Rockport Select Board to place two questions about town library on November ballot

Posted Aug. 11, 2014, at 9:27 p.m.

ROCKPORT, Maine — Voters will be asked two questions concerning the future of the town library when they go to the polls in November.

The Select Board voted unanimously Monday night to place the pair of questions on the ballot concerning an issue that has divided the town for more than a year.

The first question will be to ask residents whether the town should develop a plan for a new library, taking into account community input on design and budget.

The second non-binding question is whether the former Rockport Elementary School site should be the primary location to be considered.

Last week, the Select Board narrowly rejected the wording recommended by the Library Committee that the new library should be on the former school grounds located next to the heavily traveled intersection of Routes 1 and 90.

Last week, approximately 90 people turned out to speak about the library and were sharply divided about the location.

The library’s steering committee has been meeting since March and held a series of meetings throughout the town to garner input on what residents want for a new library. The committee issued a report in June, recommending a new library be built at the former Rockport Elementary School property owned by the town.

The committee indicated in its recommendation a new building should be at least 10,000 square feet and estimated 14,000 square feet would be needed in the foreseeable future.

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