Finance Department Meeting, Thursday, December 10th

North Providence Pool and Fitness Center Reopening Three Days A Week

 

  • Update: November 23: In accordance with the governor’s decision to curtail certain activities during a two week “Pause” that runs Nov. 30 through Dec. 13, all indoor swimming pools are to be closed during the Pause period (starting 11/30).

THE NORTH PROVIDENCE POOL AND FITNESS CENTER WILL BE REOPENING THREE DAYS A WEEK ON MONDAY, WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY STARTING ON NOVEMBER 2ND. THE HOURS OF OPERATION WILL BE 6:00AM-6:00PM. THE WHIRLPOOL AND SAUNA WILL REMAINED CLOSED.

THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES MUST BE ADHERED TO:

  • YOU MUST CONTACT THE CENTER AT 353-7007 TO SCHEDULE YOUR 45 MINUTE TIME SLOT. NO WALK INS ALLOWED.
  • NO MORE THAN SIX PATRONS WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE POOL AT THE SAME TIME.
  • NO MORE THAN 5 PATRONS WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE WEIGHT ROOM.
  • YOU MUST WEAR YOUR MASK AT ALL TIMES EXCEPT WHEN SWIMMING.PLEASE BRING A BAGGIE OR CONTAINER TO KEEP YOU MASK DRY.

WE WILL BE TAKING RESERVATIONS STARTING WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 28TH –OCTOBER 30TH BETWEEN 10:00 AM-3:00PM. ONCE THE FACILITY OPENS WE WILL TAKE RESERVATIONS DURING THE HOURS OF OPERATION.

ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY CONTACT THE RECREATION DEPARTMENT MAIN OFFICE AT 401-719-1633.

FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF THE GUIDELINES READ BELOW:

REOPENING NPPFC

The North Providence Pool and Fitness gym, pool and limited programs will resume opening in conjunction with state and local guidelines following the COVID-19 Pandemic.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT AT THE NPPFC
Your safety—and the safety of all our staff, members, and guests—is our number one priority. Together, we must proceed carefully if we want to keep our doors open.

The North Providence Pool and Fitness Centers protocols focus on three key strategies based on guidance and mandates from state and local health officials:

  • Meeting social distancing requirements
  • Using proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Implementing rigorous cleaning and disinfecting protocols

STAFF REQUIREMENTS

Upon return to work, all staff will be required to comply with the following new standard operating procedures, restrictions, and guidelines to ensure the safety of everyone in our facilities.

  • Personal Protective Equipment
    • Every employee must wear face masks upon entry in the building and during their entire shift. Staff will also be required to wear gloves when performing cleaning, CPR or First Aid.
  • Health and Safety
    • Please take every safety precaution you can to ensure you are safe to work every day. If you feel ill, please request time off as soon as possible and find a replacement. Please let management ASAP.
  • Social Distancing
    • All staff will be required to practice proper social distancing while at work. All staff will be required to stand 6 feet apart from other staff and members using the facility.
  • Sanitizers / Wipes / Handwashing
    • Hand sanitizing stations and disinfectant wipes for equipment will be provided throughout the facility. We also encourage everyone to wash their hands frequently with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cleaning / Disinfecting
    • Cleaning has always been an important part of making members time at NPPFC enjoyable. To make peoples time here safe during this tough time, all staff will be required to participate in daily cleaning. No exceptions. 

Compliance

Please note that staff who fail to comply with new policies and procedures are putting members, staff and anyone else at risk. Failure to comply may result in disciplinary actions.

FACILITY ACCESS 

HOURS OF OPERATION

  • Hours of Operation • Monday-Wednesday- Friday 6:00AM to 6:00PM. Closed on Tuesday and Thursday. 

RESERVATIONS

All members will be required to make a reservation prior to visiting the facility. Reservations must be made by phone. 

