Rockport Select Board members waded through a packed agenda at Rockport Opera House April 8.

Select board members tackled the approval of articles on the June 1013 town meeting warrant, several committee appointments, approving an increase to bag fees at Midcoast Solid Waste Corp., use of Rockport Harbor as the starting point for the Lobster SUP Cup Paddle Board race and established new committees.

The proposed budget to go out to the voters in June of $2,957,181 is an increase of 12.03 percent from last year. The articles, as read, were unanimously approved by the select board.

Jim Guerra, manager of MCSWC, presented to the board the plan to increase the trash bag fees from $1.50 to $2 per bag for the large bags and the small bags from $9 to $12 for a roll of 10. The board voted in favor of the increase, which will begin May 1.

The town has also reopened the search for its next fire chief following longtime Fire Chief Bruce Woodward's retirement. Applications currently are being accepted and the deadline for submissions is Wednesday, April 17.

The board also approved the usage of Rockport Harbor as the starting point for the Lobster SUP Cup Paddle Board race scheduled for Aug. 10 and 11. Mark Benjamin and Alex Cohen presented a logistical and practical overview of the race, which will begin in Rockport and continue on to Lincolnville Beach on the first day and from Lincolnville Beach to Belfast on day two. Approval is contingent to the production of insurance to the town by race organizers.

In other business, the board received and approved proposed mission statements from Steve Alex for the revised Recreation Committee and from David Jackson on the newly-created Parks Committee. The select board approved splitting the Parks and Recreation Committee into two committees last month.

A Capital Improvement Committee was also voted on and approved by the select board with a motion and approval of Allen Mitchell as chairman. Other committee appointments approved by the board were John Viehman to the Investment Committee, George Haselton to the Conservation Committee and Linda Posson to the Parks Committee. The board also voted to establish an Ad Hoc Lime Kiln Preservation Study Committee.

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