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MDIFW, USDA Wildlife Services, City of Bath Working Together On Rabies Issue In Bath


The safety and health of our residents is the foremost concern of the City of Bath. The City is actively coordinating with USDA officials regarding the effort to trap rabies vector animals. This effort results from multiple rabies attacks and exposures reported over the past 13 months. A public meeting to precede trapping will be scheduled as soon as the details are provided from USDA. The date of this meeting will be released on the City website, the City Facebook page, and via press release.

Please refer to the press release below for more information:

MDIFW, USDA Wildlife Services, City of Bath Working Together On Rabies Issue In Bath

AUGUSTA, Maine (February 13, 2020) -- The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is working with the US Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services and the City of Bath on an integrative approach to address important human health and safety concerns surrounding rabies. A focused, localized trapping effort by USDA Wildlife Services is proposed as a management strategy to reduce wild animal population densities in the area. Details of the plan are being finalized, and there will be a public informational meeting to discuss the plan once it is complete.

Rabies is a naturally occurring disease that affects mammals, including people, primarily through a bite. Rabies is fatal if left untreated, but vaccines are extremely effective when medical treatment is sought soon after being exposed to an infected animal. Certain species of wildlife are more susceptible to rabies and have high tolerance for living in close proximity to people, such as raccoons, skunks and foxes. Bats are also considered high risk for rabies because they are sometimes found in homes, and although a small percent carry rabies, their bite marks are small and easily overlooked. Trends in the number of rabies-positive animals has been similar over the last 10 years in Maine. The risk of encountering an animal with rabies is still very low.

However, some areas of mid-coast Maine have been particularly hard hit by rabies in recent years. In 2019, the City of Bath, with a population of over 8,000 people, received 72 suspicious animal calls, 26 sick animals were dispatched by officers or citizens, and 16 animals tested positive for rabies. Of the 18 fox attacks on people or pets, 11 attacks resulted in a person being bitten or scratched. The unusual number of aggressive fox attacks on people and domestic pets has raised human health and safety concerns, and prompted the proposed focused trapping effort. Sick animals and attacks continue to be reported in 2020 in Bath and the nearby communities of West Bath and Phippsburg.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why can’t the government vaccinate wildlife for rabies?
The short answer is that it is ineffective and costly to spot treat high rabies areas. USDA Wildlife Services rabies program in Maine follows the guidelines set by the National Rabies Management Program. The goal of the program is to prevent the further spread of wildlife rabies and eventually eliminate terrestrial rabies in the United States through an integrated program that involves the use of oral rabies vaccination targeting wild animals. The approximate cost for the project in Maine is $500,000, and >80% of that cost is associated with the oral rabies vaccination (ORV) baits used to treat raccoons and other wildlife. Wildlife species account for >90% of all reported cases in the U.S. each year. The costs associated with detection, prevention and control of rabies conservatively exceed $600 million annually in the U.S. Thus, the cost-benefit ratio associated with ORV for wildlife is significant. The greatest economic savings per year (approximately $58 million) comes from preventing spread and keeping rabies from gaining a bigger geographic footprint.

Rabies elimination is a long-term goal that will include current and novel strategies but will require sustainable resources in order to succeed. Currently, the distribution of rabies in Maine is primarily in the central and southern areas of the state but there are cases in some areas of northern Maine as well (primarily Aroostook County). Before management efforts are focused in the southern part of the state, we need to eliminate the risk of further rabies spread in northern Maine. Maine is one of 14 eastern states in which USDA conducts rabies management activities. Each year, over 8 million vaccine baits are distributed in the Eastern U.S. Our goal is to first shut the door on high risk spread corridors throughout the eastern U.S., including the area we are currently working in Maine, before we can start to incrementally eliminate rabies at the local level. 

It currently is cost-prohibitive and logistically not feasible to drop ORV baits statewide in Maine or any other state. The targeted area for ORV in Maine has not changed significantly from last year and is located in northeastern ME, along a portion of the border with New Brunswick. We know that smaller, more focused ORV projects (e.g. at the town scale) fail to get the desired management result because rabies continues to circulate in the surrounding untreated areas and may quickly spread back into the treated areas infecting animals that did not pick up a vaccine bait. 

