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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 07-23-2020

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16 CUMBERLAND JULY 23-29, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION sense rules where people can still enjoy their fire pits. He said they checked with other munici- palities, including East Providence, Cranston and Johnston, to see what they have on the books, and also aligned the proposed new ordi- nance with national fire codes. Allowable fires would be no larger than 3 feet in diameter and 25 feet from a structure or com- bustible materials, unless contained in an approved manner such as through a chiminea. Residents would be required to have a source of water nearby, either a hose or bucket of water, and to keep flames at 2 feet tall or under. Anything taller than 2 feet would also be considered an open burn. They would be required to use clean, dry wood, with no construc- tion debris or other contaminants such as paint, "a huge issue with residents right now with open burns." If someone is burning a dining room chair, safety personnel would be able to intervene and stop the burn, said Shaw. According to the proposal, only resi- dents of single-family homes and duplexes would be allowed to have fires, in keeping with similar ordi- nances in other communities. The ordinance essentially adds "another layer to the accountability" if some- one calls about an open fire, he said. The proposed ordinance would also require that fires be attended by a responsible person, meaning adults wouldn't be able to go to bed and tell the children to put out the fire when they're done. As previously reported by The Breeze, the long-held idea in town that simply having food near a fire in case a complaint is filed is actu- ally not accurate, as all backyard fires are technically illegal under existing laws, even if planning to cook. There are no penalties laid out in the draft version of the proposal, said Shaw, because if a violation occurs, officials will simply refer to the violations laid out in the exist- ing open burn ordinance, which calls for a $100 fine. Police have always enforced the open burn ordinance, said Shaw, but his planned addition allows the Fire Department to get involved. Firefighters are currently not allowed to do much of anything if a complaint comes in, he said. "To me that doesn't seem right," said Shaw. Under provisions, fire person- nel, though they wouldn't have the power to make an arrest, would have the authority to order the violator to put out the fire or, if they refuse, do it themselves. They would be able to determine if a fire creates or adds to a hazard- ous situation and act accordingly. They would also be able to act if they determine that the smoke is creating an offensive situation, particularly for seniors, children, and people with asthma and other conditions. "They're the experts," said Shaw. Officials will seek permission to advertise the changes in August and send the matter to Councilor Scott Schmitt and the ordinance subcommittee. According to Shaw, the ordi- nance would not prohibit live fires used for training on fire extinguish- ers. The Valley Breeze is committed to keep- ing quality news stories like this one free to our readers. You can be a huge part of this local journalism success story by making a one-time or monthly contribution to what we do every week at Thank you as always for reading. FIRE PITS From Page One SHAW HOME IMPROVEMENT PROFESSIONALS HEADQUARTERS WE WILL BEAT ANY COMPETITORS PRICES DESIGN ~ INSTALL ~ MAINTAIN commercial • residential 401-451-2622 401-300-9228 We Specialize in All Phases of Hardscape Patios • Walkways • Retaining Walls D.C.J. LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION Rhode Island • Massachusetts • Connecticut BOB THE BUILDER INDOOR & OUTDOOR COMPLETE HOME BUILD CUSTOM BUILT-INS COMPLETE REFURB FINISH CARPENTRY MUCH MORE . . . 401-332-5957 *Residential and Commercial* Tree Removal and Pruning – Stump Grinding – Brush Removal – Bucket Truck Services – Firewood – Bobcat Work Fully Insured/Free Estimates 401-439-6028 FANTASTIC HOME IMPROVEMENT 25th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL Mention this ad & Get a 15% Discount! "We don't just say it . . . WE DO IT! TYRELL ALPHONSO NEALY (401) 766-1473 CELL (401) 639-8157 2 Mayfield Street, Greenville, RI Established 2012 • Fully Insured Comm# 237R RI Reg# 3692 Mike Gorman Roofing, INC. Prompt, Professional Service First Quality Workmanship & Materials cell 401487-5724 or 401728-2851 R & R Roofing Free estimates 40 Years in Business Angie's List Award Winner 5 Years in a row All Types of Shingle and Flat Roofs Fully Insured • License #5840 Richard Rossi, owner 4 0 1 - 8 2 3 - 1 3 3 0 All Work Guaranteed! CertaPro Painters ® BECAUSE PAINTING IS PERSONAL ® MARK BULPITT Owner & General Manager 4 Anvil Drive Cumberland, RI 02864 Office 401-447-9626 Cell 401-447-9626 Toll Free 1-800-462-3782 Lic. #36470

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