November vote

Board approves two library ballot questions

By Dwight Collins | Aug 12, 2014
Photo by: Dwight Collins Rockport Selectman Ken McKinley explains the reasoning behind the two-question approach to the non-binding referendums on the November ballot requested by the town's Library Committee Aug. 11.

Rockport — Residents of Rockport will have the opportunity to vote on two questions regarding the town's public library on the November ballot.

At its regularly scheduled meeting Aug. 11 the Select Board voted 5-0 in favor of moving forward on the Library Committee's request for non-binding referendums to go to voters this November.

The two questions that voters will be asked to answer are – first - if residents agree the town should develop a plan for a new library, taking into account community input on design and budget. The second question asks if residents agree the town should primarily consider former Rockport Elementary School site as the location for the new library, provided the current ball fields are preserved.

“This gets us going in the right direction,” Selectman Ken McKinley said. “We need to ask the question whether voters would support a new library in the first place.”

McKinley also said the second question leaves the door open to other options if the first question passes.

Aug. 5, Select Board members rejected the request to place a non-binding referendum about the library on the November ballot by a 3-2 vote.

The single question proposed at that meeting read: “Do you agree that the town of Rockport should develop a plan for a new library on the RES [Rockport Elementary School] site, provided the current ball fields are preserved and pending community input on design and budget?”

At that time, Select Board Chairman William Chapman and Board member Tracy Lee Murphy voted in favor of placing the question on the ballot as written, while selectmen McKinley, Geoffrey Parker and Charlton Ames all voted against the measure in its presented form.

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