ANNOUNCEMENTS

ELECTION DAY 
November 08, 2022
Volunteers needed to work on election day.  Please see Catherine or Eleanor for more details.

Maine Absentee Ballot November 22

Property Tax Stabilization Program (LD290)

Property Tax Stabilization for Senior Citizens, also known as the Property Tax Stabilization Program (the “Program”), is a State program that allows certain senior-citizen residents to stabilize, or freeze, the property taxes on their homestead.  As long as you qualify and file a timely application each year, the tax billed to you for your homestead will be frozen at the amount you were billed in the prior tax year. Eligible residents who move may transfer the fixed tax amount to a new homestead, even if that new homestead is in a different Maine municipality.

ATTENTION OWLS HEAD RESIDENTS
Effective September 01, 2022, the Owls Head Town Office with be opening for regular business hours.

CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
HOURS:  Thursdays 8 am - 5 pm 
By appointment only

OWLS HEAD TOWN OFFICE
As of October 1, 2021, our Town Office days and hours will be changing.  We will be open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8 am to 5 pm.  We are closed on Friday.

RAPID RENEWAL
We have the capability of registering your vehicles online.  Please use the link below to start the process:
http://www1.maine.gov/online/bmv/rapid-renewal/
Once you've completed it, the registration and stickers will be mailed to you from the State

THE CONSERVATION COMMISSION 
Has a page on the Town's Website where you can learn about its mission, membership, news, and events, and an inventory of the Town's parks, public lands, and walking trails, and their features.  Click on "Community" and then "Conservation Commission".

OWLS HEAD VILLAGE LIBRARY
The Library will be open on Wednesdays, from 4 pm to 7 pm, and Saturdays, from 10 am to 2 pm.  Pat Stephen is the Librarian.

The Cemetery Committee
The Cemetery Committee is looking for new members. Please contact (207) 594-7434 at the Owls Head Town Office if you are interested.
fall cemetery lot clean-up

2022 Mooring Fees Renewals are due by JULY 1st EACH YEAR
$50.00 Year-Round Resident per year
(Year-Round Resident of Owls Head)
$100.00 Non-Resident per year

New Mooring Application

Renewal Mooring Application 

Conservation Commission

GoTo:    ABOUT | NEWS | PUBLIC LANDS | GALLERY

OHCC MISSION STATEMENT

The Owls Head Conservation Commission (OHCC) seeks to preserve and protect the natural resources of Owls Head, and to advise, educate and make recommendations to its residents and to the town’s governing bodies. The Commission works to create opportunities for residents to interact with the natural world, thus fostering life-long stewardship in retaining the natural beauty of Owls Head for future generations.

Read the Maine statute regarding conservation commission duties and powers: MRSA

MEMBERS

Kathryn DerMarderosian, Chair
James Devery
Beth Long
Stuart Rich
Lauren Swartzbaugh
Robin White

MEETINGS

OHCC meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. All are welcome. Meeting locations have been affected by Covid-19 and may vary from month to month. Check the OH town website,  OH town bulletin boards, and the “News” section below for current arrangements.

CONTACT US

conservationcommittee@owlshead.maine.gov

News, Events and Links

Tuesday, October 4, 2022, at 6:00 p.m., monthly meeting of the Commission at the Owls Head Village Library. Masks optional. Agenda.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Pumpkin Walk at Plaisted Preserve

  • call 207.593.9059

• Join the planning group
• Solicit pumpkin donations
• Publicize the event–contact local papers, social media, put up posters, etc.
• Help prepare the trail (hauling wood chips)
• Get children involved–school? scouts? church?
• Traffic control
• Donate pumpkins

National Public Lands Day Established in 1994 and held annually on the fourth Saturday in September, National Public Lands Day is traditionally the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort. It celebrates the connection between people and green space in their community, inspires environmental stewardship, and encourages use of open space for education, recreation, and health benefits. This year, National Public Lands Day falls on September 24. FMI click here.

