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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 08-20-2020

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VALLEY BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE ALEXA STECKER, a 3-year-old from Cumberland, tries to get her kite to fly at Diamond Hill Park on Tuesday. The wind wasn't cooperative, but she had plenty of fun trying. CUMBERLAND – Mayor Jeff Mutter, looking to show a true commit- ment on the part of the town to a future revitalized Diamond Hill Park, was asking the Town Council this week to authorize $1 million in savings to go to a "Diamond Hill Park Improvements" fund. The money would be in addition to two previous state grants of $300,000 apiece and continue the improvements planned and ongoing at the park, which gets heavy use but has long been a source of complaints related to its gen- eral mediocre condition. Mutter seeks $1 million investment in Diamond Hill Park By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See DIAMOND HILL, Page 21 CUMBERLAND – Like many other communities, crime in Cumberland is down during the pandemic, a trend mostly attrib- uted to people staying home more of the time. "People were home and work- ing from home, so breaking and entering (incidents) were very low if not zero reported," said Police Chief John Desmarais. In 2019, from March 1 through July 31, Cumberland had a total of 272 arrests and 13,320 total calls for service. In 2020, from March 1 through July 31, the town saw a total of 190 arrests and 12,111 calls for service. Those add up to a 30 percent drop in arrests from last year to this year and nearly a 10 percent decline in total calls for service during that time period. For the most part during the pandemic, all calls and crimes were down more earlier on, Desmarais told The Breeze. "What we saw was around the end of May to June, (calls) were on the way up," he said. That could have been due to the open- ing up of the state in different phases and people just wanting to get out and back to work, he said, "so we saw a small rise in calls." Crime in Cumberland down during pandemic By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See CRIME, Page 12 LINCOLN – Data collected by a Lincoln police radar trailer over the last two weeks revealed that while most motorists drive at or below the speed limit on Chapel Street, some outliers are going well above the posted 25 mph limit. The high- est recorded speeds on back-to-back weeks were 64 mph and 74 mph. Police Chief Brian Sullivan said the Lincoln Police Department has three Bluetooth-powered radar trailers dis- patched across town, each collecting data to help guide the department's enforcement activities. After residents brought concerns about speeding and an increase in illegal through-trucking on Chapel Street, police placed a trailer there to begin collecting data from cars traveling in the direction of the Saylesville Fire Station. For the first eight days, the screen on the machine was blank. The chief said some residents expressed confu- sion, thinking that the trailer wasn't turned on, but Sullivan said the trailer was collecting baseline data without flashing any messages. From July 17 to 24 while the machine display was off, the average speed on Chapel Street was 27 mph. The highest recorded speed that week was 64 mph. The 85th percentile speed (the speed at or below which 85 percent of all vehicles are observed to travel) was 33.2 miles per hour. An average of 2,639 vehicles used the road every day for a total of 21,116. 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