City News Round Up for Friday, September 25
Please check our agenda center as Committees, Boards & Commissions continue to meet remotely. The Council meets next on Monday, September 28 at 5:30 PM for a workshop regarding an update on the marijuana ordinance. The Racial Equity Steering Committee also holds its first meeting on Monday, September 28 at 5:00 PM.
City Hall remains closed to the general public at this time. Staff continue to serve customers via email, phone, and virtual meetings. The City Clerk’s Office and Parking Office are open for walk-in service via our Myrtle Street entrance. The Treasury Office is processing auto and boat registrations by appointment only via our Congress Street side-entrance. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 page.
Any questions? Please call 207-874-8300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please remember that you should not visit City Hall if you do not feel well, are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, have been around anyone who has recently tested positive, or have traveled within the last 14 days to a state that is not on the State of Maine’s exempted list (unless you have a negative test result.) Masks must be worn at all times when inside City Hall. As we head into the cold and flu season, we thank you for your cooperation!
City Launches Campaign to Remind People to ‘Stay the Course’ to Prevent COVID-19 Spread
We launched a new campaign this week to remind people to ‘Stay the Course’ to prevent further COVID-19 spread. Residents, businesses, and visitors to Portland are encouraged to visit staythecourse.me for information related to the four pillars of keeping Portland healthy -- washing hands, wearing a mask, physical distancing, and avoiding large gatherings -- as well as information on where to get tested, latest updates from the City and City Hall services, FAQs, and downloadable resources for businesses and other organizations to use.
Recode Phase I Heads to the City Council!
On Monday, October 5th, the City Council will hold a remote workshop and first read on ReCode Phase I, the City's initiative to rewrite the Land Use Code. At the workshop, the Council will consider all 22 articles of the revised Land Use Code, including associated height overlay maps, unanimously recommended by the Planning Board at their July 28th public hearing. Public comment is welcome and meeting materials, to be available the week prior to the workshop, will be accessible here.
Street Maintenance Signs Back In Effect October 1
Reminder from the City’s Parking Division and Department of Public Works that effective October 1, the Street Maintenance signs on streets will be back in effect. These restrictions are in effect from October 1 through May 31, except for area 3, The Old Port, where they are enforced year round. These signs are used not only for street sweeping operations, but for other street maintenance needs like tree removal/pruning, snow plow operations, and more. The City’s street sweeping program not only makes our streets look nicer, but collecting the debris protects our waterways and harbor. Click the link in the headline to see which areas have restrictions on what night.
Traffic Alert: India Street Paving
The Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) is scheduled to pave India Street between Congress Street and Commercial Street beginning on Friday, September 25. ADA ramp work will continue for the next 2-3 weeks as bricks are set at each ramp. Residents should expect parking impacts on all of India Street during paving and intermittent impacts adjacent to ramp work as crews mobilize at each corner.
Traffic Alert: Intersection of District Road and Congress Street
On Tuesday, September 29, R. E. Coleman Construction will be installing a force main into an existing sanitary sewer manhole at the intersection of District Road and Congress Street (Between Nichols Portland and Maine Turnpike Authority). Work will begin at 8 AM and continue to 4 PM. The contractor will have traffic control set up with flaggers and a lane shift to allow for excavation at the manhole to connect the force main. We apologize for the inconvenience caused by this work. Should you have any questions please contact the Department of Public Works, Gerry Remsen, Project Engineer at email@example.com.
Traffic Alert: 687 Washington Avenue
687 Washington Avenue (between Oakley and Inverness Streets) work will begin on Monday, September 28 9:00 AM to repair the sinkhole. We will keep traffic flowing smoothly with lane shifts to the southwesterly side of Washington Avenue. Work will be performed on the outbound lane of Washington Avenue. We look to complete by Tuesday, September 29 absent any unforeseen complications.
The search is on! Help us find the perfect tree for Portland’s Monument Square.
Portland Downtown and the City of Portland are seeking the next “perfect tree” for Monument Square! The ideal tree will be evergreen, spruce, or fir; 45-60 feet tall; and relatively accessible for retrieval (free from power lines and other obstructions). The “winning” tree will be removed and transported from the owner’s property at no cost. Snap a few pics and submit your tree for consideration at portlandmaine.com/tree as soon as possible and no later than November 1.
Absentee Ballot Information & Early In-Person Absentee Voting
Certain election mailings have generated numerous calls to the City Clerk’s office.
Residents are receiving several absentee ballot applications in the mail. Multiple organizations are distributing these forms. They are not coming from the City of Portland or the State of Maine, but they are legitimate forms that can be used to request your ballot if you have not already done so. In Portland, we’ve received more than 13,000 absentee ballot requests so far and continue to receive about 600 a day. To learn how to request one, click here.
Once you've submitted a request (online, by phone, in person, through the mail), it is not necessary to send in any additional applications. Any duplicate submissions received will be rejected.
In addition, many residents have received notification by mail, phone call, or text message that they are not registered to vote. This is a part of the get-out-the-vote effort and they are not connected to the City or State. If you have any concern or question regarding your voter registration status, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-874-8677 and we would be happy to assist you. To learn how to register to vote, click here. Remember that in Portland, you can register to vote on Election Day at your polling location.
WHEN WILL I GET MY ABSENTEE BALLOT / WHEN CAN I VOTE EARLY IN-PERSON?
In Maine, ballots are not available until 30 days before Election Day. Once ballots arrive at City Hall in early October, ballots will be mailed out and early in-person absentee voting at Merrill Auditorium will begin.
Portland’s Public Health Division Teams Up to Provide Flu Vaccine Clinics This Fall
Beginning this month, Portland’s Public Health Division, working with its partners, will offer a no-cost flu vaccine. Additional flu clinics are being conducted at area businesses, at Portland Housing Authority sites, homeless shelters, and assisted living facilities.
A free public flu clinic will be held at the following location and time:
Location: City Hall, Room 24 (Myrtle Street entrance)
Time: 12:00-6:00 PM
Payson Park Needs Your Votes!
Payson Park Needs your Votes to win a $25,000 Upgrade. To help, click here and vote for Portland Kiwanis. Voting is open through September 27, 2020. You can cast one vote every 24 hours.
Portland and South Portland Release Joint Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, One Climate Future
The Cities of Portland and South Portland have released a draft of One Climate Future, a joint climate action and adaptation plan. One Climate Future is an innovative regional approach to climate action, bringing together two cities to meet shared climate commitments: transitioning to 100% clean renewable energy in municipal operations by 2040, reducing community-wide greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050, and wherever possible, accelerating these reductions through rapid and equitable action by 2030.
Annual Fall Curbside Collection of Leaf Bags/Yard Waste
The City’s annual fall curbside collection of leaf bags/yard waste starts Monday, October 26 through Friday, November 20. The leaves must be in large, paper biodegradable leaf bags. Place the biodegradable leaf bags curbside on your normal trash day during the above dates and City crews will take care of the rest!
UPDATE:Real Estate and Personal Property Tax Bills Available in October
Fiscal Year 21 Real Estate and Personal Property Tax Bills are not yet available. The amount due can now be found online. Bills will be mailed and available online in early October. The due dates are October 30, 2020 and March 19, 2021.
Property Tax Info
Citizen Self-Service Portal
Portland Youth Council
The Portland Youth Council has four seats available, and we're accepting applications through October 2. To learn more about the Youth Council and to access the application, use the link above in the headline.