The Historic Hill Association

Newport, Rhode Island

Alliance for a Livable Newport

May 2013: NEWPORT'S CIVIC GROUPS SEEKING LARGER ROLE

A neighborhood roundtable discussion was held in May organized by the Alliance for a Livable Newport. In addition to ALN, seven neighborhood organizations participated including: The Historic Hill Association, The Point Association, The Off-Broadway Association, The Ochre-Point Association, The Top of the Hill Association, The North End Neighborhood Association, and The Castle Hill Association. Representatives were asked to fill out a questionnaire in advance with topics including: Membership demographics, Activities, Communication tools, Events, Traditions and Concerns. Topics also included: Top 3 biggest issues city-wide, and why and what your neighborhood is seeking / needing from City Government.

Unanimously, the organizations wanted more recognition from Newport City Government as to their importance in representing Newport citizens. Specific needs were mentioned by the groups. Federico Santi, representing The Historic Hill Association, brought up the issue of a need for the city to fully appreciate the importance of Newport's historic streetscapes. He stated, "In the past, the city paid Brian Pelletier to maintain the gas lamps on Historic Hill, but he was let go. "Now the gas lamps are deteriorating because of a lack of maintenance, they are letting the gaslights fail to justify removing them". Noise issues from late night bars – after they close – was discussed as well. This issue particularly impacts Historic Hill residents. Each neighborhood had different concerns to report and all felt that there needed to be a better line of communication with the city government. Beth Cullen, representing The Point Association, envisioned an "Office of Neighborhoods" at City Hall. The group has decided to meet regularly and we will continue to report any progress made through our Newsletters and on our Website.
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