Town Office Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 8:00am to 4:00 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00am to 6:30 p.m.
and Friday: 8:00am to Noon.
Closed Saturday, Sunday, and all Holidays.

Office Closing

The town office will be closed Monday, May 31st to observe Memorial Day.

Selectmen's Meeting

The Selectmen’s meeting on Thursday May 13th will be an in-person meeting (masked and socially distanced) at 6:30 pm at the town office.

Selectmen's meetings are normally held at the town office - 682 Main Street.

The Selectmen’s meeting agenda is usually posted by 3:00 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to the meeting date. To see the agenda for this meeting, click here.

Contact Information.

Mailing Address:
PO Box 129
North Vassalboro
Maine 04962

Phone (207) 872-2826
Fax: (207) 872-5414

Physical Address
682 Main Street

Town Facts

County: Kennebec
Senate District: 15
House District: 80
Congressional District: 1
Population: 4,335
Area: 48 sq miles
Population density per sq. mile: 90.3

Website updates

To contact the webmaster to report errors or to request additions, contact David Jenney at dgjenney@gmail.com or the Town Manager at msabins@vassalboro.net

Welcome to the Town of Vassalboro, Maine


The town office located at 682 Main Street (Route 32), North Vassalboro. Civil war monument in the park at China Lake on Rt. #32.  Photo by Mary Sabins View from Taber Hill (spring/summer).  Photo by Mary Sabins (Vassalboro Maine)  China Lake view taken from Outlet Stream dam house.  Photo by Mary Sabins. Aerial photo of Webber Pond courtesy of Fox Photo. (Vassalboro Maine) North Village swimming area in early morning fog.  Photo by Dan Feeney. The falls at Ladd Dam.  Property owned by Ray Breton.  Photo by Mary Sabins. North Village swimming area in the fall.  Property owned by Ray Breton. Photo by Mary Sabins. Ladd Dam swimming hole owned by Ray Breton in North Village area.  Photo taken by Mary Sabins. Town Office sign and flower bed.  Photo taken by Mary Sabins. (Vassalboro Maine) Bald eagle on a hunt on Seven Mile Stream off Dam Road.  Photo taken by Dan Feeney. Kayaking on the Kennebec with the Conservation Commission. Photo contributed by Mary Ellen Johnston. Three mile pond on a calm hazy morning.  Photo taken by Dan Feeney.                           Sunrise on Three Mile Pond taken from public boat launch area off Rt. #3. Photo taken by Dan Feeney Pond road leaves starting to change color. Photo taken by Jan Clowes
China Lake blue heron, Vassalboro Maine. Photo taken by Jan Clowes China lake landing and alewives in stream. Photo taken by Jan Clowes Duck on a pier in Vassalboro, Spring 2016. Photo taken by Jan Clowes

About Vassalboro

Vassalboro will be celebrating in 2021 its 250th anniversary since incorporation. Plans for celebrating this milestone are well underway including improvements to Monument Park. First settled in 1760 and incorporated in 1771, Vassalboro is today a community committed to a rural quality of life, a sound education system and good old Yankee frugality. State data shows Vassalboro’s tax rate below the average municipal rate in Maine and in Kennebec County. Yet, local roads are in good condition, recreational opportunities abound and educational offerings are superb.

On July 1, 2018, the Town formed a municipal school department following the dissolution of AOS 92. Vassalboro offers school choice for grades 9 -12. Most attend Erskine Academy but students also enroll in Waterville, Winslow, Cony and other area high schools. School choice draws families to our Town. The pre-K through 8 program is provided at the Vassalboro Community School (VCS). School Principal Dr. Megan Allen notes that Maine Educational Assessment scores show VCS exceeding state averages which is a testament to the wonderful staff, students and community that the school serves.

A big transition occurred in 2020 as the Vassalboro Sanitary District, with Town support, completed a $7 million upgrade and connection to the Kennebec Sanitary Treatment District. This investment combined with existing public water service opens up new business and development opportunities for the Town along Route 32. Another important new development is the Town’s successful effort to secure solar power to cover nearly all of the Town and School’s electricity costs. A new solar farm in Skowhegan will supply Vassalboro and other Maine local governments with reduced and stable power costs for the next twenty years.

