TOWN COUNCIL
JAMESTOWN, RHODE ISLAND
March 27, 2000

A regular meeting of the Jamestown Town Council was called to order at the
Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Road, at 7:00 PM by Council
President David J. Long. The following members were present:
Kenneth G. Littman, Vice President
Craig A. Amerigian
Bruce W. McIntyre
David Swain

Also present were:
Maryanne Crawford, CPA, Town Administrator/Finance Director
Arlene D. Kalooski, Town Clerk
A. Lauriston Parks, Esq., Town Solicitor
Lisa Bryer, Town Planner
Richard Allphin, Zoning Vice Chair
Arthur J. Christman, Fire Chief
Betty Hubbard, Planning Commission Chair

AWARDS, PRESENTATION AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
1)   Acknowledgments
Upon the announcement that M. Teresa Paiva-Weed is being recognized by the
Portuguese American Women's Association as the "Woman of the Year", it was
moved by Council President Long, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to send
Ms. Paiva-Weed congratulations on her award.  So unanimously voted.

SITTING AS ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSING COMMISSION

None

CONSENT AGENDA

It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Long to approve
the consent agenda.
      So unanimously voted. The amended consent agenda consisted of:
1)   Adoption of Council minutes:
  a) 2/28/2000  (regular meeting)
  b) 3/13/2000  (regular meeting)

2)   Bills and Payroll

3)   Copies of minutes of Boards and Committees
  a) Planning Commission (03/01/2000)

4)   RICRMC notices
  a) Finding of no significant impact:  
     i) Gregory & Ingrid Ambulos to repair and expand two decks,    
repair patio and replace windows (Plat 15, Lot 354; 261 Seaside Drive)
     ii)   Janet Broadhead to replace existing septic system with new
RIDEM ISDS approved Elgin-in-drain system (Plat 4, Lot 42; 292 East Shore
Road)
  b) Residential assent: 

     i) John C. Bolger to renovate an existing dwelling requiring
installation of a DEM approved two bedroom ISDS (Plat 7, Lot 74; 36 East
Shore Road)

  c) Consideration of application of Town of Jamestown to establish a
marina perimeter limit at Fort Wetherill Cove (Plat 10, Lot 145; 1 Fort
Wetherill Road)

5)   US Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census reminder

6)   DEM Narragansett Bay Estuary Program re:  invitation to Bay Summit
2000       (April 24 - April 25, 2000)

EXECUTIVE SESSION ANNOUNCEMENT

None
PUBLIC HEARINGS 

None

OPEN FORUM 

1)   Scheduled Requests to Address

None

2)   Non-Agenda Requests to Address
Julio DiGiando, 63 Clark Street, noted that Newport is holding a Hazardous
Waste Disposal day and inquired if Jamestown will be participating.
      The Town Administrator reported that, at present, Jamestown did not
budget for this; however, plans will be made to do so for next year.
      Additionally, the Town Administrator stated that there are hazardous
waste disposal facilities throughout the State.
      Anyone interested in these facilities can contact the Rhode Island
Department of Environmental Management.
      Mr. DiGiando was directed to the Harbor Management Office regarding
his request to view the Fort Wetherill Marina site plan. 

REPORTS OF BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND TOWN OFFICIALS 

1)   Town Administrator's report (attached hereto)
  a) Requested action by Council 
     i) Annual Town Audit
There was some concern as to whether the Nadeau & Associates would be able
to meet the time constraints for each of the annual audits.
      The Town Administrator noted that Nadeau & Associates are aware of
the deadlines and it is expected that they will be able to meet them.
      It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Littman to
award the bid for the annual Town audits for the next three years to James
N. Nadeau & Associates, at the following costs:
     Year 2000      Year 2001      Year 2002
     $17,750.00     $18,250.00     $18750.00
So unanimously voted.

     ii)   Central Baptist Church
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to approve
the request from Central Baptist Church to use the parking lot and
restrooms at the Town Hall for their Annual June Festival being held on
June 7, 2000.  So unanimously voted.

  b) Other issues discussed

     i) South Pond, relating to Notice of Violation (Plat 6, Lot 3)
The Town Administrator reported the she and the Public Works Director
spoke with CRMC and RIDEM regarding the preparation of a long-term
maintenance program for the South Pond area.

        ii)   Town Hall
The Town Administrator notified the Council that she is working with the
Town's insurance company, RI Interlocal Risk Management Trust, to assess
the air quality at the Town Hall due to mold and moisture in the basement.
      Results are expected in approximately ten days.

     iii)  Cole Street property, Plat 9, Lot 120
It was confirmed by the Town Administrator and Town Solicitor that an
abutter to the Cole Street property has acquired an interest in that
property and it is expected that they will proceed to redeem the property
by paying all outstanding monies owed to the Town.
      If this occurs, the property will not be available for Affordable
Housing.

iv)  East FerryCouncilor Swain requested information regarding the
permitting process for this project.
      The Town Administrator informed the Council that the permit expired
in August of 1999; however, the engineer applied for an extension.
      The Town has recently been informed that CRMC does not have that
application for extension on file.
      The Town Administrator will follow-up on this issue.
Councilor McIntyre noted that the Town budgeted for a person to be in
charge of the permitting process for the Town and inquired where that
stands.
      The Town Administrator will move forward on hiring a consultant to
oversee the permitting process and report back to the Council in April.

