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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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Ron Becker, Alliance for a Livable Newport President elected Chairman of Finance Review Committee

NEWPORT- Finance Review Committee to start work By Sean Flynn – Staff writer  http://newportdailynews.com Seven Newport residents with extensive experience in private business will be reviewing the city budget to determine ways of cutting expenses and increasing revenues. The members of the new Finance Review Committee were sworn by City Clerk Kathleen Silvia Thursday night at the Newport Public Library, and welcomed to the tasks ahead by Mayor Harry Winthrop. When the City Council gave initial approval to a city budget in June, the council members voted unanimously to form a committee to study items such as the high cost of pensions and health care for city employees that are built into the budget. Earlier in the year, the council passed a resolution calling on the city administration to identify “any and all nonprofit entities” that “may be able to assist in generating city revenue through participation in PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) or PILOT-type programs.” That task also has been assigned to the Finance Review Committee. Winthrop said Thursday the committee members could look at the formula that provides state aid to communities in the form of PILOT funding to cover part of the property taxes lost because the […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - November 8, 2013 at 8:07 pm

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Isabel Griffith of ALN appointed chairwoman for Charter Review Commission

Charter review panel is urged to deal with ‘hot button’ issues  By Sean Flynn  Staff writer   http://newportdaiynews.com Newport Mayor Harry Winthrop opened the first meeting of the new city Charter Review Commission on Wednesday night by urging the members not to shy away from “hot button” issues. “You should not have preconceived ideas,” he said. “For example, should we have an appointed School Committee instead of an elected School Committee?” John Shehan, chairman of the city’s Historic District Commission and an observer at the meeting, suggested another topic sure to cause debate. He said the new commission should consider whether local voters should elect a mayor instead of City Council members choosing one of their colleagues for that role. “A city of this importance should be electing a mayor,” Shehan said. He said he applied to serve on the Charter Review Commission but was not chosen by the council. Six of the nine members of the new commission were present and they elected Isabel Griffith chairwoman. She is a former president of the Alliance for a Livable Newport and the Point Association, neighborhood advocacy groups. Mary Ann Marin was chosen vice chairwoman. She served as chairwoman of the Newport Hospitality […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - November 7, 2013 at 4:25 pm

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ALN public forum – Newport Daily News article Oct. 31, page 1

Neighbors air concerns over plan for marina By Sean Flynn  Staff writer Newport Daily News  http://www.newportdailynews.com/ NEWPORT — A new 25-slip marina the Hyatt Regency Newport hotel is proposing to build northeast of Goat Island would have floating docks 100 to 150 feet offshore so as not to interfere with the eelgrass beds along the shoreline, according to the marina’s designer.  SEE the FORUM VIDEO HERE Gus Kreuzkamp, owner and master engineer of Harbor Engineering LLC of Barrington, presented the marina plans to more than two dozen people who gathered at the Newport Public Library Wednesday night for a forum sponsored by the Alliance for a Livable Newport. Most of those who attended are residents of the Point, the neighborhood just opposite the proposed marina site. Bart Dunbar, who lives on Bridge Street, brought up the eelgrass buffer zone because he believes the marina would “stick out egregiously into public waters.” The state Coastal Resources Management Council “could allow the marina closer to shore above the eelgrass,” Dunbar said. It depends on how many people on the council are “eelgrass supporters,” he said. Kreuzkamp disagreed. The project requires both federal and state approval, he said. In his discussions with a representative of the […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - October 31, 2013 at 5:30 pm

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2 Important new websites – Engage Newport + Mind Mixer are live! What does this mean for Newport?

http://engagenewport.com/ Engage Newport Engage Newport is an evolving forum for opinions and ideas about our city’s major initiatives. Alongside elected representatives, local media and community organizations, Engage Newport is another channel of communication between city government and the people of Newport. http://opinionnewport.mindmixer.com/ Opinion Newport is home to an ongoing series of surveys about major city issues and initiatives affecting Newport’s future. Starting with community resilience in the face of rising sea levels, you are invited to join the conversation about what matters to you. http://engagenewport.com/issues-and-initiatives This section shares select information and opinion from a City government perspective. Be sure to visit the city’s home page at www.cityofnewport.com to navigate the full spectrum of city services, city calendars and more. http://engagenewport.com/get-involved This series of articles will highlight and explain opportunities for public engagement in shaping the future of our community. Learn more about your elected representatives , boards and commissions , & community organizations engageNewport@cityofnewport.com Related articles Engage Newport – SEA Aware-Public Event on Rising Sea Level – Thursday, October 24, 2013 from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. October 30th @ 6pm – Public Forum – Proposed Goat Island Hyatt Hotel Marina Needed: wise Newport citizens willing to serve on Newport Zoning Board […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - October 29, 2013 at 6:37 pm

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