Town Clerk - Temporary Unavailability
Both employees who perform Town Clerk duties will be unavailable on Friday afternoon, July 23rd, after 1:00 p.m., and all day on Monday, July 26th.
As a result, we will be unable to register cars or boats or receive payments for any purpose during this period. We apologize for the inconvenience.
The Town Office will resume providing all services on Tuesday, July 27th, at 8:00 a.m.
Ferry Congestion - Island Transporter
The Ferry Service has arranged to contract with the Island Transporter on Thursdays from July 22nd through September 2nd. The Transporter will make two round trips each of those Thursdays from Rockland to North Haven. The idea is to encourage trucks to travel on the Transporter, but the vessel will take regular sized vehicles and people too. Ticket prices will be the same; riding aboard the Transporter will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please see the schedule at the Ferry Service terminals.
Select Board Meetings - Wednesday, July 21st
The Select Board meets each Wednesday at 5:00 pm in the Town Office.
If you would like to participate in the meeting, you may do so by telephone or in person; please wear a mask if you have not been vaccinated.
To call in to the meeting dial 1.866.726.3900, and enter code 6076813#.
You may view the agenda for this week's meeting here.
News Concerning 2021 Tax Bills
As some of you are aware, the Town Office server had a malfunction late last week and crashed. As part of the rebuilding process, it became evident that some of our data was not backed up in the manner we had thought. Consequently, that data is gone and we will have to reenter it manually over the next few weeks. We will delay mailing out your tax bills until we have reentered and checked the data. Tax bills will remain due on September 30, 2021.
In the meantime, if you would like to make a payment toward your 2021 taxes, prepayments are always accepted.
Finally, you should know the data was lost due a system failure. The problem did not cause a breach of your personal data or result from a hack of any kind. The data was not stolen or misplaced. We will ensure the data we capture concerning property tax records and other matters is backed up in an effective way. And, of course, we will continue to take steps to safeguard our computer systems and the data stored on them.
Airstrip: Passenger & Freight Transportation
There has been considerable discussion about Penobscot Island Air's (PIA) use of Watson's airstrip over the summer. As town administrator, I've been involved in this issue since I started in July 2018. But as most people know, this has been an ongoing concern for decades. I've written a lengthy article for the October edition of the North Haven News in which I attempt to lay out the pertinent history up through today. I'm attaching the article and the associated documents below. My thanks to everyone involved. Please be patient as the Town, PIA, the Watson family, and the community at large continue to work through this.
Mullens Head Park
Our park is a tremendous asset to our community. Please help us take good care of it so
everyone can enjoy it. We recently had a
fire in the forest near Vista Beach that could have been catastrophic were it not
for the quick response of our volunteer fire fighters. We have also found large amounts of garbage —
some left over from picnics and other outings and some that is obviously
household trash. We rely on volunteers
to take care of the park. Please do your
part to help. Carry out what you carry
in, use the designated grills or your own grills - but no open fires, and clean
up if you see a mess. Thanks for your
Lattimer, Town Administrator
Transfer Station -- Schedule and Hours, Payment, and Recycling Guidelines
Starting Wednesday, June 2, 2021, the Transfer Station will be open three days each week, Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 9:00 to 5:00. We will be accepting cash, but strongly prefer people purchase stickers for household trash at the Town Office. Stickers cost $1.50 each. A $1.50 sticker goes on a 33-gallon bag. Place 1/2 a sticker on a 13-gallon kitchen bag. Place two stickers on a large contractor bag. The Town Office accepts cash, checks, and all major credit cards.
For an updated list of what can and cannot be discarded in the recycling compacter, click here.
In case of emergency, please dial 911. North Haven participates in the Knox County Emergency Management System. Upon calling, a 911 operator will take your information and immediately contact North Haven's EMS and Fire Department, as appropriate.
For updates on the initiatives discussed during the meeting in August 2019, please go to this page on the Town's website.
Recycling at the Transfer Station
Click here for a copy of recycling guidelines at the Transfer Station. As many recyclers know, the market for recycled materials has undergone some dramatic changes. Our recycling provider, Ecomaine, has issued new guidelines to match the demand of a shrinking market for some categories of materials. Please consult it.
Please remember that the burn pile is restricted to brush and untreated wood. (Latex painted construction debris is allowed.) Access to and use of the burn pile is primarily on an "honor system". The Transfer Station staff cannot continuously monitor the pile. The discarding of noxious and toxic debris which ends up being burned may result in drastic action by the state Department of Environmental Protection, up to and including permanent closure.
Propane Trips: for a copy of the 1-6-16 line-up policy for passengers on propane transport trips, click here.
Line Numbers: Click here for information for how get a line number.
Rockland Line-up Policies: Click here for policies and procedures at the Rockland Terminal, including rules on switching vehicles.
Cancellation Emails: to receive email notice of ferry cancellations, click here and follow the instructions to sign up for the notice.
Click here for a copy of the 2017 Consumer Confidence Report
Tax Maps Assessors' Information
Now online. Click here for link