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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 11-21-2019

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4 LINCOLN NOVEMBER 21-27, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION LINCOLN – Town officials are working on loosening the town's zoning regulations to allow for med- ical marijuana cultivation at the urg- ing of the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island. Currently, Lincoln's zoning regu- lations bar the growth of any and all medical marijuana by cardholding patients or their caregivers. Under the new zoning ordinance, medical cultivation would be permitted in residential zones. The changes aren't official yet, as the details are being hammered out at the ordinance subommittee level. As of now, the top change would allow cultivation by patients with a state-issued medical marijuana, reg- istered caregivers and cooperatives of two or more cardholders, all for medical use only. Possession limits will be in line with state law, which allows up to 12 "mature" marijuana plants and 12 "immature" marijuana plants, and 2.5 ounces of dried marijuana. Under the new ordinance, cul- tivation would be permitted in the following zones: Residential Agriculture, Residential Single- Family, Residential Limited and Residential General. Non-residential cooperative cul- tivation (two or more cardhold- ers who cooperatively grow in a non-residential zone) will not be allowed. Compassion centers, or nonprofits that supply marijuana to patients, would also be prohibited. Town attorney Anthony DeSisto said bar- ring compassion centers in Lincoln is legal under zoning regulations. Mainly, the changes will allow patients to grow their own medica- tion under state law but not expand or permit commercial sales. A letter from ACLU executive director Steven Brown to DeSisto, Town Administrator Joe Almond and Building Official Roger Pierce prompted the zoning changes. In the letter, Brown said the ACLU had received a complaint about Lincoln's anti-medical mari- juana zoning ordinance, which was passed four years ago. The ordi- nance is in violation of state laws regulating medical marijuana. "I am writing to urge the council to repeal the ordinance at the earli- est possible opportunity," he wrote. Two years ago, the town of Smithfield passed an ordinance to bar the cultivation of medical marijuana. The ACLU recently challenged that ordinance in a law- suit and won, resulting in the town reversing its ordinance and paying attorneys' fees in resolving the case. "It is particularly noteworthy that the scope of Smithfield's cultivation restrictions was less restrictive than Lincoln's," Brown said. Legal considerations aside, Brown called Lincoln's ban on cultivation "extremely injurious to the town's residents from a policy perspective." "Many patients grow their own marijuana, or rely on caregivers to do so, because the purchase of the medication from compassion centers can be logistically burden- some, unduly expensive, or unhelp- ful because it can sometimes be difficult to find the right strain that works for a patient," he said. Marijuana ordinance changes on the way By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com Social Sparks Fall Fest set for Sunday LINCOLN – Social Sparks will hold a Fall Festival at Knights of Columbus, 171 Jenckes Hill Road, on Sunday, Nov. 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Activities include a T-ball game, raffle, food, music, Thanksgiving crafts, a giving thanks wall and more. Sign up ahead of time on Facebook, or pay at the office, to pay the discounted price of $10 per person or $20 per family. Tickets purchased at the door will be $15 per person or $25 per family. Friends and family are welcome. Social Sparks is a local Rhode Island organization that helps chil- dren and adults who struggle with mental illness and disabilities. Thanksgiving fun at the Lincoln Library LINCOLN – Kids ages 6 and older are invited to join the Lincoln Public Library, 145 Old River Road, on Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 6 p.m., for a festive night of fun and games in celebration of Thanksgiving. Online registration is required. Visit www.lincolnlibrary.com . TOWN OF CUMBERLAND NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE OF PETITION TO ABANDON A PORTION OF HICKORY ROAD IN THE TOWN OF CUMBERLAND A petition has been filed with the Cumberland Town Council to declare a portion of Hickory Road has ceased to be useful to the public and that the Town Council therefore abandon said street. A plan of the proposed abandonment is on file in the office of the Cumberland Town Clerk and on the town's website, www.cumberlandri.org for review by any interested parties. Remonstrant(s) are entitled to be heard before the adoption of the proposed abandonment and the Town Council will