Plymouth Town Hall to reopen, will have restrictions

Published on Thursday, 18 June 2020 10:57
Written by BRIAN M. JOHNSON

@brianjohnsonBP

PLYMOUTH – Plymouth Town Hall is ready to reopen June 24, but with limited days.

“We are one of the first town halls in the state to be opening during this very difficult time and at the same time we need to make sure everyone is as safe as possible,” said Mayor David Merchant.

Town Hall will be open Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Then, if all goes well, it will operate three days a week going forward; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

“Please keep that in mind that all our employees are relying on you to make sure we all stay safe. It is my hope that we will continue to stay open Tuesday through Thursday but COVID can at any time force us to terminate and close once again,” said Merchant.

Merchant also said that only the front door will be open, and there will be volunteers manning a desk to screen people as they come in. Everyone entering Town Hall must wear a face covering mask and will be subject to having their temperature taken along with answering a few health-related questions.

“Please help us make the health screening process very safe by being very honest,” said Merchant.

After completing the initial health screening, people may be required to wait until the office they are visiting is cleared. Entrance to any office will be one person at a time. Additionally, there will be no lines inside the building.

Meetings with the Building Inspector, Land Use, Public Works and the Mayor’s office will be by appointment only.

“We will continue to office curb side service as we have been doing and someone will help you outside the building,” said Merchant. “That service may also require a small wait, depending on the number of people here at the time. We will do our very best.”

Merchant continues to encourage residents to call town hall for information and do as much as they can online.

“You can apply for most permits from home and pay for them as well without coming into Town Hall,” he said. “We also have a drop box in the Police Department lobby, and you can leave your payment there, we check it multiple times a day.”

There are also many ways to pay taxes without coming into Town Hall.

“You can simply put the payment in the mail and if you want a receipt simply include a self-addressed stamped envelope, and we will send a receipt,” said Merchant. “You can drop your payment in the box in the Police Department. If you want a receipt include your self-addressed stamped envelope.”

Additionally, residents can pay current taxes at Thomaston Savings Bank starting July 1. They will be opening their lobbies next week.

“Coming into Town Hall to simply pay taxes should be your last resort,” said Merchant. “Call the Tax office and they will assist you with any questions. Thank you all for your cooperation and stay safe.”

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Plymouth, Terryville on Thursday, 18 June 2020 10:57. Updated: Thursday, 18 June 2020 10:59.