Municipal Officers’ Notice of Public Hearing

Municipal Officers’ Notice of Public Hearing

 

The Municipal Officers of the Town of Bridgton will hold a Public Hearing at 5:00 P.M. on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at the Bridgton Town Hall located at 26 North High Street in Bridgton to hear public comment on the following question that will be presented to the voters at a Special Town Meeting on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 6:00 P.M.:

 

(Affordable Housing TIF)   Shall the following vote be adopted:

 

Shall the voters of the Town of Bridgton, Maine designate an affordable housing development district to be known as the “15 Harrison Road Municipal Affordable Housing Development and Tax Increment Financing District” and adopt the Development Program for the District such designation and adoption to be pursuant to the following findings, terms and provisions?

 

WHEREAS, the Town of Bridgton (the “Town”) is authorized pursuant to Chapter 206,

Subchapter 3 of Title 30-A of the Maine Revised Statutes, as amended, to designate specified areas within the Town as Affordable Housing Development Districts and to adopt a development program for such Districts; and

 

WHEREAS, it has been proposed that the Town designate certain land located at 15 Harrison Road as the “15 Harrison Road Municipal Affordable Housing Development and Tax Increment Financing District” (the “District”) and adopt a development program for the District (the “Development Program”); and

 

WHEREAS, the Town has held a public hearing on the question of establishing the District

and adopting the Development Program, in accordance with the requirements of 30-A M.R.S.A.

Subsection 5250, upon at least ten (10) days prior notice published in the Portland Press Herald, a newspaper of general circulation within the Town; and

 

WHEREAS, it is expected that approval will be sought and obtained from the Maine State

Housing Authority (the Authority) approving the designation of the District and the adoption of the Development Program for the District; and

 

WHEREAS, at least 25% of the property within the District is suitable for residential use,

and in need of rehabilitation or redevelopment; and

 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED BY THE TOWN:

 

  1. The designation of the District and pursuit of the Development Program will create affordable, livable housing within the Town of Bridgton, and therefore constitutes a good and valid public purpose.

 

  1. Pursuant to Chapter 206, subchapter 3 of Title 30-A of the Maine Revised Statutes, as amended, the Town hereby designates the 15 Harrison Road Municipal Affordable Housing Development and Tax Increment Financing District as more particularly described in the documents presented to the Town Meeting in the form attached hereto.

 

  1. Pursuant to the provisions of 30-A M.R.S.A., Subsection 5250-A, the percentage of captured assessed value to be retained in accordance with the Development Program is to be established as set forth in the Development Program.

 

  1. The Town Manager be and is hereby authorized, empowered and directed to submit the proposed designation of the District and the proposed Development Program for the District to the Maine State Housing Authority for review and approval pursuant to the requirements of 30-A M.R.S.A. Chapter 206, subchapter 3.

 

  1. The Town Manager be and is hereby authorized and empowered at his discretion from time to time to make such revisions to the Development Program for the District as he/she deems reasonably necessary or convenient in order to facilitate the process of review and approval of the District by the Maine State Housing Authority, or for any other reason so long as such provisions are not inconsistent with these resolutions or the basic structure and intent of the Development Program.

 

  1. The foregoing designation of the District and the adoption of the Development Program shall automatically become final and shall take full force and effect upon receipt by the Town Board of Selectmen of approval of the designation of the District and adoption of the Development Program by the Maine State Housing Authority, without requirements of further action by the Town, the Board of Selectmen or any other party. Upon approval of the District and Development Program by Maine State Housing Authority, the Town Manager is further authorized to execute and deliver a Credit Enhancement Agreement between the Town and the owner of all land in the District in form and substance substantially identical to that attached as an exhibit to the Development Program.

 

  1. The Town Manager be and is hereby authorized to create a Municipal Project Cost Account, as contemplated by the Development Program in the name of and on behalf of the Town, such Account to be in such form and to contain such terms and provisions, not inconsistent with the Development Program and this Order, and a percentage of the proceeds of the Municipal Project Cost account, as specified in the Development Program, shall be used to defray operating expenses for eligible projects within the District, consistent with the Development Program. Said Development Program and Account to be reviewed and approved by the Town Solicitor or his/her designee.