Why has rabies increased so suddenly in gray foxes in Bath?
The spread of disease in an animal population increases as that animal population density increases. In an area like Bath, where it is not possible to hunt or trap, some animal populations have grown unchecked, and a disease like rabies can spread rapidly through a high-density population.  Rabies is a cyclical disease and it is not uncommon to observe localized outbreaks in a specific area for a period of time that eventually decline. 

Has trapping in a small, populated area been done before? 
Yes. Focused trapping efforts are utilized for a variety of reasons, including public health reasons and for endangered species protection, among other reasons. The operations planned in Bath are not specifically for rabies control. Wildlife Services is a program within the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), and provides Federal leadership and expertise to resolve wildlife conflicts that threaten the Nation’s agricultural, natural, and property resources and human health and safety. Wildlife Services uses and recommends an integrated wildlife damage management approach, including nonlethal techniques, in addressing problems and conflict involving wildlife.  
 
The program for Bath is intended to reduce local animal densities for human health and safety. This may have an effect on the rabies issue as the animals that will be removed are those that are common raccoon rabies vectors.

What kind of traps are being proposed to be used in the Bath area and how long would trapping last?
Cage traps are being proposed, which would allow animals other than raccoon, skunk and fox to be released. Traps would be checked a minimum of 2 times each day and not set during extreme cold temperatures. The trapping effort will be completed by the end of March to prevent orphaning young born in April.

How many animals will be killed?
The number of animals caught will depend on the number of traps set, the length of time they are set, and the weather. Animals are not caught in every trap set every night. Raccoon, skunk, red fox, and grey fox caught in traps will be euthanized and tested for rabies. There is no way to test for rabies on live animals because the test requires brain tissue.

How can people protect themselves and pets from rabies?
•    Vaccinate both indoor and outdoor pets and livestock.
•    Do not approach, handle, or feed wildlife; or unknown domestic animals.
•    Do not move wildlife from one area to another, as this can spread rabies.
•    Feed pets indoors.
•    Secure trash and compost.
•    Consider removing bird feeders and planting native plants to help the birds, without attracting rodents and other creatures that often lead to conflicts.
•    Seal areas around your home where animals might take up residence or hide, like crawl spaces under sheds or decks.
•    If confronted with an aggressive or sick animal, make noise and use whatever you can to protect yourself.
•    Report sick, stray, or strange-acting animals.
•    Contact a healthcare provider right away, if bitten or scratched by an animal.
•    If you wake up to a bat in the house, call Maine CDC at 1-800-821-5821
Learn More on Living with Wildlife: https://www.maine.gov/ifw/fish-wildlife/wildlife/wildlife-human-issues/living-with-wildlife/index.html
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Coronavirus Information


The City is closely monitoring the spread of coronavirus (COVID-1). For what-you-need-to-know information, please take a moment to review this one-page CDC fact sheet: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf

We will keep residents apprised of the situation as more information becomes available.


Changes to City of Bath Municipal Operations


Bath, ME (March 16, 2020) – As the number of presumptive positive and positive cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to climb, the City of Bath is imposing closures and restrictions of City facilities and services to prevent transmission of illness. 

The public should be prepared for further changes, as more information becomes available from public health officials and as directed by state and federal leadership.

General:
Effective Monday, March 16, at 4:30 p.m., all City buildings will be closed to the general public until at least Monday, March 30. No committee meetings or outside groups will be able to use City buildings during this time. We encourage the public to take advantage of our online and over-the-phone services until offices can reopen. For a full list of these services, visit the City’s coronavirus resource page at https://www.cityofbath.com/Coronavirus.

Parks & Recreation Department:
The Bath Parks & Recreation Department is postponing all programs, events, and meetings until at least Monday, March 30. Likewise, the Bath Youth Meetinghouse & Skatepark is also closed for two weeks. 

Parks and outdoor venues, including McMann Field Complex, are also closed for two weeks. 

Please contact Parks & Recreation Department Director Steve Balboni with any questions or concerns at sbalboni@cityofbath.com

Landfill:
Effective Wednesday, March 18, until at least Monday, March 30, the Bath Landfill will close to the public. The City’s curbside collection of trash and recycling will continue as normal. 

