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On Wednesday at 6:30 pm, Newport City Council hosted a regular council meeting. Here’s the full video and a recap of the meeting;

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

We’ll provide updates as they happen.

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

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Continued until no later than June 3rd (time and date tba), approved 7-0.

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

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Continued until no later than June 3rd (time and date tba), approved 7-0.

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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After comment from several members of the community and City Council, Council voted 6-1 (Leonard nay) to moving the school bond forward as one bond item.


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

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After discussion on council on how to issue the 3 available food cart licenses (4 applied), City Council agreed to approve them in the order in which they were received. Voted to approve 7-0 renewal of the license

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

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Voted to approve the license 7-0

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

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Voted to approve the license 7-0.

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

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Due to no more licenses being available, Council voted 7-0 to deny the license.


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

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The Council voted 7-0 to table the resolution.

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

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The resolution passed 7-0.

5.Guiding Principles for Summer 2020 – J. Bova

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The resolution passed 7-0.

6.Homestead Exemption – J. Bova

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Continued to June 10th. Vote 7-0

7.Mask Wearing – S. Taylor

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After much discussion by council members, this was tabled to be further discussed during a special meeting next week. 7-0.

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