New sign unveiled at Town Hall

New sign unveiled at Town Hall

Cumberland Town Hall has a new granite sign, erected by town Highway Department employees last week. At the unveiling are, from left, Mayor William Murray, Chief of Staff George Stansfield, and Planning Director Jonathan Stevens. (Breeze Photo by Tom Ward)

CUMBERLAND – Cumberland Town Hall got a new sign last week made of carved granite to complement the granite foundation and massive front stairs of the 122-year-old building.

Simple and formal in its design, the sign says just “Cumberland Town Hall” beside a seal of the town. It’s a wide departure from the faded blue wooden identifier it replaces.

According to the mayor’s office, it was designed by Roll Barresi and Associates, of Cambridge, Mass., and engraved by Jason Loffredo of Cranston. Town Department of Public Works employees installed it.

On hand for last Friday’s unveiling was Neil Steinberg, president of the Champlin Foundations, which provided $10,000 in funding for the new look.

To celebrate its 100th anniversary, Champlin had made $500,000 available to Rhode Island towns and cities to spend on whatever projects they chose, Steinberg said.

Since the carved stone cost $7,400, there remains $2,600 that Mayor Bill Murray says will be put toward a new sign at Tucker Field and new welcoming signs at the various major intersections on Cumberland’s border.

This is the old wooden Cumberland Town Hall sign that was replaced with a new granite sign last week. (Courtesy Town of Cumberland)