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Posted on: August 21, 2020

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Please check our agenda center as Committees, Boards & Commissions continue to meet remotely. The Council meets next on Monday, August 31 at 5:30 PM.

City Hall remains closed to the general public at this time. Staff continue to serve customers via email, phone, and virtual meetings. The City Clerk’s Office and Parking Office are open for walk-in service via our Myrtle Street entrance. The Treasury Office is processing auto and boat registrations by appointment only via our Congress Street side-entrance. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 page.  

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

Absentee Ballots will become available beginning in early October, request one today.

There a two ways to request your absentee ballot:
      *Call your Municipal Clerk’s office at 207-874-8610.
      *Online or by mail from the Secretary of State’s website:

Ballots must be returned to the municipal clerk no later than 8:00 PM on Election Day.

Make sure you sign the back of the envelope. You can drop your ballots off at Merrill Auditorium, where a drop box is always available for absentee ballots.

We would like to reassure the public that we have an excellent ongoing relationship with the Portland Post Office for delivery of ballots before election day. During election time, they provide us Saturday pick ups and they deliver ballots several times on election day to make sure ballots are received.  

Public Meeting - Fox Street Parking Change 
The City of Portland’s Department of Public Works (DPW) is seeking City Council approval to  eliminate on‐street parking on the northside of Fox Street (approximately 13 spaces), between  Anderson Street and Washington Avenue, in an effort to address the ongoing collision problem.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar, August 25, 5:30 PM

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Passcode: 495025

Traffic Alert: Forest Avenue (Route 302) between Riverside Street and Elmwood Avenue
Beginning Sunday, August 23 through Tuesday, August 25, Shaw Brothers will be milling Route 302 (Forest Avenue) between Riverside Street and Elmwood Avenue. Work will be done at night. There will be some alternating traffic and delays should be expected. This project is being done through MaineDOT. Project will continue in this section for approximately 2 weeks.

Traffic Alert: Washington Avenue between Riverside Street and Regan Lane
Beginning Monday, August 24, Pike Industries will be paving Washington Avenue between Regan Lane and Riverside Street starting at 7am. There will be alternating one-way traffic, expect delays. 

Western Prom-Danforth Street-Vaughn Street Geotechnical Investigation
The Department of Public Works will be conducting geotechnical investigations at various locations on Western Promenade, Danforth Street and Vaughn Street starting Monday, August 24. Northern Test Boring will have a drill rig onsite to conduct geotechnical borings and Ted Berry Company will be on site to complete test pits to determine the location of utilities as part of the design of an upcoming stormwater improvements project. This investigation work is scheduled to last about one week.

Mobile Medical Outreach in the Portland 
The Mobile Medical Outreach Project was piloted in May, 2017 as a collaborative effort between Portland’s Public Health Division and Fire Department to provide community-based support and resources for individuals experiencing homelessness and Substance Use Disorder. What started as a small team of five paramedics has grown to a team of thirteen. In addition to support and resources, the team offers low-barrier medical interventions under the guidance of their medical director Dr. Matt Sholl. Over the last three years, the project has contributed to a decrease in non-emergent calls to 911 - in turn, reducing costs to the Fire Department as well as local emergency departments. At this time the project is entirely grant funded through the Public Health Division. FMI about the project please contact Bridget Rauscher 

Council Seeks Applicants for Racial Equity Steering Committee
The Portland City Council established a Racial Equity Steering Committee as part of a resolution that it passed at its July 13, 2020 Council meeting. The Committee will be tasked with developing recommendations to the City Council regarding the ways in which city government should address and respond to institutional racism and structural inequities. Interested applicants must apply by noon on Monday, August 31. Click the link above to find out how to apply. 

Keep Up to Date with the FY21 Municipal Budget Process 
Given the significant revenue losses the City has faced in light of the pandemic, the City took several measures to reduce expenditures as it prepared the FY21 recommended budget. Despite getting some federal and state COVID-relief funds, the recommended budget includes cuts to services and positions given continued revenue losses combined with increasing costs outside of the City’s control.

Read the City Manager’s full budget letter, here. The Finance Committee held meetings on August 5, 6, and 12. It will conduct further review of the budget at a meeting on September 2. That meeting will provide an opportunity for public comment. The Council will host a budget workshop on September 14. The first read of the budget will take place at the Council’s September 9 meeting with the final vote expected at the September 21 meeting. To view agendas and budget materials, visit:

New Link for Permitting & Inspections and Planning & Urban Development Self-Service Portal (CSS)
Due to a recent software upgrade, our Citizen Self-Service portal for Permitting & Inspections and Planning and Urban Development activity has a new web address. We encourage you to update any bookmarks or favorites you may have if you are a frequent user of this site.

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