Farnsworth seeks grant to partner with Rockland schools
Rockland — A proposal from the Farnsworth Art Museum to seek a $150,000 grant to partner with Rockland's South School and middle school received warm support from the city council Dec. 10.
Councilors voted unanimously to support and endorse the application by the Farnsworth to the National Endowment for the Arts for an Our Town grant.
The three-year grant would allow the Farnsworth to bring arts into the classrooms to enhance learning in multiple subjects. It would also allow Rockland teachers to receive professional development in the arts through the museum.
The deadline for the application is Jan. 14.
Mayor Will Clayton has written a letter endorsing the proposed grant program.
"The museum also contributes significantly to the city's cultural and economic vitality," he wrote. "Its exhibitions and education programs are valuable arts and intellectual assets for citizens as well as thousands of out-of-state visitors each year..."
"The proposed Our Town project between the Farnsworth Art Museum and Rockland's schools will strengthen our community through the arts and help sustain the community's vitality through its future citizens, those schoolchildren benefiting from the project," Clayton wrote.
In other business, the council voted 4-1 to approve construction and demolition disposal agreements with D.M. & J. Inc. of Winterport and Jeffrey A. Simpson, Inc. of Sanford for the disposal of debris at the city dump. Councilor Elizabeth Dickerson opposed the motion.
The council also voted unanimously to approve closing Main Street from Park to Summer Streets Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 from 4 to 9 p.m. for "Lobsterpalooza," an annual event put on by Historic Inns of Rockland.
Sandra Schramm was appointed to the Methadone Advisory Committee.
David Tetreault was appointed to the Maine Department of Transportation's Old County Road Micro-Corridor Plan Committee as a representative of the city.
Peta vanVuuren was re-appointed to the planning board.
Adele Grossman Faber was re-appointed to the Board of Voter Registration Appeals.
Susan Beebe was re-appointed to the Parks Commission.
Rudolf P.J. Walter was re-appointed to the personnel board.
Deborah McNeil was re-appointed to the Coast Guard City Advisory Committee.
Tina Plummer was re-appointed to the Economic Development Advisory Committee.
Carol Miller was re-appointed to the Library Advisory Committee.
Daniel McNichol was re-appointed to the Recreation Advisory Committee.
City council meetings are typically broadcast on local cable-access channels, but city officials reported there was a problem with the audio for the Dec. 10 broadcast. The problem can only be fixed by the cable company, they said.
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