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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 01-23-2020

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BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE CHRISTINA CIPOLLA, of Cumberland, gets caught in the snowfall as she shops at Dave's Market in Cumberland last Saturday. She says she loves the snow and it doesn't bother her in the least. See more photos on page 8. CUMBERLAND – Prior to a referendum vote in 2018 for an $83 million school improvement bond, the oft-repeated statement by local officials was that the town would essentially be getting $83 million of work for $29 million in local tax- payer money. Those numbers were based on expected reim- bursements from the Rhode Island Department of Education of up to 65 percent, but Mayor Jeff Mutter now says he would be quite surprised to see the final figure reach 55 percent. Based on the numbers previously detailed, a 55 percent reimburse- ment would mean a cost to local taxpayers of $38.3 million, $9 mil- lion above what was previously projected, and even that number is not guaranteed. Mutter no longer expecting 65 percent back on schools By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor CUMBERLAND – Long-planned construction of new town wells at Franklin Farm is expected to begin this summer, depending on necessary approvals coming in, say officials. Once completed and operational, the Franklin Farm wells will provide a little more than 1 million gallons of water per day to the town's water system, replacing the Sneech Pond Water Treatment Plant, which pro- vides roughly 800,000 gallons of water to the system, said Water Supt. Chris Champi. That additional water will help reduce the need for wholesale water purchases, and the production from the new wells should help in reduc- ing taste and odor complaints during summer months, said Champi. He noted that those complaints are typi- cally associated with elevated water Better water quality expected with project this summer By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See SCHOOLS, Page 18 MUTTER See WATER, Page 11 LINCOLN – The Town Council is considering sweeping updates to its winter parking and storm emer- gency ordinance that would pro- hibit parking on all public streets Lincoln considers street parking ban during snow By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer See PARKING BAN, Page 18 ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JANUARY 23-29, 2020 Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street, Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation. 401.333.0665 Visit our website: Since 1935 Oil | Propane | Bioheat | Motor Fuels Generator | Complete Heating Service Emergency Generators Sales & Installation Propane for your Home Heating & Cooking Together we make a difference

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