City News Round Up for Friday, March 12

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City News Round Up for Friday, March 12


Please check our agenda center as Committees, Boards & Commissions continue to meet remotely. The City Council meets next on Monday, March 15 at 5:00 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. 


New information from Governor Mills regarding travel and reopening policies are available at Moving Maine Forward. To view the latest vaccine information, visit


2021 Virtual St. Patrick's Day

Portland’s Irish American Club is hosting this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade virtually. Get your best Irish finery on or stay in your fuzzy slippers, but join in the fun! Click the link in the headline and tune in on Sunday, March 14 at 12:00 PM. And don’t forget to set your clocks ahead Sunday morning for Daylight Savings time. 


New Leash Rules in Mayor Baxter Woods

The City Council passed new rules for off-leash dogs in Baxter Woods to better balance the varying uses of this beloved city property. Under the new rules, off-leash dogs (under voice control) are still welcome in Baxter Woods much of the year. However, as part of the rule changes, all dogs will be on-leash only from April 1 to July 31 during bird nesting season. Dogs will also be required to be on-leash at all times year-round in the Habitat Restoration Area (the Northern Carriage Path and all areas northward). You can read the specific rules in City Code here. 


TRAFFIC ALERT:  Exit 7 Ramp Closures Begin March 15

The City’s Back Cove South Storage Facility project is entering its next phase of work, which is to connect the existing utilities (new or replaced) within the intersection of Marginal Way and Franklin Street to the new storage tanks under the Preble Street playing fields. As a result, there will be an approximate eight week period of alternating closures to the on and off ramps of the I-295 Exit 7 interchange beginning March 15. The City will be placing variable message boards with the latest ramp closure information in the vicinity of the work. The ramp closures will vary during the eight week timeframe so motorists should pay attention to the message boards or make plans to seek alternate routes during this time. 

Share Your Thoughts on Our Five Year Community Development Plan

The Housing and Community Development Division has launched a survey to get feedback on the needs, goals, and priorities of the city. The purpose of this survey is to help write the Five-Year Consolidated Plan that is submitted to the Federal Government. The plan allows the City to continue to receive federal grant funding. Currently, the City receives about $3 million annually. This survey will be open until the end of May. Click the link in the headline to access the survey. 


Reminder:  Real Estate Taxes Due Friday, March 19

To check amounts due or to find your bill, please go click here. If you have any questions, please email or call 207-874-8490.


Portland Senior Tax Equity Program Applications Now Available 

The Portland Senior Tax Equity Program (PSTEP) is a local program that provides tax relief to low-income seniors in Portland by providing property tax or rent rebates for qualified applicants. The application period for the City of Portland program runs from January 29, 2021 and June 30, 2021. Find out more about the program, including the application, by clicking the link above. 


Join the Portland Youth Corps This Summer

Are you a 14 to 17-year-old Portland resident looking for something to do this summer?! Join the Portland Youth Corps! Spend your summer getting paid to volunteer in the parks of Portland, learning about the environment, and making new friends! FMI


CANCELED - Family Winter Recreation Throwdown

Due to lack of snow and warm weather conditions this week, we are unfortunately canceling the Family Winter Recreation Throwdown on March 13th. We look forward to offering this event again next year with better conditions!


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Independent Firm Begins Solicitation of Public Information Related to June Protest

The firm hired to conduct an internal affairs investigation related to the Portland Police Department’s response to a protest held in June 2020 is now soliciting feedback from the public as part of an effort to provide additional avenues of information gathering. Members of the public may submit information in a variety of ways, including anonymously. The goal of the investigation is to ensure the integrity of the Department was maintained throughout its response to the protest. Click the link in the headline to find out how to submit feedback. 


MaineHousing Emergency Rent Relief Program

The MaineHousing Emergency Rent Relief Program opened March 1. Maine has $200 million in rent relief funds from the federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Renters interested in applying can do so directly on the MaineHousing website. 

 We’re Hiring!

We’re currently seeking a Purchasing and Internal Audit Manager, seasonal Golf Course openings, multiple openings at the Barron Center, Parks & Recreation, Police Officers, and 911 Dispatchers (sign on Bonus Available), among other job opportunities. For more information, visit

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