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South Portland Community Newsletter

Issue 274

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Wednesday's trash & recycling will be collected on January 4. All other days will remain a normal schedule. 

Curbside Christmas tree collection will begin on Monday, January 6 and run for about 2 weeks (weather permitting).  
Notice from Public Works:

The Transfer Facility has a new fee schedule effective November 1, 2019. 

The Transfer Facility will require resident permit stickers starting January 2020.  These stickers are now available at Public Works (Municipal Services Facility, 929 Highland Avenue) and at City Hall (25 Cottage Road).  

To obtain your resident Transfer Facility sticker: 
Please bring both your driver's license and vehicle registration as proof of South Portland residency. Limit 2 stickers per residence. The first sticker is free; the second costs $5.00.

Contractor Stickers:
Contractor's stickers are also available, and cost $150.00 (additional stickers are $20 per vehicle). A contractor's permit authorizes the contractor to dispose of yard debris from a South Portland residence. No other use is permitted. The residence being serviced will also require a permit, and its permit number must be referenced at the time of disposal.

Please click here to view the new fee schedule and review information regarding the new sticker system. 
The City's Winter Parking Ban is in effect from December 1 to April 1. During the winter months, public parking lots at Waterman Drive and the Boat Launch at Bug Light Park are available for city residents and their guests to temporarily park during the winter parking ban.   Residents and guests are asked to move their cars as soon as possible from these locations after storms so that the areas may be plowed.

Sec. 23-12. Prohibited placement of snow and ice
Effective December 3, 2019, with the passage of Ordinance #11:
No person shall remove, or cause to be removed, any snow or ice from any private property and place, or cause to be placed, the same on any public street or sidewalk. No person shall remove, or cause to be removed, any snow or ice from any private property and place, or cause to be placed, the same on any public or private property located across the street from that person’s lot or parcel of land. A property owner utilizing an agent or contractor for snow and/or ice removal is liable for the actions of the property owner’s agent or contractor.
Here are some ways that you can help to make a winter storm event easier on both yourself and on the Public Works Crews:
  •  Make sure your vehicle is ready for winter driving conditions (snow or all season tires, good wiper blades, a good battery, added weight in the trunk, etc.);
  • Allow yourself additional driving time to arrive at your destination;
  • Reduce speed (even 4x4's have difficulty stopping on ice);
  • Watch for black ice, especially on bridges and overpasses. Always take caution when traveling in these areas;
  • Do not drive during storms unless it is absolutely necessary;
  • Leave adequate distance, at least 200 feet, whenever following a piece of snow removal equipment;
  • When a storm is imminent, please remove vehicles from roadsides, so crews can perform their services effectively. The Public Works Department can perform a more thorough job in a lot less time if vehicles are not parked on the streets and roadways.
  • Be patient and courteous. Everyone around you is under the same conditions and stress that you are experiencing.
A new program 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!
City of South Portland
2020 Community Development Block Grant
Applications are now available

Applications are now available for City of South Portland 2020 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding and can be found on the City of South Portland website at: https://www.southportland.org/departments/community-development/cdbg-program-information-applications/
Funds come from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development. Eligible projects include public facilities and infrastructure, housing, economic development, planning, and public services. Projects should primarily benefit low-moderate income communities or individuals/households.
Program staff are available to discuss project ideas, answer application questions, and make site visits. 
For more information, please contact City of South Portland CDBG Coordinator Sandra Warren at 207-347-4139 or swarren@southportland.org.   

Do you own a dog?   Dog license renewals are due by January 31, 2020! 

Failure to license your dog by the renewal deadline will result in a $25.00 late fee.  Renew your dog's license online anytime by visiting this link: https://www1.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/dog_license/index.pl
Or at the City Clerk's office during normal business hours.   License fees are $6 (spay/neutered dogs)/$11 (unaltered).  Please bring a copy of your dog's current proof of rabies vaccination.
Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity?

The City is seeking applicants to fill vacancies on several different City Boards and Committees.  If interested in serving, fill out an application online or in the City Clerk's office.  Applications are sent to City Councilors who then nominate and appoint members to the committees.  To view all Boards and Committees, click here. 
Upcoming Election Information
The Maine Presidential Primary (Democratic and Republican) and Special State Referendum will be held on March 3, 2020

You may request your absentee ballot online or at the City Clerk's office anytime from now until February 27.  To request your absentee ballot, click here.

A few important reminders about a Primary Election:
  • Anyone currently enrolled in a party (D, R or G) and wishing to *change* parties must do so at least 15 days before Election Day in order to participate in the Primary election for that party.
  • New voters, and anyone currently Unenrolled (not enrolled in any political party, sometimes referred to as “independent”) may enroll in a party up to and on Election Day at the polling place and vote.
  • Only voters enrolled in a party will receive that party’s primary candidate ballot. All voters, regardless of party enrollment, will receive the referendum ballot.
  • Voters may call (207-767-3201) or stop by the City Clerk's office to confirm their enrollment status in a political party. 

Caucus Information

Both the Democratic and Republican party will participate in the Presidential Primary election, but both parties will also hold caucuses for conducting other party-building activities.  Caucuses are organized by the municipal parties.  Per State Law, a registrar will be present to register voters one hour before the caucus begins. 

  • The South Portland Democratic Party caucus will be held on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at the South Portland Community Center (Senior Wing).  Doors open at 12:30pm and the event begins at 1:30pm. 
  • The South Portland Republican Party caucus will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at the South Portland Community Center (Senior Wing).  Doors open at 8:00am and the event begins at 9:00am.
  •  The Green Independent Party chose not to participate in the Presidential Primary election, but will hold party caucuses for voting for the Presidential candidate and conducting other party-building activities.   The information for South Portland is not yet known, but once known will be shared at City Hall and on the City's website. 
For a schedule of all City Meetings, Events, Public Hearings & Current Notices, please visit the City Calendar on the City's website.

To register to receive Emergency Notification Alerts related to your neighborhood, follow this link:  http://www.southportland.org/departments/police-department/code-red/

Employment Opportunities

Looking for a career?  The City of South Portland is hiring for several positions.  View the current job openings and learn how to apply online here.  
The City of South Portland Community Newsletter is published by the City of South Portland.  It is a compilation of the best available information at the time of publication.  Events may be subject to change without notice in the time between publication of this e-newsletter and the actual event.  To send information to be considered for inclusion into this newsletter, send to news@southportland.org.
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