City News Round Up for Friday, October 30

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City of Portland e-notifications

Please check our agenda center as Committees, Boards & Commissions continue to meet remotely. The Council meets next on Thursday November 5 at 5:30 PM for a workshop.

Any questions? Please call 207-874-8300 or email info@portlandmaine.gov

We hope everyone has a safe and happy halloween

 

Fast Facts:  

  • 32,531 absentee ballots have been requested and we've received back 28,389. Since Oct. 5:  6,337 voters have voted absentee in person. Thanks to everyone who has exercised their right! If you still have your ballot, it must be returned by 8 PM on Tuesday, November 3.
  • The City completed the procurement of a replacement letter of credit for the pension

obligation bonds (POBs). The new direct pay letter of credit from TD Bank will save taxpayers an additional $140,000 per year. In addition, S&P Global Ratings upgraded their dual rating on the City's pension obligation bonds to 'AAA/A-1+', which will result in lower remarketing costs and increase overall savings from this transaction. This rating is only for the POBs and does not change the S&P's underlying AA+ rating with a stable outlook on the City of Portland general obligation bonds. The City’s pension obligation bonds were originally issued in 2001 and the debt service payments require an increase of about $1M annually until final maturity of the bonds on June 1, 2026. 




Voting Information for November 3, 2020 Election

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 is Election Day! The City’s 11 polling locations will open at 7:00 AM and close at 8:00 PM. Polling locations will look different -- booths will be spread out, hand sanitizer and disinfectant spray will be plentiful, and election workers will have plexiglass barriers, face shields, and masks. Voters are encouraged to wear a mask or face covering when voting.

Don’t forget, if you requested an absentee ballot, it must be returned by 8 PM on Election Day to the Clerk’s Office at Merrill Auditorium or our outside drop box adjacent to the Merrill entrance. You cannot return your absentee ballot to your polling place. If you requested an absentee ballot, but now want to vote at your polling place on Election Day, you may do so as long as you have not returned your absentee ballot. 

Reminder that METRO is offering free rides all day on November 3. 

 

Annual Fall Curbside Collection of Leaf Bags/Yard Waste 

GOING ON NOW:  The City’s annual fall curbside collection of leaf bags/yard waste is Monday, October 26 through Friday, November 20. The leaves must be in large, paper biodegradable leaf 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! 

 

City's Rapid Rehousing Program to Serve 40 Individuals & 25 Families

Our Rapid Rehousing Program will soon serve an additional 40 individuals and 25 families thanks to a recent funding award from Maine Housing. The City is partnering with Amistad to operate the first program, identify the 40 individuals, and secure stable housing with follow up services to ensure the housing remains successful. The other program will be operated by the City at our Family Shelter, which is designed to support and provide follow up services to 25 families.   

 

We’re Hiring!

We’re currently seeking an Alternative Response Liaison, Substance Use Disorder Liaison, Shelter Attendants, Fire Alarm Systems Specialist, Police Officer, 911 Dispatcher, Director of Nutrition, Asset Management Technician, Airport Facilities, Technician Assistant II, Water Resources Operations Manager, an Administrative Assistant, among other job opportunities. For more information, visit www.portlandmaine.gov/jobs

 

Traffic Alert: Brighton Avenue

Starting Monday, November 2 - Friday, November 6, 2020, Eastern Excavation will be working in the street at 977 Brighton Avenue for sewer connections. This will impact traffic delays between Rand Road and Warwick Street from the hours of 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. Please seek an alternative route. 

 

Council to Hold Hearing on Final Revised Land Use Code

On Monday, November 9, the Portland City Council will hold a public hearing on Phase I of the City’s ReCode initiative, the City’s effort to streamline, modernize, and update its land use code to reflect the goals of the City’s comprehensive plan (Portland’s Plan 2030). The effort is the first rewriting of the City’s Land Use Code in more than 50 years.

 

​HOLIDAY TRASH & RECYCLING COLLECTION SCHEDULE CHANGE

As approved as part of the FY21 budget, we will be picking up trash only and not recycling on holidays. This went into effect starting on October 12. The next holiday is Wednesday, November 11 for Veterans Day. 

 

Those residents affected can either hold their recycling until the following week or take it to Riverside Recycling. Please visit our Trash and Recycling Collection Web App to find what day of the week your trash and recycling is collected. First time here? Check out the Trash and Recycling Collection App User Guide.  

 

Build Your Own Mini Merrill Auditorium!

Since you can’t go to the theater, we’ve got a mini Merrill Auditorium for you to make at school or home! This letter size Little Theatre of Merrill Auditorium will arrive ready to be cut out, colored and assembled. Watch the how-to video to put it together and use Portland Ovation’s step-by-step guide to write and stage your own stories for your tiny Merrill Auditorium! Suggested for ages 5 and up. Each ticket includes 1 Letter Size Little Theatre Activity Kit including printouts, adhesive labels, and instructions for assembly. Click the link above to get started. 

 

City Extends Outdoor Operations to Further Assist Businesses During Pandemic

In order to continue helping local businesses through the pandemic, the Portland City Council approved a plan during its October 19, 2020 meeting to allow restaurants and retailers to continue to operate outdoors on private property, public sidewalks, and in parking lanes until January 4, 2021.

 

On Monday, November 2, Public Works staff will begin reopening Exchange Street, Milk Street and closed sections of Dana Street and Wharf Street to vehicle traffic and parking. We've received 10 applications from businesses interested in continuing operating in parking

lanes through January. The deadline for that application is November 1. 



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