For more information, please call 207-443-8356. 

FMI:
The City encourages residents to follow the U.S. and Maine Centers for Disease Control websites for the most up-to-date information on the pandemic and prevention measures. 

Maine CDC website: https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/airborne/coronavirus.shtml
U.S. CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

211 Maine is also providing 24/7 CDC updates on coronavirus. You can access these updated by calling 211 (or 1-866-811-5695) or texting “your zip code” to 898211.

If you have questions or concerns that are not covered above, please call the City Manager’s Office at 207-443-8330.


Governor Mills Issues Executive Order


Governor Janet Mills has issued an Executive Order mandating that all restaurants and bars statewide close to dine-in customers effective today, March 18, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. for a period of 14 days until midnight, March 31, 2020. Take-out, delivery, and drive-through options can continue.

The Executive order also prohibits gatherings of more than 10 people statewide. (Gatherings subject to this Order are those that are primarily social, personal, and discretionary events not work-related events.)

Learn More: https://www.maine.gov/governor/mills/news/governor-mills-takes-further-steps-respond-covid-19-protect-health-and-safety-maine-people


Bath Declares State of Emergency


The Bath City Manager has enacted a Proclamation, per guidance from the Council Chair, declaring a state of emergency in the City of Bath. 

PROCLAMATION DECLARING STATE OF EMERGENCY

This Proclamation states:

  1. A civil state of emergency exists within the entire City of Bath.
  2. No business shall host or organize and no person shall be in or remain in any establishment within the City, including, but not limited to, restaurants, museums, dance clubs, music venues, and any other establishment where individuals gather in groups or are in close contact with one another, beginning March 18, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. until March 19, 2020 at 2:00 a.m. and thereafter daily from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.  Take out service is not prohibited by this order.
  3. This Order shall remain in effect until renewed or revoked by the Bath City Council.

**This order does not prohibit businesses, retail stores, gas stations, pharmacies, grocery stores, and the like from operating during their normal business hours. The goal of the order is to prevent leisurely gatherings of people at restaurants, bars, etc. after 8:00 p.m. Take-out and delivery service is still permitted after 8:00 p.m.**

Please direct your questions or comments to the City Manager's Office at 207-443-8330. For more information on the coronavirus, please visit our Coronavirus Resource Page


July 14 State Primary Election Absentee Ballots


On April 10, 2020, Governor Janet Mills signed an Executive Order moving Maine's primary election (for offices other than the President) from Tuesday, June 9, 2020 to Tuesday, July 14, 2020. For our area, this election includes the Special Referendum Election and RSU #1 Election. The Order also allows applications for absentee ballots to be made in writing or in person, without specifying a reason, up to and including the day of the election.

Absentee ballots will be available 30 to 45 days before the election. You may also request them up to 90 days before an election if you wish them to be mailed to you upon arrival by visiting www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/AbsenteeBallot/index.pl or by calling the Bath City Clerk's Office at 207-443-8332 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F). 

More information will be posted shortly on the City of Bath Elections Page


City of Bath Coronavirus Update


The public should be prepared for further changes, as more information becomes available from public health officials and as directed by state and federal leadership.

Bath, ME (March 27, 2020) – City of Bath buildings will remain closed to the general public until at least Monday, April 27. We encourage the public to take advantage of our online and over the-phone services until offices can reopen. For a full list of these services, visit the City’s coronavirus resource page at https://www.cityofbath.com/Coronavirus.

Public Meetings:
The City will begin holding meetings, including City Council and Planning Board, via video conference during the month of April. Details for public participation in those meetings will be made available in the event postings online. City Council and Planning Board meetings will still be broadcast live on Bath Community Television (Channel 14) and BCTV On Demand (https://www.cityofbath.com/bctv-on-demand).

Parks & Recreation Department:
The Bath Parks & Recreation Department is postponing all programs, events, and meetings until at least Monday, April 27. Likewise, the Bath Youth Meetinghouse & Skatepark is also closed until April 27.

Parks and outdoor venues, including McMann Field Complex, will be re-opened for use on Monday, March 30, except for South End Park. The City recommends that those who use the facilities maintain appropriate social distancing.

