Town Contact Information
Town of Castine, P.O. Box 204, Castine, ME 04421
Telephone: 326-4502 Fax: 326-9465
Hours: Open Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Selectmen meet: 1st and 3rd Mon. at 4 p.m.
Tax Collector & Town Clerk: same as town office hours
Historically, the flags of four nations have flown over Castine. With the village listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Castine has worked to keep its storied past vivid, with an active historical society, signs indicating locations where notable events occurred, and continuing efforts to maintain the elegant elm trees that still line many streets.
On Main Street, the post office, opened in 1814, is the oldest in continuous operation in the United States. The post office is situated in a building that originally housed the town’s Customs House.
Though small in size, Castine has been the prize sought in a number of military engagements, starting with a raid by the English in 1613, which was the beginning of disputes over the boundary between French Acadia and the English colonies.
Since 1867, the town has been home to an institution of higher learning. The Eastern State Normal School prepared students to meet the growing need for teachers in Maine. Its facilities became the basis of Maine Maritime Academy, a college of engineering, business, science and transportation, when the normal school closed in the spring of 1942. With the academy vessels’ year-round presence and summer boaters, the town has an active waterfront.
James Goodson III 326-4502
Peter Vogell, chmn. 326-9334
Gus Basile 326-9210
David Unger 326-8201
Clerk, Registrar of Voters, Deputy Tax Collector
Susan Macomber 326-4502
Finance Officer, Tax Collector, Treasurer
Karen Motycka 326-4502
Code Enforcement Officer
James Goodson III 326-4502
Peter Vogell 326-9334
Ingrid Scott 610-9193
Animal Control Officer
Henry Erhard 326-4502 after hours call 326-8509
Douglas Wellington, chmn., Doris Russell, Pär Kettis, Bob Friedlander, Tom Comiciotto, Kathy Eaton, alt., Beverly Bishop, alt.
Board of Appeals
Renee Colson, Amy Gutow, David Jones, James Shanley, David Schoonover, alt.
Dianna Paine, co-chmn. 326-8066
Karen Cukierski, co-chmn. 326-8774
Therese Biggie, Susan Macomber, Scott Vogell, alt.
Marcia Mason, chmn.
Scott Vogell 326-4030
David Avery, chmn. 326-8205
Bill Carter, Dave Hassett, Adam Potter, Gordan “Mac” MacArthur, Dale Abernethy, alt. Kirk Langford, alt.
Historic Preservation Commission
WG Sayre, chmn. 326-8881
Medan “Hank” de Raat, Debby Neve, Kay Hightower, Peter Cooperdock, alt.
Types of properties assessed and subject to tax: land, building and personal property. Bills are mailed mid-July and are due mid-Sep.
Interest on unpaid bills changes annually, per state rate.
Rules used to determine value: state statutes.
Tax exemptions: homestead, veterans, blind, state, federal, municipal properties, churches, hospitals, etc.
To appeal assessment, file for abatement first.
To calculate property tax: assessment multiplied by mill rate. Mill rate: changes annually.
Zoning, subdivision, historic preservation, entrance and excavation, flood plain management, sewer, solid waste, waterfront, E-911.
Types of permits needed: building, flood plain, subdivision, sewer connection, plumbing, historic preservation (if applicable) and fire permits. Available at town office. Burning permits available from fire chief and asst. chief.
Castine 04421 326-8551
Lobby: Mon.-Fri., 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sat., 7:30-11:30 a.m.
Window: Mon-Fri., 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4:30 p.m.; Sat., 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Process passports daily, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m.
Castine by the Numbers
Total area: 5,053 (7.9 sq. mi.)
Land: 5,053 acres
Flood: 120 acres
Inland water: 0
Education Contact Numbers
Union 93 Superintendent of Schools
20 Hinckley Ridge Rd.
P.O. Box 630, Blue Hill
Mark Hurvitt, supt. 374-9927
Katie Frothingham, prin. 326-8608
Kathy MacArthur, chmn. 326-9454
Joe Spinazola 326-2050
Alyssa Radcliff 610-2056
Enrollment numbers (Oct. 2016)
Grades pre-K-8 62
Grades 9-12 17
Bay School 2
Home school 0
Other area/out of state schools 1
Emergency and Public Services
Trash & Recycling
Transfer Station hours: Tue.-Fri., 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-noon, closed Sun. and Mon. Curbside pick-up of stickered, non-recyclable waste is each Mon. These items should be out by 7:30 a.m. When a holiday falls on a Mon., pick-up will be on Tue. Notice of this will be posted. Recycling days are the first and third Tue. of each month. All recyclable items must be placed by the curb by 7:30 a.m. in clear plastic bags to ensure pick-up. In case of inclement weather, hold materials for the next scheduled recycling day. Recycling guides are available at Emerson Hall.
Note: During the summer months, if there is enough demand curbside recycling will take place weekly.
Summers dockside, Emerson Hall.
To report a fire: 911
Randy Stearns, Fire Chief 326-4997
Peter Vogell, Asst. Fire Chief 326-9334
Fire Station (non-emergency) 326-8767
Fire permits need fire chief or asst. fire chief approval. Contact them for permit or call the town office for assistance.
A town walking map is available from the town office
Witherle Woods Preserve, 132 acres of old-growth woods maintained by Maine Coast Heritage Trust, offers a network of trails, including 300 feet of ocean frontage along Blockhouse Point; Hatch Cove Preserve, Castine Road; Rene Henderson Natural Area, The Shore Road, Rte. 166A; Starr Virginia Lampson Preserve, Rte. 199, just off Rte. 166A; Greenbie Natural Area, Rte. 166A; Dunc’s Meadow, Rte. 166.
Town dock, ramp, float, launch and tie-up, timed parking is available.
Bradford Tenney, Chmn.
Don Small, Kathy Eaton, Elizabeth Ballou, Ruth Eaton, Brooke Tenney, Lynn Parsons.