Cooling Center Open Aug 11th & 12th

HAZY, HOT AND HUMID!!  With the forecast in the high 90’s and high humidity a cooling center has been set up today, Tuesday, August 11th , 2020 until 5:00 p.m. AND  tomorrow, Wednesday, August 12th from 9:00 a.m.  – 5:00 p.m.  at the Bridgton Community Center, 15 Depot Street, Bridgton (647-3116) for people to take refuge from the heat. Masks are required.

 

Georgiann M. Fleck

Public Information Officer

Sign Placement Ordinance Reminder

The purpose of this ordinance is to encourage the effective and safe use of signs in the Town of Bridgton and promote a healthy business climate while protecting the aesthetic atmosphere of the Town in accordance with the town’s comprehensive plan.

Under this ordinance, please remember that:

No signs, except for municipal sings, may be erected, installed or displayed in or within (10) feet of any park, garden, or monument owned or maintained by the Town of Bridgton.

Maine Department of Transportation official directional business signs shall not be allowed from the north side of Steven Brook Bridge, Rt. 302, map 24, lot 102 through Main Street headed west (Rt. 302) to map 22, lot 90.

Signs not in compliance with this ordinance may be removed at the discretion of the Code Enforcement Officer.

For more information or to review the full Town of Bridgton Sign Ordinance please click here

 

Traveling to Maine-Quarantine Requirements

Travel and Visitor Information

The Keep Maine Healthy plan aims to protect Maine people, protect visitors, and support Maine small businesses by reducing, to the greatest extent possible, COVID-19 risks associated with travel.

The plan relies on three cornerstones:

1) Testing that encourages all visitors to “know before you go”;

2) Screening for symptoms among travelers; and

3) Engaging Maine communities to promote COVID-19-prevention best practices and public health education.

If you are traveling, or planning to travel to Maine, please consult the Keep Maine Healthy plan and FAQs for the latest guidance. A list of Maine COVID-19 testing sites is here.

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

 

Wastewater Collection System Expansion Project – Invitation to Bid

NOTICE TO BIDDERS – INVITATION TO BID
WASTEWATER COLLECTION SYSTEM UPGRADES

The Town of Bridgton, Maine, will receive separate sealed Bids for the expansion of their existing sanitary wastewater collection system throughout the downtown area and along Route 302. The work consists of installation and testing of collection system gravity and force main piping, manhole structures and lateral connections. A nonmandatory pre-bid conference will be held at the Owner’s office, 3 Chase St, Suite 1, Bridgton, ME, Attention: Robert Peabody, Jr. at 10:00 am, on Thursday, August 6, 2020. A virtual option to attend will also be available. Bids will be received until 10:00 am, local time on Thursday, August 27, 2020, at which time the Bids received will be publicly opened and read at the Owner’s office.

Electronic copies of the Contract Documents may be obtained at no cost from the Issuing Office, Woodard & Curran, starting on Monday, July 27, 2020. If required, paper copies of the Contract Documents are available from the Issuing Office for a fee. Contact Laurie Regemann at 207-558-3765 or via email at lregemann@woodardcurran.com to obtain a copy of the Contract Documents and receive a virtual pre-bid meeting invitation.

Cooling Center Open Today!

Town of Bridgton

BRIDGTON “COOLING” CENTER

                                                                                             Release Date: July 20, 2020

 

 

HAZY, HOT AND HUMID!!  With the forecast in the high 90’s and high humidity a cooling center has been set up today, Monday, July 20, 2020 at the Bridgton Community Center, 15 Depot Street, Bridgton (647-3116) until 5:00p.m. for people to take refuge from the heat.   Masks are required.

 

Georgiann M. Fleck

Public Information officer

 

Notice to the Public

Election must be by plurality vote.  Bernard N. King, Jr. and Paul A. Tworog each received the same number of votes as candidates for membership to the Board of Selectmen. The Town of Bridgton will be conducting a run-off election on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 where ballots will be cast for the two tied candidates.  The polls will be open from 8AM until 8PM at the Bridgton Town Hall located at 26 North High Street.  Absentee ballots will be made available 30 days prior to the vote.

