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Newport City Council – Still fighting packaged take-out food that winds up on the ground or on the beach…

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Newport City Councilors have finally started to make Newport’s city streets, pathways and beaches a little cleaner.  The Newport City Council has approved a more streamlined set of packaging for take-out food that doesn’t wind up “blowin’ in the wind.”  The council said they’ll be talking more about trying keep Newport pretty and clean over the next three months – getting something done.   Bye-bye polystyrene, single-use foam and plastic utensils, fiber-based materials and other serviceware.  The council will likely have everything figured out by March 21st if the weather co-operates.

Now, what about fireworks on the 4th of July?  It’s well known that if the coast gets a long dry summer, fire outbreaks can destroy a lot of property.  The city is pondering whether shooting off fireworks on the 4th of July would be okay.  So the city council is taking it slow on whether there will be too much fireworks due to the tinder dry grass, bushes and trees.

The council touched on an issue that has been hanging around city hall for months – and that is waiting for City Clerk Peggy Hawker to retire early next year which means the city has to really scramble to get a replacement.  It’s a very involved position and takes a lot of brainpower.  But there’s a very bright light just over the horizon.  The city may hire a new full-time Deputy City Recorder as well as fill the City Clerk’s position this Spring when Hawker and her hubby return to the mid-west.

And it appears that Newport is getting an expanded north end fire station off Highway 101 at 73rd Street, which will eventually accommodate Oregon Department of Forestry’s plans to expand that fire station. Goes without saying that a good head-start on any coastal forest fires near Newport are likely to be tamed.

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