The Magic City Monthly

July 2022

Letter from the Manager

Greetings from the Millinocket Town Office!

It is so exciting to see this newsletter brought from idea to action. This effort is led by Amber Wheaton, our Community Initiative’s Director, in partnership with our department heads and committee chairs. Our goal is to keep our community “in the know” with regular updates straight from the source!

Please encourage your friends and neighbors to sign up for convenient e-updates from the Town. A sign-up sheet is also available in-person at the Town Office. We will be using this platform for monthly newsletters, periodic updates, and announcements on important topics.

Don’t let the headlines fool you. There are plenty of great things happening in Millinocket as well as opportunities to jump in and get involved! My door is almost alwas open to members of our community who want to talk or just say "Hi!" Email, call, or stop in anytime!

Peter Jamieson, Town Manager

Veterans Memorial Park 

Veterans Memorial Park has had a few upgrades already this summer. With the Community Development Block Grant there has been additional electricity added. This project will be complete as soon the new light poles and fixtures come in. 

You may also notice the newly planted trees, this is brought to the park by the Canopy Project. We would like to thank all volunteers who made this possible!

Engage, Participate, & Subscribe!

Stay in the know by attending the various Council and Committee meetings. We appreciate any and all input and feedback. Please remember this is YOUR community and YOUR voice matters. Click here to view the current meetings calendar. If you cannot attend a meeting you can stay in the know by watching the recordings on our YouTube Channel. Feel free to subscribe to the channel to stay up to date. 

The Millinocket Town Council meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 5:30. Meetings are held in-person in Charles Sanders Council Chambers and remote access available via Zoom. CLICK HERE for more information regarding town council meetings! Please considering joining these meetings are participating in the discussion. All are welcome!

One North Update

  •   Advertisements for bids have been published for the EPA Brownfields cleanup project at the admin building; 
  •      The scope of work includes cleanup of all hazardous materials such as, asbestos and lead paint.

Our Katahdin Community Project

  • Joy McEwen will be starting to paint the wall mural in downtown Millinocket!

Municiple Updates

Town Clerk & Tax Collector

  • Tax or Wastewater Payments: online payments are available, as well as mail, drop box, phone or in person
  • FY21/22 delinquent taxes matured to Liens on July 15, 2022, payments will be applied to the oldest outstanding balance and are accepted up to 18 months from the Lien date maturing to an Automatic Foreclosure
  • 3rd Quarter Wastewater Billing: Bill Date - 7/27/2022, Due Date - 8/25/2022 
  • Preparing for November’s Municipal Election: Town Council & School Board Nomination Papers will be available to qualified residents of Millinocket on 8/1/2022 in the Town Clerk’s Office during regular business hours and are due back in office by 4:00pm on 9/9/2022

Diana Lakeman, Town Clerk

Millinocket Municipal Airport 

  • We are servicing all types of aircraft to include Private Jets, General Aviation, Life Flight Helicopters and Fixed Wing, Maine Forest Service Helicopters, Amy National Guard Helicopters, and Private Helicopters with both Jet Fuel and Avgas. 
  • July 3rd we received our new mowing equipment, a 45hp Kioti tractor with a 12ft flex wing finish mower. This new equipment is appropriately sized for the job and is working out well. 
  • Brush cutting on airport, along with Hangar and Fuel house painting will be starting soon. 

Jeff Campbell, Airport Manager

Waste Water

  • The Elm / Bates Streets Sewer Upgrade project was finished in the month of June.
  • The State's Street Sewer Upgrade project in the new development had the paving completed last week. All that is left are a few small spots to touch up with paving.
  • The Main Pump Station Upgrade project is projected to start later this winter. 
  •  We would like to remind the residents of Millinocket to please not flush wipes, paper towels, grease, plastics, Q-tips or anything other than toilet paper into the sewer system. These items are causing extreme plugs to the sewer system and costly maintenance to our pumping stations. We would like to thank the residents for this consideration.

James Charette,

Waste Water Treatment Facility Superintendent 

East Millinocket Police Department

  • With summer in full swing it has brought a large increase in tourist traffic. Officers have been increasing their enforcement of aggressive, unsafe, distracted and intoxicated drivers. 
  • We have also seen an increase in thefts and want to remind everyone to look their vehicles and homes.

