Rockland Heart and Soul presents action proposals at two sessions

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ROCKLAND - Join Rockland Heart & Soul for two public meetings to vote on actions suggested to make the community a better place to live. The organization will be meeting on Saturday, February 16, from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the Community Room at the Rockland Public Library and on Tuesday, February 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sail, Power & Steam Museum, 75 Mechanic Street.  

The public is invited for lively discussion, voting and, of course, refreshments. The results of the voting will be immediately available through the magic of key pad polling.

Rockland Heart and Soul has developed a list of 65 actions suggested by the public.  These actions came from more than 300 interviews collected by volunteers during the past year.

Rockland Heart and Soul heard from people who have lived in Rockland their whole lives, people who moved to town last year, and people whose time in Rockland falls somewhere in between.  

Volunteers of the organization interviewed people in their 80s and people who haven’t reached double digits, yet,” according to a news release from Rockland Heart and Soul. “Some people were financially comfortable, and some were homeless or worried about feeding their families.   Most were in the middle somewhere. And all of them had opinions on what might make the community better.

“We’ll be looking at each action from two points of view – impact and feasibility.  There will be actions that could have a huge impact on the community but might not be feasible due to funding, leadership or some other factors.  Some actions might have a relatively low impact but would be very simple to implement. And there are likely to be many actions that could have an impact on the community and could be carried out with some effort. Since we have so many actions to consider, we can only vote on half of them at each meeting. Come to both meetings and make your voice heard.” 

Once the voting takes place, Rockland Heart and Soul will be working with the community to find those people and organizations willing and able to take responsibility for many of the actions considered.  If you own a business, belong to a civic organization, are a member of a social group or athletic team, or simply care about Rockland, please join us and see how you can make our wonderful community even better.  

Some actions are already underway in one form or another and these meetings can be a way to garner even more community support and/or volunteers.

And just to clarify, many actions suggested were City responsibilities, including the number one, most mentioned action – “fix the potholes.”  

These were passed on to the City for their attention. Rockland Heart and soul will try to keep citizens posted on how those actions are moving forward.

What follows are a few examples of suggested actions:

- Grow and enhance community gardens.

- Build a gathering place for teens

- Provide bus service to other towns

- Repaint and maintain the lighthouse

- Build local camping facilities for families

- Provide more resources to support teachers

- Improve accessibility to medical care

- Hold contra dances – with lessons

What do you think?  Join the discussion and vote on February 16 at the Library from 9:30 a.m. to noon or February 19 at the Sail Power & Steam Museum from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Event Date: 
Tue, 02/19/2019 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Event Location: 
Sail, Power and Steam Museum
Address: 
75 Mechanic Street
Rockland  Maine