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About Newport:
The Town of Newport is located 13 miles north of Herkimer and 95 miles northwest of Albany, bounded to the north by the Towns of Russia, to the east by Fairfield and Norway, to the South by Herkimer and Schuyler, and to the west by Oneida County.  The Township was settled in 1791 by Christopher Hawkins of Rhode Island on land purchased in July, 1786 by Daniel Campbell of New York City and William, Ephraim and Benjamin Bowen in 1788 and 1789.  It w as formed on April 7, 1806 from parts of Herkimer, Fairfield, Norway and Schuyler.  At the first Town meeting, held on March 3, 1807, Christopher Hawkins was elected Supervisor. Click HERE for more interesting information about our Town!

Town Supervisor - Mike McEvoy
Town Clerk - Nanette Roesler
Codes / Zoning Enforcement Officer - Clifton Bennett
Superintendant of Highways - Jason Coffin

Special Meeting of Town Board
November 16, 2017
A special meeting is being  called to order  approve the 2018 Town Budget at 3PM 11/16/17
New Solar for approval of Newport Town Board
October 30, 2017

7.13      Solar

    • Non- Commercial Installations

      All solar installations that are integrated into the structures electrical system for residential and business require a permit from the codes officer and must meet state and local building codes. They must have a clearly marked disconnect switch. In addition an electrical inspection shall be required.   Ground mounted collectors are not allowed in the front yard.  Ground mounted solar collectors must be in the side or rear yard and shall comply with side and rear yard setbacks.

    • Commercial Installations

      Solar farms are permitted in an Agricultural zone and all Business zones with a Special use Permit and all applications are subject to planning board review.   The following items shall be considered by the planning board before making a recommendation.

    • A complete set of plans with a professional engineers stamp and signature shall accompany each application. A site plan that shows, collector layout and area,  setbacks, vegetation, screening,  fencing,  storm water control, parking, access roads and accessory buildings shall be part of the application and general plan.

    • A complete set of electrical plans and schematics of collectors and any hardware such as inverters, transformers, batteries, control panels, switch gear and disconnects.  A copy of these plans must be given to the town clerk and the fire chief.

    • A complete operation and maintenance manual shall be supplied to the town and fire chief.  A clearly marked electrical disconnect sign that is easily recognized by emergency personal from a distance of at least 30 feet.

    • Other issues to consider are signage such as High Voltage, Danger, Disconnect Switch, or other warning signs, lighting, glare, transmission lines, and the height of collectors and accessory buildings.  The view from public highway and adjoining neighbors as well as any compromise of the character of the neighborhood.  A front yard and side yard setback of 100 feet and a rear yard setback of 50 feet will be required.

    • The solar farm owner must provide 24/7 access to emergency response personal in the event of an emergency.

    • The solar farm must be maintained in good condition and a decommission plan shall be required in the event the plant is abandoned or decommissioned.  The solar farm owner is solely responsible for the cost of decommissioning and removal of the solar farm if necessary.  Bonding may be required and shall be assessed on a case by case basis depending of the size of the installation.

September 29, 2017



 Notice of Public Hearing  

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT the Town Board of the Town of Newport will be conducting a Public Hearing pursuant to General Municipal Law Section 776 to provide all interested persons reasonable opportunity to be heard on any aspect of the Proposed Dissolution Plan to dissolve the Newport Fire Protection Districts (FD 160) and (FD 170) prepared pursuant to General Municipal Law Section 774 and adopted by the Town Board on September 11, 2017. The Public Hearing will be held on Oct. 18th, 2017 at 07:00 PM at the Newport Town Office. A Descriptive Summary of the Proposed Plan of Dissolution is as follows:


            Newport Fire Protection Districts (FD 160) and (FD 170) Plan of Dissolution provides for the dissolution of the Protection Districts effective December 31, 2017.  The provision of fire protection and emergency services will be unaffected and will continue to be provided to the area comprising the Protection Districts by the Newport Volunteer Fire Company Number 4, Inc. under the auspices of the Board of Fire Commissioners of the newly created Newport Joint Fire District (NJFD).  All tax revenue collected by the Protection Districts pursuant to the 2017 tax levy has already been remitted to the Newport Volunteer Fire Company Number 4, Inc. as payment for services through December 31, 2017.  The Protection Districts do not possess any cash assets or own any property.  The Protection Districts have no employees.  Once, the Board of Fire Commissioners of the NJFD is established and the NJFD becomes functional, NJFD will become the authority having jurisdiction over Newport Volunteer Fire Company Number 4, Inc. and will be obligated to provide for the provision of fire protection and emergency services to those properties within the Protection Districts that are now deemed to be included and incorporated within the boundaries of the NJFD.  The Protection Districts will be dissolved effective December 31, 2017, absent any contingency impeding the NJFD from implementing a 2018 budget and tax levy.


PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the Proposed Dissolution Plan may be viewed in its entirety during normal business hours at the Office of the Town Clerk Monday, Tuesday and Thursday between the hours of 9AM and 4PM The Proposed Dissolution Plan may also be viewed on the Town of Newport website located at



Dated:  September 11, 2017                                 Nanette Roesler, Town Clerk


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