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Posted on: November 24, 2020

City Staff Readying Implementation of Recently Passed Citizen Initiative Ordinances

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City of Portland staff are readying implementation of the five citizen initiative ordinances that were passed by Portland voters during the November 3 election. Public guidance and FAQs will roll out during week of November 30.

City of Portland staff are readying implementation of the five citizen initiative ordinances that were passed by Portland voters during the November 3 election. Staff has completed its legal review of Questions A (Minimum Wage), B (Facial Recogni...

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Council News
Posted on: November 19, 2020

Grants to Help Businesses Sustain Outdoor Winter Operations Now Available

The City of Portland’s Winter Business Sustainability Grant Program (WBSG) is being launched today, November 19. Offering grants of up to $10,000.

The City of Portland’s Winter Business Sustainability Grant Program (WBSG) is being launched today, November 19. Offering grants of up to $10,000, the Program’s purpose is to assist Portland businesses with the cost of maintaining a portion of their opera...

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Council News
Posted on: November 19, 2020

City Working on Implementation of Recently Passed Citizen Initiative Ordinances

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City of Portland staff continue to work on the implementation of the five citizen initiative ordinances that were passed by Portland voters during the November 3 election.

City of Portland staff continue to work on the implementation of the five citizen initiative ordinances that were passed by Portland voters during the November 3 election. Staff has completed its legal review of Questions A (Minimum Wage), B (Facial Recog...

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Council News
Posted on: November 18, 2020

City Installs Additional Public Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

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On Thursday, November 19 at 11:00 AM, Portland Mayor Kate Snyder and Councilor Spencer Thibodeau, Chair of the Sustainability and Transportation Committee, will unveil a new electric vehicle (EV) charging station in front of City Hall

On Thursday, November 19 at 11:00 AM, Portland Mayor Kate Snyder and Councilor Spencer Thibodeau, Chair of the Sustainability and Transportation Committee, will unveil a new electric vehicle (EV) charging station in front of Portland City Hall. It is one ...

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Council News
Posted on: November 13, 2020

City Seeks Applicants for Vacancies on Several Boards & Committees

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The City Clerk is seeking applications for several vacancies on various boards and committees. Additional information is available on the City’s website or by calling 207-874-8677. Deadline for submission is December 4, 2020.

The City Clerk is seeking applications for several vacancies on various boards and committees. The vacant positions are described below. Additional information is available on the City’s website or by calling 207-874-8677. Deadline for submission is Decem...

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Council News
Posted on: November 10, 2020

Council Gives Guidance on Two of the Recently Passed Referendum Questions Following Workshop

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The City Council issued guidance on two of the five recently passed citizen initiative referendum questions following a November 10 workshop and executive session. The Council went into executive session to get guidance from the City legal team.

The Portland City Council issued guidance on two of the five recently passed citizen initiative referendum questions following a November 10 workshop and executive session. The Council went into executive session to get guidance from the...

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Council News
Posted on: November 4, 2020

City Staff Analyzing Impacts of Referendum Questions

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City of Portland staff will begin analyzing the impacts of the citizen initiative referendum questions that passed at the polls yesterday during the November 3, 2020 election. Questions A, B, C, D, and F passed according to the unofficial election results

City of Portland staff will begin analyzing the impacts of the citizen initiative referendum questions that passed at the polls yesterday during the November 3, 2020 election. Questions A, B, C, D, and F passed according to the unofficial election results...

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Council News
Posted on: November 3, 2020

Unofficial Election Results for November 3, 2020 Election

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The unofficial results for the November 3, 2020 election are now available.

The unofficial results for the November 3, 2020 election are now available. 

View Election Results for Candidates

View Referendum Questions Results 

The outcomes of the following races were determined by Ranked Choice Voting:

City Council At...

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Council News
Posted on: November 2, 2020

City Sets Schedule for Remote Annual District Meetings

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The City of Portland’s annual district meetings will still be held this year, however remotely via Zoom. Mayor Snyder, City Councilors, the City Manager and staff will be available to discuss neighborhood issues and answer questions from the public.

The City of Portland’s annual district meetings will still be held this year, however remotely via Zoom. Mayor Snyder, City Councilors, the City Manager and staff will be available to discuss neighborhood issues and answer questions from the public.&n...

