TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
December 11, 2000
(as amended on January 8, 2001)

A regular meeting of the Jamestown Town Council was called to order at the
Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Road at 7:02 PM by Council Vice
President Kenneth G. Littman.  The following members were present:

Craig A. Amerigian
David Swain
Absent:  President David J. Long
     Bruce W. McIntyre

Also present were:

Maryanne Crawford, CPA, Town Administrator/Finance Director
Arlene D. Kalooski, Town Clerk
James T. Murphy, Town Solicitor
Arthur J. Christman, Fire Chief
Thomas P. Tighe, Police Chief
Matthew Bolles, Parks and Recreation Director
Dennis Webster, Chair, Quonset Davisville Liaison Committee

AWARDS, PRESENTATION AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

  1) Seth Gillis, permanent patrolman 

Chief Tighe introduced Patrolman Seth Gillis and informed the Council that
he has completed his training at the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy
and noted that Patrolman Gillis was honored as the top shooter of his
class.
      Chief Tighe recommended that Mr. Gillis be appointed as a permanent
police officer.  
Council Vice President Littman administered the oath of office to
Patrolman Gillis.

  2) Thomas P. Tighe, Chief of Police, will present two (2) Jamestown
residents for the presentation of Citizen's Award 

a) Nancy Schrand
b) Alfred Smith

Chief Tighe read a synopsis of events leading to the recognition of two
Jamestown residents for their assistance in maintaining a safe environment
in our community.
       Vice President Littman extended the appreciation of the Council and
the Jamestown community and presented a plaque to Alfred Smith and Nancy
Schrand.
      Mrs. Schrand was unable to be present; however, Mr. Schrand received
the plaque for his wife.

SITTING AS ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSING COMMISSION

None

CONSENT AGENDA

It was requested that item #1a and item 4 be removed from the consent
agenda.
      Motion by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Littman to
accept the consent agenda as amended.  So unanimously voted.  The consent
agenda consisted of:
1) Adoption of Council minutes: 

b)   11/27/2000 (regular meeting)

2)   Bills & Payroll

3) Copies of Minutes of Boards & Committee Meetings:

a) Board of Canvassers (10/17/2000)
b) Jamestown Zoning Board of Review (10/24/2000)
c) Parking Committee (07/26/20000 - approved, and 12/05/2000 - unapproved)

5) Coastal Resources Management Council - Agenda for semi-monthly meeting
12/12/2000
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1)   Adoption of Council minutes: 

  a) 11/13/2000 (regular meeting)

Councilor Amerigian noted that he was not present at the beginning of the
meeting when the license renewals were discussed on November 13, 2000 and
requested that it be so noted in the minutes.
       Councilor Amerigian stated that he arrived at approximately 7:15 PM
on November 13, 2000.
      It was moved by Councilor Swain, Seconded by Councilor Littman to
amend the minutes to reflect that Councilor Amerigian was not present
until just before the reading of the Consent Agenda.
       With Councilor Amerigian unable to vote on the motion, there was
not a quorum for this vote.
       It was moved by Councilor Littman, seconded by Councilor Swain to
table the review of the Council minutes for the November 13 meeting until
the next Council meeting in December.  So unanimously voted. 

4) United States Environmental Protection Agency re:  banning the sale of
mercury fever thermometers

Councilor Amerigian informed the Council that he had spoken to Timothy
Baker from Baker's Pharmacy regarding the mercury fever thermometers.
      Mr. Baker noted that most of the major drug store chains have
already started to pull them off their shelves as there are other types of
thermometers available.
      Upon further discussion, the Town Solicitor suggested that the Town
Council inform the State Legislators of their concern and request that
they investigate this further and if necessary propose legislation banning
mercury thermometers.
       It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Littman
to forward a copy of the USEPA notice to our State Legislators.
       A copy of this information was given to Representative-elect Murphy
and Senator Paiva-Weed, as both were in attendance.  

