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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Newport City council approves RGE loan
The Newport City Council meeting Tuesday evening approved a Letter of Credit backing a USDA loan for RGE. The firm located in the industrial park currently is expanding it's facility to meet the demands of a recently obtained contract with Ikea, a furniture distributor. Company officials say they plan to expand from the current 70 employees to 85 or 90 workers. The letter of credit for the $1 million loan will be issued by Newport Utilities but required the approval of the council. It is guaranteed by the $5 million RGE property. Members of the council recognized area law enforcement agencies as part of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Week. City Manager James Finchum said a meeting is scheduled for 5 pm on January 18 to detail a grant program aimed at assisting homeowners to make upgrade repairs to their homes. He also reported that the recent audit showed no findings, and if the good financial reports continue for several years, the city can expect savings on future audits. Vice Mayor Mike Proffitt applauded the Street and Fire Departments for their good response during the recent very cold weather. Newport Utilities Board Chair Roland "Trey" Dykes also reported that the utility did not experience any power outages during the recent single-digit temperatures when power usage surged. Willie Green was re-appointed to the Newport Fire Civil Service Board and Jason Chrisman also was appointed to the Board, representing department employees. The council accepted the only bid received for new ADA approved council chambers exit doors. Because the doors are not a standard size, the bid exceeds $10,000.

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