Community News

Spring 2024 Notices:

Public Hearing:

Tuesday, April 16 at 4PM

AGENDA:        Discussions regarding proposed amendments to the Castine Traffic Ordinance.
(copies of proposed amendments can be obtained in the Town Office).

DRAFT amendment Traffic Ordinance 4-16-24


Documents for the May 11, 2024 Town Mtg:

Documents available for voting at the upcoming May 11th Town Mtg (can also be obtained at the Town Office):
Town Mtg: Saturday, 5/11/24 at 8:30 in Emerson Hall

Town of Castine FY24-25 Warrant

DRAFT Castine Mobile Vending Ordinance 4-11-24

LD 2003 and Mobile Vending Unit Amendments to Zoning Ordinance 2.29.24

LD 2003 Subdivision Ordinance Amendments 3.20.24


FEMA in Castine:

FEMA Disaster Assistance team members will be available to meet with town residents on April 12, 2024, from 8 A.M to 5 P.M. at Emerson Hall, 67 Court Street, Castine, Maine to provide information and take applications for financial assistance from homeowners and renters that experienced financial losses as result of the 09-13 January storms that occurred in Hancock County.

If you’re unable to meet with FEMA on April 12th , you’re welcome to visit the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center, every day, 8 A.M. to 6 P.M. at the Moore Community Center, 125 State Street, Ellsworth. Or, residents may call: (800) 621-3362 at their convenience to begin the assistance process. Thank you.

Castine Town Office


Help Wanted – Dock Attendant:

The Town of Castine is seeking responsible individuals to work as a Dock Attendant at the town dock during the 2024 boating season.
A job packet (below) is available at the Town Office and on the “Employment” page of the Town’s website (www.castine.me.us). To apply, submit an employment application by mail or email by Friday, May 3, 2024.

Castine Harbor Master
PO Box 204
Castine, ME 04421

harbormaster@castine.me.us

The Town of Castine is an Equal Opportunity Employer

2024 Dockhand job packet


Town Office CLOSED:

Monday, April 15, 2024 = due to the Patriot’s Day Holiday


Annual Street Sweeping:

Tentatively scheduled for May 8th, weather permitting. Please do not leave or sweep large debris into the street.

Annual Street Painting:

Tentatively scheduled for May 9th or 10th, weather permitting. Vehicles should not be parked in areas where the street will need painting (.e., crosswalks, parking space lines, etc)


DRAFT 2024 Castine Comprehensive Plan_


NOTE: copies are also available in binders for review located at Emerson Hall & Witherle Memorial Library; and copies can be photocopied for purchase.

2024-03-06 Castine Comp Plan Acceptance for Review

Public Comments:
Written comments will be accepted by the Department through April 10, 2024.
Please submit comments to:
Tom Miragliuolo, Senior Planner
tom.miragliuolo@maine.gov
– OR –
Municipal Planning Assistance Program
Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry
22 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0022


LD 2030 Act to Exempt Certain Activities and Structure Elevation Increases in Flood Zones from Permit Requirements Under the Natural Resources Protection Act INFORMATION:

LD 2030 An Act to Exempt Certain Activities and Structure Elevation Increases in Flood Zones from Permit Requirements Under the Natural Resources Protection Act

Sponsored by: Senator Peter Lyford of Penobscot
peter.lyford@legislature.maine.gov
Office phone: 207-287-1505

Currently in the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources: All emails are firstname.lastname@legislature.maine.gov
Senator Stacy Brenner (D-Cumberland), Chair; Office Phone: (207) 287-1515
Senator Anne Carney (D-Cumberland); Office Phone: (207) 287 – 1515
Rep. Lori Gramlich, Chair (D – Old Orchard Beach);
Margaret O’Neil (D – Saco)
Victoria Doudera (D – Camden)
Arthur Bell (D – Yarmouth)
William Bridgeo (D – Augusta)
Daniel Hobbs (D – Wells)
Richard Campbell (R – Orrington)
Tammy Schmersal- Burgess (R – Mexico)
Michael Soboleski (R – Phillips)
David Woodsome (R – Waterboro)

CASTINE’s local legislators are:
Rep Nina Milliken; Phone: (207) 412-8828

Senator Nicole Grohoski; Phone: State House: (207) 287-1515 and Cell: (207) 358-8333


Castine Area Disaster Relief Fund – Small Scale Grant Funding NOTICE:

Castine Area Disaster Relief Fund – Small Scale Grant Funding Opportunity NOTICE

CASTINE AREA RELIEF FUND – CARF is accepting donations to help Castine citizens’ & properties affected by the recent storms.  Please make check payable to CARF, and mail to PO Box 506, Castine Maine 04421 or email carf@castine.me.us for more information on other ways to donate.  THANK YOU!

