City News Round Up for Friday, August 13

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City News Round Up for Friday, August 13

Please check our agenda center for info on upcoming Committees, Boards, and Commissions meetings. The City Council meets next on Monday, August 23 at 5:00 PM


Islands Household Hazardous Waste Collection Saturday, August 14

The City’s annual Island 2021 Household Hazardous waste drop off is Saturday, August 14. Ecomaine's recyclopedia is a great place to check to see if your items qualify as hazardous waste. For more information please click the link in the headline. 


Applications to Serve on Boards & Committees Due August 20

The City Clerk is seeking applications for several vacancies on various boards and committees. Information on the vacant positions is available on the City’s website. Deadline to apply is now Friday, August 20, 2021. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Nominating Committee Chair, c/o City Clerk, 389 Congress Street, Portland ME 04101 or Applicants will be contacted for interviews.


Masks Recommended When Inside in Public Due to Substantial Community Transmission

Cumberland County is now listed as having substantial community transmission of COVID-19. Given this, Mayor Kate Snyder and City Manager Jon Jennings are recommending that everyone wear masks when inside in public regardless of vaccination status, in accordance with U.S. and Maine CDC guidelines


Portland Public Health Launches Community Health Improvement Survey

The City’s Public Health Division is pleased to announce that it is seeking input for its Community Health Improvement Plan. Portland Public Health invites and encourages all those who live, work, learn, and play in Portland to complete the 2021 Community Health Improvement Survey. The survey is a health opinion survey that gathers information about the health and well-being of Portland and helps identify ways to address those needs and concerns. 


Rate Increase at Riverside Recycling

The minimum fee has increased to $18 and the mix material disposal rate is $116 per ton.

This does not affect ecard users unless you have used up all 10 free items.


SURVEY TIME:  City Seeks Public Feedback on Using ARPA Funds

Let us know how you’d like to see federal recovery funds spent in Portland. The survey is open through September 17 and can be taken by clicking the link in the headline or visiting The City Council will host a community workshop on September 13 to receive additional public feedback. 


Parks & Recreation Updates

The Recreation Division's Before and After the Bell Programs for K-5th graders are filling up fast. Please reach out to our office at 207-808-5400 to find out about availability and how to sign up. The 2021-2022 Recreation Brochure will be mailed out to Portland residents by August 20th, the online version will also be available for viewing at that time. Registration for these programs will begin on August 23rd, 2021.


**Construction Project Updates & Traffic Alerts**

Veranda Street Bridge Work Update

The nighttime drainage work has concluded. There will be additional night work for the next few weeks, from Monday to Saturday, but that work will be mainly carpentry work around the new bridge and will not create the noise and vibrations the previous drainage work created.


There will be daytime roadwork starting next Tuesday that will take place until the following week, which will create some vibration and noise on the East End of the project. That area will be from around Martin's Point to the crossover near Olympia Street.


Marginal Way Work

A second coat of striping on Marginal Way between Franklin and Forest Avenue will begin Monday, August 16, at 5:00 AM. This work includes striping all the long lines and installing green paint for portions of the bike lanes. Some traffic delays are expected. The work should be completed by the end of the day. 


Fore Street to be Converted to One-Way Traffic

Beginning the week of August 16, the City’s contractor, Gorham Sand and Gravel, will begin construction on the Fore Street-Eastern Promenade Sewer Separation Project. In order to accomplish the project work, the Contractor will convert Fore Street traffic flow to one-way only flow between Mountfort Street and St. Lawrence Street. Fore Street and Eastern Promenade will remain open to eastbound traffic in the direction of the Eastern Promenade throughout the project. Please seek alternate routes to avoid delays. Project Information 


Baxter Boulevard

Baxter Boulevard is closed from Payson Park to Vannah Avenue. This first phase of closure is scheduled to last for three months. The closure is necessary for the City to complete work on the Back Cove West Storage Conduit project, one of the City’s latest sewer separation projects to prevent combined sewer overflows from going into Back Cove. Back Cove Trail is open during construction. Ocean Ave is one way until the end of August.


I-295 Repaving Work

Upcoming ramp closures for I-295 Southbound are as follows. All closures will be 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM. Both ramps will never be closed at the same time.  


Sunday – 8/15

  • Close Exit 7 Off

Monday – 8/16

  • Close Exit 7 On/Off

Tuesday – 8/17

  • No closures

Wednesday – 8/18

  • Close Exit 6B On/Off, then 6A On/Off

Thursday – 8/19

  • Close Exit 6B On/Off, then 6A On/Off


We’re Hiring! 

We currently have multiple openings across a variety of departments. Opening include: Director of Human Resources; Associate Corporation Counsel; a Financial Manager for Health and Human Services Dept.; Safety and Training Officer, Senior and a Project Engineer in Public Works; CNAs, LPNs, RNs at the Barron Center; Recreation Programmers, Seasonal Groundskeepers, and Custodial Workers in Parks, Recreation & Facilities, Airport Maintenance Worker at the Jetport; Shelter Attendants and Community Health Outreach Workers in Health and Human Services; Telecommunicators - 911 Dispatch; Director of Cemeteries & Project Management in Parks, Recreation & Facilities; Urban Designer in Planning; American Rescue Plan Program Coordinator in Finance, and Facilities Guest Services Staff. For more information, visit

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