Friday, April 23, 2021        

YWCA Rhode Island presents an informational webinar “Race & Racism in New England”

YWCA Rhode Island presents an informational webinar "Race & Racism in New England"

Invitation to the community of Smithfield, RI. 

YWCA Rhode Island presents an informational webinar “Race & Racism in New England: Understanding White Supremacy & Structural Racism in New England.”

This webinar will be free and open to the community and will be offered twice: Tuesday April 27 from 1PM – 2:30PM and later that same day from 6PM – 7:30PM. YWCA Rhode Island will also offer a follow up reflective session for community members to engage with these topics in a more hands-on, cooperative virtual meeting environment. The reflective sessions will be offered twice as well: Tuesday May 4 from 1PM – 2:30PM and later that same day from 6PM – 7:30PM for community members who want to discuss the content of the webinar with one another.

April 27th Webinar description: Race & Racism in New England

In the United States, racial, ethnic, and gender identity have long played a role in the attainment and exercise of the full rights and privileges of citizenship. Often in conversations about race in the US the focus is on the Southern plantation economy and the role of the Civil War in bringing an end to that system. However, slavery was practiced here in New England, and our industrial economy was deeply intertwined with the Southern plantation economy as well. As such, social attitudes and legal ramifications related to racial identity, especially whiteness, blackness, and “Indianness,” took root in our New England states’ political and social consciousness. What are the long term consequences of such policies and attitudes? How can we better understand why racism persists in both interpersonal and systemic aspects of our town, state, and region? What can be done to “undo” the harm of ongoing structural oppression and exclusion? 

Join YWCA Rhode Island for a 90-minute webinar on the history of Race & Racism in New England and deepen your understanding of this history and how it continues to inform our policies and social attitudes into the 21st century.

Registration links below (both sessions are identical, participants need only register for one):

Tuesday April 27, 2021 1PM – 2:30PM

Register in advance for this webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_83WCdyU_S7Cyza7uVNzSyw

Tuesday April 27, 2021 6PM – 7:30PM

Register in advance for this webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_uqb_U8tlS2G9C5LKRpZG4g

May 4th Zoom meeting description: Reflecting on Race & Racism in New England.

For participants of the April 27th webinar, this reflective session is an opportunity to review some of the major points and concepts of the presentation. Participants will be invited to ask questions, offer insights, and engage with one another and the host in conversation about how Smithfield can engage with its history of racial exclusion and actively work to create a more meaningfully inclusive community where interpersonal and structural racism and oppression are no longer tolerated or ignored, but actively named and undone. This meeting is for anyone who wishes to review the content of the webinar with fellow community members in pursuit of deepening their understanding of the content and applying it to the practice of anti-racism and inclusion in their community.

Join YWCA Rhode Island for a 90-minute reflective virtual meeting to discuss the webinar information and explore ideas about building an actively inclusive community that meaningfully reckons with its history in pursuit of a future that works for all.

Registration links below (both sessions are identical, participants need only register for one):

Tuesday May 4, 2021 1PM – 2:30PM

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcoc-ygrzotHdF5ABXDUBhHhpo43qKZs3SQ 

Tuesday May 4, 2021 6PM – 7:30PM

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwkduuupzsuE9dHeWAaur99cCle9yDRsbvA 

About the YWCA

Since 1867 has focused efforts to create a more inclusive and just Rhode Island and has advocated on behalf of the most structurally disenfranchised people in our society including low-wage workers, the unemployed, women and girls, people of color, English language learners, immigrants, survivors of abuse, members of the LQBTQQ community, as well as current military and veterans.  Our mission is to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

YWCA Rhode Island presents an informational webinar "Race & Racism in New England"

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Town Manager Signs Executive Order to Expand Outdoor Dining

Restaurateurs: On Wednesday, April 14th, the Town Manager signed Smithfield Executive Order 2021-01 to expanded 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 2021-01 to expanded outdoor dining to accommodate the outdoor dining option for restaurants. 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 an online application here :

  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 (concrete blocks) 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. Where use of a tent is proposed, a separate tent permit shall be required subject to a full Life Safety Inspection by the Smithfield Fire Department prior to being occupied.
  5. The hours of operation of any temporary outdoor service area approved hereunder shall be limited to 7:00 am to 10:00 pm.
 
 

Credit Card Tax Payments Temporarily Unavailable

credit card graphicThe Town’s tax administration software vendor, Vision Government Solutions, Inc. (VGSI) / Opal, is temporarily unable to process credit card payments for tax, water & sewer bills – either online or in-person. Opal has suspended all credit card payment functions on the RIeGov website and expects to have more information later this week. We cannot accept credit card payments at Town Hall.

Please make other arrangements to make your payments with a check or money order utilizing the U.S. mail or drop box located at Town Hall. Cash payments may be made in person at Town Hall, 8:30 am to 12 noon, Monday through Friday.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Town Forum on Race and Equality

 

Virtual Town Forum on Race and Equality in Smithfield

Video and Resources

 

 


Town Meetings – 2021-02-17 Town Forum on Race and Equality on Vimeo

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The Smithfield Town Council Invites the Community to a Virtual Town Forum on Race and Equality in Smithfield Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 6:00 PM. Including leaders…


 

Available Resources 


 

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 and then continued to March 16th.  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 16, 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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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.

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