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Dear North Berwick Residents:

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, all vehicle registrations that expired during the months of March, April, May or June, 2020, had been extended by Governor Mills.   If you have already registered your vehicle, thank you.    

If you have not yet registered your vehicle, pursuant to Governor Mill’s Executive Order 53-A, the Board of Selectmen has established June 30, 2020 as the deadline to register your vehicle’s expired registration in North Berwick.  Registrations can be performed online anytime on the Town’s website or in person at the Town Office during scheduled hours: Monday - Thursday 8am-4pm and Friday 8am-1pm.

Residents whose vehicle registrations expired during these months will be receiving postcards notifying them that their vehicles need to be registered by the June 30, 2020 deadline.  Thank you for your cooperation and patience as the Town Staff process the registrations with the COVID-19 restrictions in place.

To the Residents of North Berwick:
The Town of North Berwick continues to monitor the COVID-19 virus and its potential impact on our community. In keeping with Governor Mill’s Reopening Order and to limit the spread of the virus, the Town will begin operating in limited fashion beginning on May 18, 2020. Our goal is to ensure the safety of our employees and our residents in the most responsible ways possible. We apologize for the inconveniences that these measures will cause. It is important to avoid the need to shut down entirely through unintended exposure to the virus. We strongly encourage residents to practice social distancing to avoid potential contact, and also encourage everyone to call and check on neighbors, friends, and family to avoid social isolation. We are erring on the side of caution in order to do our best to slow the spread of this virus.

Memorial Day Parade: It is with great regret that the Board of Selectmen are forced to cancel the Memorial Day Parade scheduled for May 25, 2020.  It is important to recognize the service of our nation’s veterans, and the Memorial Day Parade has always been a part of that recognition. Our citizens can enjoy the freedom that we have in the United States due to the sacrifices made by our service men and women. Please be sure to honor and thank all veterans.

Re-Opening Plan:

North Berwick Town Offices

PHASE 1:  (May to June) In keeping with the Governor’s phasing order, the North Berwick Town Office will reopen on May 18, 2020 which will allow the public access to the Town Office. 

General:  Everyone visiting the Town Office Building is encouraged to wear masks or protective face coverings when entering the building

**All these requirements will remain in effect until social distancing measures are relaxed.

Office Hours:  The Town Office will have changed hours for the reopening, with the goal of moving to regular hours as restrictions begin to ease.  Office hours will be Monday – Thursday, 8am – 4pm and Friday, 9am – 1pm.  Please note:  For the current time there will be no evening hours on Thursday evening.

Access:  In order to maintain the 10 person limit and social distancing in the Town Office, a maximum of 3 people will be allowed in the Town Office at any one time: 2 in the Town Office to transact business, i.e. car registrations, boats, fishing licenses, etc., and 1 in the Administrative side (Code Enforcement/Assessing/Town Manager).  To control access, the security system has been set up to keep the main door locked and to “buzz” people through the door.  A barricade with signage will be placed at the steps for entry and people will be directed to exit via the wheel chair ramp. Everyone will be asked to wait outside and take turns entering and exiting the building.  (Accommodations will be made for handicapped individuals to utilize the handicap ramp for access to the building.)  The sidewalk will be marked off for social distancing or customers can stay in their vehicles during inclement weather.  Town Office Staff will monitor the door from the Town Office windows to limit staff interaction with customers.  In the Town Office, two work stations will be maintained for the transaction of business at either end of the counter and they will be marked. On the administrative side, a counter has been installed along with a plexiglass shield; customers will conduct business in the waiting area with staff.  NO customers are allowed in the administrative offices unless a staff member brings them into the office; a minimum 6 ft distance will be maintained between the staff member and customer. Only staff members are allowed on the other side of Town Office counter.

We encourage everyone to transact business through email, US mail and the Town’s website to limit the number of people in the Town Office at any one time.
Police:  People seeking the Police Department will be brought to the rear entrance and escorted to the police waiting room.  No more than one (1) individual will be allowed in the waiting room at any one time unless it is a family unit.  When possible, police activity will be conducted outside. If you have a non-emergency request please call the administrative line 676-2751. Emergency needs for Police should be treated as usual by calling dispatch (911) for assistance.
Meetings:  All Selectmen and Planning Board meetings will be conducted via Zoom until the 10- person meeting limit is increased to 50 on June 1, 2020.  All other committee meetings will resume on June 1, 2020 when the meeting limit is increased to 50 people.

Web Access:  Town Tax assessment information will be available on the Town’s website beginning the week of May 18, 2020.  Residents are encouraged to continue to use the online services available to limit in-person interaction and maintain social distancing for the immediate future.

Town Meeting:  With the Governor’s restriction of no more than 50 people gathering through August and with tax commitment being set in August, the Board of Selectmen have decided to cancel the open Town Meeting for this year and to place the Town’s budget with the referendum vote being held on July 14, 2020.  Please watch for the Town Newsletter which will detail the Town’s budget and the referendum process. At this point, it appears that this may be our only option for budget passage. 

Parks and Recreation:  Summer Camp and the Mill Field Festival have been cancelled for the year. Playgrounds will remain closed until the 50-person limit is instituted on June 1, 2020.  Parks and trails continue to remain open to the public for exercise. Please maintain social distancing when utilizing the facilities.
Public Safety – Access to the Rescue Building and Fire Station will be closed to all except emergency needs. If you have a non-emergency request please call the administrative lines for each department: Fire 676-2611 and Rescue 676-9417. Emergency needs for Fire and Rescue should be treated as usual by calling dispatch (911) for assistance.
Transfer Station – The Transfer Station will remain open for normal hours; however, personnel will continue to practice social distancing of at least six feet and will not be able to assist with unloading trash or other items. The Free House will remain closed and all materials will need to be placed in the DEMO container.  Payments for Demo and Bags will be processed through a payment window on the Recycling Building (Follow Signs).
Public Works – Public Works personnel will continue to work; however, there will be no public access to the Town Garage. Persons with road concerns or questions should call the highway garage, 676-2750, or Town Manager, 676-3353 x 4, and questions will be answered.
Phase 2, 3 and 4 guidelines will be published at a later time.

The Board of Selectmen appreciate your cooperation and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  Our goal is to protect employees, volunteers and the general public while still providing essential services. The Town will continue to monitor the situation and this may lead to changes,  including the temporary shutdown of departments and services as the situation warrants.

Sincerely,
North Berwick Board of Selectmen
Dwayne Morin, Town Manager


 

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