The enhancement of our lake resources represents another major and ongoing initiative in Town. Through an organization named Maine Rivers and the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR), Vassalboro figures prominently in efforts to restore alewife runs. Successes at Webber Pond led to the clearing of upstream obstructions to Three Mile Pond and now the focus is on China Lake, with several organizations nearing the end of the multi-year project to remove or modify six dams on the outlet stream to facilitate that alewife run. Water quality is improving, the sport fishery is benefiting, annual alewife harvests are providing new revenues to Town coffers, and lakeshore property values are improving.

Vassalboro is home to the Maine Criminal Justice Academy and the Kennebec Water District’s treatment facility that serves five area municipalities. Also, in Vassalboro is the 36-hole Natanis Golf Course, Duratherm Window Corporation, major Kennebec Land Trust holdings with trails and the Alonzo Garcelon Wildlife Management Area containing Spectacle Pond.

Vassalboro - a great place to live and work.

What's New in Vassalboro


Boy scouts lead the Pledge of Allegiance during the Vassalboro 250th birthday celebration held on April 26, 2021 at Monument Park on Rt. #32 in front of the Civil War Monument. Pictured are: L to R: Scout Gabe Shorey, Former Selectman Lauchlin Titus, Vassalboro Historical Society President Jan Clowes, Kennebec County Historical Society President and Chair of the Kennebec County Commissioners Patsy Crockett, Vassalboro Select Board Chair and event organizer John Melrose, Scout Cole Fortin who lead the Pledge of Allegiance, Scout Michael Dellinger, and Scout Leader Bob Reed.


FULL TIME BOOKKEEPER NEEDED
TOWN OF VASSALBORO

The Town of Vassalboro is accepting applications for the full-time position of Bookkeeper who will process bi-weekly accounts payable and payroll warrants and maintain the financial records of the Town. Computer experience is essential; experience with TRIO municipal software is a plus. Municipal experience is preferred, but will train the right person. This opportunity offers a competitive wage and benefit package. Job application and job description are available here on this website by clicking the appropriate prior links, and at the town office or by mail by calling 872-2826. Applications and/or resumes should be delivered, mailed, or emailed to ensure timely delivery before noon on Friday, May 21, 2021 to the Vassalboro Town Office, Attn: Town Manager, PO Box 129; 682 Main Street, N. Vassalboro, ME 04962. Email: msabins@vassalboro.net EOE


Press Release: Town of Vassalboro
April 28, 2021
Contact: John Melrose, 207 441-4993

Kennebec Water District and Vassalboro Act on New Trail
The Kennebec Water District is approving a request by the Town of Vassalboro to extend existing trails in the Town Forest onto adjacent property owned by the District. This decision makes it possible to create a new 1.1 mile trail extension for hikers and enables access to a scenic section of Red Brook. The Town Forest lies in East Vassalboro just to the north of the Town’s recreational fields.

The District and the Town reached this agreement on April 15th when the respective Boards gave their consent. Vassalboro’s Town Trail Committee will take the lead in developing this new trail over the course of the next year. Roger Crouse, KWD’s General Manager, expressed gratitude over the opportunity to partner with the Town on this exciting project.

“Vassalboro’s focus on trails is growing with the creation of a Trails Committee two years ago,” said John Melrose, Select Board and Trails Committee Chair. He added, “we are seeing a growing interest in outdoor activities by the public due to the pandemic”. The Vassalboro Town website features eight trails in Town including the Town Forest trails.

Also on April 15th, the Vassalboro Select Board approved the naming of the Town Forest trail as “Red Brook Trail” and commissioned a sign to be made and posted at the new trail head off Bog Road. By agreement the work on the new trail section can commence on June 1, 2021. This project is one of several activities designed to commemorate Vassalboro’s 250th anniversary of incorporation as a Town in 1771.


Town Meeting and Election Information

The Annual Town Meeting will be held on Monday, June 7th at 6:30 p.m. at the Vassalboro Community School, located at 1116 Webber Pond Road. The Town Meeting Warrant is available by clicking HERE. Town Reports will be available by the first of June. The Municipal Election will be held at the town office on Tuesday, June 8th, with polling hours from 8 am to 8 pm. Absentee ballots will be available soon. Call 872-2826 or email Town Clerk Cathy Coyne at cathy@vassalboro.net if you need to register to vote, have questions about the election, or need an absentee ballot.


