WOONSOCKET â€“ The City Council held a â€śstate of the budgetâ€ť work session with administration and state officials Monday night and settled on a forecast that could only be described as dire and ominous.
Not only is the city once again looking at an operating deficit well over $14 million for the current fiscal year, it could also be dealing with that same figure each year through 2017 if drastic changes to city spending or state financial support are not made.
WOONSOCKET â€“ There may be hope yet for Alexander Kithesâ€™ embattled backyard chickens.
City Councilman Marc Dubois says heâ€™s seriously considering a proposal to lift the ban on keeping chickens, just as other cities and towns have done.
It may be time for the zoning ordinance to reflect modern sensibilities about food as more and more people, like the Kithes, seek to grow their own for environmental and health reasons, he says.