ROCKLAND, Maine — The city and Penobscot Bay YMCA will hold a forum next week to gather public input on the future of recreational programs in the community.
“The City of Rockland and the Penobscot Bay YMCA have been discussing recreational programming arrangements generated from the city budget process. These discussions have been productive but have taken place exclusively between administrators and managers of the two organizations,” City Manager James Chaousis stated a news release. “At this point the City and the YMCA would like to engage the public to receive feedback regarding expectations of this joint venture. We will consider this information when constructing future collaboration.”
The forum is scheduled for 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 15, at Rockland City Hall.
Chaousis and YMCA Executive Director Troy Curtis will lead the discussion. Questions, comments about the general subject of recreation will be held, according to the city manager.
Councilor Larry Pritchett said at Monday night’s City Council meeting that councilors have heard from the public about the need for access by Rockland residents to programs. Mayor Frank Isganitis said that a lease with the YMCA will only make sense if the arrangement improves services.
The City Council voted June 8 to negotiate with the YMCA to operate the city’s recreation programs.