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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 06-06-2019

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2 CUMBERLAND / LINCOLN JUNE 6-12, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION CUMBERLAND – A sign urg- ing hikers to contact their mayor to save a key wooden bridge at the Monastery was effective in bring- ing in the calls, but failed in its bid to prevent the removal of the trail feature. The bridge, previously placed at a trail spot not far from the town's highway garage, helping walkers cross a section of trail that routinely washes out, was not authorized by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, said Mayor Jeff Mutter. Once someone tipped the RIDEM off to the presence of the bridge, the town was cited, he said, and the rest was history. Efforts to ask for for- giveness, after failing to receive per- mission to put the bridge in, proved ineffective, said Mutter. The bridge was removed on Monday. "We had to comply, we had no choice," he said. A representative from RIDEM said Wednesday morning that the agency had not officially ordered removal of the bridge and was unaware it had been removed. Mike Healey, chief public affairs officer for RIDEM, said the agency received complaints in 2016 and 2017 about the bridge and allega- tions of large amounts of gravel used to upgrade the trail around it. Inspections in June of 2017 and April of 2018 found the installa- tion of the bridge was unauthor- ized, as was filling in of some of the Monastery Brook with gravel. "These activities resulted in alter- ing about 3,000 square feet of wet- lands, which is a violation," he said. Employees of RIDEM's Office of Compliance & Inspection met with the town in April of last year to dis- cuss what could be done to resolve the wetlands issues to bring them into compliance. "Among the remedies we proposed were the town submitting a permit application to make improvements to the trail or removing the bridge and restoring the area to its pre- altered state," Healey said. "We were not aware that the town had removed the bridge." The RIDEM and Cumberland have long had a productive rela- tionship, which has continued into Mutter's administration, he added. "As always, we stand ready to provide guidance to help cities and towns remain in compliance with environmental laws and regulations," he said. A complaint inspection report from last April shows the town was cited for two unauthorized upgrades: • Gravel filling and installation of an unauthorized "beaver deceiver," a device used to trick beavers into not completing their dams, altering some 15 linear feet of freshwater wetland. • And installation of gravel and the bridge, resulting in the alteration of about 3,000 square feet of fresh- water wetland. Mutter said he shares the frustra- tion of residents who find it increas- ingly difficult to walk or run around the Monastery trails based on the continued flooding caused by the town's notorious beaver population. Trail walkers at the spot where the bridge was put in previously had to slog through mud. The main trail loop is also routine- ly flooded whenever there is heavy rain, making it impassable as well, he said. Planning and Community Development Director Jonathan Stevens is working with RIDEM officials on possible solutions for the Monastery's trails off Diamond Hill Road, said the mayor, including pos- sible permission to put a new bridge in. "We believe there will be a solu- tion fairly shortly," said Mutter. Monastery trail bridge removed after violations from RIDEM By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com Cumberland Garden Club meets Wednesday CUMBERLAND – The Cumberland Garden Club's monthly meeting will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, at the Arnold Mills Community House, 75 Hillside Road. Kate Reed, master gardener, will give a presentation on daylilies. The public is invited for a donation of $5. Call 401-824-4509 with questions. Blackstone River Watershed Council/Friends of the Blackstone launches new website LINCOLN – The Blackstone River Watershed Council/Friends of the Blackstone, a Rhode Island nonprofit organization dedicated to making the Blackstone River fishable and swim- mable, has announced the launch of its newly designed website at www. blackstoneriver.org . The re-designed website has a new look, offers a unique view of the Blackstone's history, and encourages visitors to use the website in ways not available before. "It's a wonderful tool to promote upcoming events, and our new site makes it so easy to donate or become a member. We encourage everyone to join the 'Riverlution' and be part of the solution of protecting and enjoying our Blackstone River," said John Marsland, president of BRWC/ FOB. In addition to signing up for or renewing a membership on the secure website, individuals as well as clubs and organizations can register for programs and events, and the Events page is now integrated with Google maps to make navigating easier. A sign urg- ing walkers to lodge com- plaints about the removal of a bridge along the trails at the Cumberland Monastery. The bridge was removed on Monday. Blackstone River Watershed Council offers canoe rentals Saturday LINCOLN – The Blackstone River Watershed Council will be offering canoe rentals on Saturday, June 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at their environmental center located at 100 New River Road, Manville. Rentals are available on a first- come, first-served basis and will be weather and river condition permit- ting. They are open to adults and children ages 5 and up. A parent or guardian must accompany small and young children. Basic training will be included and life jackets, paddles and boats provided. There is a minimum of two people and a maximum of three people per canoe. Price is $10 per person. The section of the river will be a flat river paddle from Manville to Albion and back again. Groups of 10 or more should call 401-688-4416 to reserve equipment and a time. The group will also be renting on Saturdays, July 13, August 10, and Sept. 14, at the same time. For more information, call Robert Charpentier at 401-688-4416 or John Marsland 401-644-3215. Lincoln Republican Committee meeting Sunday LINCOLN – The Lincoln Republican Committee will meet on Sunday, June 9, at 5 p.m. at the Lincoln Senior Center. The committee will discuss its upcoming Recognition Dinner and issues facing the residents in the town and state. Anyone interested in attending is welcome. For more information, call Joanne McManus, recording secretary, at 401-727-1658. Place your classified ad online at classifieds.valleybreeze.com IN BRIEF GREAT VALUE QUALITY SERVICE 36 BLACKSTONE STREET WOONSOCKET 401-766-3270 WWW.TERRYAUTOLTD.COM Gil & Meika 2008 ToyoTa Rav 4 FWD, Loaded 80K miles ............................ $ 8,495 Now Offering On-Site Bank Financing Westlake Financial WE BUY CARS 2014 NissaN Rogue AWD ........................................... $ 10,995

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