POOL RESERVATIONS 

Reservations can be made during the following designated time slots: Mon/Wed/ Fri

  • 6:00AM-6:45 AM
  • 7:00AM-7:45AM
  • 8:00AM-8:45AM
  • 9:00AM-9:45PM
  • 10:00AM-10:45AM
  • 11:00AM-11:45PM
  • 1:00PM-1:50PM
  • 2:00PM-2:50PM
  • 3:00PM-3:45PM
  • 4:00PM-4:45PM
  • 5:00PM-5:45PM

15 Minutes in between will allow for cleaning and swift change over from group to group. 

FITNESS CENTER RESERVATIONS

  • 6:00AM-6:45AM
  • 7:00AM-7:45AM
  • 8:00AM-8:45AM
  • 9:00PM-9:45PM
  • 10:00AM-10:45AM
  • 11:00AM-11:45PM
  • 1:00PM-1:50PM
  • 2:00PM-2:50PM
  • 3:00PM-3:45PM
  • 4:00PM-4:45PM
  • 5:00PM-5:45PM

Gym closed for 45 Minutes after each shift for deep cleaning. 

Check-in Procedures

Upon entry to facility, please have your card with you to be handed to the front desk staff. When you arrive at the facility, there will be binder at the front desk. Each member is asked to write down there name, phone number and date they were at the facility .Members must complete screening check list before working out.

  • Health Assessments
    • People who have a fever or do not feel well should stay home. If you are coming to work out while not feeling well, you are putting many people at risk. If you have to call and cancel your reservation, please call ahead of time so that someone else can take that spot to workout.
  • Social Distancing
    • Members will be asked to follow social distancing guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). To comply with these requirements, we are limited to the number of people and usage duration within our facilities and programs.
  • The Pool is limited to 6 people for every 45+ Minute shift listed above.

  • The Fitness Center is limited to 5 people for every Hour and 15 minute shift listed above.
  • Sanitizers / Wipes / Handwashing
    • Hand sanitizing stations and disinfectant wipes for equipment will be provided throughout the facility. We also encourage everyone to wash their hands frequently with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Personal Protective Equipment
    • Members and participants are required to wear a mask/face covering upon arrival to and while inside the facility. • Face masks/coverings will be required while using strength and cardio equipment, such as treadmills, stationary bikes, ellipticals, etc.
  • Cleaning / Disinfecting
    • Members will be asked to wipe down any equipment they touch before and after use with the disinfectant bottles provided throughout our facilities. Additionally, members may experience wait times to allow time for extra sanitization of equipment on the wellness floor and in exercise rooms. 

  • Locker Rooms/Saunas/Communal Showers
    • Saunas and whirlpool will remain closed until stated otherwise. The Hallway Bathroom and Family Changing room will be open and sanitized often. Locker rooms, and showers will be opened at a limited capacity. 

  • Water Fountains
    • Water fountains will not be available. The water bottle refilling stations will be available.

 

POOL USAGE

Lap Swim: one lap swimmer per lane. During every shift, 6 Lap Lanes will be opened.

Open swim will be all day long. Until further notice, there is no Senior/Adult Swim.

  • Aqua equipment including aqua joggers, dumbbells etc, will NOT be provided. Consider bringing your own equipment to the pool.

OPERATING PROCEDURES 

AQUATICS

Reservations are required. Masks must be worn by staff in all areas. Always ensure social distancing between participants.

Showering before swimming is required. 

Lobby

  • Furniture will be limited and socially distant.
  • Tables, magazines racks, newspapers etc. will be removed from the lobby
  • A Plexiglass window has been installed at the Front Desk to ensure safety.
  • Pens will be disinfected often.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available. 

Fitness Center Equipment

  • Members are asked to wipe down equipment before and after use with provided disinfectant.

Hands-free trash cans will be available for wipes disposal.

  • Hand sanitizer will also be available for use.

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Blue-Green Algae Bloom in Wenscott Reservoir in North Providence

Press Release
Blue-Green Algae Bloom in Wenscott Reservoir in North Providence

Providence — The Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Management are advising people to avoid contact with Wenscott Reservoir in North Providence, due to blue-green algae (or cyanobacteria) blooms. Blue-green algae can produce toxins, including microcystins, that can harm humans and animals.

