Town of Eliot - COVID-19 Information

Updated: April 2, 2020 1:30PM *Updates are in order by release date - be sure to check previous posts for important information and guidance
COVID-19

COVID-19 Update:  April 2, 2020
Eliot Transfer Station Operations Update

Starting Saturday April 4, 2020 the Transfer Station will be accepting :
Brush , Yard debris such as leaves , grass , garden composting material and compostable food waste.

The following items are still excluded until further notice:
Construction debris and Bulky waste such as furniture and household items

Also Note:  The recycle center will remain closed until further notice.  We encourage recyclable items be held if possible but will allow them to be bagged and thrown in with regular trash if necessary..  
Pay-to-Throw Bags (purple) are not available to purchase at this time so any type of trash bag can be used.  These temporary changes are to insure the safety of our staff and residents during the COVID-19 Pandemic.


COVID-19 Update:  April 1, 2020
Governor Mills Issues Stay Healthy at Home Mandate - Effective as of 12:01AM on April 2, 2020 through April 30th

See the details of this executive order here.


COVID-19 Update:  March 30, 2020
Municipal Operations

The Town of Eliot has continued to  monitor the COVID-19 Pandemic and its potential impact on our community. To align with Governor Mill's Executive Order to extend the State of Emergency,  effective March 30, 2020 at 12:00PM through April 7, 2020, the Town of Eliot municipal operations will proceed as previously posted. *See update dated March 18, 2020 below for operation details.

Our goal is to ensure the safety of our employees and our residents.  We will continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, follow guidance from State and Federal Agencies and will determine when to safely reopen to the public.  


COVID-19 Update:  March 28, 2020
Citizen Option Meeting / Public Hearing Schedulded for Monday, March 30th Canceled due to COVID-19 Pandemic & Eliot Baketball Courts & Tennis Courts Closed


Notice of Meeting Cancellation

To the Residents of Eliot:
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and for the protection of our citizens, Town staff, and committee and board members, the members of the Eliot Select Board have decided by unanimous consensus to cancel the Citizen Option Meeting/ Public Hearing scheduled for Monday, March 30, 2020.
Respectfully,
S/ RIchard Donhauser,
Select Board Chairman

Eliot Basketball Courts & Tennis Courts Closed
Due to the need to prevent the potential spreading of the Coronavirus through person-to-person contact, Effective at 10am this morning, Saturday 3/28, the basketball and tennis courts have been closed. Please continue to be respectful of ‘social distancing.’ This includes the use of the dog park and open field space. The ECSD and the town would like for people to continue to use these spaces and to get outside during this time, however we are at a point where the parks could completely be closed off soon. Stay home. Stay healthy. Let’s get back to ‘normal’ living sooner than later! Thank you for your understanding.

COVID-19 Update:  March 26, 2020
Community Forum "Eliot Strong" Created as Support During COVID-19 Pandemic

A  COVID-19 community support forum has formed on Facebook: Eliot Strong.  The group, now numbering nearly 800 members, is offering information and support to each other as we adapt to life during a pandemic. The intent is to deploy the power of community in a time of crisis and change. To that end, the Eliot Strong Community Helpers , all local residents, are volunteering their time and a helping hand to those in need.

If you are an Eliot senior 75 or older, you likely have or will receive a call from a Community Helper inquiring as to any present or foreseeable need such as obtaining groceries, prescriptions, or other essential items.  You may be assisted to a better understanding of grocery delivery options  or a volunteer may be assigned to pickup and deliver food or medication, dropping off at your door.

The group is also leaving “Hi Neighbor” door hangers (see picture below) with contact names and number at the homes of many others who may find themselves in need of support. If you have not received a call or a door hanger, want to know more about the group and how they might help, please join Eliot Strong at

https://www.facebook.com/groups/222440499140913/

Help is not limited to seniors. If you are you unable to leave home for essential items due to chronic illness, mental or physical challenges, lack or have lost supports due to the epidemic, or would simply like to have a contact just in case please reach out.  Not on Facebook ?  Please contact  Rep. Michele Meyer at michelevmeyer@gmail.com or call her at 207 438 9197.

Eliot Strong Door Hang Tag


COVID-19 Update:  March 24, 2020
Citizens Option Meeting / Public Hearing Procedural Change Due to COVID-19 & Eliot Fire Department Burn Permit Issuance Procedural Change

Press Release 03/24/2020:  Meeting Procedural Change Due to COVID-19

The Town of Eliot will be holding the Citizen Option Meeting / Public Hearing on Monday, March 30, 2020 at the Town Office in Eliot, located at 1333 State Road, Eliot, ME. 

