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Brass Compass controversy
  • Published
    March 12, 2013

    Brass Compass gains approval for park tables

    Despite protests from local veterans and family members of fallen war heroes, the city council voted unanimously March 11 to approve the use of part of Winslow-Holbrook Memorial Park for restaurant seating. The Brass Compass Cafe, owned by Lynn Archer, will be allowed to use a 10-foot-wide portion of the park for tables to serve customers. The city council voted to raise the price to $1,500 this year for this use ...

  • Published
    March 5, 2013

    Council hears sides in fight over tables in park

    The Rockland City Council met with two parties March 4 concerning the use of Winslow-Holbrook Memorial Park for restaurant seating. The restaurant's owner spoke in favor of the use, and a family member related to one of the men memorialized at the park spoke out against it. Lynn Archer, who owns The Brass Compass Cafe, has asked the city council to approve using a 12-foot-wide strip of the park at the corner of ...

  • Published
    March 4, 2013

    UPDATED: Brass Compass issue headed back to city council

    In what is becoming a spring tradition in Rockland, city council will look at a request from the Brass Compass Cafe to have outdoor seating in part of the neighboring Winslow-Holbrook Memorial Park. The restaurant has been providing outdoor seating in the park at the corner Park and Main Streets since 2005. "I'm all for it," said Mayor Will Clayton March 4. Timeline of Brass Compass controversy 2012: April — ...

  • Published
    June 12, 2012

    Third time a charm for Brass Compass

    After a great deal of debate, comments and amendments, the City Council voted 5-0 June 11 to allow the Brass Compass Cafe to have some tables in the Winslow-Holbrook Memorial Park. The Brass Compass will pay a fee of $1,200 to have the tables there from June 15 to Oct. 31. The issue was on the agenda due to an order sponsored by Councilor Lizzie Dickerson. Councilor Larry Pritchett offered an amendment, proposing ...

  • Published
    June 5, 2012

    Video added: Brass Compass tension erupts at City Council

    A four-hour City Council meeting erupted into a physical argument Monday night over a discussion of whether to put Lynn Archer’s request to use tables in a city park back on the council’s agenda for next Monday night and about reasons for calling executive sessions. Mayor Brian Harden threw his hat at Councilor Elizabeth Dickerson, and she threw the hat back at him. She then poured out the contents of a can of ...

  • Published
    May 22, 2012

    Aspen tree whittled down in park

    At noon on May 22 city workers started to cut down an aspen tree in Winslow-Holbrook Park. Passerby Rody Conway said the city was "taking down trees that look nice, it didn't need to be changed." Brass Compass owner Lynn Archer said the mayor of Rockland, Brian Harden, told her the tree was unhealthy. When she asked workers cutting the tree about its condition, they said it was healthy. "The mayor is not an ...

  • Published
    May 18, 2012

    Brass Compass owner struggles in wake of council decision

    Brass Compass Cafe owner Lynn Archer said five jobs at her restaurant depend on her being able to serve customers at tables outside in part of the neighboring Winslow-Holbrook Park. "It's 40 seats," she said. "It almost doubles my seating." She said the money she makes with the increased business in the summer helps her keep waitresses and cooking staff employed throughout the slow winter months. This trickles ...

  • Published
    May 15, 2012

    Brass Compass shot down again at City Council

    The City Council voted 3-2 on May 14 against allowing the Brass Compass Cafe to place tables in part of the neighboring Winslow-Holbrook Park despite arguments from two councilors against the decision. Mayor Brian Harden, Councilor Eric Hebert and Councilor Larry Pritchett voted against allowing the restaurant a license agreement. Councilors Elizabeth Dickerson and Will Clayton voted to approve it. Much of the ...

  • Published
    April 10, 2012

    Brass Compass tables turned down in city park

    Facing pressure and petitions from members of the public concerned about the issue, a split Rockland City Council voted 3-2 Monday night, April 9, against allowing the Brass Compass Cafe to use a neighboring public park for outdoor seating. Voting against the measure were Mayor Brian Harden, Councilor Larry Pritchett and Councilor Eric Hebert. Voting for it were councilors Elizabeth Dickerson and Will Clayton. Har...

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