City Council News Recap | May 18, 2021
Posted on 05/20/2021

Welcome back to the Newcastle City Council Roundup! This feature is now resuming after being on hiatus during a staffing transition 


The Newcastle City Council roundups offer a digest of notable items for those who can't make it to the regular meetings. View the meeting agenda packet here and the meeting video is posted here when available. View past City Council roundups at newcastlewa.gov/councilrecaps. 

 

National Public Works Week 

Mayor Newing declared May 16-22 Public Works Week in Newcastle and encourages all residents to recognize the contributions public works professionals make every day to protect our health, safety, comfort, and quality of life. The American Public Works Association has sponsored National Public Works Week since 1960 as a nationwide event to energize and educate the public on the importance of public works to their daily lives.  Read the full proclamation. 


Food Truck Ordinance to Be Reconsidered at Later Date 

City Council considered, but did not decide (vote on adoption of) a new ordinance to regulate food trucks and other mobile food vending uses in Newcastle. Further action will be forthcoming at a council meeting in the near future. 


Decision to Terminate Pending Legal Action 

City Council passed a motion (6-0) “to direct the City Manager to terminate all pending legal actions resulting from the City Council directive of November 10, 2020, which authorized the City Attorney’s office to file legal action in court to determine if a code of ethics violation had been committed and to take all necessary measures to prosecute the legal action.”  


P&D Logging Contract Amendment Approved 

A contract amendment was approved via Resolution 2021-866 with P&D Logging to increase that contract by $20,000 to provide additional tree maintenance services on city property. 


New Procedures Council Meetings 

This was the first City Council meeting held using slightly different rules for the order of business and management of public commentRead the full, updated City Council Operating Policies and Procedures. 


City Manager Rob Wyman delivers this report at each meeting, and it includes valuable City news updates. This week’s highlights include: 

  • Bellevue Fire will host a pop-up vaccination clinic this Saturday, May 22, at the Newcastle YMCA from 9:30 – 3:00. 

  • Improvements to Lake Boren park will be coming soon, thanks to two small grants the City received.  

  • Newcastle is expected to receive $2.6 million in ARPA funding. 

  • Our vacant Public Works Right-of-Way/Surface Water Maintenance position has been filled, with our new staff member beginning June 1. We are still seeking seasonal maintenance employees, an Accounting Technician, and a Maintenance Technician. 

  • Paid parking went into effect at Newcastle Commons on Monday, May 10. 

  • Work is wrapping on the S-038 construction project to replace damaged stormwater pipes in the Hazelwood neighborhood. 

 

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. In accordance with public health orders, meetings of the City Council currently occur virtually on the first and third Tuesdays of each month starting at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted. You can email your thoughts to Councilmembers at citycouncil@newcastlewa.gov. 

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