Highland Lake Beach Testing

** MEDIA ANNOUNCEMENT **

Highland Lake Beach Testing
Town of Bridgton
Wednesday, August 1st, 

This morning we received the test results from the Paris Utility District for the water at Highland Lake Beach. The testing found that the water’s e.coliform count was well below the acceptable limit and Highland Lake Beach will be reopening.

We were made aware of this issue by our routine water testing and we will continue to monitor our public beaches on a regular basis till Labor Day to keep them safe for public use.

We will be opening Highland Lake Beach for swimming immediately.

Highland Lake Beach Closing

Highland Lake Beach Closing
Town of Bridgton
Tuesday, July 31st,

Testing performed on 7/30 has indicated an e.coliform count above the acceptable limit at Highland Lake Beach. We will be closing Highland Lake Beach immediately to swimming and will be moving the swimming lessons that are normally held at Highland Lake Beach to Salmon Point. Highland Lake Beach will remain open for picnicking and the boat launch will also stay open. The Town sent out samples to be tested today and will post the results of the testing once we receive them. An update will be posted on Facebook and our website by the end of the day tomorrow.

As of now, the cause of the high e.coliform count remains unknown but local fowl and low water levels may have played a role.

Marijuana Establishments Survey

The Bridgton Planning Board is looking for its residents’ opinions on allowing Medical/Adult Use Marijuana Establishments in Bridgton. As of now, any type of retail or commercial Adult Use marijuana establishment is currently prohibited in  Bridgton until authorized by a Town Warrant Article. Please take our survey so we can take your opinion into consideration by clicking here.

Woods Pond Beach Investigation Results

** MEDIA ANNOUNCEMENT **

Woods Pond Investigation Results
Town of Bridgton
Monday, July 23,

According to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, norovirus was found in two human stool specimens submitted for testing which confirms that this was a Norovirus outbreak. As of 7/19/18, epidemiologists have identified 97 people who reported being ill and were associated with this outbreak.

The CDC’s epidemiological investigation found that people who put their heads under the water while swimming or swallowed water while swimming were at greater risk for infection. Of note, there were several people who were not at the beach who became ill after caring for someone who was ill.

According to the CDC,

Norovirus is very contagious and spreads easily from person to person. It is common in Maine and throughout the U.S.

  • Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramping.  Symptoms generally start 24-48 hours after swallowing the virus, though it can appear earlier than that. Illness is usually not serious though people can feel very sick.  Most people get better within 1-2 days.
  • There is no treatment.  If you feel unwell, consulting with your medical provider is recommended.
  • You can decrease your chance of getting ill by washing your hands often with soap and water, carefully washing fruits and vegetables, and thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting contaminated surfaces.”

A Norovirus Fact Sheet from the Maine CDC can be found at: http://bridgtonmaine.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Norovirus_FS_2017.pdf

Woods Pond Beach Update

Woods Pond Beach Closure

We apologize for any confusion related to our original post. Here is the information available to us:

Late Friday afternoon, the Town of Bridgton received a phone call from the Center for Disease Control. The CDC reports that several people became ill with abdominal issues after swimming in Woods Pond between July 2 and July 6. The town closed the beach immediately.

The town is unable to sample the water and diagnose the cause until the testing facility reopens Monday morning, July 9. We will provide an update as soon as we have more information.

Until then, please do not use Woods Pond and instead visit Highland Lake Beach, Sabatis Island and Salmon Point.


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2019 Cruiser Bid Package–AWARDED

TOWN OF BRIDGTON

The Town of Bridgton sought proposals for the provision of one (1) 2019 Police Cruiser.

The receipt of bids was closed at 2:00p.m. on July 20th. There were no representatives present. Present representing the Town of Bridgton was Robert Peabody, Town Manager, Georgiann Fleck, Deputy Town Manager, Richard Stillman, Chief of Police, TJ Reese, Police Sergeant and Ashley Hutter, Public Safety Administrative Assistant. Chief Stillman opened up the bids received and read them aloud. To follow are the bids received and their amounts.

Casco Bay Ford

$32,686.00

Ripley & Fletcher

$34,562.37

Yankee Ford

$34,203.00

Macdonald Motors

$34,017.00

Quirk Ford

$32,337.00

Rowe Ford

$34,159.00

Following review of the bid(s) submitted, Richard Stillman, Chief of Police, will make a recommendation that the bid be awarded to Quick Ford.

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