Rockport police, fire to weigh in on Searsport LPG tank
Rockport — The Rockport police and fire chiefs will discuss possible impact to their respective departments should a liquefied propane gas terminal be built in Searsport.
The meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 9, at 7 p.m. at Rockport Opera House. It will be televised on local channel 22.
Following a presentation by Islesboro selectmen and other considered citizens at the June 25 Rockport Select Board meeting, the board voted to send a letter outlining concerns about a proposal by Colorado-based company DCP Midstream to built a 22.7 million-gallon LPG terminal on Mack Point in Searsport.
The towns of Islesboro, Camden, North Haven, Belfast and Stockton Springs also have sent similar letters.
Fire Chief Bruce Woodward and Police Chief Mark Kelley will address the board July 9 to discuss any response their departments may need to train for or provide.
The board is also expected to discuss parking by the users of the Beauchamp Point Scenic Byway. Parking has raised safety concerns for Mechanic Street residents living between Spear Street and the entrance to the byway, according to manager notes from Town Manager Bob Peabody included with the meeting agenda.
Recently, Peabody, the police chief, Public Works Director Steve Beveridge and Assistant Public Works Director Michael Youn recently met with one of the residents to hear of some of the problems they have been experiencing. Several scenarios were discussed to try to alleviate concerns, including: no parking on both sides of the road, resident parking only, and permit parking only, as well as improving parking opportunities elsewhere.
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