Newport sets March 17 hearing on ordinance changes
“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.
“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 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.
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 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.