News & Press Releases
March 19, 2020
To the Residents of Dexter,
The Town of Dexter has been monitoring the COVID-19 virus and its potential impact in our community.
The Council has authorized me to close the lobby at the Town Office effective on March 19, 2020.
Based on their direction, we will be making some adjustments in the way Town services are provided. These will be evaluated on an ongoing basis and changes will be made as information and circumstances change.
Our goal is to ensure the safety of our employees and our residents in the most responsible ways possible.
We apologize for the inconveniences that these measures will cause. It is important to avoid the need to shut down entirely through unintended exposure to the virus.
We strongly encourage residents to practice social distancing to avoid potential contact but we also encourage everyone to call and check on neighbors, friends, and family to avoid social isolation. We are erring on the side of caution in order to do our best to slow the spread of this virus.
Please see the attached page for details regarding changes to municipal services beginning on March 18, 2020 at noon.
The following measures will be implemented as of March 19th until further notice.
Town Office –The Municipal Building will be closed to the public as of Thursday, March 19th, but staff will be working and people are asked to call the Town Office at 924-7351 and we will do our best to provide the services that you require. (Service hours 8:30am to 4:30p M-F)
Fire Station – Access to the Fire station will be closed to all non-essential personnel. True Emergencies should be treated as normal by calling County dispatch or 911 for assistance.
Police Station – The Dexter Police lobby area will also be closed to all non-essential personnel. We are temporarily suspending request for copies of reports. Crash reports are available by email: email@example.com. The office will be staffed during the hours of 8:00am to 4:00pm M-F. You can call us at 924-7623. This is the non-emergency phone number.
Public Works – Public Works personnel will continue to work however there will be no public access to the Town Garage. Persons with road concerns or questions should call the highway garage at 924-6257 and questions will be answered.
Code Enforcement – Those wishing to get building permits or who have questions regarding projects should call the town office at 924-7351. We will be processing as much as possible via phone, email, and US mail. You can reach Al Tempesta at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
General Assistance – Persons seeking general assistance should call the Town Office at 924-7351 Ext. 17 and we will process applications as received. Emergencies call 270-1455 email: email@example.com
Library – The Library will be closed to public but if you would like to take out a book or have any request that they may help you with call them at 924-7292.
Town Hall– The Town Hall will be closed to the public.
Council and Planning Board – Information regarding meetings will be posted on the Town’s website and Facebook page.
For those who feel sick or are worried about their symptoms
If you are concerned that you have symptoms of COVID-19 (coronavirus), which are most commonly fever, cough and shortness of breath, please call your doctor’s office. Or you can call the Maine CDC at 1-800-CDC-INFO. It is important that you call first, not show up. They will help direct you to the right place and make sure you get the care you need.
For those who are worried about their ability to pay for testing
There will be no cost to you for a COVID-19 test. There has been action at the state to make sure this cost is covered. MaineCare members are included in this. The state is making sure coverage for MaineCare members lab testing and medical care is comprehensive. Again please call your doctor for further directions if you are experiencing symptoms.
For those who are concerned about basic needs
Right now, we’re asking people to call 211 if they need help with things such as food, shelter, transportation, financial assistance, and household goods.
For those who want general information about COVID-19
If you are looking for general information about COVID-19, please visit the US CDC or Maine CDC or websites.
For those who are concerned about an older adult loved-one or neighbor
The CDC has said that older adults are at higher risk, as are people with chronic conditions like heart disease, lung diseases (asthma, COPD, etc), and diabetes.
Public health officials are encouraging these folks to limit contact with others as much as possible. You can help them stay at home comfortably by making sure they have what they need for medications, running errands, getting groceries, etc. Continue to visit with them frequently on the phone or Facetime, etc.
You can find out more by visiting the US CDC website at www.cdc.gov/covid19. There is a special section about older adults on the left side of the page.
GOOD MORNING NEIGHBOR PROGRAM
Good Morning Neighbor is a long-term community based program designed and operated by the Dexter Age Friendly Community Committee.
The free and voluntary Good Morning Neighbor phone-call program is designed to check the daily well-being of older adults or people with disabilities who live alone in the Town of Dexter.
To participate in the daily Good Morning Neighbor phone call, short or long term, call Jean Jacobs, Director of Human Services (207) 924-7351 Ext. 17 at the Dexter Town Office for an application and more information about the program.
Completed applications can be dropped off or sent to
23 Main St.
Dexter, ME. 04930
RED CROSS AND DEXTER FIRE DEPARTMENT
PARTNER TO INSTALL FREE SMOKE ALARMS
FOR AN APPOINTMENT CALL 874-1192 X113 OR
CSFP FOOD DISTRIBUTION
HAS BEEN MOVED TO THE TOWN HALL (BESIDE THE LIBRARY)
HOURS OF DISTRIBUTION WILL BE FROM 11:00AM TO 1:00PM
ON THE 4TH THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH
QUESTIONS – CALL JEAN JACOBS AT 924-7351 EXTENSION 17
RENT & PROPERTY TAX FAIRNESS CREDIT
If you DO NOT file an income tax return and would like assistance with applying for the tax credit, free assistance is available through the Dexter Town Office Human Services Director.
Please call Jean Jacobs at 924-7351 #17 for information or an appointment.