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NEWPORT CITY - In an effort to send a strong message to Trish Sears, CEO of the Newport City Renaissance Corporation (NCRC), the city council declined her request to write a letter of support for a Rural Business Enterprise Grant Proposal.
The council has been firm that it wants information well before grant application deadlines. This time the council brought the firmness to a new level by refusing to support the grant.
City Manager John Ward Jr. told the council he received the most recent proposal after 5 p.m. Monday, the same night as the meeting. Sears was sick and not at the meeting to explain.
For more of this story, see Thursday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for March 21, 2013.