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Posted on: May 17, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Portland City Council Recap May 16, 2022

During its May 16, 2022 meeting, the City Council acted upon the following items. 

(Please note that Councilor April Fournier, At-Large, was not in attendance.)


  • Order 244-21/22 Appointing William Needelman a Class E Director of the  Portland Fish Exchange (Passed 8-0)


Fiscal Year 2023 Municipal Budget (First read - public hearing only. Second read and vote slated for June 6 meeting)

  • Orders 245-257 FY23 Municipal Budget (Orders 247, 248, 250,251, and 252 were postponed to June 6 meeting)

Fiscal Year 2023 School Budget

  • Order 237-21/22 Approving State/Local EPS Funding Allocation for Public Education from Kindergarten to Grade 12 for Portland Public Schools for Fiscal Year 2023 (Passed 8-0)
  • Order 238-21/22 Approving Non-State Funded School Construction Debt Service for Portland Schools for Fiscal Year 2023 (Passed 8-0)
  • Order 239-21/22 Raising and Appropriating Additional Local Funds for Portland Schools for Fiscal Year 2023 (Passed 7-1; Chong opposed)
  • Order 240-21/22 Approving Total School Operating Budget For Portland Schools for Fiscal Year 2023 (Passed 6-2 as amended; with an amendment by Councilor Rodriguez making the total school budget its original request of $126,407,899.00; Chong & Dion opposed)
  • Order 241-21/22 Appropriating and Raising Funds for Adult Education for Fiscal Year 2023 as required by the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-a §8603-a(1) (Passed 8-0)
  • Order 242-21/22 to Raise and Appropriate Local Funds for Food Service in the Portland Public Schools for Fiscal Year 2023 (Passed 8-0)
  • Order 243-21/22 Authorizing the Disposition of Any Additional State Subsidy Received for Portland Schools in Fiscal Year 2023 (Passed 8-0)

The referendum election on the school budget will be held Tuesday, June 14, 2022.

COMMUNICATIONS (No formal Council action)

  • Com 22-21/22 Presenting the Preliminary Report of the Charter Review Commission
  • Com 23-21/22 Board of Harbor Commissioners for Portland Harbor Notice of Pilot Rate & Capital Construction Fee Increase
  • Com 24-21/22 Administrative Policy re: the Collection and Publication of Written Public Comment 


  • Resolve 12 - Approving the City Council Code of Ethics (First read, no action)


  • Order 258-21/22 Accepting Benjamin Way as a City Way (Passed 8-0)

AMENDMENTS (First read, no action)

  • Order 259-21/22 Zoning Map Amendment for Riverton Park Campus from R-5 Residential to R-5a Residential & B-2 Community Business
  • Order 260-21/22 Amendment to the Portland City Code Chapter 14 Re: Permitted & Conditional Uses in Residential Zones & Allowing Places of Assembly as a Conditional Use in the R-5a zone
  • Order 261-21/22 Amendment to the Portland City Code Chapter 35 Re: Panic Alarms and Retail License Revisions 

The City Council’s next meeting will be held on Monday, June 6 at 5:00 PM. The City Council will meet in-person and remote participation via Zoom will be available. To view agendas, backup materials, and videos from past meetings, please visit 

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