Community Newsletter

Issue #307

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The City of South Portland recently issued a face covering mandate for all public buildings effective Monday, January 24. This web page is intended to provide additional information about the mandate, resources, and information as to how to report compliance complaints. Read More

Due to a recent weather-related water leak, several city hall offices have been temporarily reorganized while construction is ongoing to repair the affected areas.    Please use the following entrances to access offices at City Hall:
Front Door (Cottage Rd Entrance Across from Linscott Real Estate)
• City Clerk’s Office (voter registration, birth/death certificates, etc.) (first floor)
• SPC-TV (second floor)
• Executive Office (second floor)
NOTE: Persons with disabilities or mobility concerns should instead use the elevator at the rear entrance of the building, where they will be able to access SPC-TV and the Executive Office. Such individuals requiring City Clerk services should proceed instead to the Finance Department and a representative from the Clerk’s Office will come over to provide assistance.

Back Door (Ocean St Parking Lot Entrance)
• Finance Department (for tax payments, vehicle registrations, etc.) (first floor)

Appointment Only
• Human Resources (207-767-7682)
• Social Services (207-767-7617)
• Information Services (IS)

Residents can also visit www.southportland.org and click on the “Online Services” link for a listing of services than can be transacted online.

Signs have been posted at all entrances of City Hall to inform visitors.   For more information on the situation, please read the press release here

Starting February 1, 2022, the City Council changed its meeting schedule.  Instead of holding weekly meetings that include workshops, the Council will be breaking out its regular business meetings from its workshops and holding meetings and workshops on alternating weeks. All meetings and workshops will continue to be held on Tuesdays at 6:30pm. 

For February, the meeting schedule will look like this:
  • February 1:  City Council Meeting (Goal Setting)
  • February 8:  City Council Workshop
  • February 15: City Council Meeting
  • February 22: City Council Workshop
No formal Council action is taken during workshop discussions.  A reminder that workshop discussion public comment is limited to two minutes per speaker.  For regular Council meetings, the public is invited to attend and comment on each agenda item and/or during Citizen Discussion Part I or Part II for up to 5 minutes.  Check out the City Calendar on the City's website for more information and the schedule going forward. 
The City of South Portland is accepting pre-applications from local organizations that wish to receive grant funding to help address impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. The City will distribute up to $3.4 million in the coming months to applicants that are able to demonstrate their program will address one of the forty-two (42) eligible uses of these funds. Pre-Applications for the first cycle of funds are due by 4 p.m. on February 14, 2022. Read More
Property Tax Assistance Program

Applications MUST be RECEIVED by May 1, 2022. If you have any questions or need assistance completing the application, please contact Vicki Inman at 767-7609. Click here to download the application and view the FAQs.  Remember a new application must be submitted each year.  
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Treasury & Collections, Vehicle and Boat Registration

Tax bills have been mailed out and we are finding the post office is running behind on delivery. If you have not received your 3rd quarter bill by February 4th please email finance@southportland.org and we will look up your payment due by February 17th. You can also look up and pay your taxes online by clicking "Pay Bills Online". Read More
The AARP Tax Aide Program is accepting appointments. Please call (207) 518-8579 to schedule an appointment.
The City Council is seeking people to serve on a number of city committees. There is a committee for everyone's interest!  If you are interested in applying, please click here for more information: https://www.southportland.org/our-city/board-and-committees/ 

Apply Now

For a comprehensive look at our winter operations, and further information on how you can help us during these tough Maine winters, please download our Winter Operations brochure.

Sand Buckets for Seniors

Winter means snow and ice and, invariably, an increased risk of falling. A new program for 2019 from South Portland Public Works and Age Friendly South Portland hopes to make winter a little safer. Seniors (aged 65+) and any other residents with mobility challenges can receive a five gallon bucket of sand/salt mix, delivered to their home, to help maintain their steps and walkways. To order your Sand Bucket, please call Public Works (207) 767-7635, or email publicworks@southportland.org. Sand Buckets for Seniors is a free service, with costs being underwritten by the Senior Steering Implementation Committee, South Portland Public Works, and South Portland Professional Firefighters Local 1476. Stay safe!

Snow Shoveling Volunteers Needed to Assist Seniors
Interested in providing snow-removal assistance to seniors this winter season? Age Friendly South Portland (AFSP) is seeking volunteers who are willing to help shovel critical walkways and pathways around the residences of our senior neighbors who are unable to do so themselves.

Together, let’s help our senior community thrive and be prepared during the winter months. To sign up to become a snow-shoveling volunteer, please complete the following form: https://forms.gle/Cr3TWj87o7t1vnFk7

As senior residents request snow-shoveling services, AFSP will be in touch with volunteers, upon their acceptance and approval by the program, individually to match them with their assigned household(s) and provide any additional specifications or details related to requests.

Extremely cold weather is expected over the next few days. The City is offering Warming Centers at the Main Branch Library, Community Center and Redbank Community Center. These areas will be open as "warming centers" during normal hours of operation (should severe weather cause extended loss of power or other emergency, extending hours of operation would be considered)  -- come in and get warm!
Please remember that masks are required in all City buildings.
The new Transfer Station permit stickers have arrived for 2022! Get yours at Municipal Services or City Hall by providing two forms of proof of residency (preferably your driver's license and vehicle's registration). See below for additional info:

New Residential stickers are orange and are valid until 12/31/23. Limit 2 per residence (the first one is free; the second is $5.)

New this year, property owners who do not reside in South Portland but are permitted to use the Transfer Facility for disposing of yard waste (no other use is permitted) from their South Portland properties will have their own (brown) sticker. Property owners must obtain a sticker by showing two forms of proof of property ownership, as well as your vehicle registration. 2022 Property owner stickers are valid until December 31, 2023.

Landscape contractors may use our facility for disposal of landscape debris (leaves, grass clippings and brush) from South Portland residential properties. A Contractor's permit must be obtained for an annual fee of $150. (Additional permits cost $20 per vehicle.) Contractors must show proof that the material they are disposing of is from a South Portland resident by providing the resident’s permit number. 2020 Stickers (blue) will expire on December 31, 2021. 2022 Landscape Contractor stickers (green) are now available from Municipal Services or City Hall, and are valid until December 31, 2022.
Congratulations to all winners of the 2021 South Portland Business & Economic Development Awards who were recognized at the virtual awards ceremony held on February 10, 2022!  See the list of all winners here... 
The Cumberland County HOME Consortium (CCHC) is conducting a survey to collect updated information on the housing needs of residents in Cumberland County and the greater Portland region. This effort is needed to ensure that the CCHC continues to receive valuable funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
You can access the survey online at: https://www.research.net/r/CumberlandCounty2021AI
This survey closes on March 15.
This survey is designed for all residents of Cumberland County and the greater Portland region to help provide insight on their housing needs, access to opportunity, and barriers to housing choice. The survey asks for residents to detail their experience finding and securing their current housing, the extent to which they feel they have access to opportunity in both their neighborhood and community, and to gauge their personal experience with fair housing issues and knowledge of fair housing rights.

The survey is also available in Spanish, French, Portuguese, Somali, and Arabic.

If you have any questions about this planning process or need other accommodations to take the survey, please contact hello@rootpolicy.com or 970-880-1415.
City Hall and certain other municipal buildings will be closed on Monday, February 21  for Presidents' Day.
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