NEWPORT—The City of Newport Board of Mayor and Aldermen met Tuesday evening where they received monthly reports and approved a number of bids.
City Administrator James Finchum reported that the Newport Street Department is working diligently to continue their efforts to clean up brush from the series of storms that swept through Newport at the end of June.
Finchum also reminded everyone the summer concert series will continue on Thursday, July 11 at 7 p.m. behind Newport City Hall. Mountain Edge will be performing that evening.
Alderman Mike Hansel was on the agenda with a few suggestions for the council to consider.
Those suggestions were to install a camera system at the intersection of McMahan Street and Broadway and the consideration of implementing an early storm warning system.
According to Alderman Hansel, the City of Newport does not have any type of warning system to alert the community when a strong storm or a possible tornado is in the forecast. Hansel mentioned working with the Cocke County Emergency Management Agency in implementing the system.
In other news, Council gave their approval to reapply for the annual Partners Safety Matching Grant. Finchum advised this grants helps purchase safety equipment for the Newport Police Department.
A trio of Newport Police Officers was recognized on Tuesday evening. Of those officers were Patrolman Will Garber for receiving the DUI award.
Members also recognized Patrolman Brandon Cassady for his efforts in attempting to save a 37-day-old infant who was reported unresponsive at a hotel in Newport Sunday evening.
Sgt. David Clevenger was also recognized for saving a woman who was choking and for his efforts of helping community members during the storm on June 17.
Council approved a number of bids during the meeting. One of those bids was for a filtration system for the Community Center pool. The bid was priced at $90,531.45.
Council members also approved bids for annual paving and for road salt.
Under appointment of boards, commissions, and committees, Jimmy Lee was re-appointed to the Beer Board. Elizabeth Parker was reappointed to serve on the Library Board and Jim McSween was reappointed to the Newport Planning Commission.