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Call me mayor

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by Trisha Ingalls

NEWPORT — It was the first meeting of the newly constituted city council here Monday night and everything went off without a hitch, mostly.

Newly elected Mayor Beth Barnes welcomed the crowd in English and French, and thanked the roughly 30 attendees in the council chambers for coming out for her first meeting.  She noted some people have asked her what she should be called formally in her new role.  Her answer: “Just call me mayor.”

Speaking clearly and slowly she called the meeting to order and took the time to read the city council participation guidelines thoroughly before opening up the public comment period….

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