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



PLEASE TAKE THIS SURVEY REGARDING BROADBAND ACCESS IN NORTHPORT:

The Town of Northport is applying for a grant to help bring Broadband access to Northport.  Part of the grant requires that we have a survey to determine the need and desire to have Broadband in Northport.  The more people we have take the survey, the better it is for us.  It is a quick two question survey, so please take a moment, go to this link and complete the survey.  The deadline for the grant application is very soon, so the sooner your get your answers in would be helpful.  (Yes, this is a new survey.  We recently submitted another survey for Broadband, but we need this one as well for the grant.)

Thanks

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8B2CX36





2019 2020 TOWN OF NORTHPORT ANNUAL REPORT



TOWN OFFICE AND TRANSFER STATION CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING DAY HOLIDAY:

The Town Office and Transfer Station will be closed on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th, in observance of Thanksgiving Day, and will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 28, 2020.  We wish you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving Day!!!



TIME TO LICENSE YOUR DOG:

Dog licenses for 2021 are available at the Town Office.  Stop by and get your pooch it's shinny new tag, they will love you for it!




NOTICE - NEW TIME FOR ALL NORMALLY SCHEDULED SELECT BOARD MEETINGS:

The Select Board has changed the time of their monthly meetings to 6:30 p.m., from 6:00 p.m.  The Board will still meet on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, now beginning at 6:30 p.m.



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/



RE-REGISTRATION FORM TO HELP IN COMPLETING YOUR TRANSACTION:

If you would like to re-register your car, truck, trailer, boat, ATV, snowmobile, mooring, or something else, fill out this form, and send in by mail or drop in our drop box, and we will be in touch with how much is due and how the transaction will be completed.  If you have any questions, please contact the office.

Re-registration form



NORTHPORT TOWN OFFICE  OPEN WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT:

The Northport Town Office reopened to the public on Friday, May 1st. We encourage residents to do as much as you can by online transactions, mail, email or using our drop box, but for transactions that cannot be done this way, such as new registrations, the office is open.

If you have any of the symptoms of COVID-19, please do not come into the building. The symptoms include fever, cough, shortness or breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell.

All residents coming into the office must wear a face covering and please limit your contact while there.


To ask questions or do business by phone or email, please contact:

Amy Eldridge, Town Clerk, Tax Collector, Treasurer

townclerk@northportmaine.org

207-338-3819 X2

Robin Coombs, Deputy Clerk, Motor Vehicle Agent

deputyclerk@northportmaine.org

207-338-3819 X3


There is a drop box by the front door, which can be used for payments by check (NO CASH PLEASE!!!) or conducting business with the Town. We do not consider your item received until we remove it from the box. All transactions received through the drop box will be handled as quickly as we are able, but please understand that we expect these to be very busy times as we reopen, so it could take a couple days. The drop box should be used for non-urgent matters only.

After transactions are completed either by mail, email or drop box, they will be returned to you by mail, along with a receipt.


Transactions to be handled by the Clerks or Code Enforcement Officer by one of the means above:

New Vehicle Registrations and Re-registrations

Vehicle Re-registrations expired over six months

New and Renewal ATV, Snowmobile or Boat Registrations

Dog Licenses

Real Estate Payment/Inquiry

Voter Registration

Marriage License

Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates

Trash Stickers

Mooring Renewals

General Assistance – Telephone Only

Building Permits – Code Officer

Plumbing Permits or Plumbing Inspections – Plumbing Inspector


If you have questions for Town Administrator Barbara Ashey, Finance Director Vicki Eugley or Code Officer Toupie Rooney, they can be reached by:

Barbara Ashey, Town Administrator

administrator@northportmaine.org

207-338-3819 X6

Vicki Eugley, Finance Director

bookkeeper@northportmaine.org

207-338-3819 X7

Toupie Rooney, Code Enforcement Officer and Plumbing Inspector

northportceo@gmail.com

207-338-3819 X5


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


We appreciate your continued patience as we all navigate these uncharted waters. The health and safety of our employees and residents is our upmost concern, but we understand the importance of getting the town reopened and serving our residents needs. Please feel free to reach out to us with questions or concerns.



AN MESSAGE FROM THE VILLAGE OVERSEERS:

In keeping with Governor Mills Executive Order for social distancing, no gatherings and stay at home, the Village has closed the playground and basketball court to the public.  This is for the safety of everyone.  Please abide by these closures.  You can find more information on the Village website:  baysidemaine.com




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.





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 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, 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.