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Sep 12, 2013

Woonsocket


BALDELLI-HUNT HAS PLAN TO PUT STREET LIGHTS BACK ON IN CITY AND

WILL FOCUS ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

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Posted by: Craig

BALDELLI-HUNT HAS PLAN TO PUT STREET LIGHTS BACK ON IN CITY AND

WILL FOCUS ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

Candidate for Mayor said she will make stopping flood of businesses leaving city and

bringing new businesses in her top priority

 

(Woonsocket, 9/11/13) Stating that economic development needs to be the next Mayor’s top priority, Lisa Baldelli-Hunt announced today she will eliminate the position of Economic Development Director in Woonsocket and do the job herself.  Baldelli-Hunt said she will use the funds from eliminating that position to put streetlights back on throughout the city and make our neighborhoods safer.

“We need a Mayor who is fully focused on bringing new businesses to our city,” said Baldelli-Hunt.  “Too many businesses are leaving the city and that is a clear sign the current approach is not working and we need to change the way we do things.”

“My first act will be to eliminate the Economic Development Director position and use the funds we save to put the streetlights back on in neighborhoods that have been left dark for months.  This is a public safety issue for children, seniors and people who are afraid to walk in their own neighborhoods at night.”

Baldelli-Hunt noted that the Economic Development Director also serves as Human Services Director, which raises serious questions about how much attention is actually being focused on reviving the local economy.  She said committing approximately $110,000 in salary and benefits to that position is not bringing an effective return and that the departure of numerous big-name stores from the Diamond Hill Road area shows that the city’s economic development efforts are going in the wrong direction. 

            Instead, Baldelli-Hunt said Woonsocket needs a plan to create an environment where businesses want to be.  One key part of that plan will be turning long-darkened streetlights throughout the city back on, which she said is a basic first step in improving the quality of life in the city and making neighborhoods safer.  Noting that the streetlights in front of the Stadium Theatre are usually off and have to be turned on by request for performances, Baldelli-Hunt said a building that is a centerpiece of the downtown shouldn’t be in the dark most of the time and we should be highlighting what is working in Woonsocket.

            “A city that can’t keep the lights on is not a city that is going to attract businesses,” said Baldelli-Hunt.  “We need to re-establish our priorities and recognize that turning on the lights sends the message that we care about our neighborhoods and are proud of our city.”