Newport spring clean-up postponed, city services reduced

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NEWPORT — Newport residents will notice a temporary reduction in city services from the public works department, recreation department, city landscaper, city clerk/treasurer, zoning, and city manager’s offices.

Essential services, which include the police and fire department, as well as the wastewater treatment facility, are still fully functional.

City Manager Laura Dolgin said in a release on Thursday that the Stay Home/Stay Safe practices limit the city’s ability to continue normal operations.

She said this includes the spring clean up that normally takes place on city streets and at local parks and baseball fields.

“Like many other businesses and organizations in the city and out of respect to our taxpayers, we have had to implement furloughs due to the slow down of work,” Dolgin said.

Although the Municipal Building is closed to the public, staff are available to assist through phone and email during the following hours:

City Clerk & Treasurer’s Office:
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Closed on Friday’s.

Zoning:
Monday, Tuesday, and Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

If you experience an emergency, Dolgin says you can still call as you always have.

Offices will be monitoring phone messages and email in an effort to cause as little inconvenience as possible.

“We have the utmost respect for the serious nature of what we are all dealing with, as well as the challenges these circumstances present to us all,” Dolgin said. “A heartfelt thank you to everyone for helping to stop the spread and flatten the curve.”

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