketball Courts.

For additional information, please see the linked application. Applications must be received by Friday, June 8, 2018. If you have any questions, please call the Smithfield Town Manager’s Office at 401-233-1010.

Find the application and further information here:https://smithfieldri.com/pdf/tm/McCabe_Courts_Sponsorship.pdf

Smithfield Historic Preservation Commission Historic Home Marker Program

 

The Town of Smithfield Historic Preservation Commission is offering a Historic Home Marker program for homes and properties that are listed on our Historic Inventory. We are proud to offer this program to recognize the historic buildings in our town and celebrate our rich history. The plaque is an 11×16 inch oval, with a decorative molded edge, made of a durable and weather resistant PVC material. The plaques are painted slightly off white, silk screened with black borders and lettering, featuring a green town crest. All building names and dates are hand painted in black paint by a local Rhode Island Artist.

Any building appearing on the Smithfield Historic Inventory will have an application reviewed. If your building does not appear on the inventory, and you feel this is an error, please contact the SHPC and we will address this issue. The Smithfield Historic Inventory can be found online here.

The Smithfield Historic Preservation Commission is a not-for-profit Town Commission. The debut of this Historic Marker Program was a great effort by the Smithfield Historic Preservation Commission over the last year. The commission strives to provide the residents of Smithfield with markers of the highest quality available, while keeping the cost born to the applicants at the lowest possible price point. This was made possible by the generosity of a local benefactor, who donated funds to cover the bulk of silk screening the markers, while a local company in Smithfield was kind enough to cut the raw material into beautifully routed ovals at no cost. The fee of $35.00 (thirty five dollars) paid by each applicant goes directly toward covering the materials cost and for the artist who will be hand painting the name and appropriate date on your marker.

Full Information and Application (.pdf)

Is your home on the historic inventory?  Check here (.pdf)

Veteran’s Grave Flags

Prior to Memorial Day, the Friends of Smithfield Cemeteries, VFW 2929 and the American Legion flagged the 170 veteran cemeteries in town.

If anyone knows of a veteran’s grave in town that does not have an American flag, please contact Bob Buonaccorsi at 349-4074.

We want to be sure all veterans are honored.

New Online Boards & Commissions Database

The Town of Smithfield is pleased to announce that the new OnBoard Board & Commission Management Solution System is now available on the Town’s website to facilitate public engagement through our vendor, ClerkBase. Boards and Commissions are an important part of the Town’s governance, as they focus on specific areas of interest. OnBoard allows you to see who is currently serving on a Board or Commission, how to contact them, the membership history of that board, and each member’s history on all boards.

With this new system Town residents can access this information without delay or inconvenience, should they want to volunteer, they can do so by checking the vacancies on various Boards or Commission.

As always it is important to allow our Town residents consistently new and updated technology.

Access the OnBoard Board & Commission page at http://onboard.smithfieldri.com

Current information for all positions has been entered, historical information will eventually be entered into the system.

Carol A. Aquilante, CMC
Smithfield Town Clerk

Traffic Safety Request Form Online

The Smithfield Traffic Safety Commission is proud to introduce the new “Traffic Safety Request Form.” The new online form makes the process of identifying traffic problems and recommending solutions to the Smithfield Traffic Safety Commission more efficient. The user friendly form allows a traffic safety request to be added to the Traffic Safety Commission Meeting. Appropriate requests will be added to the agenda for the next scheduled meeting. We look forward to working with the public in an effort to enhance traffic safety. For additional information please contact Sgt. Cory Carpenter at ccarpenter@smithfieldpd.com or 401-231-2500 x132.

Find the form here on the Smithfield Police Department’s website at: smithfieldpd.com/tsc-form/