|Published: 8:47 AM, 12/20/2012
Author: Nelson Morais
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
NEWPORT-City of Newport Council members heard citizen
Joan Lambert question them about a new $1.6 million loan the city is applying
for to upgrade City Hall, build a water park, and build a new public library,
when they met Tuesday, Dec. 18, at City Hall.
Joan Lambert questioned why the City Council members had
decided to go into debt without prior discussion at meetings about the proposal
and public input.
She said, "Why has there been no public discussion
of what the plan is? We have a great planning board (that could have discussed
it) ... All of a sudden, the city will borrow $1.6 million."
Lambert questioned the urgency City Council had in
securing approval at a called meeting of the government body on Nov. 19,
instead of discussing it and voting for it at their regular monthly meeting on
Nov. 13. Only three Council members were present at the called meeting. They
voted unanimously for the city to seek the $1.6 million loan without any
discussion among them before the vote.
For more details, please see the Thursday edition of the
Newport Plain Talk.
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