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Coronavirus Updates

Small Business Grants

The Town of Cumberland is offering $5,000 grants to small businesses adversely affected by COVID-19. The grant program has been updated to include businesses with one owner/employee only, that received EIDL and/or PPP funds, or that opened in 2019. For more information, please visit https://www.cumberlandri.org/covid-19-microenterprise-stabilization-grant-microe-program-3/

Playground Updates

The Monastery Playground is now open to the public. We are proud of the work that our team has put in to make this new playground a reality, including Meghan O’Brien from O’Brien and Sons who has been such a resource, those who helped design the playground, the volunteers, and of course, we owe massive gratitude to our Highway Department who has worked so hard to bring this playground to life.

Youth Sports/Reserving Field Time

The town wishes to accommodate the needs of youth organizations that sponsor sports activities for our young people. That said, our goal must also be to keep sports participants safe by ensuring that all organizations comply with Phase II: Youth Sport Guidelines, as found on the reopeningri.com webpage. Please click on the link here for specific guidelines regarding social distancing, personal hygiene, and equipment care requirements.

The town will grant permission to use a field, once the requesting organizations:

  • Provide the town with evidence of General Liability Insurance naming the town as an “Additional Insured” for the use of the town-owned property.
  • Provide in written form on the organization’s letterhead and signed by an authorized signer assurance that the organization will adhere to Phase II: Youth Sport Guidelines as outlined on the reopeningri.com website.

Town officials will be monitoring compliance with Phase II Youth Sport Guidelines through spot inspections during field usage. Field use privileges will be revoked if the organization fails to adhere to Phase II Guidelines. The town will restore field use privileges once corrective action to maintain compliance has been implemented.

Organizations wishing to reserve field time should direct their requests to Cumberland Parks & Recreation Director Michael Crawley @ Mcrawley@cumberlandri.org or by phone @ 401-651-4404.

 

2019 Water Quality Report

The Cumberland Water Department is committed to providing our customers with high quality drinking water 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. To ensure that we deliver this quality product, the Cumberland Water Department has made significant investments in water treatment and distribution facilities, water quality monitoring, water sources, and purchasing protective lands. This re-port will provide information about the water system such as: Where your water comes from; how it is treated; Improvements being made to the water system; and other issues that affect the water you drink.

Full Water Quality Report

Town Hall Opening to the Public at Limited Capacity

Town Hall is open to the public from 9 am – 12 pm and 1 – 2:30 pm.

Access to Town Hall will be through the ramp entrance on the side of the building. We ask residents to wear a mask/face covering when coming to Town Hall and you will be required to sign in upon entry. Once signed in, you will go to the department you wish to see.

Departments will be limited to one visitor at a time, other than in the vault where two (2) people will be allowed in.

Message to the Town of Cumberland

Upon the advice of Governor Gina Raimondo and the Rhode Island Department of Health, I have determined that extraordinary measures must be taken to reduce the spread of the Covid-19.

At this time, Town Hall is opened to the public with hours limited to 9 to 12 and 1 – 2:30 M-F. Anyone entering the building will be asked to sign in and wear a mask/face-covering. A drop box located at the ADA ramp entrance on the side of Town Hall is available to accept payments and to process requests for information.

As we slowly reopen our community, restrictions remain in place to protect everyone’s health and safety. The use of athletic fields must be reserved with our Director of Parks and Recreation. Tennis and track facilities are open again. The Public Library is offering contactless pickup for preordered materials, patrons will also be able to make 1-hour appointments to use a computer, get 1-on-1 reference/readers advisory assistance with a staff member, for copying/scanning/faxing materials.

Our school department is planning for the opening of schools this fall. While the learning experience may be different, we look forward to our students returning to their studies.

Once again, we can enjoy dining out as our eating establishments are able to serve customers both indoors and outdoors while following social distancing guidelines.

And there are still great things happening in Cumberland – a new playground at the Monastery will soon open. Planning for Diamond Hill improvements are moving forward with permits submitted to RIDEM. Athletic Fields are being improved for the fall season. Issues surrounding traffic control are being addressed. Our community has come together to support one another.

If there is anything our office can do to be of service to you, please contact my Community Outreach Coordinator, Sarah King at 401-728-2400 x132.

We appreciate your patience during this challenging time. I firmly believe that we are better together. Our collective strengths as individuals and as a town will see us through this crisis.

Be well.

Thank you,
Jeffrey Mutter

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