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!
During the Election in November, our Tax Assessor would like you to bring in non perishable food donations to benefit the Hancock Grammar School backpack program. All non perishables will be accepted, but HGS sees a large need for the following items: Peanut Butter, Jelly, Macaroni and Cheese, Chef Boy R Dee products, Cereal, Spaghetti, Spaghetti Sauces, Fruit/Granola Bars, Breakfast bars, Fruit cups, and pudding cups. Please consider ensuring our students and community have access to a basic necessity that so many of us take for granted. Food poverty is a growing issue across the State and YOU can help!
The State of Maine election will take place on November 6, 2018. This election is a General and Referendum election. You can view the ballot questions by clicking here. You will be directed to the Maine.Gov site. You can also view the Resource Page for Ranked Choice Voting to learn how this will change how we vote by clicking here. Absentee Ballots will be available soon. You can apply in writing anytime, and one will be mailed to you when they are available. Online Absentee requests can be completed here.
The Town of Hancock was awarded 2 federal EPA grants in May to assist in cleaning up the former Ellsworth Hancock tannery. The funds will be received this fall. The Ellsworth American published an article this Spring that you can view here
. You can also view the EPA regional facebook page
and view all the updates on grants in our region, view photos and other news. They posted in May the press release and photo of Sheri Walsh, of Hancock County Planning Commission accepting our $400,000 check. Sheri is in the middle section with black pants, floral top and hair pulled back.
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.
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.