City News Round Up for Friday, January 8

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City News Round Up for Friday, January 8


Please check our agenda center as Committees, Boards & Commissions continue to meet remotely. The Council meets next on Wednesday, January 20 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. With COVID-19 cases rising significantly in Maine, 


Portland City Council Denounces Recent Hate Crimes

Mayor Snyder and all members of the Portland City Council are denouncing a string of recent hate crimes in which residents in Portland and South Portland received dangerous and threatening hate letters in their mail on January 5 and January 7. The letters contained a satanic temple logo superimposed over a Pride flag followed by a deeply threatening homophobic slur. It appears the person(s) responsible may be targeting those who fly a Pride flag outside their home. The Mayor and Council are suggesting that residents and businesses fly a Pride flag outside their door to show that the city will not back down in fear of hate.


City Extends Emergency Proclamation & Outdoor Operations

In order to continue helping local businesses through the pandemic, the Portland City Council approved an extension of the City’s emergency proclamation as well as outdoor dining operations through May 10, 2021. This will allow restaurants and retailers to continue to operate outdoors on private property, public sidewalks, and in parking lanes. 


Second Round of Free PPE for Portland Businesses Now Available

In an effort to aid the small business community, we’re pleased to offer a second round of free personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies to small Portland businesses (30 or fewer employees) that physically interact with the public on a daily basis. As we continue to live within a pandemic, PPE (disposable masks, hand sanitizer, and surface disinfectant) is crucial for maintaining safe business operations. It is, however, impacting the budgets of small businesses when many are facing financial challenges. 

City of Portland Design Manual Kick-Off Meeting - *New Date*

Please join staff from the City’s Planning and Urban Development Department for a virtual kick-off meeting to discuss and learn about the upcoming overhaul of the City’s Design Manual on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 6:00 PM.


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.


Racial Equity Steering Committee to Host Public Comment Sessions

The Racial Equity Steering Committee will be hosting remote public comment sessions to solicit feedback on the ways that the City interacts with area agencies and organizations in the name of public safety. The next public comment session is January 14.


We Want You to Know Snow & Be Prepared this Winter

A reminder for residents of critical winter storm operations information. Make sure you’re in the know when it comes to accessing DPW customer service, parking regulations, parking ban notifications, emergency alerts, and sidewalk snow removal. Click the link in the headline to read more.  

Snow Shoveling for Seniors 2020

Community volunteers help seniors 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. Those interested in volunteering or seniors who need assistance should call Linda Weare at 207-541-6620 or email to for more information.


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 Water Resources Operations Manager, Water Resources Engineer, Full time Shelter Attendants, 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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