June 22, 2018
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Harden wins fourth term on Rockland City Council

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — Councilor Brian Harden is heading into his fourth consecutive term on the City Council.

Voters decided Tuesday 1,488 to 867 to re-elect Harden over challenger Dale Hayward.

“I’m really pleased to see such a large turnout in an off year,” Harden said late Tuesday night. “I’m excited, and pleased and thankful to the people that voted for me.”

The 2010 council will have the same makeup as the 2009 council. Two seats will be up for election next year.

Harden campaigned for stabilizing property taxes and continuing to emphasize economic development.

Rockland voters also chose two board members for RSU 13 — Steven M. Dyer, who received 2,071 votes in an uncontested bid for a three-year term, and Patricia J. Moran Wotton, who will serve a one-year term. She received 1,418 votes, and Jacob R. Collins got 588.

Ria Biley ran unopposed for a one-year term as city warden, garnering 2,094 votes; Richard G. Spear got 2,130 as the only name on the ticket for a five-year term on the Rockland Port District; and Patricia K. Harden got 2,075 votes in her unopposed bid for a one-year term as Rockland Ward Clerk.

Voters also decided in favor of borrowing $2.8 million for infrastructure repairs, including critical stormwater and sewer repairs. That bond ordinance passed by 1,662 to 832.

City Manager Rosemary Kulow said some of the projects included in the bond package are a $288,000 repair of the Maverick Street sewer, a $126,000 upgrade for the Brewster Street sewer, and $1.1 million for repairs to sewer systems in the downtown and areas west of Union Street.

“I’m thrilled that the citizens see the need to update this very old infrastructure and try to repair the problems that we’ve been having over many, many years,” she said Wednesday. “It will be quite an ambitious construction season for us.”

The city may have to borrow less than the $2.8 million because funding might be available through U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development organization grants and loans and Community Development Block Grants, Kulow said, adding that the construction spending should help local contractors.



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