TOWN COUNCIL MEETING October 10, 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: Craig A. Amerigian Bruce W. McIntyre David Swain Kenneth G. Littman, Vice President, was absent Also present were: Arlene D. Kalooski, Town Clerk James T. Murphy, Town Solicitor Arthur J. Christman, Fire Chief Maryanne Crawford, CPA, Town Administrator/Finance Director, arrived at 7:16 PM AWARDS, PRESENTATION AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS None SITTING AS ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSING COMMISSION CLASS A Jean CeppiPage, Inc. d/b/a Page's 30 Southwest Avenue Island Beverage, Inc. d/b/a: Island Beverage 1 Ferry Wharf CLASS B - TAVERN Long Wharf Marina Restaurant, Inc. d/b/a The Bay Voyage 150 Conanicus Avenue CLASS B - VICTUALER Alexander Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a the Narragansett Café 25 Narragansett Avenue Midwest Electric, Inc. d/b/a Bayview Bar & Grille 53 Conanicus Avenue, Unit 1R Islandish, Ltd. d/b/a Chopmist Charlies 40 Narragansett Avenue Jamestown Oyster Bar, Inc. d/b/a Jamestown Oyster Bar 22 Narragansett Avenue New England Golf Course Management, Inc. d/b/a the Caddy Shack a/k/a Jamestown Golf and Country Club 245 Conanicus Avenue (lower level rear) Schoolhouse Café, Inc. d/b/a Schoolhouse Café 14 Narragansett Avenue Trattoria Simpatico, Inc. d/b/a Trattoria Simpatico 13 Narragansett Avenue CLASS D - FULL Conanicut Yacht Club 40 Bay View Drive Portuguese American Citizen's Club 11 Pemberton Avenue It was noted that the name for Jean Ceppi, Inc. should be Jean Page, Inc. The Town Clerk was directed to make that change. It was the consensus of the Council to have the Town Clerk review each license renewal application for missing information and have that information available to the Council prior to hearing date. It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Swain to order advertising of the above renewal requests, for hearing on November 13, 2000. So unanimously voted. CONSENT AGENDA Motion by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Swain to approve the consent agenda. So unanimously voted. The consent agenda consists of: 1) Adoption of Council minutes: a) 9/25/2000 Regular Meeting 2) Bills & Payroll 3) Copies of Minutes of Boards & Committee Meetings: a) Planning Commission (9/6/2000) b) Zoning Board of Review (8/22/2000) 4) Metricom, Inc. re: ricochet 5) Abatements/Addenda Report of Tax Assessor received 10/05/2000 EXECUTIVE SESSION ANNOUNCEMENT None PUBLIC HEARINGS None OPEN FORUM 1) Scheduled Requests to Address None 2) Non-Agenda Requests to Address None REPORTS OF BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND TOWN OFFICIALS 1) Town Administrator's report (attached hereto) a) Other items of interest as discussed with the Council i) Jamestown Comprehensive Plan draft The Town Administrator reported that the draft of the Comprehensive Plan will appear on the internet at jamestownri.com. Additionally, 15 copies are available for circulation at the library and copies are at the Planning Office for review. ii) Salt water wells The Town Administrator reported that the Town has received a permit from CRMC. The Public Works Director is coordinating these efforts. 2) Harbor Management Commission a) Letter from East Ferry Investors, Inc. to David Pritchard re: Ft. Wetherill lease It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to accept the letter from East Ferry Investors, Inc. So unanimously voted. 3) Planning Commission a) Letter to the Town Administrator re: Cinthia Reppe b) Letter to the Town Administrator re: Crystal Fonseca The Town Administrator reported that these letters will go into the personnel file of each individual. It was moved by Councilor McIntyre, seconded by Councilor Long to accept the letters and to request that a thank you letter from the Council be forwarded to each employee. So unanimously voted. 4) Town Solicitor a) Letter re: window replacement at the Community Center It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Swain to accept the letter from the Town Solicitor in reference to the window replacements at the Community Center. So unanimously voted. UNFINISHED BUSINESS 1) Southwest Avenue Stone Wall a) Letter from Wendell Flanders - RIDOT It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to accept the letter from Wendell Flanders of RIDOT. So unanimously voted. 2) Water Conservation Measures (per Town Administrator) The Town Administrator reported that in order to proceed with implementing the water conservation measurers as adopted by the Town Council, we are required to advertise seven (7) days prior to a public hearing. The Rules and Regulations state that these specific water conservation measures are lifted on October 31; therefore, because we are so close to the October 31 date, the Town Administrator recommended no changes be made at this time. There was no action taken on this item. 3) Big Red Boat (per Town Administrator) As an update to the Council, the Town Administrator reported that to her knowledge there have been approximately 200 claims against the Big Red Boat. It was the consensus of the Council that the Town Solicitor contact the organization representing the Big Red Boat and request that they proceed expeditiously with these outstanding claims. 