2)   Jamestown Planning Commission

  a) Comprehensive Plan Update

The Planning Commission Chair notified the Council of the status for the
Comprehensive Plan and the Commission's intent to request an extension of
one year.
      Ms. Hubbard reviewed the process for the Council's adoption of the
Comprehensive Plan, as outlined in her memorandum to Council.
      It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Swain to
accept the communication from the 
Planning Commission Chair, Betty Hubbard.  So unanimously voted.

3)   Memorandum from Town Planner

  a) 2000 Community Development Block Grant Program 

The Town Planner requested permission to have the Town Administrator sign
the Resolution authorizing the filing of an application with the Community
Development office and to act as the Representative of the Town of
Jamestown in matters relating to this application.
      The Town Planner stated that this application will be submitted to
the State by April 14, 2000 and requested that the Council approve the
authorizing resolution.
      It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
authorize the resolution and request the Town Administrator to sign  the
application on behalf of the Town of Jamestown.  So unanimously voted.  

4)   Jamestown Affordable Housing (two (2) vacancies; terms unspecified)
for       appointment
  a) letters of interest
     i) Lianne Nikitas
     ii)   Deborah E. Hannuksela
     iii)  Paul M. Robertson

  b) memorandum from Affordable Housing Committee

  c) copy of committee members from Town Clerk

Following a discussion regarding the possibility of more than one member
of a family sitting on this committee, it was the consensus of the Council
that this should not be a problem as this committee is not making
decisions relating to the acquisition of affordable housing properties.
      It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Long to
appoint Paul M. Robertson to the Jamestown Affordable Housing Committee
with the resolution of term limits being set at the next Town Council
meeting on April 10, 2000.  So unanimously voted.  
It was requested that the Town Solicitor review the charge of this
committee and report back to the Council.
5)   Jamestown Tree Committee (four (4) vacancies - residents of the town;
three (3) year term) if favorable order advertised 
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to order
the four positions on the newly formed Jamestown Tree Committee
advertised.  So unanimously voted.

Richard Allphin, Clarke Street informed the Council that the Tree
Ordinance is on the internet.
     The internet address is Jamestown.com under meetings.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

1)   Jamestown Planning Commission (continued for discussion); if
favorable, order advertisement for hearings

  a) Recommendations to Council    

     i) off-site marina parking

     ii)   proposed zoning ordinance amendment relating to ferries and
ferry parking

The Planning Commission Chair reviewed the memorandum to Council with
their recommendations for zoning amendment relating to businesses
operating from marina slips, docks and/or moorings including ferry service
and parking.
      This proposed zoning amendment would effect Conanicut Marina and
Dutch Harbor and the commercial waterfront.
      The Commission Chair noted that parking in these areas is at maximum
capacity.  The findings of fact and recommendations as presented follows:
     commercial use of marinas located within riparian waters of
commercial districts is appropriate as long as those businesses are
regulated both in number as well as use

     businesses that operate from marina slips, docks or moorings must be
responsible for their parking needs (similar to other businesses in Town

     the commercial waterfront zoning district is compact therefore has
insufficient space for additional parking

     primary uses in the CW district should be water enhanced if not water
dependent and parking for these uses should be located in other commercial
districts in satellite parking lots

     satellite parking lots should be confined to commercial zones and
meet minimum standards, subject to review by the Planning Commission

Discussion ensued on whether this should be handled through the
Comprehensive Plan rather than instituting an ordinance of this nature.
     Following additional discussion on this issue it was recommended by
the Town Solicitor to advertise for a hearing.
      It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
advertise the proposed zoning ordinance relating to Businesses Operating
from Marina Slips, Docks and/or Moorings including Ferry Service and
Parking.
      It was voted:  Council President Long, aye; Council Vice President
Littman, aye; Councilor Amerigian, aye; Councilor McIntyre, nay; Councilor
Swain recused.  The motion passed.
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Long to set the
date for the hearing for the first Council meeting in May.
      It was voted:  Council President Long, aye; Council Vice President
Littman, aye; Councilor Amerigian, aye; Councilor McIntyre, nay; Councilor
Swain recused.  The motion passed.

2)   Notice of violation to Town of Jamestown for failure to provide
notification for dam   maintenance/repair within 200 feet of a coastal
feature (Plat 6, Lot 3; Orchard Avenue) continued from Water & Sewer
meeting 03/20/2000
Previously discussed.
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Long to accept
the Notice of violation.  So unanimously voted.