Additional Office Hours

REMINDER!!  The Town Clerk’s Office will be open until 7:00p.m. today, Thursday, July 9, 2020, for the purpose of accepting voter registration, absentee balloting, and other election related issues.  No other town business will be conducted during this time.

Planning Board Public Hearing-July 21, 2020

Town of Bridgton

The Planning Board for the Town of Bridgton will hold a Virtual Public Hearing at 5:00 P.M. on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, to hear public comment(s) on Sanborn Gravel Bank application located on Bridgton tax map 5 Lot 54 and 56.

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

Please direct any questions to Brenda Day, Code Enforcement Officer. bday@bridgtonmaine.org or 207-803-9963

Fireworks Safety Notice

 

 

FIREWORKS SAFETY NOTICE

The following recommendations for safe firework use are provided by the Office of State Fire Marshal and the Maine Forest Service

  • A person may use consumer fireworks only on that persons property or on the property of a person who has consented to that use of fireworks on that property.
  • Consumer fireworks may be used between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. except on the following dates when they may be used between 9:00 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. the following day:
    • July 4th
    • December 31st , and
    • The weekends immediately before and after July 4th and December 31st
  • Users, and those in possession of consumer fireworks, must be 21 years of age.
  • Set off fireworks outdoors in a clear area, away from houses, dry leaves, or grass and other flammable materials.
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby for emergencies, do not handle fireworks that fail to go off. Use a long- handled shovel to scoop up the firework and immerse it in the bucket of water.
  • Do not try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.
  • Be sure other people and children are out of range before lighting fireworks.
  • Never light fireworks in a container, especially a glass or metal container.
  • Keep unused fireworks away from firing areas.
  • Always use fireworks according to the manufacturer’s directions and guidelines.
  • Always use eye, ear, and hand personal protective equipment.
  • Observe all local laws and ordinances.
  • Never have any portion of your body directly over a firework while lighting.
  • When use of fireworks is done, continue to watch the area of use to be sure that all fireworks debris is out and not smoldering or hot.
  • Search any forested area adjacent to and downwind of the ignition site looking for hot or smoldering debris. Scan the forest canopy, as well as the ground. If a wildfire occurs as a result of negligence, then you may be responsible for fire suppression costs.
  • In case of emergency, dial 911.

For more information regarding firework use in the Town of Bridgton, please see the Consumer Fireworks Ordinance

T.J. Reese Acting Police Chief

PUBLIC NOTICE

Beginning Wednesday, July 1, 2020 Sergeant Timothy “T.J.” Reese will assume the position of Acting Police Chief for the Town of Bridgton until the appointment and confirmation of a permanent Police Chief has been made.

Office Closed July 14, 2020

PUBLIC NOTICE

The Bridgton Town Clerk’s Office will be closed on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 for staff administration of the Election.  We appreciate your patience and understanding.  Other staff members will be monitoring calls and emails and responding accordingly.  A full list of staff and department phone numbers can be found on-line at www.bridgtonmaine.org.

Holiday Closure – Town Office

PUBLIC NOTICE

The Town Office will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2020 in recognition of Independence Day.  Regular office hours are Monday – Friday 8:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.

Additional Office Hours

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.

 

Town of Bridgton Invitation to Bid

LEGAL

INVITATION TO BID

The Town of Bridgton is accepting bids from contractors to furnish materials and replace one septic system in Bridgton. A portion of the work will be funded by the DEP Small Community Grant Program and the work will be subject to special requirements of the DEP. The replacement will be awarded by one total bid contract.

Bid Documents may be obtained at the Bridgton Municipal building from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Friday or by clicking here.  A pre-bid meeting to inspect the site will be conducted on July 1st, 2020 at 9:00 am.

Bidders must have a minimum 3 years’ experience in septic system installation. (Or pre-qualify at the Town of Bridgton prior to bidding).

Sealed bids marked “Town of Bridgton Septic System Bids” must be submitted at the municipal building by 4:00 pm by July 10th, 2020, at which time they will be opened. The town reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids. For more information please look on the Town of Bridgton website or call Code Enforcement Officer Brenda Day at 803-9963.