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Posted on: October 9, 2020

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Please check our agenda center as Committees, Boards & Commissions continue to meet remotely. The Council meets next on Monday, October 19 at 5:00 PM for the Mayor's State of the City Address and then a regular meeting at 5:30 PM. 

New next week:  Anyone coming to the Treasury Office for an appointment to process auto/ boat registrations should enter via the main entrance on Congress Street. No touch temperatures will be taken. We ask that you please not enter the building until it is time for your appointment. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 page.  

Any questions? Please call 207-874-8300 or email info@portlandmaine.gov

Trick or Treating Guidance for Halloween 2020 During COVID-19
While we do not control or sanction Halloween activities or Trick-or-Treating, we 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 encouraging anyone who decides to participate in trick-or-treating to be informed of the guidelines and do so safely in light of the ongoing pandemic and the need to prevent further spread of COVID-19. Click the link above for a list of safety tips for trick-or-treaters and those households that pass out candy.  

HOLIDAY TRASH & RECYCLING COLLECTION SCHEDULE CHANGE
As approved as part of the FY21 budget, we will be picking up trash only and not recycling on holidays. This goes into effect starting on Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Monday, October 12, 2020. Those residents affected can either hold their recycling until the following week or take it to Riverside Recycling. 

Please visit our Trash and Recycling Collection Web App to find what day of the week your trash and recycling is collected. First time here? Check out the Trash and Recycling Collection App User Guide.   

City Council Approves Additional Rental & Business COVID-19 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 as well as an additional $100,000 for winter business assistance. Click the link above to find out more information. 

Council Approves New Leash Rules for Baxter Woods
The new rules as approved by the Council during its October 5, 2020 meeting are: 

  • April 1 through July 31, annually:  Dogs on 8-foot leash at all times (to coincide with migratory bird nesting season). 
  • August 1 through March 31, annually:  Dogs permitted off-leash and under voice control from 5 AM to 9 AM, and from 3 PM to 10 PM. (From 9 AM to 3 PM, dogs must be on 8-foot leash).

COVID-19 INFO:  The Council Emergency order restricting off-leash dogs on all city properties between the hours of 10 AM and 5 PM remains in effect until October 19th, and is subject to extension by the City Council. Once the Emergency Order expires, these new rules will take place. City Parks Staff will engage in an educational campaign to inform park users of the new policies for a period of time prior to strict enforcement.

Portland Neighborhood Volunteers Needed to Shovel Snow for Elderly Neighbors
The Age-Friendly Portland Steering Committee is looking for volunteers willing to shovel snow for an elderly neighbor this winter. Neighborhood volunteer coordinators are also needed, to help match Portland residents aged 65+ with local volunteer groups and individuals willing to help with snow removal. Contact Linda Weare at the Portland Office of Elder Affairs at 207-541-6620 or email agefriendlycommunity@portlandmaine.gov with any questions you may have and/or to volunteer your time to help an elderly neighbor in need this winter. Many thanks!

Early In-Person Absentee Voting
People wishing to vote absentee in-person can do so in the City Clerk’s temporary office space in the Merrill Auditorium lobby via the Myrtle Street entrance. Hours are 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. The Clerk’s Office will offer late hours until 7:00 PM on Thursday, October 15 and 22, for ballot returns only. On Thursday, October 29, the City Clerk's office will remain open until 7:00 PM for voter registration, in-person absentee voting, and ballot returns. The last day to in-person absentee vote is Friday, October 30, 2020.  Please wear a mask when in-person voting. 

Completed ballots can be returned to the Clerk’s Office during business hours. Click the link in the headline for much more info, including sample ballots (now available!), citizen initiative referendum questions, polling locations, and more. 

If you are registered to vote and have not requested your absentee ballot yet, you can in-person absentee vote during the hours listed above. You do not need to bring anything with you. If you have already requested your absentee ballot, and now would like to vote in-person absentee, please wait for your ballot to arrive and then bring it with you to vote. 

On-Island Absentee Voting for Great Diamond and Cliff Island Residents
On Tuesday, October 20, Great Diamond and Cliff Island Residents may vote absentee on each of the islands.
Great Diamond Island Residents from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the DCHA Administration Building, and Cliff Island Residents from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the CIA Building.

Street Maintenance Signs Back In Effect October 1
The City’s Parking Division and Department of Public Works on October 1, Street Maintenance signs on streets went into effect. These restrictions are in effect from October 1 through May 31, except for area 3, The Old Port, where they are enforced year round. These signs are used not only for street sweeping operations, but for other street maintenance needs like tree removal/pruning, snow plow operations, and more. The City’s street sweeping program not only makes our streets look nicer, but collecting the debris protects our waterways and harbor. Click the link in the headline to see which areas have restrictions on what night. 

Annual Fall Curbside Collection of Leaf Bags/Yard Waste 
The City’s annual fall curbside collection of leaf bags/yard waste starts Monday, October 26 through Friday, November 20. The leaves must be in large, paper biodegradable leaf bags. Place the biodegradable leaf bags curbside on your normal trash day during the above dates and City crews will take care of the rest! 

Real Estate and Personal Property Tax Bills Now Available
Fiscal Year 21 Real Estate and Personal Property Tax Bills are now available online. The due dates are October 30, 2020 and March 19, 2021. Due to COVID-19, we highly encourage you to pay online or via mail and not in-person.
Property Tax Info
Citizen Self-Service Portal

The search is on! Help us find the perfect tree for Portland’s Monument Square.
Portland Downtown and the City of Portland are seeking the next “perfect tree” for Monument Square! The ideal tree will be evergreen, spruce, or fir; 45-60 feet tall; and relatively accessible for retrieval (free from power lines and other obstructions). The “winning” tree will be removed and transported from the owner’s property at no cost. Snap a few pics and submit your tree for consideration at portlandmaine.com/tree as soon as possible and no later than November 1.


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