This meeting must be held due to the Town of Eliot’s Referendum Town Meeting Ordinance requirements as well as the strict timeline we must follow for town election preparation.

Governor Mills has strongly urged the citizens of Maine to implement strict social distancing measures, which includes the prohibition of meetings and functions with more than 10 people in attendance, therefore we are encouraging residents to not attend but instead review the Citizen Option Meeting / Public Hearing Agenda in advance of the meeting, see agenda attached below this statement.  If you have questions prior to the meeting please send by email or phone message to Dana Lee, Town Manager at townmanger@eliotme.org or 439-1817 X107. Your questions will be answered in a timely manner.  If you do not have access to a computer you can call 439-1817 X100 leave a message and a citizen option agenda will be mailed to you if time allows.

The Citizen Option Meeting / Public Hearing will be live streamed for viewing, you can access the video on the town’s website at www.eliotmaine.org, home page, and click on meeting videos. If you have questions on any article on the agenda during the live video stream of the Citizen Option Meeting / Public Hearing on March 30th you can call into the meeting room phone at 439-1817 X114 or send an email to the Town Manager at townmanager@eliotme.org which will be monitored real time and read into the record.

We want to promote public participation, but at a safe distance to follow the recommendations of Governor Mills and the Maine CDC to keep or residents, staff and their families safe.

Municipal Officers Notice of Citizen Option Meeting / Public Hearing

Citizen Option Meeting / Public Hearing Agenda

 

Burn Permits - Eliot Fire Department
Eliot Fire Chief Jay Muzeroll asking residents to use the Maine Burn Permit On-line System for all burn permit issuance requests until further notice due to COVID-19.


COVID-19 Update:  March 19, 2020
Use of Town Parks & Playground Equipment

The Town of Eliot is asking families and children to not use the playground equipment effectively immediately and until further notice. The playground equipment is not manually or chemically sterilized at this time. Playground equipment includes those at Frost Tufts Park and the Boat Basin. Parks are still open as of right now, but people are urged to practice social distancing.  


COVID-19 Update:  March 18, 2020
Municipal Operations

TOWN OF ELIOT, MAINE
Office of the Town Manager
1333 State Road, Eliot, ME  03903
Tel (207)439-1813 ext. 107, Fax (207)439-1415

March 18, 2020

To the Residents of Eliot,

The Town of Eliot has been monitoring the COVID-19 virus and its potential impact on our community.  After serious consideration, we will be making adjustments in municipal operations.  These adjustments will be evaluated on an ongoing basis and changes will be made as information and cirucumstances change.  Our goal is to ensure the safety of our employees and our residents.  We will continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, follow guidance from State and Federal Agencies and will determine when to safely reopen to the public.  

Effective March 18, 2020 at 12:00PM through March 31, 2020, the Town of Eliot will proceed as follows:

Public Safety
Emergency needs for EMS, Fire, and Police will continue as normal by dialing 911.  For medical 911 calls, additional questions may be asked.

Fire Department
Burn Permits must be obtained on-line at:  https://www13.informe.org/burnpermit/public/index.html

Police Department
The Police Department will continue to be staffed as normal.

As a precaution, the department has implemented some temporary changes in the way our officers respond to non-emergency calls for service.

We encourage you to call the office at 439-1179, rather than to come to the station for most matters.

The front office staff will be monitoring emails and phone messages on a regular basis and will respond in a timely manner.

Elliott Moya, Police Chief:  emoya@eliotpolice.org   /   439-1179
Judy Smith, Administrative Assistant:  jsmith@eliotpolice.org   /  439-1179

Officers will handle non-emergency calls by phone when feasible. 

If the Police Department lobby is closed, there is a call box to the right of the door that will connect you to dispatch. 

All fingerprint services are temporarily suspended.

Our response to serious incidents and emergencies remains the same.  If you have an emergency, call 911.

Public Works Department
The Public Works Department is closed to the public from March 18th @ 12pm to March 31st.  The staff will be monitoring phone messages and email regularly and will respond in a timely manner.

Steve Robinson, DPW Director:  srobinson@eliotme.org   /  Phone:  439-9451

Transfer Station / Recycle Center
We will be operating under normal business hours.  At this time household trash and all recyclables will be accepted in any type of trash bag that you have.  We do encourage that you hold recyclables until we are able to collect again if possible. Items that are not permitted to be discarded at this time are bulky waste items, scrap steel, scrap wood, brush & compost material. The Swap Shop will be closed & there will be no sales of the “PAY TO THROW” bags.  If you have questions please contact the DPW Director at 439-9451.

Town Clerk & Tax Collector Office
The office is closed to the public from March 18th @ 12pm to March 31st.  The staff will be monitoring phone messages and email regularly and will respond in a timely manner.

