Library Committee meets prior to Select Board, 5 p.m., town office

Rockport to decide library referendum language tonight

Meeting 7 p.m., Rockport Opera House meeting room
Posted:  Monday, August 11, 2014 - 8:30am
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ROCKPORT — Selectmen in Rockport have a lengthy agenda this evening, and likely the most important item has been classified under “Unfinished Business”, discussion and decision “regarding request from Library Committee for a nonbinding referendum to appear on the Nov. 4 Special Town Meeting Warrant.”

The selectmen are expected to propose different language for the Nov. warrant than that which was proposed by the Library Committee, and was the subject of a three-hour public meeting Aug. 5.

The Select Board meeting begins at 7 p.m. and will be televised on cable access Channel 22.

The Library Committee has called for its own meeting to be held two hours prior to the Select Board meeting, at the Rockport Town Office at 5 p.m.

At the Aug. 5 meeting, the Select Board voted 3 to 2 not to approve a request from the Library Committee to place a nonbinding referendum on the November ballot that would have asked Rockport citizens their opinion about building a new library on the former Rockport Elementary School site on West Street. Instead, the board voted unanimously to work this evening at its regularly scheduled meeting to augment the referendum language to include options for voters to consider.

Read: Rockport leaders want a rewrite on library referendum before placing on November ballot

The referendum — “Do you agree that the town of Rockport should develop a plan for a new library on the RES site, provided that the current ball fields are preserved and pending community input on design and budget?” — had been crafted by the Rockport Library Committee, an elected board of five citizens.

The committee’s chairman Kathleen Meil had asked the Rockport Select Board July 14 to place it on the November ballot, saying, “the Library Committee respectfully requests that all Rockport voters have the opportunity to vote for or against developing a plan for a new library on a portion of the RES site, adjacent to the ball fields, this November.”

The Library Committee had said it needed public input from a broad range of townspeople before it could consider how to move forward with either pursuing plans for a new library at the RES site, expanding at the existing site, or considering something else entirely.

Three of the selectmen, however, said Aug. 5 that they did not like the wording of the referendum, and wanted to add options to the ballot that reflected alternative options for the future of the library.


In other town business

The selectmen will also this evening consider:

Appointing Bob Kennedy to the Conservation Commission

Approve the changes to Sign Ordinance (reference needed) and Entertainment Ordinance (reference needed) for the November Special Town Meeting Warrant

Briefing to the Select Board regarding recommendations to improve the Ordinance Review Committee process

Explain what needs to be done to keep on the radar and tap the CEDS money in regards to extending/linking the sewer along Route 1 and extending the fiber optic

Discuss the “future” of the town’s Comprehensive Plan.

Hear a request by the Camden Hills Regional High School to waive or reduce the fees for the 100 percent community-donated bleacher project at the CHRHS Athletic Fields

Discuss and approve the wording for the proposed Town Charter amendments for the November Special Town Meeting Warrant

a. Discussion regarding mission and composition of the Water Quality Committee

Approve the wording of the Bond Warrant Articles for the November Special Town Meeting Warrant

Set the date for the Public Hearing on all warrant articles as Monday, September 8, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Appoint Scott Bickford as Interim Health Officer

Discussion and vote on the Vice President and Executive Committee members for the Maine Municipal Association (MMA) Executive Committee

Make recommendations regarding which town committee bylaws should be revised

Acceptance of a Harbor Donation in the amount of $25,000 from the Cascade Foundation

And meet as Wastewater Commissioners to:

Commitment of Sewer User Rates for the period of June 2014

Adopt a Resolution for the CWSRT loan (sewer extension) 


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