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  • City of Portsmouth: What's News for Feb. 22—Congratulations are in Order!

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    City Manager's Advisory
    Monday, February 22, 2021


    ALDRICH ROAD TRAFFIC CALMING MEETING TUES FEB 23 at 6:30 pm via Zoom. For Zoom registration, click here.
     
                                           
    CITY WINS BUDGET PRESENTATION AWARD
     – The Government Finance Officers Association has awarded Portsmouth its Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the FY21 budget. In announcing the award, GFOA said, “This award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting. Its attainment represents a significant achievement by your organization.”

    Todd HenleyTODD HENLEY NAMED RECREATION DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR -- Portsmouth City Manager Karen Conard and the Portsmouth Recreation Board are pleased to announce the selection of Todd Henley as the new Director of the Recreation Department for the City. He returns to the Portsmouth Recreation Department, where he worked for ten years at the beginning of his career, from the Town of Kittery where he has worked for the Kittery Recreation Department/Community Center for the past 13 years. He has served on the Portsmouth Recreation Board for the past 11 years. (Image: SeacoastOnline.com)

    “Out of a pool of more than sixty applicants, Todd Henley stood out for his institutional knowledge and understanding of both the Portsmouth Recreation Department and this community,” said Conard in making the announcement. “Additionally, we believe his connection to the local Arts community through his role as the Kittery Community Center manager will greatly assist him in his new role, and will complement his broad base of relationships in the City and the region. The Board, search committee and I agree that Todd is the best person to honor the legacy of Rus Wilson and to develop this position and this important City Department.”
    BLUE RIBBON COMMITTEES
    To follow the work of the Mayor's Blue Ribbon Committees as they work on efforts to keep Portsmouth safe and vibrant, visit these pages for meeting information, recordings, minutes and support materials:

    QUESTIONS ABOUT WHETHER TO GET THE VACCINE WHEN IT'S YOUR TURN? Click here.
     
    UPDATE: Everyone receiving Dose 1 is now given a vaccination card with an appointment already scheduled for Dose 2. You can reschedule that appointment, if you need to.  

    CANCELLING APPOINTMENTS AND RESCHEDULING – 
    There are still some people who had to choose Dose 2 appointment dates well beyond the recommended 21 or 28 days for the follow-up vaccine. You can cancel and reschedule your Dose 2 appointment for an earlier date -- MORE APPOINTMENTS NOW AVAILABLE. 

     COVID-19 VACCINE ADMINISTRATION IN NEW HAMPSHIRE – As of February 22, NH had received 328,525 doses of vaccine and had vaccinated 267,893
    . The dose balance ensures vaccine for those scheduled to receive first or second doses in the current Phase 1A-1B. For the CDC vaccine tracker, by state, click here.

    AGE 65+ VACCINATION APPOINTMENT WEBSITE  OPEN -- 
    Scheduling an appointment online is the fastest, most efficient way to do so and is highly encouraged. The website is designed to handle 100,000+ people at the same time. For those unable to schedule an appointment online, the 211 Hotline remains available, 7 days a week, 6 am to 10 pm. That call center is staffed by 300+ people, but the wait times can be 45 minutes or more.

    Those 65+ who do not have Internet access and need assistance can call Brinn Sullivan [603-610-4433] at the Portsmouth Senior Activity Center. Brinn is also assisting seniors who need assistance with transportation to the local vaccination sites. 

    CDC IS ADVISING THAT THOSE RECEIVING DOSE 2 NOT TAKE A PAIN RELIEVER BEFORE THE VACCINATION AS THIS DAMPENS THE INTENDED EFFECT. 
    For the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccines visit the Vaccination FAQs on the Health Department webpage.

