Very long-time Newport City Councilor David Allen has made it to the 95% mark of becoming Newport’s next City Attorney. The City Council voted unanimously Monday evening to promote Mr. Allen to the post of being the city’s next chief legal advisor to the City Manager and City Council. The only thing holding things up is a legally required comprehensive background check on Allen’s law experience and track record for adhering to the law without any serious glitches.
During his many years on the Council Mr. Allen has proven his “analytical prowess” as a quick-headed and legally competent participant in many legal issues facing the city.
It’s anticipated that Mr. Allen will be sworn in as Newport’s next City Attorney at the next City Council meeting which means he’ll vacate his councilor’s seat on the west side of the dais for his new City Attorney’s seat on the east side of the dais, situated right next to City Manager Spencer Nebel.
It will be interesting to see who the Council selects to fill Mr. Allen’s unfinished term.
In other Council action, Councilors voted to officially create an 11 member Citizens Parking Committee to tackle the sticky issue of how to help tourists find parking along the Bayfront. The Council gave the green light to city staff to begin taking applications from citizens who would like to create ample parking along Newport’s waterfront. Their major tool will likely be short-term parking meters which will ensure ample parking turn-over up and down the Bayfront.
And the City Council gave their blessing to Newport Performing Arts Center (PAC) staff who want to name a part of the PAC the “Don and Ann Davis PAC Prop Shop.” Don Davis was Newport’s longest tenured City Manager. Both he and his wife Ann have been long-time generous contributors to the arts, all of which has helped to make Newport an out-sized venue for creative productions across the entire spectrum of artistic expression.
It was also decided by the Council that to stem the rate of the Covid-19 Virus spreading along the Central Oregon Coast:
– Newport’s 60+ Activity Center will be closed through April 13th or Until Further Notice.
– All non-essential meetings in city buildings are cancelled for 30 days – at least.
– All Newport Library outreach and other programs are cancelled for 30 days or UFN but will remain open for those wanting to check out books and other materials.
– Some city recreational programs will be canceled – check with the RecCenter: 541.265.7783, otherwise Recreation and Aquatic Centers will remain open UFN.
– The Covid-19 Virus situation is fluid and very subject to change. City staff will be evaluating the situation regularly and updates will be provided to the public.
All question may be directed to Newport City Clerk Peggy Hawker. Her email is: p.hawker@Newportoregon.gov