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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 05-23-2019

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MAY 23-29, 2019 LINCOLN 5 LINCOLN – A public hearing is being planned for early June to pro- vide an opportunity for Lincoln's town councilors to share information and update the public on the future use of the historic Valentine Whitman Jr. House off Great Road. The public will learn about a poten- tial proposal by the nonprofit Preserve Rhode Island to take over ownership of the house from the town, which has owned the property since 1991. Preserve R.I. Executive Director Valerie Talmage said that she'd like the opportunity to clarify misconceptions and answer questions about her organiza- tion's proposal to the town on the circa- 1694 house. "There has been continuing conversation regarding whether our proposal is damaging the house, or whether it's not a preserva- tion proposal," she told the Town Council on Monday, adding, "On behalf of Preserve R.I. we'd really like to do this project for the town … we're enthusiastic about seeing whether we can put this (house) on a preservation pathway." Talmage said her organization's pro- posal for the house was "a way many on the cutting edge of this dilemma have been looking at it," address- ing the building's urgent needs while keeping the property in the public domain, "just not as it is now." The primary proposal on the table suggests turning over control of the home to Preserve R.I., which would do a comprehensive rehabilitation, installing heat, kitchens and baths and repairing the roof and basement, before selling to a private owner as a single-family home under a historic preservation easement. "I want to reiterate that our pro- posal is a preservation proposal first," Talmage said. "We are not at the table because we think we're going to make a killing off this property. We're trying not to lose our shirts off this property." The terms of the easement could be as lenient or stringent as councilors want, and could include a clause that the property would have to be opened to the public once or twice annually, as it is now. A historic preservation easement would be permanent, and could also prohibit demolitions or other "inap- propriate treatments of the property." A second and less likely possibility would be for Preserve R.I. to partner with The Landmark Trust USA to set up the home as a historic vacation rental. If this model was ultimately unsuccessful, Talmage said they would look back to the private sale option. "This building was in single-fam- ily use for 290 years so we know it works," she said. She reiterated previous comments made before councilors that the future of historic house museums such as Valentine Whitman, nationwide, is less-than-rosy, noting that Preserve R.I. doesn't usually recommend his- toric buildings become historic house museums because "it's an uneconomi- cal way to try to sustain the needs of America's historic assets." "Your dilemma as the owner of this building is being felt all over America," she said. "As the owner of any old building knows, there's always Public summit set on Valentine Whitman House By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com TALMAGE The circa-1694 VALENTINE WHITMAN JR. HOUSE, one of the oldest homes in the state. A public meet- ing will be held in early June regarding the future of the his- toric building, which has been owned by the town of Lincoln since 1991. A proposal to take over owner- ship has been made by the nonprofit group Preserve Rhode Island. See WHITMAN HOUSE, Page 14 THE CUMBERLAND WATER DEPARTMENT WILL BEGIN OUR HYDRANT FLUSHING PRO- GRAM. THIS IS A SEMI-ANNUAL PROCEDURE TO REMOVE THE BULK OF THE ACCUMU- LATED SEDIMENTS IN THE WATER MAINS. AREA 1 (April 8, 2019 TO APRIL 17, 2019) BERKELEY/ASHTON AREA: BOTH SIDES OF MENDON ROAD FROM MAR- SHALL AVENUE NORTH TO INTERSTATE 295, INCLUDING ALL PLATS AND SIDE STREETS. ALSO ANGELL ROAD, INCLUDING ALL PLATS AND SIDE STREETS. AREA 2 (APRIL 12, 2019 TO MAY 2, 2019) DIAMOND HILL AREA: SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 295 ON DIAMOND HILL ROAD, INCLUDING ALL PLATS AND SIDE STREETS. AREA 3 (APRIL 29, 2019 TO MAY 20, 2019) CUMBERLAND HILL: NORTH OF INTERSTATE 295 ON MENDON ROAD AND ALL PLATS AND SIDE STREETS. AREA 4 (MAY 15, 2019 TO JUNE 21, 2019) ARNOLDS MILLS AREA: NORTH OF INTERSTATE 295 ON DIAMOND HILL ROAD, ABBOTT RUN VALLEY ROAD AND NATE WHIPPLE HIGHWAY, INCLUD - ING ALL PLATS AND SIDE STREETS. OUR CUSTOMERS MAY EXPERIENCE SOME DISCOLORED WATER, AS WELL AS LOWER THAN NORMAL PRESSURE. IF YOU EXPERIENCE RUSTY WATER, RUN YOUR COLD WA- TER FOR A SHORT TIME TO CLEAR LINES. