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Town of North Smithfield

January 4th, 2019 Edition
















Message from Town Administrator

Gary Ezovski


We expect power outages in hurricanes or during heavy winter snow circumstances, but we recently had a power outage in a section of town on a bright sunny but just windy day. It is my observation that a tree on private property was taken down by the wind and unfortunately in the process that tree knocked out a neighborhood’s electric and communication services. Fortunately, no one was hurt, the temperatures weren’t super cold, and National Grid responded promptly, but inconvenience certainly resulted. 


This isn’t the kind of reminder anyone will like to read but it is one that needs to be presented. Not long ago I wrote about the impact that the gypsy moth infestation of two years ago has had on oak trees across the region. Whether that is the reason or any other is the cause of tree mortality on private property, it is important that property owners take initiative now to preclude conditions like that experienced by the 50 or more property owners earlier this week. Please look around and do your best to act with professionals for trees that could be threatening the utility services that serve you and your neighbors. Some have made us aware of their concern about trees on public property. We pass those on to state agencies where applicable and to our tree warden when appropriate. We are trying to handle as many as possible with the resources we have, but neither the town nor National Grid can act on trees on private property. Action before any heavy winter snow that is pushed by wind could preclude some very uncomfortable conditions.



Click the Link Below for a Channel 10 News Story on the Reopening of the Slatersville Stone Arch Bridge.




“See Something, Say Something”

It Helped This Time!


Click here for a press release from the North Smithfield Police Department




Christmas Trees CAN be RECYCLED

Live Trees: Are composted

Artificial Trees: Are recycled with scrap metal.

All trees must be free of ornaments, tinsel, lights and cannot be in plastic bags.

We will be offering a curbside pickup for live trees starting Tuesday, December 26, 2018 through January 11, 2019. Live trees will be picked up by DPW on your trash day. Pickups are weather permitting.  Residents can also bring the trees to DPW when our recycling center is open. From January 1, 2019 through April 1, 2019, we will only be open Saturdays from 9 AM- 1 PM.




Our North Smithfield Animal Shelter is in

Need of Volunteers.


You can volunteer as many or as few days or hours that you can. Every little bit helps! Volunteering at an animal shelter can be a rewarding experience.


Please call the North Smithfield Animal Shelter at 766-0377.



We need to continue our strong recycling effort going forward. RIRRC is cracking down, and loads are being rejected at a cost of almost $800 per load. Reduced international demand for recycled materials is the reason for these rejections. Unacceptable materials like plastic bags or any plastic or metal that isn’t a container can result in rejection of an entire truck load of material. Below are some helpful tips from RIRRC to keep recycling up in our community and avoid recycling loads to be rejected. Starting December 10, 2018 items at the curb that are not accepted at the curb will be left behind with an orange sticker explaining why it is not accepted. Please visit our website for more information on our recycling programs.  

Click Here for helpful recycyling tips from Rhode Island Resource Recovery Center




The Next 2018 Tax Bill Is Due

January 15, 2019


Dear North Smithfield Taxpayer:


ALL 2018 Real estate, motor vehicle and tangible personal property bills were mailed on July 13th.

Please be aware ALL bills are due on the date listed on the bill stubs. Because there are no complications with auto taxes or budget timing this year, we are back to our regular billing cycle and due dates.

The dates are also listed below.


Real Estate, Motor Vehicle and Tangible Personal Property

1st payment due 08-15-18

2nd payment due 10-15-18

3rd payment due 01-15-19

4th payment due 04-15-19


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Tax Assessor’s Office at 401-767-2200 ext: 323 or the Tax Collector’s Office at 401-767-2200 ext: 511





Winter brings with it lots of fun activities, but winter also means mounds of snow to shovel and layers of ice to remove. During some snow storms it becomes impossible for our plow drivers to know where the edge of the road is. Here are some helpful tips to ensure safety and efficiency during a snow storm.


  • Use reflective markers to make the edge of the road more visible for DPW when plowing. This is the best way to ensure trucks stay off your lawns.


  • Please remove everything from the roadway to clear it for the snow plows to come through (cars, basketball hoops, garbage cans etc.)


  • When shoveling snow or operating a snow blower, do not throw snow out in to the street or sidewalk. This is not only against State Law (State Law Title 31-22-9), but this will ensure that snow does not freeze in the roadway or sidewalk and cause a hazard for vehicles and pedestrians. Please visit for more information on our snow removal policy.


