City News Round Up for Friday, February 12

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City News Round Up for Friday, February 12


Please check our agenda center as Committees, Boards & Commissions continue to meet remotely. The Council meets next on Monday, February 22 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. Vehicle registrations require an appointment, no walk-ins allowed. 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. Be sure to check out this site as we recently updated it with information on when and how you can get the COVID-19 vaccine as well as a handy FAQ document about the available vaccines. 


Browntail Moth Presence in Deering Oaks Park

A recent survey of the trees within Deering Oaks Park, conducted by the Maine Forest Service and the City’s Parks & Recreation staff, found that 313 of 316 trees have Browntail moth nests. Three heritage oaks recorded over 1,000 nests each, two oaks have between 500 and 1,000 nests, 23 oaks have between 100 and 500 nests and 285 oaks range from 1 to 100 nests across their canopy. Because of the public health risk associated with Browntail moths’ poisonous hairs, and the fact that this could lead to the death of many of these heritage trees, City staff is recommending to treat the infested trees by means of ground spraying/misting into the canopy during the first week of budbreak (the week of May 20). During the time of actual treatment, we will close the park to all guests for at least one day following the pesticide application. Per the Pesticide Use Ordinance, chapter 34-5 subsection d, this treatment plan is exempt and will not require a waiver. The City is also working with the Portland Farmers Market to relocate the Saturday market to Payson Park from May 17 through July 2, as well as working on a new location for the Wednesday market (which has been in Deering Oaks due to COVID safety requirements.) We’re committed to providing more detailed communications to the public ahead of and during this upcoming work. 


Celebrate 211 Month

211 Maine and the United Ways of Maine are pleased to announce the launch of a redesigned website, Finding help for complex needs like shelter, substance use, mental health, or food access can be challenging. Fortunately, 211 Maine is available to all Mainers, and now accessible through a new, user friendly website enabling visitors to initiate a search for help, day or night. 


City Launches Third Round of Free PPE Give-A-Way to Portland Businesses

The City of Portland is launching a third round of free PPE Give-A-Way for Portland’s small businesses. In an effort to aid the small business community, the City we’re offering free PPE supplies to small Portland businesses (30 or fewer employees) that physically interact with the public on a daily basis. Supplies will be available for pick up at Ocean Gateway on February 22 and 24. Those interested should click the link in the headline above to choose which date works best. 


City Selects Firm to Conduct Internal Investigation Related to Protest Response

The City has selected Clifton Larson Allen LLP (CLA) to conduct an internal affairs investigation related to the Portland Police Department’s response to a protest held in June 2020. The goal of the investigation is to ensure the integrity of the Department was maintained throughout its response to the protest, which began the evening of June 1, 2020 and concluded early in the morning of June 2, 2020. CLA is expected to provide the City with its report in three months time. 


Western Promenade Re-Vegetation & Rain Garden Design Updates

The Western Promenade master plan is being further implemented in the south sections of the Western Prom as part of the invasive species control of Norway Maples, and for viewshed thinning prescribed in the masterplan. Parks Recreation and Facilities is working on designs for strategic revegetation of the viewshed thinning areas, and collaborating with Public Works on new rain garden design elements along the drive.

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Stay Up to Date with Creative Portland

Sign up for Creative Portland’s monthly digital newsletter, and  cultural event calendar featuring updates, announcements, along with helpful resources from the local arts community. Go to Creative Portland's website and enter your email address at the bottom left hand corner. 

Nomination Papers for Charter Commissioners Now Available

The City Clerk’s Office is alerting Portland residents that nomination papers will be available for the Charter Commissioner seats on February 1, 2021. The deadline to turn in the nomination papers is March 29, 2021.


Be Smart with your Recycling, and Trash

Please have your trash and recycling curbside by 6:30 AM and pull it back from the curb by 8:00 PM on your service day. We ONLY collect City of Portland purple trash bags. Place the recycling cart 3 feet away from other objects such as trash bags and cans, cars, overhead obstructions, mailboxes and fire hydrants. Plastic bags, bubble wrap, and styrofoam are not recyclable in your curbside cart. Ask the 'recyclopedia' if you have questions of how to dispose of an item. For more information check out this webpage. 


Racial Equity Steering Committee to Accept Written Public Comments

The  Racial Equity Steering Committee (RESC) would like to learn about the public’s concerns, ideas, and recommendations regarding how the City of Portland addresses public safety and racial equity. RESC has hosted two in-person public comment sessions to gather input, but recognizes that in-person public comment may not feel accessible to all people in the community. Written public comments accepted through March 15.


Are you looking for fun ways to get outside and enjoy the winter?

Check out our newly updated Winter Recreation webpage and find out where in Portland you can go sledding, ice skating, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and fat tire biking! 

Unfortunately, we have not had the best conditions for winter recreation this season, so before heading out, check our Sledding, Skating and XC Skiing Conditions Map


We’re Hiring!

We’re currently seeking Parking Control Officer, Fleet Manager, multiple openings at the Barron Center, Parks & Recreation, Police Officers, and 911 Dispatchers (sign on Bonus Available), among other job opportunities. For more information, visit

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