THIS IS THE NEWS PAGE FOR THE TOWN OF HANCOCK
Here we will post new items, reminders, updates and pertinent information weekly. Please keep checking back as you might miss something important if you don't!
The Town reviewed the calendar for 2018 and have made some changes to office hours due to Holidays. You can view the calendar's for July and December here. We will be closed July 4-6, the regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen normally held the 1st Wednesday (July 4), is rescheduled to July 10, and we will be closing at noon on December 24th, closed December 25-26. Please plan ahead if you have business to contend with. Also, remember that many services are available online.
The Town of Sullivan and their new 'Age Friendly' programs are offering to Hancock residents, age 60 or older, who struggle with not having enough food to sign up for a Supplemental Food Program. You can sign up on May 23rd from 9am-noon at the Sullivan Town Office at 1888 US Highway 1. Each month, you would receive 30lbs of food! This program generally requires a trip to Bangor, however Age Friendly Sullivan wants to bring it to those who can't get out, without a car, or who otherwise wouldn't be able to take advantage of this program. Please click here to view the flyer, or here to view a letter from Sullivan!
The Town of Hancock results for Town Meeting Elections of Officers can be viewed here. Antonio Blasi won 2 seats. Once he chooses which seat he wishes to accept, the other will remain vacant. When using the write in feature in any election, it is good to keep in mind that if a write in candidate wins, and does not accept the seat, it remains vacant. If you plan to use write in's, you should check with them to see if they would accept the position before the vote. Also, not to write in the same person for multiple seats as the law only allows one seat to be held at a time. The Clerk usually keeps a list of write ins willing to accept certain seats. They can't be posted in the polling place on election day, however the Clerk can show you over the Clerk counter if you wish. Write ins only need 1 vote to win, or majority if multiple candidates are in the running.
Ranked Choice Voting
If you have questions regarding Ranked Choice Voting, please contact the office. There are some outside entities that are not passing out all the correct information. We have the State approved rules and procedures here in office. We will do our best to guide each voter in June through the new ballot. If you get confused, please ask an election official for help. We can read your ballot to you, instruct you on the method to properly mark your ballot and assist you with voting. We CANNOT, and we will not, tell you how to vote or for whom you should vote. The State has a RCV resource page that can be viewed here
. There is some really good information here. Again, if you are confused or require some more information, please contact your election officials and not the agencies passing out only some
of the proper information.
There is a rumor that Coastal Recycling is closing. The Coastal Recycling Board of Directors, and Hancock Representative, would like the users to know, that is not happening. They currently have a budget that was passed through 6/30/2019 and plan to operate as normal.
2018 Dog Licensing Information- ******PAST DUE******
THE LATE FEE NOW APPLIES TO ALL RENEWAL LICENSES. DOGS THAT REMAIN UN-LICENSED BY SPRING WILL GET NOTICES FROM THE ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER WHICH MAY INCLUDE A SUMMONS FOR AN UNLICENSED DOG IN ACCORDANCE WITH STATE STATUTES. HANCOCK STILL HAS 40 UNLICENSED DOGS IN TOWN.
On 2/1/2018 a $25.00 late fee per dog is assessed, no exceptions, PLUS the license fee.
To license your dog, you will need the current rabies certificate, spay/neuter papers, and method of payment. Licensing can be done via mail, online (click the dog on the homepage to be directed), in person, or dropping the paperwork off in the mail box just outside the front door. A dog that has been fixed, is $6.00, and a un-altered dog is $11.00.
The State Law on dog licenses can be viewed here
This is my son's dog, Encie- a rare moment of good behavior!! (at the groomer of all places!) She is a goldendoodle; 75% Poodle, 25% Golden Retriever, though I am sure she takes after the poodle side much more!
POLICY FOR PAYMENTS ON DELINQUENT TAX ACCOUNTS
The Board of Selectmen have instituted a new policy for the acceptance of all tax lien and tax foreclosure accounts. If you have a lien, lien notice, or foreclosure notice sent to you, all payments for those accounts must be made by a certified bank check, cash, or debit/credit card. No personal checks will be accepted.
If you are unsure if this applies to you, please give us a call and we will assist you with your payment options.
Hancock issues marriage licenses to Hancock residents by appointment only. There is a new electronic system for marriage licensing that is taking 30 minutes to 1 hour to fully process. Scheduling these helps us help you by ensuring someone will be available to issue it and ensuring you will have the appropriate paperwork and time to complete the process. To schedule, please call the office. Appointments are limited to certain days and hours.