Thursday, October 22, 2020        

Car Tax Bills will be issued the week of October 12th

Update October 7, 2020Car Tax Bills will be issued the week of October 12th

The Town of Smithfield will issue motor vehicle tax bills the week of October 12th. The first quarter due date for these tax bills is November 16th, with subsequent quarterly payments due according to the normal quarterly schedule at the end of December, March, and June.

These tax bills are being issued before the finalization of the Rhode Island state budget. If the final state budget includes any changes to the motor vehicle tax phase-out calculation, the Town of Smithfield may be required to issue additional supplementary tax bills.

September 1, 2020: 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 Open 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.

Four Recycling Events on Saturday, November 7th

Four Recycling Events on Saturday, November 7th

Paint Recycling Drop-Off Event – Saturday November 14

Paint Recycling Drop-Off Event - Saturday November 14

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 updated September 22, 2020.

Rhode Island Commerce announced that the Restore Rhode Island grant program expansion launched on, Tuesday, September 22. This new round will feature expanded program eligibility, an updated application process with reduced documentation for all applicants, and other new program features. In the seven weeks since the program began receiving applications, nearly 900 Rhode Island small businesses have already received Restore RI grants totaling approximately $8M.

Key Program Changes

    • More businesses are now eligible including sole proprietors and businesses without employees and businesses with up to 50 FTEs
    • Streamlined grant amount calculation process: any eligible business with at least 30% revenue loss in a month March to July may now apply.
    • Fewer documents to upload for all applicants

Important note: if you are a business who has already applied for the Restore Rhode Island grant program and was previously deemed ineligible (perhaps because you were a sole proprietor with no additional employees) you will NOT need to reapply for the program. To request your previous application be reactivated, contact Commerce here.

NEXT STEPS

All applicants:

  • Most recent business tax return (sole proprietors must provide schedule C), ownership information, Business EIN/Tax ID
  • Revenue (sales) records for a month March to July of 2020 and for either the same month in 2019, January 2020 or February 2020.
  • DUNS number (federal requirement to receive grant funds). You may request one here. Important: when prompted to select the “Primary Reason for DUNS Number Registration,” please select “I’m a US Government Contractor or Grantee” from the dropdown menu. Selecting any other option could result in a 30 day wait for your DUNS number.
  • Records of your eligible expenses and information about state or federal funding you’ve received, including PPP, EIDL, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, Unemployment Insurance, among others.
  • Owner info: government ID (e.g. driver’s license), SSN, and most recent tax return

Applicants with employees or independent contractors will also need:

  • A completed grant calculatordownload the template for the grant calculator here
  • Employment and/or contractor tax records. Applicants must have their IRS 941 or RI-TX 17 from Q1 or Q2 of 2020 and 2019 IRS 1099s if listing independent contractors.
  • Current bank statement for the business

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 – October 19, 2020

October 19, 2020

Dear Residents, Businesses, and Community Partners:

I hope you are doing well and staying safe.

COVID-19 Updates

Rhode Island is continuing to see a rise in COVID-19 cases. I strongly urge all residents to refrain from hosting or attending gatherings with over 15 people; remain 6 feet apart when in public; and always carry a face covering with you for times when social distancing cannot be maintained, or in indoor settings. Even if you are visiting with close family or friends, the Department of Health is suggesting you keep your distance and masks be worn. Please do not let your guard down.

Please consider getting tested for COVID-19 even if you are asymptomatic. Sign up at portal.ri.gov.

Halloween is two weeks away. We understand that children need an outlet for fun activities and a sense of normalcy; however, it must be done in a safe and responsible way.

  • Residents should not be hosting or attending Halloween parties
  • Children and families trick-or-treating should wear face masks and watch their distance
  • If you are handing out candy at your home, please do not do so from a communal bowl. Consider leaving individually wrapped bags outside.

For creative Halloween activities and guidance, visit: Tips for a Safer Halloween

Information for Businesses

The Governor has ordered the closure of breakrooms for 90 days. Employers are still being encouraged to let people work from home to the greatest extent possible. Please also encourage your employees to sign up for asymptomatic testing at portal.ri.gov

The State announced that they are increasing the size of potential Restore RI grant awards up to $30,000 – doubling the original grant sizes. Eligibility for the program is also being increased to allow non-profit organizations and private child care facilities. An information session is being held on Tuesday, October 20 at 10:30 AM; Join here.

Local Updates

A reminder to voters that you can cast your ballot early Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Town Council Chambers, Smithfield Town Hall.

Please consider supporting our local businesses this weekend. Rather than ordering online, shop local; many of our small businesses have contactless pick up options or delivery. There are also many options in our community for outdoor dining and takeout.

 

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Sincerely,

Randy R. Rossi

Town Manager


General Information:

  • Travel:
    • Please limit holiday 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 here must 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 Assistance: For business economic support, constituents should visit CommerceRI, call Commerce RI at 401-521-4357 (HELP), or email them at info@commerceri.com.
    • 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
    • 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.Business Support
  • Child and Family Assistance
    • 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
    • RI Navigator provides resources for jobseekers to learn new skills, explore career options, and prepare for a job. The platform also allows jobseekers to find and connect to supportive services around barriers to employment. Additionally, jobseekers have the option of talking directly with a career guide through the RI Reconnect to get one-on-one counseling and support on educational and vocational options.
    • 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: HousingHelpRI
  • 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)