City Council Headlines
The Newport City Council has set August 20th as the first day of business for local medical marijuana dispensaries within the city. There are two dispensaries that are expected to open – the original dispensary that was kept from opening due to the city’s moratorium on 15th, just west of 101, and a new one, This That and Other Things (Ebay) store, in downtown Newport. That store, owned by Art Hanson, told the council he has a provisional license from the state but expects to be fully licensed in time for the August 20th start date.
The City Council also approved, in concept, a big monument LED sign for 101 and Hurbert, that will flash community events and other information. It is anticipated that it will be run by the Newport Chamber of Commerce and will NOT be flashing late at night or early into the wee hours of the morning.
And the council committed $90,000 to the Lincoln Land Trust which aims to provide a small number of workforce housing opportunities for families. The Land Trust also has $90,000 commitments from the Lincoln County Commission and Lincoln City. Through fundraisers, tax foreclosure sales, donated surplus city and county lands, it’s hoped that over the next five years up to ten new homes, either through rehabilitation or newly built, will be created to help alleviate Lincoln County’s tough housing market which is priced much higher than most locals can afford to buy.
More details on these stories are coming up here on News Lincoln County.