Summer 2023 Notices:
ALERT – Traffic Disruption:
Public Informational Mtg Regarding PARKING – Thursday, 9/28 at 7PM in Emerson Hall:
Dock coverage Friday – Sunday 8AM – 4PM. Dock phone 207 266-7711
Pump outs by appointment Monday – Thursday, 8 AM – 4PM. Call 207 266-9392
Real Estate & Personal Property TAXES DUE:
Real Estate and Personal Property TAXES are DUE by this Friday, September 15th. We accept post mark.
If you have any questions, contact the Town Office at 207-326-4502.
Injured Bear ALERT:
It has been reported that a hunter shot a bear with an arrow in Witherle Woods Saturday, 9/9. This is to give an alert that the bear has not been found. The hunter has been into the woods to track the injured bear with no luck at this time. It is unknown whether the bear is still in the area or has moved on. Please be aware and use caution. The Town Office has no other information, contact the State of Maine’s Warden Service with questions or concerns.
“Do you have Fidium Fiber to your home? You should seriously consider doing it!!”
Can’t afford the monthly access, or is there some other reason? Fiber based Internet access is symmetrical, futureproof, and available with no installation cost, and for those qualified, you can afford the monthly access because it’s also free! Consider that if someone is on SNAP, Medicaid, or other benefit program – you can be qualified for the program. More than that (as an example) if you are a family of four making under $60,000 you can qualify for a $30/mo. discount at any service level but at the $30/mo. for 50/50Mbps, it’s free with the ACP discount. We want to keep the ACP program going and have you qualify – we can help. It really does matter, and we want you to use it, so we don’t lose those funds! Remember too that no Internet Service Provider (ISP) can prequalify you and it is your family not your address that gets qualified.”
Please act soon, the free installation won’t be available in a few years.
Here is the link: https://www.pubfiber.org/whats-happening.html
Nomination Papers are available as of Friday, 7/28/23. The deadline to submit to the Town Office will be Thurs, 9/28/23.
Available Municipal Official terms for taking out nomination papers are as follows:
One Selectboard/Assessors & Overseers of the Poor member – 3-year term
One School Committee member – 3-year term
One Library Board of Trustee member – 5-year term
One Library Board of Trustee member – 2-year term
If you are interested in taking out nomination papers for any of the above Municipal Official positions, please contact the Town Office at 326-4502; email: firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by.
MMA NSMV Webpage:
This MMA site is set up to supply monthly information, updates and Q&A meetings addressing MMA’s Waterfront construction. There will be regular open sessions (last Wednesday of each month; meetings will be posted on this site) in Emerson Hall so that MMA can address questions/concerns that have been submitted to the Academy, provide construction updates and take in-person comments.
MMA NSMV Monthly Informational Mtgs DATES:
Wed, September 27th at 2PM in Emerson Hall
Wed, October 25th at 2PM in Emerson Hall
Wed, November 29th at 2PM in Emerson Hall
Wed, December 27th at 2PM in Emerson Hall
Town Reports are available at the Town Office and posted on the Town’s website.
MMA Pier Expansion & Improvement Project / Wharves & Weirs Act Application:
Castine PFAS Information:
Meet & Greet Selectboard Member Roberta Boczkiewicz:
Selectboard member, Roberta Boczkiewicz, will be in Emerson Hall for Meet & Greet sessions starting Monday, 4/3/23 and every Monday thereafter from 2-4PM.
Stop by Emerson Hall to chat with Roberta to discuss ideas, concerns, and/or brainstorm, etc.
Recycling Update: There are STRICT changes in the recycling program going forward. Brochures are available at the Town Office and on the Town’s website. Please note: 1) ACCEPTED items ONLY; 2) recyclable items MUST be CLEAN; 3) cardboard must be cut into 2′ X 2′ sections for disposal.
Attention: due to the Recycling Facility Zero-Sort equipment, shredded paper is a recycling item that cannot be ACCEPTED. Anything less than 2″x 2″ (paper, plastic, cardboard, glass, metal) their equipment cannot process.
Transfer Station PAGE: Transfer Station – Castine, Maine
Help Protect Castine Elms:
If you would like to donate to the Elm Trees, send your check, payable to Town of Castine and note “Elms” in the memo line. The mailing address is PO Box 204 Castine, Maine 04421. Or you can drop off to the Town Office.
Utility Board: 2 alternate members, 1-year terms
Recreation Committee: 1 alternate members, 1-year terms
If you are interested and able, please contact the Town Office at 207-326-4502 or email Susan Macomber at email@example.com
2023 Dog Registrations:
2023 Dog Registrations were due by 1/31. There is now a $25 late fee applied to the $6 Spayed/Neutered or $11 Non-spayed/Non-neutered registration fees.
Proof of Rabies Vaccination is required.
REMINDER: Please remember that dogs need to be leashed or owners need to have verbal control of their dogs when out walking around the community at all times.
Also, DO NOT leave doggy waste, please scoop the poop!!
Emerson Hall Drop Off Box:
There is a Drop Off Box near the front doors of Emerson Hall for your convenience to drop off water/sewer payments, tax bill payments, paperwork, etc.
The Town Office staff will be checking it regularly. Thank you.
DURING ELECTION TIME, ABSENTEE BALLOTS CAN BE DROPPED OFF IN THE SECURE DROP OFF BOX AS WELL.
Annual Rental Listings Form:
If you have a rental property in Castine, please complete the annual listings form 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.
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:
Sept: Mon, 9/18/23
Curbside Recycling Pick-up:
The fall/winter 1st & 3rd Tuesday, of each month will start in October; weekly pick up during the summer from mid-June through mid-September.
Sept: Tues, 9/19/23
Note: T&C Mkt sells trash stickers during their regular business hours.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org).
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: email@example.com to order.
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!
Notice Regarding Retail Marijuana Establishments & Retail Marijuana Social Clubs:
Safe Disposal of Prescription Drugs:
The Wastewater 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 its 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.