Support for nursing home project

Sep 03, 2020

It would be a mistake for the city to pass up the opportunity to establish a new nursing home on Old County Road.

The project will be badly needed, as we lose the Knox Center and part of Quarry Hill. Without it, Rockland residents may have to travel longer distances to visit relatives.

In addition, we are seeing skyrocketing property taxes and increasing valuations in Rockland, which struggles as a service center to remain affordable to local working families.

This project stands to bring in $300,000 in property taxes every year. That’s a boost we cannot afford to send over the border to another community.

Nursing homes, especially well-planned projects like this one, tend to make good neighbors. Traffic will not be a major issue on the already busy Old County Road.

The resistance we are seeing fits into a larger trend. There is almost no road, sidewalk, bridge, library, business development, infrastructure improvement or subdivision that does not meet with some kind of NIMBY response in Knox County these days. The danger in the continuous fight against everything is that when a project that should be stopped crops up, locals will, like the boy who cried wolf, find themselves shouting into deaf ears.

We urge city leaders to approve the Sandy River project.

Rising Star indeed!

Congratulations to Thomaston Town Manager Kara George for her well-deserved Rising Star Award from Maine Town, City and County Management Association.

The Rising Star Award is given to a relatively new public administrator shown excellence in serving the community.

George replaced former town manager Val Blastow and stepped into a town government facing change in its leadership and transition to a new town office in the former Lura Libby School.

It would have been understandable to see growing pains in this process, but she has taken over leadership and demonstrated a strong ability to communicate and work well with the many players in Thomaston’s town administration.

The award was presented to George at the Select Board meeting Aug. 24 by Bill Post, Rockport Town Manager and board member of the MTCMA.

Keep up the good work, Kara!

Election letters

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