City News Round Up for Friday, April 23

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City News Round Up for Friday, April 23

 

Please check our agenda center as Committees, Boards & Commissions continue to meet remotely. The City Council meets next on Monday, April 26 at 4:00 PM for a workshop and at 5:00 PM for a meeting. The FY22 recommended municipal budget will be unveiled during the 5:00 PM meeting. 

 

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! 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.

 

City Launches Food Composting Pilot Program on Earth Day

We kicked off a year-long food composting pilot program, which will provide residents with five convenient locations to drop off food scraps.  

“Food scraps and other organic materials make up almost 40% of the waste Portland residents throw away each week. By offering a compost program, we’re providing residents with a way to reduce their environmental footprint while reducing the number of City trash bags they need to buy,” said Mayor Kate Snyder.  

 

Portland Artists Brighten Downtown Street Closures

We joined forces with Creative Portland to beautify the recently installed street closure barricades on several streets downtown. Creative Portland hired five local artists to add creative and friendly arts messaging on the barricades, which not only brightens the safety features, but helps further the City’s COVID-19 public health messaging. 

 

Portland Land Bank Commission Conserves Open Space on Rand Road

The Portland Land Bank Commission announced the acquisition by the City of Portland of a 27-acre forested parcel along Rand Road near outer Congress Street, from the Avangrid Foundation. This land has been a high priority open space parcel for several years due to its adjacency to existing conservation land, its network of trails and its natural and recreational values. With this addition, the City has added protection to its largest remaining undeveloped area around the headwaters of the Fore River.

 

Street Sweeping Reminder

Public Works crews will be conducting street sweeping operations throughout April and May, but we need your compliance in order to get the job done correctly! Please make sure to adhere to the daytime and overnight street maintenance regulation signs, if your neighborhood has them. If your neighborhood does not, we appreciate your help in not parking on the street overnight if you don’t need to. For those off-peninsula in areas without parking restrictions, please see this plan to see which week your neighborhood will be swept.

You can click the link in the headline to see which areas have restrictions and when they are. 

 

Mayor’s Next Monthly Zoom is April 27

Join Mayor Kate Snyder for her monthly zoom in which constituents can get recent updates from the Mayor and discuss any issues. Tuesday, April 27 at 4:00 PM. Zoom details here.

 

Annual Spring Curbside Collection of Leaf Bags Starts Monday

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! 

 

 Current Survey Opportunities on Civil Space

Civil Space is our new digital town hall, 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. 

Our current surveys include:

 

Make Sure Your Vehicle is Registered! Appointments Necessary

The Maine State Police announced it will be enforcing several infractions, including expired vehicle registration stickers, which have been overlooked since the pandemic began last year. Make sure your car is registered on time! Our Treasury office is currently booking appointments into the first week of May. Don’t wait until it is too late. In-person service is by appointment only, please click here to book your appointment, or call 207-874-8491. If you are re-registering your vehicle with no changes to your previous registration, please use the State’s Rapid Renewal system. 

 

Parks Commission Greenspace Gathering 2021

The Portland Parks Commission invites you to join us on May 6 at 5:30 pm for our annual Greenspace Gathering as we discuss how to run effective partnerships between the City and Parks Friends Groups to maintain and improve upon Portland's open spaces. The Greenspace Gathering will be held via ZOOM on May 6th from 5:30-7:30pm. FMI:  click the link in the headline.

Want to hear more Parks & Recreation news, sign up for their Monthly Newsletter.

 

Bulky Waste and eCards

The eCard program is only available to residential property owners who participate in and receive the City's curbside trash and recycling services. The eCard allows up to 10 eligible Bulky Items to be brought to Riverside Recycling Facility at no charge to the resident. Learn more via the link in the headline. 

 

Traffic Alert: I-295 Exit 7 Ramp Closures

Construction work for the City’s sewer separation project is affecting access to I-295’s Exit 7 (Franklin St). Currently, both the north and southbound off-ramps are closed. The on ramps were scheduled to also close on April 19, but there is now a one-week reprieve. Starting on April 26, all on and off ramps will be closed for approximately three weeks.

 

Traffic Alert: Preble Street at Baxter Boulevard

The ongoing work on Preble Street moved into the intersection of Baxter Boulevard. Access to northbound Baxter Boulevard will be restricted.  A detour will be established sending traffic to Forest Avenue. Baxter Boulevard southbound will be detoured at Dartmouth Street sending traffic up to Forest Avenue.

 

Traffic Alert: Ocean Avenue, Mackworth and Walton Street

The City’s Mackworth, Ocean, Walton CSO Separation Project has modified the closure on Ocean Avenue. Traffic on Ocean Avenue will be one-way only traveling from Read Street to Forest Avenue. Also, traffic on Walton Street will be one-way only traveling from Canco Road to Ocean Ave.

We’re Hiring! 

We’re currently seeking Life Safety Code Enforcement/Plan Reviewer, Athletic Facilities Steward, Executive Office Manager, Summer Police Cadets, multiple openings at the Jetport, Barron Center, Public Works, and Parks & Recreation. For more information, visit www.portlandmaine.gov/jobs.

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