City Counilor-at-Large John Florez is seeking community input about the current conditions of Newport roads and how you would like to see the City Of Newport move forward with dealing with this “important topic”.
On April 13th, Florez posted on Nextdoor, a private social network that Newport residents are using to connect our community, a post titled “Do Our Roads Need to be Fixed?” seeking public input, below is the entire message;

“It’s no secret that many of our roads are in poor condition. Studies have shown that a strong infrastructure is a vital component to growing local economies. Currently the city has budgeted just under a million dollars a year for road and sidewalk improvements. If Newport is to have a road system that’s in pristine condition, it would require a considerable investment. My question to you is this: Would you like to see the city propose a comprehensive road improvement program? Or would this simply be too costly of an endeavor for our city to take on? Let me be clear, I’m not proposing anything at the moment. This is simply for the sake of civic engagement and listening to what our community thinks about this important topic.”

If you are a Newport resident and would like to engage in this discussion, sign up for/log in to Nextdoor.

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