Obsolete Pesticide Collection. Each October, the Maine Board of Pesticides Control conducts a program to collect and properly dispose of banned and unusable pesticides from homeowners and farms. Preregistration is required and collections are held at four sites across the state. More information about the program may be found at Board of Pesticides Control.

HALCYON STRING QUARTET’s performances combine imagery, art, data, and music to cultivate environmental stewardship and raise awareness of the impacts climate change is having on Midcoast Maine. Performances are often designed in collaboration with local partner organizations and the community. A schedule of upcoming performances can be found on their website.

Plaisted Preserve Expansion. At a special town meeting December 16th a proposal to expand the Plaisted Preserve by the purchase of 7+ acres of undeveloped property which adjoins the preserve was approved by a unanimous vote. The purchase is to be paid for by funds raised by the Conservation Commission from private donors and grant funds. No town funds will be used. As of the meeting date the Commission had received pledges of nearly $75,000, half of its goal of $150,000 to cover the purchase price and associated closing and maintenance costs. The Governor’s office recently announced the award of a grant from Land for Maine’s Future to facilitate the purchase. The grant awards 1/2 ($64,500) of the purchase price ($129,000). Gifts and pledges of support will provide the balance to reach the $150,000 goal. Generous donors have OHCC on track to close the purchase in September. To contribute to this project, click here for a Pledge/Donation Form which you can print and send to the address indicated at the bottom.

SEA LEVEL RISE AND FLOOD RESILIENCE PLANNING FOR THE TOWN OF OWLS HEAD
As an advisory body for the town’s Select Board, the Owls Head Conservation Commission (OHCC) has been gathering information and looking into resources available to assist in developing an understanding of our town’s vulnerability to sea level rise. The state, county, and several nonprofit organizations such as Island Institute have resources to assist us. Several other coastal towns are working on a similar process.

An informational meeting for the entire community was held on July 21, to better understand the areas of the town which may be significantly impacted over the coming years. Knox County has assisted us in providing interactive maps of Owls Head with varying levels of sea level rise (click to access), or with storm surge levels associated with hurricanes. In addition, there is a second tab which has the Maine Climate Council’s recent reports. An understanding of this information will help the town develop plans to address flooding resilience with practical measures such as emergency vehicle access.

The interactive maps have menu buttons that allow one to select sea level heights (with the highest astronomical tide of 2018 as a baseline). It takes a minute for each layer to be plotted, so it’s best not to select multiple layers at once. Feel free to explore the County’s interactive maps to see how sea level rise and storm surge can affect your neighborhood!

Maine Association of Conservation Commissions  is committed to connecting communities to each other and to the waters, woods and wildlife of Maine. Explore their website to learn what their members are doing to make their towns a better place for all. MACC is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping members educate, advise and organize.

Maine Conservation Voters cultivates and uses political power to conserve and protect Maine’s environment. MCV helps pass laws that protect our environmental legacy, elects pro-environment candidates to office, and holds our elected officials accountable, without regard to political party.

Parks – Public Lands – Water Access – Hiking/Walking Trails

  • The sites described here can be located by number on the map below.

  •  Unless otherwise noted, all sites listed are property of the Town of Owls Head.

  • Properties described as “street-end” (4, 8, 9, 10, and 12) have limited to no parking. Please respect abutting neighbors’ property and privacy.

  • “Beach” in Maine is an elusive term–most beaches in the mid-coast are rocky, rarely sandy, and walkability is dependent on tidal variation. By Maine law, shore property owners may prohibit access to adjacent intertidal area, except for “fishing and fowling”.
  • All properties are likely to have a significant tick population, so it’s best to remain on established trails. Wearing light colors, tucking in shirts and socks, using insect repellent, and checking your body during and after spending time on these sites will help to minimize the likelihood of infection with Lyme or other tick-borne diseases.

1. Ash Island 47-acre island with rocky shoreline and views of Mussel Ridge Channel and islands; accessible only by water, closest launch site at Birch Point State Park (see below) with ample parking. For More Information (FMI): Ash Island (Maine Coast Heritage Trust).

