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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 04-04-2019

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BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY MANUEL CASTANHEIRA, of Cardi Corp., carefully places one of the stones taken from the old "Welcome to Cumberland" wall at the Diamond Hill Road exit off Route 295 on the new wall, which was moved back several feet last Thursday to make way for new roundabouts being installed at the exit. At rear is worker JOE COSTA. See story on page 2. LINCOLN – Pending the passage of a town bud- get at this spring's Lincoln Financial Town Meeting, marked on town calendars for May 14, town roads in Lincoln should see $1.35 million in repairs. The Budget Board is still deliberating the town admin- istrator's proposed 2019 budget, but Town Engineer Leslie Quish shared a "wish list" of roads the town hopes to tackle this year. The projects could go out to bid immediately after the budget has passed. Assuming the bids come in on-target, a Saylesville neigh- borhood to the southeast Budget proposes $1.35 million in road repairs By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com See REPAIRS, Page 12 LINCOLN – Though Karen Allen officially stepped down from her position as town clerk in mid-March, she will remain on paid sick leave for three more months. Under the terms of an employment separation agreement between the town and Allen, obtained by The Valley Breeze through a request made under the Access to Public Records Act, Allen was placed on sick leave effective March 14, and will collect sick pay until June 28 when her res- ignation will take effect. She will not earn a severance payout beyond that amount. Allen will receive a one- time payment for any Resigned Clerk Allen getting sick pay, health benefits By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com See ALLEN, Page 4 Levy fix sets Cumberland tax rate Difference is 8 cents on original spending plan CUMBERLAND – Despite all the earlier con- cern about the 2018-2019 town budget, a tax rate finalized by new Mayor Jeff Mutter is 8 cents per $1,000 of value higher than the projection first offered up a year ago. The new tax rate for residential taxpayers will be By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See TAX RATE, Page 17 ©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE APRIL 4-10, 2019 Sat & Sun 300 Yard Driving Range Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street, Lincoln, RI 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 www.GeorgeMPrescottLaw.com No fee for initial consultation.

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