May 1 | Town Hall Planning, DeLeo Wall Concerns and More
Posted on 05/04/2018

The Newcastle City Council roundups offer a digest of notable items for those who can't make it to the regular meetings. Listen to the audio from the May 1 meeting here and view the meeting agenda packet here.

It’s a relatively short roundup this week. Here are a few of the noteworthy items from the meeting:

Several citizens used the public comment period to share concerns about an application to clear-cut acres of trees on a property known as the DeLeo Wall located in the southeast corner of the city. Speakers, including DeLeo family descendants, discussed the impact the clear-cut would have on wildlife, trails and the environment. On May 1, the City of Newcastle sent a letter to the Department of Natural Resources outlining its own list of concerns. Read the letter here. The city is carefully monitoring the proposed Forest Practices Application.

The Newcastle City Council offered input on the upcoming town hall format, date and overall content. They discussed the use of pulse pads, audience questions, adding an emcee, venues, smaller community conversations and much more. Councilmembers agreed the town hall should be held in June. The city will update newcastlewa.gov with the latest information when a date and format is finalized.

• The Public Works Department’s Maintenance and Operations Division’s efficiency and performance is notably improved after implementing tools, techniques and processes developed through a consultant-led assessment. A representative from the Demarche Consulting Group summarized the findings and accomplishments of this work during the meeting. Learn more here.

• Newcastle Mayor Allen Dauterman read a proclamation recognizing it as Affordable Housing Week.

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