ROCKPORT — At their Monday, Feb. 9, meeting, the Rockport selectmen will discuss a citizen initiative to keep the town’s library exactly where it is. The Friends of Rockport are asking the Select Board to include on the June Town Meeting warrant a nonbinding ballot article asking, “To see if the Town will vote that any reconstruction, expansion, improvement, renovation or replacement of the Rockport Public Library be limited to its current location at 1 Limerock Street.”
The discussion, scheduled under “New Business,” follows another library-related agenda item that includes talking with the Library Committee about the “next steps to be taken vis-à-vis the library building and future plans for the library.”
The regularly scheduled meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Rockport Opera House downstairs meeting room. It will also be televised on Public Access Channel 22.
The Library Committee has retained Portland Public Library’s Executive Director Steve Podgajny to spend the next several months studying the Rockport Public Library, specifically its programs and spaces.
The two matters — hiring an consultant to review the library’s programs, and the continued emphasis on the library’s location — reflects an ongoing and deep discussion about what, and where, the town wants its library to be.
In other new business, the Select Board will hear a request by Vivienne Larmor, Mama’s Boys, for a town installed street light at the entrance to the business driveway on Route 90.
And, the board will talk further about a “Fiber Optic Build-Out “study to be performed by Tilson Technology.
The full agenda follows:
AGENDA I. Call Meeting to Order
Approval of the minutes of the:
Monday, January 12, 2015, executive session of the Select Board Monday, January 12, 2015, meeting of the Select Board
Wednesday, January 21, 2015, meeting of the Select Board
Regular Select Board meeting on Monday, March 9, 2015, 7:00 p.m., Rockport Opera House Meeting Room, to be televised on Channel 22
MSAD-28 Middle School Replacement vote, Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Rockport Town Office Richardson Room. Please enter through the front door of the building and follow the signs.
The Rockport Town Offices will be closed on Monday, February 16, 2015, to celebrate Presidents Day
Camden-Rockport Pathways Committee, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 7 p.m., Washington Street Conference Room of the Camden Town Office
Cemetery Committee, no meeting planned for February/March
Conservation Committee, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 8:00 a.m., Rockport
Town Office Richardson Room
Harbor Committee, Thursday, February 26, 2015, 5:15 p.m., Rockport Town Office Richardson Room
Investment Committee, next meeting will be on Monday, March 23, 2015, 4 p.m., Rockport Town Office
Library Committee, Monday, February 23, 2015, 5:00 p.m., Rockport Town Office Richardson Room
Ordinance Review Committee, Thursdays, February 12, 19, 26 and March 5, 2015, 8 a.m., Rockport Town Office Richardson Room
Opera House Committee, Thursday, February 19, 2015, 8:00 a.m., Rockport Town Office Conference Room
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Parks Committee, Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 3:30 p.m., Rockport Town Office Richardson Room
Planning Board, no meeting planned for February
Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 5:30
p.m.., Rockport Opera House Meeting Room, to be televised on Channel 22
Upcoming Budget Workshops and Meetings:
Budget Review Workshop, Tuesday, March 10, 2015, and Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 5:30 p.m. on both dates, Rockport Opera House Meeting Room, to be televised on Channel 22
Select Board Budget Consensus Discussion, Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 5:00 p.m., Rockport Opera House Meeting Room, will not be televised
Select Board Budget Meeting and Votes, Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 7 p.m., Rockport Opera House Meeting Room, to be televised on Channel 22
Budget Committee Meeting and Votes, Tuesday, March 24, 2015, and (if necessary) Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 6:00 p.m. on both dates, Rockport Town Office Richardson Room, not televised
Camden-Rockport Pathways Committee – 2 regular vacancy, 3 alternate vacancies
Investment Committee – 1 vacancy
Opera House Committee – 1 vacancy (see resignation below)
Recreation Committee – 2 vacancies
Zoning Board of Appeals – 1 vacancy
Public Comment – public comment should be directed at issues not under discussion on this evening’s agenda. Comment from the public will be welcome prior to each agenda item. Further comment will be granted only by permission from the Board. All public comment should be brief and to the point.
Town Manager’s Report
a. None this month
IV. Public Hearing
a. None this month
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Becky Gamage, Opera House Committee
Committee Application(s): None this month
Mid-Coast Recreation Center presentation
Discussion with Library Committee regarding the next steps to be taken vis-à-vis the library building and future plans for the library
Discuss the request from David Berry regarding a non-binding warrant article relating to the use of 1 Limerock St. as the sole location for any present or future library
Discuss the request by Vivienne Larmor, Mama’s Boys, for a town installed street light at the entrance to the drive on Route 90
Discussion of the next step(s) in the Fiber Optic Build-Out study to be performed by Tilson Technology
Review and approve Provider Agency list to appear on tax bills for voluntary contributions
Commitment of Sewer User Rates for the period of December 2014
Set date for Wastewater Budget workshop and to include Jim Guerra to discuss MCSWC outflow and its impact on Camden wastewater treatment plant
a. None this month
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