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  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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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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2 Important new websites – Engage Newport + Mind Mixer are live! What does this mean for Newport? 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. 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. This section shares select information and opinion from a City government perspective. Be sure to visit the city’s home page at to navigate the full spectrum of city services, city calendars and more. 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 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


Survey Question #1 Responses – School Committee save $500k per year?

ADD your responses below! Or post them on our Facebook page! Share this with your Newport neighbors, tell us what you think! Your voice, your community, your opinion matters!  “The city could save half a million dollars.” We heard this first from Harry Winthrop at an ALN forum in April. Now we have Naomi Neville’s comments in the Newport Daily News’ Guest View column of 5/28/13 making a clear case for combining School Committee and city resources in managing finances and other administrative services for the schools. Do you think this would this be a good idea? 06/03/2013 7581023 [Yes] It is an administrative savings that is long overdue. 06/05/2013 7607639 [Yes] Great idea, but it might not result in actual tax savings. The savings would end up on the school side and might not count toward maintenance of effort. Regardless, it is money which could be put toward early education programs. 06/05/2013 7607877 [Maybe] It is worthy of examination. With the proper controls, checks and balances in place, the schools Administrator should not have to worry that educational funds would be siphoned off elsewhere. There is also the concern that the schools would be nickel and dimed to death […]


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Posted by NewportAlliance - June 10, 2013 at 8:38 pm

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