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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 3-27-13

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Serving Cumberland and Lincoln MARCH 28-APRIL 3, 2013 FREE Breeze The valley GAMM GETS 'REAL' ticket to ride Pawtucket's Gamm Theatre presents 'The Real Thing.' LIVING Local author takes us along for a ride through the universe. PAGE 23 @ "Like" us on valleybreeze.com Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers New consultant team: Fire station cuts or closings are not required No-texting pledge But Mayor McKee counters: Report is just 'designed to delay' By MARCIA GREEN Read about Lincoln's fire consolidation plans on Page 3. Valley Breeze Editor mgreen@valleybreeze.com CUMBERLAND – There's little savings to be had by consolidating the town's four independent fire districts, a brand-new study by a team of consultants is suggesting. Fire protection in Cumberland is already at a just "bare minimum level," this new report is saying. Saving funds by reducing firefighter ranks below the current 58 men isn't an option, it says. Moreover, the study vigorously rejects the idea of closing the Cumberland station on Mendon Road. It suggests response time will be longer not only in the Ashton area but all the way down to the folks of Valley Falls. (See full report, complete See CONSOLIDATION, Page 21 Valley Breeze photo by Bruce McCabe Cumberland High School senior Mitchell Baxter is one of the first students to sign a "Don't Text and Drive" pledge after a memorable presentation at the school earlier this week. Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin brought the powerful documentary "Txtng & Drivng...It Can Wait" to a gathering of the school's senior class Tuesday. The film featured stories of real individuals whose lives have been adversely impacted by texting behind the wheel. School, town, and law enforcement officials present were impressed with the serious and attentive nature of the students present. Town Council unanimously adopts Cumberland police pension liability plan By MARCIA GREEN Valley Breeze Editor mgreen@valleybreeze.com CUMBERLAND – State officials, who 18 months ago slapped Cumberland for its "significantly underfunded" police retiree accounts, this week are getting their first look at the town's plan for covering millions of dollars of liability in both the pension and the "other post-employment benefits," or OPEB, funds. 9 Made public when the Town Council unanimously adopted it last week, the plan went to Providence without the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 14, whose 140 members have been working without a contract O PEN Hole Championship Course Par 36 From all of us at... Carol LaMontagne Lisa LaMontagne Beausoleil aMONTAGNE Real Estate 300 Front St., Lincoln 724-8660 www.lamontagnerealestate.com W EEK EN D SPECIAL 18 HOw LES ith C ART $ TWILIGHT RATES 9 HOLES -$23 DAILY STARTING AT 5PM – NO CARTS since the summer of 2011. In a summary memo about the 200-page-plus plan, it's noted that the town is attempting to win agreement to the changes outlined in the plan but will implement it "through negotiation or other legal 5 0 .0 0 Eff.3*29/13 Exp.5/31/13 Cannotbe com bined w ith any other offers. 30 Locust Street Bellingham 508-883-1600 www.bungaybrook.com 300 YARD ALL GRASS DRIVING RANGE ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc. means." Mayor Daniel McKee discussed the plan with Town Council members in several closed-door meetings, including an executive session before See PENSION, Page 22

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