Saturday, January 31, 2015        

Parking Ban In Effect – Friday & Saturday

Parking Ban in Effect

Parking Ban – a parking ban is in effect starting Friday, Jan 30th at 1am and ending Saturday, Jan 31st at 7am.

Please also remove any basketball hoops, boats/trailers etc. that may be parked on the side of the road as these pose hazards for the Department of Public Works while plowing.

Fire Hydrants & Snow Storms

hydrant-snowIn the event of a fire emergency after heavy snow fall, could firefighters find the fire hydrant near your home? Or does it get buried under a snow pile? 

After large snow storms firefighters regularly go out to inspect fire hydrants and clear them of snow when necessary. To help make this practice more efficient the Smithfield Fire Department is asking residents to assist firefighters with clearing the fire hydrant near their home.

If you are able, please consider adopting a fire hydrant near your home and keep snow shoveled away from it during the winter season. This will ensure fire hydrants are visible and will greatly speed the response time in case of an emergency.

At a minimum, residents who have hydrants nearby are asked to make sure the hydrant is cleared of snow enough to make it visible from the street. Even better is to clear the snow 3 feet all around the hydrant so firefighters can easily connect a hose.

Your help is greatly appreciated this winter!

Delayed Trash Collection – Week of January 25th

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No trash collection on Wednesday, January 28th. Due to the continuing snow and drifting, trash collection will be delayed for a second day.

For the rest of this week we will collect Tuesday’s trash and recycling on Thursday, Wednesday’s trash and recycling on Friday and Thursday’s & Friday’s trash and recycling on Saturday.

If Tour Normal Trash Pickup Day Is This Week Only – Your Trash Will Be Picked Up On
   
Tuesday Thursday
Wednesday Friday
Thursday Saturday
Friday Saturday
* note that both Thursday & Friday will be picked up on Saturday

 

Talking Trash – 10 (Non) Wasteful Tips for this Winter

Smithfield Recycles

  1. Appreciate the power of the weather
    Some things are out of our control. When dangerous weather conditions cause interruptions in service, know that your town hauler is doing their best and will try to stay on schedule as much as possible. 
  2. Spread the Warmth
    Your collection workers are collecting even in ice cold circumstances. Make their job easier by sorting properly and placing carts in accessible areas away from obstructions. You could even surprise them with a hot chocolate or coffee to spread the warmth! 
  3. Stay Safe
    Driving large vehicles in freezing conditions can be dangerous. Make sure children and animals are away from the road when your collection is expected to be on your street. Ice can make it difficult to stop quickly if needed. Again, make sure your carts are properly placed, sorted and ready for pick up so your drivers don’t have increased difficulty making your pickup.
  4. Proper sorting is essential to timely collection – Know what is recyclable and how to recycle it! 
  5. Plastics: Recycle only plastic containers, up to 2 gallons in size, in your cart. Exceptions? No foam, plastic bags, motor oil or antifreeze bottles, “compostable” cups, containers that crinkle or rip (such as plant plug trays), or containers that shatter like glass (CD cases). Put plastic tops back on plastic containers before recycling. Do not flatten containers. Take clean, dry, somewhat see-through, somewhat stretchable plastic bags and film back to any large grocery, pharmacy or big-box store in Rhode Island for recycling. Remember, clingy food wrap is trash. 
  6. Glass: Recycle only glass bottles and jars in your cart — do not recycle glass that isn’t a bottle or jar. Take metal tops off first and recycle both. Exceptions? No broken glass or Pyrex.
  7. Metal: Recycle only metal cans, foils and lids/caps from glass jars and bottles in your cart — do not recycle metal that isn’t a can, foil or lid/cap. Exceptions? Coated yogurt lids and foil-like candy/chip wrappers are trash. For scrap metal recycling, you can make an appointment online at smithfieldri.com under the Town’s next metal collection.
  8. Paper/cardboard/cartons: Recycle only paper and flattened cardboard that isn’t made to be waterproof (fridge/freezer boxes, coffee cups) or for sanitary use (paper towels) in your cart. Exceptions? DO recycle cartons (milk, juice), but don’t flatten.
  9. Textiles: Never recycle textiles in your cart. If the textile is dry and odorless — including torn or stained items and non-apparel textiles such as sheets — drop it off in any clothing donation bin in the state. Exceptions? No carpeting, mattresses or dried hazardous-waste rags (such as motor oil).
  10. Always, remember: Containers must be empty and, when possible, rinsed. Paper and cardboard must be free of food and grease. 

THANK YOU FOR HELPING SMITHFIELD REDUCE, REUSE AND RECYCLE!

