Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates for the Town of Gorham
We will provide information regarding Town operations on this page during this time.
Information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disease
Maine CDC Website| The Maine CDC is responding to an outbreak of the respiratory illness called COVID-19, caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. Maine people are urged to practice good hand hygiene, cover coughs and sneezes, and stay home if you are sick. If you are concerned that you have been exposed to COVID-19, call your health care provider, who will determine whether you should be tested and, as appropriate, submit a sample for testing.
- All Municipal facilities are currently closed to the public. This also applies to our Public Safety and Public Works facilities. Police, Fire & Rescue, and Public Works will remain fully operational although facilities are closed to the public. For the convenience and safety of the public, there are many options for completing business online. Please visit our Staff Directory to contact the various Departments of the Town by phone or email.
- The closure also applies to recreation facilities including all multi-purpose athletic fields, playgrounds and pickleball/tennis courts.
- Baxter Memorial Library is closed. Please visit their website at https://baxterlibrary.org/ for updates and access to online materials.
- For Emergencies, please dial 9-1-1.
- Gorham Schools are closed. Residents in need of food assistance during this time are encouraged to contact Dining Services Director, Michael Sanborn. Please check the Gorham School District website for notices regarding school closures.
- All non-essential Board meetings and Municipal Center room rentals are canceled at this time.
- April 2, 2020 - Town of Gorham Extends Town Facilities Closure Until April 30, 2020
- March 26, 2020 - Town of Gorham Extends Closure of Town Facilities Until April 7, 2020
- March 19, 2020 - Update Regarding Town of Gorham Operations
- March 15, 2020 - Town of Gorham Issues Closure Notice for Municipal Facilities Effective March 16, 2020
- March 13, 2020 - Town of Gorham Cancels All Non-Essential Board Meetings, Room Rentals and Department-Specific Activities in Response to COVID-19, Urges the Public to Limit Visits to Other Public Facilities
The Gorham School Department is providing updates on their website. Please visit https://www.gorhamschools.org/apps/news/.
Public Works Department Information
- Curbside trash and recycling is an essential service that will continue as normal. If you need assistance with obtaining trash bags/tags, please call the Public Works Office at 892-9062.
- During this time, the Town's contractor will not be accepting bulky items at the curb.
- Winter sand will be available 24/7 if needed for any additional winter weather event.
- Public Works stands ready to respond to any weather event.
- Town cemeteries are currently closed for burials for the winter months until April.
- Public Works will be temporarily operating from 6:30AM to 5:00PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and will be closed on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.
Social Services/General Assistance Information
- Gorham's General Assistance program for financial assistance for basic needs such as rent, food, heating fuel, medications, non-elective medical care and other items that are considered essential is administered by the Town of Windham as a District Office.
- Available to Gorham residents only.
- All inquiries should be made directly to the Town of Windham's General Assistance program via email to the General Assistance Administrator, Rene Daniel, at email@example.com or by calling (207) 892-1906.
- Applications are taken by appointment only. Before the interview, please read through the General Assistance Applicant Rights & Responsibilities brochure.
- The Gorham Food Pantry located at 299 Main Street is open from 10:00 AM to Noon on Thursdays. Effective March 19, 2020 and until further notice, the pantry is reducing visits to one visit per month per family, so they can take care of as many families as possible. Below are their current protocols per the Good Shepherd Food Bank regarding COVID-19:
+ Remain in car
+ They will determine number of family members @ check in
+ The appropriate size bag will be delivered to cars
+ Each bag will contain meat, bread, produce & canned goods
+ You will be asked your choice of 2 personal items
+ While they are unable to provide specific food items for families at this time, they will do their best to give each family a good variety of food items.
- All non-essential programs at the Gorham Recreation Building are suspended until further notice and the building is closed to the public. All inquiries should be directed to Cindy Hazelton, Recreation Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Gorham Recreation Department will continue to provide online updates at http://www.gorhamrec.com/info/ and https://www.facebook.com/GorhamRec/.
- View a flyer with information regarding special programs for Seniors (including Meals on Wheels/SMAAA Food Delivery Service and Gorham Fire Department's "Community Cares"), volunteer opportunities and more resources HERE.
- Our local parks, trails and open spaces serve as places where people can find respite and seek peace and restoration. During this time of uncertainty, these places are needed now more than ever. Our nation’s park and recreation professionals are working hard to maintain these spaces and keep them safe, accessible and benefiting our communities during these times. View the National Recreation and Park Association's informative statement regarding using parks and open space while maintaining physical distancing HERE.
- Let us all do our part to use Gorham parks and open spaces in a way that respects each other and public health guidance.
Town Clerk's Office
- Dog licensing and motor vehicle registration has been extended until 30 days after the end of the health emergency.
- All vehicles with registrations including temporary plates will be considered valid through the State of Emergency. When the emergency is declared over, you have 30 days from that date to register.
- If preferred, motor vehicle re-registrations can still be completed online via the Rapid Renewal Program; new registrations are temporarily suspended while the Gorham Municipal Center is closed to the public.
- View Part F of the recent legislation that was enacted for details at http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/bills_129th/billtexts/SP078901.asp
- You may apply for a vital record (birth, death or marriage certificate) by mail or online. Click here for more information.
- Tax payments can be made online via the Maine PayPort Service, over the phone (207-222-1670) or via USPS mail. For more information, please visit https://www.gorham-me.org/town-clerk/pages/online-tax-payments.
