Summer 2020 Notices:
Nomination Paper Available:
Nomination papers are available for the following:
Selectboard/Assessors & Overseers of the Poor = 3-year term;
School Committee = 3 year term;
Library Board of Trustees = 5 year term.
Contact the Town Office if you wish to take papers for any of the above.
Deadline to submit papers to the Clerk is Friday, 9/4/2020.
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/
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.
The 222nd edition of the Castine Town Reports are available. Contact the Town Office about getting a copy or get one at the Clerk office pick-up WINDOW!
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.
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:
August: Mon, 8/10; Mon, 8/17; Mon, 8/24 and Mon, 8/31
Curbside Recycling Pick-up:
Every Tuesday starting July to mid-Sept
August: Tues, 8/11; Tues, 8/18 and Tues, 8/25
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)
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.
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!
2020 Dog Registrations were due by Friday, Jan, 31st. There is now a $25 late fee in addition to the dog registration cost.
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.