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 HEARING:

There will be an informational Public Hearing at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at the Blue Goose Event Center, Atlantic Highway, Northport.

The purpose of the Hearing is to provide residents with additional information about waste management options, and to determine if the Residents of the Town of Northport would like to revisit Article 6 of the June 6, 2016 Annual Town Meeting.

Following the Public Hearing, there will be a Special Town Meeting, beginning at 7:00 p.m., asking residents if they would like to reconsider Warrant Article 6.

To view the Special Town Meeting Warrant for June 28, 2016, click here.



HOT OFF THE PRESS - THE 2015 - 2016 ANNUAL TOWN REPORT:

The 2015 - 2016 Annual Town Reports are back from the printers and ready to be picked up.  They are available at the Town Office, Wentworth's Family Grocery, the Bayside Store, the Hideaway Diner and the NVC office.  If you would like to view a digital copy, click this link.  Stop by to get yours soon.



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/



RESULTS OF THE MUNICIPAL ELECTION:

The Municipal Election took place on Saturday, June 4th, and the results are:

One Selectmen/Overseer of the Poor for a 3 year term

Mark Humphreys - 72

John Kruger - 2

James Nealey - 1

Barbara Plummer - 1

Blanks - 1


One School Committee Member for a 3 year term

Debora Riley - 73

Wendy Kruger - 2

Blanks - 2


At the June 4th Election, the Town of Northport continued with the tradition of encouraging our under 18 citizens to participate in the democratic process.

The topic for this Youth Election was "What are your plans for summer?" with images of camping, swimming or boating, and an empty space for "Other" next to check off boxes.  Voted ballots were placed in a special youth ballot box in the same fashion as the grown-ups. 

With a youth voter turnout of 4 children, the results were as follows:

Camping - 3 votes

Swimming - 1 vote

Boating - 0 votes

So as you can see folks, the youth in our town would like to go camping this summer, with perhaps a little swimming.

We encourage you to bring your children/grandchildren with you when coming to the polls as we look forward to holding a Youth Vote each and every time the adults vote.



OFFICIAL RESULTS OF THE NORTHPORT SCHOOL BUDGET VALIDATION REFERENDUM:

Question 1:  "Do you favor approving the Northport School Department budget for the upcoming school year that was adopted at the latest Northport Town Meeting?"

Yes - 99 votes

No - 9 votes

Question 2:  "Do you wish to continue the budget validation referendum process in the Northport School Department for an additional three years?"

Yes - 72 votes

No - 34 votes




BURN PERMITS:

Burn permits are no longer available at Wentworth's Store.  They may be obtained from the Town Office, Fire Chief Paul Rooney, or the Bayside Store after they reopen for the season.



NEW HARBORMASTER:

Gordon Fuller has been appointed Harbormaster of Northport.  If you would like to reach Gordon, please call him at 207-624-2769, or email him at harbormaster@northportmaine.org.



NORTHPORT FIRST RESPONDERS RECEIVE SHAPE AWARD:

The Northport First Responders were presented with the SHAPE Award on Monday, January 25th by Michael LaPlante, Program Manager, and Pamela Megathlin, Director, of the Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards.  The SHAPE Award, which stands for Safety and Health Award for Public Employers, was conceived in 2005 as a way to recognize Public Sector employers who are aiming to provide a "safe and healthful" workplace for their employees.  The Northport First Responders voluntarily went through a very intensive review and inspection of their Safety and Health Policies and Procedures, equipment, facility, training programs, and lots of logs and record keeping documents, by a Safety Works! consultant, and are only the second "stand alone" first responder team to receive this award. 

Also attending the award ceremony was Dorothy Havey, Special Assistant to Senate President Michael Thibodeau, and presented the Northport First Responders with a Legislative Sentiment which recognized them with receiving this award.  The Sentiment was sponsored by Senate President Thibodeau and Representative Erin Herbig, and was read into the Senate calendar on Tuesday, January 26th.

Accepting the award and sentiment on behalf of the First Responders was Hank Lang, Service Chief, and Toupie Rooney.

We are very proud and appreciative of all that the First Responders do for our citizens and would also like to thank them for all of their dedication and hard work.

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 ITS KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION TIME!!!!!

Do you have a child that will turn 5 on or before October 15, 2016 and you live in Northport?

It is time to get your child registered for Kindergarten at the Edna Drinkwater Elementary School for the 2016/2017 school year.  Please call the Edna Drinkwater Elementary School at 338-3420 and speak with Marcia Brown. 

PLEASE CALL EARLY TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD!



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.



CHANGE OF TIMES FOR PLANNING BOARD MEETINGS:

The Planning Board is changing the times of their meetings from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  They will still be held on the second Tuesday of each month at the Town Hall.



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 are currently two vacancies on the Planning Board - one regular member and one alternate.  If you are interested in filling one of these positions, please contact Town Clerk Jeanine Tucker by either stopping by the office, phone 338-3819 X3 or email townclerk@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 $1.50 per bag disposal fee and you may purchase your trash stickers either at the town office or at the transfer station.