PUBLIC HEALTH & SAFETY

March Survey Question #2 “Pay as you throw”

Scroll down to see all survey responses…   [Yes] It is a financial necessity and experience of other cities show it adds efficiencies. [Yes] I’m in favor if it will save the city money. I don’t mind paying taxes!!! But, I want really good service for my bucks. [No] do not know how this works. but since my taxes now pay for this, why would i make a second payment for the same service? [No] Low income families will be unable to afford the program, which means taxpayers will absorb the cost. We will be paying more not less. [No] We pay high enough taxes. Trash pick up is a necessary municipal service. City doesn’t pick up trash in condos. Condo Associations have to pay for their own. That seems unfair and frankly discriminatory. Condo owners pay taxes to the City. [Yes] Only if it means a better recycling system [No] People who don’t or can’t pay will either dump their trash or abuse of the city trash barrels. Instead, why not limit households to a certain volume of trash, and pay for the removal of the extra load. [No] Unless a reduction in taxes resulted. [No] Our taxes should […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - March 10, 2013 at 12:42 pm

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March Survey Question #1 How would you rate the snow removal efforts of the City of Newport?

Scroll down to read all survey responses… [Satisfactory] Although clearance of main streets was done efficiently, some smaller neighborhood streets were not plowed adequately. [Satisfactory] Road plowing initially good but too much time and energy wasted later when plows come back and shove snow into driveways and onto sidewalks. STOP plowing earlier to save money and avoid homeowner anger. [Poor ] days following big storms the only streets in good shape are the most heavily traveled. neighborhood streets are typically either not plowed at all or just given one shot at the beginning of a storm and then forgotten. [Unacceptable] Plows don’t always plow all of Harrison Ave.; they stop at the school and don’t go farther east. What is logic to that? Downtown is sometimes hazardous to walk in because merchants don’t all clear their sidewalks. They lose customers that way. [Satisfactory] THe last storm was a difficult one to clear. The city did not do as good a job as they have for previous storms but they did what they could when they could. [Satisfactory] With the number of car and the size of most streets the city does it’s best. [Poor ] They do not enforce sidewalk […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - March 10, 2013 at 12:40 pm

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Question #2 Responses – January Survey “3 Questions, 3 Minutes”

Know the police salaries and benefits account for much of the money spent. We need foot and bicycle patrols and traffic control and their presence seen downtown in the summer and on Broadway. If all expenses for police, fire, etc. are included in the figure for funds for public safety then the answer to the previous question would be much higher. The question might have been put more clearly. New as a community need to demand a halt to police moon-lighting as road-crew traffic flager’s .Crews have there own people to do this type of work and we could utilize there talents in a more productive way. I don’t know the percentage, but certainly hope it is less than 30%, else we are living in a dangerous city. I am certain it is an absurd amount. The “pubic safety cabal, as my husband refers to them, seem to be able to hold extract the maximum amount from taxpayers in salary, overtime, benefits and retirement while they take an attitude of superiority not partnership when working with citizens. I hear it over and over again from Newport residents. There is little trust or faith in the services of the NPD, specifically. Yet, we […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - February 3, 2013 at 1:51 pm

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Question #1 Responses – January Survey “3 Questions, 3 Minutes”

Question #1: Safety in the schools is a hot issue in the aftermath of continuing gun violence in public places. What plans would you support to insure the safety in public schools and other public places? Answer Count Percent 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% 1. Locked doors; armed security guards 30 16.48% 2. Mandatory defense training for all teachers and school staff 30 16.48% 3. Outlaw automatic weapons, assault rifles, and magazines/clips holding more than 10 rounds; and make background checks mandatory for all gun sales 95 52.20% 4. Other 27 14.84% Total 182 100% Metal detectors; but no armed guards, please. This is a very rare event. Kids are just as likely to get struck by lightning at a football game (it does happen). RI has a high level of gun control. I think we are doing all we reasonably can. I do not think we need armed guards and training of school staff should be of a preventative nature – they should not be armed, but nonlethal items such as mace and tear gas maybe necessary. Each school should have an emergency plan and conduct drills so everyone knows what to do in event of an attack. Every […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - February 3, 2013 at 1:33 pm

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January Survey; 3 Questions, 3 minutes, tell us what you think!

Anyone can take this survey! Please share with your friends. We encourage every Newport Resident to participate. CLICK HERE >> January 2013 ALN » http://ALN-January-2013.questionpro.com  

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Posted by NewportAlliance - January 23, 2013 at 7:59 am

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Newport County Chamber of Commerce opposes Bridge Tolls

SAKONNET RIVER BRIDGE TOLL AS MANY OF YOU KNOW, THE NEWPORT COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HAS STRONGLY OPPOSED THE BRIDGE TOLLS THAT ARE TO BE PLACED ON THE NEW SAKONNET RIVER BRIDGE. THE CHAMBER UNDERSTANDS THE ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL IMPLICATION THAT WILL AFFECT NOT ONLY LOCAL BUSINESSES BUT THEIR EMPLOYEES AS WELL. WITH THIS UNDERSTANDING, THE CHAMBER HAS NOT STOPPED FIGHTING FOR THE PROTECTION OF OUR MEMBERS’ BUSINESSES AND HAS COMBINED OUR EFFORTS WITH LOCAL REPRESENTATIVE RAYMOND E. GALLISON. REPRESENTATIVE GALLISON HAS ASKED OUR MEMBERS TO SEND COMMENTS TO THE RIDOT UNDERLINING HOW MUCH OF A NEGATIVE IMPACT THE TOLLS WOULD BE ON YOUR BUSINESS. THE CHAMBER WOULD LIKE TO ASK ALL OF OUR MEMBERS TO SEND THEIR COMMENTS ELECTRONICALLY TO customerservice@dot.ri.gov ( and CC Jody Sullivan at jodyjude@newportchamber.com )or by first class mail to: Rhode Island Department of Transportation 2 Capitol Hill Providence, Rhode Island 02903 Attn: Customer Service

