City Council Roundup | Dec. 18, 2018
Posted on 12/20/2018

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 Dec. 18, 2018, meeting here and view the meeting agenda packet here. View past City Council roundups at newcastlewa.gov/councilrecaps.

GENERAL UPDATES

— The Newcastle City Council adopted a new operating policies and procedures manual. The comprehensive guidebook centralizes information about the formal government structure in Newcastle and provides principles, policies and procedures for local elected officials. View a copy here.

— The City Council approved a contract to implement Phase II of the city’s Emergency Preparedness Initiative. In 2015, the council adopted a Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan. A recent consultant analysis offered some recommendations to improve the plan and ensure the city is well-prepared in the event of an emergency. Those suggestions, which include development of a training program for key stakeholders during an emergency, will be implemented in Phase II. Learn more here.

— The City Council directed staff to approach Waste Management and see what it would take to display the city’s new street/administrative fee as a line item on customer bills when the new solid waste collection contract takes effect. Under the new contract approved by the council in July, an 8.49 percent street/administrative fee will be added to base collection rates and serve as an additional city revenue source. Revenue will be used to offset costs associated with wear and tear collection trucks put on Newcastle streets, as well as the contract administration costs. The fee will generate about $150,000 in new revenue annually. Even with the fee, the majority of residential customers will see a decrease in their rates while all customers will receive an improved level of service.

Learn more about the solid waste collection contract here.

— As noted in the City Manager’s Report, the hearing regarding Newcastle’s appeal of an application to clear-cut 28 acres of trees on a property located in the southeast corner of the city has been delayed until August 2019. In the meantime, the city continues to explore options to protect the Dalpay parcel, also known as the De Leo Wall, from logging activity.

— The Jan. 2, 2019, City Council meeting is canceled. The council will host its next regular meeting on Jan. 15.

The Newcastle City Council wants to hear from you! Members of the public are invited to share thoughts during public hearings or two open public comment periods at meetings. Regular meetings of the City Council occur on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at City Hall, starting at 7 p.m. You can also email your thoughts to councilmembers. To send a message to the entire council, email the city clerk at saram@newcastlewa.gov. You can also email them individually (view all councilmember emails here). 

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