Work flowing on public restrooms

By Beth A. Birmingham | Dec 02, 2013
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Work has begun on the public restrooms at 40 Tillson Avenue in Rockland.

Rockland — Ground has been broken and work has begun on the 675-square-foot building that will house public restrooms in downtown Rockland.

Work has been under way for more than two weeks at the corner lot behind Thorndike Creamery on Tillson Avenue.

The building — with an estimated cost of $150,000 — will include an outside water bottle filling fountain and bike racks, according to a plan presented by Rockland Wastewater Treatment Superintendent Terry Pinto.

City wastewater department staff will maintain the building and the department will provide all utilities to the restrooms.

Pinto added that the wastewater treatment plant may begin generating electricity using natural gas and that would provide excess heat and energy to light the parking lot at the Thorndike building and the nearby walking trail.

The project is scheduled to be completed for the summer season 2014.

Courier Publications reporter Beth Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at

Comments (1)
Posted by: Francis Mazzeo | Dec 03, 2013 17:50

He must be speaking of methane as Rockland has no access to natural gas as of this date.

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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.

Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.

Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.

Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 13.

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