In response to the ever-changing news about the impacts of the COVID-19 virus on the Durham community and the world, we have compiled a list of Durham’s response to the situation as it applies locally. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we face this challenging time together.
TOWN BUILDINGS: The Durham Town Offices has resumed its normal hours of operation and are now open to the general public: from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays; and from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays. The Town Offices will continue to be closed on Wednesdays. As a reminder, those visiting the Town Offices must leave six (6) feet of space between people and face masks are required to enter. If there is not enough room inside the building to leave six feet of space, please wait outside until there is enough room. For those who are uncomfortable with visiting the Town Offices in person to conduct business, call 353-2561 to make alternate arrangements if possible.
Other town buildings, including the Fire Department and Public Works buildings, are open to the public. The Eureka Community Center is available for rental use only. Durham residents are reminded they can utilize online services on the Durham website to conduct Town Office business. Use the following phone numbers to reach staff members:
Town Office, 353-2561
Code Enforcement Officer, 376-6558
Fire Department, 353-2473
Roads Commissioner, 844-1774
PUBLIC MEETINGS: Several Durham boards and committees are holding virtual meetings via Zoom, including the Select Board, the Planning Board, the Board of Appeals, the Budget Committee, and the Conservation Commission. Please continue to check the Durham website, weekly News Blast, and social media for updates and new information regarding public meetings.
TRASH AND RECYCLING: These services will continue on their normal schedule.
SCHOOLS: For information and updates visit: www.rsu5.org.
FIRE AND AMBULANCE SERVICES: The Durham Fire and Rescue Department is still fully functional and taking steps to ensure a rapid and safe response for emergency services requests.
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE CALLS: Always, Durham Fire Rescue is fully equipped and ready to respond any ambulance call. However, during this outbreak, there are changes that have been implemented at the recommendation of the CDC, Maine EMS, and local healthcare authorities that will change the response to these calls. Please be patient with the following changes:
- More questions from dispatchers: In the attempt to prescreen and alert providers to possible exposed or ill COVID-19 patients, there are specific screening questions that will be asked. Please be patient with the dispatchers and answer all questions.
- Slower approach from EMS Providers: From the screening questions, if EMS providers are advised there is a potential exposure, we will not be immediately walking into your home. Members will be delayed moving from the ambulance to your home as they will need to don protective gear before approaching you or entering your home. If you can, position yourself at or near your entryway to speak with your EMS provider. From that point, we will utilize directives from a physician contact to determine our next steps. We are there to help, so please be patient.
BURN PERMITS AND GENERAL QUESTIONS: As with all other public buildings in the town of Durham, we are closed to the general public. Please call the station at 353-2473 for non-emergency questions or concerns.
Burning is still permissible in Durham and online permits are accessible for free at: www.wardensreport.com.
Durham Fire + Rescue is not issuing written burn permits at this time.
STAY TUNED: The Durham Select Board and town staff will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will disseminate information as it develops. Information will be posted on the Durham website, social media, and in the weekly News Blast.
Do you need help during this time? Are you interested in helping others? Please let us know!