Newport: City Council Town Hall Meeting Tonight at Pacific Maritime and Heritage Center on the Bayfront
Today being the fifth Monday of the month (for months that have five Mondays) the Newport City Council will conduct an informal Town Hall meeting at the Pacific Maritime and Heritage Center this evening. It starts at 6pm. There’s plenty of parking up the driveway.
Among the topics of discussion is an update on the Port of Newport’s plans to launch log exports using their newly rebuilt International Terminal. Log export company Teevin Brothers is waiting to sign a long term lease agreement with the port to export one shipload of timber a month to Asia if the proposal survives legal challenges. Opponents claim that logging trucks don’t belong in tourist and residential areas. But project supporters contend the area already has heavy truck traffic and that the International Terminal and Moore Drive, built to heavy truck standards, were there first. They also contend the taxpayers of the Newport area voted for a $14 million dollar bond in 2006 to rebuild the terminal which can’t help but involve heavy trucks. But neighbors contend that 50 round trip log trucks a day through their neighborhood is over the top for noise, pedestrian and vehicular safety and the general well-being of the community. They’ve filed legal challenges with the State Land Conservation and Development Commission.
Also on the menu is an update on tsunami preparedness for the Newport area. New tsunami inundation maps were recently issued by the state geology department. The new maps show considerably more areas of town being affected by the tsunami than was previously anticipated. Old tsunami inundation signs will be taken down and new ones erected at new locations to update the public on where the “tsunami line” could reach, depending whether it’s a distant tsunami (Alaska/Far East) or from a local Cascadia Subduction Zone quake.
And the perennial favorite: Where to park on the Bayfront and what’s planned to make parking convenient for tourists as well as those who run the area’s #1 industry in the area, the commercial fishing fleet.
There will also be time devoted to general public comment on any subject that comes to mind.
It all starts 6pm, Pacific Maritime and Heritage Center, 333 Bay Boulevard. If you come down Hatfield, turn east on Bay Boulevard. If you come down Fogarty or Moore Drives, turn west at Bay Boulevard. Again, plenty of parking up the driveway.