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South Portland Community Newsletter

Issue 222

This City of South Portland Community E-Newsletter includes information about City 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.

For a schedule of all City Meetings, Public Hearings & Current Notices, please visit the City's website.
There are so many events happening at the South Portland Public Library each month for all ages!  Check out the South Portland Public Library's website  to see current and upcoming events. 
Property Tax Assistance Applications Available
South Portland, Maine – Applications are available for the Property Tax Assistance Program.  The program is designed to provide property tax assistance to persons 70 years of age and over who have resided in the City of South Portland for at least ten years.  The application must be returned to City Hall by April 14, 2017.  Applications and a copy of the Ordinance are available on the City’s website www.cityofsouthportland.org or by visiting City Hall.

Contact:
Rebekka Conley
Treasury Specialist
rconley@southportland.org
207-767-7609
 
AARP will be providing tax preparation assisatnce in the Lower Conference Room of City Hall on Mondays from February 8 through April 10.  Call 776-6316 to make an appointment. 
Rick Perruzzi, Parks Foreman for the city of South Portland, was awarded the Outstanding Parks Professional Award at the Maine Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference held in Portland, on March 21, 2017.   As a Certified Sports Turf Manager, he has spoken at many conferences around New England, as well as Nationally.  His knowledge and commitment are well known across the state.  Rick was lauded as an innovator, and for the pride he takes in the recreation, and athletic facilities that he oversees. 
 
Rick Perruzzi holding award, pictured with City of South Portland Parks Assistant Superintendent John “Linky” Erskine.
Friday, March 31, 9AM
Get to Know Your Trails
Trout Brook Nature Preserve, 47 Parrott St, South Portland
Join the South Portland Land Trust in our Get to Know Your Trails walk series. This walk will take us to the Trout Brook Nature Preserve where we will learn the history of the area and walk the trails.
 
Everyone is welcome!  This walk is geared toward the whole family, from infants to grandparents -- well-behaved dogs included!  Our walk will be fairly easy (lasting no longer than one hour) and will take place on dirt trails.  We will meet at 47 Parrott Street, South Portland, where you can park on the street. 
 
This event is part of the Get to Know Your Trails series.
Saturday, April 22, 8:30AM-12PM
Earth Day Citywide Litter Cleanup
Meet at Mill Creek Park, opposite Hannaford
South Portland Land Trust board members Tom Blake, Jeff Ryan, and Richard Rottkov are leading members of the community on a citywide litter cleanup event.  Check in at Mill Creek Park opposite Hannaford between 8:30AM and noon to get some morning refreshments.  Participants get cleanup supplies and an assigned location.  City workers will pick up the litter you collect once you're done!
 
Each participant will have a chance to win a bundle of prizes, including a copy of Appalachian Odyssey, gift certificates to Willow's Pizza, passes to Portland Intown Contra Dance, and more!
 Rain date is Saturday, April 29.
Invite your friends on Facebook!
Eastern Broadway Site Walk
 

The South Portland Planning Department, in conjunction with the Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System (PACTS) and WSP—Parsons Brinckerhoff, will be leading a public site walk of Broadway from Mill Creek to Spring Point on Wednesday, April 12, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.  The walk is being done as part of a joint Portland/South Portland transportation study looking at opportunities for improving vehicular, transit, walking, and biking facilities from Morrill’s Corner to Spring Point along Forest Avenue, State and High, the Casco Bay Bridge, and eastern Broadway.  The study will also examine the relationship between future land development and transportation capacity.
 
The site walk will start and end at the SEA Center at SMCC.  When driving through the campus on Fort Road toward the park/beach at Spring Point Light, this is the last building on the right (between McKernan Center Drive and Bunker Lane) before getting to the park.  We will meet at the SEA Center building at 5:00 PM and then take a school bus to start our walk along the Mill Creek section of Broadway.  From there we will bus to the Sawyer Street area of Broadway and then end with a walk in the Bug Light Park and SMCC area.  Following these walking tours will have a meeting at the SEA Center building to discuss the important take-aways from the site walk and how the rest of the study will proceed.
 
If you would like to join this site walk, or for more information, please contact Tex Haeuser, Planning Director, at chaeuser@southportland.org.
Share Your Thoughts on the West End Neighborhood
 
The Comprehensive Plan Implementation Committee is working on a master plan for the West End Neighborhood in South Portland. Please take the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WestEndPlan to share your thoughts and feelings about the future of this neighborhood. At the end of the survey there is a link that you can click if you would like to receive updates about the master planning process or to get involved. Your participation would be very welcome.

For more information, please contact Stephanie Carver at the Greater Portland Council of Governments (scarver@gpcog.org).
 
The proposed budget for FY2018 is posted on the City's website --
 click here to view
As it starts to warm up, roads may show signs of wear and tear.  Please report potholes to Public Works by using the online service request form or by calling (207) 767-7635.   For more information on Streets and Sidewalks, including Posted Roads, please visit Public Works website
Thanks to Russ Lunt for these photos of a beautiful sunrise at SMCC! 
City Manager Scott Morelli is sworn into office by City Clerk Scully on March 13, 2017.  
PARKING BAN REMINDER:

City-wide winter parking ban is in effect December 1, 2016 - April 1, 2017.  Public streets and sidewalks must be clear of vehicles each night from 12am-6am.

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.  
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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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