Please contact Parks & Recreation Department Director Steve Balboni with any questions or concerns at sbalboni@cityofbath.com

Bath CityBus:
The Bath CityBus will continue to be out of service until Monday, April 27. 
For more information, please call 207-443-8363. 

Landfill:
The Bath Landfill will continued to be closed to the public until Monday, April 27. The City’s curbside collection of trash and recycling will continue as normal. 
For more information, please call 207-443-8356. 

FMI:
The City encourages residents to follow the U.S. and Maine Centers for Disease Control websites for the most up-to-date information on the pandemic and prevention measures. 

If you have questions or concerns that are not covered above, please call the City Manager’s Office at 207-443-8330. Other community information will be available on the City of Bath’s Facebook Page
 


Bath City Council Approves Economic Relief Loan Program for Small Businesses


BATH, Maine (April 17, 2020) – In a special meeting to address COVID-19 concerns on April 15, Bath City Council approved funding for an Economic Relief Bridge Loan Program in response to the immediate needs of small businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic. 

The one-time loans, funded through the Bath Iron Works TIF District, will offer up to $7,500 for small businesses in Bath, and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis with program funding up to $300,000, as of April 15, 2020.

“As a result of the operational restrictions placed on our local businesses due to the recent pandemic, we feel that the City has a responsibility to help stabilize our local economy by supporting small businesses in meeting their immediate needs,” said City Manager Peter Owen.

The terms of the loan are two years, zero-interest, with deferred payments for the first 12 months. The loans may be forgiven as long as the loan proceeds are used to cover payroll, mortgage interest, rent, and utility costs; and employee and compensation levels are maintained or are returned to levels (as of Feb. 29, 2020), on or before April 15, 2021. 

Applications and guidelines for the Economic Relief Bridge Loan Program may be obtained from the City of Bath website beginning Monday, April 20, 2020. Applications will be reviewed and approved for funding by the City’s Economic Development staff, including the City Manager, Assistant City Manager, and the Director of Planning and Development. Learn more at https://www.cityofbath.com/COVID-19EconomicRelief


Governor Mills Orders Further Steps to Protect Public Health


From the Office of Governor Janet T. Mills:

Governor Mills has ordered further steps to protect public health. She also urges large essential businesses to limit in-store customers, enhance curbside pick-up and delivery services, and implement physical distancing measures to protect customer and employee health.

Under the authority granted to her during a State of Civil Emergency, Governor Janet Mills today issued an Executive Order (PDF) mandating that all non-essential businesses and operations in Maine close their physical locations that are public facing, meaning those that allow customer, vendor or other in-person contact. The Order also closes non-essential business sites that require more than ten workers to convene in a space where physical distancing is not possible. Non-essential businesses and operations may continue activities that do not involve these types of in-person contact and convenings, and should facilitate the maximum number of employees working remotely.

The Order is effective tomorrow, March 25, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. and extends for a period of 14 days through April 8, 2020 at 12:00 a.m.

The Executive Order issued on March 18th mandating that all restaurants and bars statewide close to dine-in customers remains in effect and was extended through April 8, 2020. Take-out, delivery, and drive-through options can continue.

Learn More


April 1 City Council Meeting Rescheduled to April 6


Due to broadcast interruptions during the April 1, 2020 City Council Regular Meeting, the meeting has been rescheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 6. This meeting is being held via electronic devices with City Councilors participating remotely.

The public will not be able to attend this meeting in person. The meeting will be shown live on Bath Community Television (Channel 14) and BCTV On Demand (https://www.cityofbath.com/bctv-on-demand).

The Bath City Council is accepting written public comment, with respect to agenda items, in place of in-person participation from item 9 on. Public comments must be e-mailed to City Clerk Darci Wheeler at dwheeler@cityofbath.com. Public comments received by 5 p.m. on the date of the meeting will be provided to the City Council in advance of the meeting and will become a part of the permanent record of the meeting.

View Agenda
 


Gov. Mills Issues "Stay Healthy at Home" Mandate


On March 31, 2020, Governor Janet Mills issued a series of substantial new mandates to protect public health and safety in the face of COVID-19, including a Stay Healthy at Home directive that requires people living in Maine to stay at home at all times unless for an essential job or an essential personal reason, such as obtaining food, medicine, health care, or other necessary purposes.

