City News Round Up for Friday, June 25

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City News Round Up for Friday, June 25

Please check our agenda center as Committees, Boards & Commissions continue to meet remotely. The City Council meets next on Monday, June 28 at 5:00 PM for a workshop on the Racial Equity Steering Committee Report & Recommendations.

 

Upcoming July 5 closure 

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

 

First Friday Art Walk is Back!

Starting July 2, on the first 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.

 

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

Sundays on the Boulevard route change starts this Sunday, June 27. The route 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. Please reference the route map below which outlines the new route.

 

Portland Farmers Market Returns to Deering Oaks

On Saturday, June 26 (four days earlier than the planned date of June 30), the Portland Farmers Market will return to Deering Oaks Park due to accelerated construction schedules and the closure of Baxter Blvd for an important stormwater and sewer project. We hope you come visit them back in their home in the Oaks this Saturday!

 

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.

Charter Commission to Hold First Meeting June 28

The first organizational meeting of the Charter Commissioners will be held Monday, June 28, at 6:00 PM. The meeting will be conducted remotely via Zoom.

 

Mayor’s Next Monthly Zoom is June 29

Join Mayor Kate Snyder for her monthly zoom in which constituents can get recent updates from the Mayor and discuss any issues. Tuesday, June 29 at 12:00 PM. Zoom details here.

 

Updated Energy Code Goes Into Effect July 1

The 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) will go 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.

 

Public Bathrooms Map

We know there’s been a need for more public bathrooms in the city, and for the public to know where they are. Please see this new map which details those that are available. 

 

2021 Revaluation Process

Notices of new assessed property values will be mailed to all property owners at the end of next week. To learn more, click the link in the headline. Detailed information on this will be sent out next week. 

 

Portland to Host Fireworks Only Display for Fourth of July

We will host a fireworks only display for the Fourth of July this year. 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. Another news release will go out next week with information on street closures. 

 

Senior Tax Equity Program Applications Now Available

The deadline to apply for the 2021 tax year is June 30. Find out more about the program, including the application, by clicking the link above. 

 

**Construction Project Updates & Traffic Alerts**

 

Fuller Street from Ludlow to Hale street 

On Monday, June 28 Fuller Street will be closed for an emergency sewer repair. 

 

Rowe Avenue to be closed at Brighton Avenue 

On Tuesday, June 29, the City’s contractor, DDI Construction, will temporarily close Rowe Avenue at the Brighton Avenue Intersection. This is being done to facilitate the installation of a large diameter stormwater manhole at the mouth of the intersection. The contractor will need to bring in a specialized piece of equipment to make the installation due to the proximity of overhead electrical wires. Local traffic on Rowe Avenue is advised to access Brighton Avenue via Levia Street and Webb Street. For more information about the project and other project traffic advisories, please visit the project website

 

Baxter Boulevard

Baxter Boulevard is closed from Payson Park to Vannah Avenue. This first phase of closure is scheduled to last for the next 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 – 6/27

  • None

Monday – 6/28

  • Close Exit 5B On/Off, then 5A On/Off. Consecutive ramps will not be closed at the same time.

Tuesday – 6/29

  • None

Wednesday – 6/30

  • Close Exit 5A On/Off, then 4 Off. Consecutive ramps will not be closed at the same time.

Thursday – 7/1

  • Close Exit 6A On/Off, then 5B On/Off. Consecutive ramps will not be closed at the same time.

 

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 Safety and Training Officer in Public Works, an Accountant in Public Health, a Financial and Business Associate in IT, Playground Technician in Parks and Recreation. For more information, visit www.portlandmaine.gov/jobs.

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