4) Route 138 Bike Route (continued from 09/25/2000) It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to accept the information forwarded by resident Nancy Logan. So unanimously voted. 5) Disposal of Municipal Properties (continued from 09/25/2000) a) Conservation Commission recommendations dated 01/06/2000 It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to accept the information relating to the disposal of municipal of properties and to request that it be on the agenda for the next Council meeting on October 23, 2000. So unanimously voted. The Town Solicitor noted that this is a discussion on policy only. COMMUNICATIONS 1) Letter from Emmet E. Turley re: outhauls It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to accept the communication from Emmet E. Turley. So unanimously voted. 2) Letter from Donald Richardson re: 9/22/00 Council & Harbor Commission workshop. It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to accept the communication from Donald Richardson. So unanimously voted. 3) Letter from Elizabeth B. Connelly re: Post Office relocation Councilor Amerigian requested that the letter from Elizabeth B. Connelly be moved to the end of the agenda. NEW BUSINESS 1) Letter from North Smithfield Town Council re: Rhode Island Energy Facility Siting Board The Town Solicitor recommended that the Council allow him to review the document prior to any Council decision. It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Long to table the request for support from the North Smithfield Town Council until it has been reviewed by the Town Solicitor and Town Administrator. It was voted: Council President Long, aye; Councilor Amerigian, aye; Councilor McIntyre, abstain; Councilor Swain, aye. The motion passed with three votes in favor and one abstention. 2) Heritage Harbor Museum re: support of referendum #5 (vote yes on 5) It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to accept the communication from Heritage Harbor Museum. So unanimously voted. 3) MCF Communications, Inc. re: land lease for communications tower The Town Administrator reported that a portion of the proposed area of land being considered by MCF Communications is located in a watershed area. It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Long to decline the offer from MCF Communications, Inc. to lease Town owned land. So unanimously voted. 4) Rhode Island State Wide Planning Program re: project notification and review system; direct federal action The Town Administrator informed the Council that, at present, there is one site being considered as acceptable for the Post Office; that site being the present Post Office location. However, there are still negotiations taking place. The Council expressed its concerns with traffic and access if another site is considered. It was moved by Councilor McIntyre, seconded by Councilor Long to write a letter expressing the Council's desire for expansion of the Post Office at its existing site; noting that part of the rationale for this decision is that the other site, 78 Narragansett Avenue, would be too disruptive to the traffic flow and the citizens of the Town. So unanimously voted. 5) Letter from Diane Manchester, Narragansett re: smoking ban It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to accept the letter from Diane Manchester. So unanimously voted. 6) Save the Bay re: request to use Potters Cove/Taylor Point as landing site for 25th Annual Save the Bay Swim on July 21, 2001 The Town Administrator reported that there have been no problems in the past with the Save the Bay Annual Swim. It was also reported that the stairs at Taylor Point are expected to be completed prior to the event. The Town Solicitor will review the waiver as supplied by Save the Bay. It was moved by Councilor McIntyre, seconded by Councilor Swain to approve the 25th Annual Save the Bay Swim on July 21, 2001. So unanimously voted. 7) Victualing License Application - New Business Business Name Address Owner's Name Truffles By The Bay, Inc. 47 Conanicus Ave., Unit 3 Joan Goldstein It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Swain to approve the victualing license for Truffles By the Bay, Inc., subject to the resolution of debts, taxes and appropriate signatures. So unanimously voted. 8) Sunday Sales License Application - New Business Business Name Address Owner's Name Truffles By The Bay, Inc. 47 Conanicus Ave., Unit 3 Joan Goldstein It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Swain to approve the Sunday Sales license for Truffles By the Bay, Inc., subject to the resolution of debts, taxes and appropriate signatures. So unanimously voted. 