Trash rates rising, converting the old pool, Chamber gets a three year extension, and a new weather camera lights up the town
The Newport City Council covered a lot of ground Monday night. So let’s get to it:
The council reviewed a report of higher costs and a little bit of inflation and then granted Thompson Sanitation a 6.4% rate increase for picking up the trash at the street in the Newport area. A 24 gallon weekly pickup goes from $27.35 a month to $29.10 a month. 65 gallon weekly pickup goes from $49.80 a month to $53.00 a month. Commercial rates went from a 35 gallon per week pickup for $22.70 a month to $24.15 a month. A 65 gallon weekly pickup rises from $44.30 a month to $47.15 a month. Rates take effect July 1st.
Speaking of money – the city council decided to use the proceeds from the sale of the city owned Bornstein property down on the Bayfront to pay off a couple of big bills: From the $1.6 million dollar sale of the Bornstein building the council will pay off the loan for the creation of the Northside Fire Station – roughly $203,000 – now all paid off. Then the council paid off the Angle Street parking lot across Angle in what was the backside of the old Salvation Army parking lot. A little bigger number for this: $1.1 Million. But they burned the mortgage on it. The rest is still in the till, roughly a third of a million that will be set aside for future “must haves,” yet to be determined.
The Newport Chamber of Commerce got a three year extension from the city to continue being the area’s primary tourism promotion organization. The council likes the chamber’s work so much they didn’t even put the contract out to bid.
The city signed a contract with KPTV 12 in Portland to install and maintain a live, over-the-air video camera that will provide live pictures of Newport, broadcast all over Portland, the Coast and the Valley. The video will capture a beautiful Bayfront perspective and will hopefully become a favorite with Fox News viewers watching all the fishing and oceanographic ships sailing back and forth.
Fox 12 will charge the city just under $3,000 a month to promote Newport over the air, on their news website, during news segments and weather forecasts and on other advertising platforms. KGW-8 Portland already has a live camera broadcasting scenes from Newport.
And finally, the Lincoln County School District has offered the city council an offer they might not be able to refuse – transforming the old Newport Swim Center into a new school district office building used for teacher training, educational assistance to students, room for IT services, Adaptive P.E., Special Education, school nurses training room, teachers on special assignments, records storage and more. All of those activities would be taken out of school buildings across the district and plugged into the renovated pool building. The idea is to free up enough space to create a net increase of 12 new classrooms to accommodate rising student enrollment county-wide.
Total cost to the district for all the renovations is estimated to be around $2 Million and will take 2 to 3 years of renovation, with services moving into the building in stages over those three years.
The city council learned that if they say yes, it’ll save the city a pretty penny from having to tear the pool down to the dirt. The school district will also provide a more welcoming gateway entrance off Bear Creek Road into Forest Park.
An earlier statement that Bear Creek Road might have been closed from the pool down to the water treatment plant was an error. Although the closure was suggested during the council’s conversation, by the end of the meeting the closure idea was dropped. NLC.com regrets the error.
The city council ordered an open hearing to be conducted in the near future so the public can weigh in on the proposal.