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Effective April 2, 2020

To All North Berwick Residents:

In keeping with Governor Mills stay at home order that began April 2 and continues until April 30, 2020, the Board of Selectmen have CLOSED all playgrounds within the Town of North Berwick. The trail system at the Community Center is still OPEN, however the Board of Selectmen are encouraging everyone to maintain social distancing on the trails and within the parking lot to assist in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

The Board of Selectmen continue to monitor the COVID-19 virus and its potential impact in our community and this may lead to changes including the temporary shutdown of departments and services as the situation warrants. The Board of Selectmen appreciate your cooperation and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The Goal is to protect everyone from the spread of the virus.

Effective Saturday, March 28, 2020

To the Residents of North Berwick,

This weekend the Town of North Berwick has had an employee develop COVID-19 symptoms but not confirmed through testing.  As a result of consultation with the Maine CDC, the Town Office will be closed until Monday, April 13, 2020 for business transactions.  Please continue to utilize online services.  It is possible to re-register vehicles and boats, get dog licenses, and get hunting and fishing licenses online. There are links on the Town website at https://www.townofnorthberwick.org.    Our goal continues to be to ensure the safety and health of our employees and our residents in the most responsible ways possible. We apologize for the inconveniences that these measures will cause.  We strongly encourage residents to practice social distancing to avoid potential contact but we also encourage everyone to call and check on neighbors, friends, and family to avoid social isolation. We continue to err on the side of caution in order to do our best to slow the spread of this virus.

All other departments will continue to operate as outlined in the March 25, 2020 COVID-19 update.

The Board of Selectmen appreciate your cooperation and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  The Goal is to protect employees, volunteers and the general public while still providing essential services to Town residents. 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.

Effective Wednesday, March 25, 2020

To the Residents of North Berwick,

The Town of North Berwick continues to monitor the COVID-19 virus and its potential impact in our community. In keeping with Governor Mills order that non-essential, public-facing businesses in Maine such as gyms, hair salons, theaters, casinos, shopping malls and others close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers, and the public effective March 25, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. for a period of 14 days through April 8, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., the Town of North Berwick Buildings will continue to remain closed to the public until April 8, 2020.   Our goal continues to be 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 but we 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.

The following measures will be implemented as of Wednesday, March 18th until April 8, 2020 (updated). If circumstances warrant, that time period will be extended:

Public Safety – Access to the Rescue Building, Fire Station and Police 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, Police 676-2751 and Rescue 676-9417. Emergency needs for Police, Fire, and Rescue should be treated as normal by calling dispatch (911) for assistance.

Transfer Station – The Transfer Station will remain open for normal hours, however, personnel will 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 be closed and all material 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 or Town Manager and questions will be answered.

Recreation – All recreation programs and the Community Center will be closed until April 8, 2020. Summer Camp signups have been moved from April 1 to April 15, however, this will be reevaluated as more information develops.

Code Enforcement – Those wishing to get building permits or who have questions regarding projects should call the Code Enforcement Officer at 676-3353 x 2 and we will be processing as much as possible via phone, email, drop box and snail mail.

General Assistance – Persons seeking general assistance should call the Town Office at 676-3353 x 1, x 3 and we will process applications over the phone.

Assessing – Those who need assessment information, should visit the town website.  All other inquiries should be made by calling 676-3353 x 3 and we will process as much as possible via phone, email, drop box and snail mail. Please remember that the Assessor is only in the office on Tuesday and Wednesdays.

Town Office – The town office will be closed to public traffic until April 8, 2020 but staff will be working and people are asked to call the Town Office at 676-3353 and we will do our best to provide the services that you require. 
It is possible to re-register vehicles and boats, get dog licenses, and get hunting and fishing licenses online. There are links on the Town website at https://www.townofnorthberwick.org.  Please use these online services. 
For those who cannot access online services or still need staff assistance, we will be installing a drop box outside of the Town Office to allow people to perform drive in registrations and licenses.  Citizens should contact the Town Office at 676-3353 and they will be instructed what to provide to the clerks in the drop box.  The Staff will retrieve the information and process while customer waits in their vehicle.  Staff will then contact the customer by phone to complete their transactions through the drop box system.  During this time, the town will only be allowed to accept cash and check via the drop box process.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  If you need to pay by credit/debit card, please utilize the online registration process.
All Tax payments should be made by US mail.

Board of Selectmen – The Board of Selectmen will be publishing new Annual Town Meeting information for meetings in May/June instead of April as a precaution. The impact of this virus on residents and businesses will become more evident by that time and the Board will have more information that could impact its budget decisions. The next Board of Selectmen meeting will be held on April 14, 2020. 

Boards and CommitteesAll Board and Committee meetings are cancelled until April 14, 2020.

The Board of Selectmen appreciate your cooperation and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  The Goal is to protect employees, volunteers and the general public while still providing services to Town residents. 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.

 

BURN PERMITS  https://www13.informe.org/burnpermit/public/index.html

CARS AND MOTORCYCLE RE-REGISTRATIONS https://www1.maine.gov/online/bmv/rapid-renewal/

BOAT https://www5.informe.org/online/boat/

ATV / SNOWMOBILE https://moses.informe.org/online/atv_snow/index.htm

HUNTING FISHING https://moses.informe.org/cgi-bin/online/moses_v3/index

BIRTH, MARRIAGE, DEATH CERTIFIED COPIES https://www.vitalchek.com/

MARRIAGE LICENSES  - CALL TO DISCUSS WITH TOWN CLERK

Voting Information:
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