City News Round Up for Friday, March 26

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City News Round Up for Friday, March 26

 

Please check our agenda center as Committees, Boards & Commissions continue to meet remotely. The City Council meets next on Monday, April 5, 2021 at 5:00 PM. The meeting includes the unveiling of City Manager Jon Jennings’ FY22 Recommended Municipal Budget. 

 

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 info@portlandmaine.gov. And thanks for remembering to Stay the Course to help prevent further spread of COVID-19 and get vaccinated when it’s your turn. 



COVID-19 Vaccination in Maine

Pre-Registration option now available for those 16 years and older. Check out Maine CDC's COVID-19 Vaccination website. Maine DHHS is offering free rides to COVID-19 vaccine clinics. People should call 1-855-608-5172 at least 48 hours before their appointment to reserve a ride.

 

Mayor’s Next Monthly Zoom is March 29

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

 

Congress Square Intersection Getting a Redesign

The Congress Square intersection is getting a facelift. Phase one of the redesign will reconfigure the intersection of Congress, High, and Free streets to improve traffic operations and safety, improve pedestrian accessibility, upgrade signal equipment, and provide streetscape improvements.

 

MaineHousing Landlord Forums

MaineHousing has announced a series of landlord forums to go over the details of the rent relief program, hear feedback and answer questions. The forums (each of which will have the same content) will be held via video conference call at the following times:

  • Tuesday, March 30: 9 am - 10:30 am
  • Wednesday, March 31: 3:30 pm - 5 pm

If you would like to attend one of the forums, click here to register.

 

Traffic Alert: Congress Street Underground Utility Work Begins

Beginning March 30, Congress Street will be reduced to one lane of travel between Gilman and Weymouth streets from 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Monday through Friday, to accommodate underground utility work associated with Maine Medical Center’s construction project.

Please seek an alternative route. If you have questions or comments about the project, please email MMCProjectContact@mmc.org

 

Traffic Alert: Tukey’s Bridge Work

The Maine Department of Transportation will be starting a project on Monday, March 29, 2021, that will have traffic impacts on Tukey's Bridge. They are anticipating completion by mid-June 2021. Access will be maintained to both Washington Avenue and Tukey Street however;  it will be reduced to one (1) 14' lane on the bridge while work is taking place. Additional closures may occur during the milling and paving days; more information will be shared once MaineDOT shares when those days will be. 

 

Traffic Alert: Deering's Corner Roundabout

The Deering's Corner Roundabout project at the intersection of Deering Avenue, Brighton Avenue, and Falmouth Street has resumed. Starting on Wednesday, April 7, the contractor will transition from the winter operations scheme, removing the jersey barriers. Falmouth Street will be closed at the intersection with Deering and Brighton avenues. The northern leg of Deering Avenue will remain closed at the intersection. These streets will remain open to local traffic only. All through traffic through the area should seek alternate routes. This traffic pattern is expected to be in place for 2-3 months, when the intersection can safely operate as a roundabout.  For more information on this project, go to the project webpage.

 

Check Out Our New Digital Town Hall & Take Our Surveys

We have a new digital town hall and gathering place:  Civil Space is the City's new hub to share, discuss, inform, and collaborate on creating sustainable solutions for important issues, challenges, and opportunities in our community. Visit portland.civilspace.io today to see our four current projects and the five surveys we have open. We look forward to gathering your feedback! And then check back often as we seek to engage you in new projects and survey opportunities. 

 

Vote Now for Portland Schools Custodian as Custodian of the Year!

Ocean Avenue Elementary School Custodian, Donna Colello, has been nominated nationally for the Cintas 2021 Custodian of the Year contest, and she has been judged as one of the top 10 finalists. Here is the link to vote today and through April 16 to help her and her school win recognition and prizes. Each person can vote once a day. Donna is the only custodian from the Northeast, and only one of two women!

 

Street Sweeping Reminder

Public Works crews will begin sweeping streets and sidewalks in the downtown area next week in preparation of the upcoming street closures for the outdoor dining and retail program. Please make sure to adhere to the daytime and overnight street maintenance regulation signs. Click the link in the headline to see which areas have restrictions and when they are. Crews will be moving into other areas over the next several weeks. 

 

Annual Spring Curbside Collection of Leaf Bags Is Coming Up

The City’s annual spring curbside collection of leaf bags/yard waste starts Monday, April 26 through Friday, May 7. The leaves must be in large, paper biodegradable leaf bags. We can not accept the clear compostable bags. Place the biodegradable leaf bags curbside on your normal trash day during the above dates and City crews will take care of the rest! 

 

Brighton Avenue Sewer Separation Start of Construction

Public Works would like to provide a status update regarding the Brighton Avenue Sewer Separation Project. The week of March 29, our contractor will start bringing equipment and materials to the site and will begin pavement saw cutting in preparation for utility installations.

Project work will typically run from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM during the project. 

Drivers and residents should expect lane closures and traffic delays on all project streets during construction hours. Once the construction work moves into Brighton Avenue, the contractor will reduce traffic to one open lane in each direction of travel between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM on a daily basis. For additional information and the preliminary schedule for the first month of the project, please click the link in the headline.

 

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. 

 

 We’re Hiring!

We’re currently seeking an Accountant-Public Health, Community Health Promotion, Firefighter/EMT, Purchasing and Internal Audit Manager, Seasonal Golf Course openings, multiple openings at the Barron Center, Parks & Recreation, and Public Works. For more information, visit www.portlandmaine.gov/jobs.

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