Newport sets March 17 hearing on ordinance changes
NEWPORT — The Board of Selectmen will take feedback at a public hearing March 17 on changes to the town ordinances and the addition of three new ordinances.
“We’re looking at minor modifications to existing ordinances,” said Newport Town Manager Paul Brown on Tuesday. Changes include corrections and ensuring definitions are consistent with state law definitions, he said.
Of the new ordinances being proposed, the first pertains to health and garbage.
“We occasionally have properties with overflowing dumpsters, and it’s a concern,” Brown said.
Additionally the new ordinance would prohibit property owners from leaving out junk.
“The couch with a ‘free’ sign on it, how long is it free before it becomes junk?” Brown said.
The proposed ordinance says “Household items not intended for outdoor use should be brought inside daily.”
The second proposed ordinance would prohibit smoking on town property during events. Smoking is already prohibited inside town building, but this would pertain to the town common and ball fields, Brown said.
If there is a concert or farmers market or ball game or another event, smoking would be prohibited.
The third proposed ordinance would require pawnshop dealers to register with the police department.
“They would register and then they would have to keep a log of what they bought and who they bought it from,” Brown said.
This ordinance would help police investigate cases involving stolen goods.
This is the first public hearing on the ordinance changes and additions. The board would later hold a vote on whether to adopt the changes and proposed ordinances, Brown said.