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




THIS FRIDAY, AUGUST 6TH, FROM 11:00 A.M. TO 1:00 P.M. - STOP BY AND WISH BARB HAPPY RETIREMENT AND SAY THANKS:

This Friday, August 6th, will be Barbara Ashey's last day as our Town Administrator, as she is retiring. We will be having an open house from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. so that people can stop by and wish Barb a happy retirement and say thank you for all that she has done for the Town over the past 17 years. Barb started with the Town in February of 2004 to help in the Town Office and soon thereafter became Town Clerk, Tax Collector and Treasurer. In July of 2010, she took over the position of Town Administrator, and has led with a strong knowledge of the Town and it's people, looking out for what she thought was best, but always with a calm and compassionate open door policy. There have been many changes in Town over the past 17 years, and Barb has been at the helm for most of them. We are extremely thankful for all that Barb has done for the Town and it's residents, and we wish her well in her retirement.

Please stop by and say thank you and HAPPY RETIREMENT!

While you are there, please welcome James Kossuth, who has taken over the position of Town Administrator. James started this week, so that he can work with Barb before she leaves. We look forward to working with James and welcome him aboard.




BARBARA ASHEY TO RETIRE, NORTHPORT HIRES JAMES KOSSUTH AS NEW TOWN ADMINISTRATOR:

At the Northport Selectboard meeting on Monday, July 12th, the Municipal Officers unanimously voted to appoint James Kossuth as the new Town Administrator. The current Town Administrator, Barbara Ashey, is retiring after 11 years in the role, following a 6 year tenure as Northport Town Clerk. 

Kossuth moved to Northport full-time in 2020, after decades of regular visits to his wife’s family’s home on Beech Hill Road. He and his family have been quick to show their commitment to the town they love, with James’ wife Ann Frenning Kossuth chairing the Northport Broadband Committee and James joining the Northport Volunteer Fire Department. His diverse experience as a practicing attorney, head of the Medford Historical Commission, and operations manager for one of Boston University's research centers should prove helpful when it comes to navigating the technical and personal aspects of managing the day-to-day and long-term activities of the Town.


Regarding his appointment as Town Administrator, Kossuth said he is "honored to be joining Northport's experienced and dedicated administrative team. It is humbling to follow someone as talented and beloved as Barbara Ashey, but I look forward to meeting the challenges of the job and working with the Municipal Officers to serve the town."  He added that in the 20 years he has been coming to Northport he's seen so much in the community to admire, and is "thrilled to have this opportunity to help shape it's future."


Kossuth will begin in his new role on August 2nd, spending a few days working hand-in-hand with outgoing administrator Ashey before her official retirement on August 6th. Vice Chair of the Selectboard, Jeanine Tucker said "I don't think anyone can fully appreciate the true value of the gift of someone's time and dedication to others until the giving has come to an end. My heart is both heavy and full."


Shelly Patten, Chair of the Municipal Officers, is looking forward to working with James “to approach our town's needs and challenges with a broad vision and grounded sense of community.” Northport's newest Municipal Officer, Breanna Pinkham Bebb, added that "James impressed us during the interview process with not only his experience, but with his understanding and appreciation of the real character of our small town."

Kossuth’s initial contract will run through the end of the Town’s Fiscal Year (June 2022) and the Municipal Officers say that they are excited to welcome him to the team of talented and experienced staff at the Town Office.

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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:  Barbara Ashey, 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 four voting positions open and one alternate position.  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:  Barbara Ashey, 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.  The Committee will meet on Tuesdays, beginning at 5:00 p.m., at the town office.  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




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.”




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 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 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/





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, 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.