The city will hold the first in a series of workshops on local bond questions on the Nov. 8 ballot at City Hall, in Council Chambers, Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 6 p.m.

This initial workshop will include a presentation on Bond Question 2: BOND ORDINANCE – LIBRARY REPAIRS Shall the Ordinance entitled “Bond Ordinance Authorizing Issuance of the City’s Bonds or Notes in an Amount Not To Exceed $1,100,000 To Finance the Cost of Repairs to the Rockland Public Library Building Envelope and Related Costs With Respect Thereto, Plus an Amount Not to Exceed 2% to Pay the Cost of Issuance of any Bonds or Notes With Respect Thereto” be adopted? and Question # 3: QUESTION #3: BOND ORDINANCE – ROAD REPAIR, RECONSTRUCTION AND RESURFACING Shall the Ordinance entitled “Bond Ordinance Authorizing Issuance of the City’s Bonds or Notes in an Amount Not To Exceed $2,700,000 To Finance the Cost of Road Repairs, Reconstruction and Resurfacing, and Such Other Ancillary and Related Costs With Respect Thereto, Plus an Amount Not to Exceed 2% to Pay the Cost of Issuance of any Bonds or Notes With Respect Thereto” be adopted?

Eric Dube and Alfred Hodson from Casco Bay Engineering and Resurgence Engineering, respectively, will present their findings, and answer questions regarding the bond for the library.

The Rockland Public Library, originally opened in 1904, with an addition built in 2001, is one of only 20 Carnegie libraries in Maine; this beautiful building is on the National Register of Historic Places. An in-depth engineering study, completed in December 2015, details significant structural and water intrusion issues in the old section, as well as some in the new.

The bond will pay for repairs of these critical structural and water-intrusion problems of Rockland’s venerable library, one of the few Carnegie Libraries in Maine, which serves about 150,000 people each year, and is essential to preserve the building as a useable, safe and secure library, now and into the future. The engineering report may be seen on the library website: rocklandlibrary.org Retirement of old debt means no tax increases incurred for this project.

Public Services Director Dave St. Laurent will present detailed information about Bond Question 3, Road Rebuilding, Resurfacing, and Repairs. This $2,700,000 bond means repair, resurfacing, or rebuilding the most used and deteriorating roads in Rockland, including: Limerock Street (from Broadway to Old County Road); Talbot Avenue (from Broadway to Old County Road); Atlantic Street; Broadway (from Pleasant Street to the Industrial Park); Thomaston Street; North Main Street; and Lovejoy Street. Again, retirement of old debt means no tax increase for this project.

The following Tuesday, Oct. 11, Wastewater Treatment Facility Director, Terrance Pinto will discuss Preventing Water Pollution, a $10,400,000 bond, which will pay for vital repairs to Rockland’s Wastewater Treatment Plant and Sewer/Storm Water infrastructure required by the U.S. Department of Environment Protection.

Additional information about all the bonds will be available on the city’s website.

For more information, contact Amy Levine, Rockland Public Library, 594-0310, Dave St. Laurent, Public Services, 594-0320, Terry Pinto, Wastewater Treatment Facility, 594-0324, Audra Caler-Bell, interim city manager, 594-0300.