Sunday, March 1, 2015        

Has your mailbox been damaged by a Town snow plow?

Has your mailbox been damaged by a Town snow plow?

All reports of mailbox damage should be directed to the Department of Public Works at 401-233-1034 or e-mail at The department will dispatch a representative to verify any claims.

Mailboxes damaged by the Town, regardless of type, will be replaced with a standard rural mailbox compliant with US Postal Service (USPS) Standard 7, Mailboxes, City and Rural Curbside. Posts will be either 1-1/2” galvanized, painted black iron or pressure treated 4” x4” wood. Wherever possible, the existing mailbox, if undamaged, will be reused as will the existing post. Installation will be performed by Town employees.

Anyone who wishes to purchase their own replacement and install same shall be reimbursed by the Town for up to $25.00 with valid receipt(s).

Has your mailbox been damaged by a Town snow plow?
Photo courtesy of Earl Snell.

Snow Affecting Mail Delivery, Fire Service and Travel Across Northern Rhode Island

As the snow piles up across northern Rhode Island, several local agencies could use a helping hand in keeping all of us safe:

  • Fire Hydrants – 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. More Information


  • Mail Delivery – Especially in rural routes, postal carriers are having difficulty delivering mail. Postal trucks are not front wheel drive and have no posi-traction and they are getting stuck trying to get close enough to the mailboxes to deliver mail. If you are able, please clear the snow in the area around your mailbox for the postal carrier.


  • Snow Piled High at Intersections – The Smithfield Department of Public Works (DPW) is aware of the many large snow piles at intersections and dead ends and crews are dispatched daily to handle the hundreds of locations. More Information


  • Look Out for the Disabled and the Elderly – Don’t forget to assist your elderly loved ones & neighbors with these winter storm issues if you can. Check in to make sure they are OK! 

A Message from the Department of Public Works – Snow Removal

Smithfield Department of Public WorksThe Smithfield Department of Public Works (DPW) is aware of the many large snow piles at intersections and dead ends and crews are dispatched daily to handle the hundreds of locations.

DPW crews will be removing snow piles from intersections town-wide throughout the next couple of weeks.

Please contact DPW at 401-233-1034 if you have any concerns regarding snow removal. 

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!

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 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. 


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  Videos will also be linked to individual meeting dates on the meeting agendas page on the town website, For 2015, that page link is

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. (  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?



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

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. 


  • 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


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