Cumberland County EMA Seeks Public Participation in Hazard Mitigation Survey


Government of Cumberland County, Maine

Contact: Travis Kennedy  |  207-619-2663

May 26, 2020

Cumberland County EMA Seeks Public Participation in Hazard Mitigation Survey

Survey will guide Agency in planning response to local emergencies

PORTLAND — The Cumberland County Emergency Management Agency is seeking public participation in a Hazard Mitigation Survey.  The purpose of the Five Year Hazard Mitigation Plan is for each municipality to review its priorities for reducing the severity or seriousness of a hazard, and to look for ways the County can assist the communities.

Mitigation planning improves the speed of recovery and redevelopment efforts; it helps the region to qualify for additional grant funding in both the pre- and post-disaster environment; and it is an important component in complying with federal and state requirements for local hazard mitigation plans.

Cumberland County has not experienced as many severe disasters as other parts of the country have, but the region does face the potential for natural disasters to occur. The Hazard Mitigation plan addresses these natural hazards, such as flooding and wind storms. Other hazards, such as technological hazards (chemical release), human-caused hazards (terrorism), or public health emergencies (pandemics) are addressed in other plans.

As Cumberland County EMA completes the Hazard Mitigation Plan’s five-year update, the Agency is asking for feedback from County residents.  Residents of Cumberland County know the local hazards best, so EMA is asking to hear directly from them. The Agency has developed a brief survey for residents, business owners, and community partners to share what concerns them the most about potential disasters. The survey can be found at

Survey responses will be accepted until June 30, 2020 at 4pm. Answers will help the Planning Committee prioritize the community’s concerns and questions about the Hazard Mitigation Plan, guide discussions during the revision process, and direct future outreach and education programs.

For more information regarding Hazard Mitigation, please visit the CCEMA’s website.


Planning Board Public Hearing-June 16, 2020

The Planning Board for the Town of Bridgton will hold a Virtual Public Hearing at 5:00 P.M. on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, to hear public comment on a proposed Affordable Senior Housing Project at 15 Harrison Rd. located on tax map 24 lots 5 and 9.

Proposed application can be reviewed by request to Brenda Day or at the Town Office by appointment.

Please direct any questions to Linda LaCroix, Community Development Director. or 207-803-9956


Notice of Public Hearing

The Municipal Officers of the Town of Bridgton will hold a Public Hearing at 6:00 P.M. on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 to accept oral and written comments on a Special Amusement Permit Application from Tarry-A-While Resort for live music and entertainment.

Streetscape Schedule Update May 27, 2020

Thursday 5/27 – Pratt & Sons working on installing sewer manhole covers

Saturday/Sunday 5/29-5/30 (not sure which day or both days yet) – Coastal Road Repair to perform crack sealing

Monday 6/1 – Crooker to shim roadway trenches and cleaning of roadway

Tuesday – Wednesday 6/2-6/3 – Paving of Main Street

Depending on how the paving goes, there might be some additional touch-up work on Thursday.

Notes: Updates will be posted on the Town’s website and Facebook page

Town Office opening Monday June 1, 2020



(effective June 1, 2020)

 Total customers allowed in building: 5

Total non-employee attendees in Selectboard Meeting Room: 5

Selectboard Meeting Room meetings: Maximum of 15 attendees. Face masks will be required (Executive Order #49 FY 19/20).

All visitors are required to wear a face mask (Executive Order #49 FY 19/20)

Appointment Only: Code Office (803-9963), Community Development (803-9956), Finance Office (803-9957), Recreation Office 647-1126), Public Services (647-1127), Fire Chief (803-9955), Police Department (647-8814), General Assistance (Tuesday/Thursday 9am-11am) (803-9950), Assessor’s Agent (O’Donnell & Associates, Denis Berube (926-4044), Deputy Town Manager (803-9959), Town Manager (803-9958)

High risk individuals only (over 65 years of age and people with underlaying medical conditions) between 8am and 9am Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Appointments: Please wait outside the exterior entrance for staff

People are encouraged to transact town business on-line or by phone whenever possible


Additional Office Hours for Election

The Town Clerk’s Office will be open additional office hours as listed below for the purpose of accepting voter registration, absentee balloting, and other election related issues.

Tuesday, June 23rd; 4PM until 6PM

Thursday, June 25th; 4PM until 6PM

Saturday, June 27th; 8AM until noon

Tuesday, July 7th; 4PM until 6PM

Thursday, July 9th; 4PM until 7PM

No other town business will be conducted during this time.

Also, the Town Clerk’s Office will be closed on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 for staff administration of the Election.  We appreciate your patience and understanding.


June Openings

Transfer Station Changes – June 2020

The Transfer Station will begin accepting bottle donations effective June 2nd.

