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South Portland Community Newsletter

Issue 273

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The South Portland City Council Inauguration was held on Monday, December 2, 2019 in Council Chambers.  The City welcomes new City Councilor Katelyn Bruzgo (At-Large) and continuing City Councilor Susan Henderson (At-Large) and new Mayor Kate Lewis (District 2 Councilor).  (Photo Credit: Marty Pottenger)
Holiday Fest & Tree Lighting
Friday, December 6, 2019
Mill Creek Park, 4:30pm | Tree Lighting at 6pm

Grab your holiday hats, mittens and warm scarfs!

City of South Portland, South Portland - Cape Elizabeth Community Chamber and South Portland Parks and Recreation are ready to get you and yours into the Holiday spirit with Holiday Fest 2019!
Please join us at 4:30 pm on Friday December 6th for an evening of  seasonal bliss and celebration of the holidays with a visit from Santa at City Hall, horse drawn carriage rides, caroling and festive food and drinks.  The event includes the holiday tree Lighting at 6 pm.

We are grateful for this year's volunteers and sponsors, especially our Presenting/Wagon Sponsor Pape Chevrolet Inc. & our Gold Sponsor Texas Instruments
Many thanks also to event sponsors The City South Portland, Northern Light Mercy Hospital,  Northern Light Home Care & Hospice,  Noyes Hall & Allen Insurance,  Embers Stoves and Fireplaces,  Gorrill-Palmer Consulting Engineers, Inn by the Sea, Fisher Green Creative, LLC, Maine Solutions FCU, South Portland Schools, Superintendent Kunin, South Portland Parks and Recreation and Town & Country Federal Credit Union Maine
The Stewart P. Morrill American Legion Post #35, 413 Broadway, will be hosting a beef stew community dinner on December 7, 2019, 4:30-6:30pm.  $8/adult.  All are welcome! 
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.
Winter is coming and that means snow and ice and, invariably, an increased risk of falling. 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!
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 will be available at Public Works and at City Hall mid-December.

Please click here to view the new fee schedule and review information regarding the new sticker system. 
The City of South Portland's Economic Development Committee and City leaders recognized several businesses and business leaders on Wednesday, December 4 at the Sheraton at Sable Oaks at the 2019 Business Awards Reception.

Business of the Year Award (more than 25 employees)
Saunders Electronics, 192 Gannet Drive.

Small Business of the Year Award (25 or fewer employees)
Organic Roots Salon & Day Spa, 545 Westbrook St. 

New Business of the Year Award
Knitting Nook, 124 Sawyer Street, owned by Lisa Plourde.

Santo “Sam” DiPietro Community Impact Award
Liz Darling of Maine Roofing Inc., 24 Bishop Avenue.

Business Leader of the Year Award
Fred Pape III of Pape Chevrolet, 425 Westbrook St., and Pape Subaru, 2065 Broadway

Economic Development of the Year Award
New Gen Hospitality LLC, 50 Maine Mall Road, owner Suresh Gali and his family.

Congratulations to all! 

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.   

SP Land Trust Annual Meeting Set for December 18 at SMCC; Event to Include Presentation of First Tom Blake Leadership Award

SOUTH PORTLAND — South Portland Land Trust members and members of the public are invited to attend the organization’s annual meeting on Wednesday, December 18, from 7:30-9:00am.

The annual meeting is a great opportunity for attendees to learn more about the land trust’s goals and activities, honor volunteers that have made significant contributions throughout the year, and help elect officers and new members of the board of directors. This year’s meeting will feature a presentation on the history of SPLT, a review of major accomplishments of 2019, and an interactive discussion about the organization’s goals and focus in 2020.
The land trust will also announce a new volunteer recognition program, including the inauguration of the Tom Blake Leadership Award, which will be given to honor outstanding leadership, mentoring, and creativity in support of the SPLT mission. The award celebrates individuals whose leadership has enriched the entire community and whose contributions embody the values Tom Blake, a founder of the South Portland Land Trust, has demonstrated in his own life and work on behalf of the SPLT.
“Tom (Blake) has embodied volunteerism his entire life, not only through his devotion to our mission,” said SPLT President Richard Rottkov. “A key attribute of leadership celebrated by this award is that of a generous spirit — the sharing of ideas, experiences and knowledge with others to nurture and mentor the next generation of conservation leaders. This has been an important part of Tom’s devotion to environmental preservation.”

The event will be held at the McKernan Center, on the Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) campus. Breakfast will be served. The event is free and open to all, but seating is limited. Attendees are requested to RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-splt-annual-meeting-tickets-78535843823.
The South Portland Land Trust is a private, non-profit land trust dedicated to the conservation of open space and the expansion of trail networks that are significant historically, educationally, recreationally, or ecologically to the people of South Portland. For more information, visit http://www.southportlandlandtrust.org/.
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. 
The Master Gardener Volunteer Training is a basic horticulture course comprised of approximately 65 hours of classroom, field, and hands-on learning, with an on-line manual serving as a resource. Trainees receive current, research-based information focused on small and tree fruits, vegetables, sustainable landscaping, and native plants.

In return, Master Gardeners serve their communities by volunteering their time and expertise for various community gardening projects and activities. Successful applicants will perform 40 hours of volunteer service within 20 months of acceptance into the program in order to become a certified Master Gardener.
In 2020, the Master Gardener training begins February 6th and takes place over 18 consecutive Thursday evenings (4:30pm to 8:00pm), one Saturday field trip, and one Thursday evening in August (4:30pm to 7:00pm) The cost of the course is $220 per person (financial assistance is available). Most classes will be held at the UMaine Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Drive, Suite 104, Falmouth.
The application may be found online here. If you prefer, you may contact us for a paper application, or print the pdf application. In order to complete your application, you will be required to provide a letter of reference. The application deadline is Monday, December 16th at 4:30 P.M. We are unable to accept late applications.
If you would like more information, or to request a reasonable accommodation, please contact Pamela Hargest by phone, 207.781.6099 or email pamela.hargest@maine.edu.
Applications will be reviewed during the last two weeks of December and applicants will be notified within the first week of January 2020.
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/

Are you looking for work?  The U.S. Census office is seeking workers for the 2020 Census.  These jobs will start in late Spring but our website is open now for people to apply early.  Interested individuals can apply here: 2020Census.gov/jobs
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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