South Portland Community e-Newsletter

Issue #285

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COVID-19: The City's Response and Reopening Plans
Take a look at the Long Creek Main Stem Restoration Project! 
The City of South Portland COVID-19 Hardship Small Business Grant Program application is now available online. This program was created to provide financial assistance to South Portland small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The maximum grant award is $2,000. Read More

Grants of up to $100,000 now available for small employers

Every small business and many non-profit organizations with 50 or fewer employees can apply to receive a grant of up to $100,000 to replace COVID-19 related losses. Using federal CARES Act funds, Gov Mills has committed up to $200 million for this initiative. GPCOG will be processing applications and making grant awards for our region. Employers can submit applications starting on Friday, Aug. 21.

For more information, visit GPCOG:  https://www.gpcog.org/

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.
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Brownfields 101 Webinar: 
September 1 at 12:00 noon
Click here to join the webinar | Agenda with Zoom info

On Tuesday, September 1st, the City will hold a lunchtime webinar to discuss the City’s U.S. EPA-funded Brownfields Assessment Program. This “Brownfields 101” session will provide the public with information on how the program can align the community’s needs and vision with land reuse and redevelopment. The Brownfields program creates opportunities for communities to clean up former industrial (and “not-so-industrial”) sites, resolve historic environmental liabilities, and re-position a property for beneficial reuse.
The City’s contracted Environmental Consultant, Ransom Consulting, LLC, will provide an interactive opportunity for participants to learn the basics of Brownfields, receive information on what work has been completed as part of the Brownfields program to date, and discuss how the City’s program will progress in future years.  The meeting will be held via Zoom Webinar.
Lobster Roll Lunch
Lobster Roll, Soda, Chips and Cold Slaw $12.00

September 5th 12:00 to 2:00PM
Stewart P. Morrill American Legion Post #35
Open to the Public
Thanks to resident Russ Lunt
for sharing this photo! 

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The deadline to return nomination papers is 4:30pm on Friday, September 4.  The following offices are up for election:
City Councilor - District 1
City Councilor - District 2
City Councilor - District 5
Board of Education - At-Large (2 seats)
Portland Water District Representative

For more information, visit www.southportland.org
If you'd like to receive your ballot in the mail, you may now request your absentee ballot for the November 3 election.

To request your ballot, you can call the City Clerk's office at (207) 767-3201, OR request online, OR print and mail/fax/drop off the application.  Please note: We do not have the ballots yet -- ballots will arrive around October 3. When they do arrive, we will mail out the ballots to those who have requested them.

If you want to vote in-person at City Hall or pick up a ballot for yourself or a member of your immediate family, you may do so when we receive the ballots -- around October 3.  We will post notice on the City website and social media channels when ballots arrive. 

Ballots must be received by 8:00pm on Election Day.  We will have a dropbox located outside in the back of City Hall at 25 Cottage Road, or you may return your ballot in the mail.  More information is available on our website.
2020 City Construction Projects
Click here for a list of construction projects happening in the City.  Contact Water Resource Protection Engineering Division at 767-7675 for more information. 
The Planning Department has released a GIS layer to the City's GIS program containing information on each petroleum storage tank in South Portland.   You can click on this link to be brought to the GIS page, where you can find pertinent information about the tanks (contents, year built, etc.)   
Stay up to date on the City's progress with air quality monitoring and the work of the Clean Air Advisory Committee: https://www.southportland.org/air
Beware the Browntail Moth!

The Browntail is an invasive species found on the coast of Maine and Cape Cod.  The Browntail causes both forest and human health concerns. The tiny hairs covering the Browntail in its lifecycle phase as a caterpillar are poisonous and may cause an uncomfortable rash similar to poison ivy. The rash may last a few hours or several days. Those most sensitive may experience rash symptoms for several weeks. Browntails arrive in early April and may linger through the summer. Browntails also infest oak trees. When left uncontrolled, these little creatures can kill a large oak. Try to avoid and contain these creepy crawlers. These moths are not in South Portland yet, but are as nearby as Portland, so keep your eyes out for them when outdoors. For more information on the Browntail, click here.

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