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




OFFICE TO REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL APRIL 30, 2020:

DUE TO THE CONTINUING SPREAD OF THE CORONA VIRUS, THE SELECTMEN HAVE AGREED TO EXTEND THE TOWN OFFICE CLOSURE TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL APRIL 30, 2020. THIS IS IN LINE WITH MOST GOVERNMENT OFFICES, SCHOOLS AND BUSINESS CLOSURES TO THE PUBLIC. THIS CLOSURE IS TO HELP IN SOCIAL DISTANCING AND REDUCING THE SPREAD OF THE DISEASE.

REGISTRATIONS AND LICENSES EXPIRING DURING THE STATE OF EMERGENCY, AND UP TO THIRTY DAYS AFTER IT ENDS, HAVE BEEN DEEMED TO BE ACTIVE DURING THIS TIME. REGISTRATION RENEWALS CAN BE ONE ONLINE AT: www.maine.gov. (LOOK FOR THE SERVICES TAB)

WE CONTINUE TO CHECK EMAILS AND PHONE MESSAGES SO IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION OR CONCERNS PLEASE ASK. WE WILL RESPOND AS QUICKLY AS WE CAN.

WE ARE NOT ALONE IN THIS. WE ARE ALL PART OF A GLOBAL EFFORT TO SLOW DOWN AND STOP COVID 19. LETS ALL LOOK OUT FOR ONE ANOTHER WHILE PRACTICING SOCIAL DISTANCING. WE CAN DO THIS!!!




SEASONAL RESIDENTS, VISITORS, OR THOSE TRAVELING OUTSIDE OF THE STATE OF MAINE:

Based on CDC recommendations, if you have been traveling out of the State, out of the Country, are returning from your Winter home or are not feeling well, we urge you to self-quarantine for 14 days in your home. This is to flatten the curve, hopefully stop the spread of the virus and not exceed the capacity of our health care system, so that they can continue to help those in need. We have many older residents or residents with underlying medical conditions who would be more vulnerable to the virus. So please, stay home. The life you save could be your mom or dad, grammie or grampa.



CONCERNED WITH NOT BEING ABLE TO RENEW YOUR AUTOMOBILE OR TRAILER REGISTRATION, OR REGISTER YOUR NEW TO YOU AUTOMOBILE OR TRAILER, OR RENEWING YOUR DRIVERS LICENSE?  THE SECRETARY OF STATE HAS ISSUED THIS NOTICE:

"Office of Gov. Janet Mills, by executive order issued Monday, March 23, extended a waiver for all driver’s licenses, driver permits, State identification cards, commercial driver licenses, dealer licenses, salvage motor vehicle recycler licenses, driver/rider school licenses and instructor licenses that expire during the period of emergency, which began March 15, 2020.

Additionally, driver license vision test requirements are waived during this period, which allows many driver license and State ID holders to use the online renewal service.

Gov. Mills’ executive order also suspends registration requirements for vehicles and trailers after transfer of title or ownership. This action will allow private sales to continue during the BMV closure, as staff are not available to process new registrations.

Secretary Dunlap closed the Bureau of Motor Vehicles on March 17, 2020. Waivers will expire within 30 days after the end of the emergency period, per the executive order, and the Bureau of Motor Vehicles will process transactions upon reopening."

Also, for private sales where the person or company purchasing the vehicle does not receive a temporary registration and cannot register the vehicle due to the state of emergency, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles has issued a letter to this affect, which you may want to carry with you. The letter may be found at :

https://www.maine.gov/sos/bmv/Temporary%20registration%20letter%20for%20private%20sales.pdf


If you would like to renew your registration online, you may always do this at:

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



GOVERNOR MILLS LAUNCHES NEW MAINE HELPS RESOURCE:

Governor Janet Mills has launched a new online resource, Maine Helps, which oulines ways that Mainers can help others, or is a resource for help that you may need, during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

A direct link to the Governor’s “Maine Helps” page is: https://www.maine.gov/governor/mills/covid-19/maine-helps Scroll down the page to find out some of the ways that you can help or get help.

There is also additional information regarding for preparing for and responding to COVID-19 here: https://www.maine.gov/governor/mills/covid-19

Mr. Rogers – said, “When I was young and I would see scary things on the news, my mother would say, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”



THE TRANSFER STATION WILL REMAIN OPEN, BUT WITH REDUCED HOURS:

The Transfer Station will be open on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Trash stickers may be purchased at Wentworths Grocery, or at the Transfer Station, which is by check only.  Please come prepared with checks to the Transfer Station.



