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Coronavirus Updates

Cumberland Police Department Citizen Survey

We are asking that you help us assess the police department by completing the enclosed survey and returning it at your earliest convenience. This survey will provide valuable information we can use to better serve you and the Cumberland community.

The Cumberland Police Department greatly appreciates your assistance in completing this survey. We are your police department and we want you to have confidence in the way we operate and to be pleased with the level of service we provide.

Take the survey here.

Curfew Lifted

In consultation with Public Safety Officials, we have lifted the Town-wide curfew.

On June 3, 2020 – I do hereby REPEAL Executive Order 20-06, relating to a curfew in the Town of Cumberland.

See full executive order. 

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

Summer Camp Cancellation

After many conversations with state and local officials, we have determined that having camp this summer is not possible. This was a difficult decision, and we know it will be disappointing to our campers and their parents, but safety is our top priority as is a positive camp experience.

After looking at the requirements, we realized that it just was not practical. Nor, would it be a traditional summer camp experience for children. Camp is all about children playing together and enjoying games, trips and other adventures together – exactly what social distancing guidelines discourage.

It was not a decision that we made lightly.

Thank you,

Mayor Jeff Mutter and Parks & Rec Director Mike Crawley

Town Hall Opening to the Public at Limited Capacity

Beginning 5/28 there will be limited public access to Town Hall.

Entrance: The public will be allowed to enter/exit at the ramp entrance. There will be signs placed directing you to that entrance.

Public Hours: 9 am – 12 pm and 1 – 2:30 ONLY .

Requirements: 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.

Limits: Other than in the vault where two (2) people will be allowed in at a time, all departments will be limited to one visitor at a time.

We appreciate your cooperation and we look forward to
continuing to serve you.

Thank you.

Temporary Outdoor Seating

The Town of Cumberland supports its local businesses and intends to make provisions for restaurants and bars to open to the extent possible while providing a safe environment for employees and patrons.  Executive Order 20-04 outlines relaxed outdoor seating requirements for restaurants and bars. Full details here.

APPLICATION FOUND HERE.

Notice of Extension for 1st Quarter Tax Payments

In light of the burden of COVID-19, the Town of Cumberland is providing relief to taxpayers in the form of a 30-day extension of the due date for 1st quarter property, motor vehicle, and tangible tax payments from the current due date of May 31, 2020 to June 30, 2020. Any penalties or interest will be waived during this time (1st Quarter 2020 tax bills only). Click here for full details. 

Resources for Small Businesses

SMALL BUSINESS LOANS: In an effort to help struggling businesses stay afloat, Gov. Gina Raimondo announced that the Small Business Administration (SBA) granted her request for a disaster declaration, meaning there are low-interest loans of up to two million dollars available for small businesses locally. To apply for a small business disaster loan, you can visit diasterloan.sba.gov/ela/. Additional information can also be requested by contacting Rhode Island Commerce at 521-HELP or info@commerceri.com 

Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance.

PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM: The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses.

Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards.

The Paycheck Protection Program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities. Fully Forgiven Funds are provided in the form of loans that will be fully forgiven when used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities (due to likely high subscription, at least 75% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll). Loan payments will also be deferred for six months. No collateral or personal guarantees are required. Neither the government nor lenders will charge small businesses any fees.

SHORT-TERM BRIDGE LOANS: The Governor announced a short term bridge loan opportunity to provide eligible business hit hard by COVID-19 with up to $5,000 to cover expenses. To qualify, applicants must have applied for the SBA COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan and have an application number from that process. The RI program is essentially a bridge loan for the EIDL award and designed to get cash quickly to the businesses who need it most.

SMALL BUSINESS TECH SUPPORT: Rhode Island small business owners can now receive 45 minutes of free tech support via teleconference or over the phone. This service has been coordinated by Rhode Island Commerce and is being staffed by volunteers from some of Rhode Island’s leading tech companies. Visit Commerce’s website or call 521-HELP to get started.

GRANTS FOR BUSINESSES IN UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES: If you’re an entrepreneur of color, women-owned business or enterprise in an historically under-served community without access to flexible, affordable capital, you may qualify for a grant from the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Rhode Island. LISC will be offering grants of up to $10,000 to help small businesses fill urgent financial gaps until they can resume normal operations. Applications will launch online soon — sign up here to stay updated or learn more on the LISC website.

FREE ADVERTISING FOR RESTAURANTS: COX Media is offering local restaurants two weeks of free TV advertising during COVID-19. The program is to highlight and let customers know you are open, practicing safe food handling and note any special deals and food delivery.

Advertising and space is limited – if interested please reach out to: MarketingInsights@CoxMedia.com to sign-up.

Cox appreciates our local restaurants and so does Cumberland!

CONTRACT (1099) WORKERS: Contract workers may qualify as sole proprietors for SBA economic injury disaster loans. For details and application information, see RI Commerce’s COVID-19 Disaster Loan FAQ. If you have registered in Rhode Island to file as a S corporation, LLP or as an LLC, you should have an EIN associated with the office/studio/home that you registered, and can apply for an economic injury disaster loans through the Small Business Administration like any other business.

COVID-19 RESPONSE FUND (for nonprofits): The Rhode Island Foundation and United Way of Rhode Island have launched a fund to support local nonprofit organizations of the front line of COVID-19 response efforts. The two organizations jointly established the COVID-19 Response Fund. The Foundation raised $2.3 million in initial contributions and will continue to raise money from donors.  Find application information here.

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 Coronavirus. As such, a State of Municipal Emergency has been declared for the Town of Cumberland.

At this time, the Town Hall will be closed to the public until further notice.  A dropbox located at the ADA ramp entrance on the side of Town Hall is available to accept payments and to process requests for information. Please place your documents in an envelope labeled with the appropriate department and your contact information. The dropbox is monitored throughout the day, Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

Residents can also reach their desired department by telephone. A full list of department extensions is found under Town Hall at the top of this page. The main number for Town Hall is 401-728-2400.

At this time, the Town will not issue any entertainment licenses until at least April 14, 2020, and has revoked any current entertainment licenses for this same period-of-time to enforce social distancing.

All athletic fields in Cumberland are closed to the public until further notice. Both the basketball and tennis courts at Tucker Field are closed until further notice. Our parks and open spaces will be monitored by Cumberland Police to ensure compliance with limiting the size of gatherings.

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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