ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Owls Head Stump Dump will be closed on Saturday February 04, 2023 due to the extreme cold.

THE HELEN F. WYLIE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PICK UP HERE AT THE TOWN OFFICE.
Deputy Town Clerk/Deputy Tax Collector
Deputy Treasurer/Deputy Registrar
The Town of Owls Head is seeking qualified candidates to apply to fill a vacancy due to the internal promotion of one of our valued office staff members.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to assisting the select board with a variety of tasks including the preparation of agendas and minutes of meetings of the select board and some committees, coordinating and distributing communications, and working closely with the public while assisting the Town Clerk/Tax Collector, the Treasurer, and the Registrar, in the performance of their respective duties. Additional responsibilities may include duties related to general assistance, freedom of access, and researching, drafting, and submitting grant applications.  This non-partisan position involves frequent in-person and telephone/email contact with the general public, other town employees, elected and appointed town officials, and outside agencies, and requires a high degree of professional demeanor and confidentiality.
All applicants must be bondable, and pass a criminal background check.  Prior municipal work experience and knowledge of TRIO software or equivalent is a plus, but not required.  This is an hourly position with health benefits and PTO, based on a 32-hour, Monday through Thursday work week, and requires occasional evening and weekend work.
Starting Hourly Range: $18 - $20 per hour, based on experience.
Applications must be received no later than Jan 30th at Noon.
Mail your completed application in a sealed envelope via U.S.P.S. clearly marked and addressed as follows:
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT/DEPUTY TOWN CLERK/
DEPUTY TAX COLLECTOR VACANCY
Town of Owls Head
224 Ash Point Drive
Owls Head, ME 04854
ATTN: SELECT BOARD
Completed application forms may be accompanied by a resume and cover letter. To be considered, a completed application form is required.
No Phone Calls or Emails Please.
The Town of Owls Head is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Owls Head job application

REMINDER:
Dogs six months and older are required to be licensed. It’s the law.
New licenses are now available now.   A late fee of $25 will be added after January 31, 2023.

CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
HOURS:  Thursdays 8 am - 3 pm 

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.

MOORINGS
2023 Mooring Fees Renewals are due by JULY.  Many mooring fees did not get paid last year.  This fee helps the town maintain our harbors and also pay our Harbor/Deputy Harbor Master salaries.  Please remember to pay your mooring fees. 
$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

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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 second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. All are welcome. Meetings are currently being held at the OH Village Library.

CONTACT US

conservationcommittee@owlshead.maine.gov

MEETING MINUTES

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ANNUAL REPORTS

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2016

News, Events and Links

NOTE CHANGE OF DATE! Beginning in January, 2023, OHCC will meet on the second Tuesday of each month. Tuesday,February 14 at 6:00 p.m., monthly meeting of the Commission at the Owls Head Village Library. Masks optional.  Agenda.

This year’s Pumpkin Walk on October 28 & 29 was a great success thanks to generous donations by the following businesses: Plants Unlimited, Beth’s Farm Market, Hannaford’s, Shaw’s, Lowe’s, and the Knox County Sheriff’s Department. Thank you all very much.

We couldn’t have done it without the many efforts of neighbors, who carved their own pumpkins as well as the Baptist Church group, home school group, and the amazing Girl Scout Troop 191, who carved over 40 pumpkins. So many individuals helped to make the evening a truly special event.

The Owls Head Conservation Commission is committed to strengthening community through the experiences we can share with nature; come walk the Plaisted Preserve!

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 EXPANDS. Plaisted Preserve now includes an additional 7+ acres,  which features an interior wetland surrounded by ferns, mosses and mixed hardwood trees.  The land was purchased by the Town on September 30th with donations from friends and neighbors and matching funds from Land for Maine’s Future.  The new parcel is now included in the original easement held by Georges River Land Trust, which assures that the eighteen acre property will remain protected in our time and for future generations.

The OHCC wishes to thank the many generous supporters of the expansion project and also wishes to acknowledge the grant received from Land for Maine’s Future. Remaining donations will be used for ongoing maintenance projects and signage within the preserve.

Come and walk the trails, enjoy community events, or join a work party.  Volunteers are always  welcome!

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 in July, 2021, 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 Seventeen+-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.

Purchased in part with funds from Land for Maine’s Future, protected by George’s River Land Trust and owned by the Town of Owls Head.

 

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

Cash, Check, or Credit Card (2.5% service fee on credit cards)

Office Hours

Monday - 8am to 5pm

Tuesday - 8am to 5pm

Wednesday - 8am to 5pm

Thursday - 8am to 5pm

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday - Closed

Quick Contacts

Administrative Assistant:
VACANT
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Tax Collector:
Eleanor Stone
EMAIL

Town Clerk:
Eleanor Stone
EMAIL

Treasurer:
Catherine Birmingham
EMAIL

Holidays 2023

New Year’s Day
Mon January 2

Martin Luther King Day
Mon January 16

President’s Day
Mon February 20

Patriot’s Day
Mon April 17

Memorial Day
Mon May 29

Juneteenth
Mon June 19

Independence Day
Tues July 4

Labor Day
Mon September 04

Indigenous People’s Day/ Columbus Day
Mon October 9

Veterans Day
Thurs November 8

Thanksgiving
Thurs November 23

Christmas Day
Mon December 25

 

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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