New Residents

Welcome to Winthrop! Moving can be stressful and relocating is overwhelming. Let us help you navigate through the necessities, such as public utilities, trash and recycling, voter registration, a public library card, and enjoying all that our community and region has to offer!

Winthrop operates under the council-manager form of government. Under this system, the strong political leadership of elected officials in the Council is combined with the strong administration direction of the Town Manager, the appointed chief administrator of the Town Government.
The council-manager plan is intended to provide for the maximum amount of participation by citizens. The voters elect the Council to govern their community, and the Council chooses the Town Manager to carry out its decisions.

The Council is elected at-large on a non-partisan basis for staggered three-year terms.
The Council meets the first Monday of the month in a formal session. One of the most important programs undertaken by the Council on an annual basis is the Town Budget. Through the budgetary process, plans for the next fiscal year are formulated. The community's leadership (department heads) creates a plan for the Town to achieve its desired results in the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1 of each year.

The Council hires the Town Manager to serve as the Council's full-time executive. The Manager brings to the community the benefits of training and experience in administering a local government's staff, its projects, and its programs. 
The Town Manager prepares the annual budget at the direction of the Council, which reviews, and approves it in its final form. Other responsibilities of the Manager include appointment of Town employees, administrative control over departments, attending all meetings of the Council, and makes necessary purchases and performs such duties as may be required by ordinance, resolution, or direction of the Town Council.

Located at 17 Highland Avenue, at the corner of Main Street and Highland Avenue, and directly across from Greenwood Avenue.  Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; Town Office staff can be reached at 207-377-7200. A municipal parking lot is located on the property. 

Emergency services are available 24/7 by calling 911. The Winthrop Police Department can be reached at 207-377-7226.

The Winthrop Transfer Station is located at 1199 US-202 and can be reached at 207-377-7222. The Transfer Station is open from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Permit stickers are available at the Transfer Station for $10 for the first sticker and $2 for additional stickers per household/vehicle.

To establish water and sewer service or to check to see if you live in a serviceable area, call the Winthrop Utilities District at 207-377-2712.
Narrows Pond is the primary source and Maranacook Lake is the secondary source for drinking water for the Town of Winthrop.

Regular meetings of the Council are held on the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at Town Office.

Winthrop’s recreation department is administered by the Winthrop Area YMCA located at 29 Town Hall Lane. The department offers summer recreation, afterschool programs, open gym for youth and adults, lifeguards at the Maranacook beach, and most all youth sports programs in town.
Additionally, youth ice hockey programs are offered by Maranacook Youth Hockey:, and youth lacrosse programs are offered by Kennebec Youth Lacrosse:

The C.M. Bailey Public Library offers free memberships to anyone who lives, works, or attends school in Winthrop. The library is located at 39 Bowdoin Street and can be reached at 207-377-8673.