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Latest from City Hall

Elm Street Pier Reopening This Summer

Elm Street Pier Reopening This Summer

After a portion of the Elm Street Pier was heavily damaged during the onslaught of winter storms that we had back in December and January, we're happy to report that we've issued an RFP that will allow us to re-open the popular Point Pier in time for the summer season!

If all goes well, we should be able to have the pier back open by July 1st for passive recreational use; and should voters pass this November’s upcoming infrastructure bond, we’ll also be able to look forward to christening a brand new structure with touch-and-go facilities next summer.

As outlined in the RFP, our immediate plan is to deconstruct the unstable outer portion of the pier and add an extended floating dock and a series of swim ladders that will allow for easier and safer recreational access in and out of the water. Unfortunately, because of the temporary nature of the configuration, we’ll be asking touch-and-go boaters to utilize any of Newport Harbor’s other touch and go docks until the pier can be rebuilt in full over the winter.

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Budget Season Underway

Budget Season Underway

The City's annual budget process is underway, with a proposed spending plan calling for no measurable increase to the average annual property tax bill and a reimagined City Hall focussed on Resliency and Sustainability. 

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In Detail: The City's Capital Improvement Plan

In Detail: The City's Capital Improvement Plan

The City's Capital Improvement Planning process is designed to be dynamic and responsive to changes in service demands, infrastructure condition, and emerging goals and priorities. 

City Councilors recently met to discuss this important planning document, and if you you're interested in learning more, please be sure to click below for a brief overview of the City's proposed Capital Improvement Plan
 

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News & Events

  Calendar of Events

City Council Meeting

The City Council serves as a the primary decision making body for the City. Join us for its regular monthly meeting, held in the Second Floor Council Chambers at City Hall. Click here to read an agenda and to view the meeting online.

Cliff Walk Commission

The Cliff Walk Commission is charged with overseeing the maintainence, operations, and activities of the City's historic Cliff Walk. Click here for an agenda

Probate Court

Probate Court meets two times per month at 10:30 a.m., in the Second Floor City Council Chambers at Newport City Hall. Click here for a full schedule.

For advertising deadlines, please contact Carlos Alaan at 845-5349 or calaan@cityofnewport.com.

School Building Committee

The School Building Committee is responsible for overseeing the construction of the new Rogers High School

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 Latest News

Here’s Your Chance to Climb Miantonomi Park Tower

City of Newport to Open Historic Tower for Memorial Day
 
NEWPORT, R.I. (TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2024) – Newport residents and visitors are once again being invited to climb to the top of Newport as the Miantonomi Park Tower opens to the public on Monday, May 27th from 12:30 to 3 p.m. in observance of Memorial Day. 

This event, which is being organized by the City, Miantonomi Park Commission, and the Aquidneck Land Trust, aims to recognize the historical significance of the tower as a memorial to the Veterans of World War I.
 
Completed in 1929; the 100-foot stone tower was designed by William Kendall of the renowned architectural firm McKim, Mead & White and stands atop one of the highest points in Newport. 

Newport Businesses to Benefit from new State Tax Exemption

$50,000 Tangible Tax Exemption Set to Take Effect July 1st
  
NEWPORT, R.I. (WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2024) – Newport business owners are poised to save on one of their annual tax bills as a statewide exemption on the tangible tax rate is set to take effect in July.

The program, which was passed last year by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. McKee, provides a $50,000 exemption to all tangible tax accounts beginning in the 2024 tax year beginning July 1st. The exemption would apply to all tangible personal property used in day-to-day business operations including assets such as furniture, fixtures, and equipment.

City Council to Host Special Meeting on City Manager Search

Meeting Concludes Extensive Search Process with National Reach
 
NEWPORT, R.I. (MONDAY, MAY 6, 2024) – City Councilors will be holding a special meeting immediately following their Regular monthly session on Wednesday, May 8th at 6:30 p.m. for the purposes of disclosing votes taken in executive session on the remaining candidates for City Manager and the consideration and approval of the employment agreement for the appointment of Colin Kennedy as City Manager.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will take place in the second floor City Council Chamber and all are welcome to attend.

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