Newport City Council met for fourteen minutes in front of approximately 10 citizens on Wednesday night in the Council Chamber at Newport City Hall.

Councilor Susan Taylor was absent for the first few minutes of the meeting, she appeared in time to introduce her resolution below.

During the Citizens Forum, Ashley Hill from C-SPAN Cities Tour addressed the council on their work this week in Newport. Look for six pieces on their six pieces on Newport literacy and six pieces on Newport history on C-SPAN on January 20th and 21st, 2018. Hill was the only person to speak during the Citizens Forum.

Special Event Licenses

Seven special event licenses were approved by City Council, including an application from RI Arts Foundation for the Classical Music Festival at Newport Art Museum, Mysteries of the night at Newport Elks Lodge, Halloween Party at Newport Elks Lodge, Potters of Newport County Holiday Sale, Lucy’s Hearth Designer Wreath Sale, St. Augustin Holiday Bazaar and Great Strides – A walk to support Cystic Fibrosis at Brenton Point State Park.

Holiday Selling License

Stella Mare’s new holiday selling license was approved for Stella Mare Lifestyle at 91 Long Wharf.


Three communication were received – one from Newport Energy & Environment Commission, one from Jane Hence regarding her resignation from the Historic District Commission and one from Sharon Sullivan regarding her resignation from the Newport Hospitality commission.

Also, a communication from Newport Energy & Environment Commission was provided to Council with information regarding a water bottle filling station study.

Licenses & Permits

Newport Pedicab’s application to renew their pedicab business license for 6 pedicabs was approved.

A long list of non-liquor establishments and liquor establishments were review and approved during 2017-2018 victualing license renewals. Council Leonard excused herself from voting on @ The Deck, Docksides and Riptides license.

Appointments To Boards & Commissions

The following were approved.

Historic Cemetery Advisory Commission- Reappointment of Ingrid Peters
Planning Board- Reappointment of Melissa Pattavina
Historic District Commission- Patrick Dolat


Councilors Taylor, Florez and Leonard  resolution that would bring recreation activities to Miantonomi Park was approved.

The resolution requests City Administration to explore the feasibility of constructing an outdoor basketball court and outdoor tennis courts in the Miantonmi Park neighborhood (updated to remove the words in or around Miantonmi Park), would request City Administration to explore federal and state grant funds to assist with recreation infrastructure needs and would request the City Administration to explore the feasibility of holding a summer camp program at the park starting in the summer of 2018.

Board Of License Commissioners

A daily liquor license was approved for the Classical Music Concert at Newport Art Museum on October 27th, as well as 2017-2018 Liquor License Renewals.

For more information or to see the full agenda, visit here.

Newport City Council will meet next at 6:30 pm on November 8th in the Council Chambers at Newport City Hall.

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