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Posted on: February 24, 2021

City Seeks Applicants for Vacancies on Several Boards & Committees

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The City Clerk is seeking applications for several vacancies on various boards and committees. The vacant positions are described below. Additional information is available on the City’s website or by calling 207-874-8677. Deadline for submission is March 12, 2021. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Nominating Committee Chair, c/o City Clerk, 389 Congress Street, Portland ME 04101 or klj@portlandmaine.gov. Applicants will be contacted for interviews.

Board of Assessment Review – 1 position
Responsibilities: The Board has power to grant property tax abatements pursuant to state law and to determine the tax-exempt status of real and personal property. It functions in a quasi- judicial capacity and members must be able to hold public hearings, make findings of fact and conclusions of law in accordance with state law, and issue written decisions setting forth their findings and conclusions.
Qualifications: Members need the background necessary to be able to determine the value of real and personal property.  Members should be familiar with the several geographical areas of the City, e.g. the waterfront, downtown, Munjoy Hill, Deering, etc. 

Pesticide Management Advisory Committee -- 2 positions
In January, 2018 the Portland City Council passed the City of Portland Pesticide Use Ordinance (Chapter 34 of City Code) that prohibits the use of synthetic pesticides on public and private property except in limited circumstances. This ordinance establishes organic land care methods as the primary means to care for and maintain property in the City of Portland including lawns, gardens, athletic fields, parks, and playgrounds.

To support the implementation and administration of this ordinance the City Council established the Pesticide Management Advisory Committee (PMAC).  Duties of this committee include:

  • Advising the Sustainability Coordinator and the Sustainability and Transportation Committee about implementation of the ordinance and recommended amendments
    Implementing an ongoing education and outreach program in coordination with the Sustainability Coordinator that will inform residents, property owners, and landscaping companies about the ordinance and ways to manage their property organically.
  • Creating an annual report about the ordinance to the Sustainability and Transportation Committee
  • Hearing and ruling on waivers submitted by property owners who believe they have an emergency situation on their property that requires the use of synthetic pesticide to remedy.

The following Board members are needed for the Pesticide Management Advisory Committee
1 – Northeast Organic Farming Association certified
1 --  Maine Board of Pesticides Licensed Applicator

Rental Housing Advisory Committee -- 4 positions

The committee members shall be residents of Portland and shall be appointed by the City Council. The Committee shall be co-chaired by one (1) landlord representative and one (1) tenant representative as agreed to by the members of the Committee. The Committee shall be not less than quarterly and shall undertake the following duties:

  • Provide the Housing Committee with recommendations or proposals for improvements, modifications, or changes regarding landlord and tenant policy issues; and
  • Identify educational opportunities, seminars, and materials that would be useful to landlords and tenants.

1 – Landlord
1 – Tenant
1 – member experienced in legal rights/interests of tenants –Submitted by Pine Tree Legal Assistance
1 -- member with experienced in rights/interests of landlords- Submitted by Southern Maine Landlord Association.

Parks Commission -- 5 positions
The Commission meets with the director of Parks, Recreation & Facilities to review projects and proposals. The Commission also receives citizen input to provide recommendations to the director of Parks, Recreation & Facilities and the City Council. Members must live in Portland.

Land Bank Commission -- 3 positions
The Land Bank Commission is responsible for identifying and protecting open space resources within the City of Portland. The Commission seeks to preserve a balance between development and conservation of open space important for wildlife, ecological, environmental, scenic or outdoor recreational values. The Commission responsibilities include: working for the acquisition and conservation of open space within the City; recommending to the City Council on a priority basis acquisition or conservation of significant properties; and the pursuit of gifts and funds from private and public sources for the acquisition of open space as approved by the City Council. The Commission has developed an inventory of open space resources within the City. It is engaged in an ongoing effort to proactively protect properties from development through easement, deed restriction, or acquisition.

Fish Exchange Class A Director -- 1 position
Class A Directors:  There will be two Class A Directors who will be either 1).  An individual engaged primarily in the business of fishing or harvesting fish, either for their own account or as a partner or employee, and whose vessel is home ported in the State of Maine.  Or 2).  A registered seller or representative that is in good standing with the Exchange.  At least one Class A Director shall either be a resident of the City of Portland or be employed or contracted and, during his or her term remain employed or contracted by a vessel whose home port is the City of Portland.

Portland Public Art Committee -- 2 positions
The Portland Public Art Committee is responsible for administering the Public Art Program to preserve, restore and enhance the City-owned public art collection. The Committee develops and presents to the City Council an Annual Art Plan that recommends expenditures from the municipal percent-for-art allocation, reviews potential gifts of art to the City’s collection according the Guidelines for the Public Art Ordinance, seeks private donations to care for the public art collection, and recommends appropriate locations for the installation of permanent public art. Members must live or work in Portland. Experience, training or expertise in one of the following disciplines is desirable: architecture or landscape architecture, accomplishment as an artist, art curator, commercial real estate or development, and/or experience with foundations and development. Members are appointed to three-year terms. The Portland Public Art meets on the third Wednesday of the Month from 4-6.  Must work or live in Portland.

Civil Service Subcommittee – 2 positions
The Employment Subcommittee has three Commissioners and one alternate. The Employment Subcommittee approves written examinations for police and fire Civil Service testing and other elements of the testing process such as fitness and medical and job suitability exams, participates in oral interviews with candidates, and may hold hearings on discipline cases.
Qualifications: A resident of Portland and a person of good moral character. Although a familiarity with employment practices and the legal process would be helpful, they are not required. What is necessary is a desire to be involved in a critical but background role, a capacity for objective judgments, and good communication skills.
Disqualifications:  Anyone who is or has been a City employee or City Councilor or anyone who is a relative of a present member of the Police or Fire departments.

Police Citizen Review Subcommittee -- 2 positions
The City is recruiting for the Police Citizen Review Subcommittee (PCRS) of the Civil Service Commission. The PCRS reviews the process of police internal investigations of citizens’ complaints against police officers, solicits public input on the police citizen complaint process, reports to the City Manager on the results of their case review, and issues recommendations for improving the internal affairs investigation process, training and public confidence in the citizen complaint process.
Qualifications: The City is looking for a diverse group of Portland residents who are fair-minded, analytical and of good moral character.
Disqualifications:  Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if s/he is a present or former employee of the City or City Council, and the applicant or any member of the applicant’s immediate family is or has been a Portland police officer, been arrested by a Portland police officer, filed a complaint with the internal affairs unit alleging a civil rights violation or criminal offense, or brought suit against the Portland police department.

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