Board of Assessment Review – 1 Full Board member and 2 Alternates
Responsibilities: The Board has power to grant property tax abatements pursuant to state law and to determine the tax exempt status of real and personal property. It functions in a quasi- judicial capacity and members must be able to hold public hearings, make findings of fact and conclusions of law in accordance with state law, and issue written decisions setting forth their findings and conclusions.
Qualifications: Members need the background necessary to be able to determine the value of real and personal property. Members should be familiar with the several geographical areas of the City, e.g. the waterfront, downtown, Munjoy Hill, Deering, etc.
Board of Appeals – 1 position
Responsibilities: Assists in the administration of the City’s Zoning ordinance by reviewing decisions of the Building Inspector, approving conditional uses and granting variances. The Board functions in a quasi-judicial capacity and members must be able to hold public hearings, make findings of fact and conclusions of law based upon applicable state and local zoning laws, and issue written decisions setting forth their findings and conclusions.
CDBG Allocation Committee- 2 positions
The City of Portland receives approximately $2.1 million annually of federal funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Community Development Block Grant. This group’s task will be to review and score funding applications for the CDBG program, and make recommendations to the City Council for the allocation of CDBG resources.
Responsibilities: Thoroughly review and score each funding application based upon identified priorities and agreed upon scoring criteria. As a result of deliberation and scoring, make recommendations for resource allocations to the City Manager and to the City Council, both in writing and in person at a scheduled Council Meeting.
Qualifications: The City is looking for a diverse group of Portland residents who are fair-minded and analytical. Background or knowledge of accounting or finance a plus. In order to minimize conflict of interest, no staff, board members, contractors or anyone receiving financial gain from an applicant’s proposal can participate on this committee.
Civil Service Commission - 1 position Employment Subcommittee
The Employment Subcommittee has three Commissioners and one alternate. The Employment Subcommittee approves written examinations for Civil Service testing and other elements of the testing process such as fitness and medical and job suitability exams, participates in oral interviews with candidates, and may hold hearings on discipline cases.
Qualifications:A resident of Portland and a person of good moral character. Although a familiarity with employment practices and the legal process would be helpful, they are not required. What is necessary is a desire to be involved in a critical but background role, a capacity for objective judgments, and good communication skills. Disqualifications: Anyone who is or has been a City employee or City Councilor or anyone who is a relative of a present member of the Police or Fire departments.
Landbank - 3 positions
The Land Bank Commission is responsible for identifying and protecting open space resources within the City of Portland. The Commission seeks to preserve a balance between development and conservation of open space important for wildlife, ecological, environmental, scenic or outdoor recreational values. The Commission responsibilities include: working for the acquisition and conservation of open space within the City; recommending to the City Council on a priority basis acquisition or conservation of significant properties; and the pursuit of gifts and funds from private and public sources for the acquisition of open space as approved by the City Council. The Commission has developed an inventory of open space resources within the City. It is engaged in an ongoing effort to proactively protect properties from development through easement, deed restriction, or acquisition.
Responsibilities: Pursue funding resources for the acquisition of open space; create an inventory of open space property in the city and make recommendations for the protection and/or acquisition of open space that is environmentally significant.
Meets on the first Thursday of each month at 5:00 P.M.
Housing Authority - 1 position
The Portland Housing Authority was established in 1943 to provide decent, safe, and sanitary housing for low-income citizens of the Greater Portland area. Today, it owns and manages twelve housing developments totaling 1,038 units, serving families, elderly, and persons with disabilities. This locally owned program operates with an annual $5.6 million dollar budget. In addition, the Authority administers the HUD Leased Housing Program that provides rent subsidies in the private market for qualified applicants. This program currently provides approximately 2,100 Section 8 vouchers to low-income residents and operates with an annual contract authority over $14 million dollars. Together these programs provide assistance to over 6,000 residents, which equal roughly 10% of Portland’s population. The Authority employs over 90 people to manage and operate these programs.
Portland Development Committee - 1 position
Responsibilities: Institute economic development programs in Portland, with particular emphasis on the Downtown area, to insure compliance to City’s goals, objectives and requirements. Review loan and underwriting applications for financing programs.
Qualifications: Some or all of the following experience is required: commercial financing, small business operations, commercial real estate, marketing, and have an interest or be active in economic development. 6 members must be either residents of, property owner in the City of Portland or have an ownership interest in a business that has its principal office in the City of Portland.
Parks Commission - 5 positions
The commission meets with director of Parks, Recreation & Facilities to review projects and proposals. The commission also receives citizen input to provide recommendations to the director of Parks, Recreation & Facilities and the City Council. Members must live in Portland.
Portland Public Art - 2 positions
The Portland Public Art Committee is responsible for administering the Public Art Program to preserve, restore and enhance the City-owned public art collection. The Committee develops and presents to the City Council an Annual Art Plan that recommends expenditures from the municipal percent-for-art allocation, reviews potential gifts of art to the City’s collection according the Guidelines for the Public Art Ordinance, seeks private donations to care for the public art collection, and recommends appropriate locations for the installation of permanent public art. Members must live or work in Portland. Experience, training or expertise in one of the following disciplines is desirable: architecture or landscape architecture, accomplishment as an artist, art curator, commercial real estate or development, and/or experience with foundations and development. Members are appointed to three-year terms.
Additional information is available in the City Clerk’s office, on the City’s website at www.portlandmaine.gov or at 874-8677. Deadline for submission is April 28, 2017. Please send a resume and cover letter to Appointments Committee Chairman, c/o City Clerk, 389 Congress Street, Portland ME 04101 or email@example.com. Applicants will be contacted for interviews.