Except for the Transfer Station, all Town facilities are closed to the public. However, services continue to be delivered by phone, email, Internet and posted mail. Access online services, including vehicle, boat and snowmobile re-registrations, at townofbelgrade.com/onlineservices. Phone numbers and email addresses are at townofbelgrade.com/contact.
The Transfer Station’s operating hours remain 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesdays and 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. The collection of recyclables has been temporarily suspended to ensure employees do not come into contact with materials contaminated with the coronavirus. Bottles and cans can be bagged and placed in one of the three bottle boxes that support local charitable efforts.
All Town committee and board meetings are cancelled. The Selectboard will consider conducting essential business remotely on the Internet. A link will be shared with the public to allow them to watch the proceedings.
The Selectboard will reassess the public health situation every two weeks.
The Library offers online services, including the digital download of materials, at townofbelgrade.com/onlineresources. The Library is partnering with Neighbors Driving Neighbors to deliver books. Call 207-495-3508 or email Belgrade@belgrade.lib.me.us for details.
The Center for All Seasons is not offering childcare during the shutdown of RSU 18. The annual Father-Daughter Dance is postponed until sometime later this year.
The Rome/Belgrade Special Needs Food Pantry continues to provide food to needy families from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Tuesdays at the North Belgrade Community Center, 508 Smithfield Road. Pantry volunteers ask that residents who are ailing find a substitute to pick up their food. The pantry has instituted a no-touch process to protect clients and volunteers.
RSU 18 is providing free breakfast and lunches to schoolchildren who need them from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. weekdays at the North Belgrade Community Center, 508 Smithfield Road.
The Town is seeking to link volunteers with seniors and people with compromised immune systems who could benefit from the delivery of their groceries. Anyone who would like to make use of the service or volunteer should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Town Meeting scheduled for March 20-21 was postponed. That included the secret-ballot election. Absentee ballots are still available by calling 207-495-2258. Town Meeting will be rescheduled sometime later this year once the public health concern subsides. Absentee ballots collected to date will be counted in conjunction with the new election date.
Per Gov. Janet Mills, out-of-state visitors coming to Maine from COVID-19 "hotspots" are advised to self-quarantine for at least 14 days. Signs alerting visitors of such are being installed along the turnpike on the state line. Mills has said attempting to flee the virus by coming to Maine is folly.
Greater details about most of these items can be found in the news items on Department and Board pages under the Government tab on the homepage.