We will also be opening the store with the following COVID restrictions…

  •     Please limit the number of people in your household that enter as only 5 patrons will be allowed in the building at a time.
  •     Masks are encouraged per the Governor when 6ft social distancing can not be achieved.
  •     Do not handle merchandise that you do not intend to buy.
  •     DO NOT enter the store if you are not feeling well or have the following symptoms: fever, headache, sore throat, loss of taste/smell, cough.
  •     We are asking that if you experience any of the above symptoms within 8 days of visiting any of the Town’s locations, you please contact the Town Office at 207-647-8786 and report your illness.

IMPORTANT:  In order to track the number of guests in the store at any time, we have placed a bucket at the entrance with 5 golf balls inside.  Please take a golf ball and carry it with you.  Once you are done shopping or browsing, please return the ball to an attendant for disinfecting.  The attendant will return the ball to the pile for the next patron to use.

Thank you for assisting us with our temporary restrictions so that we may offer additional services to the public.  Stay Safe!

Request for Bids-Bridgton Community Center, Community Development Block Grant

Town of Bridgton, Maine
Bridgton Community Center

MANDATORY PRE-BID MEETING: 8:30 AM, Thursday, May 14th, 2020
SEALED BIDS DUE: 3:00 PM, Tuesday, May 26th 2020

Sealed proposals are being accepted for the Town of Bridgton, Bridgton Community Center Project (the “Project”), which consists of obtaining competitive bids from responsible and responsive Contractors to:

Remove and replace exterior door hardware to include replacement of exit devices, lock sets, door closers and weather-stripping as noted. Remove and dispose of all interior carpeting, prepare floor for installation of carpet tiles. Provide services as required to relocate and put back all furnishings and boxed goods in areas to be carpeted. Provide for the installation of Qty-2 dual LED flood lamp fixtures to the rear of the building in conduit evenly spaced as directed by the owner. Provide interior mounted switch and photo eye(s). Provide Qty-2 double gang 20 amp exterior GFI outlets in conduit to the rear of the building evenly spaced as directed by the owner. Test all interior duplex outlets for proper operation. Carry the cost for replacement Qty-12 and provide cost to owner for additional outlets as per requested/required.

A mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held on Thursday May 14, 2020 8:30 AM at the Bridgton Community Center 15 Depot Street, Bridgton, ME 04009 to examine the work site. Attendance at this meeting by the Contractor or the Contractor’s qualified representative is a mandatory prerequisite for the acceptance of a bid from that Contractor. The pre bid will be conducted in accordance with social distancing and all bidders will be required to wear face masks. Any questions will be addressed in writing and distributed to all interested bidders.

Bid results will also be posted on the Town’s web site for public viewing. Except as provided herein, the Town shall award the contract to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder. To be considered responsive, bidders must provide enough information with their bids to constitute a definite, firm, unqualified, and unconditional offer.

Contract bid documents, including plans and specifications, are available on the Town website ( or by e-mail request to Kari Downs ( or Linda LaCroix (

Notice of Public Hearing-Planning Board-May 19, 2020

Town of Bridgton

Planning Board – Public Hearing

BD Solar North Bridgton, LLC

May 19, 2020 5:00pm

Virtual Meeting (see below for information on how to join)


The Bridgton Planning Board will conduct a Public Hearing on Tuesday, May 19th beginning at 5:00 p.m.via virtual meeting to consider the following application: BD Solar North Bridgton, LLC; Map 19, Lot 23-A-1

The application is available by email request to the Planning Board Secretary,, Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:00am-4:00pm . All interested individuals are invited to attend at the posted place and time to present any comments. The Board will conduct routine business immediately following the hearing.

Planning Board Public Hearing
Tue, May 19, 2020 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM (EDT)

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States (Toll Free): 1 877 568 4106
United States: +1 (571) 317-3129

Access Code: 970-920-421

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:

Select Board Public Hearing, Tuesday May 12th at 6pm

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING-Updated 05/07/2020 with virtual participation info

The Municipal Officers of the Town of Bridgton will hold a Public Hearing at 6:00 P.M. on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 via virtual meeting to accept oral and written comments on the proposed Community Development Block Grant COVID-19 (CDBG-CV) funding projects. For information on the applications please email Kari Downs, Administrative Assistant

BOS Meeting – 5/12/2020
Tue, May 12, 2020 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM (EDT)

(Public Hearing begins at 6:00 PM)

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States (Toll Free): 1 866 899 4679
United States: +1 (224) 501-3316

Access Code: 878-588-821

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:

CDBG-CV Funding Application-for the prevention of, preparation for, and response to the Coronavirus

Additional CDBG funding available now in response to COVID-19. Applications are due May 6th by 4pm via email

In response to the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant program has notified the Cumberland County Entitlement Jurisdiction (CCEJ) that it will receive a formula allocation from the first round of CDBG-CV funding to be used specifically for the prevention of, preparation for, and response to the Coronavirus. This allocation was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Public Law 116-136, which was signed on March 27, 2020.

