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.

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

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

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. 

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:
U.S. CDC website:

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:

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. 


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

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 (

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

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

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. 

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 ( 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. 

Bridge Repair Work Beginning March 24

The Maine DOT will be performing bridge repair work on the Winter Street and Oak Street train overpasses.

Weather permitting, the work schedule is as follows:

3/24, 3/25 - Winter Street

3/26, 3/29 - Oak Street

Through traffic will be detoured around these work sites during the day, but residents will have access to their driveways at all times.  Through traffic will be restored each evening.

Any questions regarding these repairs may be directed to Don McKenna of the Maine DOT at 207-462-4474.

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

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 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 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


  • 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.

Feb 2, 2021 Storm Information

City Offices 

City offices will be closed on Tuesday, February 2.

Curbside Collection of Trash and Recycling

There will be NO curbside collection of trash and recycling on Tuesday, February 2. This will result in the following collection changes:

  • Tuesday collection will take place on Wednesday
  • Wednesday collection will take place on Thursday
  • Thursday collection will take place on Friday

City Bus

The Bath City Bus will not be running on Tuesday, February 2.

Parking Ban

Reminder: It will be unlawful for the operator or owner to cause, allow, or permit any vehicle to be parked on any street within the City of Bath for a period of time longer than 30 minutes between the hours of 12:00 a.m. (Midnight) and 6:00 a.m. of any day, from November 15 through March 15 (Bona Fide emergency calls exempt). 

Municipal Parking Lots

It shall be unlawful to cause, allow, or permit any vehicle to be parked in any Municipal Parking Lot overnight between November 15 and March 15.


A notice of illegal parking shall be issued with fines ranging from $30 to $50 plus the cost of towing and impoundment. Please contact the Bath Police Department with any questions at (207) 443-5563.

Additional Winter Information

For more information about winter in Bath, including information about snow removal, click here.

Sewer Repair on State Road

Bath Public Works has discovered a leaking sewer force main located under the park & ride on State Road behind VIP Auto Parts. A section of the parking area will be blocked off beginning the evening of Wednesday, February 17. Repair will begin on February 18 and hopefully complete within the day. 

We do not anticipate impacts to the businesses on State Road. Please call Public Works with questions at (207) 443-8357.

2021 Backyard Composting Supplies Sale

It's time again to place your orders for the City of Bath Backyard Composting Supplies Sale! Composting organic waste, such as food scraps and yard trimmings, helps you to reduce the number of trash bags you buy, and saves space in the landfill. Adding finished compost to your garden also helps your plants grow bigger and healthier!

2021 Backyard Composting Supplies Order Form

All order forms should be dropped off with payment at Bath Public Works (450 Oak Grove Ave, Bath) (NOT the Landfill) by April 23. (Office hours are Monday to Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.)

Pick up your order at the Bath Landfill (11 Detritus Dr, Bath) starting June 7, 2021, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Questions? Please call Amanda at (207) 443-8356.

Announcement of Road Postings

The City of Bath is posting the following roads, effective Friday, March 5, 2021 through approximately Friday, May 1, 2021:

  • WHISKEAG ROAD from Ridge Road to Oak Grove Avenue
  • NORTH BATH ROAD from Whiskeag Road to Ridge Road
  • RIDGE ROAD from Old Brunswick Road to North Bath Road
  • VARNEY MILL ROAD...from North Bath Road to West Chops Point Road
  • HIGH STREET...from Winnegance to West Bath town line

Heavy Loads with a gross weight of over 23,000 pounds are prohibited from these roads during this time. 

Questions? Please call Bath Public Works at 443-8357.

City of Bath 2021 Paving Program

The following streets are scheduled to be paved this Spring/Summer/Fall:

Group A - expected Spring/early Summer:

  • Middle Street - between Robinson Street and Lemont Street
  • Lemont Street - full length, and will include curb/sidewalk replacement
  • Middle Street - between Centre Street and Leeman Highway, and will include curb/sidewalk replacement
  • Getchell Street - full length
  • Franklin Street - Leeman Highway to School Street 

Group B - expected Fall:

  • Judkins Avenue - full length, following new sidewalk construction 
  • Oak Grove Avenue - Lincoln Street to Crawford Drive, following new sidewalk construction
  • High Street - Oliver Street to Denny Road (depending on replacement of retaining walls between Oliver Street and West Milan Street), and will include curb/sidewalk replacement

Please be advised that this list should be considered a plan, and not a guarantee. Problems with utilities or other issues can sometimes delay or even cancel the best plans. 

Residents may call Bath Public Works at 443-8357 to communicate any concerns.

Public Meeting - Bath Sidewalk Construction Project

The City of Bath will soon be starting a project to construct new sidewalks on Oak Grove Avenue, Judkins Avenue, and Old Brunswick Road. In addition to the sidewalk construction, the work will include drainage improvements and landscaping.

