Office of the Mayor

WOONSOCKET, RHODE ISLAND

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 6, 2021

Contact: Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 401-767-9205

 

Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt Announces April 5th Kick-Off for

Woonsockets Annual Street Sweeping Program

 

WOONSOCKET, R.I.: Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt today announced that "spring has sprung" and the City will commence, weather permitting, its annual street sweeping program on Monday, April 5th starting in the East Woonsocket District. Once streets in that district are swept the Citys two street sweepers will move to the North End, Fairmount, Bernon, and Globe districts. Rolling electronic billboards will announce in each district when and where the street sweeping will occur, and the entire program is expected to be finished in approximately ten weeks.

Mayor Baldelli-Hunt stated, "Winter is finally over, and it is time to sweep our City streets once again." The Mayor added, "Street sweeping not only makes our streets look good and improves public safety for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, but it also helps prevent sand, salt and other debris from entering our storm drains and polluting our local waterways."

Public Works Director, Steven DAgostino stated, "My department takes a lot of pride in the cleanliness of our streets and our street sweeping program helps to improve both the quality of life of our residents and promote a cleaner environment." Director DAgostino further explained why Woonsocket streets are cleaner now after the winter season than they were years back, "Our switch to a liquid brine solution from a traditional sand and salt mixture for pretreating roads in advance of winter storms has dramatically reduced the sand waste residue left behind to clean up in the spring. In 2014, we had to street sweep approximately 3,827 tons of sand while in 2020 we only had to sweep up about 102 tons. Less sand means cleaner drainpipes, lower amounts of waste that flows into our river and a lighter, less expensive quantity of refuse that we haul away to the States central landfill in Johnston."

D' Agostino advised that to ensure a successful street sweeping program in 2021, residents and businesses need to:

- Prior to the day of the street sweeping, push dirt and other debris from the abutting sidewalk onto the street so that it can be swept up.

- Keep all vehicles off the street on the announced street sweeping day until the sweeper has cleaned both sides of the street.

- Keep trash cans and yard waste bags behind the curb on the street sweeping day.

–30–

City Hall  P.O. Box B  Woonsocket, RI 02895

Telephone (401) 767-9205  Fax (401) 765-4569  E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Follow us on social media!

 

A new report claims the Trump administration secretly acquired "Washington Post" journalists' phone records last year. The newspaper says the Justice Department also tried getting email records in connection with reporting during the early part of the Trump White House. The agency sent three letters notifying them of toll records associated with phone numbers between April and July of 2017.        Governor Asa Hutchinson is ending supplemental unemployment assistance for Arkansas residents. He said today he has directed the Division of Workforce Services to stop its participation in the federal assistance plan after June 26th. Hutchinson says while the extra 300 dollars a month helped thousands of residents make it though a tough time, now they're needed back in the workforce as the state continues opening up.       White House COVID coordinator Jeff Zients [[ ZYE-entz ]] says the government is boosting efforts to convince hesitant Americans to get vaccinated, while also improving access to vaccinations. Meantime, White House COVID Advisor Andy Slavitt says one-hundred-ten million Americans are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.       An election bill is headed back to the Texas Senate after being passed by the Texas House. Representatives signed off on the measure this afternoon following hours of debate. Republicans argue the bill brings about more transparency in elections, particularly involving poll watchers.       A political consultant for the Texas Agriculture Commissioner is under arrest for allegedly selling access to the licenses needed to grow hemp in the state. Production was legalized back in 2019, but only 15 licenses would be issued. Todd Smith, who has run the commissioner's political campaigns, was allegedly telling farmers that getting a hemp license would take a total of 150-thousand dollars in contributions.       A professional golfer is facing a dozen charges, accused of sending inappropriate messages to someone he thought was a teenage girl. Daniel Bowling was arrested yesterday. Orlando Police say Bowling was using the messaging platform AdChat to talk with an undercover cop pretending to be a minor and police say it only took a day for the messages to become sexually charged.