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Newport Commission Approves $335,000 Road Project

The Newport city commission approved a contract with Riegler Blacktop for work on Grandview Avenue, Overlook Drive, and Central Avenue.

The city commission met Monday via online video platform Zoom, as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic continues to prevent in-person meetings.

Newport Community Services Director Doug Roell explained that this is the second major project in Grandview, which will be paved from Central to around Main Street and then Central Avenue.

The funds for the project come from a state grant.

Part of the project includes improvements to storm water systems nearby. A storm sewer is to be added at the corner of Grandview and Central, and a portion of Overlook will be stabilized to improve traffic flow.

Roell said that he expects the work to be completed by September.

The project grant is valued at around $335,000, City Manager Tom Fromme said.

In other news, Assistant City Manager Larisa Sims reminded residents to take the comprehensive survey, which is available on the city website and Facebook page. It is open through May 17.

"In about a month, we are going to do some online public engagement to try to continue to get more citizen and business feedback as best we can in the situation we're in," she said.

The city also continues to investigate vandalism at Buena Vista Park where trees were damaged. 

It's sad that this thing occurred," Roell said. "We are committed to holding them accountable."

It was noted that the police department continues to investigate and has surveillance video of two suspects.

Fromme said that the Memorial Day parade is canceled due to the pandemic, but that work at the city building mostly continues.

Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher

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