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Newport City Council odds n’ ends…

GP Outfall funds to help improve water quality at Nye Beach

Newport Public Works Director Tim Gross is suggesting that the city allocate some of Georgia Pacific’s ocean outfall franchise fees it pays to the city of Newport and use them to fix major storm water problems in the Nye Beach area. A member of the GP Task Force, Surfrider Foundation’s Charlie Plybon said that it sounds like a win for the ocean and a win for Nye Beach in that Nye Beach suffers high contamination counts on its beaches due to regular sewer flows that should be going to septic tanks but instead are getting into the storm water system instead.

Gross says he would like to hire a storm sewer engineer to track down stormwater problems, not only in the Nye Beach area, but throughout the community, and then devise a plan to fix them and pay for it. City Finance Director David Marshall says the city could probably shoulder the added expense by fixing some accounting and fund management issues.

Bayfront gets a brand new bouncing baby parking district

In a move that can only be described as “stop talking, start doing it,” the Newport City Council Monday night gave its final blessing to creating a funded parking improvement district for the Bayfront. The district will be funded with a business license surcharge among businesses in the district which might raise twenty to twenty-five thousand dollars a year. Those funds would be directed at erecting effective signing, laying down better parking striping, leasing empty land for parking during the heavy tourist months and other tactics including mass transit to fix the Bayfront’s parking dilemma. The council was encouraged by a six thousand dollar cash infusion into the endeavor by Don Mann and his board of Newport Port Commissioners who will be contributing on behalf of commercial fishermen who use the port facilities and who must leave their vehicles while they go to sea. The city council will be telling the Bayfront Parking Committee to begin offering up tactics to spend the money in a way that provides the maximum amount of parking.

Other parking districts exist in the downtown city center and Nye Beach areas.

What’s in a name?

…and the city council ended a long running debate over how Newport should name its streets, especially in honor of “admired or revered” members of the community, either with us, or since departed. It arose over a squabble over whether the road that leads off 101 to the airport, SW 84th, should be re-named in honor of airport booster and Oregon high tech pioneer Norm Winningstad. As it turned out, Winningstad, although deceased, still has active critics involved with the airport who led the charge to keep his name off the street signs leading to the airport.

The city council Monday night agreed to a new policy that gives the city’s planning commission the duty to review such street namings, but that it will remain within the sole right of the council to agree or disagree on any particular name offered up by the commission. In short, the council will have the final say.

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