In a short meeting Monday night, the Newport City Council accepted a $60,400 bid from Heartland Equipment to purchase a new backhoe for the wastewater treatment plan.
Mayor David Stewart noted that the city had originally budgeted $80,000 for the purchase so the bid came in substantially lower. Stewart also mentioned a new grant that was brought to his attention through White River Regional Solid Waste Management District for recycling. According to Stewart, it is a $20,000 grant to be used for equipment, parts, repairs and maintenance and operating cost. "The grant is a 75 - 25 matching grant. We will receive $20,000 and we will spend $5000 of what we already have budgeted," explained Stewart. "So it's kind of a no brainer, so we'll go ahead at this point and apply for it." In other business: - Sales tax figures for the month of November were reported by Stewart. The City sales tax for November 2013 was $125,292 up $6,320 from the same time in 2012. The County sales tax was $72,038 which is up $3,537 from 2012. The NEDC sales tax was $58,784 which is up $3,153 from 2012. - Stewart announced that the new recycling trailer placed at Price Chopper is working well for the city. So far the city has hauled off 2.2 tons of recyclables and is emptying the trailer three times a week. - It was announced that the next regularly scheduled has been moved from Monday, January 20, to Tuesday, January 21, in observance of Martin Luther King Day.