Warrant articles approved at Rockport special town meeting

By Dwight Collins | Feb 11, 2014
Photo by: Dwight Collins Residents approved four warrant articles during a special town meeting Feb 10 at Rockport Opera House.

Rockport — Rockport residents approved four articles Feb. 10 at a special town meeting at the Rockport Opera House.

The select board called for the special town meeting to ask residents to support warrant articles that will help the town develop a stronger economic base by creating new jobs and helping existing business continue to operate in Rockport through Community Development Block Grants.

Voters approved a CBDG application from Kno-Wal-Lin for $390,000 for start-up costs to support the new Hospice House on the grounds of Pen Bay Medical Center.

A second CDBG application from Fresh Off the Farm for $270,000 will allow construction of a sewer extension along Route 1.

The CDBG program provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs and is the oldest grant program run by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Residents also approved amending the Rockport Downtown Municipal Development Tax Increment Financing District to add fiber optic cable as an acceptable use of TIF funds, classifying it as a utility.

The final article on the warrant asked voters to authorize the select board to spend an amount not to exceed $30,000 from the Downtown TIF to expand high speed Internet service in the downtown area.

The Rockport Select Board votes in favor of warrant articles presented at a special town meeting Feb.10. (Photo by: Dwight Collins)
Rockport Town Clerk Linda Greenlaw, left, swears in Robert Duke as moderator of the special town meeting Feb. 10. (Photo by: Dwight Collins)
Robert Duke moderates the special town meeting to vote on warrant articles Feb. 10 at the Rockport Opera House. (Photo by: Dwight Collins)
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