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Camden town office re-opens to the public, with limits

By Susan Mustapich | May 26, 2020
The Camden town office will reopen to the public June 1, while limiting entrance to one door, and the number of members of the public inside at any one time.

CAMDEN — A partial reopening of the Camden town office to the public, which began June 1, allows two people at a time to enter the town clerk and tax collector's office.

Masks for members of the public entering the building are mandated, according to new rules posted on the town of Camden website. Employees must also wear masks in the building, but can remove them while at their work stations.

Two customers can enter the office from the main entrance on Elm Street and be served at one time. All other customers for the town clerk and tax collector "must wait in a line outside the front door," according to a statement posted on the town of Camden website. Customers will then exit from a secondary entrance, also on Elm Street.

On the sidewalk outside, 6-foot increments will be marked off to allow for waiting customers "to safely distance themselves from each other."

One member of the public will be allowed at the counter of the Town Manager’s Office at a time, and will use the same entrance and exit as used for the town clerk's office.

Conducting transactions remotely is still strong encouraged, according to the statement.

Public restrooms and meetings rooms will remain closed to the public and meetings will continue to be held using Zoom videoconferencing and broadcast via YouTube and local cable television.

The code, planning and development and assessing office will remain closed to the public,"out of an abundance of caution and due to the confined work space area and the number of employees in the office."

Permits, applications and other submittals can be dropped off in a dedicated mail bin in the town clerk's office or in a bin planned for the alcove on Washington Street. Applicants are encouraged to email or mail permits, applications and other documents. Department staff will process in a timely fashion, in accordance with Center for Disease Control guidelines.

Appointments with the assessor, code enforcement officer and panning and development director must be scheduled via email or phone. Meetings will generally be conducted remotely either via email, phone, conference call, Zoom, Skype or in person at a location determined by the appropriate staff person.

All entrances, other than the front entrance on Elm Street, will be locked to the general public, in order to maintain limits on the number of people are in the building at one time.

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