NORTH SMITHFIELD — Citing years of experience as a business owner focused on helping senior populations, Paul Jones, candidate for town administrator, has released his plans to improve the quality of life of North Smithfield senior citizens.
“Our seniors constitute 20 percent of our town’s population,” said Jones, “and yet with over 2,000 seniors living in our town we still do not have adequate resources to serve the needs of that population. When I am administrator, that will change”.
Jones is proposing a number of policies to address the concerns of North Smithfield seniors. These policies include expanding the tax exemptions available to qualified seniors from $500 to $1,000 and the eventual creation of the Halliwell Community Center, at the site of the decommissioned Halliwell Elementary School. Jones envisions the Community Center hosting community art & gardens; recreation space, and wellness resources for residents of all ages.
“It is not acceptable that our senior citizens fear being priced out of town,” Jones said. “Our community is the work of many generations, and we owe it to those who came before us to ensure they can stay in their homes and keep being part of what makes our town great”.
Jones went on to say about the Halliwell Community Center, “I have spent the majority of my professional life helping seniors and their families. I know how important a community center is for a whole town, but especially for the senior population. A community center is great for giving people information and a place to get a warm meal, but more importantly a place to come together as neighbors and friends. The Halliwell Community Center should be a repository of information, support, and fun for all North Smithfield residents.”
Jones is currently on the School Committee and owns a senior-care business, the Care Concierge of New England. He lives in North Smithfield with his wife Brittney (Savard) and their daughter, Madison. More information about Jones’ campaign can be found at www.paul4northsmithfield.com.