- As the Gorham Municipal Center is temporarily closed to the public, we are not taking appointments for marriage licenses at this time, nor performing wedding ceremonies at this time.
- We are not providing notary or Dedimus Justice services at this time; however, click here to access the State of Maine’s Total Notary Solution to find a notary in your area.
Baxter Memorial Library
- The Library is currently closed to the public and there is no staff onsite to provide services.
- You can download e-books and audiobooks on your computer, Amazon Kindle Fire HD, Android tablets, Android phones, iPhones and iPad with your library card. To learn more, go to https://baxterlibrary.org/cloudlibrary/.
- All Maine residents can access the Digital Maine Library for online resources that include a collection of full text articles and abstracts from magazines, newspapers, journals and reference at https://library.digitalmaine.org/.
- Homestead and Veteran’s Exemption applications can be mailed in to the office for processing, as well as emailed with supporting documentation when necessary.
- Billing address and change of name requests can be called in, mailed in and emailed with supporting documentation when necessary.
- Residents wishing to discuss property values or have other assessing questions can call into the office for information, or set up a time to discuss with the assessor via phone conversation.
- Cumberland County Regional Assessing will continue to perform the daily administrative duties from the Portland office at this time. Regional and Gorham Assessing staff have the ability to work remotely. Although closed to direct contact with the public, we will remain available to provide forms, process applications, and answer questions by means of phone, mail, and email correspondence. Additionally, the Addressing Officer has access to the Geolynx and GIS and the Vision system allowing us to continue to perform addressing duties, as well.
- We continue to maintain flexibility and sensitivity to the public's needs in regard to physical property inspections while maintaining a plan to fulfill the statutory guidelines for all assessments as of April 1st.
Gorham Police Department Information
- Gorham Police Department will remain fully operational.
- Please call 9-1-1 for an emergency.
- We would ask that people not come to the station to fill out a report request form, vacant house check request form, or to drop off concealed weapons permits. Report request forms and vacant house check request forms are available on our website here. Applications for concealed weapons permits can be mailed to the station, Attn. Ms. Julie Flannigan.
Community Development | Planning & Code Enforcement Divisions
- Building Permit applications can be e-mailed to the Code Office here for review by our CEO.
- Approval of these permits will be sent notifications by e-mail.
- Payment arrangements can be mailed to the Town – call into the office for directions on payment arrangements.
- During this initial timeframe, limited on-site Code Enforcement inspections will be conducted by Town staff for two weeks beginning March 16, 2020, which will include only new construction and exterior inspections (no inspections of established homes). The Administration will evaluate this matter on a week-by-week basis.
Planning Board Permits/Process
- At this time, we will continue to accept Planning Board applications during regular business hours (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM). Please call ahead and confirm staff are available to meet you while observing social distancing practices of 6’ of separation.
- Payments for applications can be made either by check (mailed or placed in the submission packet). Other methods of payment can be discussed with staff.
- Planning Board meetings for the month of April are canceled at this time and more information will be forthcoming for the May meetings.
Business Recovery & Resources
- For information on resources available to help your business recover from losses, as well as best practices to protect the safety of your customers and the health of your employees, please visit https://www.maine.gov/governor/mills/covid-19.
- Proclamation of State of Civil Emergency To Further Protect Public Health.pdf
- SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus - the SBA has certified Maine as eligible for Disaster Assistance.
- Businesses can apply for a disaster loan through the SBA online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Information/Index.
- View Governor Janet Mills' Press Release from March 18, 2020 regarding emergency legislation to respond to COVID-19 at https://www.maine.gov/governor/mills/news/governor-mills-takes-further-steps-respond-covid-19-protect-health-and-safety-maine-people
- Maine Department of Labor’s Guidance on Coronavirus Response and Updates
- U.S. CDC’s Resources for Businesses and Employers.
- Small Business Administration’s Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
- U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19.
- Gorham Business Resources - List of resources for businesses to access as support from the federal, state, non-profit and local level.
- The Gorham Economic Development Corporation (GEDC) has created the Gorham Business Support (GBS) Facebook Group to support our local businesses and organizations. Here, folks can leave a review for their favorite local businesses and help bolster their businesses once the COVID-19 situation defuses. Local restaurants can also post if they are offering take-out, delivery, or curbside options.
- For inquiries related directly to the Town of Gorham, please contact Economic Development Director, Kevin Jensen at email@example.com.
- Visit the Gorham Strong website created by the Gorham Business Exchange in collaboration with the Gorham Economic Development Corporation and Gorham Village Alliance to promote and support Gorham's local businesses during these times. On the site, businesses can learn more about SBA, FAME and GEDC loan programs, and visitors can also access a complete business directory with options to purchase gift cards from their favorite retailers for use later.
- Looking for ways to help Gorham's business community? Visit https://www.gorhamstrong.org/ways-to-give to make a secure, tax-deductible donation, or learn how to donate critically needed facemasks to Gorham's healthcare workers.
- The Maine legislature voted March 18, 2020 and signed to act on emergency bills to address the COVID-19 outbreak and help Maine families weather the uncertainty. Among the measures, the emergency omnibus package signed temporarily expands unemployment insurance to extend it to individuals whose employment has been impacted by COVID-19. It also temporarily waives the one-week waiting period for benefits so that workers may obtain benefits faster and ensures that claims for UI will not affect an employer’s experience rating. This means individuals are now able to file and are eligible for benefits this week. To file for UI benefits or learn more, visit https://www.maine.gov/unemployment/.
- Maine DECD Website