give such remon- strant(s) a fair opportunity to make their objections before acting upon such abandonment. The public hearing will take place on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. at the Cumberland Town Hall in the Town Council Chambers, 45 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI 02864 at which time and place all persons may be heard. Individuals requesting interpreter services for the hearing impaired must noti- fy the Town Clerk at 728-2400 ext. 138, 48 hours in advance of hearing date. PER ORDER OF CUMBERLAND TOWN COUNCIL Sandra M. Giovanelli, Town Clerk NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO REOPEN AND AMEND THE EXISTING BUDGET Notice is hereby given, in Accordance to the provisions of Article VIII of the Town of Cumberland Charter is specifically amended pursuant to the provisions of Section 804 (I) of the Cumberland Charter, the Town of Cumberland will consider for adoption the following Ordinances entitled: #19-32 – An Ordinance Amending the Operating Budget for the Town of Cumberland's General Fund for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Increase School Misc. from $2,670,000 to $2,816,206 Increase Appropriation from School Surplus from $525,000 to $575,000 Increase Total School Receipts from $24,823,792 to $25,019,998 Increase Total Revenue from $103,134,210 to $103,330,416 FIRST PUBLIC HEARING: Monday, December 2, 2019 at 6:30p.m. Cumberland Town Hall, Everett "Moe" Bonner Jr. Town Council Chambers, 45 Broad Street FINANCE SUB-COMMITTEE PUBLIC HEARING: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 6:00p.m. Cumberland Town Hall, Everett "Moe" Bonner Jr. Town Council Chambers, 45 Broad Street SECOND PUBLIC HEARING & VOTE: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 7:30p.m. Cumberland Town Hall, Everett "Moe" Bonner Jr. Town Council Chambers, 45 Broad Street Said ordinances are available for public inspection and reproduction in the office of the Town Clerk's Office and online at the Town of Cumberland Web site – www.cumberlandri. org. ORDER OF THE CUMBERLAND TOWN COUNCIL SANDRA M. GIOVANELLI, TOWN CLERK NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT A PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY the 3rd day of December, 2019 at 7:00 P.M. for the purpose of hearing applications for a Special Use Permit, a Variance or an Appeal from the Zoning Ordinance of the Town of Lincoln, Rhode Island. This application concerns: Donna Deldeo, 6 Anna Sayles Road, Lincoln, RI – Application for Dimensional Variance seeking front setback relief for the construction of a two-car detached garage on property located at 6 Anna Sayles Road, Lincoln, RI. AP 29, Lot 12 Zoned: RS-20 Munir Rihani & Jill Theroux, 1 Bittersweet Lane, Lincoln, RI – Application for Dimensional Variance seeking lot coverage relief for the installation of an inground pool. AP 43, Lot 21 Zoned: RS-20 Summit Builders, LLC, 8 Davis Street, Cumberland, RI – Application for Dimensional Variance seeking side setback relief for a new home over 25 feet in height for property located at 10 Rockyroad Avenue, Lincoln RI. AP 9, Lot 197 Zoned: RL-9 Link Commercial Properties, LLC, 144 Metro Center Boulevard, Warwick, RI – Application for Special Use Permit for a 28 unit residential development to be located at 192 Old River Road, Lincoln RI. AP 31, Lot 20 Zoned: RG-7 Link Commercial Properties, LLC, 144 Metro Center Boulevard, Warwick, RI – Application for Dimensional Variance seeking lot width relief for a proposed 28 unit residential development for property to be located at 192 Old River Road, Lincoln, RI. AP 31, Lot 20 Zoned: RG-7 David DeAngelis, Chairman, Lincoln Zoning Board of Review ALL PARTIES OF INTEREST MAY APPEAR AND BE HEARD AT THIS TIME. An interpreter for the hearing-impaired may be requested for any Town meeting. Call 333-8451(TDD & voice) at least one week prior to the meeting date to request an interpreter. Amplification equipment is also available. Town of Lincoln Zoning Board of Review PUBLIC HEARING Town Hall, 100 Old River Road, Lincoln, RI One, ree and Four Bedroom Project-Based Apartments - Woodward Street, Cumberland, RI Cumberland Housing Authority is now accepting applications for the one, three and four Bedroom Project Based Apartments wait list. ese apartments are located on Woodward St. in Cumberland. Section 8 Project-Based subsidy included. Applicants must be income eligible and meet household size guidelines to qualify for these units. Income Limits 1 Person 2 Persons 3 Persons $17,200 $19,650 $22,100 4 Persons 5 Persons 6 Persons 7 Persons 8 Persons $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430 Applications are available at the Cumberland Housing Authority office located at 573 Mendon Road, Suite 4, Cumberland, RI 02864. For more information, call 401-334-2678. 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