The City has announced that staff will start reviewing and renewing applications for the 2021 outdoor dining season starting Monday, February 1st. Establishments that received approval for the 2020 season will be contacted by the City directly to renew their license for the upcoming season.
The City has taken several steps to reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure at City Hall. Starting Monday, January 25, the City is requesting residents with City Hall business to please make appointments in advance.
The Portsmouth Community Development Department is now accepting applications for the City FY 2022 Public Service Agency Grant program. The funding for this program is provided by a Community Development Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and is contingent on the City receiving its FY 2022 (HUD FY 2021) grant award from HUD.
CAPTION: The Clipper Strong Fund Committee presented a $1000 check to Deb Anthony, executive director of Gather, the largest hunger relief agency serving the Seacoast, including local business employees hard hit by the pandemic.
Mayor Rick Becksted has announced the formation of a Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Committee on Arts and Nonprofits, designed to respond to the needs of arts and culture nonprofits during the reopening and recovery phases ahead.
As part of the Sagamore Avenue Sewer Extension Project, borings are needed to collect data about the soils and bedrock in the project area. The first phase of borings was completed in the spring of 2020; and this work will complete the boring data collection.
Taking another significant step in its effort to protect the City of Portsmouth’s surface water supply by conserving lands surrounding the Bellamy Reservoir, the City’s Department of Public Works Water Division has partnered with Southeast Land Trust (SELT) to purchase a conservation easement on approximately 107 acres owned by Mary Ellen Duffy, adjacent to the Reservoir.
The Portsmouth community can now access the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and the Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) on the City of Portsmouth website. The City of Portsmouth prepares the CAFR and PAFR following the close of each fiscal year under the guidance of Director of Finance and Administration Judie Belanger.
A panel of judges aged 21-months to 18 years old has reviewed all 76 Holiday Lights Contest participants and selected three winners of the $500 gift cards donated by Ricci Lumber, Lowe’s and Home Depot: Al Bailey, Jane Sprague and Nicole Beyer.
City staff are seeking residents’ help in illustrating what life is like in the City of Portsmouth. As staff prepare documents and presentations including the Budget and Annual Report, they like to include photographs of residents taking advantage of the programs, projects, services and “amenities” – both natural and manmade – throughout the City.
Some suggestions for images: