Fall 2020 Notices:
RIP…Lew Hutchins – Castine’s Once Upon a Time Code Enforcement Officer.
Town & Acadia Floats OUT of the Water:
The Town & Acadia floats are scheduled, weather permitting, to come out of the water for the season sometime between Oct 21st 0 Oct 26th. As we approach this timeframe we will updated. Please have your dinghy’s removed by these dates.
Trunk or Treat – vehicles can line up around the Town Common to deliver (bowl/container) candy to trick or treaters.
House to House – A sign-up list will be available at the Town Office for anyone in the Castine community who will have candy at their house for trick or treaters. Call and let us know.
Due to COVID19, all participants, Trunk or Treat, trick or treaters and houses, should remember to practice any and all COVID19 precautions, social distance, stay within small groups and be respectful of others and their preferences.
Houses with candy should have their candy in a bowl/container and not be “handed out”.
Anyone who would like and/or prefer to send candy as part of Trunk or Treat, let Town Office know.
2021 Dog Registrations:
2021 Dog Registrations are now available. Bring current Rabies vaccination and payment; $6 for spayed/neutered dog and $11 for non-spayed/non-neutered dog.
Property Taxes DUE:
Taxes were due on FRIDAY, 9/18. Interest on unpaid accounts are now accruing, please call the Town Office at 207-326-4502 for a payoff.
Postmark is accepted.
Official Ballot Drop Box at Emerson Hall:
Emerson Hall now has an OFFICIAL BALLOT DROP BOX. If you don’t find us available or if it’s after business hours you will be able to deposit your ballot into the mail slot. It is safe, secure and we will retrieve ballots on a regular basis. If you have any questions, please let us know. Absentee Ballots should arrive the 1st week of October.
NOTE: If you are a Castine voter and request an Absentee Ballot you return your Ballot to Castine ONLY.
Absentee Voting for the November 2020 Election:
Anyone wanting an Absentee Ballot can apply online at Maine.gov; contact the Town Office to request over the phone or stop by the Town Office to request in person.
Deadline for Absentee Voting to take Ballots home is Thurs, 10/29th; Deadline for In-person Voting is Fri, 10/30th.
Election Day (Nov 3rd) Polls are open from 8AM to 8PM.
Absentee Ballot Instruction Sheet:
How to Track your Absentee Ballot:
AUGUSTA – Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap is launching a new online service today that will allow voters to track the status of their absentee ballot.
The Absentee Ballot Request Status service https://apps.web.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/AbsenteeBallot/index.pl is now live, located at the top of the online absentee ballot request page. Any voter who has requested an absentee ballot can now track the status of their request, and of the ballot itself, through the Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 General Election.
“This tracker will give voters peace of mind knowing that their ballot is on its way, and later, that their ballot has been safely received and accepted by the municipal clerk,” said Secretary Dunlap.
Voters must enter their name, date of birth, and city of residence to check on the progress of their ballot. They will see a grid that will show whether their request was accepted or rejected by the clerk, as well as the date it was delivered to the voter, and the date when the completed ballot was returned to the clerk: https://apps.web.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/AbsenteeBallot/index.pl
The tracking service was developed by the State of Maine e-government service provider, InforME, in coordination with the Department of the Secretary of State. It populates data directly from the central voter registration database, which is continually updated by all municipal clerks statewide.
Voters can request an absentee ballot via the online service or directly with their municipal clerk through Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020; or in-person with the municipal clerk through 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. All ballots must be in hand with the municipal clerk no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. 9/29/2020 07:53 AM EDT
Annual Rental Listings Form:
If you have a rental property in Castine, please complete the annual listings form for 2020 and submit to the Town Office. Thank you.
The completed form can be dropped off to the Town Office or mailed to: Town of Castine, PO Box 204, Castine Maine 04421.
The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. Lets make sure Castine gets its share!
As of July 21, 2020 the National Census response rate is 62.3%, Maine is 53.9%, Hancock County is 40.7% and Castine is 26.4%.
It’s important to complete a census for all properties, including seasonal homes!
Please respond to the 2020 US Census – You may respond on-line. Go to: https://2020census.gov/
Transfer Station & Curbside Pick-up Programs back to NORMAL SCHEDULES:
Tuesdays: 8AM to 1PM
Wednesdays: 8AM to 1PM
Thursdays: 8AM to 1PM
Fridays: 8AM to 1PM
Saturdays: 8AM to 12 Noon
Please practice social distancing at all times.
