The following items were discussed by Newport City Council on Wednesday, October 26th, here’s a quick review of what was approved, amended and/or changed during the more than two-hour meeting.

More in depth stories and follow up to come on a few key issues.

(Meeting notes are in bold, full agenda can also be seen below.)

No residents spoke during the Citizen’s Forum.

  1. PUBLIC HEARING:  Comprehensive Land Use Plan Update
  • Councilor Neville on Comprehensive Use Plan – Plan deserves its own meeting to discuss. Respectively asks that workshop gets scheduled soon. Public Workshop will be held on November 16th. All in favor.
  • Representative Lauren Carson spoke for a few minutes on Comprehensive Use Plan – discussed Housing Plan and offering to volunteer to assist on it.


  • a. Minutes of the meeting held August 24, 2016 (Approve) (APPROVED) 
    b. Special Event Licenses:1)Bill and Joan Allen, d/b/a Allen Wedding-Fireworks Display, Barge off of Belle Mer; October 29, 2016 from 9:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. (APPROVED)  
    2)Channing Memorial Church, d/b/a Candlelight Memorial for All Souls Day, Touro Park; October 30, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (APPROVED)  
    3)Adrenaline Sports Management, d/b/a Santa Hustle Half Marathon & 5K, beginning and ending at Easton’s Beach (route attached); November 20, 2016 from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (APPROVED) 

    • Discussion on #3 (Adrenaline Sports Management, d/b/a Santa Hustle Half Marathon & 5K, beginning and ending at Easton’s Beach (route attached); November 20, 2016 from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)

      Councilor Leonard questioned time of the event, amplification and road closures.
      Evan Smith, CEO of Discover Newport, spoke on behalf of Adrenaline Sports Management.
      Councilor Ceglie recommends race organizers apply further in advance next time.
      Mayor Napolitano discusses that she hopes that the council will soon have a workshop on road races in the near future.
      #3 – Approved

      4)Potters of Newport County and Friends, d/b/a Potters of Newport County Holiday Sale, Elks Lodge; November 26, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (APPROVED) 
      5)Artisans by the Bay, d/b/a Holiday at the Hotel Viking, Hotel Viking; November 27, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.(APPROVED) 

      c. Communication from Lynn Abrams, The Big Boy Toy Show N.E., re:  Request to change the date of previously approved The Big Boy Toy Show to June 17, 2017 and the rain date of June 18, 2017 (Approve) (APPROVED) 

      d. Holiday Selling License, New Owner, Spring Communications Holding, Inc., d/b/a AT & T Authorized Retailer #2365, 163 Connell Highway (APPROVED) 

      e. Communication from R.I. Statewide Planning Council, re:  Notice of Public Hearing: repeal of five State Guide Plan elements (Receive) (APPROVED) 

      f. Communication from CRMC, re:  Application of the City of Newport for a State of Rhode Island Assent (Receive) (APPROVED) 

      g. Communication from CRMC, re:  Public Notice- Department of the Navy proposed expansion of the existing Narragansett Bay Shallow Tracking Range located adjacent to Gould Island (Receive) (APPROVED) 

3. Licenses & Permits –

2016-2017 Victualing License Renewals  (listed at end of docket)

a)Non-liquor Establishments (APPROVED) 

b)Liquor Establishments (APPROVED) 

4.Victualing License Expansion, Surf Club, LLC, d/b/a Surf Club, 337 Thames St. (APPROVED) 
5. Entertainment License,  New, Class A (Indoor), Irish American Athletic Club, d/b/a Irish American Athletic Club, 642 Thames St. ( Hearing) (AMENDED/APPROVED)

Discussion, 8 residents spoke to City Council about their concern regarding license (all opposed). 

Amended to change the time to 9 p.m. and limit numbers of musicians to three. Councilor Leonard opposed to both amendments, all others approve.

Councilor Leonard opposed to license, all others approve.

6.Entertainment License, New, Class A (Indoor), Mission, LLC, d/b/a Mission, 29-31 Marlborough St. (Hearing) (APPROVED) 
7.Communication from Buddy Hill, owner of Eastbourne Lodge, 78 R.I. Avenue, re:  Requesting permission to remove an electrical pole in front of the property on Prairie Ave. (APPROVED, PENDING CITY ADMINISTRATION APPROVAL) 
8. Communication from Newport Prevention Coalition, re:  request for approval of funding for a Student Assistance position for the School Department under the Partnership for Success Grant  (APPROVED)
9.Communication from Bike Newport, re:  request for Council support for submission of a grant application by the City to People for Bikes under their “Big Jump Project”

Mayor Napolitano asks city administration to discuss application, City Manager Nicholson and Bill Riccio spoke about the application.

Councilor Leonard asked several questions

Approved as amended ( Florez and Leonard against)



11. Requesting the City to investigate ways to address panhandling- J. Florez

Florez amended his original resolution calling for the city to install a signage program, the original and new ordinance were heavily discussed, new ordinance was voted against (3 to 4) and eventually Florez withdrew the ordinance.  Read more about it here.

12.Amending Chapter 10.24.020 of the Codified Ordinances, entitled, “Parking    prohibited in certain places during certain hours”- Broadway East side (Second Reading) (APPROVED)
13.Amending Chapter 3.12.020 of the Codified Ordinances entitled, “City Manager to maintain specifications-Enumeration of classes” (Second Reading) (APPROVED)

14.Action Item #5570/16 re:  National Grid Petition – West Extension Street – New Pole (Continued from October 12, 2016) (APPROVED)
15.Action Item #5577/16 re:  Ordinance Change: Chapter 10.28.050 – Mary Street Parking Lot (w/accompanying ordinance) (Continued from October 12, 2016) (APPROVED)
16.Action Item #5583/16  re: RI Commerce Corporation – Renewable Energy Fund Grant Agreement (w/accompanying resolution) (APPROVED)
17. Action Item #5584/16  re: Supplemental Agreement #5 – Bid # 13-027 – City Hall (w/accompanying resolution) (APPROVED)
18. Action Item #5585/16  re: Citywide Electrical Services Contract #17-011 – Supplemental Agreement #1  (w/accompanying resolution) (APPROVED)
19. Action Item #5586/16  re: Eisenhower Park Decorative Light Post and Lantern Sole Source Purchases (w/accompanying resolution) (APPROVED)

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