Wendy Rawski, Town Clerk:       wrawski@eliotme.org   /   Phone:  439-1817 ext. 100
Brenda Harvey, Tax Collector:    bharvey@eliotme.org   /   Phone:  439-1817 ext. 101

Mail will be checked on a regular basis.

Please refer to the Online Services available on our website at : https://www.eliotmaine.org/home/pages/eliot-online-services-payments

The online services include: automobile & trailer renewals, ATV, boat, and snowmobile registration renewals, hunting & fishing license renewals, sewer bill payments, & real estate tax payments.

*Please note:
As part of Governor Mills & the 129th Legislature Emergency Legislative Package to Respond to COVID-19

Vehicles and trailers. Notwithstanding the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 29-A, chapter 5 or any other law or municipal charter provision or ordinance to the contrary, a registration, including a temporary registration, of a vehicle, including, without limitation, a motor vehicle, all-terrain vehicle, watercraft or snowmobile, or a trailer required to be registered in this State that expires during the period of a state of emergency declared by the Governor in accordance with Title 37-B, section 742 due to the outbreak of COVID-19 is deemed extended until 30 days following the termination of the state of emergency.

Treasurer Office
The office is closed to the public from March 18th @ 12pm to March 31st.  The Treasurer will be monitoring phone messages and email regularly and will respond in a timely manner.

Jordan Miles, Treasurer:       jmiles@eliotme.org   /   Phone:  439-1813 ext. 106

Administrative Assistant & Welfare Director Office
The office is closed to the public from March 18th @ 12pm to March 31st.  The Administrative Assistant / Welfare Director will be monitoring phone messages and email regularly and will respond in a timely manner.

Melissa Albert, Admin. Asst. & Welfare Director: malbert@eliotme.org / Phone: 439-1813 ext. 106

If you have an emergency and need assistance please contact (207) 439-1179, non-emergency police number, and ask for me to be contacted.

If this is not an emergency please leave your name and number and I will return your call within a 24hr period.

Land Use Department (Code Enforcement, Assessing & Planning)
The offices are closed to the public from March 18th @ 12pm to March 31st.  The staff will be monitoring phone messages and email regularly and will respond in a timely manner. 

During the period of the Town Office Closure Applicants will still be able to be submit permits for review by the Code Enforcement Officer. We are asking that all permits and applicable plans be submitted electronically to both Shelly Bishop CEO at sbishop@eliotme.org and Kristina Goodwin Land Use Assistant at kgoodwin@eliotme.org. If permits are unable to submitted electronically you may submit them by mail to: 1333 State Road Eliot, ME 03903 but please keep in mind there may be a delay in reviewing permits submitted by mail as we are working remotely with limited access to the Town Office. Pictures of required inspections may be submitted to Shelly Bishop CEO at sbishop@eliotme.org, Please reach out to Shelly Bishop CEO at sbishop@eliotme.org and Kristina Goodwin Land Use Assistant at kgoodwin@eliotme.org with questions regarding the inspection process.

Below are links to commonly requested permit forms below:

Growth Permit: https://www.eliotmaine.org/sites/eliotme/files/uploads/revisedgrowth_permit_application.pdf

Building Permit: https://www.eliotmaine.org/sites/eliotme/files/uploads/residential_building_permit_form_0.pdf

Plumbing Permit: https://www.eliotmaine.org/sites/eliotme/files/uploads/plumbing_permit_application_0.pdf

Electrical Permit: https://www.eliotmaine.org/sites/eliotme/files/uploads/electrical_permit_application_form.pdf

Public Sewer Application: https://www.eliotmaine.org/sites/eliotme/files/pages/connection_to_public_sewer_application_0.pdf

During the Period of Town Office Closure you may still submit forms for the Tax Assessor, Martine Painchaud, to review at mpainchaud@eliotme.org and copy Kristina Goodwin at kgoodwin@eliotme.org . You may reach out to Martine at mpainchaud@eliotme.org with any questions.

During the Period of the Town Office closure we will update the website Planning Board Page with further instructions regarding Planning Board submissions and scheduled meetings as we know more. Please reach out to Kristina Goodwin at kgoodwin@eliotme.org with any planning related questions.

Community Service Department
The office is closed to the public from March 18th @ 12pm to March 31st.  The CSD Director will be monitoring phone messages and email regularly and will respond in a timely manner.

Heather Muzeroll-Roy, CSD Director: hmuzeroll@eliotcsd.com   /   Phone: 451-9334

All Community Service Department programs and activities including KidsPLAY have been canceled.

