Public Works News

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


Spring Cleanup Week is Postponed


Spring Cleanup Week, originally scheduled for April 13 - 18, has been postponed until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We apologize for any inconvenience. 


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
 


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


Survey Work on Castine Ave and Union St


The Bath Public Works Department will be conducting preliminary survey work for future projects on Castine Avenue and Union Street during the week of April 20, 2020. 

Soil bores will be done in the road on Union Street: a drill rig will drill 3-inch holes in the pavement down to ledge. This will happen about every 25 ft in two lines down the road. 

Construction on these roads will not be taking place imminently; this survey work is a preliminary step. If you have questions, please contact the Bath Public Works Department at 207-443-8357.


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 


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. 
 


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.
 


Paul Davis Bridge Project


Construction is commencing on-or-about Monday, July 27, 2020, on the Paul L. Davis Memorial Bridge, located where High Street passes over Route 1. This work is scheduled to complete in October/November of 2020. 

Traffic Impacts:

The Paul Davis Memorial Bridge on High Street will be restricted to one, twelve-foot-wide travel lane of one-way northbound traffic, until approximately October 7, 2020. High Street and all abutting businesses and schools will remain open and accessible. Traffic signals will be installed at the intersections of Middle Street with Commercial Street and Leeman Highway, to aid with the additional traffic detoured from High Street. The work, which includes approach work and demolition and reconstruction of the existing High
Street bridge wearing surface, will be conducted during daylight hours. There will be signs directing passenger vehicle as well as truck traffic through the project and along the detour routes. Future notice will be given when the bridge is reopened to two-way traffic.

Additional Map Details

We would like to thank everyone in advance for your patience. Please drive safely.

For any questions, please contact Bath Public Works at (207) 443-8357. 


South End Sewer Project


The City of Bath will be starting a sewer improvement project in the South End beginning around August 1 and continuing for several months. The City has contracted with Crooker Construction, LLC, to perform the work. The project is expected to be completed by December 2020.

In preparation for construction, please be aware that the contractor may be surveying portions of your neighborhood starting Monday, July 13. Affected areas of the South End include:

  • East portion of Weeks Street
  • Getchell Street
  • Area around the intersection of Middle and Marshall Streets
  • Area between Middle and Washington Streets north of Hunt Street
  • Academy Green neighborhood to High Street (west of High Street, north of Nichols Street)

We ask for your patience and understanding as we make these necessary improvements to Bath’s infrastructure.

If you have any questions, please call Bath Public Works at (207) 443-8357.
 


Winter Reminders from Public Works


Sand:

  • Bath residents are allowed two (2) 5-gallon buckets of sand per storm. Our sand bin is located at the south entrance to the public works garage (450 Oak Grove Avenue). Sand is only for residents and not for contractors spreading sand for their customers

Winter Parking Ban:

  • From November 15, 2020, to March 15, 2021, it will be unlawful to park for a period longer than 30 minutes on any street in Bath between the hours of midnight and 6:00 a.m. The same applies for municipal parking lots. Learn More 

Clearing Snow:

  • For residents who park vehicles in driveways, please keep sidewalks clear so our sidewalk machines are not restricted in doing their job.
  • Please do not push snow into sidewalks or public streets as this is not only against Maine state law, it is also costly and time-consuming for the Public Works Department to send vehicles and manpower out to go back to clean up a street or sidewalk.
  • If you have concerns that a piece of your property was damaged by City snow removal equipment, please call the Public Works Department at (207) 443-8357. 
  • Downtown Sidewalk Snow Removal - the City of Bath reminds owners and/or occupants of properties in the downtown area of their responsibility for removing snow and ice from the sidewalks adjacent to their sites after a storm, and icicles that overhang streets or sidewalks. Learn More

Winter Plowing:

  • Curious about the City's process for winter plowing? Click Here to learn how it's done. 

On behalf of the Bath Public Works Department, thank you for your attention and cooperation.


450 Oak Grove Avenue
Bath,
ME
04530
Fax: 207-443-8352

Monday - Friday
Office: 6:30 AM - 2:30 PM, Landfill: 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Director of Public Works
Lee Leiner, P.E.
Deputy Director of Public Works
Chris Wallace
Foreman
Jacob Dodge
Administrative Assistant
Michael Tucker