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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 07-11-2019

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CUMBERLAND – Last year's heavy rains caused such high waters along the Blackstone River that vol- unteers were unable to get in the water at the Pratt Dam to remove the accumulated debris. That delay meant another year of dead trees and other debris would accumulate at the dam, which carries Double trouble: Volunteers clear Pratt Dam By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON DAN MARSLAND, with a chainsaw, backs away quickly as the branch he just cut splashes into the Blackstone River as he partakes in the cleanup of Pratt Dam last Saturday, July 6. See PRATT DAM, Page 24 CUMBERLAND – This town would not likely withstand a legal challenge if it were to overturn what is a valid contract with project man- ager Torrado Architects on $83 mil- lion worth of improvement work in local schools. The opinion rendered by Assistant Solicitor Peter Skwirz to the Town Council and Mayor Jeff Mutter on June 28 finds that the School Committee had the authority to enter into a contract extension with Torrado last year. Skwirz found that a 2015 contract, a 2018 amendment before last year's school bond, and a 2019 change order on the 2018 amendment are all valid and legally binding. But, said Skwirz, just because the contracts with Torrado may have been exempt from state and local procurement laws, if properly fol- lowing a state master price agree- ment, "it does not mean the School Committee formed the contracts in accordance with best practices." The School Committee does not appear to have re-vetted the contract with Torrado prior to amending the contract last year, despite the school bond covering substantially more work than under a 2015 agreement with Torrado, said Skwirz. "As a general rule, a new procure- ment process should issue when there are 'changes which vary the terms of the contract so substantially as to constitute a new undertaking," he wrote. "Accordingly, it would have been more appropriate for the Attorney: Torrado contract legally binding By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See TORRADO, Page 21 LINCOLN – The Lincoln Mall has been sold to New York-based Acadia Realty Trust, an investment firm oper- ating locally under the name "Lincoln Mall Owner LLC." Lincoln Mall sold for $56 million By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer See MALL, Page 19 ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JULY 11-17, 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. Supreme Auto Body AUTO BODY 725 7725 Locally Owned & Operated David Bourdeau & Bruce Martins Falamos Portugues Since 1963 All Work Guaranteed WALKER ST., LINCOLN Collision Specialists

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