St. John Valley

Frenchville town closes town office, other town buildings due to COVID-19

FRENCHVILLE, Maine — The town of Frenchville sent out a notice to residents last week after the Board of Selectmen met with Town Manager Ryan E. Pelletier to discuss COVID-19 response plans. 

Like many surrounding towns, Frenchville is following suit and announced its closure of the town office as well as other buildings and services. 

The town sent the notice to residents Wednesday, March 18, saying: “The town office will be closed to foot traffic beginning Thursday, March 19, until April 1.”

The town office has a drop box outside the door for payments, according to the notice. 

Public Works and the sewer department are still operational, but they are closed to the public. Other departments that are closed to the public are the community center and the public safety department, including the fire department building. 

While 911 is still in operation, the notice said that access to the building will be closed except for emergencies. 

“Emergency needs for fire should be treated as usual by calling 911 for assistance,” the notice said.

As for vehicle and trailer registrations, the town included a section from the Public Health Emergency Act that Gov. Janet Mills enacted. Any vehicle including ATVs, snowmobiles, boats and cars with an expired registration has 30 days from the end date of the termination of the state of emergency. In other words, registration doesn’t need to happen until 30 days after the end of the emergency. 

“We appreciate your understanding during this difficult time,” the notice said. “We strongly advise practicing handwashing, social distancing and using online resources/services during this time.”

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