Rockport approves infrastructure bond

By Gabriel Blodgett | Nov 05, 2019
Photo by: Gabriel Blodgett Rockport voters approved a $1.63 million infrastructure bond Nov. 5.

Rockport — Rockport residents approved a $1,632,000 infrastructure bond by a 324-185 margin in the Nov. 5 election.

Of the $1.6 million, $1,030,000 will go toward road paving. The bond also includes $163,000 for repairs to the town pier, $15,000 for exhaust removal systems at each of the public safety and public works buildings, a combined $115,000 for paving the Town Office, harbor, and public safety parking lots, and $250,000 for sidewalk repairs.

The list of roads includes Park Street, Old Rockland Street, South Street, Beech Hill Road, Gurney Street, Mill Street and Camden Street.

The bond was recommended by the Select Board by a 4-0 margin with one member absent. The Budget Committee, however, recommended rejecting the bond by a 3-2 margin with four absences.

Finance Director Megan Brackett previously noted at several discussions of the bond that the town would need to budget approximately $800,000 each year for paving to maintain the town’s roads.

 

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