City News Round Up for Friday, January 29

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City News Round Up for Friday, January 29


Please check our agenda center as Committees, Boards & Commissions continue to meet remotely. The Council meets next on Monday, February 1 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. 


Nomination Papers for Charter Commissioners Available February 1

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.


Portland Celebrates Graduation of the 2021 Natural Helpers Cohort

The City’s Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) is honored to announce the graduation of its second cohort of the Natural Helper program. Twelve individuals, representing eight countries of origin, from Angola to Peru, successfully completed four full days of training. OEO launched the Natural Helpers Leadership Program in February 2020, a national best practice, to connect community members to resources and opportunities in order to foster a greater sense of belonging in all aspects of life in Portland.


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 8pm 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. 


City Updates Public Regarding COVID-19 Efforts

We issued a comprehensive press release this week so the public is aware of our continued efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, manage outbreaks, and our planning efforts to provide vaccination opportunities to the public. The City’s public health campaign,, continues to offer educational information and materials related to slowing the spread and information on when and how people can get vaccinated. Public Health staff added additional FAQ information this week related to how the two currently available COVID-19 vaccines work. Additionally, the City’s Elder Advocate is available to assist seniors through the vaccination process. Click the link in the headline to find out more. 


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.


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.  


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


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 IT Systems Administrator, Mechanic, Permitting & Inspections Customer Associate, multiple openings at the Barron Center and Parks & Recreation, Police Officers, 911 Dispatchers (sign on Bonus Available), among other job opportunities. For more information, visit

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