Sunday, October 21, 2012
Residents may pay in full or in four payments.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Trash/recycling bills are being mailed out Monday, Oct. 29. Residents will have the option to pay the bill in full or make four scheduled payments during the year. The due date for the first payment will be Nov. 5. Any outstanding fees and associated late fees from the previous year(s) must accompany the first payment. If, for some reason, you do not receive your bill, the DPW asks that you contact them at 401-767-9216 to verify the mailing address or property ownership.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Work will connect Cumberland, Woonsocket water supplies for emergencies.
Last summer, when Cumberland needed to borrow some of Woonsocket's water supply, Woonsocket Water Division workers had to rig up a connection between two fire hydrants on Park East Drive. Two years before that, when a water main broke on Bound Road near Diamond Hill Road, it spilled into a stream on a golf course in the middle of winter. Usually, a water main break is identified immediately because they're along roads that collpase when the spilled water washes it away, said DPW Director Sheila McGauvran. This time, because it went right into a stream, "Nobody noticed." At least not until alarms started alerting officials that the water pressure was gone. A grant the city just won from the Water Resources Board will help the city address…
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
DPW encourages people to log their recycling efforts online for coupons, contest.
Woonsocket's competing with cities and towns in the other 47 contiguous states to see which can get the largest percentage of their residents recycling. That'll be tracked via voluntary record keeping on the recyclebank.com website, where participating citizens will need to sign up for an account so they can log in and answer a questionnaire about their recycling habits once per week. The city or town with the largest percentage of people who do that wins a $100,000 recycling grant for a project promoting "community sustainability." People who log in each week can also earn points toward coupons available on the site. DPW Superintendent Mike Debroisse said local businesses can also offer coupons on the site through the program, though …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Grass, weeds, small branch pickup ends next week.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Residents are reminded that curbside pick-up of yard waste (grass clippings, small branches, weeds, etc.) will END on your trash/recycling collection day during the week of June 18 to June 22. The drop-off site in Blackstone, MA, off Canal Street (North Smithfield) will continue to be open on Wednesdays and Saturdays, for those residents having the appropriate yard waste sticker; all residential properties in the City of Woonsocket are included in the yard waste drop-off program. Stickers can be obtained, for a $25 fee, at City Hall in the Department of Public Works, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Proper identification and vehicle registration is required. Commercial vehicle registrations are excluded from this program. …
Thursday, May 31, 2012
New rules let residents mix paper recycling with other recyclables, bin schedule unchanged.
New rules from the RI Resource Recovery collection program, “Recycle Together” allows for recyclables to be combined within the same cart, but Woonsocket's blue/green bin schedule is unchanged. "Residents must continue to follow the blue/green recycling cart collection schedule," reads a release from DPW Superintendent Mike Debroisse. Debroisse said that while residents can now throw paper recycling in the same bin as their other recyclables, the city's waste hauler will only pick up green and blue bins on the city's original schedule. So, he said, it doesn't matter what recyclables you put in which bin, but you've still got to use the right color bin on the correct day. New program stickers are being printed that can be applied to …
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Project to be done in fall, includes Cumberland Street and Kendrick Avenue intersection.
A 2007 federal grant is at work on Second Avenue and Cumberland Street intersections improving walking routes to neighborhood schools. Public Works Superintendent Mike Debroisse said the grant, from the federal Safe Routes to Schools program, was for about $350,000. Safe Routes to Schools examines conditions around schools and works to improve safety and accessibility, and reduce traffic and air pollution in the vicinity of schools, according to the program's website. The Woonsocket work is happening at two intersections, one at Second Avenue and Olo Street, near Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where the corners are being re-done to make them safer for kids while they're waiting to cross through. Bollards, or metal pipes filled with …
Friday, February 10, 2012
Snow to begin falling early tomorrow morning.
Highway Superintendent Rick Lambert reports his department is ready for the snow forecast for early Saturday - light trucks have plows attached and there's sand loaded in the larger trucks. "It doesn't seem to be shaping up into too bad of a storm," Lambert said. The National Weather Service announced snowfall will begin overnight and continue into Saturday. Accumulations of 3 to 5 inches and wind gusts of up to 21 mph are also possible. [To see weather conditions in Woonsocket, check out the Woonsocket Patch Weatherbug page.] The timing on this storm is convenient, Lambert said, since it will allow a good night's sleep for his crew before he has to call on them. That way, "They come in nice and fresh," Lambert said. Should the snow …