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Newport City Council hosted a regular monthly meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m.

Here’s what was on the agenda and how the votes went;

Agenda

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG

1.      PUBLIC HEARING:      Action Item #5929/20 – RE:   Public Hearing – Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Application 2019 (w/accompanying resolution)

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Council approved motion 7-0

LICENSES AND PERMITS

2.      Communication from Morneau & Murphy, re:  Requesting permission on behalf of The Jamestown, the MV Katherine and the Coastal Queen, to serve alcoholic beverages while at dockside at several stops in Newport Harbor for the 2020 season

Council approved motion 7-0

3.      Special Event License, newportFILM, d/b/a newportFILM Drive In Documentary Film Screening, Easton’s Beach Parking Lot 3; July 9, 2020 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Councilor Leonard recused herself. Council approved 6-0

4.      Victualing License, New, Beverage Newport Shipyard, LLC, d/b/a Belle’s Café, One Washington St., designated as the area included in the indoor seating and outdoor seating as set forth on that certain survey prepared by Ravi Engineering & Land Surveying, P.C. dated July 22, 2019 (In conjunction with liquor license transfer)

Council approved motion 7-0

5.      Victualing License, New, Kinsley’s LTD, d/b/a Newport Blue’s Café, 286 Thames St., First & Second Floors- per restrictions on file in the City Clerk’s Office (In conjunction with liquor license transfer)

Council approved motion 7-0

6.      Entertainment License, New, Class A (indoors), Kinsley’s LTD, d/b/a Newport Blue’s Café, 286 Thames St. First & Second Floors (Hearing)

Amended to say windows and doors must be closed. Council approved motion 7-0

RESOLUTIONS

7.      Homestead Exemption– J. Bova- Continued from May 27, 2020

Amendment to resolve that the options would be presented to Council in December 2020. Amendment passed 7-0. Resolution as amended passed 7-0.

8.      State of Emergency– Extension of Time Period

McLaughlin mad a motion to amend to only extend the extension to City Council’s first in-person meeting (July 8th). The motion failed 1-6 (McLaughlin yay). The motion as written (extension for another 30 days) passed 6-1 (McLaughlin nay).

9.      Medical Marijuana Facility Moratorium- L. Ceglie, J. Napolitano, K. Leonard, J. McLaughlin

Ceglie amended the resolve for the City to refer this to the City’s planning board. Council approved as amended 6-0 (Leonard excused herself from remainder of meeting)

ORDINANCES

10.  Ordinance amending Chapter 17, Section 17.04.050 entitled “General Requirements”, Section 17.08.010 entitled “Definitions” and 17.100.130 entitled “Home Occupations” (Second Reading)

Council approved 6-0

11.  Amending Chapter 5.57 entitled, “Mobile Food Establishments” to amend Section 5.57.040 entitled “Restrictions on Permits” (First Reading)- continued from June 10, 2020

Council voted 6-0 to continue

COMMUNICATIONS AND PETITIONS

12.  Communication from the Energy and Environment Commission, re:  Community Choice Aggregation Programming (CCA)

Council voted 6-0 to receive

COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE CITY MANAGER

13.  Recommendations on Roadway Closures- Resolution #2020-40  

Council voted 6-0 to receive

14.  Memo from the City Manager RE: Update – North End Urban Plan Project

Council voted to receive 6-0

15.  Action Item #5930/20 – RE:   Award of Bid # 20-045 – Water Treatment Chemicals  (w/accompanying resolution)

Council approved 6-0

16.  Action Item #5931/20 – RE:  Ordinance Change –  Chapter 10.28.080 – Easton’s Beach Parking Lot  (w/accompanying ordinance)

Council approved 6-+0

ADJOURN AS COUNCIL AND CONVENE AS BOARD OF LICENSE COMMISSIONERS

BOARD OF LICENSE COMMISSIONERS

LICENSES AND PERMITS

1.      Application of JR Holdings, LLC, 8 West Marlborough St., holder of a Class BL alcoholic beverage license, to transfer ownership and location to Beverage Newport Shipyard, LLC (SW SHM Beverage, LLC- 100%), d/b/a Belle’s Café, One Washington St., designated as the area included in the indoor seating and outdoor seating as set forth on that certain survey prepared by Ravi Engineering & Land Surveying, P.C. dated July 22, 2019 (Hearing)

Council approved 6-0

2.      Application of Tri Group, LLC, d/b/a Newport Blues Café, 286 Thames St. first and second floors (per restrictions on file in the City Clerk’s office), holder of a Class BV alcoholic beverage license, to transfer ownership to Kinsley’s LTD, (Brian Foley-100%), d/b/a Newport Blues Café for the same premises (Hearing)

Council approved 6-0

3.      Application of Newport Wine Cellar, LLC, d/b/a Newport Wine Cellar, 11 Memorial Blvd, holder of a Class A alcoholic beverage license to transfer the location to 5 Merton Rd. (Hearing)

Council approved 6-0

4.      Communication from Peter Regan, Esq, on behalf of L & B Associates, LLC, d/b/a Backyard Patio & Grill, 151 Swinburne Row, re:  Operation Update and Request for Issuance of License

Council approved 6-0

The City Manager provided an update on masks to close the meeting. Masks and educational material will continue to be handed out across the City. City increasing signage, banners, and enhancement.

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