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Newport to Establish Local Historic District at York Street, Adopts New Energy Policy

A new local historic district will soon be established in Newport.
Scott Clark, the city's historic preservation officer, gave a presentation on the York Street Local Historic District at Monday night's city commission meeting. The area would encompass parts of York and Columbia Streets from Sixth to Eleventh Streets. The neighborhood features 120 structures, including six religious buildings, with a variety of architectural styles.
A second reading of the ordinance will be required before the district is adopted. The part of York Street between Seventh and Tenth Streets is already a National Register Historic District.
In May, it was announced that a grant would help the city survey Newport's West Side to explore the establishment of a new historic district there.
The city commission also adopted an "energy project assessment district" (EPAD), following Covington and Bellevue. The program promotes and incentivizes energy efficiency in development projects.
Other notes from Monday night's Newport city commission meeting:
The mayor was authorized to enter into an agreement with Custom Design Benefits to act as the city's third party administrator with various insurance companies to provide for city employees' health and dental needs. This includes a recommendation for genetic testing and a once in a lifetime mouth rinse to test the efficacy of 400 drugs on each employee.
Commissioner Beth Fennell was reappointed as representative (and J. Gregory Tulley was chosen as the alternate) to represent Newport on the Ohio Kentucky Indiana (OKI) Regional Council of Governments board.
-Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor
Photo: Scott Clark presents on the York Street Local Historic District (RCN)