City News Round Up for Friday, November 20

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City News Round Up for Friday, November 20

Please check our agenda center as Committees, Boards & Commissions continue to meet remotely. The Council meets next on Monday, November 23 at 5:00 PM for Workshop & Executive Session.

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. Any questions? Please call 207-874-8300 or email

City Hall and City buildings will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday. We hope everyone has a safe and healthy holiday! We will not be sending a Friday News Round Up on the 27th. 

With COVID-19 Cases Rising, Mills Administration Announces More Public Health and Safety Measures

Beginning Friday, November 20 through Sunday, December 6, all outdoor and indoor amusement venues, movie theaters, performing arts venues, casinos, and businesses that provide seated food and drink service, including social clubs, restaurants, and bars and tasting rooms currently open for outdoor service, will close for the night by 9:00 PM. This limit on hours is designed to limit extended gatherings at a time when many students and family members are returning to Maine and at a time when social gatherings are more common, both of which will likely lead to more COVID-19 transmission.


Celebrating Thanksgiving During COVID-19

Traditional Thanksgiving gatherings with family and friends are fun but can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu. The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to celebrate with people in your household. If you do plan to attend a gathering, bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups, and utensils; wear a mask, and safely store your mask while eating and drinking; avoid going in and out of the areas where food is being prepared or handled, such as in the kitchen; and use single-use options, like salad dressing and condiment packets. Click the link in the headline for more information and guidance from the CDC.


Schedule Change:  Trash Collection Only on Holidays

  • There will be no trash or recycling picked up on Thursday, November 26 (Thanksgiving Day). Those with Thursday collection will have their trash picked up on Saturday, November 28 -- But remember, it will be TRASH ONLY, NO RECYCLING!
  • Those with Friday collection will have their trash picked up on Friday, November 27, but it will be TRASH ONLY, NO RECYCLING!
  • Reminder:  Yard Waste Collection ended today, Friday, November 20. All excess leaves/yard waste should be taken to Riverside Recycling.


Street Maintenance Parking Regulations Update

The City will not be enforcing the street maintenance parking regulations during the week of November 23 in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday. There will be no ticketing or towing during this week. However, please note, regular enforcement will be back in effect from November 30 through May 31 (except in the Old Port, where the restrictions are enforced year round.) You can learn more about where these regulations are in place at the link in the headline. We thank you in advance for your cooperation as compliance is key to performing street sweeping, street maintenance, snow plowing, and more. 


Native American Heritage Day 

On November 27, 2009, Congress passed and the President signed legislation that established the Friday immediately following Thanksgiving Day of each year as Native American Heritage Day. Learn more at the link in the headline. 


REMINDER: Upcoming Blood Drive -- November 25

In this season of giving, please consider donating the gift of life.  Each unit of donated blood, has the potential of saving three lives. Our next blood drive with the American Red Cross will be held on November 25, 2020 8 am to 1 pm at Portland Ocean Gateway. Click the link above to find out more details and pre-register. 


Traffic Alert: Middle Street

On Monday, November 23, a new water service will be installed in the area of 45 Middle Street. Delays are possible. Please seek an alternative route. 


Check Out the Live-Stream of the Monument Square Tree

In lieu of our traditional tree lighting event, Portland Downtown teamed up with Hood® Eggnog and Portland Public Library to launch something all new this year: a 24/7 live-streaming “tree cam” overlooking Monument Square. The Tree Cam creates a virtual window so that visitors locally – and across the globe – can enjoy the illuminated tree and its surroundings anytime, anywhere throughout the holiday season. Whether it’s at home, in the office, or in person – one of downtown’s most spectacular holiday sights will be just a click away!


City Installs Additional Public Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

On Thursday, November 19, Portland Mayor Kate Snyder and Councilor Spencer Thibodeau, Chair of the Sustainability and Transportation Committee, unveiled a new electric vehicle (EV) charging station in front of Portland City Hall. It is one of several charging stations installed recently as part of the City’s efforts to support more sustainable transportation.


Grants to Help Businesses Sustain Outdoor Winter Operations Now Available

The City’s Winter Business Sustainability Grant Program (WBSG) was launched on Thursday, November 19. Offering grants of up to $10,000, the Program’s purpose is to assist Portland businesses with the cost of maintaining a portion of their operations outside through the fall and winter, due to the pandemic. The program’s main objective is job retention. 


City Working on Implementation of Recently Passed Citizen Initiative Ordinances

City staff continue to work on the implementation of the five citizen initiative ordinances that were passed by Portland voters during the November 3 election. Staff has completed its legal review of Questions A (Minimum Wage), B (Facial Recognition), and F (Marijuana), and has received Council guidance for implementing those ordinances. Question A will go into effect in January 2022, and Questions B and F will become effective on December 6. Click the link in the headline to find out more.


Fitzpatrick Stadium, Memorial Stadium and Athletic Fields Closed

Due to updated CDC Community Sports Guidelines, Fitzpatrick Stadium, Memorial Stadium and Athletic Fields are closed until December 14.


Time to Register Your Dog!

State law requires you to license your dog each year. Register your dogs annually by January 31, 2021 to avoid the $25 late fee. Register at the City Clerk office or Online

Fees:  $6 per year; $11 unneutered/unspayed; $25 late fee.


Annual District Meetings Now Underway

The City’s annual district meetings are taking place now via Zoom. Mayor Snyder, City Councilors, the City Manager and staff will be available to discuss neighborhood issues and answer questions from the public. Click the link above to see the full schedule. District 4 had their meeting on Wednesday, November 18. The next meeting is District 1 on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 @ 6:30 PM Click here to join via Zoom. Passcode: 878860


We’re Hiring!

We’re currently seeking a Public Works Program Coordinator, Assistant Treasurer, Director of Nutrition, Human Services positions, Shelter Attendants, Openings at the Barron Center, Police Officers, 911 Dispatcher, among other job opportunities. For more information, visit

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