Newport Public Works crews are still at it, replacing sewer drains in the Oceana/Benton Street area. In the past, it’s been standard winter procedure to stack sandbags around various businesses to prevent flooding, but Public Works Director Tim Gross has attacked the worst of the problems here, as well as in the Nye Beach area with some partial quick fixes. Gross has told his city council that the city needs to launch a city-wide storm drain investigation to ascertain what part of the storm drain system is working, and which parts aren’t. The city council has come up to the political brink of launching a new storm drain user fee but without a plan or an estimate of total cost they’ve balked at it. Gross says getting the assessment done will get those questions answered.