 

  1. The Town Manager is authorized to file the yearly reports required by 30-A M.R.S.A. § 5250-E and otherwise to take all lawful actions required in the administration of the District and Development program.

 

For more information click below:

Maine State Housing Authority Application for Affordable Housing Tax Increment Financing click here 

August 11, 2020 Special Town Meeting Warrant click here

 

**UPDATE** NOTICE OF ROAD POSTING

**UPDATE** As of 4/8/2020 roads are no longer posted.  Please use best judgment practices regarding the safety of large loads on saturated roads.

The Town of Bridgton Roads will be posted in accordance with MRS Title 29-A Section 2395 effective March 4, 2020.

This is done to protect our roadways from damage during the thaw cycle.

**PLEASE NOTE -PAVED ROADS LISTED BELOW & ALL DIRT ROADS WILL BE POSTED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE **

For more information please contact the Town Office, 207-647-8786 or David Madsen, Public Services Director, 207-647-2326 or 207-647-1127

SOUTH BRIDGTON

Burnham Road, Willis Park Road, Ingalls Road, Fosterville Road (to end), Winn Road, Swamp Road, North Road, Raspberry Lane, Camp Pondicherry Road, Pinhook Rd, Wildwood and Moose Cove Lodge.

WEST BRIDGTON

Mountain Road, Hio Ridge Road, Sam Ingalls Road, Whitney Road, Highland Pines Road, Millbrook Road, Harmon Road, Issac Stevens Road, Kilgore Road, Cedar Drive, East Pondicherry Road, West Pondicherry Road and South Bay Road (Knights Hill Development).

NORTH BRIDGTON

Highland Road, Chadbourne Hill Road, Upper Ridge Road, Middle Ridge Road, Monk Road, Kimball Road, Highland Point Development.

VILLAGE AREA

Kansas Road, Lower Main Street, Pond Road, Dugway Road, Mt. Henry Road, Zion Hill Road, Smith Ave.

Select Board Public Hearing, April 7, 2020 5:00pm (virtual)

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

The Municipal Officers of the Town of Bridgton will hold a Public Hearing at 5:00 P.M. on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 via virtual meeting to accept oral and written comments on the proposed Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding projects for Program Year 2020-2021.

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/302555885

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States (Toll Free): 1 877 309 2073
United States: +1 (571) 317-3129

Access Code: 302-555-885

You can view the applications here.

**UPDATED** MUNICIPAL SERVICES IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

PRESS RELEASE

March 18, 2020

RE: COVID-19 Update

The Town of Bridgton has made the decision to close the Town Office to the public effective Thursday, March 19th through Friday, April 3rd, re-opening April 6th.  Essential personnel will be working remotely, monitoring emails and phone messages. We apologize for any inconvenience, but continuing to reduce the risk of exposure will help avoid further shut down. Our priority is keeping our employees and community both safe and informed.

Updates will be provided via our web-site https://bridgtonmaine.org/ and FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/bridgtontown/.  This situation is ongoing, and subject to change pending additional information and updates.

Board and Committee Meetings are suspended until further notice. Any changes in schedule will be posted on our web-site and FaceBook pages.  More information on events scheduling may be found:  https://bridgtonmaine.org/events/

The Bridgton Town Office is closed to the public effective Thursday, March 19th through Friday, April 3rd, re-opening Monday, April 6th.  Hours of operation will be re-evaluated at that time.  Please note – many services are supported on-line, such as licensing, permitting, and payments. A limited number of Staff will be on-site daily, monitoring phones and email.

A secure drop box is located at the main entrance of the Town Office. This drop box may be used for payments, applications, and General Assistance documentation. Processing and distribution of USPS Mail will be limited to twice weekly.

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

Bridgton Recreation Department and Old Town Hall – the Town Hall is closed and all programs are cancelled through April 3rd. Program cancelations include ALL Town Hall Gym facility programs. At this time spring sports programs including pre-season baseball, softball, and lacrosse and current after-school programs have all been suspended until further notice with the intent to still have spring programming and a sports season.

The Recreation Department will still accept registrations for all spring and summer program.  Please visit https://bridgtonmaine.org/bridgton-recreation/ for on-line registration.  For additional questions, please contact Gary Colello, Recreation Director, 207-647-1126 or by email: gcolello@bridgtonmaine.org.