People should also be careful not to ingest water or eat fish from this water body. All recreation, including fishing, boating, and kayaking, should be avoided. Animals who may ingest pond water are especially at risk from exposure to the algal toxins, so owners should not allow pets to drink or swim in the water. The advisory will remain in effect until further notice.

Skin contact with water containing blue-green algae commonly causes irritation of the skin, nose, eyes, and/or throat. Common health effects associated with ingesting water containing algal toxins include stomach ache, diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea. Rarer health effects include dizziness, headache, fever, liver damage, and nervous system damage. Young children and pets are at a particular risk for health effects associated with algal toxins. People who have had contact with these ponds and experience those symptoms should contact their healthcare
provider.

If you come into contact with the water, rinse your skin with clean water as soon as possible and, when you get home, take a shower and wash your clothes. Similarly, if your pet comes into contact with the water, immediately wash your pet with clean water. Do not let the animal lick algae off its fur. Call a veterinarian if your animal shows any symptoms of blue-green algae poisoning, including loss of energy, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, or any unexplained sickness that occurs within a day or so after being in contact with water. People are cautioned
that toxins may persist in the water after a blue-green algae bloom is no longer visible. Blue-green algae blooms are also affecting other waterbodies in Rhode Island. People are advised to avoid contact with waterbodies that exhibit bright green coloration in the water or at the water surface and/or dense floating algal mats that form on the water's surface. The water may look like green paint, thick pea soup, or green cottage cheese. 

For more information and a list of current and historical advisories, go to www.dem.ri.gov/bluegreen Please send reports of suspected blue-green algae blooms, along with photographs, if possible to DEM.

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Poster (English) .pdf
Poster (Spanish) .pdf

Take-It-Outside Initiative – Celebrate North Providence

Rhode Island Commerce Corp. has awarded the Town funding, Take It Outside (TIO), in a statewide effort to encourage residents to have increased outdoor activities to reduce the transmission rate of COVID-19. Eligible expenses, associated with the expansion of businesses to outdoors, public spaces, parking lots and sidewalks, include: chairs, tables, heat lamps, tents, outdoor igloos, outdoor greenhouses, outdoor WiFi systems, masks, hand sanitizer, security, insurance costs related to specific outdoor activities, lighting, power sources, relevant signage, bike racks, decks and other costs affiliated with the expansion to outdoors. The Department of Treasury in its guidance, FAQ#55, has identified ineligible expenses are: workforce bonuses, severance pay and legal settlements. Funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, Brent Wiegand, Director of Planning, 2000 Smith Street, No Providence RI 02911, , 401-233-0900 ext. 227.

Additional information on the TIO Initiative can be found at www.takeitoutsideri.com.

See full information and application here:
NP_TIO_Application_Info (.pdf)

NPPD Offering Car Seat Installations by Appointment Only

The North Providence Police Department is proud to say effective immediately will again be assisting with car seat installations. They will be done by appointment only. To schedule an appointment contact Officer William Vickers at william.vickers@northprovidenceri.gov or by phone 401-231-4533 ex. 1434. Please include a phone number when contacting him via email or voice mail. 

For your safety as well as the safety of our officers, the requester as well as all members of the requester’s party must:

-Wear a face covering

-Not be inside the vehicle while to officer installs the car seat

-Pass all parts of the COVID-19 Car Seat Request Screening Form

 

If you have any questions please contact Officer Vickers. We look forward to hearing from you as we continue our community based policing outreach initiatives. 

RIDOT Closing Greystone Sluiceway Bridge on Johnston/North Providence Line

Effective Thursday, July 2, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will close the Greystone Sluiceway Bridge on the Johnston/North Providence line to protect public safety after dozens of overweight trucks were observed crossing the structurally deficient bridge, which is weight restricted at only 3 tons.