     

    PERMITS FOR OUTDOOR DINING, DOMES AND IGLOOS – APPLICATION PROCESS NOW OPEN
     
    • Those approved for the 2020 season DO NOT need to reapply. They will be contacted directly by the City to renew their licenses for the upcoming season.  Those who wish to add dome or 'igloo' structures need to add those plans to their Viewpoint permit information.
    • Businesses who were not approved in 2020 and wish to operate an outdoor cafe on public property in 2021 must apply for approval by submitting an application through the City's Viewpoint online permitting portal.
    • Anyone opening a new restaurant, is an existing restaurant that is expanding or adding an outdoor area on private property, or who seeks to place tables, chairs or signage on a public sidewalk with no food or alcohol service, please click here for more information.
    For more information about outdoor café permitting standards and guidance on application submissions, click here 
    Once an application is approved, use of public sidewalks is allowed starting March 1. Approved use of public streets will start April 1, weather permitting. Direct any questions about the 2021 outdoor dining seasons to the Planning Department at 610-7216 or 
    planning@cityofportsmouth.com.
    NOT JUST
     FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH
      
    Portsmouth is a Racial Justice Municipality. To learn more about what that commitment means, click here
    MCINTYRE DESIGN ROUNDTABLE -- COMMENTS WELCOME THROUGH FEB 25 at 5 pm -- Principle Group hosted a Zoom discussion Feb 11th as a Designers' Roundtable session on the McIntyre Project designs. Principle Group presented the draft designs and local designers (aka "Panelists") critiqued and provided comments. Then the Roundtable offered this Miro tool showing all the design sketches for the public to comment.  For all of the background and Study Circle reports on the McIntyre Project, the designs and for  instructions on how to add your comments on the virtual whiteboard, click hereThe opportunity to view the design sketches and comment via this tool will stay open until February 25 at 5 pm.





    TAX PREPARATION ASSISTANCE

    February 7 – April 11, 2021

    NOTE: AARP Tax Help is drop-off-only this year.
     
    1. Pick up a tax filing envelope.  Please take only one envelope per tax return.  Available at:
    • Portsmouth Public Library (Monday - Thursday and Saturday, 11 am - 1 pm)
    • Portsmouth Senior Activity Center, 125 Cottage St (any time -- envelopes located under the canopy) 
    2. Return tax package to Senior Activity Center. Instructions and list of what to bring for the intake interview with the tax counselor are included in the tax envelope. Portsmouth Senior Activity Center, 125 Cottage Street (COAST Bus #40). Sundays 12 noon - 1 pm. Mondays 10 am to 12 noon. 

    3. Intake Interview – a tax counselor will contact you for an intake interview.  
     
    If you have any questions or need special assistance call AARP’s Tax-Aide Volunteer Hotline at 603-205-2646.
            

    NH SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER WEBINARS
    • PPP Applications in 2021, Both First and Second Draw
    March 4 | 10am
    We'll help you understand the 2021 PPP Application process and whether you are eligible for the first or second draw. get your questions answered during the Q&A.
    •  COVID Assistance for the Self-Employed
    March 11 | 10am
    Sole proprietor, Schedule-C filer, or LLC? Join us to review special considerations for PPP and other federal relief programs, as well as your eligibility for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.
     
    To register, click here.
     
    SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER COVID-19 RELIEF RESOURCES
    click here.

     
    SAGAMORE AVE SEWER EXTENSION PROJECT WORK FEB 22-26
    As part of the Sagamore Avenue Sewer Extension Project, borings are needed to collect data about the soils and bedrock in the project area. Work is scheduled to take place Monday, February 22 through Friday, February 26, 8 am to 3:30 pm, weather permitting. The work area includes: Walker Bungalow Road at the Shaw Road intersection, and sections of Sagamore Avenue and Wentworth House Road. The work will take place on one side of the road, leaving one lane for traffic; but some delays may be expected. For more information on this project, click here.
    THANK YOU PORTSMOUTH! The Alliance for Greater Good raised $6,200 for Take Out Hunger through its Cocktails for a Cause fundraiser. Take Out Hunger pays local restaurants to prepare meals for those in need in our community.

    GOVERNOR’S EMERGENCY ORDER EXTENDED THROUGH MARCH 5, 2021.

    For all the COVID-related resources, click here

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    For answers to other questions about the City's response to COVID-19, please email: hotline@cityofportsmouth.com


    For more information, visit City’s page on COVID-19.
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