Bridgton Public Safety: The Iredale entrance will remain locked, anyone needing police assistance can use the call box phone outside the Police Station or call us direct at the non-emergency phone number: 207-647-8814.

The following public services have been suspended: fingerprinting, concealed weapons permit processing, burn permit assistance, and the medication drop box.

The Public Safety department will not be accepting gifts such as pastries, cards of thanks, fudge, and other tokens of generosity that are often brought to the PD.

Officers are dedicated to providing this community with the highest level of public safety. If you have an emergency please call 911 and we’ll be there.  For more information: https://bridgtonmaine.org/police/

Bridgton Public Services, 31 Willet Road: Essential staff will be on-site regular hours, 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday – Friday but is closed to the public. Please contact David Madsen with questions or concerns at 207-647-1127 or by email: dmadsen@bridgotnmaine.org.

The Transfer Station, 118 Sandy Creek Road, will remain open regular hours, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Staff has implemented measures to limit potential exposure – staff have been directed not to help unload vehicles and the store is closed to the public.  Any questions should be directed to David Madsen, Public Services Director, 207-647-1127 or by email: dmadsen@bridgtonmaine.org.

Town Staff are monitoring calls and emails. A full list of staff and department phone numbers can be found on-line at: https://bridgtonmaine.org/staff-directory/ and are listed below.

Robert A. Peabody, Jr., Town Manager

207-803-9958

rpeabody@bridgtonmaine.org

Georgiann M. Fleck, Deputy Town Manager

207-803-9959

gmfleck@bridgtonmaine.org

Todd Perreault, EMA Director

207-803-9971

ema@bridgtomaine.org

Catherine Pinkham, Health Officer

207-803-9064

Healthofficer@bridgtonmaine.org

Richard Stillman, Police Chief

207-803-9976

rstillman@bridgtonmaine.org

Tom Harriman, Fire Chief

207-803-9955

firechief@bridgtonmaine.org

Laurie Chadbourne, Town Clerk

207-803-9950

lchadbourne@bridgtonmaine.org

Brenda Day, Code Enforcement Officer

207-803-9963

bday@bridgtonmaine.org

Charisse Keach, Finance Officer

207-803-9957

ckeach@bridgtonmaine.org

Linda LaCroix, Community Development

207-803-9956

llacroix@brigtonmaine.org

David Madsen, Public Services Director

207-647-1127

dmadsen@bridgtonmaine.org

Gary Colello, Recreation Director

207-647-1126

gcolello@bridgtonmaine.org

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

  • Dial 211 (or 1-866-811-5695)
  • Text your ZIP code to 898-211
  • Email info@211maine.org
  • 211 is TTY and Video Relay accessible if calling from Maine
  • Visit www.maine.gov/dhhs/coronavirus

Additional COVID-19 information, updated daily, is available from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCov/

https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/airborne/coronavirus.shtml

 

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

Liston E. Eastman
Chairman, Board of Selectmen

Robert A. Peabody
Town Manager

Notice of Auction of Tax-Acquired Property

** UPDATE **

AUCTION POSTPONED UNTIL THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2020 AT 10:00 A.M.

Notice of Auction of Tax-Acquired Property

5.43 ACRE DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY

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 March 27, 2020 commencing at 10:00 a.m. at the Bridgton Municipal Complex, 3 Chase Street, Suite 1, 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 CLICK HERE or contact Robert A. Peabody, Jr., Bridgton Town Manager, 207-647-8786

Christopher Grant

Auctioneer ME Lic #1489

294 So. High Street, Bridgton, ME

COVID-19 Information

Maine CDC COVID-19 Information (updated daily)

The Maine CDC is preparing for the potential spread in Maine of the respiratory illness called COVID-19, caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The CDC urges Maine people to practice good hand hygiene, cover coughs and sneezes, and stay home if you are sick. If you are concerned that you have been exposed to COVID-19, call your health care provider, who will determine whether you should be tested and, as appropriate, submit a sample for testing.

How can I help to prevent the spread?