Changes in the Vassalboro Code Office

Richard Dolby has returned as the Code Enforcement Officer and Plumbing/Building Inspector effective Tuesday, April 27th. The new hours for the CEO/LPI are Tuesday and Thursday from 8-4; Wednesday from 8-noon. Paul Mitnik retired from the CEO/LPI position on Friday, April 23rd. We thank Paul for his services and wish him well in his retirement. Welcome back, Dick Dolby!



1st item. A postal cancellation from any Vassalboro Post Office dated April 26th, 2021. Needs to show “Vassalboro”.

2nd item. A sales receipt dated April 27th, 2021 or later from any business located in Vassalboro.

3rd item: An item from the original Oak Grove Coburn School.

Vassalboro Sestercentennial Scavenger Hunt Rules

1) Must be a Vassalboro resident or sponsored by a Vassalboro resident.
2) Object is to find or get all things required.
3) There will be 21 items to get/find. One item a week will be posted on this website and the local community Facebook page on Tuesdays. First item will be listed on April 20th, the last item will be listed on Sept 7th.
4) Bring your items/list to the Olde Mill Place during Vassalboro Days weekend on Sept 11th, between 1pm-3pm.
5) Winner will be whoever gets/finds everything. If no one gets/finds everything, the person who has the most wins. In the event of a tie for either situation, a random drawing of those eligible will determine the winner of the $250 cash.
6) Have fun and good luck!

f.m.i. Contact Donald Breton dlbreton@roadrunner.com
or 313-3505.


Vassalboro Community Read will begin May 2021
www.vassalbororeads.me

 
The Vassalboro Community School Librarian - Melora Norman- and the Vassalboro Public Library Director -Brian Stanley- have received a grant from the American Library Association – Libraries Transforming Communities - to do a Community Read in Vassalboro.
 
The Community Read will begin in May and be centered around the Alewife Restoration Initiative in Vassalboro. The two books chosen are “Swimming Home” by Maine author Susan Hand Shetterly, and “The Alewives’ Tale” by Barbara Brennessel. Both of these books will be available through checkout at the library and will be donated to residents in the community.
 
We have invited the authors of the books and some experts of the Restoration Project to share their expertise via a special series of online presentations in May. These will be recorded and available on the website. Please check our website for a full list of events www.vassalbororeads.me

If you are an expert on any aspect of the Alewife Restoration Project or wish to volunteer and support our Community Read please reach out directly to the Vassalboro Public Library.

 



Vassalboro families! Do you know a 4 or a 5 year old that would be ready to enroll in either PreK or K for the 2021-2022 school year? Please contact the school with the following information to be put on our list for updates:

•Name of student

•Date of birth of student

•Parent/Guardian contact information: address, email

and phone numbers

That way we can be in touch when we know better what our registration and screening processes will look like. If you have any questions, please contact Megan Allen at: mallen@vcsvikings.org or call 923-3100. Thank you


In honor of Vassalboro’s 250th birthday, there will be a
TOWN WIDE YARD SALE
June 4-June 6
Addresses and days/times of sales will be noted on a map which will be made available at various locations.
Advertising will be provided.

If you are interested in participating, call Jan Clowes at 207-660-2854 and leave a message with your name, address, days and hours (any combination of days) of your sale or email the information to jastmaine@gmail.com.


Property Inspections

Town Assessor Ellery Bane is making visits around town from mid-February to mid-April to view changes in property values. He plans to knock on the door to introduce himself, but does not plan to enter the home due to Covid-19. Assessor Bane will have identification with him and a letter from the Town stating who he is and why he is there. Please verify any stranger’s identity.


Proposed Marijuana Business Ordinance

At their February 18th virtual meeting, the Select Board reviewed, revised, and adopted a final version of the proposed Marijuana Business Ordinance that will be presented to the Vassalboro voters for adoption during the municipal election to be held at the town office on June 8, 2021. Polling hours will be from 8 am to 8 pm.


