The Newport City Council had a rather quick meeting Monday evening – most issues were pretty low level but there were a few issues in need of close study.
Crack out of the box some Newport neighborhood citizens raised the issue of upgrading U.S. Postal Deliveries. But there were a few roadblocks getting in the way. Postal delivery drivers driving up and down the hill in the 17th Street area are having troubles delivering mail. The mail truck drivers say they don’t feel safe because of family walkers don’t have sidewalks. There is also the issue of local residents and out of town visitors driving at excessive speeds – including blind curves. Neighbors say 17th Street is especially challenging if not dangerous at times for pedestrians.
There is also some mail boxes that are barely off the road which can put pedestrians in a bad situation. Pedestrians often complain of the less than safe conditions on the narrow roads. Neighbors are hoping to gain the attention of Newport police officers so they can add their presence to these neighborhoods. But Newport officers say adding officers to the department is very time consuming and frequently the department has to hire new officers which takes nearly a year to be fully familiar with all the rules and regulations practiced by veteran officers.
It’s extremely sad that two well known city leaders have passed away….Bill Bain, 84, of Newport, formerly of Albany, passed away Friday, July 15, at the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. Mr. Bain was a real estate wonder.
Another well known man-about-town and a marvelous community leader, Terry Obteshka has also passed away leaving behind his wife and many city friends, business associates and neighbors. Both Bill Bain and Terry Obteshka were terrific community boosters.