South Portland Community e-Newsletter

Issue #286

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COVID-19: The City's Response and Reopening Plans
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
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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Notice of Public Meeting

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued a draft air emissions license for Global Companies LLC and is now accepting comments on it. This draft license incorporates the conditions from Global's recent consent decree with the EPA.  The DEP will hold a public meeting on Monday, September 28 at 6 PM via Zoom to take comments from the public.  Click here 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
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. 
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.
Our next post focusing on voter education responds to a three-part concern:  “How do I know my ballot has been received?  What causes an absentee ballot to be rejected?  How am I notified if my ballot is rejected?”  Read more...

See responses to previous questions:
You only need to request your ballot once!

Many campaigns and get-out-the-vote organizations are mailing voters absentee ballot request forms to fill out and return to their City Hall.  You may receive several notices and request forms from different organizations.  You are not required to fill this out and send it in, but you may do so if you wish to request an absentee ballot and have it mailed to you. We'll have the ballots around October 3 and will mail you your ballot when we receive them.

We are starting to receive calls from voters who have already made their request by mail or phone for the upcoming election and are asking if they need to submit these forms as well. You only need to request your ballot once, so if you have received the form and already put in a request for a ballot, you do not need to submit it. If you have any concerns, you can call the City Clerk's office at (207) 767-3201.

South Portland Community Center
PHASE II (Sept. 8 - Oct. 2)

HOURS OF OPERATION (Beginning Sept. 8)

  • CLOSED September 7 for holiday
  • Monday - Friday, 7:00am - 7:00pm. Closed weekends.


  • Patrons are REQUIRED to wear face coverings when entering the facility.
  • Face coverings do not need to be worn during exercise (i.e walking track, shooting hoops) as long as social distancing can be maintained.
  • Public may enter/exit out of Nelson Rd doors only. Please park on the Nelson Rd side parking lot.
  • Nutter Rd side doors will remain locked.
  • Locker rooms will remain closed
  • No lingering in common areas such as front lobby.
  • There will be one way directional entry & exit signs.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the building.
  • Please bring your own water bottle.
  • Drinking fountains unavailable.
  • Do not come to the facility if you feel sick or have had any symptoms of COVID-19 in the past three days. A list of COVID-19 symptoms is available from the CDC.


  • Begin Sept. 8. 
  • Must reserve your slot online ahead of time. Click here.
  • September Pool Schedule - click here. 
  • See Pool FAQ's here.


  • 1 hour max use. Call ahead to reserve your slot - 767-7650.
  • See track guidelines here.


  • 1 hour max use. Call ahead to reserve your slot - 767-7650. 
  • See gym guidelines here.


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