City News - Friday News Round Up for March 27

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City News Round Up for Friday, March 27

The Emergency Stay at Home Order remains in effect until Monday, March 30, at which time the City Council is meeting to discuss its extension. 


Should you have any questions related to this or other resources during this time, please email us at or call 207-874-8300. You can also call 211. Our dedicated COVID-19 resources page, which includes multilingual resources, is available at 


City Council to Host First Remote Meeting on Monday, March 30 at 5 PM

On Monday, March 30, 2020, at 5:00 PM, the Portland City Council will conduct its first virtual workshop and meeting using emergency legislation, Sec. G-1 MRSA §403-A, that allows cities and towns to conduct meetings online. The meeting includes an agenda item to consider renewing and amending the proclamation declaring a State of Emergency and Requirement to Stay at Home, which was issued by the City Manager on March 24. The workshop agenda includes an update on city operations, a legislative update, and a financial impact update. 


The agenda for the workshop and meeting can be found by visiting The workshop and meeting will be conducted remotely using Zoom. Instructions for the public to attend are included on each agenda.


India Street Clinic to Resume Clinical Services & Needle Exchange Program on March 30

The India Street Public Health Center will resume its clinical services and Needle Exchange Program on Monday, March 30. This comes after a two week closure due to staff who couldn’t work because they were in quarantine after widespread exposure to COVID-19. 


Mayor Snyder Issues Guidance to Keep People Housed During COVID-19 Pandemic

Portland Mayor Kate Snyder issued the following guidance to help keep people housed during the COVID-19 pandemic given the need for safe housing during this public health and economic crisis. The courts are currently closed at this time and no evictions are on the dockets for the foreseeable future. Read the full news item here.


City Hall & City Buildings Will Now Remain Closed to External Visitors Until April 13

All City buildings are currently closed to the public in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19. City operations continue with many City employees working remotely. 


Purple Pay-As-You-Throw Trash Bags  

The City has confirmed that the PAYT bags are in stock with all major retailers and many have added them to their online shopping offerings. While we encourage you to use the purple PAYT bags you have on hand, we realize you may not want to go to the store as often. Because of this, DPW will collect trash in any bag on a temporary basis. Items must be in a trash bag (no shopping bags) that weighs less than 30 pounds and is able to secure the contents. Bulky items will not be picked up. 


2020 Revaluation Notices Postponed

The City is delaying the timeline for the revaluation notices, which were scheduled to be sent in May. The notices will be sent at a time to be determined in the future. Information regarding the new timeline will be shared as it becomes available. For more information on this process and to keep up to date, visit


Social Services Office Closed To The Public

For the safety of the public, our Social Services office, which administers General Assistance, at 196 Lancaster Street will be closed to public entry until further notice. The window under our awning to the left of the office entrance is open for clients to drop off documents and our staff will continue to assist clients over the phone and through the mail.


Peaks Island Trash Change

Due to the ongoing pandemic and the restructuring of crews in response, DPW needed to make a few changes to the way it services Peaks Island customers in regards to trash & recycling. Click the link above for details. 


Automobile Registration

All Auto Registrations, including temporary and expired, were extended during the state's recent legislation. This means they will expire 30 days after the state of emergency ends. The same applies for driver’s licenses and inspection stickers. Auto renewals can still be processed online. 


Playground Information

While outdoor exercise is allowed during the Stay at Home emergency order, playgrounds, ballfields, and basketball courts are closed. While exercising outdoors, please remember to keep a distance of 6 feet from anyone who is not a member of your household. 


Deadline For Tax Payments Delayed to June 1

The City has delayed the deadline for property tax, personal property, and stormwater payments until June 1 with no interest. We understand this is the most difficult time of the year from a cash flow perspective for many of our businesses and want to be as supportive as possible for small businesses in the city, and respectful to those individual property owners who may be experiencing economic difficulty or uncertainty during this time. To check amounts due or to find your bill, please go to


Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Reminds Mainers Of What Not To Flush

Properly functioning sewer systems are extremely important for the protection of public health and to reduce the spread of COVID-19. To help keep these systems functioning properly, the DEP is reminding people that the following products should not be flushed:

  • Baby wipes or cleaning wipes
  • Paper towels Tissues Dental Floss
  • Tampons and sanitary products
  • Cotton balls and swabs
  • Cat litter
  • Prescription drugs
  • Over-the-counter medicines
  • Cigarette butts

Read the full news item here.

Preble Street Sewer Separation Project

Beginning on Monday, March 30, Sargent Corporation —the contractor for these projects—will return to work on Preble Street. They will be erecting traffic control signs and patching potholes in preparation of starting the project. Preble Street, between Somerset Street and Cumberland Avenue, will consist of work inside manholes and catch basins, the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) related project for rebuilding sidewalks and curb will also be starting.

Pearl Street – Survey and Geotechnical Investigations Beginning the week of March 30

In anticipation of a future sewer improvement project, the Portland Department of Public Works will be conducting survey and geotechnical investigations along the length of Pearl Street from Commercial Street to Somerset Street.

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