Hall and Hamilton win Select Board seats in Rockport

By Louis Bettcher | Jun 13, 2018
Photo by: Louis Bettcher Debra Hall and Jeff Hamilton attend a candidates forum in Rockport on May 16.

Rockport — Jeff Hamilton and Debra Hall have been elected to serve on the Rockport Select Board, each for a term of three years. The two ran alongside John Alexander for the two vacant seats on the board.

Hall received 669 votes, Hamilton received 427 and Alexander received 334.

Hall is an attorney who has specialized in arbitration and negotiating re-insurance contracts. Before moving to Rockport, she served as a village clerk and on historical committees, as well as on a home-owner association board. She has served on Rockport's Technology Committee and is president of the PenBay Ringers Board, through which she has been active in fundraising events to benefit local charities.

"I've spent a lot of time representing other people and that's one of my passions," said Hall at a candidates forum last month. Hall describes herself as fiscally conservative, and said that one of her goals if elected was to pursue economic development in Rockport.

Jeff Hamilton was raised in Rumford and studied chemical engineering at the University of Maine. Hamilton is the plant manager at the DuPont facility in Rockland, and lives in Rockport with his wife Diane; the pair have four grown children. He is a member of the Camden Rotary Club, Rockport's Harbor Committee and serves on the PenBay Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

"I can contribute significantly to the success of Rockport. It is time to focus on the future in our town. There are old issues to bring closure to and new issues to move forward," said Hamilton on May 16.

Ken McKinley was elected to a  one-year seat on the Select Board; McKinley currently had previously served as Chairman. McKinley ran unopposed and received 852 votes. The one-year term is the remainder of a seat previously held by Brendan Riordan and Tom Gray, who both resigned.

Helen Shaw was elected to one of three available seats on the Library Committee. The seat is for a three-year term and she received 786 votes . Shaw also ran unopposed and was elected to serve on the Budget Committee for a term of three years. She received 785 votes for this position.

Marcia Dietrich was elected to serve concurrently on the SAD 28 and Five Town CSD School Boards for an additional three years. She ran unopposed and received 805 votes. Carole Gartley ran unopposed and was elected to serve a one-year term on the SAD 28 and Five Town CSD School Boards. She received 835 votes.

Voters approved each of the eight warrant articles on the ballot, which ranged from amendments to the town's land-use ordinance to Rockport's Coastal Waters and Harbor Ordinance. These included:

Article 3 involved changing zone district boundaries which had been approved at last year's town meeting. The article calls for replacing a 2013 zoning map with a new 2018 edition which includes clarification of building footprints within the town's mixed business/residential zoning districts. The article passed in a vote of 854 to 148.

Article 5 will delete places where "special exception" appeared in the land-use ordinance and replace them with "permitted" for various uses throughout some of the town's zoning districts. As a result, these uses would no longer require an exception from the town, but would be permitted. The article passed in a vote of 831 to 163.

Article 8 will replace Section 703.3 of the LUO, currently titled "special exceptions," with a new section 919, titled "conditional uses." The article also calls for the "removal of jurisdiction from the zoning board of appeals to the planning board; simplified criteria of approval; and revising "SE" to read "CU" everywhere it appears on the Section 917 Table of Permitted Uses." This passed in a vote of 733 to 130.

The amendment to the town's Harbor Ordinance, Article 10,  will allow special exceptions from certain requirements upon a recommendation from the harbor committee and approval by the select board. The article passed in a vote of 742 to 134.

 

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