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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 06-07-2018

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JUNE 7-13, 2018 CUMBERLAND 37 request for information on the claims that led to the injured on duty, or IOD, claims, Fire Chief Kenneth Finlay provided a list of 11 injury incidents, without naming firefight- ers. Injuries include several broken bones, pulled muscles, and a bad case of poison ivy. The incidents are as follows: • A member of the department missed a step on an apparatus and fell to the floor, injuring his back. Surgery was required. • A member slipped on ice at a res- cue call, hyperextending his shoulder. • A member was exposed to poison ivy, which he was highly allergic to, requiring "confined treatment." • A member lifting a stretcher tore rotator cuff muscles, requiring sur- gery. • A member slipped on ice, break- ing his wrist and tearing rotator cuff muscles, requiring surgery. • A member removing equipment from an apparatus had the equip- ment get stuck and tore rotator cuff muscles, requiring surgery. • A member during training sus- tained a knee injury, leading to a lengthy rehab. • A member at a fire slipped and received a hairline fracture, leading to a lengthy rehab. • A member moving equipment damaged his shoulder, requiring mul- tiple surgeries. • A member at a rescue call pulled a back muscle during operations. • And a member injured his back while attending to a patient. Residents of Cumberland can expect a jump of 4 percent on their fire tax bills when they start receiv- ing them this week, with bills show- ing maximum increases expected to begin going out by Friday, June 8. The overall Cumberland Fire District budget, passed May 8, rose from $7.96 million in 2017-2018 to $8.42 million in 2018-2019. The Cumberland Fire District runs independently of the town's budget. Limited initial savings were predicted when multiple, local fire districts were merged into one entity in 2014, but the expected growth of those sav- ings over time hasn't materialized. The tax rate in the 2018-2019 bud- get year is $1.986 per $1,000 assessed value, up from $1.919 in 2017-2018. The owner of a home valued at $250,000 pays $479.75 currently, and would pay $496.50, or an increase of $16.75. "Taxes did go up to the maxi- mum we could tax," said Fire Board Chairwoman Cindy Ouellette. The increase is not due to the dis- trict spending money carelessly, she said, but funding necessary costs, such as overtime. "What we did was we funded the overtime budget at a much greater amount," she said. "We have no control over IODs." The 2018-2019 budget nearly doubles the amount in the district's overtime line item, from $575,941 to $1,055,014. The district only has a limited amount of money, so avoiding poten- tial overtime trouble in 2018-2019 by ramping up the budget was the wise move, said Ouellette. The Breeze reported in April that excessive overtime costs were due to higher-than-expected instances of firefighters being injured on duty. At the time, Ouellette said some 10 or more firefighters out on IOD status this year, three or four of those for significant time, eliminated all chanc- es for savings in the budget as over- time costs had jumped more than $300,000 over budget at that point. The deteriorated financial condition of the fire district in the spring, lead- ing to a decision to nix plans for a new Fire Station 2 on Mendon Road, prompted involvement by the Office of the Auditor General. In the April Valley Breeze story, Ouellette suggested that a merged fire district in Cumberland may never lead to real savings, and cau- tioned other districts considering merging against doing it for the sav- ings. IOD claims have been an issue for the district each of the past two years, leading to the overtime budget exceeding the district's cash flow and the need to issue tax anticipation notes, or short-term borrowing, in anticipation of money coming in at a later point. After fire bills go out, fire officials project about $1.5 million will come in from fire taxpayers by the end of June. FIRE TAXES From Page One OUELLETTE Brunch Bunch Toastmasters meet on Saturday CUMBERLAND – The Saturday Brunch Bunch Toastmasters club will meet on Saturday, June 9, from 9:20 to 11:30 a.m, at the Cumberland Public Library's Hayden Center, 1464 Diamond Hill Road. The meeting is open to the pub- lic, and new members are always welcome. Regular meetings are on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. The club fosters the development of public speaking and leadership skills. For more information, call 508- 293-1488 or email sbbtm31@gmail. com. AMCH summer class registrations will be on Saturday CUMBERLAND – Registration for the summer session of pro- grams at Arnold Mills Community House, 75 Hillside Road, will be this Saturday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at AMCH. After Saturday, mail-in registra- tions will be accepted, if space is available. Mail registration checks, payable to Arnold Mills Community House, to AMCH, P.O. Box 7433, Cumberland, R.I. 02864. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope for confirmation and materials list. Materials fees are payable to the instructor. Fees are non-refundable unless the class is canceled. For more information, visit http:// or call 401-475-1433. The following programs are being offered: Rock Painting Class: Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free class, for children and adults. All paints and brushes supplied. Brenda Paquin, instructor. Pizza lunch pro- vided. Knit for Charity: Tuesdays, June 19, July 17 and Aug. 14, 6:30- 9:30 p.m. Nancy Abato, instructor. Knit hats for newborn babies. All yarn and patterns provided, just bring needles. Nine Patch Madness Quilt: Thursday, June 21, July 19, July 26, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Registration fee $21. Laura Machowski, instructor. UFO: Saturday, June 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lee Rao, instructor. Registration fee $10, payable that day. Work on unfinished projects with an instructor. Potluck lunch. Pillowcases: Tuesday, June 26, 2:30-5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Aug. 8, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Brenda Paquin, instructor. Make pillow- cases to donate to "Ryan's Case for Smiles." Beginner Knitting: Wednesdays July 25 and Aug. 1, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Registration fee $14. Nancy Abato, instructor. Easy Drop Stitch Scarf: Tuesday, Aug. 7, and Wednesday, Aug. 15, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Registration fee $14. Nancy Abato, instructor. "Stacks" Quilt Workshop: Tuesday, Aug. 21, and Wednesday, Aug. 22, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Quilt fin- ishes approximately 54" square but can be made larger. Some quilting experience required. Registration fee $14. Pat St. Germain, instructor. 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite #204 Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865 Telephone - 401-334-9555 Fax - 401-334-9994 Web: Check Out Each Week's Growing List of Local Yard Sales In Our Classifieds Section. Planning A Yard Sale? Listings are just $25 and includes an online listing on our website. 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