OWLS HEAD — The Maine Legislature gave final approval last week and Gov. Janet Mills signed into law new boundaries for congressional, legislative and county commissioner districts across the state.

There were some adjustments locally with the one getting the most criticism being the splitting of Owls Head into two separate legislative districts.

State Reps. Ann Matlack, D-St. George, and Valli Geiger, D-Rockland, attended the Oct. 4 meeting of the Owls Head Select Board meeting.

Board Chair Gordon Page said the approval was done for political expediency. Select Board member Linda Post said it would be a burden on town government to manage elections with the community split into two districts.

Reapportionment occurs every 10 years after the U.S. Census is released. The goal is to have districts as close to the same population as possible. Owls Head was split into two House districts for 10 years following the 2000 Census, but was returned to one district following the 2010 Census.

There were also adjustments locally in the county commissioner districts. The only change to the state Senate seat is Isle au Haut, moved into the largely Hancock County district. Another significant change for state representative seats is the separation of Vinalhaven and North Haven into separate districts.

The following are the new districts in the Midcoast.

State Representative District 15: In Knox County are the municipalities of Isle au Haut and Vinalhaven. In Hancock County are the municipalities of Brooklin, Deer Isle, Frenchboro, Southwest Harbor, Stonington, Swans Island and Tremont.

State Representative District 40: In Knox County are the municipality of Appleton. In Waldo County are the municipalities of Islesboro, Liberty, Lincolnville, Montville, Morrill and Searsmont.

State Representative District 41: In Knox County are the municipalities of Camden and Rockport.

State Representative District 42: In Knox County are the municipalities of Rockland, North Haven, Criehaven, Matinicus Isle, Muscle Ridge Islands and the part of the municipality of Owls Head, generally north and northwest of a line described as follows: Beginning at the point where Dublin Road begins at the border of South Thomaston, then west along the centerline of Dublin Road until it intersects with Ash Point Drive, then northwest along the centerline of Ash Point Drive until it intersects with South Shore Drive, finally northeast along the centerline of South Shore Drive until the bridge over the estuary.

State Representative District 43: In Knox County are the municipalities of Cushing, South Thomaston, St. George and Thomaston; and the part of the municipality of Owls Head generally south and southeast of a line described as follows: Beginning at the point where Dublin Road begins at the border of South Thomaston, then east along the centerline of Dublin Road until it intersects with Ash Point Drive, then
northwest along the centerline of Ash Point Drive until it intersects with South Shore Drive, finally northeast along the centerline of South Shore Drive until the bridge over the estuary.

State Representative District 44: In Knox County are the municipalities of Hope, Union and Warren.

State Representative District 45: In Knox County are the municipalities of Friendship and Washington; and in Lincoln County are the municipalities of Bremen, Louds Island and Waldoboro.

The State Senate District 12 seat will include all of Knox County except for the towns of Washington and Isle au Haut.

In Knox County, the District 1 county commissioner seat held currently by Dorothy Meriwether will lose Owls Head but add St. George to its coverage area. The district will represent Rockland, St. George, South Thomaston and Thomaston.

District 2, the seat currently held by Richard Parent Jr., will lose St. George, but add Appleton. The district will encompass Appleton, Cushing, Friendship, Union, Warren and Washington.

District 3, the seat currently held by Sharyn Pohlman, loses Appleton but adds Owls Head. The district will encompass Camden, Hope, Isle au Haut, Matinicus, North Haven, Owls Head, Rockport, Vinalhaven and the unorganized townships of Criehaven and Muscle Ridge Islands.

(Correction: Islesboro will be in Maine House District 40. There had been a proposal to move Islesboro to a different district but that was changed at the final meeting of the Reapportionment Commission. And Belmont will remain in a House District with Belfast and Northport.)

The new Maine House districts.