NORTH SMITHFIELD – In his bid for re-election to the North Smithfield Town Council, John Beauregard pointed to his efforts to improve quality of life and to build a great community while serving in town government.
Beauregard was first elected to the Town Council in 2016 after retiring from the Rhode Island State Police the previous year.
“As president in that first term I worked with my fellow counselors to bring business into town, which helped us grow our tax base and take some of the burden off the home owners,” Beauregard said. “Myself and then Councilor Zwolenski also successfully negotiated an agreement to purchase the Gold Forest using an open space bond that had been approved by a previous council. Unfortunately. the incoming council did not agree on the importance of open space and acquiring this beautiful piece of property and the deal fell through.”
Beauregard said that during his first term he also led the charge to get school resources officers assigned to protect children before, during and after school. And he noted that, for the first time in years the Town Council and School Committee worked together to provide opportunities for children.
“The council also worked closely with the town administrator for the benefit of the town, which also was something that had not happened for many years,” Beauregard said. “Gone were the days of constant bickering and infighting.”
Beauregard noted that in 2018, he organized the town’s first 4th of July fireworks as a mean to celebrate the community at no cost to the town thanks to donations from the local business community.
“The first year was a greater success than anyone imagined with almost 1,000 people in attendance,” he said. “Since that first day in 2018, the event has grown to a four-day event called North Smithfield Days with kids movie night, kids day in the park, walking tours in the town, a dinner under the stars, all culminating with our spectacular fireworks – which were attended by almost 2,000 people this year.”
“Keeping taxes low, being fiscally responsible, being transparent are, of course, all important issues and what everyone seems to run on,” he added. “But what makes a town a great community are the little things. We could cut everyone’s taxes hundreds of dollars a year if all we wanted was a piece of land to put a house on. But we want great schools, ball games, clean parks, fall festivals, fireworks, concerts on the common, a place to watch our children compete in sporting events, kids day in the park, movie nights, open space to go for walks, a parks and recreation department, Easter egg hunts with the Easter bunny.”
“It’s things like these and many more I did not mention that truly make a town a great community and give us a higher quality of life,” Beauregard said. “The little things are the big things. And it is the little things I have done my best to bring to our town since 2016 and will continue to do if I am reelected.”