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The Newport City Council will next meet on Wednesday, September 27th at 6:30 pm in the Council Chamber at Newport City Hall, here’s what they will review, vote on and discuss.

The meeting is open to the general public and there is an opportunity for the public to speak (on a topic not already on the agenda) at the beginning of the meeting.

Can’t make it to the meeting? You can watch the meeting live on the City’s website on September 27th beginning at 6:30 pm Special Event Licenses

1 – Special Event Licenses

There are 6 special event licenses up for review, which include applications by Sail Newport to host a Reception for Sail for Hope at Newport Shipyard, an application from Paul Hafner to host a Wiffleball Tournament at Morton, an application from Miracle of Motherhood to host a Mommy Needs a Moment Social, an application for the annual Trinity Church Pumpkin Patch, an application by The Landing for their annual Landing Seafood Fest and finally an application by St. Joseph’s Church to host their annual Harvest Festival.

2 – Holiday Selling License

Sandra Gaines, who recently turned herself into Newport Police on September 7th and was charged with 8 counts of Forgery/Counterfeiting/Alter Trademarks, is applying for a new holiday selling license for “The Posh and Polished Male”, which will be located at 547 Thames Street.

3 – Communications

The Newport City Council will receive a communication from Marian Eastman, President of Lyme Yarnbombs, requesting permission to sew lime green sweaters onto Newport parking meters to raise awareness about lyme disease.

According to the communication, the sweaters, called yarnbombs, will be sewn onto the meter pols around the city by volunteers and will include a tag with a different fact or prevention tip, relating to Lime Disease. The applicant is looking to install them on April 21, 2018 and leave them up for one month.

Another communication will be submitted to City Council by Janet Coit, Director of RI DEM, congratulating the City of Newport and the Washington Square Advisory Committee on the completion of gas lamps to LED lights in Washington Square.

4 -Licenses & Permits

Sandra Gaines is applying for a new second-hand license for the aforementioned “The Posh and Polished Male”, while I’m Sushi is applying for a new victualing license for their space at 258 Bellevue Avenue.

Mudville Cafe and Stoneacre will both have hearings held for a new indoor entertainment license.

5 – Notifications from City Manager

Action Item #5689/17  re:  Newport Police Department 2017 Byrne Grant (w/accompanying resolution), which was continued from September 13th and has grabbed the attention of some will be introduced. Here, the Newport Police Department recommends that the City of Newport approve an application to the U.S. Department of Justice for the 2017 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistant Grant Formula Program: Local Solicitation, in the amount of $20,680, for use in the Police Department’s 2017 Directed Enforcement program.

6 – Board Of License Commissioners

Sail Newport has applied for a daily liquor license for Sail For Hope at Newport Shipyard on September 30th.

Seamen’s Church Institue has applied for a daily liquor license for Landing Seafood Fest on October 14th and 15th.

For more information and to see all that will be discussed, view the agenda here.

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