NORTH SMITHFIELD – A local business owner with a history of service to the town is seeking reelection, citing her commitment to North Smithfield and achievements during her time on the Town Council.
Councilor Terri Bartomioli, and her husband Mike Bartomioli, have been the owners of North Smithfield Fence, Inc. since 2004, and previously owned Sutherland Sheet Metal & Welding Co, Inc., from 1985 to 2002, in Woonsocket. The councilor has been a resident of North Smithfield for more than 32 years, and both her son and daughter are graduates are graduates of North Smithfield High School.
“My son and his wife have chosen to raise their two little boys in North Smithfield, with the oldest having just started kindergarten this year,” Bartomioli said. “I have a vested interest in this town. My business is here, my grandchildren will be raised in this community and my mother, a senior on a fixed income, lives in town.”
Over the years Bartomioli has served as treasurer for North Smithfield Little League; a member of the Juvenile Hearing Board for six years, including two as chairperson; a member of the Budget Committee; a member of the Charter Review Commission and a para professional substitute for three years.
Bartomioli was appointed to the Town Council in December of 2017, and then elected in 2018.
“I am proud of the fact that we as a council were able to move forward with the completion of the new Town Hall,” she said. “Working with the School Committee, they were able to move ahead with the North Smithfield Elementary School addition and upgrades to the HVAC system, along with renovations at the high school to provide our children with a safe learning environment.”
“We have accomplished things that have been pushed from one council to the next with years of discussions,” Bartomioli said.
“There have been difficult decisions that have been made, but I have always considered the people in front of me along with those who have voiced their concerns privately,” she added.
Bartomioli notes that every year the town has been hit with some type of difficult financial challenge, and this year it was COVID-19, which hit an entire world.
“We are all concerned with the lack of information from the state on state aid, or the reduction on auto taxes,” she said.
“Not everyone will agree on how we have handled the unknown, but my vote is and always has been based on what I hear from the residents and what I believe is in the best interest of everyone,” Bartomioli said. “It has always been my priority to be fiscally conservative especially when spending taxpayers’ money.”