City News Round Up for Friday, July 2

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  • Created 07/02/2021 12:01 EDT

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City News Round Up for Friday, July 2

Please check our agenda center as Committees, Boards & Commissions continue to meet remotely. The City Council meets next on July 7 and 8 for two executive sessions. Their next meeting is Monday, July 19 at 4:00 PM and 5:30 PM (two meetings in one night). 

 

Upcoming July 5 closure 

City offices will be closed Monday, July 5, 2021 in observance of Independence Day.

 

2021 Revaluation Process

The Assessor’s Office announced that revaluation notices were sent out Friday, July 2 as part of the City’s Revaluation Project. Property owners should receive them in the mail throughout the coming days. In the meantime, you can 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 this time, the estimated FY22 tax rate is $13.49, a decrease of $9.82.

 

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. 

 

Portland to Host Fireworks Only Display for Fourth of July

The display will be held on Sunday, July 4, in its usual spot on the Eastern Promenade with the fireworks set to go off around 9:15 PM. A rain date is scheduled for Monday, July 5. Please click the headline for additional information, including street closures. The fireworks will be livestreamed in conjunction with NewsCenter Maine.

 

First Friday Art Walk is Back!

The First Friday Art Walk begins tonight. Friday evening of every month, the city’s artists, galleries, and arts venues open up their doors for Portland’s thriving First Friday Art Walk.

 

No Household Hazardous Waste Collection in July at Riverside Recycling

Due to the 4th of July holiday, Riverside Recycling Facility will be closed on July 3, 4 and 5, so there will be no household hazardous waste collection in July. The next Household Hazardous Waste day will be August 7.

 

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.

 

Parks & Recreation Updates

The Deering Oaks Ravine has been repaired and repainted and is now open 7 days a week from roughly 10 AM - 7:30 PM. The Brown Tail Moth Treatment that occured in May in Deering Oaks was successful in reducing the amount of the insects in the Park. We are advising that Deering Oaks visitors can resume normal park activities but be mindful that the caterpillar hairs may still be present in the grass.

 

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

 

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

 

Sundays on the Boulevard Route Change

There is a route change for Sundays on the Boulevard. The change is due to the construction work closure on Baxter Boulevard from Payson Park to Vannah Ave (previous traffic advisory.) From June 27 through October 10, the only section of Baxter Boulevard that will be car-free on Sundays is between Payson Park and Bates Street. 

 

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.
  • East End Beach is open and the bathhouse is open and cleaned daily.

 

Updated Energy Code Went Into Effect July 1

The 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) went into effect in Portland on July 1, 2021. This will affect new residential and commercial construction, as well as many expansions and renovations of existing structures. Portland will be the first municipality in Maine and amongst the first in the nation to adopt this code which will dramatically increase the energy efficiency of new construction and significant renovations.

 

ReCode Portland:  Land Use Meets Transportation

The next 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.

 

 

**Construction Project Updates & Traffic Alerts**

 

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.  

  • Tuesday 7/6
    • Close Exit 9 On and Off
  • Wednesday 7/7
    • Close Exit 5A On and Exit 4 Off
    • Close Exit 8 Off
  • Thursday 7/8
    • Close Exit 5A On and 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 a Purchasing and Controls Manager in Finance, a Development Review Coordinator in Planning & Urban Development, Airport Maintenance Manager at the Jetport, and a Lead Paint Hazard Reduction Program Coordinator in Housing and Economic Development. For more information, visit www.portlandmaine.gov/jobs.

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