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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 03-05-2020

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CUMBERLAND – A software update is to blame for an error that saw some 13,000 Cumberland tax- payers receive revaluation notices last week minus the old and new value of their properties. Mayor Jeff Mutter connected by phone with Vision Government Solutions President Paul Smith late last week to get an explanation on how this possibly could have hap- pened on such an important and sensitive mailing. Such a mistake, Mutter said, con- tributes to the notion that govern- ment isn't properly paying attention to the details and watching out for taxpayer dollars, he said, despite the fact that Vision covered the cost of a second corrected mailing this week. Smith told The Breeze he wanted to make it clear that this error had nothing to do with any action by Mutter or Tax Assessor Ken Mallette. But, he said, his company, which has printed and delivered some 1.5 million bills during its many years working with Cumberland, also didn't make the error on an other- Vision president explains error on tax notices By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See TAX NOTICES, Page 13 BREEZE PHOTO BY ERIC BENEVIDES Members of the CUMBERLAND HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING TEAM gather on the awards podium with their state cham- pionship trophy after taking first place at the RIIL Championships on Sunday at the Providence Career & Technical Academy field house. See story on page 17. LINCOLN – A developer plans to add two new commercial build- ings to Lincoln's North Central Industrial Park in Lincoln. Demand for space in the business park has been high, according to town officials, with companies seek- ing commercial space in northern Rhode Island that's close to the highway. "That particular industrial park Lincoln's new commercial buildings will meet demand By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer See BUILDINGS, Page 10 School officials taking precautions against coronavirus Companies changing protocols for employees The announced arrival of the coronavirus, COVID-19, in Rhode Island has led to a rush on antibacte- rial wipes and soaps at local stores, new company policies allowing more working from home, and even pro- posed changes in the way commu- nion is served in churches. When the flu recently became widespread in Rhode Island, the Cumberland School Department purchased backpack-style equipment allowing employees to put down "a large volume of liquid at a time," says Supt. Bob Mitchell. That equipment is now being called into overtime service to help clean the schools with disinfectant as school officials look to prevent the spread of COVID-19 here. It is being used on tabletops, desktops, doorknobs and "all kinds of surfaces" to protect students and staff, Mitchell told the School Committee last week. Mitchell and other superintendents will be meeting with state health officials today, Thursday, March 5, to discuss potential steps to be taken in the case of a "worst-case pan- demic," but Mitchell and others are urging residents to remain calm and follow common sense recommenda- tions such as washing hands, not By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See CORONAVIRUS, Page 13 ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE MARCH 5-11, 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. Oil | Propane | Bioheat | Generators | Boiler Service 401.333.0665 Visit our website: thmalloy.com T.H. MALLOY is a proud supporter of the Lincoln Little League Challenger team. Sign up today for the upcoming season at lincolnrilittleleague.org/site

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