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Posted on: March 31, 2020

[ARCHIVED] April 3: Latest Updates to the City of Biddeford's COVID-19 Response

Financial Relief for Residents

At a City Council Special Meeting held virtually on Tuesday night, the Council voted to waive interest on Fiscal Year 2020 property and personal property tax payments for sixty days. Interest will now begin accruing after June 8, 2020. Payments were previously due on April 8, 2020.

Additionally, the City Council has waived parking lot permit fees for the month of May for anyone who purchased a parking permit for the month of April. Parking permit holders will be directly notified of this change.

“Right now, it is more important than ever for us to support our neighbors and friends who may be deeply impacted by this public health crisis,” said Mayor Alan Casavant. “The decisions made at Tuesday night’s evening are important measures to provide financial relief during this difficult time.”

Public Works Procedural Changes

The Council has approved a plan to address concerns voiced by residents who are following recommendations to stay at home and generating larger amounts of household trash. As of April 1, for each Pay As You Throw orange trash bag that is used, a free bag will be dropped off in replacement. Residents who do not have access to a Pay as You Throw bag and cannot visit a store to purchase one can call the City’s service hotline at 207-284-9020 for assistance. Learn more...

The Biddeford Recycling Center at 371 Hill Street has reopened for large item disposal only. The temporary hours for the Recycling Center will be Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Person-to-person contact will be minimized during the disposal process in order to practice appropriate social distancing measures. We will ask you to place proof of residency on a table, where a member of our staff will check it but not touch it. Please be patient and expect possible delays as we work through this new process. Click here to see a list of accepted items.

During the time that the Recycling Center is open for limited service, we will be offering free curbside pickup of brush and other yard waste. Please leave brush, broken branches, and other yard waste at your curb on your regular trash pickup day and our crews will pick it up at no cost to you.

“We believe that the best way to protect the health of our staff and community members is to limit service at the Recycling and Transfer Station during this public health crisis,” said Public Works Director Jeff Demers. “These alternative plans for trash pickup and brush collection are in place to ensure that we continue to meet the needs of our residents while practicing social distancing.”

For more information on the City of Biddeford’s response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, please visit www.biddefordmaine.org/publichealth.

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