The Executive Order takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on April 2, 2020 and will last until at least April 30, 2020. The Governor may amend, rescind, or renew this timeline at her discretion. The Governor also extended the closure of restaurants and bars statewide for dine-in customers until at least April 30, 2020 to align with today’s Executive Order.

Learn More 


Secure Absentee Ballot Box Available to Bath Voters in Mid-September


Due to ongoing public concerns over the security of mail-in absentee ballots, the City of Bath will be installing a high security ballot box at City Hall in mid-September. 

Once the ballot box is in place, ballots will be collected at the beginning and end of each day that the City Clerk’s Office is open, in adherence with State guidelines. Absentee ballots may be cast by the voter or an immediate family member of the voter in the box until 8:00 p.m. on election day. The box will only be accessed by City Clerk’s Office staff. 

Absentee ballots will be available 30 days prior to the election, at which time City Clerk’s Office staff will send the ballots to voters who have requested them. While the secure ballot box offers a new option for submitting absentee ballots, voters are welcome to return their ballot in person to the City Clerk’s Office or to mail in their ballot using the United States Postal Service or any official mail carrier. 

More information about absentee voting for the November 3 State, General and Municipal Election is available online at https://www.cityofbath.com/elections. The City Clerk’s Office (55 Front Street) is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (closed daily from noon to 1:00 p.m. for cleaning) and may be contacted at (207) 443-8332. 
 


Property Tax Exemption Application Deadline Extended


Governor Janet Mills signed an Executive Order extending the April 1, 2020 application deadline for certain property tax exemptions. The Executive Order was signed pursuant to the civil emergency proclamation, signed by the Governor on March 15, 2020.  
 
"Ordinarily, applications for certain property tax exemptions would be submitted by April 1 to be effective for a municipality’s property tax commitment. Now, the Executive Order extends the April 1, 2020 deadline to either the commitment date of the municipality or 30 days after the termination of the declared emergency, whichever occurs first.  The extended application deadline includes the following property tax exemptions: Property of Institutions and Organizations (36 M.R.S. § 652); Estates of Veterans (36 M.R.S. § 653(1)(G)); Solar and Wind Energy Equipment (36 M.R.S. §§ 655(1)(U) and 656(1)(K)); Exemption of Homesteads (36 M.R.S. § 684(1)); and Exemption of Business Equipment (“BETE”) (36 M.R.S. § 693(1))."
 
The Executive Order remains in effect until amended or rescinded.  If you have any questions about the extended deadline, please contact your municipal assessor or the Property Tax Division of Maine Revenue Services at (207) 624-5600.

In Bath, the commitment date is generally the end of August. Thus, Bath property owners may apply for Homestead, Veterans and Solar exemptions until the end of August, or 30 days after the end of the emergency. Business owners whose business personal property is eligible for the Business Equipment Tax Exemption (BETE) program also have an extension.

View Tax Exemption Applications related to Homestead, Blind Persons, Veteran's, Veteran's Survivor Exemptions 

View Tax Exemption Applications related to Solar and Wind Energy Equipment

View Tax Exemption Applications related to Exemption of Business Equipment (BETE)


City of Bath Facilities Extend Closure to April 30


To remain in compliance with the Governor's Stay Healthy at Home Order, the City of Bath has extended the closure of City facilities to at least Thursday, April 30, 2020. To learn how to access City services online and over the phone, please visit our coronavirus resource page HERE.


City of Bath Extends Closure of Most City Facilities to June 1


Bath, ME (April 30, 2020) – The majority of City of Bath facilities will continue to be closed to the general public until Monday, June 1, based on the State’s phased reopening plan and Governor Janet Mills’ “Stay Safer at Home” Executive Order

“The City is working on a strategy to safely open some facilities in the month of May and will notify the public when those plans are made,” said City Manager Peter Owen. “Expect procedural changes in how City services are accessed – we will be communicating these changes well in advance of June 1, so please check the City of Bath website (cityofbath.com) for up-to-date instructions or call ahead.”

