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Baldelli-Hunt wants budget board to override council decision on water plant

July 14, 2014

PROVIDENCE – Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt is asking the state-appointed Budget Commission to override the City Council’s decision to build a new $50 million water treatment plant on a 20-acre site off Jillson Avenue, a move she opposes.

During a hastily-called meeting at the state Department of Administration Monday morning, Baldelli-Hunt invited a consulting engineer from Camp, Dresser McKee and the former public works director, Alan Brodd, to make the case to the commission that another site, partially located in North Smithfield, is preferable.

Brodd, who left the public works director’s job for health reasons recently, said he was excited about working on the plant, but he told Baldelli-Hunt shortly after he was hired that he had serious concerns with Jillson Avenue.

Full story appears on Page A1 of Tuesday's Call.

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