City News Round Up for Friday, August 20

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City News Round Up for Friday, August 20

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 via Zoom. 


Jennings Selects Anne McGuire to Serve as Assistant City Manager

City Manager Jon Jennings is pleased to announce he has selected Anne McGuire to serve as the new Assistant City Manager for the City of Portland. Ms. McGuire is a progress-driven professional with an extensive background in government and the private sector. She will be introduced to the City Council during its August 23 remote meeting. 


City Selects Vendor for Pilot Bike Share Program

Following a Request for Proposals earlier this year, the City of Portland has selected Tandem Mobility to plan and launch a pilot bike share program in Portland in June of 2022. 


New Youth-Led Mural in Woodfords Corner

For the second consecutive summer, Portland Public Health's Tobacco Prevention team was proud to serve as a host site for Gateway to Opportunity (G2O), a summer program coordinated through Maine Youth Action Network (MYAN). The objective of G2O is to develop local high school students’ career skills while partnering them with a host site to lead a community-focused project. For the past six weeks, Portland’s youth team has been curating and navigating the logistics of creating a mural in Woodfords Corner that promotes clean air and tobacco-free communities.


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


Help Shape Your City:  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 Feedback from Public & Business Owners Regarding ARPA Funds

We’re looking for public feedback from the community regarding how to spend American Rescue Plan Act funds in Portland. We have two surveys now open. One for the general public and one specifically for business owners. Visit today! 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 23, 2021.


**Construction Project Updates & Traffic Alerts**


Fore Street to be Converted to One-Way Traffic

This week, 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 


Forest Avenue - Unitil

Unitil will be upgrading the gas service at 25 Forest Avenue from August 23 to August 27. Some traffic delays are anticipated. Please seek an alternate route. 


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 – 8/22
    • Close Exit 9 On/Off
    • Close Exit 6B On/Off, then 6A On/Off once the 6B ramps are opened.
  • Monday – 8/23
    • Close Exit 5B On/Off, then 5A On/Off once the 5B ramps are opened.
  • Tuesday – 8/24
    • No closures
  • Wednesday – 8/25
    • Close Exit 4 On/Off
  • Thursday – 8/26
    • No closures


We’re Hiring! 

We currently have multiple openings across a variety of departments. Positions include: Financial Administrative Assistant, Treasury Division; Program Liaison & Operations Associate, Creative Portland;  Director of Human Resources; Urban Designer, Planning and Urban Development; Assistant to Public Works Director for Customer Service; Police Officer; Senior Public Works Supervisor; Food Service Worker for the Barron Center;  American Rescue Plan Program Coordinator in Finance; Senior and a Project Engineer for Public Works; 911 Dispatcher; On Call Event Services Staff for Parks, Recreation & Facilities; a Financial Manager for Health and Human Services Dept.; For more information and additional job opportunities, visit

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