Curbside Trash Pick-up:
Oct: Mon, 10/26
Nov: Mon, 11/2; Mon, 11/9; Mon, 11/16; Mon, 11/23 and Mon, 11/30
Curbside Recycling Pick-up:
The fall/winter 1st & 3rd Tuesday, of each month will start in October
Nov: Tues, 11/3 and Tues, 11/17
Trash Stickers are T&C Market:
A big thank you to Todd Tobey owner of T&C Market. Due to these COVID-19 challenging times and closures, T&C Market has offered to sell trash stickers. They are available to purchase during store business hours.
Current Store Hours:
7AM to 8PM = Everyday (Monday thru Sunday)
Town Office CLOSED:
- Wednesday, November 11th due to the Veterans’ Day Holiday
- Thursday, November 26th & Friday, November 27th due to the Thanksgiving Day Holiday
- Friday, December 25th due to the Christmas Holiday
Mills Administration Announces Maine to Enter Stage 4 of Reopening
Mills Administration Announces Maine to Enter Stage 4 of Reopening
October 6, 2020
Starting October 13, indoor seating limits are increased, enforcement of face coverings is strengthened statewide
The Mills Administration announced today that Maine will move into Stage 4 of the Plan to Restart Maine’s Economy beginning Tuesday, October 13, 2020. With cold weather months approaching, Stage 4 increases limits on indoor seating to 50 percent capacity of permitted occupancy, or 100 people – whichever is less – and maintains the critical public health measures outlined in COVID-19 Prevention Checklists, such as enhanced cleaning practices and physical distancing. Today’s Executive Order also further strengthens the State’s face covering mandate by requiring that a broader set of entities, such as private schools and municipal buildings, ensure that employees and people in their buildings adhere to this critical health measure. The Order also expands the scope of the enforcement statewide, rather than in just Maine’s coastal counties and more populous cities.
The progression into Stage 4 comes as Maine, adjusted for population, continues to lead the nation on key metrics for COVID-19 response, including having the lowest hospitalizations, second lowest new cases, and fourth lowest deaths.
“With winter weather approaching, we must support businesses across the state as outdoor service becomes less viable and people move inside. This expanded capacity, along with continued health and safety precautions, is a prudent step forward that balances public health and economic health,” said Governor Janet Mills. “These adjustments, however, should not lure us into a false sense of security. This virus is still very much with us all across the state and wearing a face covering, staying six feet apart, avoiding large gatherings, and washing our hands often is key to keeping Maine schools and businesses open and keeping Maine people healthy.”
Beginning a week from today, businesses and organizations that serve people through seated activities – such as indoor dining, religious gatherings, and movie theaters – will be permitted to operate at 50 percent of their capacity, with a maximum of 100 people. Updated COVID-19 Checklists for these businesses and organizations are posted on the Department of Economic and Community Development’s website. Appropriate health and safety protocols, such as enhanced cleaning practices and the requirement to maintain six feet of distance between seating areas, remain in full effect.
To arrive at this adjustment, the Administration worked closely with the Portland Regional, Lewiston-Auburn Metropolitan, and Bangor Region Chambers of Commerce, as well as the Visit Portland and Visit Bangor Regional Convention and Visitor Bureaus. The Chambers worked with their restaurant member teams to solicit feedback, of which the primary ask was to be able to operate at 50 percent capacity.
For non-seated indoor activities, such as physical activity in gyms, the limit remains at 50. The outdoor gathering limit remains at 100 people. Retailers remain subject to the occupancy limit of 5 people per 1,000 square feet of shopping space.
Stage 4 also anticipates a reopening date for indoor service for bars and tasting rooms of Monday, November 2, 2020. To reopen for indoor service, these establishments must abide by the newly-posted COVID-19 Prevention Checklist for seated food and drink service, which is an update to the restaurant checklist.
Governor Mills also expanded her Executive Order (PDF) requiring certain businesses to enforce the State’s face covering requirement. During the summer months, the enforcement mandate was required only in Maine’s coastal counties and more populous cities. It is now required statewide. The Governor also broadened the Order to make clear that places, such as private schools and local government buildings, must join restaurants, lodging, and retail establishments in having their employees and clients’ wear face coverings. Face coverings have been proven to significantly reduce the spread of COVID-19.
“Led by Governor Mills, we adjust daily our balance between protecting Maine’s residents from this deadly disease and increasing safe reentry into businesses, schools, and other parts of pre-COVID life,” said Jeanne Lambrew, Commissioner of Health and Human Services. “Stage 4 has been made possible by focusing on science and by the hard work and common sense of Maine people.”