3)   Abutters notice to Town of Jamestown re:  Plat 15, Lot 258 (continued
from       02/28/2000) discussion regarding Council's position

The Town Administrator informed the Council that as requested by the
Council, a letter was sent to Mr. Caito's office notifying him that the
Town would be taking a position against this ISDS application regarding
plat 15, lot 258.  
Jeffery Hanson, an engineer with John Caito's office, appearing for
resident Thomas N. Jennings, requested that the Town offer no position to
RIDEM on this matter.
      Mr. Hanson further stated that this is an application for a variance
request for a 2 bedroom ISDS on the subject parcel.
      This request is simply to allow the system to be installed without
the benefit of an alternate area, due to the size of the lot and the
RIDEM's requirements for minimal setbacks from existing neighboring
private wells.
      Additionally, he noted that the proposed leach field has been
designed to meet or exceed all of the construction standards and if the
system ever failed, it would be completely removed and the replacement
system installed in the exact location.  
At the Council's request, the Town Administrator reviewed past procedures
by the Town when taking a position on variance requests such as this.
      In the past, the Town Administrator was charged with the task of
responding to each request as the Town was notified.  The Administrator
would confer with staff and/or commissions and if necessary, to the
Council for approval prior to forwarding a response to the State.
      Presently, each variance request is put before the Council for their
administration.
      The Conservation Commission Chair, Christopher Powell, reviewed the
request under consideration for plat 15, lot 258, noting the reasons why
the Conservation Commission is recommending that the Council oppose this
request; those reasons being, an alternate site is required by law, the
system was designed to just miss the 100' perimeter buffer around
surrounding wells, the small size of the lot affords very little
opportunity for error, and the possible contamination of wells in that
area.
      The Planning Commission Chair, Betty Hubbard, expressed her concern
regarding the development of marginal properties.
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to oppose
the application for variance from the RIDEM regulations to install and
operate a proposed ISDS on a certain property located in plat 15, lot 258
and instructed the Town Administrator to inform the engineer representing
the property owner of their decision.  So unanimously voted.  

COMMUNICATIONS

1)   Copy of letter to RIDEM from Robert J & Jean M. Fagan re:  Plat, Lot
258
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to accept
the copy of this letter to RIDEM.  So unanimously voted.

2)   Letter from Catherine Northrup re:  street light 
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to refer
this letter to the Town Administrator.  So unanimously voted.

3)   Letter from Donna Welk Cameron Gricus re:  Paws and Claws
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to accept
this communication from Donna Welk Cameron Gricus.  So unanimously voted.

4)   Letter regarding Knowles Court Road Surface from the following
residents:
  a) Renee Silvester
  b) Sandra MacQueen
  c) Tania Biddle
  d) W. Ralph Byrne
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to refer
the letters regarding Knowles Court road surface to the Town
Administrator.  So unanimously voted.

5)   Petition regarding repaving Mt. Hope Avenue
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Littman to
refer the petition to the Town Administrator.  So unanimously voted.

6)   Letter regarding paving of Neptune Street
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to refer
this letter to the Town Administrator.  So unanimously voted.

7)   Letter from Scott A. Green, DO re: tree removal 
There was discussion on the legislation that has been submitted to both
the Senate and House allowing Jamestown to appoint a non-resident Tree
Warden.
      This legislation, at present, is pending.
      It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
refer this request to the Tree Warden when appointed.  So unanimously
voted.
     
NEW BUSINESS

1)   Sunday Sales license renewal applications:
     Applicant
     Schoolhouse Cafe
     Conanicut Hardware
     Narragansett Cafe
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to
approve of the Sunday Sales Licenses as presented, subject to the
resolution of debts, taxes and appropriate signatures.
     So unanimously voted. 

2)   Letter from the Department of the Interior to Senator Jack Reed re: a
portion of    Ft. Wetherill State Park
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Swain to forward
this communication to the Friends of Fort Wetherill.
      So unanimously voted.

3)   Letter to the Council President from Newport County Community Mental
Health   Center re: financial assistance
The Town Administrator noted that Newport County Community Mental Health
Center receives approximately $2,200.00 from the Town of Jamestown.  The
Town Administrator stated that she would notify NCCMHC of the Town's
fiscal budget period and encourage them to apply for additional funds
prior to the Town setting its budget.
        It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to
accept the communication and forward it to the Town Administrator.
      So unanimously voted.

OTHER COMMUNICATIONS

OPEN FORUM CONTINUED

Donald Richardson, 12 Davis Street inquired about the current value of the
Champlin Grant which was originally given to the Town in the amount of
$75,000.00.  The Town Administrator stated that those funds were invested
and at present the approximate value is $80,000.00.  Mr. Richardson also
inquired if there was an overseer to that project.
      The Town Administrator noted that the ongoing project is being
overseen by an engineer.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

There being no further business, it was moved by Councilor Long, seconded
by Councilor Amerigian to adjourn the meeting at 8:59 PM.
      So unanimously voted.

Attest:

Arlene D. Kalooski
Town Clerk