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS MIGHT CAUSE. PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THE DATES WE WILL BE FLUSHING IN YOUR AREA AS THIS IS THE ONLY TIME THIS NOTICE WILL BE ADVERTISED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION. CUMBERLAND WATER DEPARTMENT 98 Nate Whipple Highway, Cumberland, RI 02864 NOTICE HYDRANT FLUSHING NOTICE Town of Lincoln Zoning Board of Review PUBLIC HEARING Town Hall, 100 Old River Road, Lincoln, RI NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT A PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY the 4th day of June 2019 at 7:00 P.M. for the purpose of hearing an Appeal of Building Zoning Enforcement Officer, Administrative Officer to the Planning Board of the Town of Lincoln, Rhode Island. This application concerns: Estate of Lucy Bettencourt c/o Kelley Morris, 2130 Mendon Road, Suite 3-185, Cumberland, Rhode Island – Notice of Appeal for a zoning certificate issued on property located at 15 Mount Avenue, Lincoln, RI. AP 17, Lot 8 Zoned RS-20 David DeAngelis, Chairman Lincoln Zoning Board of Review ALL PARTIES OF INTEREST MAY APPEAR AND BE HEARD AT THIS TIME. An interpreter for the hearing-impaired may be requested for any Town meeting. Call 333-8451(TDD & voice) at least one week prior to the meeting date to request an interpreter. Amplification equipment is also available. The undersigned, Finance Director of the Town of Lincoln, hereby gives notice that he will sell at public auction to the highest bidder, in the Council Chambers, Lincoln Town Hall, 100 Old River Road, Lincoln, Rhode Island on May 31, 2019, at 10:00 A.M. Local Time, various parcels of real estate (for the levy upon which notice is hereby given) or so much thereof as may be necessary to pay the taxes and assessments and/or water charges and assessments which constitute a lien thereon (including where applicable, any tangible taxes and/or any liens pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws 23-27.3-125.7) together with interest, costs and expenses incident to this sale, as set forth in the original Advertisement of May 9, 2019 published in The Valley Breeze of that date, to which reference is hereby made. Property upon which taxes and assessments and/or water charges and assessments have been paid since the advertisement first appeared will not, of course, be included in the sale. Please be advised that if the property referred to in the advertisement of May 9, 2019 (published in The Valley Breeze of that date) in which you have a substantial interest is sold at tax sale, then you will have one (1) year to redeem it through the Collector's Office or through the tax sale purchaser by tendering the taxes paid, plus a ten percent (10%) penalty on the tax sale amount, plus an additional one percent (1%) penalty per month on the tax sale amount from the seventh month onward, unless a shorter period to redeem is provided under Rhode Island Law. After one (1) year, unless otherwise provided under Rhode Island Law, you may exercise your right to redeem through the tax sale purchaser, or, if a Petition to Foreclose your Right of Redemption has been filed in Superior Court, you may redeem through the Court until a Final Decree is entered forever foreclosing your right of redemption. JOHN F. WARD, FINANCE DIRECTOR, TOWN OF LINCOLN Town of Lincoln COLLECTOR'S SALE OF ESTATES FOR TAXES AND ASSESSMENTS DUE AND UNPAID WILL BE HELD IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS, TOWN HALL, MAY 31, 2019.

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