May 15, 2020
We're Reopening May 27!
Our municipal buildings will be reopened to the public on Wednesday, May 27. We are busy installing safety shields and developing protocols to ensure you and our staff are as safe as possible while in our buildings. Our new hours, through July 31, 2020 will be:

Monday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Our new schedule is because of a reduction in staff hours. Starting May 3, over 75 full time staff members were furloughed to part time status. This decrease in staff hours will result in over $475,000 in savings that will be used to offset taxes in FY2021. Our staff is committed to doing the same high quality work and to providing the same excellent customer service that you have come to expect. While we are on reduced schedules, however, this work will take longer and some tasks will simply not happen until after August 1. 

Remember, you may not need to come into the Town Hall at all. Property tax payments, vehicle registrations, dog licenses, and more can be done online. Before driving in, check our website to see if your needs can be met there. If you have questions please call us at (207) 732-4020. 

While in municipal buildings please adhere to the following safety protocols:
  • Face coverings are required while in municipal buildings. This is for your safety and the safety of our staff and your fellow residents. 
  • If possible, please do not bring extra household members into the buildings to conduct business. 
  • Please use the hand sanitizer provided at the hand sanitizing stations outside of service offices before conducting your business.
  • Please adhere to social distancing standards as much as possible. When queuing for service please leave six feet between you and the next person in line.
  • Lines may be longer than usual, please come prepared with all you need to conduct your business to facilitate easier transactions. 
Thank you for your patience while we all work towards staying safe while opening for business. 

It's Plover Season on Our Beaches
It's spring and that means we have plovers nesting on our beaches! Please do your part to help keep these endangered animals safe while they work hard to keep their species going. We all love the beach and our dogs love it too but we need to share it with the plovers if these little birds are going to make it. Please follow the following guidelines when heading to the beach with your dog.

Dawn to 9:00 am: Dogs off leash if under voice control.

9:00 am - 5:00 pm: No Dogs on Beaches

5:00 pm - Dusk: Dogs on Leash

No dogs on any beach from 30 minutes after sunset (dusk) to 30 minutes before
sunrise (dawn).

Piping Plover Ordinance

Parks and Beaches Update
If you haven't had the opportunity to enjoy some active time on one of our amazing beaches, we hope you get the chance soon. Presently, all three of our beach parking lots are OPEN to half capacity. 

As we continue to redevelop our summer operations plan, please check out our new Facilities Status Map to help keep yourself up to date on the changing status and services available at each of our municipal facilities.

Thank you for your understanding and support in advance. - SCS Staff

Your (Safe) Vote Matters
Tody Justice, Town Clerk

Vote in advance of the July 14, 2020, State Primary/Special Referendum Election and School Budget Validation Referendum Election by Absentee Ballot. Although ballots are not available at this time you can request an Absentee Ballot. Voters can also go to our website to request an absentee ballot electronically. As soon as the ballots become available they will be mailed to you.

For further information on Absentee Voting and Voter Registration, please see the State of Maine website or contact the Scarborough Town Clerk's Office at 207.730.4020.

The FY2021 Budget Process Has Started
Board of Education Communication Committee and the 
Town Council Communication Committee
The Town Council and Board of Education have been reviewing available economic data, meeting with state representatives and local business leaders, working with their respective administrators, listening to feedback from constituents, and working collaboratively with one another to create a budget that works for our community. There is much more work to be done.

Both elected groups are committed to a civil, respectful, and collaborative budget process.  These are difficult times for our community, and we will be stronger if we can work through this together.  Be Assured that we are aware that many people are struggling with financial difficulties, and are doing our best to balance that awareness with our responsibility to budget appropriately to serve all members of our community.  

Both the town and school staff have sought to calculate savings resulting from building closures and reductions in services as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. On the school side, employees are being paid as obligated by contract, and hourly employees continue to be paid as required by the Governor's March 19, 2020, Executive Order. Savings in the FY20 (current) school budget are anticipated from transportation costs, athletics, facilities, and reductions in certain staff (i.e. substitute teachers). Likewise, the town administration identified about $730,000 in cost savings through measures such as the use of staff furloughs to part time status and layoffs of some part time employees.  The anticipated savings from both the school and the town will be available to apply to the FY21 budget. 

