June 19, 2018
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Downtown restrooms on tap for Rockland

Stephen Betts | BDN
Stephen Betts | BDN
Rockland Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent Terry Pinto describes plans for a public restroom in downtown Rockland during a Monday night meeting of the Rockland City Council.
By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — Terry Pinto said when he first came to Rockland 12 years ago, he and his wife found the lack of downtown public bathrooms to be the most noticeable deficiency.

Pinto, who has served as superintendent of the city’s wastewater treatment plant since 2001, unveiled Monday night a proposal for construction of a city-owned public restroom building on Tillson Avenue, adjacent to the treatment plant.

“This is greatly needed, and it’s ready to go,” Pinto told councilors during their regular meeting.

The top range of the estimated cost for the project is $150,000, Pinto said. That money would be the city’s match for a state grant received in 2012 to upgrade the city parking between the back of the Thorndike complex and the treatment plant.

The building would have concrete clapboard siding and a shingled roof, and it would be heated year-round from excess heat generated at the treatment plant. He assured councilors that it would be designed to be easy maintenance.

The building would be 30-feet-by-20-feet. There would be three stalls on the female side of the building and a stall and a urinal on the side for males.

Pinto said that the time for construction could not be better with contractors looking for work. He said that when he first studied the possibility of a public restroom in 2001, the estimated cost was $90,000.

The location is central to the downtown, Pinto pointed out, and goes along with the hoped for redevelopment of Tillson Avenue.

The city council will take a formal vote next Monday for giving the go-ahead to the project although there was no opposition voiced at this week’s meeting.

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