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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 09-20-2018

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | SEPTEMBER 20-26, 2018 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR 19 Town Administrator Almond backs Oct. 4 vote that will save town millions In 2017, Lincoln voters approved a $60 million bond to reconstruct Lincoln High School with a then State Housing Aid funding reim- bursement of 35-38 percent for school construction, or $22.2 mil- lion of the principal cost. Later in 2017, the state commis- sioned a study to enact a new State Housing Aid formula proposing to increase the state's share by up to an additional 20 percent or up to 55 percent for school construction in Lincoln. This proposal would be introduced during the spring 2018 session of the General Assembly. To be eligible, the commission's recom- mendation included a requirement that local communities retain an Owners Project manager (OPM). To ensure that the town would be eligible in the event new Housing Aid funding passed, the town's School Building Committee approved the procurement of an OPM at an additional net cost of $1,369,500. During the 2018 General Assembly session the new funding was approved and provided the potential for additional savings of up to $10.2 million, plus inter- est, for Lincoln taxpayers on school construction. In 2016, with the proposed expansion of casino gaming in Massachusetts, the Town Council enacted an ordinance establishing a Gaming Revenue Reserve Fund, restricting 15 percent of gaming revenue to protect against potential loss of gaming revenue. Due to the ongoing delays in licensing and con- struction of Massachusetts casinos, the town has accumulated a fund balance of $3,481,882 as of June 30, 2018. With support of the Town Council, $1,369,500 was transferred from the Gaming Revenue Reserve into the town's Capital Projects Fund. The Council has called for a Special Financial Town Meeting to ask voters to provide funding to off- set the cost of retaining the OPM. I strongly support this expendi- ture. There is no financial impact to taxpayers, it will prevent a funding reduction to our high school proj- ect, and it provides Lincoln taxpay- ers with the potential for additional savings of up to $10 million on our high school bond. I encourage all registered voters to attend the Special Financial Town Meeting at 7 p.m., on Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Lincoln Middle School. T. JOSEPH ALMOND Lincoln Town Administrator Marszalkowski lauded for Diamond Hill Road help As we in Cumberland have come to see, the I-295/Chapel Four Corners project is changing our landscape, for the better we hope. In the beginning, there were many, like myself, who had questions and con- cerns. As the plan progresses, I've quickly found out, people along the route are being subjected to changes they didn't see coming. When attending one of the public meet- ings at the Hayden Center, I learned that state Rep. Alex Marszalkowski had been meeting individually with the affected people, and helped bring the DOT meetings directly to Cumberland. He worked to find solutions to get to common ground. He did so quietly, not wanting any credit, just serving his constituency. Some might say, "good, he should do his job," but I, for one, applaud his efforts as a symbol of how gov- ernment should work. Kudos to Alex. CHRISTOPHER SMITH Cumberland Smith is a lieutenant in the Cumberland Fire Department. Worcester happy to have PawSox In response to Arlene Violet's col- umn, "Better Worcester than Us," I'll say many Rhode Island voters may have been concerned that elected officials would agree to a similar nightmare casino deal that went amuck through celebrity association leaving the people holding the bag. Worcester is now under a favor- able electorate renaissance. With the Hanover Theatre District a success, coupled with an enthusiastic work base, there is much to cheer about. Worcester politicians and residents truly wanted this and are willing to take the risk. Go WooSox! SANDRA J. ABRAJANO Charlton, Mass. Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor are welcome from readers. Please: • Limit to 500 words. Longer letters may appear online only. • Letters on local or state topics and issues will take precedence over those on national issues. • No more than one letter per person every 8 weeks, please. • All letters must be signed and include a hometown. Send by e-mail to: news@valleybreeze.com, or mail to The Valley Breeze, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite 204, Lincoln, RI 02865. 505 Old River Road, (Rte. 126), Manville, RI, Open: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. s "EETS s !PPLES s 3UGAR 0UMPKINS s "EANS s 0EPPERS s #UCUMBERS s 3QUASH 9ELLOW 'REEN s #ARROTS s .ATIVE ,ETTUCE s %GGPLANT MORE Old Orchard Farm And Greenhouse EBT MUMS, APPLES & PUMPKINS HAVE ARRIVED 7E STILL HAVE &RESH .ATIVE #ORN 4OMATOES

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