HOW TO GET UPDATES ON THE CORONAVIRUS:

The Maine CDC set up a coronavirus hotline. The hotline is available by calling 211 or 866-811-5695. It can also be reached by texting your zipcode to 898-211 or emailing info@211maine.org.




TOWN OFFICE CLOSURE DUE TO CORONAVIRUS:

Due to the rapid spreading of the Coronavirus (COVID19) and following the guidelines of State and Federal CDC offices, the Town Office is closed to the public, effective March 17, 2020 to April 30, 2020.  This closure will be reviewed weekly.  Please continue to follow this website and also our Facebook page for updates.  

If you need to contact the office, please contact Town Administrator Barbara Ashey at her email at administrator@northportmaine.org  or by calling her at the office at 207-338-3819 X6.  She will be monitoring all calls and emails.

The Transfer Station will be open on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Trash stickers my be purchased at Wentworth's Grocery, or at the Transfer Station by check only.  Please come prepared with your checks to the Transfer Station.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but the safety of our residents and employees is our priority.

Please, stay safe and healthy.



AVAILABLE SERVICES TO HELP DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME OF CLOSURE:

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/

Wentworth Grocery Store - 338-1897 - They ask that you follow their Facebook page for updates.  They are keeping their shelves stocked the best they can. 

The Stone Brick Oven Kitchen - 338-2600 - Pizza and other items - They will not have dine in service available, but are offering pick up service, curbside pick up and delivery service within 10 miles of their front door.  Please follow their Facebook page for updates.

Dots - Lincolnville - 706-7922 - They post their weekly menu and instructions on how to order on their Facebook page.  They will deliver within a 10 miles radius with an order of $25.00 or more.



SELECTBOARD TO HOLD BUDGET MEETING:

The Selectboard will be holding a Budget Meeting for the Fiscal Year 2020/2021 Budget, on Monday, March 30, 2020, beginning at 6:30 p.m.



EDNA DRINKWATER SCHOOL CLOSED UNTIL APRIL 24, 2020:

The Edna Drinkwater School is closed until April 24, 2020, and has released the attached letter to update families.  Please visit their website or Facebook page for more information.

EDNA DRINKWATER SCHOOL LETTER REGARDING CLOSURE



INFORMATION ON THE CORONAVIRUS:

With all of the information on the news regarding the Coronavirus, we thought we would provide you with the links for information that we have received.  We will update this as more information becomes available, so check back often.   We now have confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in Maine.

We ask that you:

Please stay home if you are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with the Coronavirus, if you can, to avoid spreading of the illness.

Wash your hands often, avoid touching your face and cover your sneeze or cough.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

Stay healthy.

For more information, please visit:

Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/airborne/coronavirus.shtml

Waldo County Emergency Management:

https://www.waldocountyme.gov/documents/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/



NOMINATION PAPERS ARE AVAILABLE:

Nomination papers are available at the Town Office for the following positions:

1 Selectman/Overseer of the Poor (3 year term)

1 School Committee Member (3 year term)

Nominations papers may be picked up at the Town Office, 16 Beech Hill Road, Northport, during regular office hours, and must be returned to the Town Office for certification no later than 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, 2020.



IT IS TIME TO LICENSE YOUR DOG:

Dog licenses were due by December 31, 2019, and as of February 1, 2020, there is now an additional $25.00 state mandated late fee.  If you have not already licensed your dog, please do so as soon as possible.

You must provide (if we don't currently have on record) proof of a current rabies vaccination. 

Licenses are $6.00 per year for a spayed/neutered dog (altered) and $11.00 per year for a not spayed/neutered dog (unaltered).  If your dog has been spayed/neutered since it was last licensed, you must bring proof of spaying/neutering from your veterinarian.

Dog licensing ensures rabies vaccination, which protects the health of your pet.

Stop by the office soon and license your pooch!



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.  



TRANSFER STATION RECEIVES HIGH PRAISE IN UNEXPECTED  INSPECTION:

We recently had an unexpected inspection of the Transfer Station by the Department of Environmental Protection.  The Inspector told our supervisor, Tim Patten, that it was in the top five of the best transfer stations and inspections that they have done.  Neat, clean and well taken care of!!!  A big THANK YOU to Tim Patten and Drexel Bailey for keeping the area in great shape.  Well done guys!!!




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 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.

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 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.

http://www.waldocountyme.gov/ema/index.html



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.




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 Administrator Barbara Ashey by either stopping by the office, phone 338-3819 X6 or email administrator@northportmaine.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?

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, 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.

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.