Meetings: Boards, Committees & Commissions
All meetings are canceled until further notice and other options to meet can be implemented with the following exception.

*Please Note:
The Eliot Select Board Special Meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 19th @ 5:30pm will still be held as the Citizen Option / Public Hearing Agenda must be finalized to meet our posting requirements.  Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic situation, we are strongly discouraging the public from attending. We have attached the Draft Citizen Option / Public Hearing Agenda (
https://www.eliotmaine.org/select-board/agenda/update-special-select-board-meeting-agenda) that will be discussed.

The Select Board may be considering an amendment to the amount to be raised and appropriated for the Maine Bicentennial Committee under Article #20 from $1,500 to $4,500.  This is the only “known” Article that we anticipated a “Citizen Option” effort to be in place for the March 30th Citizen Option / Public Hearing Meeting.
For those wishing to participate (comment / question), we encourage you to email
townmanager@eliotme.org, the Town Manager will monitor that address in advance of and during the meeting.  The meeting will be streamed live and can be accessed on the Town Website at: https://townhallstreams.com/towns/elliot_maine
You may call in during the meeting using 439-1813 extension 114. We will monitor that phone number during the meeting. 

In an effort to continue to run the Town of Eliot, it will be necessary at times for the Select Board to meet.  These meetings will be streamed live on Town Hall Streams (https://townhallstreams.com/towns/elliot_maine).  We are asking the public to not attend these meetings. If you have an agenda item that you have a question on, please contact the Town Manager in advance at townmanager@eliotme.org or 439-1813 ext. 107.  Please also note that the Select Board will be tabling ALL NON-ESSENTIAL business items until the Board can safely allow the public to attend.

We hope this information is helpful and really appreciate your understanding and cooperation during this trying time.

In closing the Select Board and I want you to know we are taking this situation very seriously and are doing what we feel is best for our residents and staff.  Additionally, it is imperative that we work in accordance with the Federal and State recommendations.

Dana K. Lee,
Town Manager


COVID-19 Update:  March 16, 2020

To: All Media Outlets
From: Dana Lee, Town Manager
Date: March 16, 2020
RE: Press Release – COVID-19 Update & Closures

The Town of Eliot pandemic plan is designed to coordinate with the MSAD #35 when practicable. Our shared goal is to keep our community safe by reducing the risk of exposure to and incidents of COVID-19 in our community.

MSAD #35 announced today it will be closing schools for two weeks beginning March 16, 2020.

In keeping with our pandemic plans, various town operations will follow suit.  No direct customer contact will take place during this time, except under dire circumstances and with an appointment. Call ahead.  We are closely monitoring both the pandemic status in Maine and nearby Towns and will make additional decisions, and provide updates as the situation warrants.

  • All Community Services Department programs, including all preschool and afterschool programming will be closed for two weeks, beginning March 16, 2020, through March 27, 2020.
  • The William Fogg Library will be closed for two weeks, beginning March 16, 2020, through March 29, 2020. Many services, resources and materials will continue to be available online.  The Library’s website is https://williamfogglibrary.org/
  • Eliot Town Hall will be closed to customers through at least Wednesday March 18, 2020, at which time we will re-assess the situation.
    • Many online services are available to assist with licensing, permitting, vital record requests, online payments and more.  Online services can be accessed by visiting:  https://www.eliotmaine.org/home/pages/eliot-online-services-payments
    • To assist customers who are unable to access online services, applications and requests including, but not limited to, vital record requests, liquor and victualer's applications, and building permits will be mailed to you, upon request.
    • Customers may also call in to Town Hall to receive service and make payments via phone #207-439-1817.
  • The Eliot Transfer Station will remain open. We are temporarily closing the Recycling Barn and Swap Shop.  Either hang onto your recyclables until we are fully open again or you may dispose of recyclables as regular waste. We are also suspending the need to purchase bags for at least two weeks, as we do not want to handle money. You may bring trash in any bag for two weeks.


    Town Hall staff will be available, and actively responding to voice mails and emails during this time.  If the service you need cannot be found online, please contact Town Hall Staff at 207-439-1817 and they will assist you to the best of their ability.  Additional accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    For a full list of staff phone numbers and emails, please visit the Town Hall directory which can be found at: https://www.eliotmaine.org/home/pages/phone-directory

    The Town of Eliot continues to encourage the public to stay up to date on the latest information from the Town by signing up for E-Alerts at https://www.eliotmaine.org/subscribe and from the Maine Centers for Disease Control, at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov. You can also call 211 for more information. Continue to call 911 if you have an emergency.

    If you have questions, please contact Dana Lee at 207-439-1813 or townmanager@eliotme.org

    Dana Lee, Town Manager