Tuesday, August 4, 2020        

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.


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 – July 31, 2020

July 31, 2020

Dear Residents, Businesses, and Community Partners:

I hope you are staying safe and feeling healthy. There are several updates and new information this week from the State and Department of Health regarding COVID-19.

Rhode Island has seen an uptick in cases of COVID-19, which has been linked to house parties and close contact events. This should be a reminder to our residents that the virus knows no bounds. All gatherings must be limited to 15 people or less; people should stay at least 6 feet apart; masks should be worn when distancing is not possible; surfaces should be cleaned frequently; and hands should be washed or sanitized often.

Governor Raimondo announced this week that Rhode Island will remain in Phase 3 until the end of August. An overview of Phase 3 of Rhode Island’s re-opening:  

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Face coverings must be worn in public—both indoors and outdoors—whenever six feet of social distance cannot be maintained. 
  • Frequently wash your hands or use hand sanitizer
  • Social gatherings: Limit of 15 people
  • Out of state travelers: If you are coming to Rhode Island from one of the states listed herewith a positivity rate of COVID-19 greater than 5%, you will either have to self-quarantine for 14 days while in Rhode Island, or produce proof of a negative test for COVID-19 that was taken within 72 hours prior to arrival. For more information, visit the RIDOH website.
  • For more information on restaurants, close contact business, and other information, visit: Re-Opening RI

We ask that those using our Town’s outdoor recreational facilities to follow safety guidelines and the signage posted. First, if a person is sick or not feeling well please do not visit our athletic fields or courts. Secondly, people are reminded to please keep 6 feet apart from each other.  Reconnecting with people is important and fights the feeling of isolation, but please do it at a safe distance. Lastly, please wear a face covering and sanitize hands often.  Masks should be worn by spectators when they are within less than 6 feet of others and when walking to and from parking lots and seating areas.     

Commerce RI recently announced that emergency financial grants for Rhode Island’s small businesses will open by Monday, August 3rd. Learn more about the process and sign up for alerts, at CommerceRI Restore-RI.


Thank you for your patience and cooperation.


Randy R. Rossi

Town Manager


Who should get tested?

  • 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.
  • Recent out-of-state travelers from states with a COVID-19 positivity rate greater than 5%. RIDOH recommends that people get tested for COVID-19 in their home state, if possible. People visiting Rhode Island from out-of-state can find a place for asymptomatic testing at this link.

General Information:

  • Re-Opening Rhode Island’s Economy: For information on the current phase of re-opening, guidance and support, visit: Re-Opening RI
  • COVID Guidance in Multiple Languages: For guidance documents and support in multiple languages, please visit 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
  • RI Department of Health COVID-19 Data: Visit RIDOH.
  • 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: Over the next month, the State will be providing $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. Applications will be available by August 3rd, here: Commerce’s website.
    • 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. COVID-19 questions or complaints can be asked at https://dbr.ri.gov/critical/.
    • Business Assistance: For business economic support, constituents should visit www.commerceri.com, 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 RI DBR 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.

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:

Get a Birthday Salute from the Smithfield Fire and Police Departments


We know things are tough right now but we still want to celebrate the day you were born! We would like to send a fire truck, rescue, and police cruiser to you on your special day to wish you a Happy Birthday. Of course, we will be using our social distancing procedures!

Submit address and contact information and we will drive to your home, turn on our lights and sirens, and give you Happy, Happy Birthday wishes!

Email jpotenza@smithfieldfire.com or log onto www.Smithfieldfire.com and go under Fire Prevention.

All ages are welcome!!!!

Smithfield Fire Department Supports Local Business

Smithfield Fire Department Supports Local Business

The Coronavirus has impacted us all throughout the community. The men and women of the Smithfield Fire Department would like your help to do what we can to help the local business community that has been impacted. We are requesting everyone who is able to do so, following all current rules and guidelines, to make purchases from Smithfield businesses. All online, delivery or pickup orders of takeout or gift cards from restaurants, purchases from grocery, hardware, and liquor stores, or any other type of business located in Smithfield are eligible. Take a picture of your receipt and email it to SFDSLB@gmail.com or message “Smithfield Firefighters IAFF Local 2050” on Facebook or “sfdlocal2050” on Instagram. One raffle ticket will be allotted for each purchase and on June 1st, 20 winners will be drawn for the following prizes:
• Pizza party in the firehouse with pizza purchased from a local business!
• A ride to school in a fire truck!
• Gift cards purchased from local businesses!
• Gift basket with t-shirts and other goodies!
• And many more…

Email or send via social media your proof of purchase dated April 8, 2020 – May 31, 2020. All entries must be received by May 31, 2020.

“Smithfield Fire Department Supports Local Business”