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Town of Freeport
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AMENDED REGULATION OF HEAVY LOADS...
Please be aware of the amended Regulation of Heavy Loads (Posted Roads) for the Town of Freeport, as of 9/6/16. Refer to the Street Regulation Ordinance, Chapter 15, Article 4, on our Town website.


If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Public Works Department Superintendent, Earl Gibson, at (207)865-4461.

WINTER PARKING RULES- Parking is prohibited on all town streets from 11:00 pm to 7:00 am from November 1 to April 15. In addition, this provision shall be in effect all year on both sides of Harraseeket Road between Main Street and Dixon Road, and on both sides of South Freeport Road between Main Street and Park Street. For more info, see Town Ordinance Sections 48-208 & 48-209.
We understand that winter parking can be difficult due to heavy snowfall, limited parking, etc. But we ask that you do not park on the side of the road during snow storms. Our snow removal equipment is relatively large and it is difficult to maneuver around vehicles located on the side of the road. Also, vehicles parked on the side of the road are very difficult to see during heavy snow storms and can be accidentally damaged.

In addition, vehicles are prohibited from parking on any public street so as to interfere with or hinder the removal of snow by the Town’s plowing or snow removal operations. A vehicle so parked may be removed from the street by order of the Police Department, at the expense of the owner of such vehicle.

STREET OPENINGS- No person shall be granted a permit to excavate or open any street or sidewalk from November 15 of each year to March 31 of the following year, unless an emergency or special condition exists and permission is obtained in writing from the Director.

Any person wishing to obtain a Highway Opening permit between these aforementioned dates shall first explain fully in writing the emergency or special condition to the Director before issuance is granted.
Refer to the Town of Freeport Street Regulation Ordinance, Chapter 15, Article 3C, Item 5, on the Town website.

Feel free to contact the Public Works Department Superintendent, Earl Gibson, at (207) 865-4461 if you have any questions.
WINTER ROAD AND PLOWING INFO

The Public Works Department would like to pass on a few friendly reminders for the upcoming winter season:

1. Freeport residents are allowed two (2) 5-gallon buckets of sand per storm. Sand is now located adjacent to the silver recycling bullet on Hunter Rd. in front of the Public Works Facility.

2. No parking is allowed on public streets nor in turnarounds during winter storm events – please keep streets and turnarounds clear of vehicles (including trailers, campers, etc.) during a storm. Our winter parking ban is now in effect, from 11:00pm-7:00am, and will continue until April 15. For more info, see Town Ordinance Sections 48-208 & 48-209.

3. For residents who park vehicles in driveways, please keep sidewalks clear so our sidewalk machines are not restricted in doing their job.

4. On a final note, please do not push snow into sidewalks or public streets as this is not only against Maine state law, it is also costly and time-consuming for the Public Works Department to send vehicles and manpower out to go back to clean up a street or sidewalk.

For any residents who have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Public Works Department at 865-4461. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

In addition, vehicles are prohibited from parking on any public street so as to interfere with or hinder the removal of snow by the Town’s plowing or snow removal operations. A vehicle so parked may be removed from the street by order of the Police Department, at the expense of the owner of such vehicle.

Driveway Snow Removal
During the winter months we know removing snow from the end of your driveway can be frustrating. The placement of snow at the end of your driveway cannot be avoided by our snow removal equipment. The following diagram shows what you can do to help keep this to a minimum. Also we would like to remind you there is a state law (29A MRSA 2396) that prohibits pushing of snow into the public way. This includes pushing snow across a public street. See Diagram for clearing end of driveway

Sand for Driveways
Winter sand is available for residents’ personal use. Each residential dwelling is eligible for up to 10 gallons of sand per storm. No stock piling is allowed. Any resident assisting a fellow resident with sanding must provide the public works department with written confirmation prior to taking additional materials. Taking of pure rock salt is prohibited without approval from the public works Superintendent. The use of municipal sand for the sanding of private roads is prohibited.

