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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 12-06-2018

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10 CUMBERLAND DECEMBER 6-12, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION Chimney Hill. He spoke favorably to the cleanliness of the chicken coop and the enjoyment the residents had derived from feeding and visiting the chickens. He encouraged council members to "maybe contour some- thing that works for everyone so that these residents can enjoy these pets," recommending moving it to ordi- nance subcommittee. Councilor Bob Shaw explained to Reid that the council would like some time to review proposed zon- ing language to ensure it doesn't create a disruption elsewhere. There appeared to be somewhat of a con- tradiction in the proposed zoning ordinance change, with one line stat- ing that properties with more than one residential unit do not qualify for chickens unless written permis- sion has been granted by the police chief, and another line seeming to open them up to chickens. He also wondered if the chief will need to grant permission in the rare case of a single-family home being located in an R-2 or R-3 zone. Assistant Solicitor Chris Alger said the intent of the ordinance was that any multi-unit property would have to get written permission from police to house chickens on the property. Any single-family home in zones R-1, R-2 and R-3 would be eligible to have chickens as long as they are kept 25 feet from the property line, he said. Whatever officials do to help resi- dents is going to spread out to other zones, Shaw said. He added that his hope is that officials can allow chick- ens at Chimney Hill again, but wants to make sure people elsewhere aren't disrupted by any unintended conse- quences. Shaw said he appreciated represen- tatives from Chimney Hill previously removing the chickens without being asked to after a complaint about them. Councilor Scott Schmitt said he's concerned that the proposed zone change abdicates responsibility for zoning matters to the chief of police, when such matters are currently in the purview of the council. He said he's sympathetic to anyone who wants or needs a therapy animal, but is concerned about approving a townwide zone change to make an exception for one property when it could impact every other R-2 and R-3 property in the town that can meet space and lot line requirements. Schmitt made the motion to move the matter to the ordinance subcom- mittee for consideration at the Dec. 19 council meeting, and the public Nov. 21 public hearing was extended to that date. Paul Cromwell, who lives and works at the apartment complex for elderly and disabled residents off Mendon Road, told the council in September that no one had previ- ously had an issue with the chickens at Chimney Hill until one woman "who was apparently having a bad day" complained about the fowl and asked if they were legal residents at the complex Cromwell said at the time that he voluntarily got rid of the chickens, which had been kept in an enclosure alongside the housing facility, after town officials said they couldn't legal- ly provide a letter to the Cumberland Housing Authority stating the birds could live there. CHICKENS From Page One Services Available • Swedish Massage • Deep Tissue Massage • Sports Massage • Mother-to-be Massage • Classic Hot Stone Massage • Himalayan Hot Stone Massage • Reflexology • Four Handed Massage • Facials Experienced staff focused on holistic care with organic products • Reiki • Cupping Therapy • Waxing • Organic Spray Tanning • Make Up Application • Microdermabrasion • Lash Extensions • Lash Tint & Lift New Clients 20% OFF at the Body Grateful Spa and/or Salon Tash. 401-757-0337 • 10 Cedar Swamp Road, Smithfield, RI 02917 Located next to Salon Tash Thank You To All Our First Responders - 20% Off for Police Officers, Fireman & Firewomen, EMTs, Active and Veteran Military

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