Sunday, January 27, 2013
Building without heat while replacement sections are installed.
City Hall's boiler failed Tuesday, taking half the building's heat with it. Reparing the massive, 16-section piece boiler in City Hall's sub-basement required a crane to move in four 600-lb replacement sections Friday morning at 8 a.m. Arden Engineering of Pawtucket will install them to the serpentine boiler, said Public Works Director Sheila McGauvran. The work may take until the middle of this week. The pieces were moved in within about half an hour.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Sections of building's 24-year-old boiler failed Tuesday; repair to cost $16,000
City Hall's boiler failed Tuesday, compromising half the building's heat just as some of the coldest weather of the year set in. Reparing the massive, 16-section piece of equipment in City Hall's sub-basement is going to require a crane to move in four 600-lb replacement sections so Arden Engineering of Pawtucket can attach them to the serpentine boiler, said Public Works Director Sheila McGauvran. It'll also cost $16,000, a new expense for the city to pick up. "We were not expecting that," McGauvran said. The boiler, which was installed in 1988, started leaking in four of its 16 snaking sections on Tuesday, she said. When workers attempted to fix the leaks, they found the steel of the leaking sections was rotted away. "It was falling …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Lights, decorated windows and storefronts brightened up by volunteers and city personnel.
A team of city personnel and volunteers have spent the last few days getting Woonsocket ready for tonight's Holiday Stroll, starting at 4:30 p.m. with Christmas Tree lighting and a visit from Santa. Next to City Hall, Jeff Lambert, an employee with the Highway Department, was hooking up lights for some Christmas decorations Wednesday afternoon in the small memorial park. Nearby Joe Therien and Andy Tetlow, IBEW Local 99 electricians from Nolin Electric in North Scituate were busy wiring the lights for Santa's House. City Hall's windows were brightly decorated in white, red and green paintings of candles, snowmen and winterscapes, thanks to the generous donation of the time and talent of Ron Deziel of North Smithfield. He also spent some…
Monday, November 5, 2012
Police, animal control officials say ordinance would be a good first step.
People eager to voice their thoughts on a proposed ordinance regulating the ownership of pitbulls will get a chance at City Hall tonight at the City Council's public hearing, 6:30 p.m. The issue has already drawn sizeable crowds during a City Council meeting and work session on the merits of regulating ownership of the breed. The ordinance, introduced for the first time Oct. 15 by City Council President John Ward, would ban anyone who does not already own a pitbull from acquiring one, require muzzles on existing dogs and require owners to take out $100,000 liability insurance policies on their animals. It would also require a sign warning others that a dangerous dog is kept there, and call for pitbulls to be put down if discovered in …
Monday, June 25, 2012
Move allows school department to pay all vendors, pending Commission approval.
The Woonsocket Budget Commission voted to advance $12 million in state aid to Woonsocket Schools from 2013 this morning at City Hall, allowing the district to pay its current creditors at the cost of next year's education funding. Officials said that while the move solves the immediate problem of unpaid vendors, it also makes balancing the city's future budget harder. Commissioner Peder Schaefer said the move would take the pressure off the commission, but RI Director of Revenue Rosemary Booth Gallogly and Council President John Ward, also a commission member, said they didn't see it that way. Gallogly said she saw it as an opportunity to make sure the school department's vendors got paid, but the funds would still come out of the town's…