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Council to dedicate park for Director Terry Pinto

By Stephen Betts | Nov 01, 2020
Photo by: Stephen Betts This is the park to be named for longtime Rockland Wastewater Director Terry Pinto.

Rockland — The City Council will honor Rockland's longtime Wastewater Department Director Terry Pinto by naming a park for him.

The City Council is scheduled to vote Nov. 9 to name a park located on a section of the city's 40 Tillson Ave. property as "Terry Pinto Park."

The space is located on the northeast corner of the Thorndike parking lot near the footbridge and is located adjacent to the wastewater treatment plant.

Pinto has been the city's treatment plant director for 20 years. He was hired in December 2000. Prior to coming to Rockland, he was a self-employed consultant. From 1988 to 1997, he was the director of Indian River County Department of Utility Services in Florida.

Pinto took over the Rockland treatment plant at a time when it regularly created odor problems. Before his arrival, the city sprayed vanilla scent to mask the sewer odors created downtown.

The Rockland man has also invested considerable time to beautify the grounds of the facility with landscaping. Rockland's Harbor Trail passes along the property.

During the past 20 years, the city has undertaken several large sewer/stormwater line separation projects to reduce the flow to the treatment plant and prevent overflows into Rockland Harbor.



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Comments (8)
Posted by: Gerald A Weinand | Nov 02, 2020 17:46

During one of our brainstorming sessions, Terry and I chatted about running pipes beneath the sidewalks on Main Street, allowing the excess hot water to melt the snow and ice from them during the winter months. Of course cost would not allow it, but before you dismiss the idea consider how many buildings in downtown Detroit are heated - via a centralized steam plant. Lines from the plant are run under sidewalks to a large number of buildings - even ones 70 stories tall. And thus - the sidewalks there are free of snow and ice all winter.

Posted by: Rebekah Woodworth | Nov 02, 2020 06:51

Lonza person here, just as a point of clarification we're a separate company from FMC/DuPont and require no special wastewater treatment.

Posted by: Crawford L Robinson | Nov 01, 2020 18:59

Hmmmmm. Is that why our wastewater bills are so high? Why are Lonza and Dupont not treating their own waste sludge with special bacteria and heating their own restrooms?

Posted by: Elizabeth Dickerson | Nov 01, 2020 17:40

No, this is the man who is ingenious enough to save money by heating the public restrooms, which we never had until he championed and built them, with warm water from the plant. So FMC then Lonza and now DuPont sends a good deal of viscous waste water to the plant to treat. The plant at Rockland has to both use very hot water and also a particular micro-organism that only exists for this purpose to break down the slurry. That's right, Rockland has its own beasties at the plant that no other wastewater treatment plant has. What to do with all that hot water? Well, Terry created a radiant heat system that runs through the public restrooms. He's also the guy who came to me and said, hey, I want to show you this LED streetlight lamp...he had it right up in his office, on his desk. I cannot tell you enough about what my friend Terry Pinto has done for the city over the years, and what he has taught me about infrastructure, negotiation, human nature, gardening, birds, and philosophy. Inspired by him, I spent years of my life engaged in obscure projects such as identifying rogue streetlight poles for which the city was being billed and running around in a hard hat and a tape measure attempting to convince the world that street width with mixed uses, not obstacles or traffic calming measures, created safe streets. I do believe they call this "complete streets" now. Very few cities can boast having an infrastructure guru like Terry, and my life would have been much less rich without the many ambles around town having a good think about things. Well deserved and thank you, Terry, for your years of service protecting the harbor and the Gulf of Maine, and your beautification efforts in Rockland.

Posted by: Crawford L Robinson | Nov 01, 2020 12:24

I could be creative too of I had a council throwing me the taxpayers checkbook. Unfortunately I'm a payee. I was disappointed to see all the expensive Main St barriers missing today before the fairy lights had a chance to go up.

Posted by: Valli Genevieve Geiger | Nov 01, 2020 10:33

Terry is one of those amazing people, brings practicality and beauty to everything he touches. He has planted hundreds of trees in our fair city, created parks, schooner docking, the public bathroom on TIllson Ave. He gets things done like nobody else.


Posted by: Crawford L Robinson | Nov 01, 2020 09:54

Isn't this the fellow that wanted to pay an engineering company to figure out where to paint the center line on Pleasant St next to the 250 Main Hotel ... and John Root fixed it with a tape measure in about 10 minutes?

Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Nov 01, 2020 08:53

Very deserving of this honor.  Terry has done and continues to do so much to improve our City.  Keep up the good work Terry.

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