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Council News
Posted on: October 30, 2020

Tuesday, November 3 is Election Day

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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.

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 plent...

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Council News
Posted on: October 28, 2020

Council to Hold Hearing on Final Revised Land Use Code

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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.

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 (Portlan...

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Council News
Posted on: October 21, 2020

City Statement Regarding Use of Joyce House as Temporary Emergency Shelter

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County space offers dorm-like setting with many improvements for guests and continued access to nearby services; City could see an increase in 30 additional beds this winter.

On October 19, 2020, the City of Portland announced it was finalizing its plans on a three-pronged approach to increase the amount of shelter beds available in Portland this winter in light of necessary COVID-19 precautions and the loss ...

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Council News
Posted on: October 19, 2020

Portland Finalizing Plans for Additional Shelter Space Ahead of Winter

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The City of Portland’s Health & Human Services (HHS) Department has been working diligently to prepare for the winter season and the anticipated impact on people experiencing homelessness.

The City of Portland’s Health & Human Services (HHS) Department has been working diligently to prepare for the winter season and the anticipated impact on people experiencing homelessness. Staff is in the midst of finalizing its plan for shelter space...

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Council News
Posted on: October 19, 2020

City Extends Outdoor Operations to Further Assist Businesses During Pandemic

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In order to continue helping local businesses through the pandemic, the City Council approved a plan to allow restaurants and retailers to continue to operate outdoors on private property, public sidewalks, and in parking lanes until January 4,

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, pub...

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Council News
Posted on: October 16, 2020

City Manager Jennings Agrees to One-Year Contract Extension

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City Manager Jon Jennings’ has agreed to a one-year contract extension as part of his recent performance evaluation. The employment contract extension will go before the City Council for a first read during its Monday, October 19, 2020 meeting.

City Manager Jon Jennings’ has agreed to a one-year contract extension as part of his recent performance evaluation. The employment contract extension will go before the City Council for a first read during its Monday, October 19, 2020 meeting. The second...

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Council News
Posted on: October 16, 2020

New External Absentee Ballot Drop Box Now Available Outside Merrill Auditorium

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A new external ballot drop box has been installed for those wishing to drop off their completed absentee ballots. It is located outside of the Merrill Auditorium entrance for 24/7 ballot returns. Please remember to sign the back of the envelope.

A new external ballot drop box has been installed for those wishing to drop off their completed absentee ballots. It is located outside of the Merrill Auditorium entrance for 24/7 ballot returns. Please remember to sign the back of the envelope before dep...

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Council News
Posted on: October 13, 2020

Portland Expands Hours for Absentee Voting & Ballot Drop Box Ahead of November 3 Election

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In-person absentee voting is currently going on now in the City Clerk’s temporary office space in the Merrill Auditorium lobby via the Myrtle Street entrance. Regular hours are 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

In-person absentee voting is currently going on now in the City Clerk’s temporary office space in the Merrill Auditorium lobby via the Myrtle Street entrance. Regular hours are 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. 

 The Clerk’s Offi...

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Council News
Posted on: October 13, 2020

City Again Offering Grants and Loans to Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19

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Round three of the City of Portland’s COVID-19 grant and loan programs are being launched today. Eligibility has been relaxed for businesses that received more than $10,000 in COVID-19 Federal or State Funding and need more assistance.

Round three of the City of Portland’s COVID-19 grant and loan programs are being launched today. Eligibility has been relaxed for businesses that received more than $10,000 in COVID-19 Federal or State Funding and need more assistance. Previously this mad...

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Council News
Posted on: October 13, 2020

Mayor & Councilors Announce Opposition to Citizen Initiative Referendum Questions A - E

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Mayor Kate Snyder along with seven members of the City Council -- announce their opposition to five citizen initiative referendum questions on the November 3 ballot. The questions, known as A-E, propose extensive City ordinance changes.

Mayor Kate Snyder along with seven members of the City Council --Councilors Nick Mavodones, Jill Duson, Belinda Ray, Spencer Thibodeau, Tae Chong, Justin Costa, and Kim Cook -- announce their opposition to five citizen initiative referendum questions on t...

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Council News
Posted on: October 9, 2020

Council Approves New Leash Rules for Baxter Woods

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At its Monday, October 5, 2020 meeting, the City Council approved new leash rules for Baxter Woods.

