ROCKLAND — The Rockland City Council agreed Monday night, Nov. 15, to extend the Trade Winds lodging license for another 30 days after the owner vowed to correct problems and to better communicate with city officials.

The lodging license for the city’s largest motel was set to expire at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16.

The Council voted 5-0 at its Nov. 15 meeting to renew the license for 30 days contingent on an inspection by the code enforcement officer and the fire chief. An inspection by the two departments is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16.

The City Council had voted Nov. 8 to reject a renewal of the lodging license.

Trade Winds owner, Aimee Liberty, sent a letter to city councilors dated Nov. 12, which stated “I acknowledge and accept that our team has not performed to your expectations, nor have we been in compliance with specific rules and regulations in some cases. I commit to changing that.”

She said the changes would include “a better timeline and communications process related to work that needed to be done with Eastern Fire Company that would have allowed us to complete projects that are of concern to our fire chief and codes officer; a more robust training program with my staff around hazards and how to correct them should have been implemented; and non-working emergency lights should have been fixed in a more timely manner.”

“I want to be a good corporate citizen, have a respectful relationship with your team and ensure a safe environment for my guests, employees, and our larger community. I will put my commitment in writing, and we can work together to reach our goals. Some ideas include:

· Weekly meetings with the city to establish a consensus on priority projects at my establishment.

· Specific timelines for completion of work.

· City input on contractors to be hired to ensure quality and compliance objectives.

Rockland Fire Chief Christopher Whytock said last week the fire department and code office had gone back to the motel “over and over again,” but issues pointed out have not been corrected. He said they went for one a week earlier and it was a waste of time. He said because of the age and size of the building there will be small issues which the owners have been receptive to correct, but not so on the larger issues.