The Newport City Council got a lot done Monday evening…some decisions made…some decisions postponed for more study. The issue of long-time littering by tourists and locals alike of plastic cups and paper/plastic plates was top of mind among the council. City councilors admitted that they would like to ban those things as soon as possible but the community – especially the business community – may not go along with it. So the council decided to take it one step at a time. They want to get opinions from Newport residents and business operators. Even the state legislature.
When all was said and partly-not-done the consensus of the council was to agree that a near outright ban on the plastics probably won’t work according to public opinion. But they were none-the-less interested in some “near horizon” time-line to begin removing plastic and styrofoam from the environment – at least around Newport. There was also a suggestion that Newport might wait to see what the Oregon Legislature might come up with in terms of ridding Oregon of plastic and styrofoam. The council said it would like to schedule a public hearing sometime in January to get public opinion on the record as the idea moves forward.
Recognizing that the current economic recession is really hard on the poor, the council also decided that they would like to create overnight parking for camper-trailers or just trailers. They’ve got their eye on a city-owned parking lot at 9th and Hurbert. There is a restroom facility on site but it wouldn’t be open after 7 or 8pm. No specific time line on the idea, but they were talking like it would be pretty soon.
The City Council also took the first step to shift some energy toward homeless housing. Lately Grace Wins Haven was moving forward on the program but another homeless-helping entity based out of the Willamette Valley has stepped in and partnered with Grace Wins to create more housing – not only in south county but up in Lincoln City as well. It will also give some relief to Grace Wins and allow it to better take care of their current clients.
And finally, the Rogue River Brewing Company, located at 2160 SE OSU Drive (South Beach), has submitted an application for a Distillery License to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. A license will allow Rogue Brewing to import, manufacture, distill, rectify, blend, denature, and store distilled liquor with an alcoholic content of greater than ten percent by volume, and to sell the distilled liquor to sales outlets in Oregon as well as other states. This business is moving to Newport from its current location in Portland and will operate under the trade name, Rogue Spirits Pilot Distillery.