Bridgton is accepting applications from qualifying candidates to help in the prevention of, preparation for, and response to the Coronavirus. The CDBG-CV application documents are listed below.

Bridgton is accepting activities in the following categories: (Must be in the Bridgton Low-to-Moderate Income area-see map on last page of the application)

  • Food Assistance Programs
  • Rental Assistance Programs
  • Homeless Prevention Programs
  • Small Business Loan/Grant Programs
  • Job Creation and Retention Program

For assistance please contact Kari Downs, Administrative Assistant or Linda LaCroix, Community Development Director .

CDBG-CV Application

Budget worksheet (must be included with application)

Rental and Mortgage Assistance Sample Documents

Small Business Job Creation/Retention Assistance Sample Guidelines 

Press Release Covid-19 update April 30, 2020


April 30, 2020

Re:  COVID-19 Update

On March 18, 2020 the Town of Bridgton closed all Municipal buildings to the public until April 30, 2020.   On April 29, 2020 a new Executive Order, No. 49, issued by Governor Mills, extended the April 30th “Stay Safer at Home” order, through May 31, 2020.  The Town of Bridgton Municipal Buildings will be closed to the Public until May 31, 2020 at which time the situation will be further assessed.  Town Staff will continue to work remotely and, on a staggered schedule, from the office.   The Town Office phones are being actively answered Monday – Friday 8:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.

Updates will be provided via our web-site and Facebook  This situation is ongoing, and subject to change pending additional information and updates.

Board and Committee Meetings will be limited.  However, if necessary, essential meetings will be conducted utilizing the services of LRTV and/or virtual meetings.  Virtual meetings will be advertised in advance with a phone number and access code allowing the public to participate.

A secure drop box is located at the main entrance of the Town Office and can be used for payments, applications and General Assistance documents.

General Assistance applications will be processed by phone only, Tuesdays and Thursdays during the hours of 9:00a.m. to 11:00a.m.  For more information on the application process and program requirements, please visit: or call Laurie Chadbourne, Town Clerk at 207-803-9950

Bridgton Recreation Department and Old Town Hall – The Town Hall is closed to the public until May 31, 2020 at which time the situation will be further assessed.  Information regarding spring summer programs will be forthcoming.  You can Pen Pal with Bridgton Rec Staff by simply sending them an email at  Please visit for on-line registration.  For additional questions, please contact Gary Colello, Recreation Director, 207-647-1126 or by email:

Bridgton Public Safety: The Iredale entrance will remain locked.    If you have an emergency please call 911.   For more information call the non-emergency number at 207-647-8814:

Bridgton Public Services, 31 Willett Road: The facility is closed to the public.  Public Services Personnel will be performing essential services as needed or necessary.  Please contact David Madsen with questions or concerns at 207-647-1127 or by email:

The Transfer Station, 118 Sandy Creek Road, will remain open regular hours, 7:00 a.m.– 5:00p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Staff has implemented measures to limit potential exposure – staff have been directed not to assist in unloading vehicles.  The store and bottle redemption donation area is closed to the public. Any questions call David Madsen, Public Services Director, 207-647-1127 or by email:

Town Staff are monitoring calls and emails and responding regularly. A full list of staff and department phone numbers can be found on-line at: and are listed below:

Robert A. Peabody, Jr., Town Manager                     Georgiann M. Fleck, Deputy Town Manager

207-803-9958                                                              207-803-9959                          

Todd Perreault, EMA Director                                   Catherine Pinkham, Health Officer

207-803-9971                                                              207-803-9064                                  

Richard Stillman, Police Chief                                   Tom Harriman, Fire Chief

207-647-8814                                                              207-803-9955                           

Laurie Chadbourne, Town Clerk                                Brenda Day, Code Enforcement Officer

207-803-9950                                                              207-803-9963                     

Charisse Keach, Finance Officer                                Linda LaCroix, Community Development

207-803-9957                                                              207-803-9956                              

David Madsen, Public Services Director                    Gary Colello, Recreation Director

207-647-1127                                                              207-647-1126                          

 211 Maine provides free, confidential information and referral services, by phone, text or email.

Additional COVID-19 information, updated daily, is available from the CDC:

General information regarding Governor Janet T. Mills, including executive orders:

If you have questions, please contact Robert A. Peabody, Jr. at 207-803-9958 or by email:








Request for Bids – Waste Management

Request for Bids – Waste Management

Due Date:  May 4, 2020


The Town of Bridgton is seeking proposals for the provision of waste management services. We will be looking for (1) hauling of mixed solid waste, recycling products, demolition items and bulky waste, (2) can rental, and (3) metal recycling purchasing from the bidder. The Town of Bridgton estimates the following need, but numbers will vary based on resident use.

