November 7, 2023, State of Maine Referendum
Questions Appearing on the November 7, 2023 Ballot
Maine Citizen’s Guide to the Referendum Election
We are accepting Absentee Ballot requests at this time. We will be receiving ballots the second week in October. You must request an Absentee Ballot by the close of business on Thursday, November 2nd.
If you are interested in receiving an Absentee Ballot, there are multiple ways to request one:
- Submit your request online
- Print and mail the request to the Town Office
- Call the Town Office during normal business hours
- In person
At its meeting on September 18, the Select Board adopted a set of rules and regulations to apply to the Town’s three cemeteries. The rules govern the sale of rights to use lots in the cemeteries, maintenance responsibilities, monument specifications, decorations, and visitor use, among other things.
Continue reading “Cemetery Rules Adopted”
Falls Bridge Road will be closed near Wharf Road on Tuesday, September 26, while MDOT installs new underground piping.
In light of the storm forecast for tomorrow, the Transfer Station will be closed on Saturday, September 16. The facility is open today, and staff have been asked to secure loose, valuable, or dangerous items over the course of the day.
We expect the Transfer Station will observe its normal opening hours next week.
In a press release issued today, the Select Board announced that Julie Atwell will join Town staff as Town Administrator, effective on or about September 29, 2023. Ms. Atwell has been Town Administrator in Jackson, NH for more than ten years and brings substantial experience relevant to Blue Hill.
The LD 290 “Property Tax Stabilization for Senior Citizens” program, enacted in August 2022, was repealed by the Maine Legislature on July 6, 2023.
The popularly regarded program had allowed Maine seniors 65 and older who owned a permanent residence for at least 10 years and were receiving (or eligible for) a homestead exemption, to freeze taxes at the previous year’s level regardless of income.
The repeal of this program means there will be no reapplication process and no need to follow-up with the Assessing Department in late August/early September, as previously communicated.
The Town has agreed to work with the Blue Hill YMCA to offer a recreational soccer program this fall. Blue Hill residents receive a preferential rate for participation; they should specify BHSoccer23 if registering online or mention their residency if registering by phone.
Continue reading “Fall Soccer Program Registration OPEN”
The Town of Blue Hill has identified certain computer equipment that it no longer needs and is offering this equipment for sale to Blue Hill taxpayers and residents. There are several desktop computers, external and internal storage devices, networking equipment and a monitor.
Continue reading “Surplus Computer Equipment SALE”
Town Administrator Nick Nadeau formally tendered his resignation at last night’s Select Board meeting, following up on a letter he emailed to the Board on Friday afternoon.
The Select Board voted to accept his resignation, effective August 11, and prepared the following statement:
We, the Blue Hill Select Board, are deeply disappointed by Nick Nadeau’s resignation as our town administrator. He was doing a good job for our Town and has great potential as a municipal administrator. His decision to terminate his two-year employment agreement after only one year was solely his decision and within his rights. We appreciate his service and wish him the best going forward.
We will begin the search for a new Town Administrator immediately. In the interim, the Select Board members will work with the staff to make the transition period as seamless as possible.
The playground at the Town Park off of Water Street will be removed on July 5th and replaced the week of July 10th with the new one. Please stay out of the work area and off the other equipment until construction of the new playground is completed, hopefully by July 14th.