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Brewer COVID-19 update #1

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To Brewer residents from the City Manager and Public Safety Director,

Amid the heightened concern over Coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to assure you that the City of Brewer is actively working to protect the health and well-being of its citizens and employees and to ensure the City’s ability to maintain essential services.

Employees at municipal facilities are cleaning work areas and customer contact areas regularly throughout the day. We are also working to coordinate more extensive cleanings of our highest traffic facilities.

As part of the City’s proactive steps to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we are encouraging all Brewer residents to use the online services available through the City of Brewer website (www.brewermaine.gov/finance/online-services/).

Some of the many transactions residents/businesses can complete online include the following:

  • Pay City of Brewer bills (taxes, water, sewer, parking tickets, Parks and Recreation program fees, etc.)
  • Re-register motor vehicles, snowmobiles, ATVs, and trailers
  • Get a duplicate vehicle registration
  • Order a vanity plate
  • Obtain hunting and fishing licenses
  • Look up property tax records, tax maps, and assessment info
  • Renew or place a hold on a library book

Please note that some services must be completed in person, including new vehicle registrations, boat registrations, yard permits, and dog licenses.

The City of Brewer is promoting adherence to the Centers for Disease Control recommendations to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, both internally for employees, and also for the general public who visit our facilities. Please keep these in mind:

  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.

The Brewer Police and Fire Departments are taking steps to protect both employees and citizens during the COVID-19 outbreak. We are providing specific guidance recommended by the CDC, and providing additional safety gear to first responders. As always, we provide police and fire services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are some minor changes to non-essential administrative operations, such as curtailing all tours of the public safety building and museum, as well as fingerprinting services to citizens for background checks until further notice.

The Brewer Library will be closed until further notice.

The Brewer Parks and Recreation Department has suspended all activities, meetings, and events at the Ferris Community Center until further notice. This includes the Afterschool Program, walking program, and all youth and adult programs. Participants are encouraged to use the Parks and Rec registration website for program updates and department transactions.

To get automatic updates from the City of Brewer, please sign up for our e-list on the city’s website. We will also be providing a link on our website to the Center for Disease Control so you can access reliable and timely information regarding the virus. Also, be careful of scams. If something doesn’t look or sound right, it probably isn’t. Please report any such activity to the Brewer Police Department @ 989 7004.

Our primary job as city staff is to ensure the safety and well being of Brewer residents and employees through this period of uncertainty, keep our city running smoothly, and maintain essential services. We will keep you informed about pertinent issues as they arise. Thank you.

Steve Bost
City Manager

Jason Moffit
Public Safety Director