On October 5, 2020, the City Council approved new leash rules for Baxter Woods. The full leash rules for all City properties can be found in Chapter 5 of the City Code.

After two years of public discussion at the Parks Commission, the Sustainability and Tr...

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Council News
Posted on: October 9, 2020

Council Approves Additional COVID-19 Rental & Business Assistance

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The City Council allocated additional funds in the amount of $524,669 to the Portland CARES Emergency Income Payment Program (rental assistance) program during its October 8, 2020 meeting and $100,000 for winter business assistance.

The City Council allocated additional funds in the amount of $524,669 to the Portland CARES Emergency Income Payment Program (rental assistance) program during its October 8, 2020 meeting. Before new applications can be accepted for rental assistance, app...

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Council News
Posted on: October 9, 2020

Trick-Or-Treating Guidance for Halloween 2020 In Light of COVID-19

Trick-Or-Treating Guidance for Halloween 2020

While the City of Portland does not control or sanction Halloween activities or Trick-or-Treating, it does want to make sure that residents are aware of this year’s safety guidelines should families choose to participate in Halloween 2020.

While the City of Portland does not control or sanction Halloween activities or Trick-or-Treating, it does want to make sure that residents are aware of this year’s safety guidelines should families choose to participate in Halloween 2020. The City is enc...

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Posted on: September 16, 2020

Portland and South Portland Release Joint Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, One Climate Future

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Portland and South Portland have released a draft of One Climate Future, a joint climate action and adaptation plan. One Climate Future is an innovative regional approach to climate action, bringing together two cities to meet shared climate commitments.

The Cities of Portland and South Portland have released a draft of One Climate Future, a joint climate action and adaptation plan. One Climate Future is an innovative regional approach to climate action, bringing together two cities to m...

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Posted on: September 10, 2020

Mayor Appoints 13 Members to Racial Equity Steering Committee

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Mayor Kate Snyder announced the appointment of 13 members to the Council’s newly formed Racial Equity Steering Committee during its September 9, 2020 meeting.

Mayor Kate Snyder announced the appointment of 13 members to the Council’s newly formed Racial Equity Steering Committee during its September 9, 2020 meeting. The Council established a Racial Equity Steering Committee as part of a resolution tha...

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Council News
Posted on: August 11, 2020

Council Seeks Applicants for Racial Equity Steering Committee

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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.

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 wh...

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Council News
Posted on: August 5, 2020

Council Limits Rental Housing Application Fees

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The Portland City Council approved a limitation on rental housing application fees during its August 3, 2020 meeting, which will be added to the City’s Code, Chapter 6, Buildings and Building Regulations, Section 223.1.

The Portland City Council approved a limitation on rental housing application fees during its August 3, 2020 meeting, which will be added to the City’s Code, Chapter 6, Buildings and Building Regulations, Section 223.1. The new ordinance prohibi...

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Council News
Posted on: July 30, 2020

Members of Public Encouraged to Apply for Charter Commission Council Appointee

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Members of the public who wish to be considered by the Charter Commission Ad Hoc Committee as one of the Council's appointees to the Charter Commission should apply by 12:00 PM on Monday, August 3.

The City Council’s newly created Charter Commission Ad Hoc Committee includes Mayor Snyder, Councilor Nick Mavodones, Councilor Pious Ali, and Councilor Tae Chong. 

The Ad Hoc Committee’s charge is to advance a slate of names f...

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Council News
Posted on: July 28, 2020

Council’s Ad Hoc Committee to Discuss Charter Commission Appointees During First Meeting

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The City Council’s newly created Charter Commission Ad Hoc Committee will hold its first meeting today, Tuesday, July 28 at 4:00 PM via Zoom. Committee members include Mayor Snyder, Councilor Nick Mavodones, Councilor Pious Ali, and Councilor Tae Chong.

The City Council’s newly created Charter Commission Ad Hoc Committee will hold its first meeting today, Tuesday, July 28 at 4:00 PM via Zoom. Committee members include Mayor Snyder, Councilor Nick Mavodones, Councilor Pious Ali, and Councilor Ta...

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Council News
Posted on: July 24, 2020

Ten Mixed-Income Housing Projects Totaling Almost 900 Units Currently in Pipeline

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In light of recent calls for the creation of more affordable housing in Portland, the City is sharing an overview of the affordable housing projects with almost 900 units that are currently in the pipeline and have support from the City Council.

