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Newport Public Hearing To Discuss Fluoridation

City of Newport

The Newport City Council is looking for the community’s input on adding fluoride its water supply. The city will hold a public hearing on Tuesday.

In 2005, the city stopped fluoridation because of health risks city workers faced. The Lincoln County Public Health Advisory committee now recommends fluoride should be added back to the water supply.

Newport city manager Spencer Nebel says a new water plant has been built, but due to budget constraints, fluoride wasn’t added.

Nebel: “We really wanted to use that to really hear what the community has to say about fluoride and after that process if the council agrees with my recommendation there’ll be a work session where’ll we’ll review the comments made. ”

So far, Nebel says the city has received substantial input for and against fluoridation. Adding it would initially cost about 300,000 dollars.

Also on Tuesday’s agenda is allowing the sale of recreational marijuana at medical marijuana dispensaries. The final decisions on both issues will be made by the Newport City Council.