DEPARTMENT HEAD REPORTS
LINDA GREENLAW, TOWN CLERK
We issued 1 Hunting License, 6 Archery Licenses, 4 Archery Antlered Licenses, 6
Archery Antlerless Licenses, 3 Migratory Waterfowl Licenses, 1 Muzzleload License, and
1 Fall Turkey License, 1 Complimentary Waterfowl License and 1 Complimentary
Pheasant License. Fees collected totaled $498.75.
5 ATVs and 5 Boat Registrations and 3 Preserve Maine Water Stickers were issued. Fees
collected were $333.00, which include $70.00 for sales tax.
We issued 1 dog license, which was a new dog to Rockport.
Processed 16 transfers, 234 passenger cars, 15 commercial vehicles, 7 trailer, 6
motorcycle and 6 duplicate registrations and 2 duplicate stickers. Monies taken in for
these transactions (excise tax) totaled $63,015.42.
We processed $230,378.99 in taxes this month compared to last months’ $111,385.66.
Sent 185 liens to property owners and mortgage holders notifying then that the 2003-
2004 real estate taxes are overdue. These were also recorded at the Knox County
Registry of Deeds as required by law.
Brenda and I attended a day at the Elections Conference held at the Samoset. Susan and
I attended the second day.
Prepared and had printed ballots for the November 2 Election.
Held Wellness Works Planning Committee Meeting. We set up a workshop for a
Personal Wellness Profile Screening to be conducted by qualified people from Eastern
Maine Medical Center. They did a HDL cholesterol and total cholesterol, blood pressure,
fitness test (aerobic fitness, muscular flexibility, muscular strength, body fat & lean
muscle tissue) screening. Sixteen employees participated. There was a $25.00 gift
certificate from Maine Sport as a prize. The prize money is made possible through a
grant we received from MMA. Bruce Woodward was the lucky recipient.
DIANE JONES, LIBRARY DIRECTOR
During September 2004 the library circulated 5,561 items, an increase of four percent
over this month last year (5,357 items). A total of 2,294 people visited the library this
month, or an increase of eight percent over September 2003 (2,129 people).
Interlibrary loans continue to increase as we participate in an open interlibrary loan trial
with other libraries in our MINERVA consortium. We lent and borrowed more items
than ever this past month. We loaned 165 items to other libraries and received 158
items from other libraries.
Sea-faring Days 7:30 P.M. Rockport Opera House,
Volunteer coordinator, John Teare
The Friends of Rockport Public Library sponsor the Sea Faring Days by providing
refreshments, programs, postcards, and honorariums for speakers.
On September 23 Jane and Tom Babbitt presented the first of three Seafaring Days at
the Rockport Opera House. Over fifty people attended Jane and Tom’s presentation on
their yearlong sailing trip to Grenada and back with their two daughters. Thanks to
Stacey Parra for helping library staff set up the Town’s projector.
Thursday, October 7 Biologist Sue Schubel will discuss the Cornell University-Maine
Audubon seabird conservation project on various offshore island of Muscongus and
Tuesday, November 9 Skip Strong, a Penobscot Bay pilot based in Rockland, will
recall his experiences as a captain of a large ocean tanker involved in a harrowing rescue
at sea off the southern tip of Florida during Hurricane Gordon in late 1994. He and
Twain Braden, a sea captain and writer, co-wrote In Peril: A Daring Decision, a
Captain's Resolve, and the Salvage that Made History.
Jan Zimmerman returned with her First Wednesday on October 6 with an Indian
Summer Theme and elementary age children listened to Native American stories and
painted a totem pole.
BUILDING AND GROUNDS
On September 20th Frost & Bryant completed the roofing. Laliberte painting Co.
finished painting on Sept. 24. Sun Solutions from Belfast is scheduled to give us an
estimate for window cleaning. Lermond-Goodridge Tree service trimmed and removed
trees on Sept. 28. Fire Chief Bruce Woodward removed the library’s inoperable exterior
fire alarm that was previously connected to the fire station (Seacoast Security now
monitors the library’s fire alarms).
MEETINGS AND OUTREACH
Sept. 2 Jane Babbitt attended a Wellness Committee meeting at the Town Office.
