In the wake of the tragic fire on Noyes Street that claimed the lives of six young people, the City of Portland has established a task force to review its inspections programs. The first phase is an internal review of city codes and ordinances. Following this work, the second phase involves task force review of fire and code inspections policies and practices as well as recently completed reports that were focused primarily on staffing levels. The task force will draft recommendations which will be shared by the Acting City Manager in her regular meetings with Neighborhood Association representatives for comment, and then forwarded to the Public Safety, Health and Human Services Committee for consideration in February 2015.
In January, 2010, the City Council established the Solid Waste Task Force to develop a five year plan to implement the policies and programs necessary to achieve the State of Maine's 50% recycling goal, including a cost analysis and a time line for achieving this goal.