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April02
Auto Registrations The following letter allows for the use of vehicles without plates during the emergency period.

Law Enforcement Letter for Motor Vehicles

April02
Click HERE for Town Manager Weekend Update
April 2, 2020
April02
Here is an important notice from Representative Tiffany Roberts regarding Governor Mills "Stay Healthy at Home" order, a statewide mandate that went into effect today, April 2nd.  Please CLICK HERE and read through in it's entirety to see how this impacts you.  There is other important information included as well.  Stay healthy.
April02
An important notice from Representative Tiffany Roberts regarding Governor Mills "Stay Healthy at Home" order which went into effect today along with other important information.  Take a moment to CLICK HERE to view this important information.
March26
Click HERE for Town Manager Weekend Update
March 26, 2020

March26
ATTENTION
Road Postings in the Town of South Berwick
have been lifted as of today, Thursday March 26, 2020
March25
Town Manager update
Town Manager Update
March 24, 2020
–All Public Buildings have been closed to the general public until further notice. Staff and crew are available at all locations to take phone calls. We have divided into smaller groups so as to limit exposure. We urge people to leave a message when they call in so that we can respond to their questions.
–We have split up the Public works crew with teams of two. All will be available for storm or emergency issues.
–We have a drop box at the old entrance to the police station. The door is just beyond the outside generator. This slot can be used for dropping off taxes, payments, permits, etc. We will be checking the box regularly.
–As property taxes are due on the 31st, I have received questions about late tax interest and the surcharge for using a credit card to pay online. Tax code is very strict on how taxes are collected, how interest is applied, and how the lien process will work. I am consulting with my peers and I should have a recommendation to you by next week.
–Blaine Cote, our EMA Officer, is now working from home. In a conversation with him this morning he assures me that if South Berwick has a confirmed case that I will be notified.
–The Transfer Station will remain open for normal hours. For the next two weeks we will accept trash in any bag. Everything will go into the trash dumpster including recyclables. We ask the public to limit large items (furniture and other C&D) for the next two weeks also. We ask for social distancing for those that need to use the facilities.
–We may have to extend the time for the annual report and our annual budget/town meeting. I am looking at a revamp of the revenue account and potential changes to the budget if needed. This may be the time to utilize more from our undesignated account. Not sure how we can get together to resolve the budget or set a public hearing date at this point.
–I am suggesting that the Town Council engage in a weekly conference call/podcast weekly as things are developing rapidly and their input is critical. I will be looking for consensus to schedule this tonight.
–Town Employees who have had ongoing sickness or appear sick when coming to work will be sent home immediately. I have purchased additional laptops and employees will be able to do needed work from their homes.
–Should the Governor prescribe a total lockdown of businesses we will still need to complete a plan for essential services.
–As most construction companies that are doing outside projects are continuing to work, we will progress with our plans for the road and sewer projects in our Punkintown TIF District.
–I will continue to work and be available 24/7 until we are past this crisis. I check my e-mail and voicemail on a regular basis whether here or elsewhere. We are taking the necessary steps needed for social distancing, supplying essential services, and communicating through all channels available including social media.

March23
Motor Vehicles Registrations
Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles:
Motor vehicle and trailer registrations, including all temporary registrations and any fuel use decals that expire during the state of emergency will be extended.

This applies to registrations issued by municipalities or the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, and also to temporary registrations isued by dealers.  The State of Maine recognizes the need of individuals, families, and businesses for transportation, work and commerce during the emergency.  These registrations can be renewed after the emergency ends.
Registrations issued by a municipality are deemed extended until 30 days following the termination of the state of emergency pursuant to P.L. 2019, ch 617, F-1, emergency laws approved by the Governor on March 18, 2020.

Other registrations, including temporary registrations, will be extended until 30 days following the termination of the state of emergency pursuant to the emergency provision of 29-A MRSA 405(4).

Please call the central office of the Department of the Secretary of State at 207-626-8400 if you have an emergency related to BMV that is not addressed by these registration extentions. 


March23
Transfer Station Open

Effective for the next two weeks (through Sunday April 5th we will accept trash in any bag to the hopper at the South Berwick Transfer Station. During this two week period we will have you put whatever recyclables you bring into the hopper also. If that is an issue with you please store them yourself until we are past the Covid-19 crisis. The Transfer Station will operate for regular hours during the next two weeks but social distancing is a must for all users and staff. We apologize for any inconveniences that this causes to our residents.

