City News Round Up for Friday, July 16

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City News Round Up for Friday, July 16

Please check our agenda center for info on upcoming Committees, Boards, and Commissions meetings. The City Council's next meeting is Monday, July 19 at 4:00 PM and 5:30 PM (two meetings in one night). These meetings will be held remote via Zoom.

 

Portland Among Top 10 Places to Live in U.S.

Portland is a 2021-2022 top place to live in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report! Our area was evaluated on the job market, housing affordability, quality of life, desirability and net migration ratings. 

 

Call for Artists, Bramhall Square

The Portland Public Art committee announces an open call for artists to submit qualifications for a new public artwork commission for the redesigned Bramhall Square Park in Portland, ME.  Artists with a connection to Maine are eligible to apply.
Deadline for applications is Friday, August 20, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

For more information, go to the Portland Public Art Program page.

 

Revaluation Notices

The revaluation notices have been mailed out as part of the City’s Revaluation Project. Property owners should have received them this week. You can also view your notice online, and schedule an appointment for an appeal. 

 

Once all appeals are heard and decided, new property values will be used for the Fiscal Year 2022 tax bills, expected to be mailed in early September. As the overall taxable value of the city has increased approximately 77% due to the revaluation, the tax rate will drop. At the time of our mailing, the estimated FY22 tax rate is $13.49, a decrease of $9.82. However, thanks to additional state revenue sharing and additional school funding, we expect the mil rate to drop even further. 

 

To schedule an informal appeal, property owners can click here or call 1-877-895-9675, from 8:30am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, starting Tuesday, July 6, 2021. All appeal appointments must be scheduled by July 21, 2021. The appeals will be conducted from July 12, 2021 through August 6, 2021. 

 

Parks & Recreation Updates

The Portland Youth Corps is wrapping up its first 4 week session this week. The crew has cleared invasive plants at multiple locations including Fort Gorges and completed trail work at Canco Woods, Evergreen Woods and Harbor View Park where they cleared a hillside path. They also spend some time improving the Deering Oaks Playground. A new session of the Portland Youth Corps will kick off on Monday July 19th. 

 

Portland Park Rangers have continued with clean up efforts this week at PATHS. If you would like to volunteer to help in this effort or any other Parks projects please reach out to Parks Conservancy Volunteer Coordinator at: volunteercoordinator@portlandparksconservancy.org

 

Portland Forestry marked the end of a successful tree planting season this week. The favorable planting conditions early in the season helped jumpstart the planting and staff were able to plant 201 trees which is roughly 15% more than an average year.

 

Before and After the Bell Registration for the 2021-2022 school year will start on Monday, July 12th 2021. 

 

Mayor’s Next Monthly Zoom is July 28

Join Mayor Kate Snyder for her monthly zoom in which constituents can get recent updates from the Mayor and discuss any issues. Wednesday, July 28 at 11:00 AM. Zoom details here.

 

Planning for One Portland

The fifth installment of Exploring Portland’s Plan is now available! This six part series focuses on different aspects of the land use code through the lens of Portland’s Plan.

 

Office of Economic Opportunity Needs Your Feedback

The Office of Economic Opportunity is seeking feedback so they can learn more in order to support inclusion efforts for those who live and work in Portland. While they welcome the input of everyone, their focus is in learning more about the lived experiences of Portland’s racial, ethnic and linguistic minorities. Survey available here

 

Plastic Bag Ban in Effect in Maine

As of July 1, single use plastic bags and polystyrene foam containers are banned in Maine. Don’t forget to bring your reusable bags to stores. Please note:  the purple PAYT trash bags are exempt and are still the way you need to dispose of your trash for weekly curbside collection.

 

The 6th Annual Fill-A-Backpack Challenge

It is that time of year again! This year, the Police Department & Regional Communications Center will hold the 6th Annual Fill-A-Backpack Challenge. In the first five years, the Fill-A-Backpack Challenge has gathered a little more than 1,200 backpacks for students in the Portland community. Also, we have collected extra supplies to provide teachers in the classroom. Collection will be held June 28th - August 12 with the drop off location being in the Police Headquarters lobby at 109 Middle St. If you have any questions, please email  cherylb@portlandmaine.gov

 

Seeking Donations for the Portland Opportunity Crew

We are once again partnering with our Health and Human Service Department to bring back the Portland Opportunity Crew program, which aims to connect individuals in need with temporary employment opportunities in Portland's parks and open spaces. Please click the link in the headline for more information.

 

Summer is Here! Cool Off at One of These Spaces

  • All splash pads are open daily 10 AM - 7 PM (Kiwanis Pool, Payson Playground, Peppermint Playground, Stone St Playground).
  • Kiwanis Pool is open daily for lap swimming and open community swims. 
  • Crews are currently repairing and painting Deering Oaks Ravine Wading Pool and it will be open the week after July 4th.

 

**Construction Project Updates & Traffic Alerts**

 

Rand and Larrabee Road

In the coming days, the Maine Department of Transportation, and Pan Am Railways are partnering to reconstruct a railroad crossing located on Route 25 (Rand Road) . Due to the nature of the work, vehicular and bicycle traffic will need to be detoured around the individual work sites while they are being constructed. 

 

Baxter Boulevard

Baxter Boulevard is closed from Payson Park to Vannah Avenue. This first phase of closure is scheduled to last for three months. The closure is necessary for the City to complete work on the Back Cove West Storage Conduit project, one of the City’s latest sewer separation projects to prevent combined sewer overflows from going into Back Cove. Back Cove Trail is open during construction. Ocean Ave is one way until the end of August.

I-295 Repaving Work

Upcoming ramp closures for I-295 Southbound are as follows. All closures will be 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM. Both ramps will never be closed at the same time.  

  • Sunday 7/18
    • None
  • Monday 7/19
    • None
  • Tuesday – 7/20
    • Close Exit 7 On, then 6B On and 6A Off
  • Wednesday – 7/21
    • Close Exit 7 On, then 6B On and 6A Off
  • Thursday – 7/22
    • Close Exit 5B On/Off, then 5A On/Off

 

 

We’re Hiring! 

We currently have multiple openings at the Jetport, Barron Center, Regional Communications Dispatch Center, Public Works, and Parks & Recreation. Additionally, we are looking for an Athletic Facilities Steward, Purchasing and Controls Manager, IT Service Desk Technician . For more information, visit www.portlandmaine.gov/jobs.

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