TOWN COUNCIL MINUTES
Jamestown Philomenian Library
26 North Main Road
Monday, November 27, 2000

7:00 PM:   Work Session - Harbor Management Commission and Town Council
8:00 PM Regular Town Council Meeting

A regular meeting of the Jamestown Town Council was called to order at the
Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Road, at 8:15 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:
Maryanne Crawford, C
PA, Town Administrator/Finance Director
Kimberly A. Turcone, Deputy Town Clerk
James T. Murphy, Town Solicitor
Betty Hubbard, Planning Commission

AWARDS, PRESENTATION AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
None

SITTING AS ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSING COMMISSION
  None

CONSENT AGENDA
A motion was made by Councilor Long and seconded by Councilor Swain to
accept the consent agenda.  So unanimously voted.

1) Bills and Payroll

2) Copies of Minutes of Boards & Committee Meetings:

a) Planning Commission (11/01/2000)
b) Affordable Housing Committee Minutes (10/11/2000)
c) Jamestown Philomenian Library Board of Trustees (10/14//2000)
d) Jamestown Quonset Davisville Liaison Committee (10/25/2000 &
11/08/2000)
e) Harbor Management Commission (10/11/2000)
f) Beavertail Advisory Committee (10/25/2000)

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

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Town Administrator Report

    November 27, 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
    
    The Public Works Department has removed most of the fallen leaves
along Narragansett Avenue.
    
    Equipment has been prepared and supplies ordered in anticipation of
the winter season.
      All drainage projects for the season will be completed within the
next few weeks.
    
    Recreation
    
    Matt Bolles met with the Soccer Association for their input for a
grant application the Recreation Department will submit to the United
States Soccer Foundation.
      Matt is requesting funding for the Eldred Avenue field to re-grade
and re-surface the field with new topsoil.
      This will be the first time the Town has submitted an application to
this Foundation.  Matt is very optimistic.
    
    As requested by the Council, Matt and Clayton Carlise attended a
recent School Committee meeting to present their proposal to allow skate
boarding on school property.
      The School Committee unanimously supported the project as presented.
 It is my understanding that the Council would like to approve this
project.
      If this is the consensus of the Council I will put this item on the
December 11, 2000 Council meeting.
    
    Finance
    
    Tina Collins, Deputy Finance Director has requested proposals for the
implementation of an integrated financial software package for the Town.
      Bids are due in early December.
      Evaluation of the software will take place through the month of
January.
      She anticipates awarding a bid in late January/early February and
implementing the new software for the new fiscal year beginning March 1,
2000.
    
    Planning
    
    The fourth workshop to discuss the draft of the update of the
comprehensive plan is scheduled for December 20, 2000.
      To date all other workshops have been informative and productive.
    
    Larry Parks and I attended the most recent Wastewater Management
Committee meeting.
      We made suggestions to the committee of proposed changes to the
ordinance as it was drafted at that time.
      The consultant has revised the ordinance.
      The committee would like to meet with the council, prior to
submitting to Council for a public hearing. 

    Tax Assessor
    
    Jerome Appraisal Company has completed the statistical update of
property values for the Town.
      Preliminary figures show the valuation of taxable real estate
increase from approximately 633,000,000.00 to 878,000,000.  This
preliminary valuation is subject to taxpayer appeals and the final
valuation will not be known until later this year.
    
    Prior to the update, the Town had eleven properties valued at over one
million dollars.
      Current figures show sixty properties valued at over one million
dollars.
      All property  owners will receive a letter with their new valuations
early this week.
    
    Tax Collector
    
    Attached is the tax collector's report for the month of October.
    
    Fire
    
    Chief Arthur J. Christman reported there were thirty-seven fire/rescue
runs between October 23 and November 20.
    
    Administration
    
    I am in the final stages of completing the fiscal 2001/2202 budget.
     I have met with Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Gallo, to review the
school budget.
      Dr. Gallo informed me the school committee is scheduled to approve
the school's budget on December 9, 2000.
      I will forward my recommended budget to the Council the first week
in December.
    
    With the recent retirement of David Guiney, Town Mapper, our Tax
Assessor requested proposals for this service.
      Sue Brayman received two proposals and would like to award the bid
to lower bidder, American Engineering at $50.00/hour.
    
    I had a brief meeting with Representative Elect Bill Murphy.
      Mr. Murphy has recently attended a Quonset/Davisville meeting and is
beginning to work on certain issues on behalf of Jamestown.
      I would suggest the Council meet with both Representative Elect
Murphy and Senator Paiva-Weed in early January.
    
    For Council Consideration:
    
    Award Town Mapper bid to American Engineering in an amount not to
exceed
    $50.00/hour

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a)   Requested action by Council (submitted)

* The Town Administrator asked that the Council put the skateboard park on
the December 11th agenda under unfinished business.  The Council agreed;

* The Town Administrator requested that the Council set up a meeting with
Representative Murphy and Senator Piva-Weed.  The Town Administrator
recommended the first meeting in January and the Council agreed.  The
Council also asked that the Town Administrator send a thank you letter to
Senator Reed and Dennis Reilly;

* A motion was made by Councilor Swain and seconded by Councilor Littman
to award the Town Mapper bid to American Engineering in an amount not to
exceed $50.00/hour.

