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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 08-08-2019

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | AUGUST 8-14, 2019 CUMBERLAND 13 flies to enter," the post stated. "We are working on a potential remedy for this matter, but at this time we encourage you place all trash into sealed bags and to be mindful of the heat when disposing of food prod- ucts." Mutter said on Monday that he has set up a meeting with an executive from Rehrig Pacific Company, the California company responsible for manufacturing the bins for waste ser- vice provider MTG Disposal, but that it can't happen until next Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 13, when that execu- tive will fly into Rhode Island. After conferring with Steve Mutter (no relation), of MTG, there doesn't appear to be a fabrication error with the bins, said Mutter, but the ques- tion is whether there is a design error. "You can reach into the barrel through those holes," he said. "It's not like they (the bins) came out and there was a mistake made with the construction. It sure looks like they're designed to have those holes there." A Breeze trip to Pawtucket last week found the exact same type of tote in that city, with the same holes, but there haven't been the same com- plaints about maggots there. The increasing number of mag- gots across Cumberland has been a hot topic of conversation since a new automated trash service with new 95-gallon trash totes went into effect July 1. Plenty of residents have reported plugging up the holes on their own. Mutter was asked whether the town will be making some sort of fix, such as a seal near the top of the bin, available to residents if they want it. "I would say that's certainly in play," he said. "If that is the cause then we need to do something to fix it." There have been plenty of people in town who have complained about the maggots, he said. While it doesn't appear at first glance that flies can get in, a closer inspection shows the two access points. "If that's a problem, the cause of the problem, then we need to come up with a solution to fix the prob- lem," said the mayor. Mutter suggested that residents use duct tape to cover the holes until a more permanent solution is found. "We apologize for that inconve- nience. Whatever we need to do to fix it, that's what we're going to do," he said. TRASH BINS From Page One In this photo taken under the cover at the front of a CUMBERLAND TRASH BIN and texted to town officials last week, light through two holes is clearly visible through the back of the bin. Officials have promised to fix the problem. BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY Watershed Council offering guided canoe trip Saturday LINCOLN – The Blackstone River Watershed Council is offer- ing a two-hour guided canoe rental trip this Saturday, Aug. 10, and Saturday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to noon. Arrive by 9:30 a.m. for sign-in. Cost is $25 per person, or $20 per person for BRWC members. Instruction, life jackets, paddles and canoes included. Open to adults and children ages 5 and up. A parent or guardian must accom- pany children. The location is 100 New River Road in Lincoln. A minimum of two people are required per canoe. The area to be paddled will be a scenic, flat-water sec- tion from Manville to Albion and back. A member of the group will be the guide. The tour will be held as long as weather and river conditions are acceptable. Participants should wear sturdy water shoes or sneak- ers. For more information or to register, visit the Facebook event page, Blackstone River Watershed Council. CumberlandFest SPONSORED BY CYAC August 9-11 Diamond Hill Park, Cumberland Rides • Games • Food Family Fun for Everyone! Exciting Acts Performed by The Kelly Miller Circus Midway by Rockwell Amusements Fireworks Saturday Night (Raindate Sunday) Like Rockwell Amusements on Facebook for the Latest Updates!

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