Coronavirus Response Update - The Town Hall is finalizing reopening protocols scheduled to go into effect June 1st, 2020

Town Hall:

The Town is finalizing a re-opening protocol for the Freeport Town Hall, scheduled to go into effect on Monday, June 1st, 2020. To ensure the safety of the public and employees, please be prepared to encounter some new and different practices in how we do business. It will include limiting the number of people inside the building, continuing to encourage remote access and use of online services, and requiring all persons within the building to wear face masks at all times, per the Governor’s executive order. (*The Governor has included exclusions to the rule that exempt children under the age of 2, a child in a child care setting, people that have trouble breathing, or someone who would be otherwise be unable to remove a mask on their own.) You will also notice modifications to municipal buildings such as partitions, lines, queues, etc. to keep people safe. Although we anticipate that transactions may take longer than usual, we will continually monitor and modify our practices to provide services as efficiently as possible.


Library:
The Freeport Community Library book drop has reopened and is planning to provide curbside pickup starting on Monday June 8th, 2020. More details will be forthcoming. To keep up with Library news go to: https://sites.google.com/view/freeportlibrary and sign up for their email newsletter.

Online services available:

https://www.freeportmaine.com/online-payments for:

Alarm applications 

Automobile, Boat & Snowmobile reregistrations

Dog licenses

Hunting & Fishing licenses

Burn Permits

Property Tax payments and viewing property records

Parking Tickets 

 

https://www.freeportmaine.com/town-clerk :

Absentee Ballots

Harbor Parking Permit Applications

  

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Freeport is taking the following steps to protect the health of the general public, as well as Town staff and emergency responders:

  1. The Town is placing additional measures in place to limit admittance to Winslow Memorial Park during peak use times. For more information, please CLICK HERE.
  2. For a list of community resources available to those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic, CLICK HERE. 
  3. Freeport Grocery Buddy Program - Freeport is launching a program to assist our senior neighbors over 65 and those with autoimmunity illnesses during the coronavirus pandemic.  This will allow our older residents or those with autoimmunity illnesses to take extra precautions during this time and to not worry about having to go to the grocery store and/or pick up groceries. For more information on participating click here.  To learn more about being a Volunteer click here. Please note that we are so grateful for the immediate response for volunteers - we already have over 30 volunteers signed up, but few folks asking for the service so far, so please spread the word to your neighborhoods (Don't forget other volunteer opportunities are available at Freeport Friends and Freeport Community Services!) To sign up to volunteer click here and read "How to make safe deliveries". Or you can contact the Town Office at (207) 865-4743 x121 or Melanie Sachs at (207) 299-6825.Please note that we recommend volunteers who are interested in shopping and delivering groceries be under the age of 65 and in good health due to the high risk COVID-19 presents to these populations. 
  4. For information on a grant program for any veteran, active duty, reserve or national guard member go to: https://penfedfoundation.org/apply-for-assistance/coronavirus-emergency-...
  5. The Town continues to recommend that residents utilize the following sources of information to keep informed and to read the most up to date, accurate, and unbiased official information on the COVID-19 pandemic. We recommend that residents read and closely follow the guidance provided by the Maine and US CDCs in order to minimize the threat to themselves and others from COVID-19.
    1. Maine CDC Website: https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/airborne/coronav....
    2. US CDC Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
    3. Within Maine you can also dial 2-1-1, which is now set up to handle Coronavirus inquiries.
  6. Effective 3/18/20, the following facilities are closed until further notice:
    1. Freeport Community Library
    2. Freeport Train/Visitor Center 
  7. Effective 3/18/20, the following public buildings are closed to the public, and have been restricted to as-needed/emergency access only. These buildings will remain open at reduced staffing levels to perform essential services only. The Town has the ability to complete many regular transactions online. A list of online transactions can be found at the following website:  https://www.freeportmaine.com/online-payments. If you need assistance with a Town service or function that is not available online, please contact the appropriate department at the following numbers (or by email), and we will attempt to complete your request remotely. Due to our reduced staffing model, many employees will be working remotely, and will have the ability to check their email and voice messages during that time, so please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. 
    1. Town Hall - 865-4743
    2. Public Safety Building - 865-4800
    3. Public Works - 865-4461
  8. At this time the Freeport Recycling Center will remain open on its regular schedule. Employees have been ordered not to handle your materials, and to maintain appropriate distancing from customers for their safety. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience that this may cause. Additional guidelines for facility users will be posted at the entraces to the facility. We ask that you observe any temporary rules or guidelines that are posted at the facility.   
  9. Effective 03/17/20, by order of the Town Council, all Town Council, Board, and Committee meetings have been cancelled until at least 04/28/20.    
  10. The Town has cancelled or postponed all non-essential social events and programs at Town facilities until at least 05/01/20.
  11. Freeport Community Services (a separate non-profit from the Town) is also regularly posting updates regarding the services it provides to the community, which can be viewed here:  http://www.fcsmaine.org/covid-19-update/
  12. Beginning May 5th, the Town of Freeport will begin taking appointments for you to come into Town Hall and register your NEW Boat or your NEW Car on Tuesdays and Wednesdays of each week.  Please call 207-865-4743 x111 to set up your appointment today.  Renewals can continue to be done online.

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