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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 11-07-2019

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 7-13, 2019 LINCOLN 5 LINCOLN – Fed up with the slow pace of construction on the local post office and the lack of home mail delivery in the village, residents of Albion are petitioning the United States Postal Service for delivery ser- vices. The roughly 500 residents of Albion have never had mail deliv- ered to their homes. This became more inconvenient for the village when, in early 2017, their post office on the corner of School and Main Streets burned down. Construction has been ongoing since that November. Diane Richard started an official petition, provided by U.S.P.S., to provide "rural" home delivery ser- vice to Albion. She's working with the president of the Highland Falls Condominium Association to gather signatures from residents who sup- port the petition. When Richard spoke to The Valley Breeze on Monday, she had already gathered 60 signatures. The condo association alone houses roughly 200 residents. This Sunday, Nov. 10, Richard has permission to gather signatures at Landry's Auto from 10 a.m. to noon, for those interested. Amy Bolger, a representative for U.S.P.S., responded to an inquiry by The Breeze regarding the timeline for construction on the Albion Post Office. She said the owner of the building (not U.S.P.S.) recently hired a new contractor "to finish up where the other contractor left off. We have not been provided with a specific date of completion." Bolger said there is one free form of mail delivery that is available to all postal customers: a no-fee P.O. box, available to customers who are ineli- gible for carrier delivery. "Decisions to extend no-fee service, in lieu of delivery, are based on the Postal Service considering the fol- lowing factors: the effects on the cus- tomers served by the Postal Service, sanctity of the mail, the effects on Postal Service employees, the most economical use of postal resources, postal operational requirements, mail volumes, and other factors deter- mined necessary," she said. Those who do not have the benefit of home delivery are given a free P.O. box, as it is in Albion. For offices under "emergency suspension" such as Albion, Bolger said the U.S.P.S. "does not create new modes of delivery for what is likely to be temporary, but we may assign new places of delivery for that period." The primary reason for Albion not having home delivery remains unclear. "We, like the residents of Albion, look forward to a return to operations in our new Post Office in the commu- nity," Bolger said. Albion residents petition for home mail delivery By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer GREAT VALUE QUALITY SERVICE 36 BLACKSTONE STREET WOONSOCKET 401-766-3270 WWW.TERRYAUTOLTD.COM Gil & Meika 2008 TOYOTA RAV 4 FWD, Loaded 80K miles ............................... $ 8,295 Now Offering On-Site Bank Financing Westlake Financial WE BUY CARS 2009 CHEVY SILVERADO Extra cab, 4x4, automatic ....................... $ 10,999 2008 FORD EDGE 2003 BUICK LE SABRE Loaded, 153K miles ........................... $ 4,495 97K miles, loaded ........................................... $ 3,295 NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS On or aer November 22, 2019 the Town of Cumberland will submit a request to the Rhode Island Office of Housing and Community Develop- ment for the release of Housing Rehabilitation funds under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-383), to undertake the following project: Tier 1 Broad Review Project/Program Title: Cumberland Housing Rehabilitation Purpose: to provide financial assistance to low- and moderate-income families and individuals for housing rehabilitation projects. Location: Within the Town of Cumberland boundaries. Specific addresses will be assessed in the site-specific reviews. Project/Program Description: Projects may include, but not be limited to, replacement of heating, hot water, plumbing and electrical systems; replacement of roofs and other structural systems; and energy improvements and upgrades. Many of the projects remedy minimum housing code violations, abate nuisance or unsightly conditions, and eliminate health and safety concerns. Tier 2 site specific reviews will be completed for those laws and authorities not addressed in the Tier 1 broad review for each address under this program when addresses become known. Level of Environmental Review Citation: 24 CFR Part 58.35(a)(2)(3)(i) Tier 2 Site Specific Review: e site-specific reviews will cover the following laws and authorities not addressed in the Tier 1 broad review: Flood Insurance, Historic Preservation. e activities proposed are categorically excluded under HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58 from the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) An Environmental Review Record (ERR) that documents the environmental determinations for this project is on file at the Town of Cumberland Office of Planning and Community Development, 45 Broad St., Cumberland, RI 02864. e ERR can be examined or copied weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PUBLIC COMMENTS Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the Cumberland Department of Planning and Community Development. All comments received by November 21, 2019 will be considered by the Town of Cumberland prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION e Town of Cumberland certifies to the Rhode Island Office of Housing and Community Development that Jeffrey J. Mutter in his capacity as Mayor of the Town of Cumberland consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. e Rhode Island Office of Housing and Com- munity Development approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the Town of Cumberland to use Program funds. OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS e Rhode Island Office of Housing and Community Development will accept objections to its release of fund and the Town of Cumberland's certification for a period of fieen days following the anticipated submission date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the Town of Cumberland; (b) the Town of Cumberland has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR part 58; (c) the grant recipient or other participants in the development process have committed funds, incurred costs or undertaken activities not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by the Rhode Island Office of Housing and Community Development; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58, Sec. 58.76) and shall be addressed to the Rhode Island Office of Housing and Community Development at One Capitol Hill, 3rd Floor, Providence, RI 02908. Potential objectors should contact the Rhode Island Office of Housing and Community Development to verify the actual last day of the objection period. Jonathan Stevens, Director of Planning and Community Development, Certifying Officer.

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