City News Round Up for Friday, September 3

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City News Round Up for Friday, September 3

Please check our agenda center for info on upcoming Committees, Boards, and Commissions meetings. The City Council meets next on Wednesday, September 8 at 5:00 PM via Zoom. 

 

Upcoming Closure 

City offices will be closed Monday, September 6, 2021 in observance of Labor Day.

 

FY22 Tax Bill Update

FY22 tax bills are expected to be posted on-line and mailed out the week of September 13. Taxes are due in two installments: The first half of tax amounts due is Friday, October 22, 2021. The second half of tax amounts due is Friday, March 18, 2022.

 

City of Portland releases Allowable Increase Percentage and Tax Rate Rent Adjustment

In accordance with Portland City Code, Chapter 6, Sec. 6-234(a), on September 1 the Housing Safety Office established and published the Allowable Increase Percentage and the Tax Rate Rent Adjustment for the following calendar year.

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Forestry Crew Hits New Milestone During Tree Planting Season

Our Forestry Crew hit a new milestone this year by planting a whopping 201 new trees during tree planting season, a season that generally takes place between May and June. During this time, the forestry crew usually plants an average of 150 trees throughout Portland. They plant a wide variety of native and exotic trees via a number of programs and they look to areas in Portland with the greatest need along with finding plantable spaces that can sustain a healthy tree. While the planting of 201 trees has become the new benchmark for the forestry team, the crews partly owe this record to the weather, which allowed them to get started a few weeks early this year. 

 

Barron Center Achieves Five-Star Medicare Rating

We are thrilled to announce that the Barron Center, the City’s 219-bed long-term skilled rehabilitation facility, has earned a five star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. CMS created the Five-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily and to help identify areas about which to ask questions. The Barron Center’s score improved from a three-star rating in 2019, no small feat in light of the pandemic. 

 

SURVEY TIME:  City Seeks Feedback from Public & Business Owners Regarding ARPA Funds

We’re looking for public feedback from the community regarding how to spend American Rescue Plan Act funds in Portland. We have two surveys now open. One for the general public and one specifically for business owners. Visit portland.civilspace.io today! The City Council will host a community workshop on September 13 to receive additional public feedback. 

 

Parks & Recreation Updates

Portland Harbor Common Meeting #2.  Join the Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department and the Planning and Urban Development Department to hear updates and provide your input on the new greenspace planned for Portland's eastern waterfront.

 

The Before and After the Bell Program has substantial waitlists for all 8 of the mainland Elementary School sites. If you are interested in registering your child for Before and After the Bell you can call our main office at 207-808-5400 and we can add you to the list for your school. Unfortunately until we get more staff in place we will not be able to move children off the waiting list and into these programs. We are actively hiring for Recreation Programmer 1's to work with us! Please click here to see the City of Portland's Employment Opportunity Page and apply to work with us. If you have any questions about what working as a Recreation Programer 1 please reach out to the Recreation Supervisor Karen Seymour at kseymour@portlandmaine.gov.

 

The Recreation Division is offering a variety of fall programs for kids and adults! Please click here to check out the 2021-2022 Recreation Brochure--registration is open for all programs.

 

Join the Portland Park Rangers for FREE OUTDOOR PROGRAMS in Deering Oaks EVERY SATURDAY through November! No registration needed, just show up. Groups will meet at 1pm by the bandstand. The whole family can enjoy getting out in the park with topics such as; nature hikes, bird watching, history tours, outdoor survival skills classes, and more! Additionally Rangers will also be leading unscheduled nature programs just for kids! These pop-up nature programs will begin at the Deering Oaks playground throughout the entire week! For more information, please email parks@portlandmaine.gov. 

 

Aquatics Update - Kiwanis pool closes for the season on Fri. Sept. 3. Riverton pool will be closed for repairs Aug 30-Sept 6. For info on fall swim lessons or pool schedules please visit our Aquatics page!

 

First Friday Summer Stage Series in Monument Square

Creative Portland is pleased to announce a new First Friday Art Walk Summer Stage in Monument Square to showcase Maine musicians and performance artists in Open Air Portland. The FREE concert series will take place LIVE on Friday, September 3, from 5-8pm. 



**Construction Project Updates & Traffic Alerts**

 

Veranda Street Bridge Update

On Tuesday, September 7, the Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) notified the City that the Maintenance of Traffic on Veranda Street for vehicles; will change from Phase 1 to Phase 2. The changeover for pedestrian traffic is currently in process. If you have any questions, please contact Scott Rollins from MaineDOT at scott.rollins@maine.gov

 

Traffic Alert - Forest Avenue from Congress Street to Park Avenue

Unitil will be working on Forest Avenue from Congress Street to Park Avenue beginning Tuesday, September 7 for  approximately six weeks.  There will be traffic detours during this time, please seek alternate routes. Any questions please contact  Bob Schnopp, Field Supervisor, NEUCO,  with any questions or concerns at 207-653-2808.

 

Traffic Alert - Additional Baxter Boulevard Traffic Impacts 

The next phase of the City’s Back Cove West Storage Conduit project is starting September 7. This critical infrastructure project is part of the City’s efforts to reduce combined sewer overflow into Portland’s harbor. The next phase includes the closure of Baxter Boulevard from Payson Park to Dartmouth Street. Vannah Avenue will also be closed from Clifton Street to Baxter Boulevard. This closure is scheduled to last until December 2022. Currently the Boulevard is closed from Payson Park to Vannah Avenue. Back Cove Trail will remain open during the entire construction project.  

 

The nearby sewer separation project on Ocean Avenue is nearing completion and should be wrapped up in November. Ocean Avenue will still be down to one lane during the day (approximately 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM) while they do construction work using flaggers. However, the road will be open to two-way traffic on nights and weekends.  

 

Fore Street Converted to One-Way Traffic

 

We’re Hiring! 

We currently have multiple openings across a variety of departments. Positions include: Program Coordinator, Oxford Street Shelter; Maintenance Worker, Solid Waste; Mechanic, Public Works; Behavioral Health Coordinator, Police; IT Help Desk Specialist, Information Technology; 911 Dispatcher; Director of Human Resources;  For more information and additional job opportunities , visit www.portlandmaine.gov/jobs.

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