Newport City Councilors will re-examine the way they appeared to be headed for banning single-use plastic shopping bags within the Newport City limits. City councilors have been approached by a number of city residents questioning the apparent rapidity of which the prohibition was being formed and put into city law. City Manager Jim Voetberg has informed the council that the process for possible approval of such a ban will run through early March with plenty of opportunities along the way for public input.
The council will also be reviewing city policies on the use of pesticide and herbicide use on city parks and public rights of way. The proposed policy basically says that such use will be rare, but justifiable if no other practical alternative can be employed.
The council will also get updates on storm drain work, construction on the new city water treatment plant and other issues. The council meets Monday evening, 6pm at city hall.