Newport City Council hosted their second meeting of 2020 on Wednesday, January 22nd.

The meeting lasted approximately one hour and forty five minutes.

Here’s a video of the entire meeting, we’ll follow up stories and issues as needed.

In the meantime, here’s a quick look at how the votes fell;

1.PUBLIC HEARING:  Proposed Amendments to the Zoning Ordinance- add New Chapter, 17.71 entitled, “Mixed Use Planned District”- continued from December 11, 2019 (Continued to second meeting in March, 7-0)
a.Recommendation from the Planning Board (Continued to second meeting in March, 7-0)

Planning Board

b.Ordinance amending Title 17, entitled, “Zoning” to add new Chapter 17.71 entitled, “Mixed Use Planned District” (First Reading) (Continued to second meeting in March, 7-0)

17.71

2.CONSENT CALENDAR.  (THE CONSENT CALENDAR IS APPROVED IN ITS ENTIRETY UNLESS THE COUNCIL REMOVES AN ITEM FOR DISCUSSION.  ALL LICENSES ARE GRANTED SUBJECT TO COMPLIANCE WITH ORDINANCES #31-80 AND #98-40.) (Continued to second meeting in March, 7-0)
a.Minutes of the meeting held December 11, 2019 (Approve) (Continued to second meeting in March, 7-0)

Minutes

b.Special Events:
1)LMG Rhode Island Holdings dba Newport Life Magazine, d/b/a 18th Annual Newport Bridal Show, Rosecliff & Oceancliff; March 1, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Approved 7-0)

Bridal Show

2)Gray Matter Marketing, d/b/a Newport Night Run:  A Race for Education, beginning and ending at Rogers High School; April 4, 2020 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Leonard made motion to continue, vote to continue 7 -0)

Night Run

3)Gray Matter Marketing, d/b/a Newport 10 Miler, beginning and ending at Fort Adams State Park; May 31, 2020 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (Leonard made motion to continue, vote to continue 7 -0)

10 Miler

4)Gray Matter Marketing, d/b/a Craft Brew Races Newport, Fort Adams State Park; July 25, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Approved 7-0)

Craft Brew

c.2019 Annual Reports (Receive) (Received 7-0)
1.Tree and Open Space Commission (Received 7-0)

Tree and Open Space

2.Cliff Walk Commission (Received 7-0)

Cliff Walk

3.Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission (Received 7-0)

BPAC

4.Planning Board (Received 7-0)

Planning Board

d.Capital Improvement Program FY 2021-FY2025 (Receive and order advertised for public hearing on February 12, 2020) – A copy is available in the City Clerk’s Office and on the website http://www.cityofnewport.com/departments/finance/budgets-cafrs-cips (Received 7-0)

CIP

e.Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the year ended June 30, 2019 (Receive) – A copy for review is in the City Clerk’s Office and on the city’s website http://www.cityofnewport.com/departments/finance (Received 7-0)

CAFR

f.Communication from Blum Shapiro & Company, P.C., re: Federal Single Audit Report June 30, 2019 (Receive) (Received 7-0)

Audit

g.Communication from River Hawk Environmental, LLC, re:  Notice of Dig & Haul Activities, 185 Coggeshall Avenue, Newport, RI 02840 Map 37, Lot 27 (Receive) (Received 7-0)

River Hawk

h.City of Newport Debt Affordability Presentation – Updated January 2020 (Receive) (Received 7-0)

Debt Affordability

i.Communication from City Solicitor, Christopher J. Behan, Esq. re:  Proposed amendments to the zoning ordinance (Receive and refer to the Planning Board for a recommendation and order advertised for hearing) (Received 7-0)

Zoning Ordinance

LICENSES & PERMITS

3.Mobile Food Truck License (MFET) (3 Available)
a.Michael Napolitano, d/b/a Macray’s Seafood II, 115 Stafford Rd., Tiverton, RI (Approved 6-0/ Napolitano recused)

Macray’s

4.Victualing License, New, Tokyo, Inc., d/b/a Newport Tokyo House Sushi Hibachi, 6 Equality Park Place (In conjunction with liquor license transfer) (Approved 7-0)

Newport Tokyo House

5.Victualing License, New, JJ Thai Cuisine, Inc., d/b/a Thai Cuisine, 517 Thames St. (In conjunction with liquor license transfer) (Approved 7-0)

Thai Cuisine

6.Victualing License, New, V & Z, LLC, d/b/a Newport Sticks & Cones- Waffles & Ice Cream Parlor, 8 Fair St. Unit 3-4 (Continued 7-0)

Sticks & Cones

7.Victualing License, New, Yagi Noodles, LLC, d/b/a Yagi Noodles, 580 Thames St. (Approved 7-0)

