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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 07-11-2019

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JULY 11-17, 2019 CUMBERLAND / LINCOLN 21 School Committee to have followed a new procurement process for the 2018 amendment, since the undertak- ing in that amendment (architectural services for $80 million of additional work) was clearly different from the substance of the 2015 agreement." That said, the irregularity in the pro- cedure used for the 2018 amendment would likely not be sufficient to set aside the contract, he wrote. Council President Peter Bradley had wanted the council's attorney, Antonio Afonso Jr., to review the matter but went with Skwirz after Afonso said he had a conflict of interest and couldn't. Bradley said the opinion from Skwirz effectively ends any chance the council had of forcing this project back out to bid. "I think we're going to have to let it go," he said. But with Skwirz stating that the proj- ect should likely have gone out to bid, said Bradley, his expectation is that moving forward all best practices for saving taxpayer money are adhered to. Mutter said Monday that once the School Committee entered the con- tract with Torrado, members bound the town to fund it. Skwirz essentially confirmed what Solicitor Kelley Morris had stated in that the town could face a lawsuit if it canceled its contract with Torrado, he said. Mutter noted the assertion by Skwirz that the procurement process could have been handled differently. He likens this to someone using their spouse's credit card without their knowledge for a big purchase. The bill still has to be paid. Hopefully, said Mutter, he will soon bring the Torrado contract to the school building committee, and then it will go to the council. He said it's important to get all "I's dotted and T's crossed" and "get this under control." School Committee Chairman Paul DiModica said Tuesday that he hadn't yet seen the opinion, but said he's assuming it was favorable for Torrado because parties met on Monday and Mutter indicated that the situation was resolved and the building committee would have a meeting to accept the company. The Valley Breeze reported in May that Bradley was seeking a closer inspection of the Torrado contract after questions surrounding the School Committee's extension with the firm prior to a November 2018 school improvement bond vote. Members of the Cumberland Public Schools Renovations Building Committee held closed-door discus- sions on whether school officials violat- ed bidding laws when they amended a contract with Torrado last year and didn't put the job back out to bid before extending a contract with the company by another five years. Torrado's fee is 7 percent of the total value of the project, meaning a poten- tial for nearly $6 million in fees on the lengthy $83 million school renovations project. Torrado's original 2015 contract called for the company to get an amount not to exceed $400,000 for work on $5 million in capital improve- ments. Supt. Robert Mitchell, prior to last year's bond vote, executed an amendment to the 2015 agreement extending the completion date from 2020 to 2025. Skwirz states the extensive power available to the School Committee in entering contracts and managing school affairs, while noting the lack of authority on the town side in such matters. He also cited state law in stat- ing that the town has an obligation to fund the contracts entered into on the school side. On the matter of the town charter's requirement for a building committee to manage projects, Skwirz said an interpretation that such a committee would need to approve contracts runs contrary to the full authority given to the school board under the law. A court would likely find the pro- curement procedure used by the School Committee was sufficient to make the contract binding on the town, writes Skwirz in his opinion. In bringing potential issues with the contract up two months ago, Mutter acknowledged that there would likely be a legal risk to negating the contract with Torrado and going back out to bid for the architectural work. TORRADO From Page One Calvin Presbyterian Church hosts Vacation Bible School July 22-26 CUMBERLAND – From Monday, July 22 to Friday, July 26, Calvin Presbyterian Church will hold Vacation Bible School at the church, 126 Angell Road, from 9 a.m. to noon. The program is free for children in preschool, who are 3 years or older and potty trained, through elemen- tary school, up to rising 5th graders for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year. It will be a week of games, Bible stories, music, crafts and more. Registration is required as space is limited. Register online at www.calvin- churchri.org or call the office at 401- 333-0355, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. BRWC offering canoe rental trips on Saturday LINCOLN – The Blackstone River Watershed Council is offering two one-hour guided canoe rental trips on Saturday, July 13. Two times are available: 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., at 100 New River Road. Cost is $20 per person. Instruction, life jackets, paddles and canoes included. Open to adults and children 5 and up. A parent or guardian must accompany children. There is a minimum of two and maximum of three people required per canoe. Area to be paddled will be a scenic, flat-water section from Manville to Albion and back. A member of the council will be your guide. Rentals will be held weather and river condition permitting. Be sure to wear sturdy water shoes or sneak- ers. For more information or to register, visit the council's Facebook event page at: Blackstone River Watershed Council. The same tours will be offered again on Aug. 10 and Sept. 14. For more information, call Bob Charpentier at 401-688-4416 or John Marsland at 401-644-3215. Spaceship crafts at Lincoln Library today LINCOLN – On Thursday, July 11, at 11 a.m., kids ages 6 and up will create spaceships using house- hold items at the Lincoln Public Library, 145 Old River Road. The items include foam dishes, plastic cups, straws and gemstones. Each vessel will also contain an alien to drive it. For more information, visit www. lincolnlibrary.com . IN BRIEF $50 $100 $100 OFF ANY SERVICE OF $500 OR MORE OFF ANY SERVICE OF $500 OR MORE EXTRA SIGNING BONUS Coupons only valid on payments made by invoice due date. Late payments result in forteiture of all discounts and coupons. Coupons valid at the time of estimate. Not valid on PHC Services, prior written estimates or invoices. May not be combined with any other offer. Expires 8/31/19. Valid on jobs of $1,000 or more. Only valid at time of estimate. Not valid on PHC Services, prior estimates or invoices. Coupons only valid on payments made by invoice due date. Late payments result in forfeiture of all discounts and coupons. Expires 8/31/19. WHEN WORK IS BOOKED AT TIME OF ESTIMATE 401-903-4467 www.WhyMonster.com/nri Congratulations to our Martini Day nners! Maryann Wesley Duggan Wynkoop Duggan GIFT CARD TO TUMBLESALTS CAFE GIFT CARD TO THE HARMONY CAFE Thank You to everyone for sending us your favorite Martini Recipes!

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