City News Round Up for Friday, May 7

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City News Round Up for Friday, May 7


Please check our agenda center as Committees, Boards & Commissions continue to meet remotely. The City Council meets next on Monday, May 10 at 5:00 PM for a meeting, which includes a vote on the FY22 School Budget, and a workshop to follow. 


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


Thank you for remembering to Stay the Course to help prevent further spread of COVID-19. We encourage you to get vaccinated! All residents ages 16+ are eligible. Check out Maine CDC's COVID-19 Vaccination website to see where you can get vaccinated. 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. Several sites are now also offering walk-in service. 


Portland Public Health to Offer COVID-19 Vaccine at India Street Health Center

Portland Public Health will be offering the COVID-19 vaccine at its 103 India Street location starting next week, with the single dose Janssen vaccine from Johnson & Johnson available.


City Receives Three Proposals in Response to Homeless Services Center RFQ/P

We received three development proposals in response to the RFQ/P we issued to support construction of a new Homeless Services Center (HSC). City staff is currently reviewing the proposals and hope to present a recommendation to the Housing & Economic Development Committee during its May 18th meeting. Staff will be seeking direction from the Committee on the developer selection for the city to enter into an agreement to construct, own and manage the HSC. Following Committee direction, the Committee and full Council would still have approval over the final agreement with the selected developer. 


Pavement Restriping Program Gets Underway Next Week

Please be advised that street and crosswalk restriping work is beginning next week. Crews will be working daytime hours to take advantage of the warmer temps so the new paint can dry quicker. Weather is a factor as the painting work cannot occur when the street is wet or during a rain event. Motorists should use caution when going through these works zones for the safety of the crews doing the work. These are generally short duration work zones that crews will be moving quickly to complete and get out of everyone's way. 

Deering Oaks ADA Trail

Parks is finalizing the design documents for expanded ADA parking and a new accessible path to the Ravine Pool in Deering Oaks park. This path will bring visitors down from the Deering Oaks Playground ADA parking area to the larger pond edge, and under the stone bridge into the Pool space. Additional pathway repairs will be made to portions of path leading to Mellon street and around the south west edge of the pond area leading from the Ravine Pool towards the Mellon Street Path. MAP


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Portland Farmers’ Market Prepares For Temporary Move to Payson Park

Portland’s Parks, Recreation & Facilities Department has been working closely with the Portland Farmers’ Market to find a temporary home while Browntail Moth Caterpillars are most problematic within Deering Oaks Park. Payson Park will serve as the temporary location for the Farmers’ Market, starting on Wednesday, May 19, and concluding on Saturday, June 26, with the Market returning to Deering Oaks on Wednesday, June 30, 2021.


Absentee Voting Information For June 8 Special Municipal Election

Voters wishing to vote absentee in the June 8 Special Municipal Election for the Charter Commissioners and School Budget Referendum can request their absentee ballot now. The City is now offering a new online request form. For more information, click the headline. 


Sundays on the Boulevard

Sundays on the Boulevard is now in effect through October!


Casco Bay Garage Spring Cleaning Set for May 14

Casco Bay Garage Spring Cleaning is scheduled for the weekend beginning Friday, May 14. This will require all Casco Bay Parking Garage customers to vacate the garage from 8:00 PM Friday, May 14 through 5:00 PM Sunday, May 16


New Street Sweeping Web App

Street sweepers are currently making the rounds! To see where the street sweepers have been and to see when they are coming to your neighborhood, please click here to view our new web app. Please make sure to adhere to the daytime and overnight street maintenance regulation signs, if your neighborhood has them. If your neighborhood does not, we appreciate your help in not parking on the street overnight if you don’t need to.


 Current Survey Opportunities on Civil Space

Civil Space is our new digital town hall, 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 today. 


Make Sure Your Vehicle is Registered! Appointments Necessary

Make sure your car is registered on time! Our Treasury office is currently booking appointments roughly three weeks out. Don’t wait until it is too late. In-person service is by appointment only, please click here to book your appointment, or call 207-874-8491. If you are re-registering your vehicle with no changes to your previous registration, please use the State’s Rapid Renewal system.


Preble Street and Baxter Boulevard Reopened to Traffic

Crews will continue restoring the curbing, sidewalk and other items in the coming weeks, but vehicle access is now open. Please be aware there is a significant bump and a sign has been posted. 


Traffic Alert: Utility Work on Congress Street from Oak to High Street

Utility gas line work will be occurring on Monday, May 10 through Friday, May 28. Hours of work will be 7pm to 6am Monday night through Thursday night each week. Please seek an alternative route


Traffic Alert: Brighton Avenue between Taft Avenue and Riverside Street

Scheduled paving on Brighton Avenue between Taft Avenue and Riverside Street (Westbrook Townline) will begin on Monday, May 10. We are also hoping to strip the road on May 13 and 14. This is all weather permitting and could change. 

We will have Police and flaggers to help with our traffic control operations. There will be traffic delays throughout the day. Please seek an alternative route. 


Traffic Alert: Somerset Street Restoration Project Construction

Starting on Monday, May 17, The Department of Public Works, in coordination with the Maine DOT, will begin construction of the Somerset Street Restoration Project.

The project is expected to reach substantial completion within a four-month period, weather permitting. Please seek an alternate route. For more information please click the link in the headline. 


Traffic Alert: I-295 Exit 7 Ramp Closure Update

All Exit 7 on and off ramps remain closed and are expected to reopen on May 29. 


MaineDOT Announces Closure of 295 in October for Bridge Replacement Work

The Maine Department of Transportation will be closing I-295 over Veranda Street in Portland from 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 22nd to 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 25th. Veranda Street (under the bridge) will be closed from 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 18th to 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 25th. These closures are being done to accommodate the replacement of the Veranda Street Bridge. More communication from DOT will be forthcoming as we get closer to October. 


I-295 Repaving Work

MaineDOT ramp closures for repaving work on I-295 Southbound next week are as follows:

  • Sunday, May 9, closing Exit 6B and Exit 4 from 9pm – 6am.
  • Monday, May 10, closing Exit 6B for a portion of the night, then 6A. From 9pm – 6am. 
  • Tuesday, May 11, closing Exit 6A, then 5B. 9pm – 6am. 
  • Wednesday, May 12, we will be closing Exit 5B, then 5A. 9pm – 6am.
  • Thursday, May 13, we will be closing Exit 5A, then Exit 4. 9pm – 6am. 

Both ramps will never be closed at the same time.


We’re Hiring! 

We currently have  an opening for a Principal Financial Officer, multiple openings at the Jetport, Barron Center, Public Works, and Parks & Recreation. For more information, visit

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