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.

Provide feedback on Priority 2 Recommendations

Help design solutions for challenges we are facing around Workforce Development and Economic Diversification.

Review recommendations and provide feedback.

The Town is working with Camoin Associates, an economic development consultant who has assessed the current state of North Haven's economy, workforce, and human infrastructure. Review findings here and help design recommendations to strengthen and support a diverse and thriving year-round economy by filling out this form.

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

Select Board Meeting - Wednesday, October 5, 2022, 5:00 pm

The Select Board will hold its regular meeting on Wednesday, October 5th.  One of the Board members has requested including a Zoom link because he is not available to participate in person.  In accordance with the Town's Remote Participation Policy for Public Meetings, both Board members and the pubic may participate by Zoom.

If you would like to participate by Zoom, use this link.

The public is also welcome to attend in person at the Town Office.


Planning Board Workshop

The North Haven Planning Board will be holding an in person and zoom workshop meeting on October 6, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. at the North Haven Town Office in the Mary C. Waterman Conference Room. This workshop is to allow the Planning Board to review potential new district maps and review possible Land Use Ordinance edits.

 Here is the zoom link 

Moorings

The Town of North Haven does not maintain or control moorings. 

To obtain information about moorings, please call on of the two private boatyards on the island:

  • J.O. Brown's - 207.867.4621
  • Thayer's Y-Knot Boatyard - 207.867.4701.

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