If you want to know what’s Cumberland has in store over the next five years, then circle Monday on your calendar.

That’s when council members and staff are hosting a series of public meetings at the Village Hall.

Everyone’s invited to learn more about the proposed construction of a new fire hall.

Cumberland Mayor Leslie Baird said a new fire hall is long overdue.

“It needs updating or replacing because it doesn’t meet the current modern building standards and is at risk of collapse in a seismic event, and that’s when you need your fire hall most if there’s some kind of emergency.”

Baird said it’s important for the public to learn about the options of paying for the new fire hall.

“We know that we need this but it’s up to the people as to if they wish to fund it so it should be very interesting to see how people feel,” Baird said. 

“It’s easy to get caught up in it, and understand that there is an unwillingness by some residents and that’s the way it should be, but I want everybody to be informed of the pros and the cons to this.” 

The fire hall open house is from 10:00am to 12:00pm and from 5:00pm to 7:00pm 

At 7:00pm, you can learn more about the village’s proposed 2020 five year budget and how your property tax dollars may be affected over the next five years.

Details of the Five Year Financial Plan and Council’s proposed strategic priorities are available in the meeting agenda. 

Before then, you may view preliminary budget material from the November 1, 2019 Committee of the Whole meeting.

There will be an opportunity to submit comments on the proposed budget at the meeting, by email and to the Village office by Nov. 19.