Some recreational facilities and parks, including the Southend Park, will reopen with restrictions on Friday, May 1. Please visit the Parks and Recreation coronavirus webpage to learn more.

Residents can visit the City’s Coronavirus Resource Page for a list of City services currently available online and over the phone. 
 


In Person Absentee Voting Begins June 22 By Appointment


In person absentee voting for the Maine Primary and Special Election 2020 will start on Monday, June 22 by appointment only.

If possible we would appreciate that you request your ballot by writing, phone, or online, to limit the number of people at City Hall. A reminder that face masks are required upon entrance to the building. Please call the City Clerk’s office at (207) 443-8332 to request an appointment or a ballot.

More information about the Maine Primary and Special Election 2020


City of Bath Announces June 1 Reopening of City Services


The City of Bath has announced plans to re-open to the public beginning Monday, June 1, 2020. City Hall offices will open by appointment only. 

“This is going to be a very controlled reopening of our municipal offices to the public,” said City Manager Peter Owen. “Using guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and the State of Maine, we have implemented new procedures to protect both our staff and the public from the spread of COVID-19. It is going to be a while before we are back to ‘business as usual.’ We ask for everyone’s patience and understanding as we lay the groundwork for resuming services.”

Some of the additional safety measures being implemented in City facilities include:

  • Required use of facemasks for visitors and employees (health and age exceptions allowed).
  • Required adherence to 6 ft. social distancing guidelines.
  • New safety shields at all public counters.
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures.
  • Temporary restriction on the use of City buildings by non-municipal entities. 
  • Increased capacity for online services – a new partnership with third-party electronic payment processing platform MuniciPAY will allow users to pay property taxes, as well as parking tickets and parking permits, online. A full list of online services is available at www.cityofbath.com/OnlineServices

Additional protocol for Bath City Hall includes: 

  • Public access by appointment only (more details below).
  • Closure of the Second and Third floor to the public. (This includes the building’s public bathrooms). Necessary meetings will take place in the Auditorium. All other assistance will be online or over the phone.
  • One-way foot traffic – entry to City Hall will be provided through the side door; exit through the front door. There will be clear signage on both doors. 
  • Limit of one visitor at a time in each office.

All City operations are subject to change and are dependent on guidance from the CDC and State of Maine. 

To make an appointment, please use our Staff Directory to contact the department you are trying to reach. Residents are urged to continue to conduct business online, by mail, and over-the-phone wherever possible.

“I want to thank staff in charge of providing essential City functions for conducting their jobs without interruption during the crisis, including our Finance, Wastewater Treatment Plant, Fire and Rescue, and Police Departments,” said Owen. “Our goal is to restore all City services as quickly as safety permits.” 

The City of Bath has compiled a list of resources for the community, including aid for businesses, food services, general assistance, and more. The public is encouraged to visit cityofbath.com and the City’s Facebook page for updates and information.


Bath Landfill to Reopen Monday, May 18


The Bath Landfill will reopen to Bath residents, non-resident customers, and commercial customers with commercial permits on Monday, May 18, two weeks before the rest of the City’s buildings are slated to reopen on June 1.  

“We have established new procedures which will allow our staff to safely interact with the public and restore early operation to the landfill,” said City Manager Peter Owen. “Please be aware that these procedures could very well lead to increased wait times, especially in the first few days. We ask for everyone’s patience and understanding.”

The number of vehicles in the landfill at one time will be limited to less than ten to promote social distancing. Incoming vehicles must display their residential or commercial permits on the passenger side of the windshield; Residential permits are available at the landfill with proper display of residential credentials. Commercial permits are available from the City Clerk’s Office (closed until June 1; please email dwheeler@cityofbath.com or call (207) 443-8332) and will require the completion of an application form and payment of the appropriate fee.

Cash and checks will still be accepted as payment, although payment by card is preferred. Customers will not be permitted into the scale house; all business will be conducted through the scale house window. Customers should remain in or near their vehicles when entering and be prepared to describe the materials presented for disposal or recycling.

Staff will not be allowed to assist customers with offloading their waste. Customers recycling oil or antifreeze must dump their liquids into the tank with staff supervision and place the empty container in the facility waste bin or take the container home. 

