City News Round Up for Friday, December 18

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City News Round Up for Friday, December 18


Please check our agenda center as Committees, Boards & Commissions continue to meet remotely. The Council meets next on Monday, December 21 at 5:30 PM.  


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. Any questions? Please call 207-874-8300 or email


And thanks for remembering to Stay the Course to help prevent further spread of COVID-19. With COVID-19 cases rising significantly in Maine, please avoid hosting or attending indoor gatherings consisting of individuals outside of your immediate household. Check out our website today as our campaign materials now include new winter and virtual holiday scenes. 


Upcoming City Hall/Building Closures:  We will be closed December 24, 25, 31, and January 1. We will not have a Friday News Round Up on December 25 or January 1. Look for us again on January 8! 


Christmas Tree Drop off Locations

When you’re ready to get your Christmas tree out of your house, you can place them curbside during the month of January or drop them off at the following two locations:  

  • Cutter Street Parking Lot - Eastern Prom (upper lot on right, not sliding hill lot)
  • Payson Park - Salt Shed Area by the little league area.

Please note that the Douglas Street location is not a drop-off spot. 

Trees dropped off at Cutter Street or Payson Park will be taken to Riverside Recycling and chipped up. Christmas trees collected curbside will be co-mingled with trash and taken to ecomaine. 


City of Portland Design Manual Kick-Off Meeting

Please join staff from the City’s Planning and Urban Development Department for a virtual kick-off meeting to discuss and learn about the upcoming overhaul of the City’s Design Manual on Thursday, January 7, 2020.


Construction Activities at Peaks Island Parking Lot

Starting on December 29, 2020, weather permitting, the Department of Public Works, with R.E. Coleman Excavation will begin reconstruction work at the Peaks Island Parking Lot. Work will include construction of new parking areas, bicycle parking areas, repaving and restriping of the parking lot, and construction of a two-tiered retaining wall adjacent to Welch Street. 


Winter Skating and Sledding Conditions

View real-time condition updates for Portland's five skating ponds on our map, updated daily.


City’s Family Shelter Receives Generous Donation

Our Family Shelter received a generous donation from a Portland landlord last week. Mohammed Kargar, who owns several rental properties in Portland, wanted to increase his giving this year in light of the pandemic and its impact on people in Portland. He donated $4,000 to the Family Shelter. Thank you, Mr. Kargar! 


City's Forestry Crew Works to Remove Invasive Trees on Western Prom

The City’s Parks, Recreation & Facilities Department has been working on invasive tree removal improvements on the Western Promenade as outlined in the recent Western Prom Master Plan. Currently, City Forestry crews have two work areas, the southern viewshed across from the Western Cemetery and the Valley Street playground, community garden and dog park edges, technically part of the Western Promenade. Clearing on the southern view area includes opening up historic views of the Fore River that have been obscured by invasive Norway Maple for decades. 


Racial Equity Steering Committee to Host Public Comment Sessions

The Racial Equity Steering Committee will be hosting remote public comment sessions to solicit feedback on the ways that the City interacts with area agencies and organizations in the name of public safety. The next public comment session is January 14.


City of Portland Revaluation Project – Apartment and Commercial Property Valuation

The City of Portland has been undergoing a city-wide revaluation of all real property. We had originally intended to set new values for the FY21 tax roll, but the COVID-19 pandemic caused this to be delayed. This delay will allow project staff to review market and economic changes that have resulted from the pandemic. New assessed values for all properties will be adjusted for the Fiscal Year 2022 assessment roll. For more information click on the link in the headline. 


Portland Finalizes Shelter Spaces for Winter

Our Health & Human Services (HHS) Department has continued working diligently to ready emergency shelter beds for the winter season in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the anticipated impact on people experiencing homelessness. City staff worked tirelessly to come up with creative solutions to provide access to more shelter beds this winter than ever available before. The estimated number of beds to be available this winter is 293, up from 229 in past years. 


Help Save Portland’s Vital Small Businesses

Small, independent businesses need us now more than ever. The pandemic has bruised our local economy and, every day, more and more business owners face impossible decisions.

In December and the new year, Portland Downtown and Portland Buy Local are joining forces for a critical initiative we call Mission 3/65. The concept is simple: Pick 3. Spend 65. Support the businesses you love. Please join us this winter as we thank, celebrate, and uplift the locally owned businesses that are the heart and soul of Portland. Stay tuned for updates, reminders, and fun challenges. Let’s join together for Mission 3/65!


City Resumes Collection of Trash & Recycling on Holidays

We’re pleased to announce that we are able to resume the collection of trash and recycling on holidays. The updated holiday collection schedule can be found here. Those with Friday collection on Christmas and New Year’s Day will have their trash and recycling collected on each of the following Saturdays (December 26 and Jan 2). 


City Seeks Applicants for Vacancies on Several Boards & Committees, Including New Rent Board

The City Clerk is still seeking applications for several vacancies on various boards and committees. Click the link in the headline to find out more. Deadline for submission is December 28, 2020. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Appointments Committee Chairman, c/o City Clerk, 389 Congress Street, Portland ME 04101 or Applicants will be contacted for interviews.


We Want You to Know Snow & Be Prepared this Winter

A reminder for residents of critical winter storm operations information. Make sure you’re in the know when it comes to accessing DPW customer service, parking regulations, parking ban notifications, emergency alerts, and sidewalk snow removal. Click the link in the headline to read more.  


Snow Shoveling for Seniors 2020

Community volunteers help seniors shovel walkways, steps, and sidewalks for Portland residents over the age of 65 who are unable to clear the snow themselves, don't have family available to help, and can't afford to hire (or in some cases can't FIND) someone to shovel for them. Those interested in volunteering or seniors who need assistance should call Linda Weare at 207-541-6620 or email to for more information.



Ocean Avenue Closure from Parsons Street to Austin Street for Six Months

Work has begun on the City’s Mackworth, Ocean, Walton CSO Separation Phase 1. Ocean Avenue will be closed from Parsons Street to Austin Street for approximately six months. The contractor will be working within this zone between 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM Monday thru Friday. During the construction period the roadway will not be open to thru traffic and will only be open to residents one way at night and on weekends. For more info, click here 

Deering Corner Roundabout

Winter traffic control pattern at the intersection of Brighton Avenue, Deering Avenue, and Falmouth Street is in effect. For more info


Time to Register Your Dog!

State law requires you to license your dog each year. Register your dogs annually by January 31, 2021 to avoid the $25 late fee. Register at the City Clerk office or Online

Fees:  $6 per year; $11 unneutered/unspayed; $25 late fee.


Annual District Meetings Now Underway

The next and final district meeting is District 5 on Wednesday, January 6, 2020 @ 6:30 PM. Visit the Annual District Meetings website to learn more. Previous meeting recordings are also available on that page.  


We’re Hiring!

We’re currently seeking Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants, Unit Assistant, Maintenance Workers, Shelter Attendants, Police Officers, 911 Dispatchers, among other job opportunities. For more information, visit

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