“We recognize that winter capacity is critical to Maine businesses and want to ensure that we find alternatives that support both businesses while protecting public health,” said Heather Johnson, Commissioner of Economic and Community Development. “We will continue to review creative options for other sectors as we move in to Stage 4.”
“Face coverings, physical distancing, frequent handwashing, and avoiding non-essential gatherings remain the best ways for all Maine people to protect themselves and their communities,” said Dr. Nirav D. Shah, Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. “Continued adherence to these science-based safety protocols, and getting your flu shots now, will help us limit potential spread of the virus during this next stage.”
Businesses that violate the Governor’s Executive Orders are subject to enforcement, including possible fines and loss of licenses. To date, state officials have issued fines — in one instance nearly $20,000 — and more than two dozen imminent health hazard warnings to organizations that have not abided by the health and safety measures meant to protect their employees, customers and clients.
In April, Governor Mills issued her Plan to Restart Maine’s Economy to gradually ease restrictions on some businesses and activities while also implementing protective protocols, along with broader additional health and safety measures, to protect Maine people. Since then, Maine has reopened the vast majority of its economy while maintaining one of the lowest national rates of COVID-19 transmission. Stage 4, which Maine will enter in a week, lifts some restrictions and allows all businesses and activities to resume with appropriate safety precautions.
As of October 3, 2020, Maine, adjusted for population, ranks 2nd lowest in the nation in terms of positive cases; 4th lowest in the nation in terms of deaths; the lowest in terms of patients ever-hospitalized out of the 36 states reporting; and 9th highest in the percentage of people who have recovered out of the 45 states reporting.
Official Town Office STATEMENT regarding reports of local COVID19 cases:
State of Maine Quarantine Guidelines (6/1/20):
Emerson Hall Reopening Plan:
Town Office Open: the Town Office is open by appointment only. Please call 207-326-4502 to schedule a day/time. A mask is required and only two people allowed in the building at once.
The window into Sue Macomber’s office is open (to the right facing Emerson Hall) for simple pick-up or drop off tasks.
Governor Janet Mills Administration Launches Campaign to Remind Maine People to Explore Their Health Coverage Options in the Face of COVID-19:
May 13, 2020
Those who have lost a job or income can visit CoverME.gov to learn more and apply
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) today launched a statewide campaign to promote awareness of affordable health insurance options, particularly for people whose employment or income has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information click on the link below:
Governor Janet Mills “Stay Safer at Home” Executive Order and the 4-Stage Plan for re-opening Maine’s Economy:
Vandalism at Fort George:
Castine Area Relief Fund (CARF):
Castine Area Relief Fund:
1. Due to the pandemic of COVID-19 and in response to the growing needs of area residents, a group of concerned citizens has formed the Castine Area Relief Fund.
2. If you or someone you know, as a consequence of the pandemic, is in need of basic assistance, please contact one of the local churches or other local charitable organizations, and you will be directed to a person who wants to help.
3. If anyone would like to make a donation to this worthwhile endeavor, please send a check made out to the Castine Area Relief Fund to the below address: Castine Area Relief Fund P.O. Box 506 Castine, ME 04421.
Castine-opoly Games for SALE:
Castine-opoly makes a great gift idea to share a bit of Castine with family & friends. This custom game is a fundraising event sponsored by the Castine CED Committee. Castine-opoly is available to purchase at the Castine Town Office (207-326-4502 or email: email@example.com).
Price = $20/game. If you are out of town and want it shipped, the Castine Town Office can take orders over the phone using debit/credit cards for an additional fee to include S&H.
Call 207-326-4502 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to order.
Governor Mills Extends State of Civil Emergency As Maine Continues to Combat COVID-19:
Governor Mills Extends State of Civil Emergency As Maine Continues to Combat COVID-19
April 14, 2020
As the State continues to respond to COVID-19, Governor Janet Mills today signed a proclamation extending Maine’s state of civil emergency (PDF) for another thirty days through May 15, 2020. The original state of civil emergency was scheduled to expire tomorrow, April 15, 2020.
A state of civil emergency places Maine on highest alert and allows Governor Mills to deploy all available state resources to protect the health and safety of Maine people and to take every action she reasonably deems necessary to help respond to and protect against the spread of COVID-19 in Maine. It also eases Maine’s access to critical federal aid to boost response efforts.
