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Fort Kent taking steps to protect public from coronavirus

FORT KENT, Maine — The town of Fort Kent is taking social distancing measures to try and protect the public from coronavirus COVID-19.

The Fort Kent Town Office is limiting hours from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Friday until further notice, according to a press release from Town Manager Suzie Paradis. 

The town has also installed drop boxes outside the main doorway of the Municipal Building as well as outside the police department entrance so members of the public can drop off water/sewer and tax payments. 

Online links to re-register vehicles and boats, and purchase dog licenses and hunting and fishing licenses are available at the Fort Kent town website

The police and fire stations in Fort Kent will be closed to the public until further notice except for emergency situations. For assistance with non-emergency services such as requests for burn permits or police reports, people should call dispatch at 207-834-5678. 

There will also be no public access to the wastewater treatment plant or public works garage.

Those who wish to contact the code enforcement officer for building permits or other matters should call 207-834-3507. 

General assistance applications will be processed over the phone at the town office- 207-834-3090. 

In addition, all Fort Kent recreation programs are canceled for the next four to six weeks or until further notice. 

“We strongly encourage residents to practice social distancing to avoid potential contact, but we are encouraging everyone to call and check on neighbors, friends and family to avoid social isolation,” Paradis said. “We are focusing on the side of caution in order to do our best to slow the spread of this virus.”

Visit our websites, thecounty.me, fiddleheadfocus.com and bangordailynews.com, for continually updated information about coronavirus in your community and in Maine.

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