Select Board Meeting Monday night: Agenda includes fiber optic build-out study

Rockport addresses proposed June Town Meeting article to keep library in situ

Posted:  Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 9:45pm
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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

Announcements:

  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

Committee Openings:

  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

Agenda Changes

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

Unfinished Business

a. None this month

IV. Public Hearing

a. None this month

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New Business

Committee Resignation(s):
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

Wastewater Commissioners

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

Liaison Reports

Executive Session

a. None this month

IX. Adjournment

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