Emmott wants city to attract younger generations

By Stephen Betts | Sep 30, 2019

Rockland — Ian Emmott said Rockland should be more aggressive in making itself attractive for the younger generations.

Emmott is one of four candidates seeking two seats on the Rockland City Council in the Nov. 5 election.

"Our aging population is the greatest challenge in the long term," Emmott said. "I would go so far as to offer a major tax property tax incentive for veterans discharged within the last 10 years who purchase a home in Rockland and plan to stay for at least five years. Veterans are entitled to a host of federal programs to get them on their feet after discharge, such as the VA home loan with no money down, Vocational Rehab, the post-9/11 GI Bill to pay for on-the-job training, access to health care and small business planning at no expense when entitled. Let’s attract this population by all means necessary," Emmott said.

He said he wants to serve on the City Council to "project an image that although we have our issues as a city, Rockland is still a great place to buy a home and raise a family.

"My wife and I moved back here the day after Christmas 2015 and bought an old house to restore on Talbot Avenue, recently welcoming our first child. In Massachusetts we could not afford a house of our own, but in Rockland we were able to make that happen, with some hard work and dedication. I feel I have ideas that can move Rockland forward and keep this town working-class," Emmott said.

The candidate said supports the current limits on large cruise ships entering Rockland Harbor.

Emmott said he does not support any regulation that places a cap on short-term rentals.

He said he supports the effort to reduce lot sizes and setbacks to increase housing stock. "I would be more in favor of designating a 'tiny home' neighborhood that can be parceled out and developed. MacDougal Park would be a starting point in creation of such a neighborhood, if we could legally remove the 1931 deed restriction," Emmott said.

The candidate said the expansion of Yachting Solutions Inc.'s marina would significantly block the public view from Harbor Park with larger vessels so close to shore. "I vehemently oppose the expansion, Emmott said.

He said he supports retail marijuana stores, so long as they are locally owned small businesses and the product is locally grown.

Emmott said he supports relocating City Hall to the McLain School in an effort to consolidate local government. He said he would seek to lease out any additional space to other state agencies.

"I am very interested in seeing the current City Hall property used in a manner that mirrors our current industrial park. It would be even more ideal if we could join the current City Hall property with the existing industrial park in some form to include part of the current public works location as space allows," he said.

The candidate said preventive maintenance of city roads should be budgeted annually, or bonded if necessary. "Many municipalities find success with a five-year revolving paving maintenance plan that is revised year by year through a city project engineer in public works," he said.

Emmott served in the Coast Guard, including time in Rockland, and now works with disabled veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs. He serves on the Rockland Port District. That term expires in November.

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