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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 7 Residents will need to pay to replace broken, stolen bins Old bin drop-off in place until July 19 CUMBERLAND – The new trash totes town residents have received are a one-time delivery, says Public Works Director Bob Anderson, and the town will not be in the business of replacing them for free. There have already been com- plaints on social media about people having their bins stolen or damaged, the damage sometimes done by an aggressive squirrel, but Anderson said these bins will be treated just like any a resident would buy on their own. Residents are responsible to replace the bins, at a cost of $75 apiece, he said. "I'd be out of carts before you knew it," he said of a program where the town simply footed the bill for replac- ing the new bins. In researching issues with similar implementation of trash programs in other towns, Anderson said he learned that a popular trick from residents who were looking to get an extra bin was to claim theirs was sto- len. Some people also had bins taken by family members and then claim they were stolen, he said. Though he hasn't received many direct complaints of stolen bins, Anderson said he expects to get them and is preparing the town's response now. There needs to be some type of deterrent in place to prevent people from trying to get a second bin or giv- ing their town bin to someone else, he said. There are cases where people truly haven't received a bin for whatever reason, and the town is in the process of rectifying those isolated cases, said Anderson. Residents have a responsibility to keep carts in a secure place and prevent them from being stolen just as they would for any of their other property, the director emphasized. Though the new bins are highly durable, they're not indestructible, Anderson said, and residents will also be responsible to replace destroyed containers. There will be common sense employed by the town, he said, citing the example of a bin destroyed in a house fire as one the town would replace. "We're not trying to be hard on them," he said. But there have already been reports of people "misusing and abusing" their bins through negligent behav- ior, he said, including a sighting of one person who threw the container across the yard and broke it. Unless there's some type of police By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See BINS, Page 8 Craft painted terracotta pots at Cumberland Library Tuesday CUMBERLAND – Join the Adult Crafter-evening program on Tuesday, July 16, at 6 p.m. at the Cumberland Public Library, 1464 Diamond Hill Road. Participants will paint celestial star flowerpots in honor of this year's summer reading theme "A Universe of Stories." These ceramic pots can be decorations for your home or functional planters for your succu- lents. This event is for people 16 and older. Materials will be provided as well as some lemonade. Reservations are required. For more information or to register, call 401-333-2552, ext. 2, visit www. cumberlandlibrary.org or email ref- erence@cumberlandlibrary.org . Space-themed story time at the Lincoln Library Tuesday LINCOLN – The Lincoln Public Library, 145 Old River Road, will host a story time for children ages 3-5 on Tuesday, July 16, at 6:30 p.m. The story time will be based on the summer reading theme, "Space." Kids will listen to stories, sing songs and do a craft. Seating is limited. Registration is required. 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