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January 19, 2013

Rockport Ramblings: Planning Board member set to step down

Rockport Ramblings
James Niedzinski

---- — Mary Ruth Sole, a longtime member of Rockport’s Planning Board, will not be seeking re-election for another term.

She wrote an email to the Times earlier this week, encouraging others to take the necessary steps and take her seat in May.

“I thank the Rockport voters for giving me 12 years on the Planning Board, a time when our town has experienced much change,” she wrote. “With the help of fellow board members and our consulting planner, I’ve learned an amazing amount about how to meld government processes with residents’ concerns.”

Website update

While the Rockport School District is switching to its new website and easier layout, the town’s official website has remained unchanged. After going down completely in late 2012, the town site recently moved to but the interface remained the same.

Thankfully, town officials acknowledged the problem with the town’s site during a recent selectmen’s meeting and a new updated site is an item on the Capital Improvement Committee’s recommendation list.

Revaluation starting

The town’s assessors are still collecting data as part of an annual survey.

This is a 10-year cycle where the Assessors Department must visit each property in town and verify all the information is correct as part of a revaluation process. Officials from the Assessors Department will be collecting more data daily. While residents do have the right to refuse any assessor into their home, officials recommend cooperating with officials to make the taxing process easier and more accurate.

For any questions about the assessing process, call 978-546-2011.

Rockport Ramblings is compiled by James Niedzinski. If you have a news tip or an item for Rockport Ramblings, please contact him at 978-283-700 x3455, or