Perry Ellsworth

South Berwick Town Manager

March19
State of ME CoronaVirus Updates  
Click below for State of Maine updates  
   * We will keep this list updated as information is released  
Families First CV Response Act  3-19-2020  
Families First CVResponse Act/Tax Provisions 3-19-2020  
ME Unemployment Insurance Benefit 3-19-2020  
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
March19
Town Hall Closed The Town Hall is closed to the public.

As we continue to develop a plan for how we will handle business the next couple of weeks there continues to surface separate issues that will need attention. Questions of birth and marriage certificates, new car registrations, tax payments continue to come forward. We do not have the answers for everything at this point but let me first point to our Town web page. You can register your car there but new registrations are a hurdle at this point.

We are establishing a mail slot on the entrance to the old Police Station. This has a light over it and a camera system focused on it. We will be checking the box on a regular basis. I do not have the answer yet but you will be able to call in and then supply us with info. The state has also said that expired licenses and registrations will be extended until we are past all of this.

We will have staff here 4 days per week (Mon. to Thurs.) for at least the next couple of weeks. We will not be scheduling any meetings for the next couple of weeks. Emergency services will stay open and the roads will be maintain. We will receive and send out mail daily.

Please go to our website and sign up for e-mail postings. It is the quickest way to stay up to date with what's happening.

All of us will be inconvenienced in one way or another due to Covid-19. Please be patient with us and call if you need help. A reminder that no one can be evicted from their apartment or home or have services shut off during this period of time

 Perry Ellsworth
Town Manager, South Berwick

 

March17

Zoning Board of Appeals
Scheduled Meeeting on Thursday 3/26/2020
Re: Variance Appeal
Postponed until Further Notice.

March17

Planning Board
Scheduled Meeting Wednesday 3/18/2020
Meeting Agenda
Cancelled

March13

The South Berwick Public Library is cancelling all programming for the time being and we will resume and reschedule as soon as it is responsible to do so.

This feels like a drastic step and it is.  Part of the mission of a public library is to help people find accurate and timely information, and to lead us to new thinking and exploration.  And the best advice today is for individuals to go all out to nip this in the bud.

As a community, there are steps we can take to protect our vulnerable people and now is the time, before people are getting sick around us. 

We will keep the library open to individuals as long as we have healthy staff or the town manager or state asks us to close.  We have rearranged to help all of us remember to share less and touch less, including taking away the communal toys in the children’s area.  We will also waive fines for late books as of March 13th until things are back to normal.

We are thankful that these are temporary measures and hope you will let us know if you need books delivered to your car or a lesson on the CloudLibrary digital collection.

Karen McCarthy Eger
Library Director

 

March13

Click  Here  for Update from Town Manager, Perry Ellsworth

February26
DownEast Magazine has named South Berwick as one of the Top Twelve Best Places to Live in Maine!
Click HERE for more information.
February25
SOUTH BERWICK ROAD POSTING

As of Monday 3/2/2020 Road Postings will be in
effect restricing heavy loads during the Spring Thaw.

Signs will be put up on Friday 2/28/2020.
January23
The South Berwick Conservation Commission is looking for two new members.
Click HERE for more information.
Click HERE for an application for the Conservation Commission or any other Town Committee.
January22
The South Berwick Transfer Station is actively recruiting attendants!  Are you looking to make some extra money?  Need to get out of the house?  We need qualified individuals willing to provide customer assistance to our residents.  Click HERE for a job description.  Applications can be found under the Human Resource Department tab or at Town Hall.
January14
Free Income Tax Filing Service
AARP Tax Aide will prepare income taxes for ALL adults, not only seniors.
Click HERE for more information.
January10
Great Works Quarterly Newsletter
Events, Activities, Key Dates
Group Meetups, and More!
Click HERE for more information
November25
South Berwick Planning Board Planning Board has Current Vacancies

Consider joining the Planning Board
THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY!
Be a PART of the PROCESS

Click Here for more information
November13
South Berwick Recreation Department
2020 Ski Trips
Click HERE for more information.
October31
MAINE RESIDENTS PROPERTY TAX RELIEF FUND Click on the link below for information on the State of Maine Program
"An Act to Return Funds to Maine Property Tax Payers"
September26
Click below for a link to the Septemeber 2019
South Berwick Community Survey
September04
The South Berwick Flag Brigade is looking to recruit some volunteers to assist with the flag display on our Patriotic Holidays.
Please click HERE for more information.
August26
ASSESSING 101

A Resident's Guide to a basic understanding of Property Tax Assessment and the impact it has to the 2019-2020 Tax Committment hosted by Perry Ellsworth, Town Manager and Craig Skelton, Town Assessing Agent.