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Posted on: December 7, 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. 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 December 28, 2020. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Appointments Committee Chairman, c/o City Clerk, 389 Congress Street, Portland ME 04101 or klj@portlandmaine.gov. Applicants will be contacted for interviews.

Planning Board – 3 seats
The Portland Planning Board has responsibility to recommend adoption and amendments to the comprehensive plan of the City of Portland, and to advise the City Council and Departments on implementation measures for the plan.  The Board has jurisdiction to hear, review and approve applications for development including site plans, subdivisions, street vacations, shoreland zone, and other regulations governing development as appropriate.  The Planning Board makes recommendations to the City Council on applications for zoning text and map amendments, contract rezonings, and amendments to or substantial revisions of the Zoning Ordinance.

Police Citizen Review – 1 seat
The Police Citizen Review Subcommittee (PCRS) is a subcommittee of the Civil Service Commission.  The PCRS has six commissioners and one alternate.  The PCRS will review the process of police investigations of citizens’ complaints, solicit public input on the police citizen complaint process, report to the City Manager on the results of their case review, and issue recommendations for improving the police investigation process, training and public confidence in the citizen complaint process. 

Qualifications: A resident of Portland and a person of good moral character.  Ability to be analytical and objective.  Good communication skills. 

Disqualifications: 
   
      1) Any present or former employee of the City, who was employed by the City within the previous 10 years.

      2) Any present or former member of the City Council who has held that position in the previous 10 years.

      3) Any Civil Service Commissioner who has completed 3 consecutive full terms of three years as provided in Chapter 2 Article III. arrested by a Portland police officer, filed a complaint with the internal affairs                unit alleging a civil rights violation or criminal offense, or brought suit against the Portland police department.  Check website for meeting times.

Rent Board - 7

Members of the Rent Board shall be residents of the city and shall not be officers or employees of the City or any of its agencies or departments.
Sec. 6-263-Jurisdiction and authority

  1. To hear, review, and approve or deny Landlord applications for rent increases greater than those allowed by the Rent Stabilization Ordinance;
  2. To hear, review, and approve or deny Landlord applications for increases in Base Rent due to the renovations or reconfiguration of existing Covered Units, as provided for in Section 6-234 above.
  3. To hear, review, and grant or deny appeals from Tenants regarding allocations violations of Maine Statutes regarding the habitability or residential units.
  4. To hear, review, and approve or deny any requests from Landlords for an extension of time in which to reinstate Tenants temporarily displaced due to the Landlords performance of necessary capital improvements to the Covered Unit and/or the building in which said unit is housed.
  5. To hear, review, and decide the appropriate outcome of all disputes arising between Landlords and Tenants on matters falling within the scope of Article XII of this Chapter, if both parties consent to such mediation and resolution by submitting the landlord/tenant dispute form, as maintained and edited by the Housing Safety Office, signed by both Landlord and tenant no later than fourteen (14) days before the date on which such a hearing shall be scheduled. 
  6. To impose such fines as are necessary and allowed for violations of the provisions of the Rent Stabilization Ordinance.
  7. To prepare and recommend to the City Council changes and amendments to the City’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance.
  8. To prepare an annual report on the state of the City’s rental unit availability, which shall be presented to the City Council as part of a regularly-scheduled public hearing.  This report shall include a summary of rents within each of the five (5) council wards.  Such reporting may or may not be done in conjunction with similar reporting required of the City’s Rental Housing Advisory Committee, as established by this Chapter. 
  9. To initiate changes and amendments to this Article, as well as to the city’s Rent Stabilization Ordinances. 

Rent Board consists of 7 members which will be selected from the following:
At-Large 2-seats (may be from anywhere in the city)
District 1 1-seat
District 2 1 seat
District 3 1 seat
District 4 1-seat
District 5 1-seat

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