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City of Newport
596 7th Avenue
Newport, MN 55055
Phone: (651) 459-5677
Fax: (651) 459-9883
Hours: Monday - Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Newport is primarily a residential community and its strength is the people who live within the city. Newport is a small river community with residential streets bordered by large trees, which wind their way along the river's edge and the blufflands. Newport's small town persona is retained within its people and its physical environment even though it is within a 15 minute commute to St. Paul and Minneapolis. With a population of 3,435, Newport continues to encourage growth and development within the community.
Recently, the Newport Police Chief announced his retirement effective September 30, 2015. As such, the City Council directed staff to review options to have an interim Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO). Staff found that an interim agreement with Washington County was the most cost effective option as the County could provide a CLEO, investigation services, and fill-in patrol officers. The City Council approved an agreement with Washington County for these law enforcement services September 28 - December 31, 2015 at their September 17, 2015 meeting. As part of the interim agreement, the County will also be updating the Police Department's policies and procedures.
The City is also reviewing the possibility of contracting with another entity for long-term contracted law enforcement services. A year ago, the City contacted Washington County, Cottage Grove, and St. Paul Park regarding shared law enforcement services. The Washington County model was more streamlined and had the greatest cost savings. Additionally, the County has experience in contracting for these services since they currently provide law enforcement services to 21 of the 31 cities and townships in the County. By contracting with the County, the City would see a significant cost savings while maintaining the same levels of service. The County has also guaranteed that all current Newport Police Officers would automatically become Washington County employees. The City would not consider entering into this contract if that wasn't possible. These are important aspects since public safety and the welfare of our employees are high concerns for the citizens, City Council and staff.
Click here to view a flyer that will be mailed out to all residents and business owners early next week regarding the draft agreement and October 15, 2015 City Council meeting.
Public Works is currently flushing the hydrants throughout the City. During this time you may experience low water pressure and / or dirty water. Please check before washing clothing. You can clear your water by running cold water only. Please watch for City personnel in your area. Also, be sure to warn your children and keep them away from work areas.
Fire Prevention Week is October 4 – 10, 2015 and was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation, and since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed the week of October 9th. This year’s theme is “Hear the BEEP where you SLEEP" and is stressing the importance of having a working smoke alarm in every bedroom. Did you know that roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep? Click here for additional information on smoke alarms.
The Newport Fire Department recognizes this important event each year with a visit to Newport Elementary, including a fun coloring contest. The Fire Department will also be holding its annual Open House on Friday, October 9th at 6:00 p.m. The open house will be at Fire Station #1, 155 20th Street. There will be refreshments, door prizes, demonstrations, fire truck rides, and much more!
The Park Board will again be sponsoring its annual Fun Walk on Saturday October 10, 2015 beginning at 9:00 a.m. and will take place rain or shine. This year we are encouraging everyone to bring their leashed dog to walk with them. We will meet at the pedestrian bridge on the northwest side of Hwy 61 near Tinucci’s Restaurant and walk the loop across both bridges. There will also be a craft for kids to do at the end of the walk.
Due to a number of odor complaints in the last couple years, South St. Paul has created an odor complaint form for individuals to fill out when noticing a strong odor. Newport residents can also fill out this form when noticing a strong odor coming from across the River. Click here to view South St. Paul's website.
The MN DNR has been working on draft rules for management of land use and natural resources in the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area (MRCCA) since June 2014. The DNR requested that local governments within the MRCCA provide comments on the draft rules. The City sent a letter to the DNR in September 2014 regarding the draft rules. Since September, the DNR has analyzed the comments and is currently wrapping up a final round of revisions. Click on the links below for more information on the draft rules and MRCCA. Please contact Sherri Buss, City Planner, at (651) 292-4582 / firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or questions.
Fri - Oct 09
Sat - Oct 10
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Thu - Oct 15
Thu - Oct 22
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