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Recreation program is focus of Wednesday evening meeting in Rockland

By Stephen Betts | Jan 18, 2021
Photo by: Stephen Betts Flanagan Community Center

Rockland — The public can offer its suggestions on the future of the city's recreation program  at a City Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday evening.

The online meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 20.

The meeting is being held via Zoom.The meeting ID number is 827 9441 7239 and the password 583192 to enter the meeting. People can also connect to the meeting by telephone at 1-646-558-8656.

People can also email in their comments or questions to Rockland City Manager Tom Luttrell at tluttrell@rocklandmaine.gov.

The discussion will focus on whether the city should operate its own recreation department or contract with an outside organization.

The Penobscot Bay YMCA ended its contract with the city as of Dec. 31 and the Flanagan Community Center is closed until further notice.

The YMCA had been operating the city's recreation program since Oct. 1, 2015. The proposal was initially met with opposition and skepticism by many residents who wanted to continue with Rockland operating its own department.

The Council voted in June 2018 to renew the contract for another two years, which was met by widespread support and praise from the community for the non-profit organization based in Rockport.

The city had been paying $139,000 annually in 2020. In the final year that Rockland operated recreation as a department, the budget for the department was $300,000.

After the recreation discussion, the City Council will hold a closed-door meeting with the Rockland Planning Board and the attorney the city hired to represent it in the federal lawsuit filed by Bay Communications III over the refusal of the Planning Board to approve its cell tower proposed for Camden Street. Bay Communications has asked the court to find Rockland in contempt of court for not following through on the settlement approved by the Council.

The Council is also scheduled to vote Jan. 20 to close the eastern portion of Oak Street to vehicle traffic until further notice. Business owners will be responsible for clearing the road of snow. The move is being proposed to allow outdoor service.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: ANANUR FORMA | Jan 19, 2021 08:52

ok, thx Steve.



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