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Posted by NewportAlliance - January 12, 2013 at 8:13 am

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Newport This Week writes: “Online Survey Solicits Residents’ Opinions”

http://www.newport-now.com/articles/online-survey-solicits-residents%27-opinions/ December 28, 2012  – By Meg O’Neil The community-interest group Alliance for a Livable Newport has announced that it will conduct monthly email and Facebook surveys to get feedback on what’s going on in the city, including several major projects that will affect residents of Aquidneck Island. Anyone, from any town, who accesses the group’s website or Facebook page online can respond to the surveys. Approximately 90 people responded to the first survey, which contained three questions – about the proposed tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge, the Broadway improvement construction slated for 2013, and the wind turbine ordinance recently passed by the Newport City Council. Only the toll question requested a “Yes” or “No”  response; the other two questions solicited comments only. One of the biggest local issues of 2012 has been the prospect of Sakonnet River Bridge tolls. After the state Department of Transportation turned over responsibility for the Sakonnet River and Jamestown bridges to the state Turnpike & Bridge Authority, the Authority announced that in order to maintain Aquidneck Island’s four-bridge system (including the Pell and Mount Hope Bridges), it would have to either raise the toll on the Pell Bridge to $5 or add new tolls on the Sakonnet […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - December 28, 2012 at 5:45 pm

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Newport Schools Make Security Changes in Light of Newtown Shooting – Newport, RI Patch

In the wake of the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, Newport schools are taking more safety precautions, Superintendent John Ambrogi said on Monday. “We needed to make sure we’re locking all the doors of every one of the elementary schools,” he said on Monday afternoon. Some doors had been unlocked and he had received “an abundance of caution.”Despite making sure that all doors are locked, complete and total safety is never guaranteed, he admitted.“Sandy Hook had all the procedures in place, including a buzzer system to get into the school. Unfortunately, when someone really wants to breach a school and are bent on doing it, as sad as it may be, it’s a reality,” he said.The major issues at hand are gun control and mental health, he added.“As an educator, I grieve at the loss of innocent children and administrators and teachers who gave their lives to protect their students,” Ambrogi said in a statement issued Monday afternoon. “As fellow educators, I know our thoughts are with the Sandy Hook Elementary School educational community and hope that somehow they are able to come back and persevere despite this terrible tragedy.”Ambrogi said he spoke with Police Chief […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - December 18, 2012 at 8:15 am

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No Back-In Parking for Broadway Streetscape Project

The Newport City Council voted to receive a recommendation from City Manager Jane Howington to keep parking in the Broadway Streetscape Project front-in angle parking during Wednesday night’s meeting. City staff conducted a feasibility investigation on implementing back-in angle parking. A report, provided by the Louis Berger Group, recommended that parking should remain as initially designed for several reasons. According to the report, there have only been an average of 2.5 angle  parking accidents on Broadway. The report also cited public resistance to back-in parking, especially from the elderly, could be problematic. Instances from Brunswick, ME and Plattsburg, NY, were also cited in the report, where communities adopted and later reversed back-in angle parking after negative publicity. Confusion between traditional parking near Washington Square was also a concern. A redesign of the Broadway Streetscape Project to incorporate back-in parking was estimated at about $49,500 in additional costs.  Modifications required in the redesign included changes to the roadway design, landscaping design, street lighting  and utility design, storm water design and traffic design. Regarding scheduling implications, the redesign would have required four weeks  to implement the changes. Bari George, of Bike Newport, told the city council despite the concerns, she hoped the […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - December 13, 2012 at 7:06 am

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Utility and Road Construction week of December 3, 2012

The City of Newport Departments of Utilities and Public Services announce the following utility and road construction starting the week of December 3, 2012. UTILITIES: John Roccio Corp. will be continuing the improvements of the sanitary sewer infrastructure on Ruggles Ave, Carrol Ave, Bateman Ave, West Narragansett Ave. Old Fort Rd and Palmer St.   Biszko Contracting Corp. will be replacing the water main in Bliss Mine Road.   PUBLIC SERVICES: The RIDOT will continue work on the Ocean Avenue seawall between Brenton Point and Harrison Avenue. At this stage in construction, a daily detour will be in effect through the Brenton Point parking lot road.   During construction, be advised that traffic may be delayed at times and parking will be restricted between the hours of 7 AM and 4 PM from Monday through Friday.   The Clean City Program and Waste Management ask for your patience during construction, as Waste Management may have access issues during this time which might result in minor delays in collection. Please put your trash, recycling and yard waste out as you normally do and leave it out until it is collected. Questions or concerns on trash collection can be directed to the […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - December 1, 2012 at 7:44 am

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