The city of Newport will get some needed repairs done to some of its streets.
According to information made available by Angela McKissac of the Newport City Clerk’s office, the council approved a contract with Hawkeye Enterprises of Newport to overlay portions of McClarty, Live Oak, Hout, Cherokee, Williams, Third, Vine, Cedar, Congress and Kimberly Streets; and Golf Course entry road. According to Newport Mayor David Stewart, the proposed areas are most in need of repairs considering funds available. Cost of the contract is $161,000.
The council also has re-authorized its franchise with White River EMS, Inc. for five more years. The current agreement expires July 1, and the new one expires July 1, 2026. The new agreement has the same terms as the current one. The city receives an annual franchise fee of $500 from White River to provide the service.
The council also authorized Stewart to apply for an Outdoor Recreation 50/50 matching grant from the state Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism. The grant, if approved, will help the city pay for the estimated $340,000 cost to build a new concession stand and restrooms at George Kell Park. The city’s Advertising and Promotion Commission is to match the grant.
“We don’t know how much we will get, of course,” said Stewart, “but we have asked for $340,000. They will do half of that and we will do the other half.”
The council will resume its twice-monthly meetings, the first and third Monday of the month, starting in July. The council will meet Tuesday, July 6, however, in view of the Independence Day holiday, followed by a second meeting on July 19.
The meetings begin at 6 p.m.