Wednesday, April 1, 2020        

Weekly Virtual Coronavirus (COVID-19) Town Hall Forums – Thursday Nights at 7:00PM

Weekly Virtual Coronavirus (COVID-19) Town Hall Forums - Thursday Nights at 7:00PM

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update and Discussion With Smithfield Town Leaders 
Weekly Virtual Town Hall Forums – Thursday Nights at 7:00PM.

The link and call in information below will be the same for all the weekly forums.

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/211901069

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States (Toll Free): (866) 899-4679
United States: (571) 317-3117

Access Code: 211-901-069

Gov. Raimondo Issues Stay at Home Order – March 28, 2020

Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced new directives today (March 28, 2020) that are detailed in Executive Order 20-13, linked below. Please be reminded these are not recommendations, they are orders.

http://www.governor.ri.gov/documents/orders/Executive-Order-20-13.pdf

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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Yard Waste Pickup Postponed Until April 20th

Attention Smithfield Residents:

Due to the current health concerns surrounding the Coronavirus and in order to maintain staffing levels for trash and recycling collection, the start of the yard waste pickup will be postponed from April 1st to April 20th. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Senior Resources – COVID-19

The Rhode Island Office of Healthy Aging (OHA) is working closely with the Rhode Island Department of Health and Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency to coordinate the state’s response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Older Rhode Islanders and individuals with underlying conditions are at higher risk of severe COVID-19 illness. Governor Raimondo and the
Rhode Island Department of Health are encouraging our higher-risk populations to practice social distancing during this time and use technology, whenever possible, to remain in touch with family and friends.

Click the image below for the full (.pdf) document

Senior Resources - COVID-19

 

Notice of Extension For 3rd Quarter Property Tax Payments to April 30, 2020

The Town of Smithfield is allowing relief to taxpayers in the form of an extended deadline for 3rd quarter property tax and water payments from the current deadline of March 31, 2020 to April 30, 2020. Any penalties or interest will be waived during this time.

Notice of Extension For 3rd Quarter Property Tax Payments to April 30, 2020

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

Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak

Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak (click image for full .pdf document)

Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak

The Town of Smithfield Uses Code Red Resident Emergency Notification System

 

Click the logo above to go to the registration site

The Town of Smithfield has transitioned to the Code Red Resident Emergency Notification System. Code Red replaces the Nixle emergency notification system and will allow the town to be compatible with state emergency agencies and more communities in Rhode Island.

In the event of a town-wide emergency or a localized geographical emergency, the town’s police department, fire department, emergency management agency or designated local official will be able to call, email, and text thousands of residents at once, notifying them of the emergency and also give instructions if needed. Using mapping databases Code Red can target a notification to a few residents on one street, or expand to any designated area within the town.

Messages regarding the safety, property or welfare of our residents will be disseminated using the Code Red system. These may include local AMBER alerts, locations of shelters for weather events, emergency instructions due to a large fire or chemical incident, boil water advisories, evacuation notices, etc.

Please Register Your Cell Phone
Technology plays a vital role in everyone’s day-to-day life. We know that not everyone uses a house phone today. In Rhode Island, most 9-1-1 calls are made from a cell phone. The 9-1-1 call-out database is compiled of home phone numbers, there is no 9-1-1 database for cell phones. More people use email and texting to communicate and the town wants to ensure that we can use those avenues to communicate with our residents for official information.

We encourage everyone to register with Code Red. To do so click on the Code Red logo above to go to the registration site. Users can register for emergency notifications only and can also register for general notifications as well. Residents should know that the information they provide on the link is safe. Information is not, and will not be, shared with anyone. No one has access to the account but local and state emergency officials authorized to activate warnings and alerts to the public.

register with Code Red