Mailbox Damage
The Town of Freeport does its best during snowplow operations to avoid damaging any personal property. But anything erected or located within the Town's right-of-way is the property owner's responsibility to replace if damaged during normal snowplow operations. The Public Works Department is happy to work with you in locating areas for mailboxes, fences, etc., to minimize the chance of damage and to make sure property is located safely. More detailed information about how to reduce mailbox damage is available here.

Sidewalk Snowplowing
The Town requires that business and property owners within the Village Commercial 1, 2, and 4 Zoning Districts maintain the public sidewalks in front of their property by keeping them clear of snow and ice. A copy of the Ordinance is available HERE. In addition, the Town plows snow on about 4 miles of sidewalks in other areas of town, including Holbrook Street, Morse Street, Kendall Lane, North Main Street, and part of Bow Street.

More detailed information about the Public Works Department winter operations and ways you can help things go smoothly is available here.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Private road signs – How do I apply for a private road sign?
You need to complete the Private Street Sign Application and drop off the application at the Public Works Department during business hours. There is a fee for the sign and installation and this fee must be paid prior to ordering and installation.

How do I get inert fill material for my property?
During summer maintenance and construction projects, the Town of Freeport Public Works Department offers to deliver free ditching material to residents. You must complete and submit the Ditching Material Acceptance Agreement and sign this release form on a yearly basis. Release forms from 2016 expired on Dec. 31st and therefore need to be renewed for 2017.

Who do I call when there is a dead animal in the road?
You can contact the public works department during business hours or dispatch during non-business hours.

How do I get permission for a street opening?
You can either contact this department or contact the Code Enforcement Officer at the Town Hall to fill out a Street Excavation Permit application form. Please refer to the Street Excavation Ordinance when considering an application. There is a fee attached to this permit.

Please remember that no person shall be granted a permit to excavate or open any street or sidewalk from November 15 of each year to March 31 of the following year, unless an emergency or special condition exists and permission is obtained in writing from the Director.

Any person wishing to obtain a Highway Opening permit between these aforementioned dates shall first explain fully in writing the emergency or special condition to the Director before issuance is granted. Refer to the Town of Freeport Street Regulation Ordinance, Chapter 15, Article 3C, Item 5, on the Town website. Feel free to contact the Public Works Department Superintendent, Earl Gibson, at (207) 865-4461 if you have any questions.


How do I get permission to create a driveway opening/curb cut onto the street?
This would require an entrance-opening permit. You would complete the Driveway Permit application form. Please refer to the Street Excavation Ordinance when considering an application. There is a fee for this permit.

I have a complaint about the condition of a road, what do I do?
The town maintains some roads in Freeport and others are maintained by the Maine Department of Transportation. You can call the Public Works Department with any concerns. If it is a State Road, please call MDOT's office to notify them of the problem at 885-7000.

Posted Roads, what does this mean?
Every year in the spring, the Town puts a weight limit on the roads so that heavy vehicles will not damage the roads while the frost is working its way out of the ground. The weight limit is: vehicle weighing over 23,000 pounds are prohibited, unless they have a town permit. Roads are generally posted from late February through May 1st. The fee for the permit is $20 per vehicle per day.
SERVICES

Snow Removal:
* Road Plowing
* Sidewalk Plowing
* Sanding and Salting
* Stockpiling Sand

Storm Damage Repairs:
* Road washouts
* Bridge repairs
* Fallen trees

Road and Sidewalk Construction/Maintenance:
* Potholes, Overlay Program
* Shoulder Maintenance
* Right of Way Maintenance (Ditching and Brush Clearing)
* Constructing and Extending Roads
* Crosswalk and Line painting
* Sidewalk maintenance and construction

Municipal Property Maintenance:
* Building repairs
* Cemetery care
* Park and property maintenance

Vehicle Maintenance:
* Seasonal equipment changes
* Municipal and School vehicle maintenance
* Major equipment repairs

Other Services
* Municipal Signs
* Storm drainage clearing and repairs
* Village litter control
* Tree planting and pruning
* Culvert maintenance