South Portland Community Newsletter

Issue 209

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.

Don't miss these upcoming events....

Sunday, July 17: Tri for a Cure (SMCC Campus)

Saturday July 23 & Sunday July 24:  
Vacationland - Maine Ultimate (Wainwright Complex)

Saturday, August 13: Knightville Street Festival (Ocean Street, 4pm-7pm)

Sunday, August 21: Rotary Spring Point 5K Classic (South Portland Historical Society, 7am-12pm)

Also, don't forget about Mill Creek Wednesday night concerts & Bug Light Movie Series!

For a schedule of all City Meetings, Public Hearings & Current Notices, please visit the City's website.
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.  
Notice from the Planning Department:

New Mill Creek Zoning
Many people know that last year the City Council adopted a master plan for Mill Creek (roughly E Street to Broadway) which made the goal of a taller, denser, greener, and more pedestrian-friendly Mill Creek an official City policy.  The time now has come to translate this policy into actual zoning law.  The Comprehensive Plan Implementation Committee—the group that developed the Mill  Creek Master Plan and that is shepherding it through the zoning approval process—has already held a  public forum and had a discussion with the Planning Board in a workshop.  What’s next is a Planning Board public hearing on Tuesday, July 26th (7:00 PM in the City Hall Council Chambers).  There will be two items on the agenda:  one for the zoning text and map amendments and one for a set of Benchmarking provisions. Benchmarking would apply to approximately 30 of the Mill Creek properties and is part of making Mill Creek greener in exchange for favorable zoning rules and other benefits.  Benchmarking is a mechanism that enables private sector market forces to increase the energy efficiency of buildings—which are one of the major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions—by providing transparency for standardized energy and water use data.  The proposed amendments and a substantial amount of background information, for both the zoning and benchmarking proposals, may be found at http://www.southportland.org/our-city/board-and-committees/comprehensive-plan-committee/mill-creek-zoning-amendments/.  If you have any questions or comments, please contact Tex Haeuser, Planning Director, at chaeuser@southportland.org.  Thank you.

Check out the Conservation Commission's latest Annual Report!   Click here to read! 

Sunset over South Portland's Brick Hill neighborhood, looking west toward Redbank and the Mall area.   Thank you to Adrian Dowling for these photos!

Tri for a Cure:  Important information for local residents!

On Sunday July 17th, the annual Tri for a Cure will be taking place.  You can expect heavy traffic and delays on the east end of the city, in the area of SMCC, Bug Light and the municipal boat ramp, between 6am and 12pm.  Fort Road, Surfsite Road and Benjamin Pickett Street will be closed.  You may also expect additional traffic delays on Broadway, Ocean Street (Route 77), Preble Street, Cottage Road and Willard Square.

Please use caution, watch for runners and bicyclists, and seek alternate routes. 

Thank you for your patience. For more information, call the Maine Cancer Foundation at 773.2533 or visit www.mainetriforacure.org

For a full list of traffic notices, please visit the home page of the City's website under "Current Notices" www.southportland.org
From the last issue:  Mayor Blake's "Where is it?"

This picture was taken at the intersection of Sawyer and Mitchell, looking towards Cape Elizabeth, down Mitchell.  In the 1800's this was a much busier intersection as many from Cape or Scarborough who wanted to go to Portland traveled Sawyer to Portland Street in Ferry Village to board a ferry to Portland.  This picture shows how busy intersections can be with: a CMP pole, electrical conduit on the pole, painting on the pole where a fire alarm pull station use to be, the stop sign, the street sign and the granite post.  The granite is out of place, making the intersection unique.  You can see the drill marks on the granite that were drilled to split the granite.  Granite of this nature was usually used for boundary lines, tie ups or ornamental.  I am unsure of the purpose of this granite post.  Perhaps a reader knows the answer and can share it with us!

Congrats to Russ K, Jon Perruzzi, Laragh Kavanaugh, Roger Allen, Russ Lunt, Suzette Bois, and Jim Gailey who all guessed the correct answer!
Thanks to Russ Lunt for these photos! 
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