South Portland Community Newsletter

Issue 216

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.
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.  

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.

The 2017 Winter/Spring Program Brochure is here!   Click here to view.  Register for programs today online or in person.  Click here for more information.

Save the Date for Winterfest 2017!  
January 27-28, 2017

Click here for more information! 
South Portland Historical Society Museum season ending
The historical society's museum at Bug Light Park will be closing for the season on Sunday, December 18th. If you haven’t already, please stop by for a visit before we close on December 18. While staff and volunteers will continue to work inside the building during the winter months, the museum itself will be closed to the public while some exhibits are removed and new material is added for the 2017 season. Museum hours are Saturdays and Sundays, from 10am to 4pm, through December 18.  FMI, call 767-7299.
Liberty Ship Ornament Raises Funds for Historical Society 
South Portland Historical Society is pleased to announce the arrival of the third in its series of holiday ornaments. Society board member Chuck Igo has spearheaded this effort to create a brass ornament series which would be lasting keepsakes of South Portland landmarks. The first ornament in the series depicted Bug Light, and last year’s edition showed the fish shacks at Fishermen’s Point with Portland Head Light in the background. For the 2016 ornament, the third in our series, we have turned to the historic events of World War II, when most everything in life changed for the residents of South Portland. The ornament shows a Liberty ship, one of 274 large cargo ships that were built here in South Portland between 1941 and 1945.

If you come into the museum gift shop, you will find not only the current Liberty ship ornament, but also a supply of each of the prior two ornaments in the series.  We hope you’ll keep our museum gift shop in mind for your holiday purchases. We seek out local craftspeople and local manufacturers whenever possible to support our local economy. FMI, call 767-7299, visit us at the museum at 55 Bug Light Park, and don’t forget to follow and participate with us on Facebook at South Portland Historical Society.
Planning Board Hearing on Nonconforming Lots and Minimum Lot Sizes
Over the last six months, the City Council has been working on Zoning Ordinance amendments pertaining to nonconforming lots of record in the various zoning districts across the City that allow single-family detached dwelling units.  The amendments also address minimum lot sizes in the Residential A and AA zones.  At its workshop on November 28th, the Council members requested two changes to the draft amendments.  These are to: (1) create the possibility, when warranted, to allow the construction of basements for homes on nonconforming lots of record in areas with combined storm and sanitary sewers; and, (2) to reduce the required minimum street frontages for the Residential A and AA zones from 75 feet and 100 feet to 50 feet and 75 feet respectively.  There is proposed to be a sunset clause for the street frontage reductions such that they would revert to the existing standards unless after 3 years the City Council takes action to maintain the reduced distances.
The Planning Board hearing will be in the City Hall Council Chambers on Tuesday, January 10th.  We will add the draft with the proposed changes (Version C) to the Planning Department web page on the City’s web site (www.southportland.org).  A substantial amount of additional background material is also available there.
The Planning Department staff are available to answer any questions about the proposed amendments.  Please contact Steve Puleo at spuleo@southportland.org. or Tex Haeuser at chaeuser@southportland.org.
A message from Social Services....  We will be  experiencing extremely cold temperatures this winter. Please do not run out of heating fuel. Remember to read your oil tank gauge. If you find that you are almost out and unable to have oil delivered – you may place 5 gallons of K1 or diesel fuel in your tank until you are able to have oil delivered. How to Read an Oil Tank Gauge...

Recent events in the community....

Residents Help Protect Environment by Participating in 2016 Household Hazardous & Electronic Waste Collection Day

The Water Resource Protection Department, Public Works Department and Sustainability Office would like to thank all of the participants in the October 8, 2016 Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and Electronic Waste (E-Waste) Collection Day. This was the first year the City offered E-Waste collection services thanks to the efforts of the Sustainability Coordinator and Energy & Recycling Committee (ERC), which applied for and received a $1,000 grant from the New England Grass Roots Environment Fund to help cover event costs. For the full story, click here.
The South Portland Police Department was honored to participate in the annual Christmas Toy Drive again this year. Officers from the police department’s Community Response Unit and Volunteers in Police Service Program worked with community members from Evelyn’s Tavern and Maine Roofing Company to help purchase sort and deliver hundreds of toys to South Portland children. This is an incredible community outreach that impacts many families and their children. From warm coats, mittens and boots to dolls, trucks and art supplies the generosity of the anonymous donors was outstanding! Some of our community partners in this annual toy drive are: Maine Roofing Company, Evelyn’s Tavern, SoPo Cottage, Eastern Excavation, Embers Stove Shop llc, Port Harbor Marine, Olympia Sports, Pleasant Hill Auto Sales, Local Acapulco and South Portland/ Cape Elizabeth Buy Local, and People’s United in Millcreek.
Thank you for a successful and fun 2016 Holiday Fest!   Be sure to check out the lights in Mill Creek Park. Thanks to Russ Lunt for the photo! 
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