City News Round Up for Friday, April 2

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City News Round Up for Friday, April 2

 

Please check our agenda center as Committees, Boards & Commissions continue to meet remotely. The City Council meets next on Monday, April 5, 2021 at 5:00 PM.  

 

As a reminder, we are only conducting limited in-person transactions at this time. Anyone visiting City Hall will be asked a series of health screening questions and will have to have their temperature taken. Vehicle registrations require an appointment, no walk-ins allowed. Any questions? Please call 207-874-8300 or email info@portlandmaine.gov

 

As Maine is experiencing another surge in COVID cases, we thank you for remembering to Stay the Course to help prevent further spread. We also encourage you to get vaccinated when it’s your turn. Governor Mills announced this week that as of April 7, all residents ages 16+ are eligible. Check out Maine CDC's COVID-19 Vaccination website to see where you can get vaccinated. Maine DHHS is offering free rides to COVID-19 vaccine clinics. People should call 1-855-608-5172 at least 48 hours before their appointment to reserve a ride.

 

Street Closures Go Into Effect April 5 as Outdoor Dining & Retail Program Begins

The outdoor dining and retail program begins April 5 with the closure of several downtown streets. The program allows retailers and restaurants to apply to expand into public spaces, including closed streets, parklets, the public right-of-way, and parks. Similar to the 2020-2021 program, the City’s goal is to help small businesses operate successfully, safely, and in compliance with social distancing guidelines. The program covers the entire city and not just the downtown area. 

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FY22 Budget Presentation Pushed to April 26 Meeting to Allow for Final ARP Guidance

City Manager Jon Jennings announced this week he is pushing back his FY22 municipal budget presentation, originally slated to be given during the City Council’s April 5 meeting, in order to confirm guidance from the U.S. Treasury Department regarding the permitted use of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds. He will now unveil his FY22 recommended municipal budget at the Council’s April 26 meeting. 

City Manager Releases FY22 CDBG Funding Recommendations

City Manager Jon Jennings released his recommendations to the City Council for allocating the FY22 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, and supplemental CARES ACT funding. This year, thanks to additional COVID-relief funds, the city has an historic opportunity to fund 14 of the 15 social services requests. The City Council will hold two remote public hearings regarding this funding on April 5 and 26th before taking a final vote.

 

Our Recreation Department is Hiring!

We have an urgent need to hire additional Recreation Programmers to work in our After School Program! These positions are 20-30 hours per week, Monday through Friday, and are permanent part-time position benefit eligible. Candidates must have experience and enjoy working with children and have knowledge of various sports/leisure activities for youngsters. Click Here for a full job description. To apply, please visit: www.portlandmaine.gov/jobs.

 

Looking for Portland Students to Participate in Email Exchange with Japanese Sister-City

Our Japanese Sister City, Shinagawa, would like to participate in an email exchange with students in Portland. Shinagawa is a special section of Tokyo, with a population of over 380,000 (six times the size of Portland!). This could be a fun opportunity to get to know a student in Japan via email and social media. If you know of a Portland student (between the ages of 13-18) who would like to "meet" a fellow student in Japan, please email Dena Libner at dlibner@portlandmaine.gov

 

Traffic Alerts: Upcoming Utility Work

Utility gas line work will be occurring on the below listed streets. Working days will be Monday through Friday.   

April 12 - April 23 on Congress Street from Brown Street to Tolman Place 9am - 7pm

April 12 - August 1 on Forest Avenue from Homestead to Castine Avenue 9am - 7pm

April 12 - May 21 on Woodford Street from Stevens to Forest Avenue  9am - 7pm

April 12 - May 28 on Fore Street from Munjoy South to Morning Street 9am - 7pm

April 12 - April 23 on Dartmouth Street from Dartmouth Street to Forest Avenue  7am - 7pm 

April 12 - May 28 on Gilman Street from Congress Street to Gilman Place 7am - 7pm

 

Opportunity to Lease & Operate the Castle at Deering Oaks Park

We’re looking for a qualified vendor to lease and operate the Castle at Deering Oaks Park. The Castle, which was built in 1894, was originally designated as a warming hut for skaters in the winter and included provision of cocoa and snacks. Over the years, food service, concessions, and even paddle boat rentals operated out of the Castle.

 

Deering Oaks Farmers Market will move to Payson Park for 6 weeks

The Farmers Market will see a change of scenery in 2021 due to an unfortunate Browntail Moth infestation within Deering Oaks. The Market will start in Deering Oaks on Saturday, April 24th and run every Wednesday and Saturday until May 19th when it ventures over to Payson Park. The Farmers Market will stay at Payson Park for 6 weeks and return back to Deering Oaks on Wednesday, June 30th where it will remain until the end of the season.

 

Ocean Gateway Parking Opens for Season

Parking at Ocean Gateway is now available for the season. The rate is $15.00 per 24 hour period, up to 15 days. Pay at the kiosk with a credit card and display the receipt face up inside on the vehicle's front dashboard. For touchless payments, you can pay for parking from your phone, with either the Passport App from the Apple App Store, Google Pay, or download the app at Passportparking.com.

 

 Check Out Our New Digital Town Hall & Take Our Surveys

We have a new digital town hall and gathering place:  Civil Space is the City's new hub to share, discuss, inform, and collaborate on creating sustainable solutions for important issues, challenges, and opportunities in our community. Visit portland.civilspace.io today to see our four current projects and the five surveys we have open. We look forward to gathering your feedback! And then check back often as we seek to engage you in new projects and survey opportunities. 

 

Street Sweeping Reminder

Public Works crews will begin sweeping streets and sidewalks in the downtown area next week in preparation of the upcoming street closures for the outdoor dining and retail program. Please make sure to adhere to the daytime and overnight street maintenance regulation signs. Click the link in the headline to see which areas have restrictions and when they are. Crews will be moving into other areas over the next several weeks. 

 

Annual Spring Curbside Collection of Leaf Bags Is Coming Up

The City’s annual spring curbside collection of leaf bags/yard waste starts Monday, April 26 through Friday, May 7. The leaves must be in large, paper biodegradable leaf bags. We can not accept the clear compostable 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! 

 

 We’re Hiring!

We’re currently seeking an Assistant City Manager, Accountant-Public Health, multiple openings at the Barron Center, Public Works, and Parks & Recreation. For more information, visit www.portlandmaine.gov/jobs.

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