2) Zoning Board of Review (4 vacancies, term ending 12/31/2000); one
regular member, three alternate members; if favorable order advertised

a)   Report from Catherine Finney, Zoning Chair

A motion was made and withdrawn to advertise for 4 vacancies on the Zoning
Board of Review.

A motion was made and withdrawn by Councilor Amerigian to advertise for 2
vacancies on the Zoning Board of Review.

A final motion was made by Councilor Long and seconded by Councilor
McIntyre to advertise 4 vacancies on the Zoning Board of Review.
      So unanimously voted.

3) Jamestown Library Board of Trustees

a)   Memorandum from Elizabeth Cregan (presently being advertised as
ordered by Council on November 13, 2000)

b) Letter from Diane Caswell

A motion was made by Councilor Long and seconded by Councilor McIntyre to
accept the letters from Elizabeth Cregan and Diane Caswell.
      So unanimously voted.

4)   Jamestown Quonset Davisville Liaison Committee

a)   Request for Town Administrator to comment on the Strategic Guiding
Principles to the Economic Development Corporation and the Quonset
Davisville Management Corporation
  The Town Administrator reported that she has not talked to Dennis
Webster 
regarding the above mentioned letter because Mr. Webster is away on
vacation.
      She stated that she will discuss the matter with a few of the
Committee members and write a letter. 
A motion was made by Councilor Long and seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
accept the letter from Dennis Webster.  So unanimously voted.

5)   Harbor Management Commission (per Town Administrator)

a)   Harbor Management Ordinance
i)   Deeded water rights
ii)  Riparian owners
Councilor Long stated that he would like to discuss some issues with the
Harbor Management Commission and suggested forming a Subcommittee.
      Councilor Swain asked that Councilor Long attend the next scheduled
Harbor Management meeting.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

1) Special Olympics - Use of Mackerel Cove Beach for the 25th Annual
Penguin Plunge on 01/01/2001 (continued from 10/23/2000 for additional
input from the Town Administrator)

The Town Administrator reported that she has met with Chief Tighe and the
director of the event to discuss bussing people to and from Ft. Getty to
alleviate the parking problem that exists in the Mackerel Cove area during
the event.
      She asked that the approval be subject to the conditions regarding
parking at Ft. Getty and bussing patrons to Mackerel Cove Beach as
accepted by and approved by the event director, Town Administrator and
Police Chief.
A motion was made by Councilor McIntyre and seconded by Councilor Long to
approve the request of the Special Olympics for the use of Mackerel Cove
Beach for the 25th Annual Penguin Plunge on January 1, 2001.
      So unanimously voted.

2) Proposed Zoning Amendment related to businesses that use marina slips,
dock space and/or moorings including ferry service and parking (continued
from 09/25/2000)

Councilor Swain recused himself from this matter

The Council discussed the issue with Planning Chair, Betty Hubbard.

A motion was made by Councilor McIntyre to reject the ordinance and ask
the Planning Commission to come back with a plan in regards to parking in
the East Ferry.
      Councilor Long stated that the Planning Commission is presently
working on the Comprehensive Plan and recommended that the council wait
until the Plan is finished and to table all discussion on the ordinance
until then. 
 
A motion was made by Councilor McIntyre and seconded by Councilor Long to
withdraw the motion and to move not to advertise the proposed Zoning
Amendment as it stands.  So voted: 4-0, Councilor Swain recused.

3) Harbor Management Commission 

a) Commission vacancy (1 vacancy, Outside Riparian Owner, term ending
12/31/2000); if favorable, appoint

i) Daniel Lilly
ii) Paul Hines

A motion was made by Councilor McIntyre and seconded by Councilor Littman
to appoint Daniel Lilly as Outside Riparian Owner, term ending 12/31/2003.
      So unanimously voted.

b)   Repair project re:  pointing of the north face of the seawall
adjacent to the wood pile pier 

The Town Administrator requested that the Council award the bid at a
special meeting on the 4th of December.

A motion was made by Councilor Long and seconded by Councilor Littman to
hold a special meeting at 7 pm at the Library on December 4th to award the
bid for the seawall repair.  So unanimously voted.

4) Board of Water & Sewer Commission

a) Schedule next Water Study Committee meeting

The Council agreed to schedule a meeting of the Water Study Committee for
December 7th at 7 pm (location to be announced).

COMMUNICATIONS
None

NEW BUSINESS

1) Letter from Channing Memorial Church re: procession & service on
01/20/2001
A motion was made by Councilor Long and seconded by Councilor Swain to
accept the letter from the Channing Memorial Church.
      So unanimously voted.

2) Letter from Fern Malouin re: Claim for a flat tire
A motion was made by Councilor Long and seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
refer Mr. Malouin's letter to the Town Solicitor.  So unanimously voted.

3) Letter from Chris Powell re: Christmas Tree lighting
A motion was made by Councilor McIntyre and seconded by Councilor Long to
accept the letter from Mr. Powell.  So unanimously voted.

OTHER COMMUNICATIONS
None

OPEN FORUM CONTINUED
None

EXECUTIVE SESSION
None

A motion was made by Councilor Long and seconded by Councilor Swain to
adjourn the meeting at 9:30 pm.  So unanimously voted.

Attest:

Kimberly A. Turcone
Deputy Town Clerk