July 13, 2020

Rockport selectmen reject gallery agreement

ROCKPORT — After a closed-door meeting Monday night, selectmen voted unanimously not to endorse a consent agreement offered by Maine Coast Gallery.

The nonprofit gallery has been at the center of legal wrangling for several years after it expanded its building too close to a property line. The residents of the neighboring house, Dorothy and Charles Neidig, have taken the gallery and the town to court over the expansion.

The consent agreement would have had the town take responsibility for giving the gallery bad advice on its structure. It would have stated that the gallery had acted in good faith. Town Manager Don Willard said Wednesday that selectmen would not consider endorsing a consent agreement until the Neidigs and Maine Coast Artists worked out their legal dispute.

An effort to mediate a resolution was rejected by the Neidigs earlier this month.

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