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Rockport Selectboard discusses drive in movies

By Jackson Long | May 12, 2020
Photo by: Jackson Long From top left, clockwise, William Post, Mark Kelley, Debra Hall, Douglas Cole, Denise Munger, Jeffery Hamilton.

Rockport — The Rockport Select Board met on Zoom Monday, May 5. Select Board Chair, Debra Hall, called the meeting to order at 5:31 p.m.

Camden International Film Festival

Ben Fowlie, the executive director for the Camden International Film Festival, and Geoff Parker, a multi-media specialist, brought an idea to use the empty former Rockport elementary school parking lot for drive-in movies. The board decided to bring this up later at their next meeting. They would like public comment about the idea.

Walker Park Plaque

A plaque that was commissioned in the 1980s for the Walker Park in Rockport was found by Chair of the Rockport Parks and Beautification Committee, Haunani Wallace. The plaque is dedicated to Arthur K. Walker. He was the first selectman for Rockport from 1929 to 1955. Due to Coronavirus, no ceremony will be held for the installation of the plaque.

Town Managers Report

Town Manager William Post gave his report at the meeting. Post addressed the Browntail moth problem. The town has bought the pesticides and tools needed to deal with the moths. Post also said, "We've reached an agreement with the school district to use one of their employees that is a licensed pesticide applicator." By utilizing the school district employee, the town will save approximately $4,000.

Due to a change in the Police Department union representation, negations have not yet started with the Police Department. The change is expected to be finalized in June 2020.

All town staff have returned to their regular schedules and locations. The town office has installed plexiglass barriers at the counter.

Post addressed questions about whether or not infrastructure bond projects are still moving forward. He said, "They are, albeit slower then what we had anticipated because of the pandemic." Post also stated, "The bid package for repaving should go out the end of this week, if not sooner."

David Farley, the assistant cemetery sexton, has resigned. An individual who was not named at the meeting has temporarily taken that position. Post said, "We have several individuals who are interested in the position. Linda Greenlaw and I would like to meet them and have a discussion with each one."

The Memorial Day parade has been canceled due to COVID-19.

The wastewater budget will be presented at the next Select Board meeting.

New street lights will begin to be installed in June. The project will take about a month to complete.

Action Items

The Select Board reviewed and voted on various action items at the meeting.

Denise Munger moved that the board appoint the election clerks as recommended by the town clerk. Douglas Cole seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Mark Kelly moved that the board accept the collective bargaining agreement between the town of Rockport and the Teamsters Local no. 340 for the public works department, starting July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2023. Cole seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Cole moved that the board appoint Victoria Condon to the planning board as a regular member, term ending June 30, 2022. Mark Kelly seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

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Comments (3)
Posted by: Janice Campbell | May 14, 2020 14:46

Fantastic idea!


Posted by: Gerald A Weinand | May 12, 2020 21:22

When the CMCA building was first pitched to Rockland, I asked about the possibility of an outdoor movie screen on the south facade, the one that faces the Key Bank parking lot. The idea was that films could be screened on the First Friday Art walks; not a "drive-in" per se, but the parking lot could be closed off and folks be invited to stand and watch films or bring their own lawn chairs. If the idea gained traction, perhaps funds could be raised to purchase lawn chairs for this purpose.

Not an original idea to me - I recall watching films on the side wall of a building in Royal Oak, Michigan. But one more reason to come stroll Arts In Rockland each first Friday!

Posted by: ananur forma | May 12, 2020 17:20

What a great idea!

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