Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Maine Today


PORTLAND

Council postpones ruling on new skate park

The City Council decided Monday to delay for a month a decision on where to build a new skate park.

The council unanimously referred the question to its health and recreation committee, which has been studying the issue for several months. The committee is expected to provide a recommendation to the full council by July 16.

City workers removed the skate park on Marginal Way a few months ago to make way for redevelopment in Bayside. Two locations under consideration for a new park are Dougherty Field, between Douglass and St. James streets, and a field off Preble Street Extension, near Back Cove Trail.

Councilors asked the committee to make sure property owners in both areas have a chance to comment on the issue before making a recommendation. The committee plans to meet at 5 p.m. Thursday in Room 303 at City Hall.


Panel to weigh benefits of elected city mayor

The City Council`s legislative committee will consider the question of electing a charter commission to study possible changes to the city charter, including having an elected mayor.

Councilors David Marshall and Kevin Donoghue want to put the question on the November ballot.

The mayor is a councilor elected by the council to head the council, usually for a year. The council voted 5-4 Monday to have the legislative committee review the issue, with councilors Donna Carr, James Cohen, Jill Duson and Cheryl Leeman opposed.

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