Charter Review Winds Up

After thirteen meetings and public forums to review Newport’s Charter and to recommend potential changes to City Council, the Charter Review Commission (CRC) has submitted its final report for consideration.

Empaneled last year, the CRC has engaged in a months-long process to determine whether amendments to the Charter could result in more efficient city operations. The effort culminated with the presentation of the panel’s final report to City Council on Wednesday, May 28.

Echoing a similar sentiment, CRC member Lauren Carson wrote to the council and acknowledged the importance of public comments during the panel’s deliberations. “We heard from neighbors and residents many times. In fact, we took steps to further empower the neighborhoods, by asking for ward representation on the School Committee. And we proposed expanding the number of wards to four. We decided that more neighborhood participation is good for local government.” Read More

Newport This Week. May 29th, 2014.