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The Newport City Council hosted their regularly scheduled meeting on January 27th at 6:30 the Pell Elementary School Cafetorium, 35 Dexter Street.

Here’s a quick round-up of some of the more interesting items that were reviewed, discussed and introduced – the full agenda for the meeting is here.

Contact information for the Newport City Council can be found HERE.


The Newport City Council was asked to review and approve 19 special event licenses, 6 for Ballard Park, 7 for Preservation Society of Newport County and a few others. (All of these were approved on January 27th)


  1. Recommended FY2017-2021 Capital Improvement Program (Receive   and order advertised for hearing on February 10 and 24, 2016)

(Document is on City’s website:; click on Departments-Finance-Finance Home)


City Council will vote to approve entertainment licenses for Cafe Zelda and AOH, at the last meeting they were both approved.

  1. Entertainment License, New, Class A (Indoors), Café Zelda, LLC, d/b/a Café Zelda, 528-530 Thames St. (Second Hearing) (Approved on January 27th)
  2. Entertainment License, New, Class A (Indoors), Ancient Order of Hibernians, d/b/a Ancient Order of Hibernians, 2 Wellington Ave. (Second Hearing) (Approved on January 27th)


6.   Parking for residents during winter months- J. Florez

Councilor John Florez has submitted a resolution that would suspend the current parking ordinance during the month of January and February.

With passage of the resolution, Newport City Council would provide residents with “a much need break during the winter months, by suspending the current parking ordinance for the months of January an February. Individuals who have resident stickers will be allowed to park for any duration of time in all non-handicap parking spaces.”

At the January 27th meeting

  • Councilor Florez made an amendment to omit Thames Street and Broadway from the list of streets included in this resolution but to extend the resolution to March 31st and for it to be looked at a one time pilot program for future consideration. Seconded it by Councilor Camacho.
  • After discussion, the resolution and motion failed 2 -5 with (with Councilor Florez and Councilor Leonard voting in favor and Councilor’s Mclaughlin, Napolitano, Neville Cegile and Camacho voting against).


7.   Amending Chapter 10.20.130, entitled, “Snow Removal” (Second Reading)

This amendment would add 15 streets to the current parking ban street list, would increase from 9 to 24.

Reminder: On many if not most items, City Council has to vote twice to approve a resolution or license. When you see “Second Hearing”, in most cases the decision for the resolution or license will be final at this meeting.

At the January 27th meeting; 

  • The amendment was passed 6-1 with Councilor Leonard voting against.

Newport City Council Meetings

The Council’s regularly schedule Wednesday night meetings are first aired on COX Cable channel 18 at 8 P.M. the following night and then aired throughout the period until the next meeting.

Those start times are approximate and depend on preceding program lengths.They are listed on COX Cable channel 17. For special meetings and workshops, please check the program schedule on COX channel 17.

A DVD of each City Council Meeting is also available for viewing at the Newport Public Library.

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