CARF was created by community volunteers in 2019 to respond the COVID pandemic by meeting the needs of our neighbors who were challenged economically. To date, the primary, but not the only, form of assistance has been food. Since inception, more than 2800 bags of groceries (more than 43,000 meals) have been distributed in the regular weekly deliveries. The focus in this situation will be to provide assistance and funds to individuals, families, and businesses who were victims of the recent storms.


Castine is listed as one of the “quirky” small towns to visit in New England….WHAT FUN!

https://dailypassport.com/quirky-charming-new-england-small-towns/ 


Text Message Notifications!

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Overnight Parking Ban REMINDER:


Court Street Fire Station Soil Testing Results:

 

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:
Wednesday, April 24, 2024           2pm in Emerson Hall
Wednesday, May 29, 2024            2pm in Emerson Hall
Wednesday, June 26, 2024           2pm in Emerson Hall

State of Maine DEP MMA Waterfront Campus Improvement Approval

NSMV


MMA Pier Expansion & Improvement Project / Wharves & Weirs Act Application:

FINAL MMA NRPA Permit Application

MMA NRPA Application Update 051123

MMA Bureau of Parks & Lands Notice

MMA Wharves and Weirs Act Application

Notice of Decision

State of Maine DEP MMA Waterfront Campus Improvement Approval


Castine PFAS Information:

Castine Wastewater Facility PFAS Report  (1-2023)

PFAS Information Sheet 6-2023

PFAS Report- April 2023- Final


Recycling:

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.

Recycling Information Brochure 8.2022

Transfer Station PAGE: Transfer Station – Castine, Maine


Help Protect Castine Elms:

Surging tree disease threatens Castine’s historic 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.


Volunteers Needed:

Utility Board: 1 Regular member, 3-year term; 2 alternate members, 1-year terms
Historic Preservation Commission: 2 alternate members, 1-year term

If you are interested and able, please contact the Town Office at 207-326-4502 or email Susan Macomber at sue@castine.me.us
Thank you.


2024 Dog Registrations:

2024 registrations are now past due. A State required $25 late fee will be applied to the registration costs ($6 = $31 total or $11 = $36 total).
Please bring in proof of Rabies Vaccination and payment; $6 for a spayed/neutered dog and $11 for a non-spayed/neared dog.

 

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.

Rental Listing Form

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:

Transfer Station:
Mondays: CLOSED
Tuesdays: 8AM to 1PM
Wednesdays: 8AM to 1PM
Thursdays: 8AM to 1PM
Fridays: 8AM to 1PM
Saturdays: 8AM to 12 Noon
Sundays: CLOSED
Please practice social distancing at all times.

Curbside Trash Pick-up:
Apr: Mon, 4/8/24
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.
Apr: Wed, 4/17/24 (due to the Patriot’s Day Holiday)

Note: T&C Mkt sells trash stickers during their regular business hours.


Castine Area Relief Fund (CARF):

CARF flyer

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: townoffice@castine.me.us).

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: townoffice@castine.me.us to order.

Castineopoly


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:
Marijuana Notice


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.
Thank you.

 

Current Announcements

Town Calendar

Monday, April 22
  • Curbside Trash Pick-up Monday, April 22  7:30 am - 8:30 am
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  • Castine Shawl Knitting Ministry Monday, April 22  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Trinitarian Congregational Parish

    The ministry meets in the vestry of the Trinitarian Congregational Parish of Castine on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month from 1 - 3 pm.

     

    See more details
Tuesday, April 23
Wednesday, April 24
  • NSMV MMA Informational Meeting Wednesday, April 24  2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Emerson Hall, 67 Court St, Castine, ME 04421, USA
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Thursday, April 25
  • Planning Board Mtg Thursday, April 25  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm 67 Court St, Castine, ME 04421, USA

    To conduct a Public Hearing on arequest by MMA to extend their Site Plan Approval by a year for goodcause in accordance with Article 9, 9.11.B of theZoning Ordinance. 

    NOTE: MMA’s Federal and Statepermitting has taken them longer than anticipated. While they do not need an extensioncurrently, they do not believe that construction timelines can be met to be“substantially started” and “substantially completed” within the 1-year and 2-yeartimelines established by the Castine Zoning Ordinance.

    See more details
Saturday, April 27
  • Silas Yates in Concert Saturday, April 27  2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Emerson Hall

    Witherle Memorial Library presents Silas Yates and Friends in Concert. The event features a brass quintet, jazz ensemble, and the sixteen-piece big band, Sentimental Journey. The event is in celebration of Silas Yates's Signature exhibit which will launch that day.

    Cosponsored by Castine Arts Association.

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Monday, April 29