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Thomaston Town Office reopens with restrictions

By Christine Simmonds | May 19, 2020
Photo by: Christine Simmonds Thomaston Select Board met via Zoom May 18.

Thomaston — The Thomaston Select Board discussed the procedures for opening the Town Office at their Zoom meeting May 18.

Beginning Monday, June 1, the Town Office will open “with restrictions” according to Town Manager Kara George. Hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

“I hate to be so strict, but… I do want everyone to feel safe,” George said.

The reopening plan allows five people from the public in the building at one time, and requires customers to wear a “face covering.”

Six foot spacing will be taped off at the entrance door to indicate where customers should stand, and direction arrows will indicate one-way foot traffic.

The plan states that anyone planning “lengthy transactions” such as “applying for a marriage license” will require making an appointment by calling 354-6107.

Other safety measures outlined in the document include cleaning and sanitizing as well as plexiglass being installed at the front counter.

Select Person Sandy Moore suggested installing a hand sanitizer station at the entrance to the office.

In other business, Select Person Diane Giese said that the Thomaston Library will begin curbside book delivery June 1.

A liquor license renewal for The Block Saloon on Main Street in Thomaston was approved.

The board approved moving forward with a Solar Array project as proposed by Pollution Control Superintendent John Fancy. The town will contract with Sundog Solar to install the system, “subject to Rural Development approval, voter approval and a completed funding package,” according to the memo from Fancy.

The board approved recognizing the Thomaston Police Department for National Police Week (May 10 to May 16) and the Thomaston Ambulance Department for National EMS Week (May 17 to May 23).

The board postponed interest on tax payments for thirty days, as now allowed by state executive order.

The board approved leasing space at Watts Block to Jessica Lecaptain photography. The space is located on the ground floor off Knox Street in the Watts Block building. The one year lease begins Aug. 1, with a 60 day notice to renew next spring. The rent is $525 per month.

For the town manager report, George said Thomaston has hired Melissa Sevens as a town clerk. Stevens starts next week.

The next Select Board meeting will be June 8 at the Town Office at 6 p.m. Those present will practice social distancing.

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