Yagi Noodles

8.Victualing License, Expansion, Salvation Café, Inc., d/b/a Salvation Café, 140 Broadway, to expand the hours of operation to Fridays and Saturdays and the night before legal state holidays until 1:00 a.m. (In conjunction with liquor license application) (Approved 6-0/Ceglie recused)

Salvation Cafe

9.APPOINTMENTS TO BOARDS & COMMISSIONS

Reappointments

RESOLUTIONS

10.Hosting Platform, Hotel Tax Remittance- J. Napolitano, L. Ceglie (Approved 7-0)

Remittance

11.Earth Day Celebration 2020- J. Bova, L. Ceglie (Approved 7-0)

Earth Day

ORDINANCES

12.Amending Chapter 5.40 of the Codified Ordinances, entitled, “Hotels” (Second Reading) (Approved 7-0)

5.40

Memorandum from the City Manager – Update on Short-Term Rental Investigatory Group RecommendationsUpdate

13.Draft RIDE Stage II Application (After much discussion, Received 7-0)

Stage II Application

Pell Addition

COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE CITY MANAGER

14.Memo from the City Manager RE: Status Report #6 on Zoning Code Update (Received 7-0)

Update

15.Action Item #5899/20 – RE:   Award of Contract for 2020 Full Revaluation  (w/accompanying resolution) (Approved 7-0)

5899

16.Action Item #5900/20 – RE:   Award of Contract – RFP # 20-021 – Repairs to Maintenance Shed (w/accompanying resolution) (Approved 7-0)

5900

17.Action Item #5901/20 – RE:   Award of Bid #NPS20-018 – Boiler Replacement at Thompson Middle School (w/accompanying resolution) (Approved 7-0)

5901

18.Action Item #5902/20 – RE:    Modification #8 to Contract # 10-039 Professional Services for Program Manager for Implementation of CSO Long Term Control Plan  (w/accompanying resolution) (Approved 7-0)

5902

19.Action Item #5903/20 – RE:  Resilient Rhody Municipal Resilience Program (MRP) – 2020 Round – Request for Responses to Provide Planning Services  (w/accompanying resolution) (Approved 7-0)

5903

ADJOURN AS COUNCIL AND CONVENE AS BOARD OF LICENSE COMMISSIONERS
BOARD OF LICENSE COMMISSIONERS
CONSENT CALENDAR

1.Class F Daily Liquor Licenses:
a.Fort Adams Trust Inc, d/b/a Newport 10 Miler/Road Race, Fort Adams State Park; May 31, 2020 (Continued 7-0)

10 Miler

b.Rhode Island Brewers Guild, d/b/a Craft Brew Races Newport- Fort Adams State Park; July 25, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. LICENSES AND PERMITS (Approved 7-0)

Craft Brew

2.Application of Salvation Café, Inc., d/b/a Salvation Café, 140 Broadway, holder of a Class C alcoholic beverage license to expand the hours of operation to sell and serve beverages on Fridays and Saturdays and the night before legal state holidays until 1:00 a.m. (Hearing) (After much discussion, approved 4-2/Ceglie recused)

Salvation Cafe

3.Application of Thames Street Thai Cuisine LLC, d/b/a Thai Cuisine, 517 Thames St., holder of a Class BL alcoholic beverage license to transfer ownership to JJ Thai Cuisine, Inc. (Jirapa Cox 50% and Inthuon Segger 50%), d/b/a Thai Cuisine, at the same premises. (Hearing) (Approved 7-0)

Thai Cuisine

4.Application of Newport Tokyo House Sushi & Asian, Inc., d/b/a Newport Tokyo House Sushi Hibachi, 6 Equality Park Place, holder of a Class BL alcoholic beverage license to transfer ownership to Tokyo, Inc. (Lei Li 100%), d/b/a Newport Tokyo House Sushi Hibachi, at the same premises. (Hearing) (Approved 7-0)

Newport Tokyo House

5.Action Item #5904/20 – RE:  Show Cause Hearing:  Mermaids Newport, LLC, d/b/a Poor Richard’s-Benjamin’s-Operating Without a Valid Class BV Alcoholic Beverage License (Continued to Feb. 26th, 7-0)

5904

6.Action Item #5905/20 – RE:  Show Cause Hearing:  The Protective Club, d/b/a Protective Club-Operating Without a Valid Class D Alcoholic Beverage License (Continued to Feb. 12th, 7-0)

5905

7.Action Item #5906/20 –    RE:  Show Cause Hearing:  Radish Patch, LLC, d/b/a La Vasca-Operating Without a Valid Class BV Alcoholic Beverage License                   (Withdrawn)

5906

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