The Newport City Council Monday night tackled a long running problem coming from the South Beach Church in Newport. For quite a while the church congregation has been playing lots of music from a sizeable band which usually winds up being quite loud – the music reverberating throughout the neighborhood. Newport Police have confirmed that complaints from residents in the area saying the church music is way too loud and lasts too long. Neighbors have been vehemently complaining – and those complaints have finally reached the neighborhoods’ limit. The police have been conferring with the church and have asked to tell the church congregation (they rent the church building from the city) that the volume of the music is still too loud.
Monday night at Newport City Hall the council and representatives of the church agreed that there must be a middle ground between the church and nearby neighbors. A church representative said they would lower the volume of their music. The city council agreed that lowering the volume “just a little” doesn’t make much of an improvement – the church and its flock will have to lower the loudness quite a lot. The church representatives assured the council that the music will be toned down – but how far down wasn’t made clear. We’ll see if the church music-makers cooperate far enough.
The City Council tackled a somewhat minor issue of keeping the front porch of City Hall clear and clean. There has been considerable opposition to some of the town’s “down-and-out” street people hanging around the front entrance while discarding food wrappers and other containers on the City Hall front steps. The council appeared willing to do something about it though they didn’t say exactly what that is. But it’s likely cleaning up and maintaining the front and rear entrances to the building without people sleeping and/or generally “hanging out” at City Hall.