Nov. 5 meeting will also feature a proclamation naming Nov. 24 as Small Business Saturday

The Newberg City Council has a relatively light schedule for its upcoming Nov. 5 meeting, beginning with a discussion on the potential of paving the city's roughly four miles of gravel streets and alleys.

As per usual, the meeting starts at 6 p.m. with a work session before reconvening at 7 p.m. for the business session.

City staff was asked to look at options for paving gravel streets and alleys as part of a transportation utility fee. City officials say paving the streets and alleys would reduce maintenance costs, as the streets are graded on average four times a year at an annual cost of $40,000.

Councilors will be presented with a handful of funding options, including a local option levy and modifying the transportation utility fee.

Improvement options all require making the streets and alleys compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and would require improvements to drainage, driveway approaches and adjustments of manholes.

The council will also proclaim Nov. 24 as Small Business Saturday to coincide with Thanksgiving and the busy commercial season. The meeting will also feature an executive session regarding labor negotiations.

The city will also appoint Joe Morelock to the Riverfront Master Plan Citizens Advisory Committee. Morelock is the interim superintendent of schools for Newberg, and represents the Newberg School District on the committee.

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