Rockport Select Board to go on tour
Rockport — The five-member Rockport Select Board is taking several meetings on the road in an effort to gather input on citizens' vision for the future of the town.
Board members have organized seven meetings in September and October throughout the various villages of the town, one for the business community, as well as a recap and follow-up meeting.
William Chapman, Rockport Select Board chairman, said the board would like to hear from as many people as possible at these meetings. Some of the input may have an impact on next year's budget, the five-year capital improvement plan or sewer line extensions. The town has heard from owners of Fresh Off the Farm and Rockport Steel to ask if the sewer line could be expanded further down Route 1, he said. It now stops at State of Maine Cheese Company. Town officials, however, would like to hear thoughts from other businesses and homeowners along that stretch of highway, Chapman said.
"We want to hear from people so we know what they are thinking; there is only five of us. While people come to town meeting, we don't have much of a discussion of where the future of Rockport should be," Chapman said.
Chapman said some years ago, he estimated 10 or 15 years, but it could be less than that, the select board used to hold similar listening tours, but for whatever reason it was stopped. He said it may have been when the town's comprehensive plan came into existence since the committee was visiting the villages when it was being compiled.
"We do all of these goal settings [workshops] and work like that and we don't go out and seek input from the various villages, so we decided to do it," the chairman said.
The select board compiled a list of six generic questions that apply to all the communities as a prompt to get the "creative juices flowing," he said. The board also will welcome any other input from the communities.
The questions are: What makes it special to live in your neighborhood? What suggestions do you have to improve your neighborhood? How do you feel about development and would an extension of the wastewater system be helpful? How would you like to see the Rockport Elementary School East property development and thoughts on seeing the library relocate to the facility? What has been your experience, negative or positive, dealing with town government? What town facilities do you use?
The workshop dates are:
- Rockville: Wednesday, Sept. 12, 7 p.m., Rockville Community Chapel,
- Glen Cove: Tuesday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m., Riley School,
- Simonton Corner: Wednesday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m., Rockport Masonic Center,
- West Rockport: Tuesday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m., West Rockport Baptist Church,
- Rockport businesses: Tuesday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m., Rockport Opera House,
- Rockport Village: Thursday, Oct. 11, 7 p.m., Rockport Town Office,
- Tour recap and follow-up: Monday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m., Rockport Opera House.
"If you don't keep moving forward, you're moving backward. You can't sit still. We want to be responsible stewards for the community," Chapman said.
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