City News Round Up for Friday, August 6

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City News Round Up for Friday, August 6

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

 

Substantial Community Transmission of COVID-19 in Cumberland County

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.

 

City Alerts Public to CDC’s Newly Issued Eviction Ban

The U.S. CDC issued a new eviction moratorium that temporarily halts evictions in counties with heightened levels of community transmission through October 3, 2021. MaineHousing offers assistance for renters, and just recently issued new eligibility and benefit guidelines. Click the link in the headline to learn more. 

 

City Hall to Remain Open Only for Limited In-Person Services

City staff had been working on plans to open up City Hall soon to more in-person services, however because of the rise in COVID cases, variants, and updated information from the U.S. CDC and Maine CDC, the City Manager has decided to continue operating in the same manner as the City has done throughout the entire pandemic by offering limited in-person services. Masks are required when in the building. This includes appointment only services for the Treasury Department (auto registration, property taxes), and walk-in services via Myrtle Street for the City Clerk and Parking offices (birth/death/marriage certificates, elections and voting, dog licenses, and parking tickets and permits.) Numerous City services are also available online, and all other business and transactions will continue to be conducted by email, virtually, and by appointment. 

 

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

 

Parks & Recreation Updates

  • Park and Play is Back in action at Portland Parks!  This drop-in program is designed for children who like the flexibility to come and go as they wish without being tied to the schedule of a formal summer day camp program. Many of Portland's newest residents are unfamiliar with recreation and playgrounds, which is why this program is a perfect introduction to the concept!
  • Kiwanis, Staples and Hannaford team up to ‘Fill the Bus’ with school supplies for Portland kids most in need! The campaign kicks off at 11 am August 9 at the  Kiwanis Pool on Douglass Street in Portland, and there will be a closing ceremony at the pool on August 14. At the campaign’s conclusion, the gathered supplies will be delivered to Portland Public Schools for distribution.

 

Call for Artists, Bramhall Square

The Portland Public Art committee announces an open call for artists to submit qualifications for a new public artwork commission for the redesigned Bramhall Square Park. Artists with a connection to Maine are eligible to apply. Deadline for applications is Friday, August 20 at 5:00 p.m. FMI, go to the Portland Public Art Program page.



**Construction Project Updates & Traffic Alerts**

 

Fore Street-Eastern Promenade Construction Notice

This project includes the installation of a new stormwater drainage system within Fore Street and Eastern Promenade from 100 Fore Street to Morning Street. The new storm drain system will be connected to a 60-inch stormwater outfall pipe which was recently completed as part of the Thames Street Extension and Munjoy Stormwater Outfall Project. Construction is anticipated to commence the week of August 16. For more information please click the link in the headline. 

 

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 – 8/8

  • Close Exit 9 On

Monday – 8/9

  • Close Exit 9 On/Off

Tuesday – 8/10

  • Close Exit 9 On/Off
  • Close Exit 7 Off, then 6B On/Off

Wednesday – 8/11

  • Close Exit 9 On/Off
  • Close Exit 6B On/Off, then 6A On/Off

Thursday – 8/12

  • Close Exit 9 On/Off
  • Close Exit 5B On/Off

 

We’re Hiring! 

We currently have multiple openings across a variety of departments. Opening include: Development Review Coordinator in Planning; Mechanic in Public Works; CNAs, LPNs, RNs at the Barron Center; Recreation Programmers, Seasonal Groundskeepers, and Custodial Workers in Parks, Recreation & Facilities; Maintenance Worker, Project Engineer, Senior Engineer, Solid Waste Manager in Public Works; 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 www.portlandmaine.gov/jobs.

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