It is highly recommended that customers wear face masks and gloves while at the landfill. Customers utilizing the facility do so at their own risk.

Spring Cleanup Week has been postponed to a date to be determined. An announcement will be made on the City’s website and Facebook page when that date is confirmed. Payment of normal fees is expected at this time.

The Bargain Barn will remain closed until further notice.

The Bath Landfill is located at 11 Detritus Drive in Bath. Hours of operations (beginning May 18) are Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Last commercial load is due at 3:30 p.m. FMI (207) 443-8356.
 


City Council Nomination Papers Available June 30


NOMINATION PAPERS
CITY OF BATH

Nomination papers for the following positions:

CITY COUNCIL POSITIONS

  • City Councilor Ward One - Term to expire December 2023
  • City Councilor Ward Six - Term to expire December 2023
  • City Councilor At Large - Term to expire December 2022
  • City Councilor At Large - Term to expire December 2023

Nomination papers will be available on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 through Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at the City Clerk’s Office, 55 Front Street, Bath. 
Please call 207-443-8332 to schedule an appointment to pick up.

These nomination papers can be filed with the City Clerk 
NO EARLIER than 8:30 AM on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 and 
NO LATER than 4:30 PM on Tuesday, August 18, 2020.

The City of Bath Municipal Election is November 3, 2020.  
Please direct questions to the City Clerk’s office at 207-443-8332.
 


Bath City Hall Eases Toward “Business As Usual”


7/2/2020 UPDATE: If you have election-related business (like absentee ballots) please call the City Clerk's Office ahead of your visit at (207) 443-8332. This will help ensure that everyone's business at City Hall is handled in a timely manner. 

Based on public health recommendations from the State of Maine and CDC, the City of Bath will allow greater public access to City Hall starting Monday, July 6. 

City Hall, which has been accessible by appointment only since the start of June, will allow members of the public onto the first floor (where the City Clerk and Treasurer’s Offices are located) without an appointment starting Monday morning. Visitors coming to meet with other offices should continue to call ahead to schedule a meeting. 

Municipal committees, City Council, and the Planning Board will continue to meet remotely until at least Friday, July 31.

Health precautions have not changed – visitors must wear a mask inside the building and maintain six-foot distancing while waiting to be seen. First floor offices will remain closed between noon and 1:00 p.m. for cleaning of the facilities.  

City Hall advises that these new procedures are subject to change; they will be adjusted as necessary based on CDC recommendations, State of Maine Executive Orders, and the needs of departments and the public. 


Bath City Bus Reopens for Service Tuesdays and Thursdays Beginning July 7 By Reservation


After several months of closure due to COVID-19, the Bath City Bus will resume service on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. beginning July 7. 

To maintain proper distancing between the bus driver and riders, only two seats will be open on the bus at a time. Riders are asked to call a day in advance (between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday) to reserve a seat, and to restrict their use of the bus to essential travel (grocery shopping, doctor’s visits, etc.). Riders can make their reservation by calling 207-443-8363. If leaving a message, please leave a call back number. 

To protect the health of staff and City Bus patrons alike, masking is required without exception. If you are sick, please do not get on the bus. The driver has the right to refuse service or to ask that someone get off the bus. 

With the exception of new start and end times, the bus schedule, which can be viewed online at www.cityofbath.com/citybus, has not changed.

For questions, please email Director of Facilities Michael Peabody at mpeabody@cityofbath.com or Debby Labrecque at dlabrecque@cityofbath.com
 


Nomination Papers Available for Bath City Council At Large Seat


The City of Bath is scheduled to hold a Special Election on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, to fill a vacancy for City Councilor At Large (term to expire December 2022). 

Nomination papers will be available on Friday, September 4, 2020 through Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at the City Clerk’s Office, 55 Front Street, Bath. The nomination papers can be filed with the City Clerk between Tuesday, September 8, at 8:30 a.m. and Tuesday, September 22, at 4:30 p.m.

City Councilor At Large (term to expire December 2022) was originally opened for nominations during the regular nomination period (June 30-August 18), but there was a discrepancy in the nomination papers. Residents seeking nomination for that position were provided paperwork that indicated the resident was being nominated for City Councilor At Large for a term of three years. That position is set to expire December 2023. This error meant that there were no nominations for the City Councilor At Large (term to expire December 2022), which is a two-year term.