9) One-Day Peddler's License Application: Jamestown Recreation Department Jack O'Lantern Jog 10/29/2000 T-Shirts It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Long to approve the One-Day Peddler's License for the Jamestown Recreation Department Jack O'Lantern Jog. So unanimously voted. It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Swain to waive the fee for the license application. So unanimously voted. OTHER COMMUNICATIONS None OPEN FORUM CONTINUED None EXECUTIVE SESSION None There being no further business before the Council, it was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Swain to adjourn the Council meeting at 8:00 PM. So unanimously voted. Attest: Arlene D. Kalooski Town Clerk TOWN ADMINISTRATOR REPORT October 10, 2000 The following report consists of items of general interest to the Council. I will be pleased to provide any additional clarification or information you require. Public Works In anticipation of the Rotary Club's annual bike race, the Public Works Department has been sweeping streets. Small drainage projects continue in the Shores area. Cleaning of catch basins will begin in the coming weeks. The Public Works Department assisted the Harbor Commission with minor repairs to West Ferry. Recreation Fort Getty closed for the season on October 2, 2000. The Community Center will serve as the headquarters for the three-day Rotary Club Bike Race. Preparations are underway for the twelfth annual Jack-O-Lantern Jog to be held on October 29th. Matt will be meeting with organizers of adult basketball on October 10th to set up schedules and registrations. Matt Bolles and Clayton Carlise met with Dr. Gallo and other school staff to discuss the proposed skate park at the school. Dr. Gallo suggested that Clayton and Matt attend the October 19th school committee meeting and present their plan. Town Clerk In the coming weeks the Town Clerk's Office will be installing an Electro Duplex Recording and Computer Processing Indexing System. This fully integrated network system will be used for fee recording, indexing, online search, and document recording of land evidence records. At the end of each day the Town Clerk will now be able to print out a detailed report of fees collected. This report will be forwarded to the Deputy Finance Director to be recorded in the Town financial statements. Additionally, it will provide land evidence indexing on a computer terminal and daily recordings will be available to assist title attorneys and the public. Currently these recordings are hand written in a daybook, then forwarded to an outside vendor for indexing and returned to us in book format. This process usually takes four to six weeks. This will allow for immediate indexing availability. Tax Collection Attached please find the tax collector's report for the month of September. Building Inspector Sixty-four permits were issued during the month of September. Planning The Wastewater Management Committee will meet on October 16th. Larry Parks and I met with Brenda Dillmann, the Town consultant for this project. We reviewed the draft ordinance and recommended some changes. Larry will attend this meeting to further assist the committee as they proceed with the drafting of this ordinance. Lisa has finally received all the estimated costs for the underground utilities and archeological study for the Downtown Improvement Project. The Planning Commission is in favor of holding a workshop with all parties involved. The Town must determine whether or not it is going to proceed with the installation of the underground utilities. Once this determination has been made, the Town can proceed with the final design of the project. The draft of the Comprehensive Plan Update and Maps is on the Internet, available at the Library and Planning Office. The first Planning Commission workshop is scheduled for October 18, 2000. As suggested by the Town Planner, the Council is strongly encouraged to attend and participate in the Planning Commission Workshops. Fire Chief Christman reported that there were twenty-three fire/rescue runs between September 18 through October 1st. Administration A tentative date of October 24, 2000 has been set for the Water Resource Board to deliver the grant check to the Town to be applied towards the purchase of the Capozzi property. I have informed the Capozzi's of the date. The Water Resource Board will invite state officials and our representatives to this presentation. Additionally, I will be working with the Town Planner to invite all individuals who assisted the Town with the acquisition of this property to this event. Steve Goslee and I attended a pre-construction meeting with Bob Sutton and Berkshire Construction, the contractor the state has hired to rehabilitate the state owned buildings at Fort Wetherill. Construction should begin sometime in the middle of October. The project is expected to take eighteen months to complete. For safety and security, a fence will be installed around the site. Mr. Sutton assured me there would be a corridor to allow the Fort Wetherill Boat Owners to access their ramp as well as access to the fishing pier. However, he did state there may be times during the construction, for safety reasons, that the access to the fishing pier will be temporarily closed. Steve Goslee will serve as the Town liaison with the state and Berkshire Construction. I have spoken to Gene Coulter, the attorney for RIDOT. He informed me he has made a recommendation to William Anker, Director of RIDOT, to allow the Town to install a well on state property adjacent to the Eldred Avenue Soccer field. I also had a resident on East Shore Road stop in to see me about the installation of this well. She requested the well be located on the west side of the property away from the residents on East Shore Road. Steve Goslee and I will be conducting interviews for an environmental engineer consultant for assistance in complying with state and federal regulatory agencies.