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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 06-04-2020

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JUNE 4-10, 2020 LINCOLN 5 LINCOLN – Lincoln officials are hoping to reap some financial benefit from Twin River Casino reopening its doors to members next week. The state has permitted casinos in Lincoln and Tiverton to reopen on Monday, June 8, to select casino reward program members for video lottery terminal play only. Town Administrator Joseph Almond said opening the casino to members only will make it easier to contact people if there is an outbreak of the coronavirus. "They are registered so casino officials would know how to contact them," he said. He said he is hopeful that the reopen- ing will help boost Lincoln's budget, which he said has fallen $600,000 short in operating revenue since the casino closed. Almond said reopening to members on June 8 will help the town through the end of the month, with the fiscal year closing on June 30. "There is a shortfall in the budget to- date since they've closed. I don't know whether reopening will help us close that gap, but we're hopeful that it will," he said. Almond said the town will be able to cover the shortfall if Twin River rev- enues do not. "We can close the shortfall several ways, but the casino opening would definitely help," he said. "We've adjust- ed everything we can adjust, and froze pretty much everything two months ago." Almond said a large percentage of casino regulars are members, but that social distancing will limit the number of people allowed at once. Not all machines will be turned on in order to allow for social distancing. According to a casino press release, the Lincoln property "will effectively be managed as three mini casinos with separate entrances." "Invitations will indicate the gaming space and entrance, and upon entry guests will receive a color-coded wrist band which will identify their assigned gaming room. It is anticipated that additional rounds of invitations will be distributed shortly after re-opening," the release states. Table games will not be open until further notice, and smoking will not be allowed during this time. The Sportsbook, hotel, fitness center, Racebook, event center, valet, enter- tainment offerings and restaurants will also remain closed initially. Casino hours are now 10 a.m. to midnight to allow for "thorough over- night cleaning." Customers and employees must adhere to public health guidelines, wearing face masks and participating in verbal health screenings and tem- perature checks. No date for a full public reopening of the casino had been set as of press time. Casino opening will help through end of fiscal year By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer LINCOLN PUBLIC SCHOOLS LOAN OF TEXTBOOKS TO NON-PUBLIC STUDENTS Lincoln residents with children attending non-public schools are eligible to borrow textbooks for the 2020-2021 school year. Return and ordering of books will be held at the LINCOLN MIDDLE SCHOOL June 18th from 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. and June 19th from 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Please put all textbooks in a bag and label with your child's name, school, and phone number. A textbook request form is available at www.district.lincolnps.org/departments/ business-o!ce/ Please provide the complete title, 10 or 13 digit ISBN, author, publisher and copyright date. Books must be on the current state list of approved books www.ride.ri.gov/ InstructionAssessment/InstructionalInitiativesResources/TextbookSearch.aspx Textbooks for the 2020-2021 school year will be available for pick up on the following days at the LINCOLN MIDDLE SCHOOL August 19th from 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. and August 20th from 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m and 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please email Nicole Beck at beckn@lincolnps.org. INVITATION TO BID !e Woonsocket Housing Authority, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, the Awarding Authority, invites sealed bids from Contractors for completing Exterior Building Envelope Repairs to the Administration/ Maintenance/Community Building & Apartment Buildings #1, 2, 3 at Morin Heights, RI 3-1 housing development; in accordance with the documents prepared by William Starck Architects, Inc., 126 Cove Street, Fall River, Massachusetts. !e work generally includes, but is not limited to the following: Administration/Maintenance/Community Building: • All exterior surfaces of the entire building shall be power-washed, scraped, sanded, primed and painted with two (2) coats of paint, including, but not limited to existing shiplap siding, CMU, brick, concrete foundation, wood trim, window frames, window security frames, handrails, louvers, doors, frames, etc. • Replace deteriorated, and/or prep./paint metal doors/frames/hardware. • Prep./paint existing (and/or replace) shiplap wood siding and wood trim. • Prep./paint existing CMU and masonry. • Replace existing deteriorated wood siding and trim. • Replace portions of existing faux parapet with PVC components. • Lead-based paint abatement methods will be required at all wood components which have tested positive for the presence of lead. Apartment Buildings 1, 2 and 3: • In general, all existing "ber-cement siding shall be replaced with new solid PVC siding; all existing "ber-cement trim shall be replaced with new PVC trim; all existing PVC trim shall remain in place; all existing aluminum-wrapped (upper/2nd level) so#ts, fascia, rakes shall remain in place. Field verify all conditions prior to submitting bid. • Replace all existing "ber-cement siding and trim boards with new solid PVC siding. • Replace asphalt shingles on lower canopy roofs and associated $ashings over front and rear entrance doors. !is work will be included as a Deduct Bid Alternate. Bids are subject to Equal Employment Opportunities, bonding requirements and other bidding and contract requirements as set forth in the construction documents. Bids will be received until 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at the Woonsocket Housing Au- thority, 679 Social Street, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, 02895, at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud. Bids shall be accompanied by a Bid Deposit that is not less than "ve percent (5%) of the bid amount and made payable to the Woonsocket Housing Authority. Bid Forms and Bid Documents will be available for pick-up free of charge, in PDF format on compact disc (CD) beginning Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at the o#ce of the Architect, William Starck Architects, Inc., 126 Cove Street, Fall River, Massachusetts, 02720, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Bidders requesting Contract Documents to be mailed to them shall include a separate check for !irty Five Dollars ($35.00) per set, payable to William Starck Architects, Inc., to cover mailing and handling costs. If mailed, bids shall be sent to the Woonsocket Housing Authority, 679 Social Street, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, 02895 and received no later than the date and time speci"ed above. A Pre-bid conference is scheduled for 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at the project site, 66 Morin Heights Boulevard, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, 02895. Meet at the Administration/ Maintenance building. Bids are subject to prevailing wage rates as determined by the U.S. Secretary of Labor. !e Woonsocket Housing Authority reserves the right to reject any or all bids or to waive any infor- malities in the bidding if it be in the public interest to do so. WOONSOCKET HOUSING AUTHORITY Robert R. Moreau, Executive Director AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER TDD 1-800-745-6575 TOWN OF LINCOLN NOTICE - PROPOSED PROPERTY TAX RATE CHANGE !e Town of Lincoln proposes to increase its property tax levy to $54,124,962 in the 2020-2021 budget year; the property tax levy this year is $52,154,799. !e FY 2020 and FY 2021 tax levies have excluded motor vehicle excise tax for the purpose of determining tax levy growth pursuant to current law. THIS IS A PROPOSED INCREASE OF 3.78%. It is anticipated that there will be an overall increase in property values and when cou- pled with the increase in the proposed tax levy will result in a property tax rate of $20.16 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for residential real estate, $25.06 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for commercial real estate and $31.82 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for tangi- ble personal property, as compared to the current property tax rates of $19.80 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for residential real estate, $24.61 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for commercial real estate and $31.25 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for tangible personal property. !e preliminary FY 2020-2021 motor vehicle levy includes taxes on motor vehicles at an unchanged rate of $30.66 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, which includes the exemption amount provided by the state's motor vehicle excise tax phase-out legislation for an exemp- tion up to $4,000. Property tax rates of $20.20 for residential real estate, $25.11 for commercial real estate and $31.89 for tangible personal property would be needed in the coming budget year to raise the maximum levy authorized by Section 44-5-2 of the Rhode Island General Laws. !e Annual Financial Town Meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, June 22, 2020 at 7:00 pm at the Lincoln Middle School Auditorium. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the "nal procedure for holding the Financial Town Meeting is still undetermined. Details will be shared as they become available. Please refer to the Town website www.lincolnri.org for the most up to date information. !e above property tax estimates have been computed in a manner approved by the Rhode Island Department of Revenue. T. Joseph Almond, Town Administrator Town of Lincoln Report to Taxpayers on Current and Proposed Budgets Function purpose Amount actually Proposed budget year of expenditures budgeted for current year Operating Capital Operating Capital Expenditures 2019 - 2020 2019 - 2020 2020 - 2021 2020 - 2021 1 Education 56,959,588 1,189,138 57,897,992 704,255 2 Financial Administration 840,628 500,000 861,211 70,000 3 Public Works 4,773,003 1,867,940 4,889,037 1,779,937 4 Public Safety 7,052,110 221,900 7,269,583 130,569 5 Fire Protection 0 0 6 Sewerage 0 0 7 Other Sanitation 0 0 8 Parks and Recreation 465,094 130,500 483,570 726,000 9 Interest on General Debt 859,913 767,270 10 Principal on General Debt 2,180,000 2,255,000 11 General government 6,478,181 7,228,502 12 Health and welfare 393,527 10,000 400,285 13 Libraries 1,207,767 1,250,660 14 Grants and contributions 62,500 62,500 Summary 81,272,311 3,919,478 83,365,610 3,410,761 TOTAL EXPENSES 85,191,789 86,776,371 Amount actually budgeted for current year Proposed budget year Revenues 2019 - 2020 2020 - 2021 1 Local property tax 56,461,491 57,742,671 2 Local non-property 2,703,448 2,967,705 3 Federal 900,000 765,000 4 State 17,537,312 18,297,240 5 Video lottery 5,200,000 5,200,000 6 Surplus 7 Restricted Funds 2,389,538 1,803,755 TOTAL REVENUES 85,191,789 86,776,371 Certi"cation: !is is to certify that the data contained in this report is accurate to the best of my knowledge. T. Joseph Almond, Town Administrator

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