City News Round Up for Friday, December 4

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City News Round Up for Friday, December 4

Please check our agenda center as Committees, Boards & Commissions continue to meet remotely. The Council meets next on Monday, December 7 at 12:00 PM for the Council Inauguration Ceremony and a regular business meeting.  

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 info@portlandmaine.gov

And thanks for remembering to Stay the Course to help prevent further spread of COVID-19.

Upcoming City Hall Closures:  We will be closed December 24, 25, 31, and January 1. 

Implementation Information for Recently Passed Citizen Initiative Referendum Ordinances Released

Today we released implementation information for the five citizen initiative ordinances that were passed by Portland voters at the November 3 election. The implementation plan follows the letter of the ordinances (known as Questions A, B, C, D, and F) as written and prepares City staff to administer new and applicable mandates, processes, and programs on December 6, 2020, when all but one of the new ordinances go into effect. To read today’s press release, click the link in the headline. To read the full guidance and FAQs, visit this page

We Want You to Know Snow & Be Prepared this Winter

In advance of the first winter storm this season, the City would like to remind residents of winter storm operations information. The Department of Public Works is ready for the season, in which they care for more than 560 lane miles of road, and the City’s Parks, Recreation & Facilities Department cares for more than 100 miles of sidewalks during and following snow storms. Make sure you’re in the know when it comes to accessing DPW customer service, parking regulations, parking ban notifications, emergency alerts, and snow removal. Click the link in the headline to read more.  

Snow Shoveling for Seniors 2020

The Snow Shoveling for Seniors program is being offered again this winter. Community volunteers are available to 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. Volunteers are not asked to shovel driveways or roofs. The idea is to clear a path so people can get in and out of their homes safely and to provide access for fuel deliveries, mail carriers, and emergency response personnel. The sidewalks are shoveled to help older residents comply with the City ordinance that requires homeowners to keep the sidewalk in front of their property free of ice and snow. Once a volunteer is matched with a senior in their neighborhood, they will shovel for that same person each time it snows throughout the winter. This is a volunteer program, so payment or tips are never accepted. Portland seniors can call Linda Weare at 541-6620 or email to lsw@portlandmaine.gov for more information and to request assistance.

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

Beginning December 7, 2020, the City’s Mackworth, Ocean, Walton CSO Separation Phase 1 project will enter Ocean Avenue at Mackworth Street. This work is part of the City's effort to reduce Combined Sewer Overflows into Back Cove. The work includes the installation of a new storm drain and the replacement of the existing sanitary sewer. 

 

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 the link in the headline. 

METRO Hosts Upcoming Public Meetings to Discuss Proposed Service Changes to Routes 1 & 8

METRO staff will provide information during two virtual meetings on December 8 to gather feedback on the proposed new bi-directional circulator route that could replace current service on the Portland Peninsula.

Mills Administration Continues Early Business Closing Time Amid Rising Cases, Hospitalizations

Extended to January 3, 2021 -- All outdoor and indoor amusement venues, movie theaters, performing arts venues, casinos, and businesses that provide seated food and drink service, including social clubs, restaurants, and bars and tasting rooms currently open for outdoor service, will close for the night by 9:00 PM. This limit on hours is designed to limit extended gatherings at a time when many students and family members are returning to Maine and at a time when social gatherings are more common, both of which will likely lead to more COVID-19 transmission.

Grants to Help Businesses Sustain Outdoor Winter Operations Now Available

The City of Portland’s Winter Business Sustainability Grant Program (WBSG) is offering grants of up to $10,000 to assist Portland businesses with the cost of maintaining a portion of their operations outside through the fall and winter, due to the pandemic. The program’s main objective is job retention. The application deadline is December 9, 2020 at 4:00 PM. 

Check Out the Live-Stream of the Monument Square Tree

Portland Downtown teamed up with Hood® Eggnog and Portland Public Library and launched something all new this year: a 24/7 live-streaming “tree cam” overlooking Monument Square. The Tree Cam creates a virtual window so that visitors locally – and across the globe – can enjoy the illuminated tree and its surroundings anytime, anywhere throughout the holiday season. Whether it’s at home, in the office, or in person – one of downtown’s most spectacular holiday sights will be just a click away!

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

Annual District Meetings Now Underway

The City’s annual district meetings are taking place now via Zoom. Mayor Snyder, City Councilors, the City Manager and staff will be available to discuss neighborhood issues and answer questions from the public. Click the link above to see the full schedule. District 1 had their meeting on Wednesday, December 2. The next meeting is District 3 on Thursday, December 10, 2020 @ 6:30 PM. Click here to join via Zoom. Passcode: 803418

Deering Corner Roundabout Project Update

Beginning Friday, December 4, the winter traffic control pattern at the intersection of Brighton Avenue, Deering Avenue, and Falmouth Street will go into effect. The southern leg of Brighton Avenue will be closed to all traffic. Access to Bedford Street will be accommodated via Deering Avenue. Free-flow traffic will be accommodated between the northern leg of Brighton Avenue and the southern leg of Deering Avenue. Full access along Falmouth Street will be restored, with stop signs at the intersection. The northern leg of Deering Avenue will remain closed; through traffic is encouraged to use an alternate route such as Forest Avenue. Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the winter. Pedestrians are encouraged to cross Deering Avenue at the newly installed flashing beacon near the USM Law building. This pattern will remain until about April 1, 2021, when construction will resume until the roundabout is completed in the summer/fall.

We’re Hiring!

We’re currently seeking a Parking Control Officers, Licensing and Housing Safety Manager, Water Resources Operations Manager, Facilities Coordinator, Police Officers, 911 Dispatchers, among other job opportunities. For more information, visit www.portlandmaine.gov/jobs



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