City News Round Up for Friday, February 19

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City News Round Up for Friday, February 19


Please check our agenda center as Committees, Boards & Commissions continue to meet remotely. The Council meets next on Monday, February 22 at 5:30 PM.


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


And thanks for remembering to Stay the Course to help prevent further spread of COVID-19. Be sure to check out this site as we recently updated it with information on when and how you can get the COVID-19 vaccine as well as a handy FAQ document about the available vaccines. 


Mayor's Next Monthly Zoom is February 24 at 8 AM

In addition to opportunities to engage at Council meetings, Council Committee meetings, via email, phone, through the Portland Alliance of Neighborhoods, etc., Mayor Kate Snyder has established a Monthly Zoom so that she can be available, hear from, and talk with anyone who wants to join her. She will stagger the day of week, and time of day, in hopes to connect with a broad range of people as the months pass. 

The February Zoom will be held on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 8:00 AM. Join Zoom Meeting (For call-in information, please go here). 

City Seeks Resettlement Coordinator to Assist Families at Family Shelter

The Health & Human Services Department is seeking a Resettlement Coordinator to assist families who are experiencing homelessness at the City’s Family Shelter, many of whom have recently arrived in Maine and are seeking asylum. This newly created position will coordinate reception and placement services to families as they arrive at the City’s Family Shelter as well as ongoing adjustment, orientation, and social services for eligible clients. The Resettlement Coordinator will work closely with state partners, surrounding municipalities, community organizations, churches, property owners, service providers and various City departments to coordinate services and facilitate self-sufficiency among clients. The position will assist with ensuring wrap around services are being provided to address the growing needs of the newly and recently arrived asylum seeking families through directing case coordination and referrals with municipal programs and external community partners.


Weekly HHS Service Data Now Available

Our Health & Human Services Department is now publishing its weekly service data for its programs on the HHS homepage. Click the link in the headline to view last week’s data. Numbers will be updated every Friday. 

Third Round of Free PPE Available for Small Businesses
The third round of free PPE is now available for small businesses. In an effort to aid the small business community, we’re offering free PPE supplies to small Portland businesses (30 or fewer employees) that physically interact with the public on a daily basis. Supplies will be available for pick up at Ocean Gateway on February 22 and 24. Those interested should click the link in the headline above to choose which date works best. 

Youth on Course Partners with Maine State Golf Association

Youth on Course Partners with Maine State Golf Association to Bring Life-Changing Opportunities to Junior Golfers. The partnership opens the door for Maine’s young golfers to access affordable rounds of golf at participating facilities, including Apple Valley Golf Course, JW Parks Golf Course, Barnes Brook Golf Course, Mars Hill Country Club, Turner Highlands Golf Course, Val Halla Golf Course, Riverside Golf Course, Bangor Municipal Golf Course, South Portland Municipal Golf Course, and Dutch Elm Golf Course where rounds will be offered for $5 or less. Additional courses will be added in the coming months. Juniors in the state ages 6-18 can sign up for a Youth on Course membership here:

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 Nomination Papers for Charter Commissioners Now Available
The City Clerk’s Office is alerting Portland residents that nomination papers are now available for Charter Commissioner seats. The deadline to turn in the nomination papers is March 29, 2021. Voters will elect Charter Commissioners on June 8, 2021. 


Browntail Moth Presence in Deering Oaks Park

A recent survey of the trees within Deering Oaks Park, conducted by the Maine Forest Service and the City’s Parks & Recreation staff, found that 313 of 316 trees have Browntail moth nests. Three heritage oaks recorded over 1,000 nests each, two oaks have between 500 and 1,000 nests, 23 oaks have between 100 and 500 nests and 285 oaks range from 1 to 100 nests across their canopy. Because of the public health risk associated with Browntail moths’ poisonous hairs, and the fact that this could lead to the death of many of these heritage trees, City staff is recommending to treat the infested trees by means of ground spraying/misting into the canopy during the first week of budbreak (the week of May 20). Parks closures will occur during the actual treatment and for one day following. To read more click the link in the headline. 


Celebrate 211 Month

211 Maine and the United Ways of Maine are pleased to announce the launch of a redesigned website, Finding help for complex needs like shelter, substance use, mental health, or food access can be challenging. Fortunately, 211 Maine is available to all Mainers, and now accessible through a new, user friendly website enabling visitors to initiate a search for help, day or night. 


Racial Equity Steering Committee to Accept Written Public Comments

The  Racial Equity Steering Committee (RESC) would like to learn about the public’s concerns, ideas, and recommendations regarding how the City of Portland addresses public safety and racial equity. RESC has hosted two in-person public comment sessions to gather input, but recognizes that in-person public comment may not feel accessible to all people in the community. Written public comments accepted through March 15.


Are you looking for fun ways to get outside and enjoy the winter?

Check out our newly updated Winter Recreation webpage and find out where in Portland you can go sledding, ice skating, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and fat tire biking! 

Unfortunately, we have not had the best conditions for winter recreation this season, so before heading out, check our Sledding, Skating and XC Skiing Conditions Map


We’re Hiring!

We’re currently seeking a Resettlement Coordinator, Firefighter/EMTs, Fleet Manager, Parking Control Officer, multiple openings at the Barron Center, Parks & Recreation, Police Officers, and 911 Dispatchers (sign on Bonus Available), among other job opportunities. For more information, visit

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