Rockland rejects public works building, approves recreation work

Posted Nov. 09, 2011, at 12:39 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — City voters rejected a $2.9 million bond for a new public works building but approved a less costly renovation to the city’s recreation center.

The public works proposal lost by only 12 votes — 864 yes to 876 no. The $675,000 bond request for work on the recreation center passed with a 1,107-656 vote.

According to the Rockland public works director, the city will have to do something with the building soon as it is in bad shape and not in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. A similar proposal for a new building failed in 2007.

The recreation center will now go through a mold removal process and get some energy efficiency upgrades, including new windows.

The total bill for the recreation center will edge over $900,000 with the estimated 3 percent to 4.25 percent interest rate on a 15-year bond.