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CDBG Public Service Agency Grants Available

January 20, 2023

The Portsmouth Community Development Department is now accepting applications for the City FY 2024 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 2024 (HUD FY 2023) grant award from HUD.


City of Portsmouth Finance Department Publishes Popular and Annual Comprehensive Financial Reports for Year-Ending June 30, 2022

January 12, 2023

The Portsmouth community can now access the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR) and Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) for the Fiscal Year-ended June 30, 2022 (FY22) on the City of Portsmouth website. The City of Portsmouth prepares the two documents under the guidance of Director of Finance and Administration Judie Belanger following the close of each fiscal year.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2023

January 9, 2023

Schools, City Hall, the Department of Public Works, the Senior Activity Center, the Library and Rec facilities will be closed on Monday, January 16th in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Trash collection schedule unchanged. Recycling center closed as usual on Monday.


City Selects Consultant Team to Help Create City’s Climate Action Plan

January 6, 2023

City Manager Karen Conard announced that the City has selected a partnership of VHB, Resilience Planning & Design LLC and the Rockingham Planning Commission to create the City’s first Climate Action Plan in partnership with the City Planning and Sustainability Department and the local community. Planning and Sustainability Director Peter Britz and Associate Environmental Planner Kate Homet are leading the initiative on the City staff side.


Portsmouth City Council Creates Public Art Review Committee, Seeks Members

December 29, 2022

Following the recommendations of the Governance Committee, the Portsmouth City Council has directed the creation of a new Public Art Review Committee (PARC) to assist the City in reviewing proposals for public art and conducting practical assessments of the feasibility of installing and maintaining such art works in the public sphere.

PARC responsibilities include: 


City Announces Holiday from Parking Enforcement Dec 17-26

December 13, 2022

Reviving a holiday tradition, the City Council voted to approve a Parking Enforcement Holiday on City-owned metered and kiosk parking in the downtown area from Saturday, December 17, 2022 through Monday, December 26, 2022.  Parking fees in the Foundry Place and Hanover Garages remain in effect.