Does Rockland need a dog park? Is it wasting money on the city manager search? Take our online poll

By Staff | Sep 04, 2014

Rockland faces a number of big questions.

Dogs were blamed, likely erroneously, for the closure of Snow Marine Park. Now an effort is under way to educate dog owners in proper clean-up practices. Does the city need its own dog park, a place where a dog can be dog?

Tell us what you think.

In addition, the City Council has voted to spend $17,000 to hire a firm to help look for the next city manager. Is that a reasonable amount of money to spend in recruiting?

Let us know where you stand.

See results from last week's poll in our attached graphs.

New On The Line polls and results are published each week in The Courier-Gazette and on Thursday mornings, 11 a.m., at knox.villagesoup.com. The most recent poll and recent results can be accessed any time by clicking On The Line in the upper left corner of our home page. If you have questions or suggestions, email News Director Daniel Dunkle at ddunkle@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Comments (12)
Posted by: Nathan D Marvin | Sep 09, 2014 17:35

$17,000 for assistance with the search for a manager seems excessive for a town that is chronically worried about taxes and expenses.



Posted by: Joseph P Thibodeau | Sep 05, 2014 16:24

I live in Rockland and have a wonderful, older, large dog that needs to run. Up until all the controversy, I took her to Snow Marine Park. She enjoyed the socialization with other dogs and the pure enjoyment of the run! Now there is no where. A walk on the leash on the side of the road where cars speed by is not safe for either of us. Please consider a dog park in Rockland. I agree with Katherine, the park need not be enclosed, just a safe, green space to let the dogs run stay healthy. Diane Wilcox



Posted by: Joseph P Thibodeau | Sep 05, 2014 16:23

I live in Rockland and have a wonderful, older, large dog that needs to run. Up until all the controversy, I took her to Snow Marine Park. She enjoyed the socialization with other dogs and the pure enjoyment of the run! Now there is no where. A walk on the leash on the side of the road where cars speed by is not safe for either of us. Please consider a dog park in Rockland. I agree with Katherine, the park need not be enclosed, just a safe, green space to let the dogs run stay healthy. Diane Wilcox



Posted by: JOCELYN WILCOX | Sep 05, 2014 13:14

Snow Marine park is an ideal, open range exercise area for dogs. It is very unfortunate that a few bad apples cannot abide by posted laws or even by common courtesy in cleaning up after their pet. After all each dog is considered by it's owner as "being one of the family"  Not cleaning up their excrement is the equivalent of allowing their child to squat and use the grass as a toilet.  You would not do that, so why let your dog? The dogs will be the losers if no resolution is found. They will again be banned from many areas they now enjoy simply because their owners are slobs. Not fair for the animal.



Posted by: JOCELYN WILCOX | Sep 05, 2014 13:02

I thought being a member of Maine Municipal Association would provide cities/towns with assistance in finding new city or town Managers. Has that changed?

 



Posted by: Larry Pritchett | Sep 05, 2014 11:22

In Rockland's Manager/Council form of municipal government, the leadership and management skills of the City Manager are among the most important factors that determine the ability of the City to provide the services and infrastructure Rockland's citizens expect and deserve.

As the Rockland community is very aware, Rockland was served by two different City Managers (& two different Acting City Managers) in the five year span of 2009 through 2013. Turnover in Manager's office has cost the City in productivity, staff morale, & missed opportunities.

City Council discussed the Manager search in three different public meetings. The order to retain a firm to assist with the search process, and allocating funds for the search, were openly discussed at Council's August 26th meeting (which was broadcast on local access TV and can be viewed online).

Dacri Associates brings a broad range of experience in the Utility, Business, Nonprofit arenas in addition to Municipal experience. Dacri's broad background within and outside municipal circles stood out to Council. For folk who say government should learn from the business world, Dacri Associates brings that experience.

In voting on 8/26 to retain Dacri, Councilor Eric Hebert noted several things: ". . . the last two city manager searches failed to provide . . . the desired result. The Council settled on one candidate, none of the candidates met all the Council’s expectations, and the candidate vetting process was insufficient. In addition, the candidate profile . . . was not comprehensive . . . and the interview process did not probe deeply enough into the candidate responses. All of the above situations can be prevented from occurring again."

Councilor Hebert also noted: "Recruiting a 3rd city manager in six years has cost the city time and money . . . undertaking another search, utilizing the same approach as was done the last two times, will not provide Rockland what it needs. Putting in place this more comprehensive approach . . . will yield better candidates. It should not be viewed as a cost, but as an investment in the community. A third misstep by the city would have a long-term adverse impact."



Posted by: Nina Reed | Sep 05, 2014 11:09

if Rockland was to have a dog park, who  would pay to maintain it? Patricia Williams



Posted by: Dan Bookham | Sep 05, 2014 10:29

Why does it say, "likely erroneously" ? The study found that the source was NOT related to dog feces. For the past 60 years NOT. If we want to talk about dog poop, let's talk about dog poop and stop tying it to something that has been proven to be unrelated.  Signed, Jessie Davis



Posted by: Priscilla Ann Shepherd | Sep 05, 2014 08:43

Why shouldn't Rockland have it's own dog park????  Rockland is a "CITY" and as a dog owner it would be great to have a place locally to take my dog.  Yes the dog parks in Belfast and Camden/Rockport are great.  However, after a long day at work it would be great to just be able to take my dog somewhere in town.



Posted by: Daniel E LaPanne | Sep 04, 2014 16:33

Really don't care about the politics of this question, All I know I take my dogs to Rockport Dog Park for the exercise and they love it its good for them and there much better dogs because of it Thank You P.A.W.S and town of Rockport.



Posted by: Susan Sinclair | Sep 04, 2014 14:11

Citizens should not be forced to take their life in their hands by nagging irresponsible jerks. The police should randomly (and often) check so existing codes are enforced. The ongoing threat of losing ones money to a fine is a great deterrent to bad behavior, exactly like speeding or illegal parking.



Posted by: Kathryn Fogg | Sep 04, 2014 13:00

Rockland needs a place for dogs to be dogs and owners to socialize.  Rockland does not need the expense of a fenced in dog park which will not solve the problem of those people who do not clean.  Rockland could have people sign up to use it the park for a small fee and be given an orange plasticised card about the size of a credit card with a large black number on each side.  These could be attached to the dogs when they are in the park.  Those that do not have tags will not be registered and could be given a gentle reminder by other people or officially by the police using the license number.  Dogs with prominent tags will not be leaving behind uncleaned poops.   Problems are more easily solved with cooperation than intimidation.

 



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