The Town Office and Recycling Center will be closed on Saturday July 4th in observance of Independence Day
The Bowdoin Planning Board has resumed meeting on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 7:00 PM. Due to the current pandemic requirements, the Planning Board meetings will be held in the cafeteria at Bowdoin Central School through at least July.
The Planning Board refers to records held at the Bowdoin Town Office. However, because we are not meeting at the Town Office, these records will not be available. If you have business to bring before the Planning Board, please contact the Planning Board Chair, Michaeline Mulvey at 207-737-8695 and leave a message prior to the meeting that you plan to attend; this will allow advanced planning. Our hope is that by having you contact us prior to the meetings, we may efficiently handle the business you intend to bring to the meeting.
Per the State of Maine guidelines, we request that a face mask or covering be worn by all those who attend, and that social distancing guidelines be maintained.
Town of Bowdoin Planning Board
In order to ensure proper social distancing, the Selectmen have made the decision to allow no more than two (2) audience members at one time. Should you have specific business with the Selectmen, please contact the Town Office at (207) 353-6949 at least 2 hours prior to the meeting to ensure that you can be seen. Attendance will be granted on a first-come-first-served basis unless you receive prior approval.
Face masks will be required for all audience members with not exceptions. If you are unable to wear a face mask or covering, please contact the Town Office to make alternative arrangements to have your business addressed.
Town of Bowdoin Selectmen.
Due to COVID-19, the Town is considering moving Spring Clean-up Day 2020 to the Fall. Though we have not made this decision yet, this notice is to make you aware that it may be moved.
Due to the national and state declarations of emergency, certain necessary services have been disrupted and may have become unavailable. In light of the vast number of municipalities currently closed along with Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicle Branches and Main office, On March 23, 2020 the Governor authorized the temporary stay of the requirement to register a vehicle after the transfer of ownership or title. This will be in effect for the duration of the emergency. If a person can register normally through their municipality or Bureau of Motor Vehicle Office before the end of the emergency, then they should do so immediately.
In the event a person or company purchasing a motor vehicle or trailer in a “private sale” which does not include a temporary registration plate, and subsequently cannot register that vehicle due to the existing emergency, this document may serve as a temporary registration.
The Secretary of State asks that all law enforcement recognize this document as an official temporary registration which will remain in effect, at most, for the duration of the emergency as declared by the Governor on March 18, 2020.
DOWNLOAD A COPY OF THIS LETTER. NOTE, THIS COPY MUST BE KEPT IN THE VEHICLE FOR WHICH THE PRIVATE SALE WAS FOR
The Town of Bowdoin is monitoring the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and will update the website accordingly. While it is important to know that there are currently no known cases of COVID-19 in the State of Maine, you should maintain a level of knowledge and understanding of the risks and protective measures to take.
What are Coronaviruses?
- Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, but only several types are known to commonly cause infections in people, with these common human coronaviruses usually causing mild to moderate respiratory illness (like the common cold). Newer human coronaviruses, like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), and the COVID-19 can cause more severe symptoms. The COVID-19 is originally thought to have spread from animals to humans, but now person-to-person spread is occurring.
How is it spread?
- It’s not clear yet how easily COVID-19 spreads from person-to-person. Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through respiratory droplets, including:
- Through the air by coughing and sneezing;
- Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands.
- This is similar to how influenza and other respiratory infections spread. Until we learn more about how easily the COVID-19 spreads between people, healthcare providers may wear special personal protective equipment (e.g. masks and eye protection) when evaluating a patient if there is concern for infection with the COVID-19.
What are the symptoms?
- We are still learning about how the COVID-19 affects people. Symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Symptoms of people with confirmed COVID-19 infections have primarily included:
- Difficulty Breathing
- If you have traveled to/from China or other countries where outbreaks have been identified and develop symptoms of a fever or respiratory illness within 14 days of your travel, contact your health care provider before going to their office or the emergency department, and tell them about your recent travel and symptoms. You can also contact the ME Division of Public Health Services at (207) 287-8016, if you have questions or concerns.
How can I protect myself and others?
- There are steps you can take to reduce your risk of getting sick from viral respiratory infections, and help prevent transmitting infections to others, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces
- Stay home from work or school if you have a fever or are not feeling well (Click HERE for details from the US CDC)
Is there a treatment?
- There are no specific treatments recommended for infection with the COVID-19. People infected with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms, such as taking pain or fever medications, drinking plenty of fluids, and staying home and resting. Some patients who are very sick may need to go to the hospital to get care.
- People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their health care provider immediately.
Where can I Lean More?
- The ME Department of Health and Human Services (ME DHHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have websites specifically focused on COVID-19 with many resources:
For more information:
- COVID-19 Interim Guidance for Businesses
- COVID-19 Information for Travel
- COVID-19 FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
- SCHOOL Communities
Please continue to monitor the Town’s website for new, and updated information.