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ALN Hosts First Annual ‘State of the City’ Forum Addresses Governance, Safety in 2018

Watch the VIDEO HERE  CREDITS: By Joseph T. O’Connor | 2018-03-01 / Front Page | Newport This Week In an effort to reflect on the year that was and to look ahead at the year to come, Alliance for a Livable Newport (ALN) held its first “State of the City” forum on Feb. 27, providing a chance for open dialogue between citizens and the city’s top officials. More than 100 Newporters turned out at Pell Elementary School to hear Mayor Harry Winthrop, City Council Vice-Chair Lynn Ceglie and City Manager Joseph J. Nicholson, Jr. present the city’s accomplishments and the challenges it faces, and to discuss what they say will be a promising 2018. City leaders took questions submitted by citizens and read by ALN moderators John Hirschboeck, co-president of ALN, and Tom Hockaday, who sits on ALN’s executive committee. The nonprofit had solicited questions based on topics that citizens identified as issues they wanted addressed: the armory, schools, traffic and parking, other city properties, communications and governing processes, hotels and other issues. “Hopefully [this] was an audience that appreciates our openness,” Nicholson said in an interview following the forum. “I want to work with people. I want people calling me. […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - March 1, 2018 at 2:14 pm

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The Navy Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission Discloses Lead at Navy Hospital

BRAC Discloses Lead at Navy Hospital During the Alliance for a Livable Newport (ALN) “State of the City” forum on Feb. 27, Newport City Manager Joseph J. Nicholson Jr. responds to a question about the Navy hospital property transfer, explaining the options currently available to the city. The Navy Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission recently informed Nicholson that before any land transfer can take place, lead from gutters that flaked into the soil on the Navy hospital property must be cleaned up. The cleanup could take up to three years, the commission told Nicholson. The city is now exploring a third option to acquiring the property after nearly a decade of negotiations, according to Nicholson. He added that the city does not at this time have any use plans for the property. (Photo by Joseph T. O’Connor)  

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Posted by NewportAlliance - March 1, 2018 at 1:48 pm

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Cover Story – NEWPORT – City officials “State of Our City”

  Purchase of Navy hospital, sale of Armory and longevity of cell tower at high school are the other major changes discussed at a forum Tuesday. CREDIT : By Sean Flynn Staff writer  The Newport Daily News | Page A01Wednesday, 28 February 2018 NEWPORT – City officials chose a “State of Our City” forum Tuesday night to make some major announcements on school security, the city’s planned purchase of the abandoned Navy Hospital on Third Street, the proposed sale of the Armory on Thames Street and the likely longevity of the cell tower on the Rogers High School campus. City Manager Joseph J. Nicholson, who is also the city’s director of public safety, said beginning this week there are now full-time police officers stationed at the high school, Thompson Middle School and Pell Elementary School. In the past, there have been budgetary concerns and grants were sought to pay for police presence at the schools. “It’s no longer about the money,” Nicholson said. “This is the new normal.” “Our number one priority is public safety,” Mayor Harry Winthrop said. “Who gives a damn about a pothole on Bellevue Avenue if we are not safe?” More than 100 people gathered in the Pell cafeteria for the forum […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - February 28, 2018 at 11:29 am

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Mayor, City Manager to participate in the ‘State of the City’ forum

*Questions may be submitted in writing at the event, or via email to info@newportalliance.org You do not have to be present at the forum to have your question chosen. “The State of the City, Newport, Rhode Island” A Public Forum Presented by The Alliance for a Livable Newport How are we doing in our “City by the Sea?” What has been accomplished over the past months? As a function of the city’s Strategic Plan, what are the successes? Where did the city fall short? What can the residents and taxpayers look forward to? Any warning signals to look for? Here’s an opportunity to get the perspectives of Newport’s elected officials and of the City Manager about the issues they have been addressing over the past year and expect to be facing in the current year, and to challenge them with your questions* about the future of Newport. Panelists: Mayor Harry Winthrop City Council Vice-Chair Lynn Ceglie City Manager Joe Nicholson DATE: Tuesday, February 27 TIME: 6-7:30 PM LOCATION: Claiborne Pell Elementary School 35 Dexter Street, Newport, RI. Ample free parking directly across the street from the school CONTACT            For Immediate Release: 02/12/2018 Isabel Griffith, Co-President Alliance for a Livable […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - February 13, 2018 at 11:09 am

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CITY OF NEWPORT – CHARTER REVIEW COMMISSION – NOTICE of PUBLIC FORUM

  What: CITY OF NEWPORT – CHARTER REVIEW COMMISSION – NOTICE of PUBLIC FORUM   When: WEDNESDAY, March 5, 2014 – 6:00PM – 7:30PM   Where: Assembly Room of the Newport Police Station – 120 Broadway, Newport RI 02840   AGENDA   Public Forum   Citizens may address the Commission on all matters pertaining to the Charter Review. The Charter Review Commission requests the time of comments for each person be limited to five minutes. Questions and discussion may extend the time limit at the discretion of the Commission.   Of particular interest to the Charter Review Commission are the following issues:   The way we elect our mayor Whether or not to eliminate the wards and have all City Councilors elected at large Term limits and staggered terms for the School Committee and City Council Election vs. appointment of the School Committee The roles and responsibilities of the Mayor and City Manager How Boards and Commission function, among other operating functions of City government.   If time allows, the Commission will proceed with items to do with a regularly scheduled business meeting.   Roll call Determination of quorum Approval of the minutes from the January 29, February 5 and February 19 meetings   […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - March 2, 2014 at 11:42 am

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Can Culture Have Role in Newport City Charter?

