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York River Study Zoom Meeting
September 22, 2020
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South Berwick

Candidates for several local and state offices will participate in a Candidates' forum on Tuesday, September 29th at 6:30pm in Council Chambers at the South Berwick Town Hall at 180 Main Street.  Because of the COVID-19 restrictions, the forum will be live streamed only and there will be no audience in attendance.

Candidates appearing are running for the South Berwick Town Council, RSU 35 Board of Directors, State House of Representatives and State Senate.  Incumbents Mallory Cook and John James are running unopposed for second terms on the Town Council.  Russ Abell and Heather Holland are seeking the School Board seat being vacated by Paul Stanley.  In House District 6, Burnell Bailey is challenging incumbent Tiffany Roberts who is seeking a second term.  In House District 1, Dan Ammons is vying for the seat held by Michele Meyer who is seeking a second term.  In Senate District 35, incumbent Mark Lawrence is being challenged by Brad Moulton.

The annual forum is sponsored by SmartGrowth South Berwick, a volunteer citizens group that supports community activities and commerce in the village center.  It is a part of SoBo Central.

The livestream video of the forum can be viewed on the Town website.  Click HERE to view the link.
Time is Running Out!
Click HERE for more information.
The deadline is September 20th
Often, in my position, I have to make advance decisions about events.  These decisions are usually easy as we use past practice and each year we get better because we recognize if there was issues and fix them.  So many events have been cancelled here in South Berwick due to the present emergency status we are in due to the pandemic.  We have started to receive requests about whether or not we are going to have a Halloween Parade this year.  As you know, this is a big event that fills the streets and sidewalks with participants and spectators.  Social distancing would be extremely difficult to control.

It is with regret that I let you know in advance that the Halloween Parade will not happen this year.  The health and safety of our employees, our residents, and those visiting is one of the most important needs that we have during this period of time.

My apologies to everyone, but as I said earlier, I often have to be the decision maker as your Town Manager.


With the deadline approaching, Governor Mills encourages small businesses to apply for the Economic Recovery Grant Program.


Governor Janet Mills issued the following statement reminding Maine small businesses and non-profits to apply for the State's $200 million Maine Economic Recovery Grant Program ahead of the application deadline.  Applications are due by 11:59pm EST tomorrow, September 9, 2020.

"With the deadline quickly approaching, I encourage small businesses and non-profits across Maine to consider applying for the Maine Economic Recovery Grant Program", said Governor Mills.  "While we know these grants cannon wholly replace or repair the economic damage caused by this pandemic, we want to ensure that as many small businesses and non-profits as possible are able to access every dollar they can to support themselves as we move into the fall."

Additional information and questions and answers can be found on the link provided below.

Click HERE for more information.
Grant Application Open!
Last Chance!  September 9th Deadline.
Click HERE for more information

Maine Economic Recovery Grant Program Application intended to assist in covering losses incurred as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic and related public health response.  Businesses/organizations can apply to cover:

  • Payroll cost and expenses;
  • Rent or mortgage payments for business facilities (unless waived);
  • Utilities;
  • Purchase of PPE
  • Business related equipment
and more.

Please share with local businesses.
Habitat for Humanity
York County

Seeking a Habitat Partner Family
Click HERE for qualifications for a Habitat Home
Maine Economic Recovery Grants

Applications Open 8/20/20 - 9/9/20 - Click HERE for more information.

Click HERE to see a flyer
The deadline to STAND UP AND BE COUNTED in the 2020 US Census is coming up on September 30, 2020.

Click HERE to get information on how to respond.  You can respond by mail, phone or online.

Click HERE to go directly to the United States Census 2020 webpage to complete the response online now.

The South Berwick Public Library has the link to the Census Survey right on the public computers desktop and staff that is willing to assist if you need a little help finding out how to do this.

