TOWN COUNCIL MEETING

Jamestown Philomenian Library

26 North Road

Monday, January 24, 2005

7:00 PM

 

Interviews:

6:30 pm            Danielle Minto  Conservation Commission

6:40 pm            Sav Rebecchi   Quonset/Davisville Development Corp

6:50 pm            Robert Trout    Harbor Management Commission

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

II.         ROLL CALL

 

III.       AWARDS, PRESENTATIONS AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:

1)         Fiscal Year 2005 Transportation Enhancement Project proposal – Narragansett Avenue Downtown Improvement Project Phase II – Grinnell Street to Lawn Avenue (if favorable, Council endorsement for submission to Statewide Planning and presentation at a hearing before the Transportation Advisory Committee on January 31, 2005)

a)         Resolution of the Jamestown Town Council endorsing the Fiscal                          Year 2005 Transportation Enhancement Project proposal

2)         John McCauley & Mike Swistak of the Jamestown Chamber of Commerce re: allocation of Meal Tax revenues

3)         Marsh Meadows Overlook – presentation by Jennifer Talancy and Christopher Powell, Jamestown Conservation Commission

 

IV.       COUNCIL SITTING AS ALCOHOLIC LICENSING BOARD

All approvals for licenses and permits are subject to the resolution of debts, taxes and appropriate signatures as well as, when applicable, proof of insurance.

 

V.        CONSENT AGENDA

An item on the Consent Agenda need not be removed for simple clarification or correction of typographical errors.  Approval of the Consent Agenda shall be equivalent to approval of each item as if it had been acted upon separately.

1)         Adoption of Council minutes:

a)         01/10/2005 Regular meeting

2)         Bills and Payroll

3)         Minutes from Boards, Commissions and Committees:

a)         Jamestown Housing Authority (12/07/2004)

b)         Tax Assessment Board of Review (01/04/2005)

c)         Tree Preservation and Protection Committee (12/21/2004)

d)         Conservation Commission  - resubmitted (11/09/2004)

4)         CRMC Notices:

a)         Cease & Desist order to Mark Maguire, PO Box 271, Jamestown re: clearing of buffer zone vegetation within 200 feet of a coastal feature from property located at Plat 15 lot 203; 239 Seaside Drive

b)         Meeting notice re: Demolition of the Jamestown bridge

5)         Statewide Planning Council re: proposals to the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

6)         Abatements/Addenda of Taxes

 

VI.       EXECUTIVE SESSION ANNOUNCEMENT

 

VII.      COUNCIL, ADMINISTRATOR, SOLICITOR, COMMISSION/COMMITTEE COMMENTS & REPORTS

1)                  Town Administrator report

 

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To:        Town Council

 

From:      Mark W. Haddad - Town Administrator

 

Subject:   Administrator's Report to the Town Council

 

Date:       January 24, 2005

 

1.     Enclosed with this report are several correspondence received in my office since the last Council Meeting, I have enclosed them with this report for your review and information. There are a few of the correspondence that I would like to call to the Council's attention:

 

a.     As you are aware, we had applied for a permit from CRMC to perform repairs at the Ft. Wetherill Building. I am pleased to report that they have approved our application and issued a permit to repair the roof, doors and windows with a finding of no significant impact. I have enclosed a copy of the permit (Item A) with this report for your review. On Thursday I met with Councilors Littman and Settipane, and Mike Gray, at the Ft. Wetherill Building to review the building and further develop a plan of action to make the necessary repairs, as well as determine a funding source for the work. I will update the Council with our findings and an action plan at Monday's meeting. On a related matter, we have advertised the RFP to hire a Consultant to conduct a re-use study of the Ft. Wetherill Building, and an assessment of the other Town buildings.

 

b.      At your last meeting, the Council received an application from David and Jennifer Clancy for a Sunday Sales License. At the meeting, the Town Solicitor requested that you table the matter until your next meeting so that the request could be further investigated. At this time, Fred Brown and Larry Parks are investigating the matter to determine if any action needs to be taken prior to the Council considering their request. I have enclosed with this report correspondence between Mr. Brown and Mr. Parks (Items B and C) concerning this matter. I will advise the Council of their progress when it is available. Please let me know if the Council requires any additional information.

 

2.     The EMS Incentive Committee was scheduled to meet last Wednesday to review the proposed Incentive Plan for the EMT's. Unfortunately, due to conflicts, we did not have a quorum and could not meet. We have rescheduled the meeting for Wednesday, February 2, 2005. Therefore, this item will be tabled until your February 14, 2005 meeting. It is my intent to present the same analysis to the Council that we presented with the Fire Incentive Plan. Please let me know if you require any additional information.