By Tom Walsh  (read more) Newport This Week Amid a polite but intensive discussion on Feb. 5 about how the city manager, mayor and the rest of the City Council should manage themselves in conducting public business, there was this comment from Isabel Griffith, the Charter Review Commission’s chairperson: “The Council works the way it does now not because of language in the charter but from the culture of the council,” she said. “The way they do things is something that has been passed down.” The city of Newport, she said, has a culture all its own. The question is this: Can the nine members of the Charter Review Commission figure out a way to revise the city charter without stepping on the city’s historic culture? This ticklish problem hovered over the commission’s discussion of how—or whether—to revise the charter to better address the way the city manager, the mayor (who is actually the chairman of the City Council) and the other six councilors communicate with and among themselves and the public. Among various definitions, Webster defines “culture” as something “that depends upon man’s capacity for learning and transmitting knowledge to succeeding generations.” All of this became important to the review […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - February 13, 2014 at 5:42 pm

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City of Newport seeks public input on capital improvement program planning document.

http://opinionnewport.mindmixer.com/category/five-year-capital-improvement-program Five-Year Capital Improvement Program The City has a rolling five-year plan for capital improvements. Capital improvements include facilities, infrastructure (road, water, sewer and bridge), major equipment replacement, land purchase or large asset acquisition.This initiative is in the planning phase. Any documents that are included within this project are planning documents only, not financial documents. For more information about how your input will be used, please click here.       Capital Improvement Program Proposal 120 0 241 Days Remaining Add your Ideas Visit this Topic Capital Improvement Program Prioritization Survey 92 0 59 Days Remaining Add your Ideas Visit this Topic Capital Improvement Program Project Contributions 68 0 241 Days Remaining Add your Ideas Visit this Topic  

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Posted by NewportAlliance - February 1, 2014 at 5:51 pm

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Newport Charter Review Raises Interesting Questions!

Newport Daily News – Op Ed Page January 11, 2014 page A6 In keeping with the old adage that all politics  is local, residents of Newport have the opportunity to take a stand on several national issues during its charter review process. Such issues include term limits for city councilors, restricting campaign contributions to only those who can vote in municipal elections, reducing the size of local government and increasing or decreasing the powers of the city manager or the city council.   READ MORE HERE about Charter Review Is it time to limit the terms of both elected and senior appointed officials? Would such a change infuse new thinking and help revitalize the city? What if city council members serve for four years instead of two — would this benefit  the community?  If there were six councilors from wards, would this be more democratic and representative? Would the democratic election process improve by restricting campaign donations to those who can vote in municipal elections? Is the manager-city council form of government  the best for Newport? What if we elected a mayor to run the city? Would this bring the citizens closer to those in charge of daily activities? What powers should the […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - January 11, 2014 at 8:24 am

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City of Newport Charter Review – what you should know and do now!

The Charter of the City of Newport, Rhode Island, was approved by the voters on November 4, 1952. Chapter III (Elections) became effective on such date. All other provisions became effective on November 1, 1953. Years appearing in parentheses indicate that the section was enacted, amended or repealed in the year indicated. The final reports of last two Charter Reviews were in 2002 and 2008. Section 10-10. Charter Review The Council shall provide for periodic review of this charter by appointing a Charter Review Commission no more than 10 years from the date of appointment of the most recent Charter Review Commission. WHAT YOU CAN DO Read the City Charter.  <click here> In addition to the link on the ALN website It can be found on Charter Review Commission website – click on Boards and Commission on the upper left of the city’s home page or on Codified Ordinances just below that. Meetings, agendas and minutes are posted on the Charter Commission website; meetings are also posted on the city calendar.  Comments at those meetings about the City Charter from members of the public are encouraged CHARTER OF THE CITY OF NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND PREAMBLE CHAPTER I. – GENERAL PROVISIONS. […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - December 3, 2013 at 9:06 pm

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Newport Yachting Center withdraws NOISE variance request!

Click here if you can’t see the image. November 12, 2013 Dear Newport Yachting Center Guests, We want to thank all of our concert guests and supporters who sent letters, made phone-calls and cleared their schedules to attend tomorrow night’s City Council meeting in support of the Sunset Music Series. It is gratifying to hear how important the Sunset Music Series is to all of you. It is clear that our unique waterfront venue has become a part of the fabric of Newport over the last 16 years. However, based on feedback from the City Council, we are making the decision to pull the variance request from tomorrow night’s City Council docket. The reality is that we need to take a step back and allow the City to hold public workshops, during which we will have an opportunity to explain the facts of the variance request and our plans for noise abatement. There is much misinformation circulating right now and it is important that we be able to present the correct information to the residents of Newport. We will need your support in the future; we will call on you again when the time is right to bring this matter before the […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - November 12, 2013 at 5:45 pm

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