It will be a busy week for the Newport City Council.

On Tuesday at 4:30 pm, Newport City Council hosted a workshop where they will receive a COVID-19 crisis update from City Manager Joe Nicholson.

During COVID-19 update, Newport City Manager Joe Nicholson tells members of the City Council that he’s considering stopping restaurants from being able to offer to go alcohol sales come June 1.

In response to a question about trash cans overflowing, he says that he is considering limiting restaurants to the “normal zoning rule”, take-out being no more than 25% of a restaurants business come June 1.

Following the meeting, City Manager Joe Nicholson told What’s Up Newp, “They are issues that I perceive as being a problem. But we have not made any decisions yet on anything”.

You can watch the discussion on these two issues from approximately 12:00 – 20:00 above.

On Wednesday at 6:30 pm, Newport City Council will host a regular council meeting.

The following items of business, filed with the City Clerk under the Rules of the Council, will come before the Council at its regular meeting;

1.PUBLIC HEARING:  Proposed Budget FY 2021 (A copy is available on the city’s website)
a.Ordinance Appropriating Revenues (First Reading) – Continued from May 13, 2020


b.Ordinance Amending Title 3, Personnel (First Reading)- Continued from May 13, 2020



2.Mobile Food Establishment (MFEC), 3 available:
a.Viking Hot Dog, LLC, d/b/a Viking Hot Dog LLC, One Courthouse Square, Newport, RI, Renewal


b.Derek Ardito, d/b/a Mooseman’s Kettle Corn, 87 Van Zandt Ave, Newport, RI, New


c.The Coffee Guy LLC, d/b/a The Coffee Guy, 796 Aquidneck Rd., Middletown, RI, New

Coffee Guy

d.Longade LLC, d/b/a Del’s Lemonade, 1 Winfield Court, Middletown, RI, New



3.Postpone the Re-valuation Process – K. Leonard, L. Ceglie, J. Napolitano


4.Road Closures – J. Bova, S. Taylor, L. Ceglie

Road Closures

5.Guiding Principles for Summer 2020 – J. Bova

Summer 2020

6.Homestead Exemption – J. Bova

Homestead Exemption

7.Mask Wearing – S. Taylor

Mask Wearing

8.Memorializing the General Assembly to Enact Legislation Authorizing the City of Newport to Issue not to exceed $106,500,000 General Obligation bonds, notes and other evidences of indebtedness to finance all costs relating to the construction, renovation, improvement, alteration, repair, landscaping, furnishing and equipping of: (I) an addition to the Claiborne Pell Elementary School, including but not limited to, classrooms and associated support space, site improvements, and parking and (II) a new school facility for the William S. Rogers High School, provided that the authorization shall be reduced by the amount of certain grants received from State bond proceeds, from the Rhode Island Department of Education or from the Rhode Island School Building Authority 

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What’s Up Newp will also broadcast the meeting here, on our Facebook Page, and on YouTube.