Newport This Week

City Plagued by IT Issues

Various Newport municipal meetings were cancelled during the week of June 20 due to IT issues. A technical glitch in the meeting recording systems is purportedly to blame. Meetings impacted included a special Newport Zoning Board meeting scheduled for June 20, an Historic District Commission meeting, set for June 21, and the regularly scheduled City Council meeting on Wednesday, June 22. Since these meetings could not be properly recorded, which is a legal requirement, they were postponed. There is no word as to when the IT issue will be resolved.

At the last Newport City Council meeting, on June 8, the council approved the firefighter’s union contract on second reading, as well as various small public works contracts.

The council also unanimously approved the application of Rhumbline, holder of a Class BV alcoholic license. Representing attorney Turner Scott told the council this was the “last of the floating licenses,” meaning that all BV licenses that have been held in abeyance have now been reassigned to restaurants or pubs. The limited BV class, which are full beverage licenses for restaurants only, are capped at 56. The new location for Rhumbline will be at 255 Thames St.

The council also allowed the transfer of license ownership of BKA Industries, Inc., doing business as Scales and Shells, to Nautilus Restaurant, LLC. “It’s the same operation, just a new name,” said Scott.

The council accepted a communication from Dennis Sullivan and Dan Titus regarding a request to the city to rename the harbormaster’s building at Perrotti Park in honor of late harbormaster, Tim Mills, who died two years ago.

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