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Well so much for the “Brawl at City Hall”….

Newport Water Treatment Facility off Bear Creek Road

Newport Water Treatment Facility off Bear Creek Road

In an earlier version of this story on two public hearings, the announcement from city hall was that both the marijuana and fluoridation issues were on the same agenda. As it turned out, the fluoridation public hearing is set for September 8th, not August 17. So August 17th for the marijuana hearing – September 8th for fluoridation.

CITY OF NEWPORT TO HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING
FOR COMMUNITY INPUT ON WHETHER THE CITY COUNCIL SHOULD CONSIDER THE REINSTATEMENT
OF THE FLUORIDATION OF THE CITY’S WATER SUPPLY

The Newport City Council will hold a public hearing on whether the city should consider the reinstatement of the fluoridation of the city’s water supply. The hearing will be held at the City Council meeting on September 8th, at 6:00 P.M., in the City Council Chambers of the Newport City Hall, 169 SW Coast Highway.

In the early 1960’s, after two municipal elections, the City of Newport began fluoridating its water. In the fall of 2005, the practice was stopped by the city when it was determined that the room where the water treatment staff mixed lime was the same room where they mixed fluoride. The dust from the two was indistinguishable and the dust had coated the ventilation ductwork. It was concluded that it was unsafe to clean the ductwork due to the presence of fluoride. To continue the practice of adding fluoride to the water, without modification to the water treatment plant, would have been an OSHA violation, and the practice was discontinued.

It has been recommended by the Lincoln County Public Health Advisory Committee that the city reinstate the practice of adding fluoride to its water supply. The City Council is interested in what the entire community believes about fluoridation of the city’s water, and whether the City Council should consider reinstating the practice.

The public is encouraged to attend the public hearing on September 8, to provide comments.

The public is encouraged to attend the public hearing on September 8, 2015 to provide comments on whether the city should consider reinstating the practice of adding fluoride to the city’s water supply. Written comments may be submitted to the City Recorder, via e-mail, at publiccomment@newportoregon.gov, or by mail, or dropped off to the City Recorder at City Hall, 169 SW Coast Highway, Newport, Oregon 97365. Written comments received by Wednesday, September 2, 2015, at 5:00 P.M., will be included in the September 8, 2015 City Council packet.

Additional written comments must be submitted by 4:00 P.M. on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, and will be included as a part of the record during the public hearing scheduled that evening.

Another public hearing is being held August 17th on whether the public thinks that Newport medical marijuana pharmacies should be allowed to sell recreational marijuana beginning October 1st.

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Here’s the official announcement on that issue…

The Newport City Council will hold a public hearing on whether to allow early sales of recreational marijuana by medical marijuana dispensaries beginning October 1, 2015. The hearing will be held at the City Council meeting on Monday, August 17, 2015, at 6:00 P.M., in the City Council Chambers of the Newport City Hall, 169 SW Coast Highway.

In November 2014, Oregon voters approved Measure 91. This law allows personal growing, and possession of limited amounts of recreational marijuana, and directs the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to develop and administer a licensing system for the production, processing, and sales (wholesale and retail) of recreational marijuana.

But since that time, the state legislature has approved four different bills that prescribe actions local governments can take regarding the regulation of recreational marijuana. One of the effects of the voter-approved measure, and legislative actions, has the following impact:

* On October 1, 2015, sales of commercial marijuana from medical marijuana dispensaries can begin unless the city enacts an ordinance prohibiting early sales prior to that time.
Newport City Manager, Spencer Nebel, prepared a more comprehensive report on recreational marijuana issues which he presented to the City Council at its meeting of August 3, 2015. Follow this link to view the City Manager’s full report.

The public is encouraged to attend the public hearing on August 17, to provide comments on whether the city should allow the early sales of recreational marijuana by medical marijuana dispensaries beginning on October 1. Written comments may be submitted to the City Recorder, via e-mail, at publiccomment@newportoregon.gov, or by mail, or dropped off to the City Recorder at City Hall, 169 SW Coast Highway, Newport, Oregon 97365.

Written comments received by Wednesday, August 12, 2015, at 5:00 P.M., will be included in the August 17, 2015 City Council packet. Additional written comments must be submitted by 4:00 P.M. on Monday, August 17, 2015, and will be included as a part of the record during the public hearing scheduled that evening.

 

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