Coronavirus - Resources

The Maine Municipal Association has launched a resource area on their website ( https://memun.org/Coronavirus-Resources ) dedicated to assisting member towns to anticipate and respond to the coronavirus public health issue. MMA plans to update this web area daily as the current situation develops, in Maine and beyond. Through this web page, the public can keep up to date on local, state, federal and world developments. MMA will rely on official sources of information such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, National League of Cities, etc. for their information



Vassalboro History Calendars are still available!

 

Vassalboro resident Don Breton has compiled a 2021 calendar that will be a must-have gift for history lovers! The calendar contains 47 copies of antique postcards depicting scenes from Vassalboro in the “olden days”. On each day of each month, a fact is noted that took place in the United States. On the reverse side of the calendar, the covers of the calendar open up to reveal a map of Vassalboro from 1879. The calendar is available at the town office during normal business hours and by calling Don Breton at 313-3505, or dlbreton@roadrunner.com. The price is $15 ea. Or if you want it mailed, send $20 to Don Breton, PO Box 12, N. Vassalboro, ME 04962. For each additional calendar, please add $1. Some of the proceeds will be used for Vassalboro’s 250th Birthday Celebration Scavenger Hunt next year, along with supporting some other local organizations.


Vassalboro Library is checking out STEM learning kits to students and parents. Many thanks to the Maine Public Library Fund for their grant support which made this project possible. After a brief orientation and registration process these kits can be checked out for at-home learning. Students and parents can then collaborate and learn together on a hybrid or homeschool schedule. These kits focus on engineering and circuitry with robotics and coding being released for checkout in the winter months. The majority of these kits are 8+ with only two kits for younger students. Please contact us to check on availability or with any questions - 923-3233, vplibrary@gmail.com


Dog Licenses for 2021 are now available at the Town Office. Please bring a current rabies vaccination certificate with you and a spay/neuter certificate (if applicable). The per-animal license fee is $6.00 for spayed/neutered dog; $11 for unsprayed/unneutered. Due to COVID-19, there will be no rabies clinic at the Fire Station this year.

UPDATE ON LATE FEES:

To protect the public by ensuring dogs are vaccinated against rabies, for the 2021 calendar year only, the January 1 deadline for dog licensure set forth in 7 M.R.S. §§ 3922(1)&(2) is extended to June 2, 2021. Late fees of $25.00 per dog will begin at that time.


For updates on what's going on with the Vassalboro Community School during the COV-19 prevention effort please visit the School website - by clicking https://www.vcsvikings.org/


Residents of Vassalboro Can Now Pay their Property/Real Estate Tax and Utility Payments Online

The Town of Vassalboro is pleased to announce our participation in the Maine PayPort Online service; a convenient way for citizens to pay their personal Property/Real Estate Tax and Utility Payments online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Town of Vassalboro already participates in Maine PayPort OTC, an over the counter solution that allows individuals and organizations to be able to pay for any service, fee, license, or product offered by the municipality, using a Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express credit card. While municipal participation in Maine PayPort is optional, the service has now grown to include over 110 municipalities.

Maine PayPort Online is a service offered by a third party working in partnership with the State of Maine and this municipality. As a part of the service, the designated portion of your payment will be remitted to the municipality on your behalf. The balance funds the operation of this and other Maine.gov online services. Conducting business through Maine PayPort Online is voluntary and the final cost may be higher than using other forms of payment.

Maine PayPort Online service is provided by InforME. InforME has been processing electronic payments for Maine state and local government since 1999. All private customer data is secured according to the most up-to-date and stringent security standards. InforME is CyberTrust certified the industry gold standard for security, and PCI/DSS compliant.

Maine PayPort Online can be accessed through the Vassalboro website by clicking on the icon below:

or at http://www.informe.org/payportonline Citizens who would like more information about the online services that are offered by Vassalboro are encouraged to contact the Town Hall at 207-872-2826.


Website Enhancements

The town tax map and assessment data can now be found on the Assessor’s page, and by clicking HERE.


Quick Service - Bureau of Motor Vehicles

Rapid Renewal Service

Vassalboro Library Hours

.Monday and Friday 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Wednesday and Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm

Transfer Station Hours

Tuesday 6:30 am to 4:30 pm
Thursday 6:30 am to 4:30 pm
Saturday 6:30 am to 4:30 pm
Sunday 6:30 am to 4:30 pm