Newport City Council: Noon and 6pm – Vending carts, No pylon at Deco Park, and Logging Trucks coming through…
Today at noon, the Newport City Council will review the creation of a Port of Newport led task force to examine pedestrian, biking and vehicular safety along John Moore Road down hill from Highway 20 then east on the Bay Road to the port’s soon-to-be completed International Terminal. Residents and others are concerned that with the addition of hundreds of logging trucks using John Moore and the Bay Road for transiting logs to the terminal, road sharing will be quite tight and that further improvements either to the roads mentioned or some other terminal access road should be explored.
The Council will also discuss new rules controlling street vending along the Bayfront. Councilors will review new city provisions that would more tightly restrict street vending which many Bayfront businesses contend unfairly compete for tourist dollars. Business say they pay property taxes and other fees to provide products and services while street vendors do not. The council reviews those new rules today.
The council meets in a work session today at noon.
Then during their regular session tonight at 6pm, the council will learn that plans for a tall, single art deco pylon have been scrapped in favor of a community events sign to be placed at the corner of SW Hurbert and Coast Highway. The city has $90,000 in a fund for a “park improvement” project on behalf of the City Center Association, a downtown business group whose aim is to promote increased commercial activity in the downtown.
The council is also expected to approve what’s called the legalization of Big Creek Road that runs from Big Creek Park to Sam Case School. When the city received funds from FEMA to repair the road the city learned that it wasn’t formally legalized as a city street. And so the council tonight is expected to begin the process of legalizing it. There is no expectation that the process will delay the rebuild of the road, according to Public Works Director Tim Gross. He said the legalization process will run simultaneous with the rebuild which is expected to be completed this fall.