The Council consists of seven members who are elected to serve staggered three year terms. In addition to two At Large Councilors, there are five Councilors representing each of the five City districts. Councilors are limited to serving three consecutive terms. Elections are held in November and nomination papers are available in the City Clerk's office late July/early August. To appear on a ballot a candidate must collect at least 100 signatures from qualified voters of the city. Newly elected Councilors are sworn in at the Inauguration which is held at 4:00 PM on the 1st Monday of December. The City Council appoints the City Manager, City Clerk, and Corporation Counsel.
The City Council follows a set of adopted rules that govern the conduct and organization of meetings. A copy of the City Council's "Standing Rules" may be found here.
City Council Meeting Schedule & Rules for Public Comment
Starting February 1, 2019, the City Council will meet weekly at 6:30pm on Tuesdays in City Council Chambers (25 Cottage Road). The public is invited to attend all meetings of the City Council and citizen comments are welcome.
Members of the public will be given up to 5 minutes to speak on any item on or off the agenda during Citizens Discussion Part I or Part II.
Meetings are held on Thursday night if Tuesday is a holiday or the meeting is cancelled due to inclement weather.
Agendas are posted on Friday of each week to the left menu. If you need help locating a specific record, please contact the City Clerk. Council Meetings & Workshops are recorded and archives can be viewed here.
Contacting City Council
City Councilors welcome emails, letters, and phone calls from citizens regarding policy issues. If you have an operational issue or complaint (i.e., traffic complaints or to report trash not being picked up), please call City Hall at (207) 767-3201 or report the issue here.
Members of the City Council, including the Mayor, do not have offices at City Hall. City Councilor's contact information can be found here. Alternatively, correspondence intended for members of the City Council, including the Mayor, may be directed to the City Clerk. The City Clerk can be reached at City Hall, 25 Cottage Road, South Portland, ME 04106, at (207)767-7601 or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Councilors receive many emails and letters from constituents and take care to read and respond to every communication. Due to the volume of communications received, requests to have emails or letters "read into the record" in absentia during public comment of Council meetings and workshops may not be granted. Email communications to Councilors that do not indicate who the communication is from may not be responded to.