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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 07-30-2020

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2 CUMBERLAND JULY 30-AUGUST 5, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION CUMBERLAND – A resolution approved by the Town Council on Tuesday would allow the town to call a vote this fall on up to $2.5 million in borrowing for local recre- ation improvements. The wording on what the money would be used for is intentionally vague for now, said Mayor Jeff Mutter this week, but specific plans would be well spelled out before November. Among the uses for the money, he told The Breeze, would be future athletic field improvements to the Mercy Woods property in the north- east corner of town. The resolution unanimously approved on Tuesday endorses and supports the development, construc- tion, renovation, improvement, alteration, repair and equipping of recreational areas and facilities in the town and all costs related thereto." Voters, if the measure is now approved for the ballot by the General Assembly, would have their say in the Nov. 3 election on wheth- er to spend the money. Mutter said there's some symme- try between administrations on the Mercy Woods project. What some- times happens is that one adminis- tration has an objective, in this case former Mayor Bill Murray and the council purchasing Mercy Woods as open space, and another administra- tion then comes in and everything the previous administration worked toward "kind of gets lost," he said. Part of the reason Murray advo- cated for the purchase was to relieve the town's space issues with its ath- letic fields and relieving a situation of not being able to let fields rest, he said. If the town doesn't put the mea- sure on the ballot this year, said Mutter, it will have to wait two years or hold a special vote next year. "This would be to allow it to get on the ballot, make a proposal and see if the residents approve that," he said. "It's not like anybody's say- ing we're obligated to do it at this point, but we need to do it to start the process." Mutter said there are multiple pieces of public spending up in the air, including an $83 million school bond and borrowing for road repairs, so the goal is to make sure new spending fits in with the town's financial goals. This does not com- mit the town but removes a legisla- tive hurdle to get it on the ballot to see what voters think. With the Mercy Woods plan specifically, the town can't do the work yet under its agreement with the Sisters of Mercy, he said, but the fields would eventually need to have water connections to work. Other ideas for the $2.5 million include seed money for a turf field and converting the full-sized base- ball field at Diamond Hill Park into a multi-purpose field. Mutter said he also has a goal of turning the Garvin field into a top-notch Little League field. Cumberland has a great baseball tradition that's deserving of a first-rate facility, he said. The goal is to spend the money on the places that get the lion's share of activity in town, the "our big features" that people drive by and see crowds at, said the mayor. The goal is to "touch a little of everything," but it will be up to the council how specific the ballot mea- sure gets. The reason this resolution was brought up so quickly was because it needs to be approved for the bal- lot by Aug. 5, he said, adding that it "opens up opportunities" for the town. By using general language instead of spelling out specific projects, it helps the town avoid restricting itself to certain uses, particularly if some items end up being more costly than others, said the mayor. Everything done must fit within a financial plan. Cumberland seeking townwide vote on $2.5 million in recreation upgrades By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com A story on the St. Patrick's Church property last week stated that the listing was from Lila Delman. Though it is featured on that company's site and others, the listing is actually from Residential Properties. CORRECTION Pick up a reusable bag and support BRT CUMBERLAND – Blackstone River Theatre has been selected to be a part of the Stop & Shop Community Bag Program, which is designed to make it easy for cus- tomers to contribute to their local community while also supporting the environment. The Stop & Shop Community Bag is a durable, reus- able shopping tote. For the month of August, each time a $2.50 reusable Community Bag is purchased at the Stop & Shop located at 622 George Washington Highway, Lincoln, $1 will be donated to Blackstone River Theatre. The bags are available at various registers and at the reusable bag rack. If you do pick one up, be sure to practice standard safety protocols. Just like you need to wash your hands regularly, always wash your reusable bags before and after use. If possible, bag your own groceries at checkout when using a reusable bag. 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