When the Rockport Select Board convenes Monday, March 8, members will hear a presentation by Central Maine Power Company representatives on plans for tree cutting in the community. The presentation was requested by Town Manager Robert Peabody.

According to Public Works Director Steve Beveridge, CMP proposes to do tree work in two areas. The first is on Route 17 from the Rockland line to Porter Street and down Porter Street to South Street. The second is Route 1 to Warrenton Street and down Warrenton Street to the Rockland line. On Monday morning, ABC Professional Tree Services workers were already trimming trees on Warrenton Street.

The city of Rockland approved the hiring of an arborist to monitor tree cutting in February, after residents there expressed concern about trimming done on behalf of CMP by ABC Professional Tree Services. Residents also cited the failure of the company to consult with homeowners even when they had requested notification prior to the work.

In addition to the CMP presentation, the Rockport Select Board will consider a request from Yachting Solutions for the town to apply for a State of Maine Community Development Block Grant Economic Development Program Grant in the amount of $200,000. If such a grant were approved, Yachting Solutions would use the funds to assist in constructing two new buildings and moving one existing building. In addition the funds would be used to procure safety equipment, desktop computer equipment, environmental equipment, and other non-capital equipment items to outfit the buildings. According to Peabody’s notes for the meeting, the project would create seven new full-time jobs.

Rockport Property Holdings, LLC has requested a change in the definition of undeveloped land to allow for small wind energy generation systems on parcels of undeveloped land in the 908 Rural Zone. Referring to the Spring Mountain Highlands subdivision off Whitetail Drive, a letter to Select Board Chairman Robert Duke from Rockport Property Holdings partner Gregg Haining, described land that is part of a 50 percent set aside, required in subdivisions, to keep land undeveloped. Haining’s letter said “the 50 percent that will be set aside as undeveloped could very likely be the best area to locate small wind energy systems.”

Haining said Monday that no formal request has been made for a wind power site, but some residents of the subdivision are discussing the possibility.

The board will consider a request from West Rockport Meadows LLC, of which Haining is also a partner, to have the Ordinance Review Committee review the zoning for a piece of land abutting the CMP power line currently zoned 908 Rural, with an eye to rezoning that parcel as 907 Business. According to Peabody’s notes, the land abuts the West Rockport Meadows Business Park and is not usable as it is currently zoned.

If either of the above ordinances is reviewed by the Ordinance Review Committee, changes may appear on the warrant for the 2010 town meeting in June.

The Rockport Select Board meeting will be held Monday, March 8 at 7 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House and will be televised on Channel 22. For more information, call the Rockport Town Office at 236-0806.