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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 Years appearing in parentheses indicate that the section was enacted, amended or repealed in the year indicated.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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November 14th @ 6pm Free Public Forum – City of Newport Commissions

Your voice, your community, your opinion matters! Join us for a lively discussion of important issues affecting Newport, Rhode Island residents, neighborhoods, friends and family. Alliance for a Livable Newport – Free Public Forum – City of Newport Commissions “I don’t think I’m interested in Newport’s Historic District Commission or its Zoning Board of Review.” Think again! If you own or are thinking of buying property in Newport’s Historic District… If you are thinking about possibly changing the use of your Newport property or altering its outside appearance …. If you own a business anywhere in the city… If you live in an area where a change in zoning might occur… You SHOULD be interested in learning more about: 1)   the Historic District Commission 2)   the Zoning Board of Review The Alliance for a Livable Newport will present the second in a series of public forums featuring Newport’s various Boards and Commissions. The panel discussion will be followed by questions from the audience. Questions may be sent in advance to: To learn more about The City of Newport Boards and Commissions <click here> The panel will feature: Rebecca McSweeney, Chair of theZoning Board of Review John Shehan, Chair of theHistoric District Commission  Matt Weintraub, Historic Planner for the City of […]


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Posted by NewportAlliance - November 11, 2013 at 2:42 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 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 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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Video of Public Forum proposed Hyatt Marina + Detailed Engineering Plans

  20131010_Hyatt Dock_Presentation Set < click to download Hyatt Marina Engineering Drawings, design, plans   Hyatt Marina Proposal from Alliance for Livable Newport on Vimeo.   Proposed Goat Island Hyatt Hotel Marina October 2013  Preliminary Design, Details, Drawings for your review The images shown below illustrate the plans for a new marina filed by the Hyatt Hotel on Goat Island. These development plans and proposals have been or will be shared with various officials, groups, organizations, departments and individuals including: The Newport City Council The Waterfront Commission The Planning Board CRMC (RI Coastal Resources Management Council) – Newport Harbormaster The Point Association of Newport, Rhode Island At those meetings, questions are answered and comments offered about the appropriateness of the facility. The ALN Public Forum on October 30 – 6:00 to 7:30pm at the Newport Public Library will provide an opportunity for the public to see these plans, drawings, designs and images, make comments, and have their questions answered by members of the Hyatt Hotel administration and staff.  


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Posted by NewportAlliance - October 31, 2013 at 7:41 am

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FREE Public Forum about City of Newport Commissions October 2nd, 6pm Newport Library

Alliance for a Livable Newport September 26, 2013 WHO: All Newport residents WHAT:  Public Forum about City of Newport Commissions | Bring you questions! Featuring – Cliff Walk Commission, Easton’s Beach Commission, and Waterfront Commission WHERE: Newport Public Library – 300 Spring St., Newport, RI (401) 847-8720 WHEN: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 TIME: 6pm until 8pm COST: FREE!  (Donations Appreciated!) DONATE NOW! CATCH UP ON WHAT’S HAPPENING AT CLIFF WALK, EASTON’S BEACH AND NEWPORT’S HARBOR FRONT The first in a series of Newport Commissions Forums to be held October 2 at 6pm Newport Public Library Programs Room In its ongoing efforts to keep citizens aware of and involved with issues affecting the quality of life in Newport, the Alliance of Livable Newport will be holding a series of Public Forums featuring the Chairpersons of various City Commissions and Boards. “Newporter’s are generally aware of City Council meetings but often are unaware that33 boards and commissions have been ordained to support and report to the city council. Their members provide countless volunteer hours in monitoring, investigating, reviewing, reporting on and recommending actions that affect the daily quality of life in Newport” said John Hirschboeck, Vice President of the Alliance. All commissions meetings are open to the public and their agendas and minutes are posted on the city’s website, along with applications […]


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Posted by NewportAlliance - September 25, 2013 at 8:56 pm


Open House Sheds Light, Reveals Rifts By Tom Shevlin, April 19, 2013 Newport This Week (  NEWPORT – School lunches, budgets, the search for a new superintendent, what to do about excess elementary schools, a push for a new parking garage, the redevelopment of the North End, a proposal to require Newport residents to pay as they throw, and the seemingly ever present issue of trust between the city’s top two elected bodies. They were all topics of conversation on Tuesday when the Alliance for a Livable Newport hosted what it called an open house to discuss citywide issues with members of the School Committee and City Council. The roughly hour-long session, which drew about two dozen members of the public to the downstairs meeting room of the Newport Public Library, began with a series of questions related to the city’s public schools. Taking primacy were two lines of questioning: the first seeking clarification regarding the search for a new superintendent, and a second addressing the continued struggles of Rogers High School students on the New England Common Assessment Program, or NECAP, test. Representing the School Committee were Chairman Dr. Charles Shoemaker and Vice Chair Jo Eva Gaines. According to Gaines, in finding the city’s next […]


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Posted by NewportAlliance - May 12, 2013 at 9:56 am

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ALN Forum; ” Switching to Single Stream Recycling” 5/15/12

ALN Public Forum Quick Links: ALN Volunteer Donate “WHERE DOES YOUR NEWPORT GARBAGE GO?”  Switching to Single Stream Recycling  A Public Forum sponsored by Alliance for Livable Newport and The Newport Energy & Environment Commission The Alliance for Livable Newport will hold a Public Forum to introduce the new “single-stream” sorting and recycling system being implemented in Newport beginning in June 2012. “Single Stream” will allow households to combine their recycling into one container rather than separating it.  The Forum will also explain how to reduce difficult items in the waste stream (such as paint, mattresses, light bulbs, batteries, etc.) and discuss new ways of sharing the burden of managing solid waste among Newport residents, the City and the producers of hard to handle waste which is filling up the Johnston landfill at increased costs to towns and municipalities. Speakers will include: Sarah Kite, Director of Recycling Services, Rhode Island Resource and Recovery Corp Kristin Littlefield, Clean Cities Coordinator, City of Newport Ellie Leonardsmith, RI Clean Water Action Victor Bell, President, Environmental Packaging International   The Newport Public Library Program Room 300 Spring Street Newport, RI 02840 Tuesday May 15, 2012 at  6:00 – 7:30 p.m.  CONTACT:    Lauren Carson  Alliance […]


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Posted by NewportAlliance - May 1, 2012 at 7:21 pm

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March 20 from 5:30-7:00 pm ALN League of Women Voters Workshop

The Alliance for a Livable Newport and the League of Women Voters, Newport County, will host a workshop March 20 from 5:30-7:00 pm at the Newport Public Library, Rotary Room, 300 Spring Street, to discuss the financial impact of Race to the Top and the particulars of the new Rhode Island school funding formula. *Space for this workshop is very limited. The Rotary room at the Newport Public Library will hold two dozen people. Please come early to make sure of a seat. Funding Our Schools-Rhode Island’s Role in Supporting Local Education Until the passage of new legislation in June 2010, Rhode Island was one of only two states that did not use a funding formula to help support local school districts. Rhode Island’s new funding formula has been in place for almost two years, and the state has also received new federal monies as part of the Race to the Top grant. What exactly is a funding formula and what does this all mean to local school districts? Alda Rego, Rhode Island Department of Education‘s Director of Finance, and Kristen Cole, RIDE’s Senior Finance Officer, will explain how Rhode Island’s school funding formula affects local community school funding and […]


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Posted by NewportAlliance - March 17, 2012 at 9:23 am

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