Sept.8 Jane Babbitt attended a Minerva circulation users meeting at the Maine State
Library. Sept. 15 Jane Babbitt attended a performers showcase in Brunswick to
preview children’s performers for library programs. Sept. 17 Deb Hensler attended a
meeting for Minerva catalogers at the Maine State Library. Sept. 17 Jane Babbitt
attended a wrap-up meeting of the Bay Children’s Reading Rally
DIANE JONES, LIBRARY DIRECTOR, continued
(summer reading program) at the Camden Public Library. Sept. 29 Diane Jones
attended a Camden Conference community events meeting.
FRIENDS OF ROCKPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Friends of Rockport Public Library held their annual meeting on October 7 and
appointed the board members for the year. Officers will be elected at the Friends
meeting on November 4 at 8:00 A.M.
MARK KELLEY, POLICE CHIEF
PAT SMALL, FINANCE DIRECTOR
Still working on the land and buildings portion of the fixed assets...
Received 2004/2005 Tax Anticipation Note (TAN) Bids for $ 1,500,000.00. At the
Selectmen’s Meeting on 09/27/04 the Bid was awarded to Union Trust, the low bidder
Received Bids for financing of $ 215,000.00 for real property revaluations. This Bid was
also awarded at the Selectmen’s Meeting on 09/27/04 to Union Trust, again the low
bidder @ 4.25%.
Prepared 2004/2005 Wastewater Budget and presented it to the Selectmen at their
meeting 09/27/04. The Budget was passed as presented. Usage rates had to be
increased one cent per cubic foot to compensate for rate increases from both Camden
(16%) and Rockland (estimated at 3%), and rising repair/maintenance costs which are
normal for an aging system.
Got rates on the lease-purchase for a new one ton plow/sand truck for Public Works.
Banknorth came in with the low rate at 3.30% for a three year lease-purchase.
Started the bond counsel paperwork for both the 2004/2005 TAN and the real property
STEVE BEVERIDGE – PUBLIC WORKS
1. Seeded with winter rye and put hay on areas around Town
2. Mt. Pleasant – hydroseeded and put hay down; ditched; replaced three old
culverts; graded; cut trees and brush along a large portion of the road; rebuild of
Mt. Pleasant corner is complete
3. Worked on: ’99 F550, Oshkosh, Eager Beaver trailer, 2001 F450, 2001
Freightliner, ’95 F350 and 2004 F550 to Kallis, and started working on the
STEVE BEVERIDGE – PUBLIC WORKS, continued
4. Picked up 10 traffic counters from the State and placed them on Mill St., Union
St., South St., Cross St., Meadow St., Main St., Park St., Rockville St., Warrenton
St., and MCSWC. We do not expect to get a report back from the State until
February 2005. We put these out for one week every two years.
5. Chased rain washed out areas around Town and repaired them
6. Cleaned catch basins with Camden’s cleaner
7. Signed agreements with the Town of Camden to purchase a 2003 Trackless
8. Mailed 50 brush and tree trimming notices to residents on Elm, School, Spear,
Maple, and Sea Streets.
9. Tree and bush trimming around town to allow the school busses to travel and the
children to walk to school without problems
10. Winter salt and sand: we are getting in gear for winter (no predictions). We
purchased the Town’s beginning supply of sand and salt - this was hauled in by
both our trucks and the supplier’s trucks. The sand and salt shed is now full and
ready for winter.
11. MCSWC – helped upright the dozer (glad to hear Bob was not hurt!); loaned
them the International truck to move dirt; painted lines and arrows
BRUCE WOODWARD – FIRE DEPARTMENT
During September I tested all the 1 ½” and 1 ¾” fire hose and the firefighters reloaded
the hose to the pumpers. They also tested the 4” hose on Engines 21 and 23. We tested
approximately 4000 feet of 4” hose, 3600 feet of 1 ½” and 1500 of 1 ¾”. There were
four pieces of hose that failed the test.
Charlie Pearson rewired the municipal fire alarm (Box Alarm system) so that part of the
system in the village area is no longer energized because all the users are now off the
system and are being monitored by Seacoast Security.
On 9/21, I attended an Emergency Management Agency tabletop planning exercise in
Owls Head. The incident involved a hazardous materials release at the airport and
multiple agencies were involved. Some of the agencies involved were: firefighters,
police, sheriffs, state police, DEP, schools, dispatchers, EMA, hospital, and Red Cross
I took a fire extinguisher technician around to all the town buildings to perform the
annual checks and tagging of fire extinguishers. The buildings included the: fire/police
station, West Rockport fire station, town office, highway garage, harbor master’s office,
opera house and library.
