Rockland Public Restroom nearly ready

By Larry Di Giovanni | May 20, 2014
Photo by: Larry Di Giovanni John Dutcher, a city of Rockland Pollution Control Facility supervisor, stands outside the nearly completed Rockland Public Restroom May 20.

Rockland — The Rockland Public Restroom on Tillson Avenue next to the Thorndike Building should be ready to open by June 1, project supervisor John Dutcher said May 20.

The 600-square-foot building, financed by the city from $150,000 in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) revenue, will offer three toilets in the women's restroom, and two toilets plus a urinal in the men's restroom. There will be baby-changing stations in each. Free municipal parking will be offered in a lot directly across the street.

Terry Pinto, director of the city's Pollution Control Facility with offices nearby, noted that, "Most stores downtown don't have public bathrooms." The Rockland Public Restroom is sure to be used by visitors and residents.

 

 

 

 

 

Comments (7)
Posted by: Denise Rene' Ames | May 21, 2014 20:21

Hooray for Downtown Rockland !! Business's downtown that do not have these facilities are very appreciative of this !! This will only improve and enhance visitors trips to Rockland, as they fuel our local economy !

 



Posted by: Richard Randall | May 21, 2014 16:13

I thought it was a pretty good comment Jim!



Posted by: Sumner Kinney | May 21, 2014 13:21

Jim, I am on your team however your comment to our friend Ms. Reitman was over the top for this forum.  Keep up your great work Jim.

 



Posted by: Susan P Reitman | May 20, 2014 23:57

Mr. J.M. cool your jets!  What was so negative about my post?  I just asked realistic questions.  I am a retired Registered Nurse and I am just thinking about the public health concerns associated with the restrooms that everyone and their brother will be using.  Sorry you have a problem with my posts and my suggestion to you is DO NOT READ THEM.  By the way I am not interested in cleaning the bathrooms; although, the city needs them for the tourists I just hope they keep them clean as possible.



Posted by: Catherine Cooper | May 20, 2014 23:13

Paper liners would be good for these bathrooms. But having said that would doing the "pee dance" all the way home be a better option? Restrooms in the restaurants are for customer's only. Be thankful for them. Hover and pee and do what I do, bring hand sanitizer everywhere with you.



Posted by: Jim Gamage | May 20, 2014 21:13

For someone who so much to say and is so negative about everything, might I suggest you step up to the plate and volunteer to clean them to your standards.



Posted by: Susan P Reitman | May 20, 2014 18:26

Who will be responsible for cleaning the restrooms and how often will they be cleaned. With MRSA and other antibiotic resistant germs it will be very important that the restrooms be kept scrupulously clean.  My biggest pet peeve about women's public restrooms is that many of them do not furnish the paper liners that you put on the toilet seat; I hope the paper liners are in the restrooms.



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Larry Di Giovanni, a veteran journalist with more than 20 years of experience, is returning to his daily reporting roots in order to cover the city of Rockland for The Courier-Gazette. Originally from Athens, Ohio, his family includes one son, Tony.

Di Giovanni has covered news beats ranging from the city of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., to the largest tribal government in the United States — the Navajo Nation. He has also worked as a writer in the public education and higher education fields. He's an animal enthusiast and loves dogs.

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