Recount demanded for Rockland public works bond

Posted Nov. 15, 2011, at 6:14 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Some residents have asked for a recount on Rockland’s unsuccessful request for a $2.9 million bond to build a new public works facility. The bond request failed by 12 votes at the polls on Election Day — 864 yes to 876 no.

The petition containing 119 signatures was submitted to city officials on Tuesday.

On Thursday, the city will check the signatures to verify that enough signatures are from Rockland residents who voted on Nov. 8, according to Tom Luttrell, interim city manager. If at least 100 signatures are certified, a recount will be scheduled.

Problems with the public works garage include: the trucks don’t all fit inside, the boiler has been on the fritz for years, snow blows through the broken walls, there are no fire alarms or sprinklers, and the building is not in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, according to Public Works Director Greg Blackwell.

A similar bond proposal for a new building failed in 2007.

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