As with many government organizations, the Newport City Council has been busy over the past few weeks preparing for the new year. Budgets have been approved and set in place and officers are sworn in.
During last week’s bi-weekly council meeting, held on the first and third Monday of the month at 6 p.m., the council reviewed the organization of the council and recognized Neal Pankey, who serves as President Pro-Tem and will step into the place of Mayor David Stewart in emergency situations or fill the seat in his absence. Mayor Stewart explained that the position is approved every two years, last being approved in 2017.
The Council will meet again Tuesday, January 16, at 6 p.m. due to the holiday.