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COVID-19: The City's Response and Status of Municipal Buildings

South Portland Community e-Newsletter

Issue #289

This City of South Portland Community E-Newsletter includes information about Ciy sponsored events, projects and special announcements from South Portland's non-profit community.    Sign up if you would like to receive the newsletter directly to your inbox.  Having difficulty viewing the newsletter?  The newsletter and archives are posted on the City's website here.   Please report broken links to news@southportland.org.

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All non-essential municipal offices, including City Hall, will be closed on February 15 for President's Day.
Bus Service will be open and operate as normally scheduled.  Trash & Recycling pick-up will occur as normally scheduled. 

 
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.
ATTENTION RESIDENTS: The City of South Portland Finance Department (Vehicle Registrations & Tax Payments) at City Hall HAS RELOCATED to the Community Center at 21 Nelson Road South Portland ME 04106 through the end of April 2021.

This will allow us to serve our residents in a more efficient way and allow social distancing measures to continue throughout the winter. The Finance Office is open Monday through Friday 8:00AM-4:30PM and on Thursdays from 8:00AM-6:00PM.
Maine CDC Vaccine Consult Line
The Maine CDC has launched a vaccine consult line to help answer frequently asked questions.  You may call with general COVID-19 vaccination questions to: 866-962-6062. Phone line hours are M-F, 8:00 am-5:00 pm.
This number is NOT for making a vaccination appointment.
It is an informational resource to answer most frequent vaccination-related questions from the public. Questions such as:

1. When and where can I receive a COVID-19 vaccine?
2. When and where can my employees receive COVID-19 vaccines?
3. Which State of Maine COVID-19 vaccination phase do I fall under?
4. Which State of Maine COVID-19 vaccination phase do my employees fall under?
5. Why is (insert occupation) receiving the COVID-19 vaccine ahead of my occupation?
AARP Tax-Aide Assistance

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide provides in-person and remote tax assistance free of charge to anyone, with a special focus on taxpayers who are 50 or older or who  have low to moderate income. 

Tax-Aide volunteers are located nationwide, and are trained and IRS-certified every year to make sure they know about and understand the latest changes and additions to the tax code. Tax help is provided in safe environments using a variety of methods based on a number of factors, including where you are located, COVID-19 spread, and volunteer availability. 

 Please call 207-518-8579 to schedule an appointment.

South Portland Property Tax Assistance Program

Applications MUST be RECEIVED by May 3, 2021. 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
Reminder: You can drop off tax payments in the secure drop off box located in the back of City Hall (25 Cottage Rd). 
On February 9, the City Council was presented with the results of the National Community Survey. The report provides the opinions of 797 residents of the City, collected from November 10, 2020 to December 29, 2020, reporting on ten central facets of the City's "livability".

Click here to view the results.
Click the tabs at the top to scroll through the different measures.
Click here for a PDF version of the report.
Congratulations to the recipients of the 2020 City of South Portland Business Awards!
There are many City Boards & Committees currently seeking members.  Most of these committees are currently meeting remotely via Zoom.  If you are interested in serving your community, there are many opportunities.  Click here for more information and to fill out an application.

2021 City Construction Projects 
MaineDOT Construction Projects

Contact Water Resource Protection Engineering Division at 
767-7675 for more information. 
Stay up to date with emergency alerts sent right to your phone.
Anthology: Story Time for Grown-Ups
Join us each Tuesday from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm starting February 2 through March 30 for Anthology, our new virtual adult story time. Presented in partnership with Scarborough Public Library, and Thomas Memorial Library, sign up to listen to the best poetry, essays, and short fiction read aloud in a fun, lively environment! Each week will feature a different theme and a selection of poems, essays, and fiction chosen for that theme. Registration is required to attend, visit our website to register or follow this link:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd9_lf2BqoOkGGDFf2-Q_v-nSuKs5r7LfmDhrPZE2KC3PJJGA/viewform
 
Winter Reading Program

The South Portland Public Library 2021 Winter Reading Program is here! Running Feb 8 - Mar 15, completed Reading Charts that are emailed to
winterreading@SouthPortlandLibrary.com will add to a donation to the South Portland Food Cupboard thanks to the generosity of the Friends of South Portland Public Library. And be sure to include your name in the email to be entered into a drawing for a Bull Moose gift card, we've got one for each age group. Head over to our website post for all the details, and the files for you to download a chart for yourself! https://southportlandlibrary.com/winter-reading-program/
Seeking a New Career? 
Consider working for your hometown!


The City is proud of its talented and dedicated workforce.  We offer competitive pay and a robust selection of employee benefits.  We provide employees with a positive, family-friendly workplace, with the support and tools needed to grow a successful career.  We will train candidates who want to learn!

The City currently is seeking applicants for positons with the Police Department, Water Resource Protection Department and in the Bus Service.  We also are starting our next Civil Service process for Firefighters.  To understand more about current vacancies, please follow the link below:
https://www.southportland.org/departments/human-resources/job-opportunities/
Or you may contact us via email, through the apply link in a specific job ad, or by phone – we will be happy to talk to you about job opportunities with the City.

Karla Giglio, Human Resources Specialist, 767-7682
kgiglio@southportland.org


The City of South Portland is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to diversity and inclusion in our workplace.
 
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