News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, April 18, 2019
Arbor Day 2019 announced in Castine

by Monique Labbe

Arbor Day in Castine is scheduled for April 27 this year, coinciding with the town’s Green Up Day. The members of the board of selectmen, without chairman Peter Vogell, decided on the date during the April 16 meeting of the board.

Castine has been declared a “tree city” for nine years, according to Town Manager Jimmy Goodson, and is the smallest municipality in the state to have that designation.

Arbor Day will begin an eight day period where the brush fees at the transfer station will be waived until May 4, allowing residents to bring their brush piles from home spring cleanup to the station and dispose of them without charges. The town used to allow this for a month, but Goodson said that because it costs the transfer station $5,000 a year to have brush ground and hauled away, the town decided to do it for a week instead.

During his town manager’s report, Goodson also noted that Bastille Day 2019 will be on Sunday this year instead of a Saturday, which is when it was originally announced. The date is scheduled for July 14, and will feature the popular Dinner en Blanc again this year.

The selectmen announced that there will be an informational meeting to discuss the town meeting warrant on May 6, ahead of the May 11 town meeting. That meeting is scheduled to take place prior to the regular meeting of the board of selectmen. Town reports will be available at Emerson Hall beginning May 3.

The next meetings of the board of selectmen are scheduled for May 6 and May 20, both at 4 p.m.