 

3.     As requested by the Council, we are investigating options to deal with the proposed increase in our Worker's Compensation Insurance. This review will be on-going and we will address the matter during our FY 2006 Budget Presentation. As a matter of fact, I have received a letter from an Insurance Carrier (Item D) interested in meeting with the Town to explore other options. I am planning on scheduling a meeting with him in the near future. I will continue to keep the Council informed of our progress.

 

4.     I am still trying to reschedule our meeting with the National Guard and DEM to discuss the use of Dutch Island for training. As of the writing of this report, I have not yet rescheduled the meeting. As soon as this meeting happens, I will schedule time on a meeting Agenda to discuss it further. I apologize for the delay.

 

5.      The Council had requested that we conduct a comparison survey of what the various exemptions are set at in other communities. Enclosed with this report (Item E) is the survey conducted by Ken Gray. We can discuss this matter in more detail at Monday's meeting.

 

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(The following action items are referenced in the Town Administrator’s report)

a)         Fort Wetherill update with authorization to expend funds and bid work

b)         Sunday Sales License re: David Clancy dba: Clancy Designs update

            Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Plan update

e)         Tax Exemption Adjustments Survey re: consideration of adjustments

2)         Jamestown Housing Authority

a)         2004 attendance record

3)         Tree Preservation and Protection Committee

a)         Letter from Chair re: tree planting specifications (for your information (FYI))

4)         Tax Assessment Board of Review

            a)         Letter from Chair re: appeals

5)         Town Clerk

a)         Memorandum re: Committee update

6)         Quonset Davisville Management Corporation re:  Final Report by Dennis Webster

 

VIII.     PUBLIC HEARING   

 

IX.       ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

 

X.        COMMMUNICATIONS AND PETITIONS

1)         Letter from the US Department of Housing & Urban Development re: Affordable Communities Award

2)         Letter from Frank T. Watson, International Brotherhood of Police Officers Jamestown Local 305 re: grievance from Sgt. Angela Deneault

 

XI.       LICENSES & PERMITS

All approvals for licenses and permits are subject to the resolution of debts, taxes and appropriate signatures as well as, when applicable, proof of insurance.

 

XII.      OPEN FORUM

1)         Scheduled request to address

a)         Rep. Bruce Long re: Legislative Update

2)         Non-scheduled request to address

 

 

XIII.     APPOINTMENTS AND RESIGNATIONS

            1)         Tree Warden

a)         Letter from the Vice Chair re: recommendation of Dave Nickerson

b)         Request from the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) to appoint a Tree Warden for 2005

i)          Reappoint Dave Nickerson

2)         Quonset Development Corporation Board of Directors

a)         One (1) vacancy exists, term ending 12/31/2007; duly advertised and interviews complete, if favorable appoint:

i)          Letters of interest:

           Donald C. Bresnan

           Emmet E. Turley

           Sav Rebecchi

3)         Conservation Commission

a)         Letter from Grace Mariorenzi re: resignation

c)         Three (3) vacancies exist, terms ending 12/31/2007; duly advertised and interviews complete, if favorable appoint:

i)          Seeking reappointment:

           Carol Lynn Trocki

           J. Christopher Powell

ii)         Letters of interest:

           Danielle Minto

           Gail Noble Glanville

4)         Library Board of Trustees

a)         Request from Gail Noble Glanville re: appointment

b)         One (1) vacancy exists, term ending 12/31/2006; if favorable order advertising

5)         Water Resources Protection Committee

a)         Letters of resignation:

i)          Ellicott Wright

ii)         Daniel Lilly, Jr.

 

XIV.    UNFINISHED BUSINESS

1)         Tax Exemptions (cont. from 01/10/2005)

            a)         Report from Town Administrator

2)         Sunday Sales license application of David Clancy dba: Clancy Designs, 382 North Road (cont. 01/10/2005)

3)         Ambulance Incentive EMS Program

 

XV.      NEW BUSINESS  

1)         Memorandum to the Town Clerk from Richard M. Bianculli, Jr. (assistant to the Town Solicitor) re: Columbia Avenue

 

XVI.    EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

XVII.   ADJOURNMENT

 

Pursuant to RIGL § 42-46-6(c) Notice of this meeting shall be posted on the Secretary of State’s website and at the Town Hall and the Jamestown Philomenian Library.

 

In addition to the two above-mentioned locations, notice also may be posted, from time to time, at the following locations:  Jamestown Police Station; Town Office; and on the Internet at www.jamestownri.com/meetings/index.htm and www.jamestownri.net/council/council.html

 

ALL NOTE: This meeting location is accessible to the physically challenged.  Hearing or speech impaired individuals requiring the services of an interpreter should call 1-800-745-5555 or 423-1212 not less than 3 business days prior to the meeting.