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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 07-11-2019

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4 THE VALLEY JULY 11-17, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION LINCOLN – The town of Smithfield is inching closer to a potential agreement to merge ani- mal shelters with Lincoln. Smithfield Town Manager Randy Rossi will be meeting with Lincoln Town Administrator Joe Almond this week to discuss the proposal and review potential plans. The decision to merge would need to be brought back to the Smithfield Town Council for approval. Though Rossi said neither he nor the council have decided on any- thing yet, he's "very receptive" to the idea of merging animal control facilities with Lincoln. "I think it would be a good collab- oration between the communities," he said. "In the long run, it's going to save Smithfield a large amount of money." Rossi said the Smithfield Animal Control building at 3 Spragueville Road is in need of capital upgrades, and that the merger would cut back on overtime hours paid to animal control officers caring for the ani- mals. "There is potential long-term sav- ings on top of capital," Rossi said. Lincoln's shelter, located at 25 Wellington Road, was recently renamed the Blackstone Valley Municipal Animal Shelter. After the shelter underwent $300,000 in renovations last year, the town of Cumberland agreed to merge ani- mal control services with Lincoln for a one-year trial term. That term comes to an end next month, at which point Cumberland officials will decide whether or not to continue with the arrangement. Under the current lease agree- ment, Cumberland pays $1,000 a month to share animal control services with Lincoln. Cumberland was not charged until January, as Lincoln used their former shelter off Martin Street for four months last spring during renovations. Cumberland Mayor Jeff Mutter said, "At this point, we're thinking of signing on for another year," though officials have not formally shared their intentions with Lincoln. The town's Martin Street facility "needs a little bit of work," Mutter said, so returning animal control services to Cumberland without addressing the needs of that build- ing is not an option. Mutter said it's in the town's best interest to fix that building sooner rather than later, so that the town or another entity can use it. "I don't want to see that building fall into such disrepair that we can't do anything with it," he said. Mutter said he would be open to re-establishing Cumberland's shel- ter, but that remaining in Lincoln is the town's "best option at this point." "I wouldn't be opposed to us returning to that space if that made sense and was in the best interest of the people," Mutter said. "I'm not so sure that it's a monumental task to get that facility up and running, but we're in the process of finding out." In the meantime, Mutter said he expects to begin discussions with Almond soon to hammer out a plan for next year. Smithfield considers joining Lincoln animal shelter By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com The town of Smithfield is considering a partnership with Lincoln Animal Control, located off Wellington Road. Lincoln is nearing the end of a one-year contract to merge animal control services with Cumberland. Please let our advertisers know that you read about their products or services in The Valley Breeze Newspapers. CumberlandFest launches new site, seeks volunteers CUMBERLAND – A new web- site, www.cumberlandfest.org , provides a complete overview of the festivities that will occur dur- ing CumberlandFest 2019 sched- uled for Victory Day Weekend, August 9-11, at Diamond Hill Park. "We are thrilled with our beautiful new website," said CumberlandFest Executive Committee member Jerry Schimmel. Organizers say they expect CumberlandFest 2019 to be the best yet, with all sorts of new offerings. "In our attempt to make our celebration the best ever, we have been very ambitious in our plan- ning this year," said Executive Director Ernest Labbe. "But, ensuring that everything comes off seamlessly will require the support of scores of volunteers." Historically, volunteer help has been drawn from the leadership of the youth organizations that benefit from the financial suc- cess of CumberlandFest and their youth participants, as well as indi- vidual volunteers drawn from the community. As an added incentive, this year youth organization participants will receive a $10 contribution to their organization for each vol- unteer hour they work. In addi- tion, shares of the net proceeds of CumberlandFest will be distrib- uted to participating organizations based on the percentage of total volunteer hours each organiza- tion works. Youth organizations wishing to provide volunteers for this year's event may sign up by completing and submitting a grant application form. Individual volunteers may sign up by com- pleting and submitting a volunteer form. Both forms are available on the new site. TOWN OF LINCOLN • PLANNING BOARD NOTICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATIONAL MEETING The Planning Board will hold a Public Informational Meeting at the Lincoln Town Hall, 100 Old River Road, Lincoln, RI 02865 at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, on the Master Plan for a Major Subdivision known as the Bouthillette Subdivision by applicant Michael Bouthillette – AP 23 Lots 51, 288 and a portion of Lot 8 - located on Great Road, Lincoln, RI. Plans are available for review in the Engineering office at Town Hall 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. All interested parties are invited to attend said meeting and be heard. Those individuals requesting interpreter services must call the Town Clerk's office, 333-1100, 72 hours in advance of said meeting. Kenneth Bostic, Chairman Lincoln Planning Board TOWN OF LINCOLN • PLANNING BOARD NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The Planning Board will hold a Public Hearing at the Lincoln Town Hall, 100 Old River Road, Lincoln, RI 02865 at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, on the Preliminary Plan for a Major Land Development Project known as 678 GWH Storage by applicant 678 GWH, LLC – AP 30 Lot 32 - located at 678 George Washington Highway, Lincoln, RI. Plans are available for review in the Engineering office at Town Hall 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. All interested parties are invited to attend said meeting and be heard. Those individuals requesting interpreter services must call the Town Clerk's office, 333-1100, 72 hours in advance of said meeting. Kenneth Bostic, Chairman Lincoln Planning Board TOWN OF LINCOLN • PLANNING BOARD NOTICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATIONAL MEETING The Planning Board will hold a Public Informational Meeting at the Lincoln Town Hall, 100 Old River Road, Lincoln, RI 02865 at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, on the Master Plan for a Major Subdivision known as the Rockyroad Avenue Extension Subdivision by applicant Terrapin Development, LLC – AP 9 Lot 68 - located on Rockyroad Avenue, Lincoln, RI. Plans are available for review in the Engineering office at Town Hall 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. All interested parties are invited to attend said meeting and be heard. Those individuals requesting interpreter services must call the Town Clerk's office, 333-1100, 72 hours in advance of said meeting. Kenneth Bostic, Chairman Lincoln Planning Board Town of Cumberland Rhode Island Planning Board Town Hall - 45 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI 02864 • 401-728-2400 Notice of Public Hearing Notice is hereby given that the Cumberland Planning Board will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 6:30 p.m., in the Town Council Chambers, 2nd floor, 45 Broad St. Cumberland, RI. e purpose of the hearing is to consider the filing of a request for a Major Subdivision - Preliminary Plan Amendment owned by JCM, LLC, and located at Hidden Meadow Dr., being also described as Assessor's Plat 56 & 57. e public is encouraged to attend, and offer comment and/or testimony. A copy of the proposal will be available on the Town's website, www. cumberlandri.org, on Tuesday July 23, 2019 or in the Planning Department during normal business hours. Individuals requesting interpreter services for the hearing impaired must notify the Town Clerk's Office at 401-728- 2400, 48 hours in advance. 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