“I wish this proclamation was not necessary, but the continued spread of the virus demands a sustained response by the State,” said Governor Mills. “There will be difficult days and weeks ahead, but I am confident that Maine people will continue to step up to meet this challenge, just as we have in the past, and together we will get through this. For now, I continue to urge Maine people to do their part and stay apart. This is the best way we will defeat this virus and protect the state we all know and love.”
For up-to-date information on Maine’s response to COVID-19, please visit Coronavirus.Maine.Gov.
Governor Mills Issues Executive Order Mandating Quarantine Restrictions on Travelers Arriving in Maine to Protect Public Health and Safety:
April 3, 2020
Governor Janet Mills today issued an Executive Order mandating that travelers arriving in Maine, regardless of their state of residency, self-quarantine for 14 days to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The Order, which directs the Maine Department of Transportation, the Maine Turnpike Authority, and others to post this guidance at all major points of entry into the State, exempts individuals who are providing essential services as defined by Governor Mills’ March 24 Executive Order (PDF).
“To slow the spread of this deadly virus and prevent our health care system from being overwhelmed, we must all do our part,” said Governor Mills. “I am mandating that anyone entering Maine self-quarantine for 14 days and abide by Maine’s Stay Healthy at Home Order. These actions will protect the health and safety of everyone.”
Additionally, the Order instructs visitors not to travel to Maine if they are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 and advises them not to travel to Maine if they are traveling from cities or regions identified as COVID-19 hot spots.
To deter travel, the Order also suspends lodging operations, including hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, inns, and short-term rentals such as those available through VRBO Airbnb, RV parks and campgrounds, and all public and private camping facilities as well as online reservations effective April 5, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.
However, the Order states that lodging can be provided for housing vulnerable populations – such as for children in emergency placements, persons at risk of domestic violence, and homeless individuals as permitted by the State – and for accommodations for health care workers or other workers deemed necessary to support public health, public safety, or critical infrastructure.
While Governor Mills hopes compliance with this Order will be voluntary, it may also be enforced by law enforcement, as necessary. Individual violations of this Order may be charged as a Class E crime subject to a penalty of up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Additionally, any lodging, park, or campground operator who violates this Order may be construed as violating any license, permit or other authorization to operate and be subject to appropriate penalties.
“We are facing one of the greatest public health crises of the world in more than a century. But if we pull together, we can and will defeat this virus,” said Governor Mills. “Maine is a welcoming state, and we welcome the many servicemembers and medical professionals and others who are coming here to help us. I ask Maine people not to make assumptions about others, and we welcome the cooperation of other visitors and returning residents in quarantining themselves and keeping us all safe in accordance with this order. Let us treat all people in Maine with compassion and kindness. That is how we will get through this.”
The Order is effective immediately and extends until at least April 30, 2020.
Read the Executive Order (PDF). For the latest information and guidance on Maine’s response to COVID-19 please visit coronavirus.maine.gov
Governor Mills “Stay at Home” Mandate, starting 4/2/2020:
3/30/20 COVID-19 Statement:
Governor Mills COVID-19 Executive Order, Effective 3/25/2020:
DEP COVID-19 Notice:
Returning to CASTINE – Please read the following:
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, 3/17/20, per the Governor’s & Castine Selectboard recommendation, the town office will be closed to foot traffic, the length of time TBD.
The staff will be on duty to take phone calls (326-4502) and emails during regular business hours.
Certain transactions can be processed online.
Check the Town’s website (www.castine.me.us) for updates and information for completing transactions.
Please call (326-4502) if you need to be seen by appointment for an essential transaction.
We apologize for any inconveniences.
State of Maine’s recent BILL passed:
Sec. F-1. Registrations issued by a municipality. This section affects certain registration and licensing performed at the municipal or county level.
1. Vehicles and trailers. Notwithstanding the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 29-A, chapter 5 or any other law or municipal charter provision or ordinance to the contrary, a registration, including a temporary registration, of a vehicle, including, without limitation, a motor vehicle, all-terrain vehicle, watercraft or snowmobile, or a trailer required to be registered in this State that expires during the period of a state of emergency declared by the Governor in accordance with Title 37-B, section 742 due to the outbreak of COVID-19 is deemed extended until 30 days following the termination of the state of emergency.
2. Renewal of licenses for sale of liquor. Notwithstanding Title 28-A, section 653, subsection 1 or any other law or municipal charter provision or ordinance to the contrary, during the period of a state of emergency declared by the Governor in accordance with Title 37-B, section 742 due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and 30 days following the termination of that state of emergency, the municipal officers or, in the case of unincorporated places, the county commissioners may grant the request for a renewal of a license issued pursuant to Title 28-A, Part 3 without a hearing; this subsection does not prohibit the municipal officers or county commissioners, as applicable, from denying a renewal of a license issued pursuant to Title 28-A, Part 3 based upon a finding specified in Title 28-A, section 653, subsection 2 or 3.
