Warrants set for Rockport special town meeting
Rockport — A donation from Friends of Rockport Public Library, fiber optic cable in Rockport Village and articles to be placed on the warrant for a November special town meeting highlighted the monthly Rockport Select Board meeting Sept. 9.
The select board voted unanimously to place four articles on the warrant for the special town meeting including a proposed change to the Shoreland Zone Overlay District.
That change in zoning would add municipal buildings to the acceptable use section of the ordinance. If the change is approved by both voters and Maine Department of Environmental Protection, renovation, or new construction, of the library could take place at its existing location in the harbor village.
A sewer ordinance amendment, a sewer extension bond and an amendment to zoning for public utility installation were also added to the warrant.
A proposal to bring fiber optic cable into Rockport Harbor Village is still in the works and Maine Media Workshop is the driving force behind the project, according to town officials.
“We have a tremendous opportunity working with the Maine Media Workshop and the town to get this done in an affordable way that would make sense,” said Town Manager Richard Bates.” Rockport is in the unique position to be out in front of the technology.”
For-profit company GWI was contacted initially in an advisory role and company representatives noted the expense to install fiber optics in Rockport is expected to be high, he said.
Maine Media Workshop is working with a group called Maine Resource and Education Network, which could bring fiber optics to the workshop's campus at a much lower cost, Bates said. MaineREN was created by the University of Maine System to create the cyberinfrastructure necessary to be considered for high-technology research.
Members of Friends of the Rockport Public Library raised $12,000 through the annual book sale and added another $3,000 on top of that to donate to the library fund. According to organizers, there was not a single book that had to be taken to the landfill after the event.
“These people do some wonderful things to help support the library and the community and on behalf of the select board and the town we thank you,” said Select Board Chairman William Chapman. “Thank you for all the hard work that goes into making this event possible.”
The board also voted to accept the resignations of Sharon Pohlman from the Budget Committee and John Viehman from the Investment Committee. Pohlman resignation is due to her relocation to Camden, while Viehman is giving up his seat on the investment committee to concentrate on his new positions on both the Planning and Budget committees. The board also accepted the resignation of Doug Miller from the Ordinance Review Committee.
Chapman said the resignation of Pohlman has come in the beginning of a term that was due to expire in June 2015 and that anyone interested in serving on the Budget Committee should have their application in to the town office no later than Oct. 4 or 5.
“This is an important item to make sure we take care of, “Chapman said. “I encourage anyone who may be interested contact the town office and take action.”
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