Pratt and Sons, Inc. has been selected to be the general contractor and Gorrill Palmer Engineers will be on site during the construction to monitor the contractor’s activities and to act as a liaison for you to ask questions and communicate concerns during the work.  

This work will begin on or about April 1, 2021 and last approximately three months.  You should expect to see workers in the area.  They will be clearing the path for the sidewalks, excavating for pipes in the road, placing concrete for the curb, and asphalt for the sidewalks.  Some of this work will temporarily interrupt travel along these roads.  If your property will be affected, the contractor and/or engineer will come to your home and/or leave a notice with more information.  Please also be prepared for occasional dust and noise in the project area.

Public Information Meeting

For more information, please plan to attend a public information meeting to be held online via Zoom on Thursday March 25 at 5:30 PM. View event by Clicking Here.

If you have any questions about this project please call the Bath Public Works office at 443-8357.

Spring Cleanup Week Apr 12-17

Spring Cleanup Week for Bath Residents Only

Monday, April 12 - Friday, April 16  |  7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 17  |  8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Bath Landfill - 11 Detritus Drive, Bath

Bath residents may bring in (at no cost!):

  • 1 Pickup Load of Bulky/Demo Waste
  • 1 Pickup Load of Metal
  • 2 Tires
  • 2 Pickup Loads of Brush and Yard Waste

Total for the cleanup period. 

All other items require payment of normal fee:

  • Mattresses & Box Springs: $10 each
  • Couches and Stuffed Chairs/Recliners: $10 each
  • Computer Monitors: $10 each
  • All TV's: $10 each
  • CPU's: $3 each
  • Computer mouse and keyboards: $1 each

Special Waste Items: Items with Freon (refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners) are not accepted. Freon must be removed by a licensed vendor.

Universal Wastes: Bath recycles fluorescent bulbs and rechargeable batteries. 20 lb propane tanks $2 per tank. You must notify the Scale House of these items. 

If you have another person transport your material for you they must have a TIP FEE WAIVER FORM signed by you. Forms are available at the landfill, City Clerk's Office, or can be downloaded here. Call 207-443-8356 FMI.

Oak Grove Sidewalk Project Starting Soon

The City of Bath applied for a grant from the Maine Department of Transportation in 2013 for funds to construct sidewalks on Oak Grove Avenue, Judkins Avenue, and Old Brunswick Road. The work is expected to begin in early April 2021.

For updates and Project POC, please view the Oak Grove Sidewalk Project Page.

Household Hazardous Waste Preregistration Begins April 12

Do you have materials in your home that you no longer need that you think might be hazardous (paint, bleach, gasoline, etc.)? Then take advantage of the City of Bath's FREE collection event! 

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2021, at the Bath Public Works Department (450 Oak Grove Ave, Bath). 

View Flyer

This event is open to residents of: Bath, Woolwich, Georgetown, Harpswell, Topsham, Harpswell, and Arrowsic.

The preregistration period runs from Monday, April 12 to Friday, May 7 and is required. Call 1-888-958-2255 during the preregistration period to sign up. You CANNOT preregister before April 12.

We do this so we have an opportunity to discuss what you have to dispose of. We keep track of the quantity so we can stay within our budget. And we will inform you if what you have is not considered hazardous or if it is something you can bring to the Landfill every day. Please help us keep costs down by not bringing non-hazardous materials.

Proof of Residency is required. No commercial, industrial, or business customers. 

Please call the Landfill (443-8356) or Public Works (443-8357) for more information.

Paving on Middle, Lemont, and Franklin Streets

Beginning Tuesday, April 13, road paving work will commence on: 

  • Middle St. (from Robinson to Lemont)
  • Lemont St.
  • Middle St (from Centre St. to Leeman Hwy.)
  • Franklin St. 

Traffic controls will be in place. Local traffic will be able to reach homes/businesses but there may be delays while equipment is moving around. There will be some dust/noise and parking will not be permitted while the work is going on. Parking will be restored as soon as the work area moves to another street. Paving and sidewalk work will happen in the next few weeks, weather dependent.

FMI please contact Public Works at (207) 443-8357.

Landfill Closed April 26-30

The Bath Landfill will be closed Monday, April 26 - Friday, April 30 so that the City can replace our scale house building. 

Customers may use the Pine Tree Waste West Bath Transfer Station for immediate disposal or recycling needs. Fees for that service must be paid by the customer. FMI call Bath Public Works at (207) 443-8357.

General Information
Phone Numbers
207-443-8357 207-443-8200 (after hours)
Fax: 207-443-8352
Emergencies: Dial 911
450 Oak Grove Avenue

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
Jacob Dodge
Administrative Assistant
Michael Tucker