To rectify the error, a new nomination period was opened for City Councilor At Large (term to expire December 2022). Individuals who turned in nomination papers for the City Councilor At Large positions have been contacted, notified of the discrepancy and the new nomination period.

There are three other City Council positions open at November’s election: City Councilor Ward One (term to expire December 2023), City Councilor Ward Six (term to expire December 2023) and City Councilor At Large (term to expire December 2023). The nomination period is complete for those positions.

For more information, contact Darci Wheeler, City Clerk, at 207-443-8332 or dwheeler@cityofbath.com.
 


July 14 Election Results - Bath


Results from the City of Bath are available from the July 14 State Primary and Special Referendum Election. The election results were ratified by Bath City Council on July 15.

View Bath election results


Morse High School Redevelopment and Reuse Survey Results


Results from June’s survey regarding the Morse High School redevelopment and reuse are now available on the City’s website. The next round of public feedback Is planned to take place in September of 2020.

This survey is part of the Morse High School Reuse Options Study that Harriman is conducting for the City. The purpose of the study is to define and evaluate reuse of the school’s facilities and site, including site assessment, building analysis, feedback and reuse options. 

For more information about the study or the survey results, visit www.cityofbath.com/morse.

For additional questions, contact Marc Meyers, Assistant City Manager, at (207) 443-8330 or mmeyers@cityofbath.com.
 


Public Notice from Maine DEP


The following public notice was provided to the City by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

View Notice

As the notice states, a copy of the Memorandum Agreement is available at the City Clerk's Office (55 Front St, Bath). Any comments on the proposed document should be mailed to:

Director, Petroleum Management Division
Department of Environmental Protection
Bureau of Remediation and Waste Management
State House Station #17
Augusta, Maine 04333-0017

Comments must be received by the Department by 5:00 PM on September 28, 2020.


Early Voting at City Hall for Nov. 3 Election


The City’s Early Voting Polling Place for the November 3 State General & Municipal Election will be set up in the Basement Conference room at City Hall (55 Front Street). 

Regular Hours:
Monday, October 5 through Friday, October 30, 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. (weekdays).

Extended Hours:
Saturday, October 24, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Tuesday, October 27, 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

CDC safety precautions will be in place – workers will be wearing masks and be behind plexiglass barriers, social distance spacing will be implemented, voters will not share pens and voting booths will be sanitized. Voters are strongly encouraged to wear masks while voting.

For more information about the November 3 election, please click here.

Questions regarding this election can be directed to the City of Bath Clerk’s Office at (207) 443-8332 or dwheeler@cityofbath.com


Notice on Mailed Absentee Ballot Request Forms


Many campaigns and get-out-the-vote organizations are mailing voters absentee ballot request forms to fill out and return to their City Hall.  You are not required to fill this out and send it in, but you may do so if you wish to request an absentee ballot and have it mailed to you.  We'll have the ballots around October 3 and will mail you your ballot when we receive them.

We are starting to receive calls from voters who have already made their request by mail or phone for the upcoming election and are asking if they need to submit the form as well. You only need to request your ballot once, so if you have received the form and already put in a request for a ballot, you do not need to submit it.  If you have any concerns, you can call the City Clerk's office at (207) 443-8332.

View the City of Bath Elections Page

Samples of mailed absentee ballot request envelopes:


City Council Candidates


The following candidates will be on the Municipal ballots during the November 3, 2020, Election:

At Large (2 year term to expire in 2022):

  • Julie Ambrosino
  • Brandon Sewall

At Large (3 year term to expire in 2023):

  • Elizabeth Dingley
  • Jason Homan
  • Jamison Pacheco
  • Robert Savary
  • Brandon Sewall

Ward 1:

  • Phyllis Bailey
  • Albert Edwards

Ward 6:

  • Susan Bauer

Sample Ballots for Nov. 3 Election Available



55 Front Street
Bath,
ME
04530
Fax: 207-443-8333

Monday - Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
City Clerk
Darci Wheeler
Deputy Clerk
Maureen Craney