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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 05-16-2019

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CUMBERLAND – Suggestions that Cumberland has an issue with contaminated water are anything but accurate, say state and local officials, who are rejecting conclu- sions of a widely circulated report from the national Environmental Working Group. One theory on how Cumberland made it into the report is that a small amount of material used by plumbers might have gotten into the local water system during pipe repairs in 2015. Cumberland Water Department Supt. Chris Champi emphasized that a 2015 test showing 81 parts per trillion of toxic fluorinated com- pounds, or PFAS, in one well off Abbott Valley Run Road (Abbott Well #3), came in well below the maximum standard at the time of 400 parts per trillion. Repeated testing of the same well since early 2016 has shown results between 18 parts per trillion and 25 parts per trillion, Champi told The Valley Breeze, well below the current standard of 70 parts per trillion. Abbott Well #3 is one of five active groundwater wells, as well as a surface water treatment plant and outside water purchases, that make up a Cumberland Water Department system serving roughly 23,500 customers through 8,300 water service connections north of Officials: Cumberland water not contaminated By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor BREEZE PHOTO BY NICOLE DOTZENROD PETER CAMPBELL, of Lincoln, is pictured in his home studio beside one of his Abraham Lincoln portraits, titled "Lincoln 1862." Campbell has donated a life-size portrait of Lincoln to Town Hall. LINCOLN – A life-size painting of the town of Lincoln's namesake now adorns the front wall of the council chambers at Town Hall thanks to a donation from local art- ist Peter Campbell. The painting, which depicts Abraham Lincoln, the 16th presi- dent of the United States, is the largest canvas that Campbell has ever done. "I wanted people to look at Lincoln in a different way, and see him more on a personal basis more than they would in a book," the art- ist explained. "He was 6'4", plus a top hat. This is what he looked like Local artist donates life- size Lincoln By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer See LINCOLN, Page 27 See WATER, Page 20 CUMBERLAND – Four years after the town's independent fire dis- tricts merged into a single entity, the Cumberland Fire Department is now staring down a roughly $600,000 cumulative deficit. Residents should expect another 4 percent increase on their fire tax bill in the next fiscal year as the district continues to try to dig out of its hole. The Rhode Island Office of the Auditor General has requested that the district submit a for- mal deficit reduction plan that details its plans to eliminate a $282,712 deficit for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2018. A letter from Auditor General Dennis Hoyle to Fire Chief Kenneth Finlay also notes that an additional operating deficit is being projected for 2019. Board of Fire Commissioners Chairwoman Cynthia Ouellette said the reasons for the cumulative deficit are threefold, beginning with the tax rate. "When the merger occurred, the former chairperson tried to keep the tax rate down so the people would see a decrease. Unfortunately in hindsight that was not a good thing to do … we weren't thinking forward. That was one of the first contributors Auditor General seeks deficit reduction plan for Cumberland Fire Department By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer See FIRE, Page 28 OUELLETTE ©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE MAY 16-22, 2019 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, Rhode Island 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation. 144 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI 02864 Website: E-mail: Office: 401-724-8650 Fax: 401-725-1690 RI Reg. 12291 Floors you love ~ Service you expect Family Owned & Operated Since 1986 SAVE Up To $ 1000 on Select Flooring Styles NOW thru MAY 31 st 24 Month Financing Available

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