By Stephen Betts | Apr 03, 2021
Rockland — The controversy that lasted for months between the Midcoast College of Know-how and the Rockland Planning Board has ended quietly with the varsity deciding to not erect a fence.
Know-how College Director Bobby Deetjen stated April 2 that the Board voted to not have a fence across the sides and again of the varsity.
“The advice was made after discussions with the general public, college employees, and Rockland management,” Deetjen stated.
The seemingly innocuous plan for a fence met opposition from metropolis residents who stated the situation of the fence would lower off a waterfront path behind the varsity.
The Rockland Planning Board insisted that the fence not block the trail however the college had maintained that the fence was mandatory for security on the college.
The college started having posts for the fence put in in September 2019 regardless of no allow being issued.
Then Rockland Code Enforcement Officer John Root warned the Area 8 Cooperative Board in a Sept. 10 cease work order that it risked fines of $2,500 per day and revocation of its short-term allow to make use of the constructing if it did not comply together with his order to cease constructing the fence.
The controversy dissipated throughout the COVID-19 shutdown of spring 2020 and didn’t resume when in-person education resumed final fall. The college had withdrawn its utility for the fence final yr however had not given up submitting it once more when the occupancy allow was issued by town.
Regional College Unit 13 Board member Gerald Weinand, who additionally serves on the vocational college board, instructed RSU 13 Board members at its April 1 assembly that MCST deliberate to take away the posts and to promote the fencing it had bought.