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Newport City Council hosted a regular council meeting via Zoom on Wednesday evening.

All members of City Council and the City Manager were present for the virtual meeting.

While the public was able to listen in by phone, there was not any opportunity for the public to watch or participate in any way.

Here’s a look at the agenda and a quick recap on how things went;

1.Covid-19 – Business Support System – K. Leonard

Business Support System

Councilor Leonard read and introduced this ordinance. The motion was seconded by Councilor Napolitano. After a long discussion about what and who should be at the table to help businesses, the resolution passed 7 -0.

2.State of Emergency – Extension of Time Period      

State of Emergency

The motion passed 6-0 (Councilor McCalla did not vote, was having technical issues).


3.Amending Chapter 14.04.020 of the Codified Ordinances, entitled, “Moratorium” (Second Reading)


City Solicitor clarified that this is the second reading and if it passes tonight, it officially passes. The ordinance passed 4-3 (Leonard, Ceglie, and Napolitano opposed).


4.Scheduling Council Workshops

Discussion was had among the council to have workshops on the school bond, new budget, North End Zoning, and Pell Bridge Ramp realignment. No dates or workshops were set on. No vote taken, just an opportunity for feedback to City Manager.
5.Memo from City Manager, re:  Planning for FY 2020 and beyond


No vote taken.

City Council voted to adjourn 7-0.

The next Regular Council Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 13th at 6:30 pm.

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