Welcome to the Town of Northport, Maine

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On behalf of the Town of Northport, welcome to our website.  This website is dedicated to the citizens of Northport.  It offers residents and visitors ready access to information concerning municipal government departments, the services they provide, ordinances and a schedule of events.

 If you have any questions or comments, we would like to hear from you.  Please feel free to contact us at bookkeeper@northportmaine.org.




ANNOUNCEMENTS



NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE

TAX ACQUIRED PROPERTY

Pursuant to the Policy for the Maintenance, Administration and Disposition of Tax Acquired Property for non-payment of taxes, the Town of Northport hereby solicits bids for the sale of the following municipally-owned tax-acquired property:

 Formerly Assessed to

 Location

 Description

 Map and Lot

 Ardon, Julio Cesar, Jr. / Amy Janet Parsloe

 17 Oak Drive

 Land Only

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A packet of information and a designated bid sheet may be obtained from the Northport Town Clerk at 16 Beech Hill Road, Northport, Maine, 04849, or on the Town’s website.

17 Oak Drive Information Packet

17 Oak Drive Bid Sheet

All bids must be submitted on the designated bid sheet and accompanied with a certified bank check or postal money order in the amount of twenty percent (20%) of the bid total. The minimum bid is $16,200.00. All bids should be sealed in a plain envelope clearly marked “Municipal Lien Acquired Property.”

The successful bidder is required to make full payment within thirty (30) calendar days of the bid opening and will also be required to sign a conditional purchase and sale agreement which will require the successful bidder to clean up, at his or her own additional expense, any garbage or junk stored on the property. Successful bid deposits are nonrefundable after thirty (30) days. Conveyance will be by municipal quitclaim deed. The Select Board reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids.

Bids must be received by 4:00 P.M. on Monday, January 10, 2022.

Bids will be read aloud at the January 10, 2022, Select Board meeting at or as close to 6:00 p.m. as possible.

Respectfully,

James Kossuth, Town Administrator



EMERGENCY BROADBAND BENEFIT

Have you heard of the Emergency Broadband Benefit – the federal program that provides a discount on monthly high-speed internet access for eligible households? This class covers what the benefit is, how to determine if you are eligible, which providers in your area are participating, and how to apply. We also teach participants how to upload required income verification documents in a format that will lead to a successful application.

For more information, and to sign up, visit https://digitalequitycenter.org/classes/class_category/emergency-broadband-benefit/.


RESULTS FROM THE STATE REFERENDUM ELECTION:

Question #1 - Citizen Initiative:

Yes - 416; No - 246; Blank - 2

Question #2 - Bond Issue:

Yes - 504; No - 153; Blank - 7

Question #3 - Constitutional Amendment:

Yes - 375; No - 275; Blank - 14


The kids 2021 Gaming Poll:

Animal Crossing - 2; Roblox - 2; Minecraft - 8




WE NEED YOUR FEEDBACK ON FEDERAL GRANT MONEY COMING TO NORTHPORT:

The Town of Northport will be receiving close to $187,000.00 in Federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 funds, and we are looking for feedback from the residents on where you see the greatest needs for these funds to be spent.  The federal government limits the categories of where it can spent, and the costs must be incurred after March, 2021 and before December, 2024.  Once the decisions have been made, it will go before the residents to be voted on for approval.  

Please visit the federal government's website at http://home.treasury.gov  for more information, including details of the spending categories.

How do you think the town should spend the money?

Please let us know, either by emailing covidreliefgrant@northportmaine.org, attend any Select Board meeting, or returning the form below to the town office.

Please take the time to give us your input. 

Feedback form for American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 fund.



MASKS REQUIRED FOR TOWN OFFICE:

Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in Waldo County, we are requiring that anyone coming into the Town Office, please wear a mask. If you do not have one, we will provide you with one. We appreciate your patience and compliance. We are trying to keep our staff and you safe.

If you would rather do business by mail, email or phone, please contact one of the Clerks for assistance. We will do whatever we can do to make this safe and easy for everyone. Together, yet apart, we will get through this.



ANNUAL TOWN REPORT:

To view the Annual Town Report, click here.





