Sidewalk changes approved, large grant awarded for housing

By Adam Strunk The Newton City Commission approved new downtown business ordinances at its Tuesday commission meeting. The ordinance change will allow merchandise and outdoor seating on Newton sidewalks in the central business district as long as they maintain six-foot-wide pedestrian paths as well as a 12-inch curb buffer and access to the curb. Umbrellas will also be allowed as long as the umbrella bottom


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