Welcome to North Haven, Maine

North Haven Community Vision

North Haven is a remarkable island community – resourceful, caring, safe, and inclusive – committed to sustaining a thriving year-round economy, stewarding our natural resources, and preserving scenic beauty for current and future generations.

Community Vision Hub

Our Vision recognizes what we all love about our island and will guide us as we address challenges and opportunities. The Vision was created based on community input and reflects the values generated during the Community Vision Process. In addition to the Vision, this process generated Priorities that the Town and community are working to address. Visit the Vision Hub to learn more about the Vision, Priorities, and Next Steps and how to stay involved.


Click here to take the Community Priorities Survey!

The Town is asking all community members to complete the following anonymous survey in order to collect accurate local information about Housing, Workforce, and the Economy. The Select Board and Priority Working Groups will use the information collected to make informed and practical decisions about how to address these issues on North Haven.

Please encourage everyone you know on North Haven to do the same. The quality of decisions we make to address community challenges is dependent upon the accuracy of the data we collect so everyone’s participation is key! The survey is anonymous and takes approximately 5 to 15 minutes to complete. Upon completion, you have the option of being entered into a drawing to win a $50 gift card to Calderwood Hall, The Landing, North Haven Brewing Co., or North Haven Grocery. Questions? Need a paper survey? Contact Mia [email protected] or Rick [email protected]

About North Haven

North Haven is one of Maine's fourteen unbridged island communities.  It lies in Penobscot Bay approximately twelve miles from the midcoast city of Rockland. It is served by a Maine Department of Transportation ferry making three round trips a day from Rockland. The island's ferry link is of course dependent on the whims of wind and tide.

Its year-round population of 355 (2010 Census) swells in July and August with the return of families who own or rent seasonal homes on the Island. In 2020, North Haven celebrates the 173rd anniversary of its name day (and its 174th year of independence from Vinalhaven).




Bulletin Board

Water Use - Dry Summer

We are once again having a dry summer.  For those of you on Town water, please reduce your use if possible.

Here is a letter with more detail.

Thanks for your help.

Rick

Planning Board Meeting - Thursday, August 18, 2022, 1:00 pm

The Planning Board will hold a special meeting on Thursday, August 18, 2022, at 1:00 pm via Zoom.  The purpose of the meeting is to allow the Planning Board members to discuss shoreland zoning with Colin Clark, a representative of the State Department of Environmental Protection.

To participate, please click on this link or enter this information in your web browser: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85192652507?pwd=cHhkWG84L2ExcnBQOHZ5c1A3QkZBQT09.

You may also participate by telephone using this information:

  • Telephone: 1 646 558 8656
  • Meeting ID: 851 9265 2507
  • Passcode: 996225

We look forward to everyone’s participation.

Town Office - New Hours, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, Monday through Friday

Dear Community Members and Town Office Customers,

Kathy Macy is retiring after many years of service to our community.  For me, she has been a teacher, an adviser, a researcher, and a friend.  For you, her customers, she is often the first person you see in the office and the one who most often takes care of vehicle and boat registrations, marriage licenses, birth and death certificates, dog licenses, Mullens Head Park camping reservations, and many, many other things that make all our lives better.  Please make a point of thanking Kathy and congratulating her on her retirement.  Thank you, Kathy.  We will all miss you.

The Select Board has hired Vicky Brown to serve as our new Town Clerk.  Please join me in welcoming Vicky to the office.

Kathy's last day is this Friday, July 1st.  Vicky will start on Monday, July 18th.

The Town Clerk position requires certain State training and certifications.  Until Vicky has completed her training and has enough experience to feel comfortable in her new role, Joette DeBlois has graciously agreed to serve as Town Clerk and Voting Registrar, in addition to Joette's duties as Treasurer.  Joette will help train Vicky.  We are also moving to make online vehicle registrations available.  Both Joette and Vicky will take the training needed for the Town to offer this service.  Online boat registrations are already available here.  We will let everyone know when online vehicle registrations are available.      

With all this in mind, we are going to reduce the customer service hours in the Town Office to 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, Monday through Friday, through the end of July and possibly through Labor Day.  We will revisit our customer service hours toward the end of July to determine if we can expand them.  Thank you for understanding and for your patience.

Rick

Public Safety Building - Update, July 8, 2022

We continue to move forward with the proposed Public Safety Building.  For more information, please click here.

North Haven Roadsides

The Select Board would like to recognize everyone who helps keep our roadsides clean and to urge people to be more careful with their trash.  Please read this letter.

Cell Tower Explorations

The Town is talking with Tilson Infrastructure about building a tower at the Town's State Pit (Crabtree Farm) property on South Shore Road.  Please see this letter for details.  No decisions have been made.  Please contact Rick Lattimer, Town Administrator, with any questions, 867.4433 or [email protected].

Select Board Meetings

The North Haven Select Board meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 5:00 pm in the Town Office.  The public is welcome to attend.

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.

Respectfully,

Rick Lattimer

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 cooperation.    Rick Lattimer, Town Administrator

Transfer Station -- Schedule and Hours, Payment, and Recycling Guidelines

Starting Wednesday, June 1, 2022, 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.

Emergency Services

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.

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.

Burn Pile

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.

Ferry Information

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.

Water Department

Click here for a copy of the 2017 Consumer Confidence Report

Tax Maps Assessors' Information

Now online. Click here for link