Welcome to the Town of Northport, Maine
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
TAX BILLS ARE ON THEIR WAY:
The 2018 Real and Personal Property Taxes were committed on August 1, 2018, with a mil rate of 14.52 per $100,000.00 in valuation. Last years mil rate was 14.43, so this is an increase of $9.00 for every $100,000.00 in valuation. The tax commitment has been posted to the "Property Information" page. If you have any questions regarding your tax bill, the commitment, or have not received your bill, please contact the office.
REMINDER OF PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS THAT YOU MAY QUALIFY FOR:
This is a reminder that you may qualify for the following property tax exemptions:
Paraplegic Veterans 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.
WALDO COUNTY EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FAIR - SEPTEMBER 8, 2018:
Waldo County EMA will host a Waldo County Emergency Preparedness Fair on September 8, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Waldo County YMCA in Belfast. If an emergency or disaster strikes, will you be prepared? Everyone is welcome and the event is free. Come learn how to be prepared.
WE NEED YOUR HELP - PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING A COMMITTEE OR BOARD:
We need your help. The Selectmen have established two committees: a Recycling Committee and an Internet (Broadband) Committee. The Recycling Committee will look into various types of recycling, what actually gets recycled, what goes to the landfill, what is best for Northport, etc. The Internet Committee will look into the possibility of Northport building its own braodband network, how many residents are interested, what is the process, what is the cost, is this feasible, etc. Both committees will report back to the Selectmen on their findings. We are looking to fill positions for both of these committees so the work can get started as soon as possible.
If these committees are not for you, how about the Planning Board or the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). The Planning Board needs two members and the ZBA needs two members. Still not sure ..... how about a Ballot Clerk to work on various elections, both State and Municipal? Call the office and let us know which group you would like to be a part of!! 338-3819. Thank you!!
HOT OFF THE PRESS - THE 2017-2018 ANNUAL REPORT, 2016-2017 FISCAL YEAR FINANCIAL REPORTS AND THE JUNE, 2018 TOWN MEETING WARRANT AND BUDGET:
The Town Report has arrived from the printers and may be picked up at the Town Hall. If you would like to view a copy of the Town Report, click here.
TRASH STICKERS PRICE INCREASED ON MAY 1ST:
Transfer station trash stickers increased to $2.00 on May 1, 2018.
MESSAGE FROM TOWN ADMINISTRATOR BARBARA ASHEY REGARDING TOWN RIGHT OF WAYS:
As work continues around Town, and roadside mowing is planned for this summer, I thought it wise to remind 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.
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 NOW 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/
WALDO COUNTY EMA HAS NEW FEATURE ON IT'S WEBSITE CALLED "SitRep":
The Waldo County EMA has a new feature on their site called "SitRep", where they will post short notice information that they want the public to be informed about, such as shelter status, warming center status, power restoration priorities, road closures, impacts of storms, protective action instructions (evacuation/sheltering in place) and other special instructions that they feel are important for the public to be aware of. They also plan to use the site during such events as canoe races and swims to pass along information of the status of race participants.
Please check out this website when there is an emergency.
TRANSFER STATION IS NO LONGER ABLE TO TAKE LEAVES AND OTHER YARD WASTE:
Following an inspection by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, the Transfer Station will no longer be accepting leaves or other yard waste. Sorry for any inconvenience and thank you for your cooperation.
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 ON THE PLANNING BOARD:
There is currently one vacancy on the Planning Board for an alternate. If you are interested in filling this position, please contact Town Clerk Jeanine Tucker by either stopping by the office, phone 338-3819 X3 or email email@example.com
OPENING ON ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS:
There is currently one vacancy on the Zoning Board of Appeals for an Alternate. If you are interested in filling this position, please contact Town Clerk Jeanine Tucker by either stopping by the office, phone 338-3819 X3 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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?
To contact us, our telephone number is 207-338-3819,
or by email at email@example.com.
The address of the Town Office is:
16 Beech Hill Road
Northport, Maine 04849
town office is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to
4:00 p.m., Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m.. to 6:00 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.
is a $1.50 per bag disposal fee and you may purchase your trash
stickers either at the town office or at the transfer station.