Rockland council candidates outline views – Courier

October 12th, 2017 by admin Leave a reply »

Rockland — The three candidates for Rockland City Council tackled the issues of housing, the downtown, and cruise ships during an Oct. 4 forum.

Incumbent Councilor Valli Geiger, retired contractor and Rockland native Gregory Mason, and longtime arts administrator and educator Lisa Westkaemper attended the forum held at city hall and organized by The Courier-Gazette.

Absentee ballots are available at city hall and the election is Nov. 7. There are two seats to fill.

The candidates agreed on many items but parted ways are others.

Geiger said she has a real passion for housing and has worked on dealing with the lack of affordable housing in Rockland during her first term.

The first term councilor said there is a desperate need for housing in Rockland. She is the sponsor of an ordinance to allow more homes to be built in certain zones including the area between Maverick and North Mains streets. The council voted Oct. 11 to postpone action on that proposal until January.

Developer Stanley “Buddy” Carleton Jr. has said he wants to build apartments on property he owns there but existing zoning would limit him to 24 units and the change could allow up to 48.

Geiger said she the neighborhood would likely not be able to support luxury apartments and said public housing for low income residents would not best serve the community. She said children don’t do well when they are in housing developments with other poor children.

She suggested working with area employers to see if they would

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