Annual needs:

# trips to Pinetree Waste         65


# trips to EcoMaine                375


Monthly Can Rental               4 cans

Metal Sales                              Approximately 35 tons


Sealed proposals must be received by the Town Office no later than at 2:00 PM at which time all proposals shall be opened. One original must be supplied by each respondent.


The Town of Bridgton reserves the right to reject any and all proposals or bids, to waive any formalities in the process and to ultimately make a selection that it deems is in the best interest of the Town of Bridgton.


Inquiries should be directed to David Madsen, Public Services Director, at (207) 647-1127.  Bid packets can be requested by emailing

Traveling to Maine-Quarantine Requirements

In order to preserve the public health and safety of Maine residents (in or out-of-state), Governor Mills enacted an executive order regarding required measures every individual traveling into the state must adhere to. What does that mean?

  • Unless you are coming into the state for essential services, you must self-quarantine for 14 days-even if you live here as your primary or secondary residence
  • Visitors are instructed not to travel to Maine if showing any symptoms of COVID-19 OR if you are coming from an area that is considered a “hot spot”
  • There are restrictions that apply to specific states (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut)
  • The order will be enforced- including by means of community policing
  • You may be subject to a penalty of up to 6 months in jail and $1000 fine

If in doubt, please check the order for details.




461 Portland Road, Bridgton, Maine

Formerly known as The First and Last Motel

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with MRS Title 36, §943 and the Town of Bridgton Policy on Disposition of Tax Acquired Properties, a public sale will be conducted on site commencing at 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 15, 2020, at 461 Portland Road, Bridgton, Maine 04009.

Real Estate: Consists of a 5.4 +/- acre parcel with 620 +/- ft. of frontage on Portland Road/Route 302. As-is, where-is. Refer to Tax Map 5, Lot 7.

Preview: For an interior inspection, contact Robert A. Peabody, Jr, Bridgton Town Manager at 207-647-8786.

Terms: Minimum bid: $40,000. Required demolition and removal deposit: $25,000, by certified check or money order, made payable to the Town of Bridgton. The winning bidder will be required to demolish and remove from the property the former motel building(s). The property will be sold by public auction subject to all outstanding municipal assessments. Conveyance of the property will be by Municipal Quitclaim Deed. All other terms will be announced at the public sale. For more information contact Robert A. Peabody, Jr., Bridgton Town Manager.

Christopher Grant                                              Town of Bridgton
Auctioneer ME Lic #1489                                 3 Chase St, Ste 1
294 So. High Street                                            Bridgton, ME
Bridgton, ME                                                       207-647-8786


Bridgton Recreation Director-Gary Colello- Awarded 2020 “Dr. Bill Eckart” Young Professional Award

The Maine Recreation and Parks Association announces that Gary Colello, Director of Recreation in Bridgton has been awarded the

2020 “Dr. Bill Eckart” Young Professional Award

Gary Colello is being recognized by his professional peers with an award by the Maine Recreation and Parks Association. He has demonstrated outstanding leadership for the residents of Bridgton by developing, coordinating and implementing recreational opportunities for all ages.  Gary has recently served on the MRPA Fall Workshop and the MRPA annual conference planning committees.

This award is named for Dr. William Eckart, who retired from the University of Maine at Machias in 2011 after 31 years as Professor of Recreation Management. During his tenure, he built the program into one of the most respected programs in the country, and it was Maine’s only nationally accredited recreation degree program. Dr. Eckart was an active member of MRPA, serving as Treasurer on the Board of Directors, spearheading the professional certification program, and managing membership.

Here is what residents of Bridgton say about Gary:

“Gary has taken a leadership role bringing together many towns in for baseball, softball, soccer, basketball, lacrosse and other sports.  He also helps with town events such as the Christmas parade, 4 on the 4th road race & the town Halloween party. He also interacts with the local elementary, middle & high school. His skill dealing with children, coaches, parents, officials and other town’s representatives is amazing. He does this with a smile and an undeniable belief that the bottom line is that this is all done for the benefits of the children.”

“He has gone well above and beyond the typical duties of a small town rec director.”

“Gary is single-handedly responsible for growing our community health and wellness activities at a previously under-utilized old town hall, revitalizing an attached public winter ice rink and providing skates and helmets to those who are interested. I cannot think of a community event where I have not seen him in attendance. This winter he mobilized every town business to decorate their windows for the holiday season, as the Parks Department was unable to put up the customary decorations due to road construction. I do not think this was even his responsibility. He also doggedly organized the previously failing “Festival of Lights” parade in the beginning of December.”

“Since Gary has come to Bridgton, he has done a lot for our recreation community. He is constantly challenging the “we’ve always done it this way” mentality while also collaborating with more experienced recreation directors to bring our community the best programming possible.”

Congratulations Gary!