Smithfield Town Council Meeting Videos Online

The Town of Smithfield is pleased to announce that Smithfield Town Council meeting videos will now be posted online.  The meetings will be posted on the Town’s Vimeo account at vimeopro.com/smithfieldri/meetings.  Videos will also be linked to individual meeting dates on the meeting agendas page on the town website, smithfieldri.com. For 2015, that page link is smithfieldri.com/2015-meeting-agendas/.

Meeting videos will be posted online as soon as possible after the meeting ends, typically within a day or two.  Users can view the meetings directly online or choose to download them directly in a variety of formats suitable for different devices. 

The most current meeting from January 20th, 2015 has been posted. (vimeopro.com/smithfieldri/meetings/video/117385550).  It is expected that, as time allows, older meetings going back to 2012 (when the town started recording meetings digitally) will be posted, as will all future Town Council meetings.

 

Smithfield Town Council meeting videos

 

Winter Safety Tips from Smithfield Emergency Management Agency

Smithfield Emergency Management AgencyWinter Safety Tips from Smithfield Emergency Management Agency

Enjoying Smithfield’s Lakes and Ponds During the Winter Months Smithfield’s ponds can be enjoyable throughout the year, however there is always an inherent risk and danger when venturing onto frozen surfaces. Many variables can impact whether or not the ice on a pond’s surface is “safe”. This brochure is intended to raise ice safety awareness, but to also remind those using frozen lakes and ponds that no outdoor ice surface can ever be 100% safe for use.  See the brochure Ready – Ice Safety

Danger lurks in winter’s frigid weather… When chilly weather is replaced with extremely cold temperatures, a dangerous situation may not be too far away. Whether at home, at work, or in your vehicle, be aware of the hazards that extreme cold weather presents.  See the brochure Ready – Cold Winter Weather

Give a Second Life to Those Unloved Items Taking Up Space

Ready for a clean out?

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Please give to friends & family, and donate to those in need before sending it to the landfill!

Check out this partial list of venues that may be able to give a second life to those unloved items taking up space in your life:

Smithfield Recycling List of Donation Centers (.pdf)

Smithfield Land Records are now Available Online

Smithfield Land Records

Smithfield Land Records are now available online at www.uslandrecords.com.

Select Rhode Island -> Smithfield.

Recorded Land index and images are available from January 1975 to present. Plans index and images are available from January 1871 to present. 

Fees:

  • Searching and document viewing is provided as a free service. Printing and/or downloading will incur the following charges:
  • Commercial Users – Our commercial user will be charged $1.50 per page and a $50.00 per year subscription fee. To become a commercial user simply fill out the registration form and choose a Member ID and Password for future visits
  • Pay-Per Access Members/Search – For our Pay-Per Access members the charges will be $2.50 per page (no yearly charge). When printing and/or downloading pay-per access users will be prompted with a credit card form
  • Search Results – Search results may be printed for $1.50 per page with a $75.00 maximum. Please be aware of this fee before printing search results.

Trash & Recycling Call Center

Call the MTG Call Center – (866) 420-6342Our vendor, MTG,  has established a call center for certain trash & recycling issues.

Please call the MTG Call Center at (866) 420-6342 ONLY for these specific issues:

- Missed trash & recycling collections (regular, leaf, special appointment),
- Driver safety issues, 
- Damages to property due to trash collection operations.

 

Call the MTG Call Center – (866) 420-6342 ext 302

 

The IRS Warns of Fake Emails and Phone Calls

Beware of Fake IRS Emails and Phone Calls

Tax scams that use email and phone calls that appear to come from the IRS are common these days. These scams often use the IRS name and logo or fake websites that look real.

Scammers often send an email or call to lure victims to give up their personal and financial information. The crooks then use this information to commit identity theft or steal your money. Some call their victims to demand payment on a pre-paid debit card or by wire transfer. But the IRS will not initiate contact with you to ask for this information by phone or email.

If you get this type of ‘phishing’ email, the IRS offers this advice:

  • Don’t reply to the message.
  • Don’t open any attachments or click on any links. They may have malicious code that will infect your computer.
  • Don’t give out your personal or financial information.
  • Forward the email to phishing@irs.gov. Then delete it.

If you get an unexpected phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS:

  • Ask for a call back number and an employee badge number.
  • If you think you may owe taxes, call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS employees can help you.
  • If you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you do, call the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484 to report the incident.
  • You should also report it to the Federal Trade Commission by using their “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments of your complaint.

Be alert to scams that use the IRS as a lure. The IRS will not initiate contact with you through social media or text to ask for your personal or financial information.

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