The Town of South Berwick proudly announced this years recipient of the Spirit of America Tribute Award at the annual town meeting on July 28th.
The Spirit of America Foundation was established in Augusta, ME in 1990 to honor volunteerism.  It is presented in the name of Maine municipalities, and in 2020 opened up to Maine school districts as well, to celebrate local individuals, organizations and projects for commendable community service.
Congratulations and Thank You to the 2020 Spirit of America Tribute Award recipient
B. Dan Boyle
Click HERE to view some of the many ways Dan actively supports your community
Effective July 27th:
Nominations papers are available from the Town Clerk 
for anyone wishing to run for Town Council or School Board
at the November 3rd election.
There are 2 Council seats available
There is 1 School Board seat available
Papers must be returned to the Clerk on or before Thursday,
September 3, 2020 before 6:00pm. 
The Town of South Berwick is proud to announce that we have received a refund of $5,128 in dividends from the Maine Municipal Association as a result of its good loss experience and loss prevention programs.  Click HERE for additional information. 
Household Hazardous Waste Day 2020

Saturday, September 12, 2020
9am - 1pm
534 Route 4, Berwick ME
South Berwick Planning Board

Planning Board has Current Vacancies
Consider joining the Planning Board
Be a PART of the PROCESS
Click Here for more information

2020/2021 BUDGET
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 
Click HERE to review the draft 20/21 Budget
South Berwick Walk in Honor of Sister City
Click HERE to view the article on Seacoast Online
Assessing Department Web User Information Click HERE for Assesing Department Web Help
Lower Main Street Revitalization Zone
Ad hoc Committee Charge

Purpose is to look at permitted land use within this section of Main  Street considering the potential for business development while analyzing protected resources at the same time.  

Click HERE for more information

Those interested in being a part of this focus group should respond to the Town Manager no later than June 22, 2020 and the Town Council will appoint members at a regular meeting on June 23, 2020.
Town Offices Phase 2 Reopening Plan
June 1 - July 6
Covid-19 Pandemic South Berwick
Click HERE for more information

Effective 6/1/2020

The Business Office hours are changing
The new hours are:

Tuesdays                    9am - 5pm
Wednesday              9am - 5pm
Thursday                   9am - 6pm

These will be in effect until at least July 4th.
The 2019 Town Report is available online.
Click HERE to view.
South Berwick Public Library Curbside Service Begins June 2, 2020


We've Missed You!

The Library will be opening the collection to you with a curbside service model.  You request items via the  catalog,  phone or email and pick them up the next day.

Click HERE for information from the State of Maine on Financial Assistance for child care for "essential workers".
State of Maine CDC 
Click HERE for information on Covid-19
Auto Registrations The following letter allows for the use of vehicles without plates during the emergency period.

Law Enforcement Letter for Motor Vehicles

Click HERE for the most recent information on Covid-19 from the Maine CDC.
Are you in need of assistance meeting your basic needs during this crisis?
There are services to help!
Contact York County Community Action's Kittery Office at 207-439-2699
Get connected to support for fuel, utilities, food, food delivery, etc., as well as help navigating the federal & state benefits that you are entitled to.
Don't wait, call today!
Click HERE for an update from Senator Lawrence 4/11/2020.
Free Wi-Fi Hotspots available with Xfinity
Click HERE for more information
Governor Mills encourages Maine small business to apply to Federal Paycheck Protection Program.
Click HERE for more information.
Click HERE for Town Manager Weekend Update
April 2, 2020
Click HERE for Town Manager Weekend Update
March 26, 2020

Road Postings in the Town of South Berwick
have been lifted as of today, Thursday March 26, 2020
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. 

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  
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


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

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.
South Berwick Residents Walk in Honor of Sister City
Click HERE to read the article on Seacoast Online.

Planning Board Meeting 7/15/2020
Via ZOOM 6:30pm
Click HERE for ZOOM Meeting Information

Planning Board 7/15/2020 Regular Meeting    Via ZOOM 6:30pm
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Nomination Papers Available
There are 2 Town Council seats available
There is 1 SAD Board seat available
Papers must be returned to the Town Clerk  by 6:00pm Thursday, September 3, 2020