City News Round Up for Friday, February 26

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City News Round Up for Friday, February 26


Please check our agenda center as Committees, Boards & Commissions continue to meet remotely. The City Council meets next on Monday, March 1 at 5:00 PM for a regular 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. 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. 


MaineHousing Emergency Rent Relief Program to Open March 1, 2021

MaineHousing has announced the Emergency Rent Relief Program will open March 1, 2021 at 12 PM. Maine has $200 million in rent relief funds from the federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program. This program will provide rental and utility relief payments to help eligible renters maintain housing stability. Maine’s Community Action Agencies will review applications, check eligibility, and process payments for eligible expenses on behalf of households.


Renters interested in applying can do so directly on the MaineHousing website, which will include an “Apply Now” button when the program opens. In the meantime, several additional program details are available. 


COVID-19 Vaccinations Available at Portland Expo Beginning March 2

Northern Light Mercy Hospital, which is operating the community vaccination clinic at the Portland Expo opening March 2, now has vaccination appointment openings available for next Tuesday and Thursday. Those who are eligible and interested in a vaccine appointment next week can register here:


Northern Light Mercy is also looking for volunteers to help run the Portland Expo vaccination clinic. Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to sign up.


City Seeks Applicants for Vacancies on Several Boards & Committees

The City Clerk is seeking applications for several vacancies on various boards and committees. Information is available on the City’s website or by calling 207-874-8677. Deadline for submission is March 12, 2021. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Nominating Committee Chair, c/o City Clerk, 389 Congress Street, Portland ME 04101 or Applicants will be contacted for interviews.


Traffic Alert: Preble Street Sewer Work

Sewer installation for the City of Portland’s Back Cove South Storage Facility has begun with the preparation for pipe installation in Preble Street, from the Back Cove soccer fields to Baxter Boulevard. Traffic control devices will be installed to provide for a safe work environment within the street and will be adjusted daily as work progresses.  Please adjust your driving accordingly when progressing through an active construction area.


Additional Preble Street Traffic Alert

Preble Street will be closed between Congress Street and Cumberland Avenue beginning March 1 through March 22 for the roof repair of the Time & Temp Building. Pedestrian access will still be permitted, and People’s United bank turnaround and drive-up area will remain accessible. The Metro bus will detour bus routes during the closure. Please seek an alternative route during this time. 


Public Meeting to Discuss Striping Changes on Elm Street

We’re developing plans for a project on Elm Street between Congress Street and Marginal Way. The street will be repaved, sections of sidewalk and curb will be repaired and the City is proposing a new striping pattern that aligns with the Bayside Master Plan.

A public meeting to review concepts and get important feedback will be held on March 11, 2021 at 5:00PM via Zoom. 

If you’d like to attend the meeting, please email Lauren Andersen, Project Manager, at Once the meeting is set up, a link and call in number will also be provided at the project website shown above. 

We look forward to hearing from you on this important project. If you are unable to attend but have questions or comments, please reach out to Lauren at the email above. 


Request for Qualifications/Proposals for the new Homeless Services Center

The Request for Qualifications/Proposals for the new Homeless Services Center, which was approved by the Housing & Economic Development Committee, is now advertised on the City’s website. Proposals will be accepted until 3:00PM on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at which time they will be opened and read. A copy of the RFP can be obtained by requesting it through the Purchasing Office at (207) 874-8654 or via e-mail at


Racial Equity Steering Committee Hosting Final Live Public Comment Session March 4

The Racial Equity Steering Committee (RESC) would like to learn about your concerns, ideas, and recommendations regarding how the City of Portland addresses public safety and racial equity. The Committee is hosting its final remote public comment session on Thursday, March 4 from 5 PM to 6 PM.  The RESC is asking the public: 1) What public safety issue or problem should the RESC address?; 2) What solutions or recommendations do you have to address this problem?


Registration for Portland Little League is now open! 

Portland residents can register their children for baseball, softball and t-ball at


Portland Police Department Makes Three New Hires

The Portland Police Department is pleased to announce that it has recently made three new hires for the following positions:  Alternative Response Liaison, Substance Use Disorder Liaison, and Media and Community Relations Liaison. The Alternative Response and Media and Community Relations liaisons are newly created positions, part of the Department’s continued commitment to progressive policing, community engagement, and transparency. The Substance Use Disorder Liaison position was filled after the first person to hold that role, Oliver Bradeen, recently left to become the new Executive Director at Milestone Recovery. 


Join the Portland Youth Corps This Summer

Are you a 14 to 17-year-old Portland resident looking for something to do this summer?! Join the Portland Youth Corps! Spend your summer getting paid to volunteer in the parks of Portland, learning about the environment, and making new friends! FMI


Family Winter Recreation Throwdown at the Riverside Golf Course

Are you looking for some outdoor family fun?! If so, sign up for our FREE Family Winter Recreation THROWDOWN at Riverside Golf Course on Saturday, March 13, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  Learn More


Want to hear more Parks & Recreation news, sign up for their Monthly Newsletter.


Nomination Papers for Charter Commissioners Now Available

The City Clerk’s Office is alerting Portland residents that nomination papers are now available for Charter Commissioner seats. The deadline to turn in the nomination papers is March 29, 2021. Voters will elect Charter Commissioners on June 8, 2021. 


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.


 We’re Hiring!

We’re currently seeking an Airport Facilities Manager, Resettlement Coordinator Program Manager, Fleet Manager, Treasury Cashier Clerk, 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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