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Posted on: October 16, 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. 

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

External Absentee Ballot Drop Box Now Available Outside Merrill Auditorium
external absentee ballot boxA 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 on Myrtle Street for 24/7 ballot returns. Please remember to sign the back of the envelope before depositing it in the ballot box. As long as your envelope is signed, the voter or a family member can drop it off for you. Absentee ballots must be returned to the city/town in which you reside. You cannot use the Merrill Auditorium drop box if you do not have a Portland ballot. Likewise, Portland residents must use this box and not one in another town. Ballots must be returned by 8:00 PM on Tuesday, November 3.


Native Plants Coming to Franklin Street Meadow
Bye, bye, tarps! Hello, native wildflowers! Portland Parks and Recreation and Maine Audubon, with support from Portland Pollinators, are partnering to create a meadow full of native plants that will benefit birds,
butterflies, Tarp rolland other wildlife in the media of Franklin Street. The plan is to lay out 300 plants, grown from seed or collected by Maine Audubon over the last two years specifically for this project. After these plants are in place, the area will also be supplemented with seed later in the fall. The established plants will ensure there will be some degree of color next year, since wildflower seed establishment usually takes a few years with only small blooms in the first year.



Mayor Snyder to Give Remote State of the City Address
Mayor Kate Snyder is set to give her first State of the City Address during a remote special city council meeting on Monday, October 19, 2020 at 5:00 PM. To access the meeting, visit the meeting agenda for the Zoom link

City Manager Jennings Agrees to One-Year Contract Extension
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 reading will be held at the Monday, November 9, 2020 meeting. Jennings’ current contract is set to conclude July 12, 2021. If approved by the Council it would now conclude on July 12, 2022. 

Traffic Alert: Brighton Avenue
Coastal Road Repair will be shimming Brighton Avenue from the Westbrook Town Line to Taft Avenue on Tuesday, October 20 and Wednesday, October 21.
Due to this operation there will be some lane closures and traffic delays. We will be utilizing the Police to help control traffic at the intersections. Seek Alternate Route, if possible, to avoid delays.

Traffic Alert: Deering's Corner Roundabout
Shaw Brothers will be paving the intersection of Deering Avenue - Falmouth Street - Brighton Avenue and the segments of Deering Avenue and Bedford Street near Bedford Park next week on Tuesday, October 20 or Wednesday, October 21. Closures on Falmouth Street and the northern leg of Deering Avenue will continue. Seek Alternate Route, if possible, to avoid delays use Forest Avenue where possible. 

City Again Offering Grants and Loans to Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19
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 made many businesses ineligible to apply. In addition, the maximum grant amounts have been increased for two of the programs. All three programs are offered to small Portland businesses that have been impacted by the pandemic. 

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 went into effect starting on October 12. 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.  

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!

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.

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. 

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