  • Trucks are plowing or spreading sand/salt. Stay back from the vehicle at least 100 feet to avoid problems. Plow trucks often have to back up. There are blind spots in the mirrors. For your safety, do not pull directly behind them. They may not be able to see you.


  • Trash and recycling collections may be canceled if weather conditions warrant. Check our website or call (401) 767-2200 ext. 348 for potenial pick-up delays.


  • Clear snow from around fire hydrants near your home/business to make them visible for our firefighters.



For the next several weeks, North Smithfield Emergency Management, CERT and REACT will be providing articles on survival preparation for an emergency. Many emergency response organizations have encouraged citizens to have three days of emergency supplies on hand in case disaster strikes, but because we live in a world where terrorism and cyber attacks have created possibilities of long-term outages of every day necessities, we should now consider being prepared for at least two weeks.


Those who have already prepared for three days have a good start as many items for three days will be good for the two week preparation. Flashlights, radios, extra batteries, first aid kits, contact information and manual can opener are items handy for three days or two weeks. Future articles will advise about other necessities that will be required for longer outages.


The key to survival in most cases will be to stay in your own home (shelter in place) as long as it is safe. Have an emergency plan that your family is familiar with and discuss the importance of knowing the location of emergency supplies. Community shelters may become overloaded and not have the abundance of supplies needed to sustain shelter goers for a long stay. First responders may be overwhelmed with disaster emergencies and should not be counted on to provide you with emergency supplies.


Hopefully, the forthcoming articles will give you food for thought in your preparation for a catastrophic emergency. This week's article will discuss Power Outrages and how you can deal with them.






The Town of North Smithfield is Seeking Volunteer Members for Several Committees


* Planning Board Committee

* Economic Development Committee

* Budget Committee


Anyone interested in volunteering, please contact Gary Ezovski at 767-2200 ext. 303 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





Town of North Smithfield

Department of Public Works – Highway Division

Snow and Ice Removal Policy 



Click here for the Policy








A new BSA Troop is launching February 1st for Girls ages 11 through 17.

The historic move means boys and girls will soon experience the values-based, life-changing, Instagram-worthy moments offered in all of Scouting’s programs — from Cub Scouting all the way to Scouting’s highest honor, the rank of Eagle Scout.


Troop 438 North Smithfield will be a troop providing these awesome opportunities to Girls in our community soon! We will be hosting an informational night Friday, January 18th 6:30 PM - 8PM at Scouter's Hall, 13 Main Street, North Smithfield.

Any questions can be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."





North Smithfield Residents Food Pantry

Slatersville Congregational Church

25 Green Street

North Smithfield, RI 02896


The flavor of the month for January is 


Any donations or monetary gifts for the food pantry can be dropped off at the Slatersville Congregational Church between 9:00 am and noon. An additional drop box is available at the Town Hall during regular business hours. 





Senior Services, Inc. has provided services to seniors and adults with disabilities residing in Northern Rhode Island since 1975, in accordance with the Congregate Meal Program financed through a grant with R.I. Department of Elderly Affairs. Senior Services, Inc. provides nutritionally balanced lunches five days a week at our meal sites throughout Northern R.I.

Senior Services, Inc. offers activities, entertainment, computer classes, Alzheimer's Disease Support Groups, and Wellness programs, which include a weekly blood pressure clinic and exercise classes.


Senior Services, Inc. also offers an Adult Day Care Program ("A Home for the Day"), and a Community Information Specialist who can provide information on eligibility for all state and local programs, including RIPAE.


JANUARY 2019 Senior Services Newsletter


JANUARY 2019 Calendar of Events 


JANUARY 2019 Menu  


Senior exercise classes at Scouter's Hall, 32 Main Street, North Smithfield include:

  • Zumba Gold Mondays at 10:00 AM
  • Chair Exercises, Mondays at 11:00 AM
  • Zumba Gold Thursdays at 10:00 AM



















Agendas can be found on the Secretary of State Website by





Town Council Meeting

Monday, January 7th @ 6:45 pm

North Smithfield Middle School

1850 Providence Pike

North Smithfield, RI 02896


Economic Development Commission Meeting

Monday, January 7th @ 6:00 pm

Town Hall Conference Room

1 Main St.

Slatersville, RI 02876


Conservation Commission Meeting

Tuesday, January 8th @ 7:00 pm

Villa at St. Antoine, Small Dining Room

400 Mendon Road

North Smithfield, RI 02896





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