There are simple steps you can take to reduce the possible spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses such as influenza and the common cold:

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  2. Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  4. Stay home while you’re sick and avoid close contact with others

Currently there is no vaccine available to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

What should I do if I have symptoms?

Call ahead to a health care professional if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing. Tell your health care professional about any recent travel or contact with other COVID-19 cases. Your healthcare professional will work with Maine CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.

More information is available on the U.S. CDC’s What You Should Know page.

Contact 211 Maine for answers to frequently asked questions on COVID-19:

• Dial 211 (or 1-866-811-5695)
• Text your ZIP code to 898-211
• Email info@211maine.org
• 211 is TTY and Video Relay accessible if calling from Maine
• Visit www.maine.gov/dhhs/coronavirus

Additional Resources: 

CMHC COVID-19 Preparedness

CDC COVID-19 Fact Sheet 1

CDC COVID-19 Fact Sheet 2

CDC COVID-19 Preparation

CDC COVID-19 Symptoms

CDC Sick with COVID-19

CDC Stop Spread of Germs

Streetscape Public Notice – Tuesday, March 3, 2020 LAMP POSTS

Beginning this week, contractors will be installing lamp post bases and poles along the north side of Main Street as long as weather permits.

There may be brief closures of sections of sidewalk during this installation, but the contractor will work to ensure access is restored as quickly as possible.  If any business or property owners have trouble accessing their buildings, please let us know so we can do whatever we can to address your concerns.

Colin Dinsmore, PE
HEB Engineers, Inc

Lakes Region Explorer 2020 Schedule & Route Updates

The Lakes Region Explorer is now officially stopping at the Bridgton Hospital after the schedule departure time from the Bridgton Community Center, and doing a one-way loop through Downtown Bridgton via Main St. and South High St.

Beginning this year there is a new bus on the road!  Seasonal summer service will be provided each Saturday from Memorial Day through Labor Day – each Saturday there will be three (3) round-trip rides beginning with an 8:30 a.m. departure from Bridgton and with a last trip leaving Portland at 4:20 p.m.

 

Rates:
$3 – ONE WAY TRIP
$2 – STUDENTS (w/ID)
$2 – SENIORS (65+)
$2 – PEOPLE w/DISABILITIES
$25 – 10-RIDE PASS
$50 – MONTHLY PASS
Children 5 & under free (w/ fare paying adult)

More information, including a revised brochure with schedule, rates and route is available on the Town of Bridgton website: https://bridgtonmaine.org/public-transportation/ and the RTP website: http://rtprides.org/lakes-region-explorer/

Holiday Recycling

‘Tis the season for wrapping paper, packaging, wreaths and trees.  Do you know where it all goes?  

Holiday trees, garlands, and wreaths – free of tinsel please! – may be disposed of at the Public Works Garage on Willett Rd.  For your convenience there is an area marked near the sand box at the east/lower entrance of the parking lot.

Please remember that wrapping paper IS recyclable, but bubble wrap and styrofoam packaging is NOT.

For more recycling tips please visit EcoMaine

Town of Bridgton Transfer Station is open T’s and S’s = Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday from 7:00AM – 5:00PM.  For more information, please visit https://bridgtonmaine.org/trash-recycling/ or call 207-647-8276.

COMMUNITY COOLING CENTER FRI, JULY 19 – SUN, JULY 21

HAZY, HOT AND HUMID!! With a forecast in the 90’s with high humidity for the next several days a cooling center has been set up at the Bridgton Community Center, 15 Depot Street, Bridgton, beginning Friday, July 19, 2019 through Sunday, July 21, 2019 open 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m., for people to take refuge from the heat. A pet friendly facility. For more information please call the Bridgton Community Center at 207-647-3116.

For more information on expected temps, how to identify heat-related health emergencies, and how to stay cool click HERE.

Annual Board Training

PUBLIC NOTICE

On Thursday, July 11, 2019 beginning at 4:00p.m. at the Bridgton Town Office, 10 Iredale Street, Bridgton, Maine there will be a legal training for the Board of Selectmen, Planning Board, and Appeals Board which may also include members of various other Committees.  Although there will be a quorum of members present representing each Board or Committee, no official business will be conducted.

Georgiann M. Fleck, Deputy Town Manager
Town of Bridgton