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, October 14th for the Indigenous Peoples Day holiday.

Selectmen's Meeting

The next regular Selectmen's meeting is scheduled for 6:30pm Thursday October 17th at the Vassalboro Town Office.

Selectmen’s meetings are held at the Vassalboro Town Office, located at 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. First settled in 1760, 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 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). New school Principal Dr. Megan Allen notes that, “last year’s Maine Educational Assessment scores for English/Language Arts and Math showed VCS exceeding state averages, a testament to the wonderful staff, students and community that the school serves”.

  Another big transition is coming soon when the sewage treatment facilities in Town will be replaced with a $7 million connection to the Kennebec Sanitary Treatment District. This investment combined with existing public water service will open up new business and development opportunities for the Town along Route 32.
The enhancement of our lake resources represents another major and ongoing initiative in Town. Through the China Region Lakes Alliance (CRLA) 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 working 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

Notice of Public Hearing

VASSALBORO GENERAL ASSISTANCE ORDINANCE
APPENDICES (A-D)

The Selectmen will hold a Public Hearing on October 17, 2019 at 6:30 pm. at the Town Office to receive public comment prior to the adoption of the amended General Assistance Ordinance Appendices (A-D and H). Copies are available at the Town Office. The public is encouraged to attend.


Sample ballot for Tuesday November 5th election

Please click here to see the sample ballot.

How do I apply for and receive an absentee ballot?

Contact the municipal clerk in the town or city where you are registered to vote. Uniformed Service and Overseas voters will request an absentee ballot directly from the Secretary of State, Division of Elections.

You can make a telephone request to the Vassalboro Town Office at 872-2826 for your own ballot, which will be mailed to the address you provide to the clerk.

You can request your own ballot electronically using the Secretary of State’s online absentee ballot request service. The approved online form can be found at the following web site: http://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/AbsenteeBallot/index.pl

You can make a written request by completing an absentee ballot application. Additionally, you can obtain a ballot for an immediate family member in this same way. A ballot will be mailed to the voter directly or to an immediate family member making the request. Your municipal clerk can tell you who is considered an immediate family member under the law.


September 18, 2019
LED Streetlight Conversion


Vassalboro changed all 113 streetlight fixtures in town to LED energy efficient fixtures early in September. A couple of different options were looked at over the past three years toward making this change. The original option, and only viable one at the time, would have required the Town to purchase the old lights from CMP, pay to have them removed, purchase and have new LED fixtures installed, and be responsible for their maintenance over time. This was an expensive option upfront and would take 5-7 years to pay for itself as a result of the energy savings.

The recently completed project was done once Central Maine Power (CMP) decided to become pro-active about the statewide adoption of LED streetlights. CMP presented us with an option that made good sense and had no initial expense to the Town. We entered into a 15 year contract with CMP to remove the old lights and replace them with new LED fixtures. We continue to collect property tax on the light fixtures (we would not if the Town owned them) and we will realize significant cost savings to the Town as a result of the dramatic reduction in energy used by LED lights. In 2018 the Town paid $18,585 for streetlights. CMP estimates the annual fee to Vassalboro with LED streetlights will be around $13,700, creating a savings of $4800 annually to the Town of Vassalboro.

We hope residents appreciate the other advantages of LED streetlights beyond the immediate financial savings. The light on the street seems to provide the same level of visibility and safety that the old lights did. A noticeable difference is in the reduction of “light pollution”—light spilling into our yards and windows from the streetlights. This is noticeable when looking down the length of Main Street at night. The road is illuminated adequately, but each fixture looks like a small point of light. Lastly, the Town of Vassalboro has significantly lessened its carbon footprint with this change.

Lauchlin Titus
Chairman, Board of Selectmen


The only thing missing on this dapper boy is his 2020 Dog Tag!! Dog tags will be available October 15th.

Why should I license my dog?

Dog licensing has been an important part of combating the spread of rabies in the United States. The fee that you pay goes toward helping fund your animal control program and the animal welfare program. The tag your dog wears helps to identify the dog in the case that it gets lost.

When should I license my dog?

You may purchase a license for the upcoming year beginning on October 15th. The deadline to purchase your dog's license is January 31. After January 31, a late fee of $25 per dog is incurred.


§3922. Issuance of license


1. License; January 1st.  Each owner or keeper of a dog at the age of 6 months or more, on or before January lst of each year, shall obtain a license:
A. From the clerk of the municipality where the dog is kept; [2001, c. 422, §6 (AMD).]
B. From the dog recorder in the unorganized territory where the dog is kept or, in the absence of a duly authorized dog recorder, from a dog recorder in the nearest municipality or unorganized territory in the same county where the dog is kept; [2003, c. 405, §10 (AMD).]
C. From a person authorized to issue licenses under section 3923-F; or [2013, c. 115, §9 (AMD).]
D. From the department using the Internet in accordance with section 3923-G. [2003, c. 405, §12 (NEW).][2013, c. 115, §9 (AMD).]
2. License; after January 1st.  The owner or keeper, within 10 days of the conditions of paragraph A or B being met, shall obtain a license, if between January lst and October 15th of any year:
A. A dog reaches the age of 6 months or more; or [1997, c. 690, §14 (AMD).]
B. A person becomes the owner or keeper of a dog aged 6 months or more. [1997, c. 690, §14 (AMD).]

§3923-A. License and recording fees


Except as provided in subsection 3 and section 3923-C, a dog owner or keeper obtaining a license from a municipal clerk, dog licensing agent or dog recorder shall pay the license and recording fees established in this section. For purposes of this section, "dog licensing agent" means an animal shelter or a veterinarian pursuant to section 3923-F. [2013, c. 115, §10 (AMD).]

1. Dogs capable of producing young.   A dog owner or keeper shall pay a fee of $11 to the municipal clerk or dog licensing agent for each dog 6 months of age or older and capable of producing young. A dog is considered capable of producing young unless certification under subsection 2 is provided.
The municipal clerk or dog licensing agent shall retain a $1 recording fee and pay the remaining $10 to the department for deposit in the Animal Welfare Fund. [2013, c. 115, §10 (AMD).]
2. Dogs incapable of producing young.  A dog owner shall pay a fee of $6 to the municipal clerk or a dog licensing agent for each dog 6 months of age or older and incapable of producing young. A dog is considered incapable of producing young when the owner provides the following:

A. A written certificate issued by a veterinarian stating that the veterinarian has neutered the dog; [1997, c. 690, §15 (AMD).]
B. A written certificate issued by a veterinarian stating that the veterinarian has examined the dog and determined that the dog is incapable of producing young; or [1997, c. 690, §15 (AMD).]
C. A previous license stating that the dog is incapable of producing young. [1997, c. 690, §15 (AMD).]
The municipal clerk or dog licensing agent shall retain a $1 recording fee, deposit $2 in the municipality's animal welfare account established in accordance with section 3945 and pay the remaining $3 to the department for deposit in the Animal Welfare Fund.


Vassalboro Library Teen Book Club Every Friday starting August 9th from 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Click here to see poster.


Click here for information about arsenic in well water.


Upcoming SAVE THE MILL events:

Bottle Drive Everyday for Save the Mill at LaVerdiere’s General Store & Redemption Center in China at 1 Old Waterville Road! You may also drop off bottles at the Mill’s #7 loading dock.

To keep up with all the fun-raising, please check out the “SAVE THE MILL” page on Facebook! Thank you. https://www.facebook.com/groups/787714818075573/


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.


PACE Energy Loan

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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