The City Council on March 6 took the first step toward borrowing $9.1 million for a new public works facility and solar farm, approving a first reading for the loan request.

The money would come as a bond anticipation note from Fleet Bank with interest paid only on the amount spent. City officials expect to put a bond request before voters this fall when the actual costs of the projects are better known.

The total includes $260,000 for the land purchase, $315,000 for an architect and engineer, $15,000 for preconstruction management, $6,549,561 for construction of the public works facility (with $232,000 worth of work to be done by the public works department), $80,000 to add 3-phase power, $1.5 million for the new solar farm.

It also includes $360,000 for a new fuel system at the airport, of which the city anticipates 95 percent will be repaid from state and federal sources within three to four years.

A second reading for final approval of the bond anticipation note will be held at the City Council's next regular meeting March 20.

In other business, the City Council:

• Approved license and permit renewals for Rollie's over concerns that the restaurant and bar has not complied with the citywide ban on single-use plastic bags and polystyrene. Rollie's owner Ryan Otis told the council that the new ordinance is unclear about single-use bags used for deliveries outside the restaurant, which he believes led to one complaint. Otis also addressed a false accusation of using polystyrene, noting that the ordinance bans expanded polystyrene, not its smooth counterpart extruded polystyrene which is now used at Rollie's.

• Heard from a business owner contesting parking tickets. Joshua Ard of Permanent Expressions tattoo shop said his van was impounded for $300-worth of parking tickets, many or all of which were issued before he owned the vehicle. Ard said he appealed to the police chief but was denied. He told the council he believes the absence of an independent appeals process is a breach of the constitutional guarantee of due process. City Manager Joe Slocum, after consulting with the city attorney, offered to meet with Ard to consider his complaint.

• Authorized Economic Development Director Thomas Kittredge to apply to have Belfast named as a federal Opportunity Zone. The designation, created in the Tax Cuts and Job Act of 2017 is designed to encourage long-term private investment in low income communities.