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City insists on proper permit as Occupy Bangor stays in Peirce Park

Posted Nov. 21, 2011, at 12:05 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 22, 2011, at 1:47 p.m.

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Occupy Bangor member Lawrence Reichard (right) addresses the media during a press conference at Peirce Park on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 20, 2011. Holding up the group's 99% flag behind Reichard are (from left) Rebecca Hickman, Jeffrey F. Joseph and Matt Murray.
Occupy Bangor member Lawrence Reichard (right) addresses the media during a press conference at Peirce Park on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 20, 2011. Holding up the group's 99% flag behind Reichard are (from left) Rebecca Hickman, Jeffrey F. Joseph and Matt Murray. Buy Photo
Bags of leaves and trash sit next to the Occupy Bangor food preparation tent in Peirce Park on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011.
Bags of leaves and trash sit next to the Occupy Bangor food preparation tent in Peirce Park on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011. Buy Photo

BANGOR, Maine — Occupy Bangor’s occupation of Peirce Park and the neighboring grounds of the Bangor Public Library continued Monday as city officials insist on proper permitting.

“We have asked them to file the appropriate event permit application, but we have yet to see an event permit,” said Tracy Willette, Bangor Parks and Recreation Department director. “We’ll once again reach out to them to determine who the primary organizers are and ask them to file the paperwork they agreed to last Friday.”

City officials including Willette, Mayor Cary Weston, City Manager Cathy Conlow, and City Solicitor Norm Heitmann reached a preliminary agreement with Occupy Bangor representatives Friday afternoon calling for the group to remove two semipermanent canopy or tent structures used for storing supplies on Peirce Park grounds, file the necessary three-day event permits, and to leave park grounds between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. each day.

“The two structures were removed sometime late Sunday or early Monday, but now there is a smaller blue tarp canopy up with an American flag on it,” Willette said. “My understanding is it’s a symbolic thing, but we’ve asked them to remove that as well.”

Occupy Bangor member Lawrence Reichard said his demonstrations are assemblies, and not events, meaning they don’t require event permits. He also told Willette that the group was unable to reach a consensus when asked to approve the agreement he and two other Occupy representatives made with city staff at Friday’s meetings.

“We’re addressing it on a day-by-day basis,” Willette said when asked what steps the city may take next.

Occupy Bangor members, usually between 10 and 30, have been demonstrating or staying at the park in tents and temporary structures since Oct. 29. Bangor Public Library’s board members have allowed them to stay on library grounds 24 hours a day and camp overnight.

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