PLANNING BOARD MEMBERS NEEDED:

The Town of Northport is seeking qualified applicants to serve on the Planning Board.  There are two positions open for alternate members. These are important positions that will be called upon to ensure a quorum is present for voting.  If you like codes, square footage and setbacks, this Board is for you.   Send a letter of interest with qualifications to:  James Kossuth, Town Administrator, Town of Northport, 16 Beech Hill Road, Northport, Maine 04849, or administrator@northportmaine.org.


ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS MEMBERS NEEDED:

The Town of Northport is seeking qualified applicants to serve on the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA).  There are two voting positions open.  If you've been thinking of volunteering, but not all the time, this is the Board for you.  The ZBA meets only as needed.  Knowledge of Northport's building ordinances is helpful, but it is not all in the books.  Send a letter of interest with qualifications to:  James Kossuth, Town Administrator, Town of Northport, 16 Beech Hill Road, Northport, Maine 04849, or administrator@northportmaine.org



INTERNET SPEED TEST:

Our Broadband Committee is working very hard to sort through what is required to get broadband in Northport.  One very important item is funding.  If a town is considered "served", they have good internet and funding is not available  Norhport is considered served!!  In order to show that we are underserved, or not served at all, PLEASE take the speed test below. We will then submit the results with applications for funding.  Also, please spread the word, this is important. The test can be taken at different times of the day and more than once. 

Speed test:

https://www.mainebroadbandcoalition.org/speed-test-info




BROADBAND INTERNET COMMITTEE:

The Selectboard has formed the Broadband Internet Committee to look into expanding internet service in Northport.  Information on the committee will be posted to their page at Broadband Internet Committee.




BOAT RE-REGISTRATIONS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE:

Are you ready to get out on your boat (it is going to warm up, right??)?  You can now re-register your boat online, using the following link:

https://www5.informe.org/online/boat/



Transactions that can be conducted online are:


Motor Vehicle and Trailer Re-registrations

https://www.maine.gov/online/bmv/rapid-renewal/


Boat Re-registrations

https://www5.informe.org/online/boat/


ATV and Snowmobile Re-registrations

https://moses.informe.org/online/atv_snow/index.htm


Most Hunting and Fishing Licenses

https://moses.informe.org/cgi-bin/online/moses_v3/index


Burn Permits

http://wardensreport.com/index.php#!/frontPage




AVAILABLE SERVICES TO HELP DURING COVID-19:

We are trying to keep a list of available resources for our residents and will update as we have more information.  We are also adding local businesses that are doing what they can to help.  While we do not recommend one company over another, and due to the constant changes that are happening, we can't guarantee that this information is current, and ask that you contact the business directly to verify that they are in fact still open and what they are offering.  If you know of any other service that is available, please contact Vicki Eugley by email at bookkeeper@northportmaine.org and we will do our best to keep our residents informed.

Maine Center for Disease Control - www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc

US Center for Disease Control - www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019

Waldo County EMA - www.waldocountyme.gov

211 Maine - www.211maine.org

Medical - Your physician, Waldo County General Hospital at 338-2500, or 911

Northport Food Pantry - Irene Blood - 207-323-9742 - northportfoodpantry@gmail.com

Red Cross - 800-733-2767 - www.redcross.org

Renewal of automobile and trailer registrations -  Rapid renewal may be accessed at  https://www.maine.gov/online/bmv/rapid-renewal/





HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT OF HELPING YOUR TOWN DURING AN ELECTION:

We are looking for residents to assist during elections, either for an hour or a few.  Elections are held from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., which makes for a long day for our election clerks.  If you are interested in finding out more information on how you can help, please contact Town Clerk Amy Eldridge at 207-338-3819 X3.  





REMINDER OF PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS THAT YOU MAY QUALIFY FOR:

This is a reminder that you may qualify for the following property tax exemptions:

Homestead Exemption

Veterans Exemption

Paraplegic Veterans Exemption

Blind Exemption

Business Equipment Tax Exemption

To see if you qualify for any of these, go to the Maine Revenue Services website at https://www.maine.gov/revenue/propertytax/sidebar/exemptions.htm  or call them at 207-624-5600.  If you qualify, the form must be turned into the Town's Assessor before April 1st in order to be applied to the next years' property tax.




