In addition to voting on state and county referendum questions, Rockport voters will decide on two local warrant articles and fill a Select Board seat that was left vacant after the June resignation of Dale Landrith Jr.

Loan program would help homeowners make energy-saving improvements

Article 1 asks if the town should enact a property assessed clean energy ordinance. Such an ordinance is required in any municipality that wishes to allow property owners access to a federally funded low-interest loan program.

Maine PACE loans are taken by property owners to finance the cost of making whole house energy upgrades and improvements to their property. The program, which is funded through Efficiency Maine using federal stimulus funds, provides low-interest loans to homeowners for conservation improvements to their property. The loans may be transferred if the property is sold, and there is no cost to municipalities for the program.

The Select Board was unanimous in its decision to place the issue before voters.

A yes vote would enact the PACE ordinance. A no vote would reject it.

RES question goes to voters

Article 2 is a nonbinding referendum question, calling on the town to keep ownership of the former Rockport Elementary School East property at the corner of Route 1 and West Street.

The article was initiated by a citizens’ petition, which called on the Select Board to place the issue of the future ownership of RES East before voters. The petition offered two versions of a possible ballot question. Since there is no offer currently in place for the property, the question facing voters is as follows:

“Do you agree that the 7.67-acre parcel at the intersection of Route 1 and Route 90 (Old Rockport Elementary School on West Street, Rockport, Maine) shall be retained and not leased for more than five years with an option to renew, and to keep the ball field at this location as is?”

The Select Board voted 3-1 against passage of Article 2. Select Board member Tracy Murphy voted in favor of passage, with Geoffrey Parker and Alexandra Fogel and Chairman William Chapman voting against.

Charlton Ames seeks to fill six-month vacancy

On June 23, Select Board member Dale Landrith Jr. notified townspeople through a letter to the editor that he was stepping down from his position.

Charlton Ames returned papers for the post and, if elected, would serve until June 2012, when the term for the seat expires. Ames was chairman of the 2004 Rockport Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee and has been a member of the Board of Assessment Review since 2002.

Ames is running unopposed.

Polling will take place Tuesday, Nov. 8 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Richardson Room of the Rockport Town Office. For more information contact the Rockport Town Office at 236-0806.

The Herald Gazette Reporter Shlomit Auciello can be reached at 236-8511 or by email at sauciello@villagesoup.com.