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A Phased Reopening at Your Public Library
Lucy Norvell, Scarborough Public Library
Scarborough Public Library has been closed since March 15 to protect visitors and staff from spreading COVID-19. In accordance with the governor's stay-at-home order, the Library is working with the Maine State Library and Maine Department of Economic and Community Development to develop protocols that will allow us to gradually resume library services in a safe manner with a phased reopening.

In Phase One, borrowed materials should be returned to the Library's book drop. Due dates have automatically been extended to June 1 for all borrowed materials, including those belonging to other libraries. Overdue fines have also been suspended until June 1. The book drop at the Library's front entrance will remain open 24/7 for returns of Library materials only . As more than 10,000 materials make their way back to the building, books will be quarantined, and CDs and DVDs will be cleaned in preparation to circulate again. Because the Friends of Scarborough Library Annual Book Sale has been postponed, no book donations can be accepted at this time. The Library's book drop is for returning Library materials only.

In Phase Two, Scarborough Library card holders will be able to request materials for curbside pickup while the Library building is still closed to the public. Only materials from the Scarborough Library collections will be available as interlibrary loan and the shared borrower's card program are temporarily suspended. The schedule and details for Phase Two will be announced as soon as possible.

During the Library's phased reopening, Scarborough librarians will continue to offer reference help and technical support for accessing its electronic resources. You can reach a librarian by email or by leaving a message at (207) 396-6276. You can also request a library card by email if you do not have one and would like to access digital resources that are part of SPL@Home services such as Cloud Library e-books and e-audiobooks, Kanopy video streaming, Flipster digital magazines, or online learning.

For updates, visit Scarborough Public Library's website, its Facebook page, Instagram, or call the recorded line, (207) 396-6286.

New Contract with Casella Transfer Station
Leona Oceania, Public Works
The Town of Scarborough is now contracted with the Casella Transfer Station located at 594 County Road in Westbrook, in place of the Community Recycling Center in Scarborough. Even though this location is located in Westbrook, it is very close to the Scarborough line. (Just down a bit from Smiling Hill Farm) For more information, and a list of what they accept and do not accept, please visit their website.

Effective immediately, Scarborough residents may dispose of leaves, lawn clippings, and small amounts of household brush (not trees/tree limbs) at no cost. You will need to provide identification as proof of Scarborough residency. There will be a small fee to dispose of all other items.

We are uncertain of the future of the Community Recycling Center; ie: whether or not they will reopen to the public. If they do, residents may still utilize them. However, they will need to pay a fee for ALL items disposed of, including leaves, lawn clippings, etc.

Questions? Contact us by email or 207.730.4400.

About the Scarborough Town Newsletter
Welcome to the official newsletter of the Town of Scarborough, Maine.  Brought to you by a team of Town staff, our mission is to keep you informed about town events and activities.  

Please note that the newsletter articles are intended to be brief and will often point you back to a link on the Town's Website or Facebook page. The website is the heart of the communication network within town and is the central repository for information on Town government.

Thanks for reading!  If you have ideas for stories, please email us.  

Your newsletter team:

Tody Justice, Town Clerk Lucy Norvell, Public Library
Stephen Kramer, Community Services Donald Begin, IT
Kailey Dubuque, Human Resources Brian Longstaff, Codes & Planning
Kelly Johnston, Scarborough Public Schools
Michael Thurlow, Fire Department
Kim Sperlich, Police Department Ruth Porter, Finance
Leona Oceania, Public Works Larissa Crockett, Administration
Magdalena Slawiec, SEDCO

Scarborough Town Council
Paul Johnson, Chair
Don Hamill, Vice Chair
Jean-Marie Caterina
John Cloutier
Betsy Gleysteen
Peter Hayes
Ken Johnson