As shown below, various Portsmouth departments have different office hours and closures in affect during this holiday season. Those with car registrations and more due at the month should note that City Hall will not be open on New Year’s Eve, December 31st; instead City Hall will have extended hours on the Friday, December 28th, remaining open until 4:30 p.m.
The December 20th Planning Board meeting will include a review and adoption of the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).
Portsmouth water remains in compliance with quality requirements for lead
The City of Portsmouth completed its recent round of sampling under the Lead & Copper monitoring program and is pleased to report that the water system remains in compliance with the current lead and copper regulations. This sampling is required by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) and is administered by NH Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) through the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR).
In October, Portsmouth opened its new, 600-space parking garage at 100 Foundry Place. With easy access to major travel corridors, both residents and visitors can easily enjoy quick access to Downtown Portsmouth during the busy holiday season. At just $1.00 per hour, the Foundry is the best rate available in town.
On Monday, November 19th, utility work will occur on the intersection of Court Street and Pleasant Street. Court Street will be closed between Pleasant and Church Streets, and the Pleasant and Court Streets' intersection will remain open for traffic coming from State Street or Marcy Street. A detour route will be in place along with signage and flaggers to assist. Work is expected occur between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Beginning the week of November 12th, crews will begin removing the City’s bicycle corrals, Zagster bike share stations, and most of the white reflective plastic delineators along the Middle Street / Lafayette Road new bicycle lanes to avoid conflicts with snow clearing operations during the winter season. All items will be removed before Thanksgiving.
By signing up for Portsmouth’s CodeRED alerts, you can receive immediate alerts by text and/or email when there is an advanced warning for a snow emergency, a declared parking ban and when a parking ban has been terminated.
Due to damage to a control box from recent storms, the lights at the South Mill Pond basketball and tennis courts are not functioning properly; users of the courts should be aware that nighttime use is currently limited due to lack of safe lighting. Public Works is addressing this issue and anticipates the repairs to be made within a couple weeks; an update will be posted at that time.
Higher than normal precipitation over the past three months have caused the quantity of available groundwater and surface water to be greater than normal for this time of year. The quality of the surface water has greatly improved and stabilized since the dynamic water quality changes that occurred in late September and October.
The City is opening their second parking garage at 100 Foundry Place on Halloween day, Wednesday, October 31st. To celebrate the grand opening, Mayor Blalock will join City staff and those involved in the project for a ribbon cutting ceremony at 8 a.m.