City News Round Up for Friday, August 27

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City News Round Up for Friday, August 27

Please check our agenda center for info on upcoming Committees, Boards, and Commissions meetings. The City Council meets next for a workshop on Monday, August 30 at 5:00 PM via Zoom. 

 

Upcoming Closure 

City offices will be closed Monday, September 6, 2021 in observance of Labor Day.

 

Forestry Crew Hits New Milestone During Tree Planting Season

Our Forestry Crew hit a new milestone this year by planting a whopping 201 new trees during tree planting season, a season that generally takes place between May and June. During this time, the forestry crew usually plants an average of 150 trees throughout Portland. They plant a wide variety of native and exotic trees via a number of programs and they look to areas in Portland with the greatest need along with finding plantable spaces that can sustain a healthy tree. While the planting of 201 trees has become the new benchmark for the forestry team, the crews partly owe this record to the weather, which allowed them to get started a few weeks early this year. 

 

Barron Center Achieves Five-Star Medicare Rating

We are thrilled to announce that the Barron Center, the City’s 219-bed long-term skilled rehabilitation facility, has earned a five star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. CMS created the Five-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily and to help identify areas about which to ask questions. The Barron Center’s score improved from a three-star rating in 2019, no small feat in light of the pandemic. 

 

Historical Property Record Cards Now Available Online

As part of the 2021 Revaluation Project, the Assessor’s Office oversaw the scanning of more than 77,000 historical property record cards from the 1950’s, 1980’s and 1990’s. This was done in an effort to preserve and protect them from further degradation and to make them available to the public for on-line viewing. According to our Assessor, Chris Huff, the older property record cards are frequently requested for review and the constant movement of them in and out of our files has really taken a toll on them over the years. Digitally preserving these records was a priority with our new Property Search website, and making them available to all provides a major benefit to both our office and the public. When viewing a parcel record on the Property Search website, click the ‘Historical Record Cards’ tab to see them.

 

Mayor’s Next Monthly Zoom is August 30

Join Mayor Kate Snyder for her monthly zoom in which constituents can get recent updates from the Mayor and discuss any issues. Monday, August 30 at 4:00 PM. Zoom details here.

 

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. 

 

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 portland.civilspace.io today! The City Council will host a community workshop on September 13 to receive additional public feedback. 

 

Parks & Recreation Updates

Portland Harbor Common Meeting #2.  Join the Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department and the Planning and Urban Development Department to hear updates and provide your input on the new greenspace planned for Portland's eastern waterfront.

 

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**



Traffic Alert - Additional Baxter Boulevard Traffic Impacts 

The next phase of the City’s Back Cove West Storage Conduit project is starting September 7. This critical infrastructure project is part of the City’s efforts to reduce combined sewer overflow into Portland’s harbor. The next phase includes the closure of Baxter Boulevard from Payson Park to Dartmouth Street. Vannah Avenue will also be closed from Clifton Street to Baxter Boulevard. This closure is scheduled to last until December 2022. Currently the Boulevard is closed from Payson Park to Vannah Avenue. Back Cove Trail will remain open during the entire construction project.  

 

The nearby sewer separation project on Ocean Avenue is nearing completion and should be wrapped up in November. Ocean Avenue will still be down to one lane during the day (approximately 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM) while they do construction work using flaggers. However, starting August 30, the road will be open to two-way traffic on nights and weekends.  

 

Fox Street Milling Starts August 30 

Starting on Monday, August 30, a Public Works contractor will begin milling Fox Street from Washington Avenue to Anderson Street at 7am. The road will be closed for traffic coming up the hill (from Anderson to Washington) and be re-routed to Madison Street. Downhill traffic will be allowed. There will be traffic delays due to this work. Please seek alternate routes, if possible. This work will be completed by the end of the day. The contractor will be continuing to work on the ADA ramps for the next 2-3 weeks, but traffic will be less impacted for this work although there still may be some delays.

 

Fore Street Converted to One-Way Traffic

 

We’re Hiring! 

We currently have multiple openings across a variety of departments. Positions include: Engineering Asset Management Technician, Public Works; Recreation Programmer, Troubh Ice Arena; Mechanic, Public Works; Athletic Facilities Steward, Parks; Food Preparation Worker, Barron Center;  Maintenance Workers, Public Works Traffic Division; 911 Dispatcher; Director of Human Resources; Parking Garage Cashier, Parking; Financial Administrative Assistant, Finance;  For more information and additional job opportunities , visit www.portlandmaine.gov/jobs.

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