City News Round Up for Friday, July 23

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City News Round Up for Friday, July 23

Please check our agenda center for info on upcoming Committees, Boards, and Commissions meetings. The City Council meets next on Monday, July 26 at 5:00 PM for a workshop on the Shelter Referendum Question. This meeting will be held remote via Zoom.

 

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.

 

Portland Charter Commission Plans Public Hearing July 28

The Portland Charter Commission will hold an online public hearing July 28, 2021, at 6 p.m., to gather opinions and suggestions from city residents about their work.

 

Outside Firm Completes Internal Investigation Related to Protest Response

The outside firm the City of Portland hired to conduct an independent investigation related to the Portland Police Department’s response to a protest in June 2020 has completed its work and submitted a final report. The City hired CliftonLarsonAllen LLP (CLA) in February 2021. The focus of the investigation, as required by a majority of the City Council, was to ensure if the integrity of the Police Department was maintained throughout its response to the protest, which began the evening of June 1, 2020 and concluded early in the morning of June 2, 2020.  

 

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. 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.

 

Planning for One Portland

The final 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.

 

Fox Field Futsal Court Ribbon Cutting

The Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department will host a ribbon cutting for the Futsal Court that was recently completed at Fox Field on August 5 from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM. The event will feature remarks from Mayor Snyder, City staff, and community members and a futsal exhibition by local futsal players.

 

Revaluation Notices

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 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. 

 

Nomination Papers Available for November 2021 Election

The City Clerk’s Office is reminding Portland residents that nomination papers are available for several seats that are open for the November 2, 2021 Election. The deadline to return is no sooner than August 9, 2021 at 9:00 PM and no later than August 23, 2021 at 4:30 PM. 

 

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



**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. 

 

Marginal Way from Forest Avenue to Franklin Street 

Starting Monday, July 26 through Friday, July 30. We will be paving Marginal from Forest Avenue to Franklin Street. The Contractor is currently scheduled for no parking along this street for the entire week. This work is subject to weather impacts and may be delayed due to rain. There will be traffic impacts throughout the week due to this work and no parking for the entire length of the road. Pedestrian impacts should be minimal. 

 

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 – 7/25

  • Close Exit 9 On/Off

Monday – 7/26

  • Close Exit 8 Off

Tuesday – 7/27

  • None

Wednesday – 7/28

  • Close Exit 9 On/Off

Thursday – 7/29

  • Close Exit 9 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 Election Administrator, a Senior Engineer, a Human Service Specialist, a Project Manager and a Solid Waste Manager. For more information, visit www.portlandmaine.gov/jobs.

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