City News Round Up for Friday, January 22

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City News Round Up for Friday, January 22


Please check our agenda center as Committees, Boards & Commissions continue to meet remotely. The Council meets next on Wednesday, January 25 at 5:30 PM for a workshop on the FY22 budget. 

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. With COVID-19 cases rising significantly in Maine.


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.


Mayor Snyder Launches Monthly Community Zoom for Feedback

In addition to opportunities to engage at Council meetings, Council Committee meetings, via email, phone, through the Portland Alliance of Neighborhoods, etc., Mayor Kate Snyder is establishing a Monthly Zoom so that she can be available, hear from, and talk with anyone who wants to join her. She will stagger the day of week, and time of day, in hopes to connect with a broad range of people as the months pass. 

The first one will be: Thursday, January 28th at 11:00 AM. Her hope is that this gives anyone who works an afternoon or evening shift a chance to join. The February meeting will be either late afternoon or evening. And then it will alternate going forward. 

Details for joining on 1/28 at 11am are here (Meeting ID: 874 2604 2172, Passcode: 743071)


City of Portland Committed to Providing Essential Public Health Services

Our commitment to providing essential public health services through our Needle Exchange Program remains strong as evidenced by the number of clients we serve and the services we offer seven days a week, in two locations with more than 40 hours of operation. We’ve issued a press release to share the following information regarding the current operation and policies of the Exchange so the community has a better understanding of the ways in which it provides syringe exchange and harm reduction services. Please click the headline link above to learn more.


City Reminds Business Owners of Plastic Straw Ordinance

The City of Portland is reminding business owners of its ordinance that prohibits the distribution of plastic straws. Beginning April 1, 2020, restaurants and other food establishments were able to provide customers with a plastic straw by request only. As of January 1, 2021, the Plastic Straw Ordinance prohibits the distribution of plastic straws, stirrers, and splash sticks.  


City Updates Interpretation of Rent Control Ordinance

We’ve released additional clarification to our official interpretation of the rent control ordinance, passed by voters in November 2020. The City first released its guidance on December 4. In response to questions received from members of the public, the City has provided clarification that the rent control ordinance applies to both long-term and short-term rentals. As such, short-term rentals will have to submit newly-required information annually, abide by the caps placed on rent increases, and follow many of the other mandates outlined in the ordinance. Click the link in the headline for a list of FAQs. 


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 on your normal trash collection day 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. 


Winter Skating and Sledding Conditions

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


Register Your Dog By January 31!

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.


We’re Hiring!

We’re currently seeking Openings at the Barron Center, Openings at Parks & Recreation, Police Officers, 911 Dispatchers, among other job opportunities. For more information, visit

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