COVID 19 Statement

In an effort to keep our citizens and employees protected, the Town of Veazie will be taking additional measures to help control the spread of COVID-19. The Municipal Building located at 1084 Main Street will be closed to the public effective immediately. This includes face to face access to Code Enforcement, Tax Assessor, General Assistance and Office Staff. During this closure Town employees will remain available to answer questions and provide assistance via email or phone. We understand you may have projects that need inspection, questions about your taxes or normal business you conduct in the Town Office so we offer the following suggestions.

To contact Code Enforcement Officer, John Larson, we request you email him at veazieceo@veazie.net. John’s Office hours are Tuesday and Thursday and he will respond to emails as soon as he can.

To contact Assessor, Ben Birch, we request you email him at bbirch@veazie.net. Ben is only in the Office on Tuesdays but he will respond as soon as he can.

Anyone needing General Assistance may complete an application which can be found at www.veazie.net, and sent via email to bdrew@veazie.net and mleonard@veazie.net. If you don’t have access to the internet you can call 207-922-5970 and we will help you complete it over the phone. You may be required to leave a message, if so, we will return your call.

Licenses and registrations for vehicles, trailers, ATVs, boats/watercraft, snowmobiles, dogs etc. can be renewed online using the Rapid Renewal services. Hunting and/or fishing licenses as well as vital records (birth, death, marriage) may also be obtained online. Visit www.veazie.net/town-clerk to access these services.

The State has enacted LD 2167 which states that registrations for motor vehicles, trailers, ATVs, boats/watercraft, snowmobiles and dogs will be extended for 30 days after the public health emergency is lifted. This includes temporary registrations.


http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=SP0789&item=1&snum=129

In addition to the Municipal Building the Town of Veazie is suspending the use of indoor Town space to include the Community Center located at 1005 Olive Street by outside groups for an indefinite period of time. This includes all previously scheduled events.

Trash and recycling services will not be interrupted and will continue as scheduled.

The Veazie Community School (VCS) has also been closed to the Public and only essential staff is being allowed in the building. To contact the school, you can call the general business line at 207-947-6573 or email Principal Cyr at mcyr@veaziecs.org.

Our Public Safety staff, Fire, EMS and Police responders, will continue to respond and provide the necessary services to ensure your safety and security. Please remember, should you need to call 911 for any emergency please tell the dispatcher if you have any flu like symptoms, respiratory symptoms, and to include any possible exposure to COVID-19 or recent travel out of Maine or the country. This aids our responders in protecting themselves while assisting and providing care to you and your family.

Access to the fire station will be limited to employees only. If you need to speak to someone at the fire station you can contact them by calling 207-945-5627. The station is staffed between 700 AM – 500 PM daily. Messages left after hours will not be returned until the next day. Burning permits can be obtained online at https://www13.informe.org/burnpermit/public/index.html As stated above if you have an emergency please call 911.

Access to the police department will be limited to essential business that cannot be resolved over the phone. Police staffing is available 24 hours a day but they aren’t always at the Police Station so contact Penobscot Regional Communication Center at 207-945-4636 and an Officer will get back to you. If you have an Emergency dial 911.

We understand over the past several days our State and this country have been challenged with the spread of the COVID-19 virus. While there are many avenues to get information, we encourage you to stay up-to date with factual information provided by the United States CDC and Maine CDC.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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

Another resource is Maine 211 which provides additional information pertaining to the State of Maine and can be accessed by visiting their website or by dialing 211 from your phone.

We are also encouraging “social-distancing” as outlined by the CDC to minimize any exposure or spread of COVID-19. This is encouraged to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 and limit the impact of hospital emergency departments, primary care physicians and other health care facilities. This will also help minimize the impact of pneumonia, influenza and other respiratory illnesses we commonly see during the winter months.

This is the only planned physical mailing you will receive. We recommend you sign up to receive notifications for future updates that will be provided via text and/or email. The link to sign up for email is https://www.veazie.net/subscribe and https://www.veazie.net/subscribe-text for text. You may also call the Town Office and provide your email and/or cell phone number. We will only send information that is pertinent to our wonderful community.

In closing, we want to thank you for your patience as we all navigate through this as a Community. We ask that you please check on your loved ones, neighbors and friends. A simple phone call or text can be reassuring to them, and can help with their well-being and ensure their needs are being met. If you think you need assistance during these uncertain times please call us. We have people in the Community who have reached out to us and are willing to help in any way they can. We will maintain the list here at the Office and contact them if we think they are able to help you. Know we are here for you and we will get through this!

Sincerely,

Chris Bagley, Council Chair

Mark Leonard, Town Manager/Police Chief

Pete Metcalf, Fire Chief