2. Ash Point (Trails End) Water access at the end of Ash Point Drive with views of Ash Island and Mussel Ridge Channel, approximately 100’ wide with parking for 3-4 cars.

Ash Point Preserve3. Ash Point Preserve 34-acre preserve with trails through coastal forest to 2,140’ granite shoreline; parking for several cars in lot off Ash Point Drive. FMI: Ash Point Preserve (Georges River Land Trust).

4. Ballyhac Road Water access at road end, limited/no parking.

5. Birch Point State Park State-owned with admission fee in summer, closed in winter months. Entrance off Ballyhac Road; sandy beach and picnic tables with expansive views of Mussel Ridge Channel and islands. Parking for 20-30 cars. FMI: Birch Point State Park.

 

6. Crescent Beach Public access approximately 70’ wide to large pebble beach on Mussel Ridge Channel; parking for 6-10 cars located at end of Crescent Beach Road.

7. Crocketts Beach Public access to a short rocky/sand beach at end of Crocketts Beach Road; views of Mussel Ridge Channel; limited parking.

8. Harborside Terrace Street-end water view of Rockland Harbor, road-width wide, with limited parking.

9. Knowlton Avenue Street-end water access to Rockland Harbor; limited/no parking.

 

10. Knowlton Place Street-end access with views of Rockland Harbor and bay; no parking.

11. Monroe Island 225-acre island with hiking trails and 2 camp-sites; 5 freshwater ponds, forest, bold rocky shoreline with views of Penobscot Bay and islands; access only by water, closest launch site at foot of Main Street with public parking in adjacent Owls Head Harbor Park. FMI: Monroe Island–Owls Head (Maine Coast Heritage Trust).

12. Ocean Avenue Street-end access; road-width space with path to water; parking for two small cars

13. Owls Head Harbor Park (Carver Park) waterfront park of 3 acres with pebbly beach, wetlands, and walking path through meadow to freshwater pond; an ADA compliant pier was recently completed, providing water access for small craft; ample parking in lot off Lighthouse Road with additional spaces in lot next to pier accessed from Main and Wharf Streets.

14. Owls Head Light State Park Located at the end of Lighthouse Road; lighthouse and keeper’s house are Federal property maintained by Friends of Rockland Harbor Lights, while the light itself is maintained by the US Coast Guard; both the light and the keeper’s house are accessible to the public; shoreline is mostly steep and rocky with some pebbly beaches; ample parking with lighthouse a few-minute-walk away FMI: Tour Owls Head Light.

15. Plaisted Preserve Ten-acre property off North Shore Drive near the fire station with 1/2 mile of trails through spruce forest and beds of moss and ferns; water access to Broad Cove; parking for 4-5 cars.

Photographs ©2020 Lauren Swartzbaugh

Town Office

Physical Address:
Town of Owls Head
224 Ash Point Drive
Owls Head, ME 04854
Tele: 207-594-7434
Fax: 207-594-7598

Mailing Address:
Town of Owls Head
224 Ash Point Drive
Owls Head, ME 04854

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Office Hours

Monday - 8:00 to 5:00

Tuesday - 8:00 to 5:00

Wednesday - 8:00 to 5:00

Thursday - 1:00 to 5:00

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday - Closed

Quick Contacts
Administrative Assistant:
Catherine Birmingham
EMAIL

Tax Collector:
Eleanor Stone
EMAIL

Town Clerk:
Eleanor Stone
EMAIL

Treasurer:
Pamela Curtis
EMAIL

Holidays 2022

New Year's Day
December 31

Martin Luther King Day
January 17

President’s Day
February 21

Patriot’s Day
April 18

Memorial Day
May 31

Independence Day
July 4

Labor Day
September 5

Indigenous People Day
October 10

Veteran’s Day
November 10

Thanksgiving
November 24

Christmas
December 26

Contact Us

Physical Address:
Town of Owls Head
224 Ash Point Drive
Owls Head, ME 04854
207-594-7434
Fax 207-594-7598

Mailing Address:
Town of Owls Head
224 Ash Point Drive
Owls Head, ME 04854

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