Newport City Council – New bank building, Teevin SDC’s, Ban the Bag, Tsunami Memorial, getting tough on overdue books
The Newport City Council will be covering a number of important items tonight when Mayor Sandra Roumagoux gavels the council into session at 6pm tonight, among them the good news that Umpqua Bank is expected to finally start construction on a new bank building to replace the one that burned to the ground on May 12 of last year. Last word is that Umpqua will be in to take out a building permit around the first of February.
The council will also be asked to make a decision on whether to put on the May ballot a ban on single use plastic bags currently used by grocery stores. If passed by the voters in May, the ban would also authorize a small fee for paper bags with the intent to cause the public to use cloth or other thick-walled re-useable bags. The ban would not apply to plastic bags used by restaurants for take-out food or by pharmacies for prescription drugs.
The council will also be told that a 14 x 14 foot remnant of last year’s Japanese Tsunami Dock that washed ashore at Agate Beach will be delivered to the Hatfield Marine Science Center as part of a permanent memorial to the Japanese people, and to Newport’s Japanese Sister City Mombetsu related to Japan’s 2011 earthquake and tsunami. $3,500 for cutting the piece and for delivering it from the company that chopped up the dock and hauled it off the beach to Portland for recycling.
The council will also be reviewing a letter from the library to patrons who have checked out materials and have not brought them back for a very long time. The letter is quite stern, reminding affected patrons that it’s a crime to not return items checked out, and lays out the penalty which includes a fine of up to $1,000 for each item not returned. Apparently there is a limit to the patience of even mild-mannered librarians.
And the council will be determining if the city should give a huge discount to log exporting company Teevin Brothers in storm water system fees they’re paying to create a new log yard at the new Newport Terminal. City staff is arguing against Teevin Brothers’ request for the discount. The city attorney agrees with the staff on this one.
The council meeting gets underway at 6pm at Newport City Hall.