Ten Mixed-Income Housing Projects Totaling Almost 900 Units Currently in Pipeline

City has not stopped working to create more affordable housing opportunities in Portland

In light of recent calls for the creation of more affordable housing in Portland, the ...

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Council News
Posted on: July 23, 2020

City Council to Hold Workshop on Monday, July 27

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The Portland City Council will host a remote workshop on Monday, July 27 at the end of its special meeting, which starts at 5:30 PM.

The Portland City Council will host a remote workshop on Monday, July 27 at the end of its special meeting, which starts at 5:30 PM. The workshop will discuss issues related to those experiencing homelessness, Deering Oaks Park, and City Hall Plaza. The r...

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Council News
Posted on: July 23, 2020

Council's Finance Committee Continues FY21 Budget Review Process on August 5, 2020

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The Portland City Council’s Finance Committee will continue its FY21 budget review process with a series of meetings starting on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 5:30 PM.

The Portland City Council’s Finance Committee will continue its FY21 budget review process with a series of meetings starting on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 5:30 PM. The meetings will take place remotely via Zoom and can be live-streamed at www...

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Council News
Posted on: July 23, 2020

Mayor Outlines Process for Establishing Charter Commission Members

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Mayor Kate Snyder and the Portland City Council will hold a special remote City Council meeting on Monday, July 27, 2020 at 5:30 PM for the purpose of voting on a resolution to create an Ad Hoc Committee.

Mayor Kate Snyder and the Portland City Council will hold a special remote City Council meeting on Monday, July 27, 2020 at 5:30 PM for the purpose of voting on a resolution to create an Ad Hoc Committee. The Ad Hoc Committee’s charge would be t...

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Council News
Posted on: July 22, 2020

City Continues to Serve Homeless People While Responding to Issues in Deering Oaks Park

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City staff, in conjunction with its community partners, will be providing additional outreach throughout Deering Oaks in an effort to encourage homeless individuals to seek overnight shelter and explain that day services are available.

The City of Portland continues to compassionately serve people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic, as follows:

  • The City is currently operating three (3) emergency shelters in accordance with CDC guidelines: the Oxford Street Shelter (OS...

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Council News
Posted on: July 16, 2020

City Council Passes Resolution Establishing a Racial Equity Steering Committee

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The City Council passed a resolution at its Monday, July 13, 2020 meeting that establishes a Racial Equity Steering Committee to develop recommendations in response to systemic inequities.

The City Council passed a resolution at its Monday, July 13, 2020 meeting that establishes a Racial Equity Steering Committee to develop recommendations in response to systemic inequities. 

The original resolution can be read here. Councilors Spen...

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Council News
Posted on: June 7, 2020

Mayor and City Councilors Hold Press Conference to Discuss Recent Demonstrations

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Mayor Kate Snyder and members of the Portland City Council held a press conference today at City Hall to discuss the recent demonstrations in Portland.

Mayor Kate Snyder and members of the Portland City Council held a press conference today at City Hall to discuss the recent demonstrations in Portland. They expressed support for the peaceful protests, the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as a commitm...

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Council News
Posted on: June 1, 2020

City Council Issues Proclamation Condemning Racism and Honoring Arbery, Taylor and Floyd

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Mayor Snyder and the Portland City Council issued a proclamation at their June 1, 2020 City Council meeting condemning racism and honoring Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.

Mayor Snyder and the Portland City Council issued a proclamation at their June 1, 2020 City Council meeting condemning racism and honoring Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.

PROCLAMATION CONDEMNING RACISM AND HONORING AHMAUD ARBERY, BREONNA TA...

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Council News
Posted on: April 10, 2020

City Council to Host Remote Workshop & Meeting on Monday, April 13

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On Monday, April 13, 2020 at 4:30 PM, the Portland City Council will conduct a remote workshop and a meeting at 5:30 PM.
The agenda for the workshop and meeting can be found by visiting www.portlandmaine.gov/agendas.

On Monday, April 13, 2020 at 4:30 PM, the Portland City Council will conduct a remote workshop and a meeting at 5:30 PM. Emergency legislation, Sec. G-1 MRSA §403-A, allows cities and towns to conduct meetings online during the State of Emergency...

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