NEWPORT CITY – The council Monday approved the location of a salvage yard on the Crawford Farm Road.
Fred Oeschger, Jim Mulkin and Mary Ann Mulkin own the property. A single family home will also be on the property. The application lists the Wright Brothers LLC as the applicants.
The owners already have their local and state permits, city manager John Ward Jr., said.
Mayor Paul Monette expressed concerns about the appearance of the salvage yard. Ward said he believes all of the material would be under cover.
Alderman Richard Baraw wasn’t as concerned as the mayor. He said Oeschger does most of his projects well. However, Baraw said his initial thought of a salvage yard is a huge pile of tires.
“I don’t know what’s going to go in there because I don’t know what goes into a salvage yard,” said Baraw. “It can be almost anything, I guess.”
The application, said Monette, states it will be recycled metal.
The council executed an amendment to finance the maintenance agreement between the state and the city for the Long Bridge. The state is currently rebuilding the bridge. The purpose for the amendment is that the city’s share went from 10 percent to about six percent. The savings is the result of the city closing the bridge during the reconstruction work.
The council also signed a contract with Northeast Kingdom Community Action (NEKCA) to improve Gardner Park. Ward said NEKCA will spend $55,000. The project includes clearing out the current skate park and building a new one, resurfacing the ice-skating rink, and contributing to the cost of upgrading the playground and offering programs for children and young adults. There will be no cost to the city taxpayers. However, Parks and Recreation Director Andy Cappello will try to use the money as a local match to apply for other funding.