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Posted on: July 24, 2020

City News Round Up for Friday, July 24

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City News Round Up for Friday, July 24

Please check our agenda center as Committees, Boards & Commissions continue to meet remotely. The Council meets next on Monday, July 27 at 5:30 PM.  

City Hall remains closed to the general public at this time. Staff are working in the building, and continue to serve customers via email, phone, and virtual meetings. The in-person services we are currently open for include Treasury (vehicle registration and excise tax), City Clerk (birth, death, marriage certificates & elections and voting), and Parking (residential permit stickers). To view information on these services, please visit our COVID-19 page. 
We are working on opening up more in-person services by appointment only. Details will be released as soon as they become available. Any questions? Please call 207-874-8300 or email info@portlandmaine.gov

East End Beach
The East End Beach is back open! The test results from the first water sample came back well below the state threshold. Additional samples were taken and we will continue to monitor.

Mayor Outlines Process for Establishing Charter Commission Members
Mayor Kate Snyder and the Portland City Council will hold a special remote City Council meeting on Monday, July 27, 2020 at 5:30 PM for the purpose of voting on a resolution to create an Ad Hoc Committee. The Ad Hoc Committee’s charge would be to advance a slate of names for the Council’s consideration in response to the requirement that the Council appoint three members of the soon to be established Charter Commission. The City Council has 30 days in which to appoint these members. The Council will also determine the number and method to be used for electing the remaining voter members of the Commission.

Portland City Council to Hold Workshop on Monday, July 27
The Portland City Council will host a remote workshop on Monday, July 27 at the end of its special meeting, which starts at 5:30 PM. The workshop will discuss issues related to those experiencing homelessness, Deering Oaks Park, and City Hall Plaza. The remote log-in information can be found on the agenda by visiting portlandmaine.gov/agendas

Council’s Finance Committee Continues FY21 Buget Review on August 5
The City Council’s Finance Committee will continue its FY21 budget review process with a series of meetings starting on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 5:30 PM. The meetings will take place remotely via Zoom and can be live-streamed at www.portlandmaine.gov/livestream. The agenda materials can be found by visiting www.portlandmaine.gov/agendas. The Finance Committee will also meet remotely on Thursday, August 6 at 5:30 PM and Wednesday, August 12 at 5:30 PM. A scheduled public hearing will be held remotely during the Wednesday, September 2 Finance Committee meeting at 5:30 PM. 

Portland Fire Promotes Angela Calvo to Division Chief of EMS & Training
On Sunday, July 19, Portland Fire Chief Keith Gautreau announced that the Portland Fire Department promoted Lieutenant Angela Calvo to Division Chief of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Training. Calvo is the first woman to hold a Chief Officer rank in the Department’s 252 year history. Division Chief Calvo had been filling the role as Interim Division Chief of EMS & Training since September 1, 2019. 

City Continues to Serve Homeless People While Responding to Issues in Deering Oaks Park
The City of Portland continues to compassionately serve people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic while responding to issues at Deering Oaks Park. Please read this news release in full by clicking the link above. 

Irving, Sawyer, Bryant, Mayland Streets - Trash Must Be Out By 6:30 AM
Due to the road construction on Mayland St, our trash/recycling trucks can not get down there once the contractor is on site. The contractor will allow our trash trucks to go in first thing on Monday mornings. Please place your trash out by 6:30 AM. This is targeted to residents who live on Irving, Sawyer, Bryant, Mayland Streets. Three weeks from now, Mayland will be done and Mackworth will be worked on.  

City Hosts August 12 Blood Drive
Because our June 30 blood drive was such a success, we’re doing it again! Our next blood drive with the American Red Cross will be held on August 12, 2020 at Portland Ocean Gateway. Click the link above to find out more details and pre-register. 

City Reminds Residents of Overdose Recognition & Response
The Portland Police Department announced earlier this week that there has been a spike in fatal and non-fatal overdoses since May 1, 2020. The public should know that Narcan is available at pharmacies without a prescription. Additionally, the Portland Public Health Division offers no-cost Narcan as well as Overdose Recognition & Response training. For more information or to schedule a training and/or obtain Narcan, please contact Zoe Brokos, Substance Use Prevention & Harm Reduction Services Program Coordinator, at zop@portlandmaine.gov or (207) 756-8024.

The City is also deeply concerned about the public health consequences of used hypodermic needles being left on the street, in parks, and other public spaces, accessible to children and others. In the same May 1 to present time period, the City has collected more than 1,000 needles left in and out of sharps containers on public property. There are 20 community accessible sharps containers distributed throughout the city as an alternative option for safe disposal. Click here to view a map of where these containers are located. If anyone comes across discarded needles on public property they are urged to call the City’s Public Works Department at 207-874-8493 or submit a See Click Fix service request so a trained member of City staff can pick up and dispose of the needle(s) properly. 

If you or someone you know is using opioids, please familiarize yourself with the signs of an opioid-related overdose. This includes unresponsiveness, blue lips and/or fingernails, slow or no heartbeat, slow or no breathing, pale/clammy skin, and pinpoint pupils. If you suspect an overdose, please call 911 immediately and seek medical attention. Maine law protects people who seek medical assistance in such circumstances from being arrested or prosecuted for certain drug law violations.

Next ReCode Meeting to be Held July 28
On July 28, the Planning Board will hold a public hearing on ReCode Phase 1, where it will consider all 22 articles of the City’s redrafted Land Use Code, and will make its recommendation to the Portland City Council on its adoption. The entire draft code is now available for review. Click here to get started!

City Makes $500,000 Available for Rent Assistance for Portlanders Affected by COVID-19
In response to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the City of Portland will make available up to three months of rent, and up to $250 in utility assistance to alleviate the housing burden for low income households that have lost their employment income as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is designed to alleviate financial pressure on renter households and provide economic security to rental property owners.

Deadline for Portland Senior Tax Equity Program Extended to July 31 
The Portland Senior Tax Equity Program (PSTEP) is a local program that provides tax relief to low-income seniors in Portland by providing property tax or rent rebates for qualified applicants. The deadline to apply for the 2019 tax year, which was June 15, has been extended to July 31. Find out more about the program, including the application, by clicking the link above. 



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