MESSAGE REGARDING TOWN RIGHT OF WAYS:

A reminder to residents about the Town's right of way on all Town roads.  (This does not include Village roads or private roads.)

Depending on the width of the road, measured by number of rods, the Town owns from the center to beyond on both sides of the road.  Example:  a 3-rod road is 49.5 feet wide.  The Town owns from the center to 24.75 feet on both sides. If you have plantings, walls, gardens, grasses, lawn ornaments, etc., in the Town right of way, it is subject to removal when work is done in that area.  It will not be replaced.

The purpose of the right of way, which is a long standing law, is to maintain the traveled area to keep it safe for passage.  This includes the road itself and the sides of the road to be maintained for ditching, culvert placement, etc.  When traveling on roads you need to be able to pass safely without going around overhanging trees, brush, grass, etc.  If you need to pull over, you need to be able to see if there is a ditch or drop off.  Hence the purpose for the Town right of way.

Thank you.





OPEN BURN PERMITS ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE, AGAIN, WITH NO FEE:

The free online Open Burning Permits through http://wardensreport.com, are available again. 



RAPID RENEWAL IS AVAILABLE IN NORTHPORT!!

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap has announced that Rapid Renewal is now available in Northport.  Rapid Renewal is an e-commerce service allowing citizens to conduct business with municipal government and state government in one easy online transaction.  With Rapid Renewal, citizens are able to quickly and easily renew their vehicle registrations and pay their municipal excise taxes online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Rapid renewal may be accessed through maine.gov/online/bmv/rapid-renewal/




IS YOUR HOUSE CLEARLY MARKED?  CAN EMERGENCY RESPONDERS FIND YOU IF THEY NEED TO?

Several of our volunteers on both the Fire Department and First Responder units have voiced their concerns regarding the inability to locate some of our residents in an emergency.  There have been a few 911 calls where responders were not able to find the residence in a timely manner because there were no house numbers that were easily visable from the road.

Please number your house so that you may be found quickly in an emergency, with a reflective sign that is also visable at night and is placed where they can be seen easily from the road.  Get as creative as you would like.  You may also purchase a numbered sign from the Town for $12.00, which will be made by Toupie Rooney, Town E911 Addressing Agent and First Responder, and will be available for pick up at the Town Office. 

To order a sign, please complete this form and either mail or drop the form off at the Town Office along with your $12.00 payment.  Remember, our responders cannot help you if they cannot find you.




LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ON THE EDNA DRINKWATER SCHOOL, IT'S SCHOOL COMMITTEE OR UPCOMING MEETINGS AND EVENTS, BUT YOU DON'T SEE IT HERE?  CLICK ON OVER TO THE SCHOOL PAGE BY CLICKING THIS LINK AND YOU MAY FIND IT THERE.




NORTHPORT FIRE DEPARTMENT LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS:

The Northport Fire Department is looking for new members to join their team.  If you would like more information, please contact Fire Chief Paul Rooney or come to a meeting.  They meet on the first Tuesday of every month at the Beech Hill Station, beginning at 7:00 p.m.





OPENINGS IN LAND USE ORDINANCE COMMITTEE:

The Town of Northport is seeking volunteers to fill openings on the Land Use Ordinance Committee as indicated in "Sec. 4.04 Paragraph B3" of the Administrative Ordinance.  Applicants must be a resident of, and registered voter in, the Town of Northport.

Letters of interest must be submitted to the Town Office as soon as possible.





INTERESTED IN SERVING ON A COMMITTEE?

The Selectboard is always looking for community members to serve on town committees.  If you are interested in serving you community and would like to serve on a committee, please contact the Town Office and let us know what your interests are. 



What's new in Northport?

State of Maine Unclaimed Property List

The Northport Warm Neighbors Fuel Fund

The Town Office Is Now Accepting Credit Card Payments

House Number Signs Available

Zero Sort Recycling



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To contact us, our telephone number is 207-338-3819,

fax 207-338-3596

or by email at bookkeeper@northportmaine.org.

The address of the Town Office is:

16 Beech Hill Road

Northport, Maine 04849

Office Hours

The town office is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.,  and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon


Transfer Station Hours

The transfer station is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

There is a $2.00 per bag disposal fee and you may purchase your trash stickers either at the town office or at the transfer station.