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South Portland Community Newsletter

Issue 283

This City of South Portland Community E-Newsletter includes information about Ciy 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.
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Construction of the new Cash Corner Fire Station was in full swing this past month!
Public Notice
Algae Blooms in Hinckley Park Pond


As was the case last summer, cyanobacteria has again been found in Hinckley Park's pond.  This is confirmed to be a cyanobacteria. Benthic algae gets its nutrients from close interaction with the sediment interface.  DEP will be placing SPATT (solid phase absorption toxin tracking) samplers in the ponds in the next couple weeks to determine the levels of cyanotoxins.  The public is advised to keep dogs and children away from the pond. 
South Portland Bus Service to Return to
Regular Routes and Schedule August 3

 
On August 3rd the South Portland Bus Service will return to our regular schedule and operating all our routes. You can see the details on our website. We will continue to charge no fares.
 
Please remember that you must wear a mask, and please practice social distancing when you are on the bus. We will get you to the Mall, to City Hall and to Spring Point – all around town!
 
And as always, just give us a call at 767-5556 with questions.
 
The Department of Parks & Recreation will be re-opening basketball courts effective Friday, July 24.    Please note all signage and follow the guidelines for safety. 

City Building Re-Opening Plans


For the month of July, Assessing (41 Thomas St), Planning & Development (496 Ocean St), and City Hall (with the exception of the Finance Department) remain open by appointment only.   All other municipal offices, including the Transfer Facility, remain open, with the exception of the following:  

The Library remains closed until further notice, but is operating curb-side pick up.  The Community Center Pool, Track, Gym remain closed until further notice.   


 
Vehicle Registrations

Starting July 1, the Finance Office (located at City Hall) will be taking customers without appointment.  Three customers will be allowed into the building at a time.  Please wait at the back parking lot of City Hall.  We will be limiting access to the building to maintain proper social distancing requirements. 

Online Services

Click here for a list of services that may be done online, including vehicle registration renewal.
Renew your vehicle online.
Renew boat registration online.
Pay taxes online.
Buy Hunt/Fish License online.

Request absentee ballot



For more information on the City's Emergency Regulations and preparations regarding COVID-19, as well as useful links and documents, please visit the coronavirus page our City website.

https://www.southportland.org/coronavirus-covid-19/
 

To register to receive Emergency Notification Alerts related to your neighborhood, follow this link:  
https://www.southportland.org/departments/police-department/code-red/

Notice about Public Meetings
 
During this time, City committees have been authorized to meet remotely to conduct business. City Boards & Committees, including the City Council, have been holding meetings via "Zoom" video conferencing. Although this is a temporary way of conducting business, and is a new format for many of us, the City remains committed to transparency and ensuring open public meetings. The City has posted helpful information about how the public can both observe and participate in these remotely-held meetings on the City's website under "Agendas & Minutes" (where you can find posted agendas) and on SPC-TV during live meetings.

For those who would just like to watch/listen in -- City Council meetings, School Board meetings, and Planning Board meetings, and certain City committee meetings will continue to be recorded and live-streamed and available online via SPC-TV and on TV Channel 1301.

For any meetings, you may participate by following the directions on the posted agenda to join the Zoom meeting at the posted time by phone or computer. To indicate your wish to speak during the meeting, please press *9 (if joining by phone) or use the "Raise Hand" feature if joining by computer (found under the "Participants" button in the lower panel). If you are having any technical difficulties during the meeting, use the Chat feature or Press *9 to alert the meeting host. Members of the public who join meetings to participate will not have the ability to share their screen or turn on their cameras, so those in the meeting will not be able to see you, but they will be able to hear you.

 
https://www.southportland.org/
On Friday, July 17,  members of the City Council, Economic Development Committee, and city staff welcomed Jordan's Furniture Store at the Maine Mall.  The ribbon cutting took place at noon at the new Jordan's Furniture Store. 
The City Council passed ORDINANCE #21-19/20, which provides relief from impacts associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, including allowing the Planning Division to issue permits for temporary outdoor services. Click here to apply for temporary outdoor services for your business. Read More
Click Here for more information about SoPo To Go
A message from the City of South Portland's Conservation Commission:

Interested in the environment? We lose about 15 Billion trees a year. Check out the latest in tree planting technology. It can plant up to 100,000 trees per day! Click on the video link to watch it in action!

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=652968965573949

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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