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The schooner Heron not docking in Rockport

By Jackson Long | Jun 23, 2020
Debra Hall, chairwoman of the Rockport Select Board, participates in the socially distanced board meeting.

Rockport — "We've been notified that the schooner Heron will not be able to dock in the harbor this summer," Town Manager Bill Post stated in his report that he gave at the June 22 Select Board meeting. This is a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The crew of the Heron cannot leave their current location. They will be paying their dock lease so that they will have a spot to dock next year. "We won't be charging them obviously for electrical or water use because there won't be any," Post said.

The gutters on the Public Safety Building were discovered to be "old, brittle, and cracked." The gutters were replaced with seamless gutters, at a cost of $1,500, which came from the budget.

A proposal request for landscaping at the new Rockport library was completed and sent out to eight different companies on June 10 by Post. The bids are due back on July 2 and will be presented to to the board at their July 13 meeting.

The contract with Rick Bates as the library consultant ends on June 30. Bates asked if he could continue to provide construction reports after his contract ends at no cost to the town. Post authorized him to continue to provide reports until the end of the project.

Points North Institute and Camden International Film Festival staff continue to work with the town to launch the drive-in movie theatre. The drive-in theatre will be at the former Rockport Elementary School site and is on track to begin in July. "I'm working on a very short lease for them that will outline the expectations on both parties," Post stated.

Also at the meeting was an agreement with the Town of Camden for Police Chief services. Denise Munger made a motion to approve the joint agreement. Jeffrey Hamilton seconded the motion. Chair Debra Hall in the discussion segment thanked Police Chief Randy Gagne. "Thank you Randy for the great job that you do and I am happy to be renewing this contract."  The motion was then voted on and passed unanimously.

After the vote Chief Gagne said "I look forward to the next three years. Law enforcement has some troubled times ahead but I still love doing this job everyday."

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