On a day in late May, the Department conducted a count and witnessed nearly 100 overweight vehicles crossing the bridge. During other spot inspections, RIDOT observed similar numbers of trucks over the 3-ton weight limit. RIDOT added more signs about the bridge posting, ahead of the original signs.

Police in both Johnston and North Providence patrolled the bridge over a two-week period earlier this month and gave out 66 citations and 18 warnings. Approximately one week after the patrols ended, RIDOT did another one-day survey and observed 25 overweight vehicles crossing the bridge.

Based on the condition of the bridge and the number and type of overweight vehicles that continue to ignore the posting signs and pass over the bridge, RIDOT decided to close the bridge until it can be replaced. The structure is currently funded for $2 million for reconstruction in 2022.

The 71-year-old timber bridge carries approximately 3,000 vehicles per day on Greystone Avenue over the Woonasquatucket River, between Riverside Avenue in Johnston and Waterman Avenue/Route 104 in North Providence.

Detour signs will be posted, directing traffic to follow a detour using Waterman Avenue and Putnam Pike (Route 44).

NPPD is asking for the use of Online Reporting for NON-Emergency Calls

North Providence Police Department’s K9 Dusko to get donation of body armor

COVID-19 Virus Update

March 3, 2020

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been identified in Rhode Island. There are 3 presumptive positive cases that have been identified by the Rhode Island Department of Health (DOH) and 38 individuals self-quarantined do to 2nd contact. All cases arrived from the same trip to Italy which points out the need to find out a person’s travel history and contact history during patient survey. Outreach to the people who were in direct contact with any of these three individuals is ongoing. These direct contacts will be self-monitoring for symptoms at home for 14 days with public health supervision. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is managing contact tracing for people on the return flight that these three individual took back to the United States.

North Providence has been monitoring COVID-19 since its first discovery in China. The same Infectious control practice should be followed as for the flu of any other communicable disease. Because human coronaviruses most commonly spread through respiratory droplets, Rhode Islanders are reminded to take the same measures that healthcare providers recommend annually to prevent the spread of the flu and other viruses.

• Get your flu shot, and make sure the people around you do the same.
• Wash your hands often throughout the day. Use warm water and soap. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand gel.
• Cough or sneeze into your elbow. Viruses can spread by coughing or sneezing on other people or into your hands.
• Stay home from work or school if you are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
• Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious foods.
• Keep surfaces (especially bedside tables, surfaces in the bathroom, and toys for children) clean by wiping them down with a household disinfectant.

The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms. This is to protect others from the risk of getting infected.
At this time, we are at low risk and monitoring the situation. If COVID-19 escalates we are prepared to provide Town wide safety measures.

Director Emergency Management
John A Silva

Employment Opportunity: Bus Driver (Part-time)

JOB SUMMARY
The Salvatore Mancini Resource & Activity Center, a department of the Town of North Providence, is hiring a Part-Time Bus Driver.  Driver will be responsible for transporting North Providence senior members to and from the senior center.  Some additional local trips will also be included in this position as needed.  Approximately 20-25 hours per week. 

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Operate a 21 Passenger Van.
  • Operate a Wheelchair Lift, ability to secure elder passengers’ wheelchairs to restraining devices to stabilize while in transit.
  • Maintain accurate records and logs of trip information as required.
  • Perform vehicle inspections.  Report mechanical issues or defects of the assigned vehicle prior to all departures.  

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • High School Diploma or G.E.D
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must pass BCI Background Check
  • Satisfactory driving record
  • Ability to safely operate a passenger vehicle following a schedule
  • Good customer service skills preferred
  • Knowledge of North Providence roads and streets helpful

CERTIFICATES REQUIRED:

  • Valid Class C CDL drivers’ license with passenger endorsement required
  • First aid & CPR certification preferred, but not required.

To apply please email resume to  or apply in person at:

North Providence Mancini Center
Two Atlantic Blvd.
North Providence, RI 02911

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