The Belgrade Town Office, the Center for All Seasons and the Belgrade Public Library will be closed to the public, effective Monday, March 16, for an indeterminate amount of time. Those facilities will continue to offer services.
This is a precautionary measure to protect citizens and Town staff during the ongoing public health concern. Citizens will still be able to conduct business by:
- Phone by calling 207-495-2258 at the Town Office, 207-495-3481 at the recreation center, and 207-495-3508 at the library.
- Internet at townofbelgrade.com/onlineservices.
- Email. All Town email addresses are posted at townofbelgrade.com/contact.
- Mail at 990 Augusta Road, Belgrade, ME 04917.
The Transfer Station will remain open to the public from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Wednesdays and from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays.
People seeking an absentee ballot in the Town Election can call Town Clerk Cheryl Mitchell at 207-495-2258 before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17. Ballots must be returned by 8 a.m. Friday, March 20, to the dropbox on the north side of the Town Office, 990 Augusta Road. They may also be brought to the Center for All Seasons, 1 Center Drive off Route 27 in the Village, between 8 a.m.-8 p.m. on Election Day, Friday, March 20. The recreation center will be open for the election and for the Selectboard meeting on Tuesday, March 17.
Library closed, but still offers services
Out of concern for the health, safety and welfare of Belgrade residents, the Belgrade Public Library will be closed to the public, effective immediately.
Staff will be available for consultations by phone at 207-495-3508 and by email at Belgrade@belgrade.lib.me.us to help patrons navigate online resources. Wi-Fi access will continue to be available in the parking lot of the library, 124 Depot Road.
As with the Town Office, the library is closed for an indeterminate period of time. As the Covid-19 situation unfolds, we will continue to evaluate when we might be able to reopen the facility.
The Library and Neighbors Driving Neighbors will facilitate the connection between residents wishing to check out materials and volunteers willing to deliver them. Residents can call or email the library with a request. The materials along with the requestor’s name and address will be forwarded to a volunteer for delivery. If the requestor has no library card, the volunteer will also deliver an application for the new cardholder to fill out at that time.
Materials may be returned in the library’s dropbox.
A limited number of iPads are also available for delivery.
Patrons will also still have access to online services, including:
- E-books and audiobooks
- Digital Maine Library
- Online catalog
Those links can be accessed on the Town’s website at townofbelgrade.com/onlineresources. Library staff will be available by phone to walk patrons through the process of downloading digital books.
Should patrons have a pressing need for certain information or services the Belgrade Public Library can’t provide, the Maine State Library has a large menu of online services free to all Maine residents.
Patrons with books and items currently checked out will not be penalized for any overdue charges that may occur as a result of the shutdown.
Any questions regarding library services may be directed to Belgrade@belgrade.lib.me.us.