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Posted on: October 2, 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 5 at 4:30 PM for a workshop and at 5:30 PM for a meeting.

City Hall remains closed to the general public at this time. Staff continue to serve customers via email, phone, and virtual meetings. The City Clerk’s Office and Parking Office are open for walk-in service via our Myrtle Street entrance. The Treasury Office is processing auto and boat registrations by appointment only via our Congress Street side-entrance. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 page.  

Any questions? Please call 207-874-8300 or email

Early In-Person Absentee Voting to Begin October 5 in Portland

Beginning Monday, October 5, 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. 

For those who have already requested their absentee ballot, ballots began going out in the mail this week so you should receive yours soon. Completed ballots can be returned to the Clerk’s Office starting on October 5 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. 

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.

Parking Meter Rate Increase

On October 1, Parking Meter rates increased to $2.00 per hour in accordance with the City Council’s adoption of the FY21 Budget.

Stay the Course, Portland + Free PPE For Small Businesses

We recently launched a new campaign to remind people to ‘Stay the Course’ to prevent further COVID-19 spread. Residents, businesses, and visitors to Portland are encouraged to visit for information related to the four pillars of keeping Portland healthy -- washing hands, wearing a mask, physical distancing, and avoiding large gatherings -- as well as information on where to get tested, latest updates from the City and City Hall services, FAQs, and downloadable resources for businesses and other organizations to use. 

Free PPE supplies are available for small businesses with fewer than 30 employees who routinely interact with the public. Visit the website to learn more or email to sign up and find out how to receive your supplies. 

Recode Phase I Heads to the City Council!

On Monday, October 5th, the City Council will hold a remote workshop and first read on ReCode Phase I, the City's initiative to rewrite the Land Use Code. At the workshop, the Council will consider all 22 articles of the revised Land Use Code, including associated height overlay maps, unanimously recommended by the Planning Board at their July 28th public hearing. Public comment is welcome and meeting materials, to be available the week prior to the workshop, will be accessible here.

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. 

Portland CARES Emergency Income Payment Program has ended.

As of October 1,2020 the Portland CARES Emergency Income Payment Program has ended. Applications received through October 1st will be processed on a first come first serve basis until all funds have been distributed.

Free Flu Vaccine Clinic on Monday, October 5 at City Hall

A free public flu clinic will be held at the following location and time:

Location:    City Hall, Room 24 (Myrtle Street entrance)

Date:        10/5/20

Time:         12:00-6:00 PM

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.  Bills were mailed out today, October 2. The due dates are October 30, 2020 and March 19, 2021.

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Police Citizen Review Subcommittee Issues 2019 Annual Report

The City’s Police Citizen Review Subcommittee finalized its 2019 Annual Report during its September 9, 2020 meeting. 

The PCRS reviews Internal Affairs investigations of alleged officer misconduct to determine if they are fair, thorough, timely and objective.The Subcommittee also makes recommendations to the City Manager for improvements or modifications in the Internal Affairs investigative process, policies, or training, as well as recommendations for enhancing public confidence in the methods and process of investigation. 

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 as soon as possible and no later than November 1.

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