3. Dog licenses. Notwithstanding Title 7, chapter 721 or any other law or municipal charter provision or ordinance to the contrary, a license of a dog required to be licensed in this State that expires during the period of a state of emergency declared by the Governor in accordance with Title 37-B, section 742 due to the outbreak of COVID-19 is deemed extended until 30 days following the termination of the state of emergency.
4. Registration or license fees due. The extensions granted pursuant to subsections 1 and 3 of this section do not change the registration or licensing interval for any vehicle or trailer or dog for which the registration or license period was extended, and all registration or licensing fees that would have been due but for the extension are due within 30 days of the termination of the state of emergency.
Sec. F-2. Access to online registration. The Secretary of State, Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, during the period of a state of emergency declared by the Governor in accordance with the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 37-B, section 742 due to the outbreak of COVID-19, shall allow a resident of this State to renew the registration of a motor vehicle, trailer, all-terrain vehicle or watercraft online, regardless of whether the municipality in which that resident resides participates in the online registration service maintained by the bureau or department, for the duration of the state of emergency and 30 days following the termination of the state of emergency.
Recycling – CAUTION – WE NEED YOUR HELP!
On Thursday, January 9, Coastal Resources of Maine suffered mechanical damage to a key piece of equipment caused by a fire. The Hampden Fire Department acted quickly, and the fire was contained.
Thankfully, no one was seriously injured, but two Coastal Resources employees working in the area at the time of the incident were affected with one suffering minor injuries that required immediate medical attention.
The root cause of the fire appears to be a propane tank that exploded during processing.
Hazardous Waste such as propane tanks, including camp stove canisters and the like, ARE NOT accepted at Coastal Resources. Due to the gas and pressure inside, these tanks cannot be recycled with household waste or single stream recycling and are a danger to all who handle waste.
As MRC Members, it is our responsibility to make sure the household waste and recycling sent to Coastal Resources for processing is free of unacceptable materials, especially Hazardous Wastes.
It is the MRC Members’ responsibility to educate their residents on what CAN NOT be disposed of in household waste and recycling.
Please post notices on your Municipal websites and social media pages. It is essential that we encourage our residents to properly dispose of all waste, so they do not risk injuring themselves or sanitation workers.
We cannot risk endangering the lives of sanitation workers by sending dangerous and unacceptable waste to the Coastal Resources of Maine facility.
Please review and reiterate the unacceptable waste list to your residents at:
Thank you for help in keeping everybody who handles our municipal waste safe.
Reflective House Numbers Needed:
Is your house number clearly visible from the road during all weather conditions and seasons? If not, the Fire Rescue Department may have trouble finding you during an emergency. We recommend BLACK numbers on a 6″ x1 2″ reflective WHITE background with a BORDER. Please go to www.white-sign.com or call 1-800-479-6193 to obtain a new reflective house number sign and install at your home. Help us help you!
2021 Dog Registrations will be available starting October 15th:
Please bring your updated Rabies Vaccination information and payment
Cost = Spayed/Neutered Dog: $6 each; Non-spayed/Non-neutered Dog: $11 each
Please Scoop your Doggy’s POOP!
Castine is a pet-friendly town but please be courteous and clean up after your dog especially in areas of public sidewalks & roads, Fort Madison & Fort George.
Scoop the Poop!!
Notice Regarding Retail Marijuana Establishments & Retail Marijuana Social Clubs:
Safe Disposal of Prescription Drugs:
The Waste Water Treatment (Sewer) Facility Operators have noticed a large number of prescription pills had made their way to the facility. (Yes, what you flush down the toilet can be identified…) The ecosystem of the Treatment Facility is delicate, and can be thrown out of whack when odd things come it’s way. And if any particles make their way through the facility, they go the Bagaduce River, which can affect Marine Life.
Just as we ask that Household Hazardous materials not go down the drain or toilet, but be disposed of properly through collection sites, we also ask the same for prescription drugs. The two closest Prescription Drug Drop off boxes are located at 1. Bucksport Police Department – 89 Franklin Street, Bucksport 207 469-7951 and 2. Hancock County Sheriff’s Office – 50 State Street, Suite 10, Ellsworth 207 667-7575.
Please help do your part and dispose of items properly.