Caisse cites Leach’s many achievements

Caisse cites Leach’s many achievements

I am honored to write this letter in support of Robert Leach’s reappointment to the Smithfield Historic Preservation Commission. Mr. Leach is one of the most professional leaders I have had the pleasure of working with.

He has worked tirelessly to preserve and protect the rich historical resources in our community for the enjoyment of future generations.

Mr. Leach has an incredible knowledge of local history and is an architect who specializes in historic preservation. His professional work on historic preservation brings a wealth of experience that has been applied on the SHPC. Mr. Leach has dedicated innumerable hours working to create architectural drawings for many historic projects at no cost to the town.

Robert acts with professionalism, is open-minded, magnanimous and always does his due diligence. Robert encourages members of the community to share their views on controversial topics. He defers to other experts in the field when necessary.

Mr. Leach has accomplished many of the goals set forth in the Smithfield Reconnaissance Report that was commissioned by the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission and completed in cooperation with the Smithfield town planner.

Many of his accomplishments are listed below:

• Moving Route 44 in Greenville to provide additional driveway space for the Greenville fire station and adding lanterns along the roadway

• Creation of the Historic Farms and Apple Appreciation month

• Capron Bridge rededication parade and ceremony

• Worked with PreserveRI and the Smithfield Land Trust to continue the preservation of the Mary Mowry house

• Helped preserve the Waterman Tavern

• Worked tirelessly to preserve the East Smithfield Neighborhood Center and its rich history. Created architectural drawings to help restore the site in the most cost-effective way possible.

• Co-creator of the Smithfield historic home marker program. Worked with multiple members of the community to design a plaque that would be displayed outside of historic structures in town. He dedicated countless hours and endured many setbacks to ensure that the program would succeed.

• Completes a site visit and evaluation on all homes that apply for stonewall exemptions.

• Created the architectural drawings to preserve the windows in the town council chamber in the town hall.

The Town Council would create a vacuum if they failed to reappoint Mr. Leach that would have an irreparable impact on historic preservation and would lead to irreversible changes to the historic character of this great community.

I urge Town Council members to think about the future of the Smithfield community and the values that this town embodies. I urge them to vote to reappoint Mr. Leach to another term on the SHPC to help preserve those values.

Benjamin Caisse

Smithfield Historic Preservation Commission