Nov. 30

Rockport Select Board, Library Committee to talk about next steps

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    What to do next about the Rockport Public Library will be the topic that occupies the Rockport Select Board and the town’s Library Committee on Wednesday, Nov. 30, when they meet at 7 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House Meeting Room. The workshop will be streamed at

    Public comment will be accepted for the first 20 to 30 minutes at the meeting, according to a news release from the town office.

    “ We request you direct your comments at why the vote went the way it did, what was done right and what wasn’t done that should have been done,” the press release said. “We further request you keep your comments brief so others have a change to speak, as well.”

    The meeting’s agenda is as follows:

    1. Ad Hoc Library Planning Committee thoughts
    2. Library Committee thoughts
    3. LC, AHLPC and SB discussion
    4. Wrap-up 

    A proposal to build a new $4 million library in Rockport Village failed by nine votes at the Nov. 8 polls. The library collection and staff is currently housed in temporary quarters in leased Route 1 space, and the existing library sits unoccupied, unheated and without maintenance — a dark building on the corner of Limerock, Central and Union streets.


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    Event Date: 

    Wed, 11/30/2016 - 7:00pm