I removed the fire alarm box from the Library and replaced the filters in the Town Office
air conditioning system.
I conducted three fire drills for PBMC and two for Rockport Elementary East.
Attached is a copy of the 21 incidents we responded to in September.
JEAN FREEDMAN – ROCKPORT OPERA HOUSE
The Auditorium was used for a Bay Chamber Concerts dinner.
The meeting room was used for selectmen, planning and zoning board meetings and a
Rockport Library lecture, all free. The Boosters Club also had their monthly meeting in
the meeting room.
Total Revenue for the month: $850
THOMAS EDWARDS – ASSESSORS OFFICE
COMMITMENT OF TAXES
The commitment of taxes is on track for October 4. Tax bill are on track to be in the
mail by October 14.
PERSONAL PROPERTY LISTS
Last month the Board authorized mailing a notice of proposed valuation to the
unresponsive Personal Property owners. Taxes will be committed with the proposed
valuation for those accounts not responding.
DIGITAL TAX MAPS
New tax maps are in the office. We also have small sets on 11” x 17” paper. The cost for
a small set is proposed at $75 and a large set at $375. A digital file in AutoCADD will be
available on CD at $7.50 per CD; a set of 3 CDs holds all our data.
All data available has been installed and linked on my desktop. As time permits I will be
installing the data on desktops in Public Works and Code Enforcement. The grant from
the Maine Office of GIS has been approved and we are awaiting the contract forms from
the State before we submit the final data for review and payment of the grant.
VISION Appraisal has begun inspections (on September 27) with the first lister and a
second starting the first week of October. The inspections are starting on the waterfront
south of Rockport village and on the north side of Park Street.
Tom Ford and I have agreed to hire a local resident, Paula Moody, as the part time clerk
helping both of us. Paula started in mid September just in time to help with committing
MONTHLY SALES REPORT The number of property sales continues to decline.
Prices still do not appear to be declining. The property that continues to sell is the
newer home and it’s selling to people who are moving here. New construction activity,
both custom and builder spec, is continuing unabated.
THOMAS EDWARDS – ASSESSORS OFFICE. continued
The sales in August:
Map 20 lot 25 Off Beech Hill Rd (Rear land) 18,000
Map 24 lot 81-18 Spruce Mt subdivision 105,000
Map 26 lot 153 Rock Ridge Rd 145,000
Map 27 lot 164 Off Beech Hill Rd (Rear land) 14,400
Map 35 lot 57 Main Street 40,000
Developed Parcels (all sales but one are residential)
Map 5 lot 210 22 Wellington Dr $ 625,000
Map 19 lot 63-11 57 Forest St. West $ 279,000
Map 22 lot 3 133 Russell Ave. 357,000
Map 24 lot 37 28 Cathy’s Lane 363,000
Map 27 lot 61 134 Main Street 265,000
Map 27 lot 103 100 Mistic Ave. 277,900
Map 37 lot 90 17 Johnston Rd 255,000
Map 16 lot 61 Tolman Pond Market 250,000
THOMAS FORD – CODES & PLANNING OFFICE
September Overview: Permitting activity in September continued at a high level.
Thirty-five permits were issued, keeping pace with the record levels of the previous
two months. Both the Planning Board and Zoning Board had lengthy agendas for
their monthly meeting.
Building Permits: Thirty-five permits were issued in the month of September
including 23 building permits, three sign permits, one filling/excavation permit, one
vegetative clearing permit, four Entrance/911 permits, one home occupation permit
one demolition permit and one timber harvesting permit. Included in this total were
three new dwelling units.
Plumbing Permits: Thirteen plumbing permits were issued in September
including nine internal plumbing permits (plumbing inside a structure) and 4
subsurface wastewater disposal permits (septic system).
Boards and Committees
Planning Board: The Planning Board had a busy agenda in September including
one site walk (we got lost and wandered into Warren) and four agenda items. The
Board also endorsed the Comprehensive Plan.
THOMAS FORD – CODES & PLANNING OFFICE, continued
Zoning Board of Appeals: The Zoning Board had two agenda items; approving a
special exception for the Nativity Lutheran Church and denying a variance for
Ordinance Review Committee: The Ordinance Review Committee did not meet
in the month of September.
Other Matters of Note
Microsoft Access: With the help of Jed Sheperdson, the Planning Office has
improved the user efficiency of Microsoft Access, the relational database that is used
to track permit data.