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Electronic message board proposed in Newport

Modified: Sunday, Aug 24th, 2014

The city of Newport owns the small “park” area and the parking lot on the northwest corner of the busy Highway 101-NW Hurbert Street intersection. The City Center Newport Association has suggested placing an electronic sign at the corner to relay information to passersby involving community events. (Photo by Dennis Anstine)

NEWPORT — A controversial proposal to place an electronic message board at the northwest corner of the busy U.S. Highway 101-NW Hurbert Street has resurfaced.

Zach Poole, president of the City Center Newport Association (CCNA), asked the city council Monday to consider the placement of a reader board at the small city-owned space.

After offering mixed reactions to the sign concept during a half-hour discussion, the council authorized Community Planning Director Derrick Tokos to generate a report on the city’s historic stance involving such signs.

The CCNA originally sought the placement of a “pocket park” on the corner and the city agreed to commit $100,000 in room tax funds out of the 2011 budget to the project.

But the proposal stalled after the city spent about 10 percent of the funding, primarily because “it was fiscally impossible to continue and the funds are still sitting there,” said Public Works Director Tim Gross.

For the complete article see the 08-22-2014 issue.

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