November 11 is the day in which we honor our military veterans who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Veterans Day coincides with the anniversary of the end of WWI, when major hostilities ended the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, when the armistice with Germany went into effect. It was very fitting that we were able to dedicate new signage for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Walkway at Don and Ann Davis Park this past week. Mayor Sawyer, members of the City Council, and I were joined by representatives of the Vietnam Veterans to dedicate this new sign. On behalf of the City administration, I want to thank all of those who have served in our military to protect the freedom and rights we have as Americans today.
I would like to also express congratulations to Mayor Sawyer on his re-election for a second two-year term on the City Council, Councilor Dietmar Goebel for his re-election for a second four-year term on the City Council, and Cynthia Jacobi and Beatriz Botello for being elected to their first full four-year terms in Council.
During these challenging times, there is a lot of benefit to have this type of stability on the Council. I also want to thank former Mayor Sandy Roumagoux and Ryan Perry for their willingness to run for seats on the Council, offering choices to the voters for the leadership of the City of Newport over the next few years.
On Monday, November 2, the City Council extended the COVID-19 City emergency until January 4. This will allow various emergency orders that have been previously approved by the Council to remain in effect, and will give the City the authority to make any new emergency declarations that may be necessary with COVID-19 numbers rising on a statewide basis at this time. Fortunately in Lincoln County, things have been quite stable. There is, unfortunately, the likelihood that we will be impacted by this increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations being experienced in the state and country. While we are all getting tired of the restrictions surrounding COVID-19, I urge everyone to continue practicing social distancing, wearing masks when inside public places, and frequently washing your hands. These simple steps can make a significant difference in controlling the spread of COVID-19 within the City of Newport.