Cameron McDunnah,

Chief of East Millinocket Police Department

Department Deep Dive

The Town's Mechanic, Bryan Duprey, completely refurbished this 2002 pickup in-house for use at Public Works. Nice project and less cost than a new truck! 

In fact, he takes such good care of our town-owned vehicles, we were able to use Millinocket's own Pelletier's Manufacturing to re-built just the dump bodies of two plow trucks, rather than having to purchase them brand new. This effort supported a local business and ultimately saved the community around $250,000!

"It is always busy for the department, and I am proud of them for what they do being such a small staff." 

- Ralph Soucier, Director of Public Works

Public Works 

  • Just finished 2 LED building light projects at Public Works and The Transfer Site Compactor Buildings. This is a rebate program from Efficiency Maine that pays the Town back 25-30% of the cost of the materials. It will improve safety and reduce energy use. 
  • A new state-of-the-art traffic control system has been installed at the intersection of Central and Sycamore Street which will replace the in the road vehicle detection wires that keep breaking causing erratic traffic signals backing up traffic. This new system is a above ground optical single camera that looks at the whole intersection at one time. It can monitor bicycles and pedestrians along with vehicles. This will improve safety and reliability at this busy intersection. 
  • The Public Works crew has been busy painting the traffic line crosswalks and parking bays, mowing grass on roadside and park areas, cutting tree limbs to improve visibility, and doing maintenance on the fleet equipment which is very well maintained. 
  • The Cemetery Crew has been very busy keeping up with the grass cutting and doing burials at the same time. We have a volunteer also doing great work fixing the old section that has leaning and tipped stones.
  • A lot of sewer work has been completed across the tracks and in the new development area. The paving of them streets has also been completed. 
  • Several streets and sidewalks are on the list for this summer to be upgraded. 
  • We received the Way Finding signs and are in the process of identifying locations to install them soon.
  • Public Works is also working on replacing the street signs that are faded. The ultraviolet rays from the sun cause fading on the white lettering. 

Road and Sidewalk Repairs 

Below are planned repairs on the streets and sidewalks. You can expect to see these fixes over the next few months. We appreciate your patience as Public Works diligently works to make this happen!


  1. Prospect - Hemlock to York Corner
  2. Somerset - from Popular to Hospital
  3. Maple and Journal - from Eastland
  4. Crestview Circle
  5. High Street
  6. Main Street- from Central to Popular
  7. Conn- New Jersey to Canyon


  1. Bates Street- Station Rd. to Rush Blvd.
  2. Central- from Maine to Katahdin & Katahdin to Colby
  3. Katahdin- From Poplar to Central East Side
  4. Main Street (Penobscot Ave.) Brick Repairs 

Spot Repairs:

  1. Central Street: 800'x13' outside travel lane
  2. From State to Penobscot Ave.
  3. Congress - Corner by the boat landing and park
  4. Intersections on Central and Congress
  5. Intersection on Orchard and Central
  6. Intersection on State and Central
  7. Intersection of Aroostook and Central
  8. Public Works catch basin and manhole

Upcoming Community Events


Community Movie Night

We are currently in the process of making community movie nights a regular occurrence. Stay tuned for the announcement of our first movie night, where it is located and what movie we will be showing! You can stay up to date with this information by joining us on constant contact!


Granite Street PTO Back to School Celebration:

August 20th, 2022 11am-2pm at the Town of Millinocket Fire Station

Come join us for an afternoon of hotdogs, ice cream/, fire trucks and FREE school supplies from the Granite Street PTO!

The Millinocket Memorial Library has various events in the month of August, please check out the events calendar on their website so you can join in on the fun! 

Millinocket Memorial Library Webpage

Trails End Festival

September 16th & 17th at Veterans Memorial Park and September 18th at Crandall's Park

Join in on a weekend of food, music and fun! Check out the Trails End Festival website to see all that is planned so far, there is more to come. 

The committee is still seeking volunteers to help out that weekend. There is also still available space for vendors. Please email with any interest! 


The Town of Millinocket is currently seeking volunteers to help with various events and projects! Join our team to help make our community a great place to live! CLICK HERE to sign up online or stop by the Town Office to sign up person.   We are looking forward to meeting all community members who want to help make a difference!

Contact Us

Millinocket Town Office

197 Penobscot Ave

Millinocket, ME 04462

(207) 723-7000