EXECUTIVE SESSION ANNOUNCEMENT
 
1) Acquisition of real estate, pursuant to RIGL 42-46-5 (a)(5) (real
estate)

2) Police contract negotiations, pursuant to RIGL 42-46-5 (a)(2)
(collective bargaining)

It was moved by Councilor Littman, seconded by Councilor Swain to enter
into executive session pursuant to RIGL 42-46-5 (a)(5) (real estate) and
RIGL 42-46-5-(a)(2) (collective bargaining).
      The vote was, Councilor Littman, aye; Councilor Amerigian, aye;
Councilor Swain, aye.  The motion passed unanimously.
PUBLIC HEARINGS

None

OPEN FORUM

  1) Scheduled request to address

a) William H. Murphy, Representative-elect District 98 re:  proposed
legislation
Representative-elect William H. Murphy requested that he be notified of
all Jamestown concerns so that he will be able to keep abreast of events
and the needs of Jamestown.
       Mr. Murphy introduced M. Teresa Paiva-Weed who noted that she is
looking forward to working with Representative-elect Murphy and the Town
Council.

b) Edwin W. Connelly, Chair, Friends of Conanicut Battery re:  update

Edwin W. Connelly, Chairperson for the Friends of Conanicut Battery
reviewed the progress for the preservation of the Conanicut Battery on
Prospect Hill.
       Additionally, Mr. Connelly informed the Council that 65% of the
revenue for these preservation efforts has come from foundations and
grants and 35% from private citizens.
      It is believed that this ratio of 65%/35% will encourage additional
support from other foundations.
       Mr. Connelly noted that he was invited to the Rhode Island School
of Design to accept the American Society of Landscape Architects highest
award for historic preservation.
       The Council extended their appreciation for the work and dedication
done by the Friends of Conanicut Battery.  

2) Non-Agenda request to address

None

REPORTS OF BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND TOWN OFFICIALS

1)   Town Administrator's report (attached hereto)

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Town Administrator Report

  December 11, 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
  
  At the request of the Fire Department, the Public Works Department
installed a fire hydrant on West Street, across ftom McQuades.
      Sand barrels have been located throughout the island to assist
residents during the winter and snow season.
  
  Recreation
  
  The Recreation Department offered and has assumed responsibility of
staffing the Lawn Avenue School gymnasium when non-recreation programs are
using it.
      Since the recreation programs use the gym the majority of the time
during the winter season, they are more familiar with the schedule and
staffing needs.
  
  Matt Bolles and Keith Anderson assisted with the annual Village Tree
lighting held on December 2, 2000.
      The Recreation Department assisted with the set-up and provided the
public address system, stage, tables and chairs.
  
  The new windows for the Community Center have arrived and will be
installed prior to the first of the year.
  
  Matt and Clayton Carlisle will be in attendance at the Council Meeting
to answer any questions the Council may have concerning the proposed
skateboarding area at the school.
      Matt has discussed with The Trust, the Town insurance company,
guidelines they require for a skateboarding area.
      The Trust will inspect the facility prior to their endorsement.
      Matt has also spoken to Fred Brown, who advised Matt that since
there is no change of use, there are no zoning issues with the facility as
it is currently proposed.
  
  Finance
  
  Tina Collins has received two bids from software vendors proposing
integrated financial software packages for the Town.
      In the coming week, both packages will be reviewed to determine
which best meets the Town financial reporting needs.

  Building Inspector
  
  Fred Brown reports sixty-four permits were issued for the month of
November.
  
  Planning
  
  Lisa reports the Conanicut Historic Battery Project was given the Past
Presidents Award by the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Society of
Landscape Architects base upon an application submitted, by Town Planner
Lisa Bryer.
      In attendance to receive the award was Edwin Connelly, on behalf of
the Friends of Conanicut Battery, Jamestown Historical Society and the
Town of Jamestown.
  
  Fire
  
  Chief Arthur J. Christman reports his department responded to twelve
fire and/or rescue runs for the period of November 26 through December 3.
  
  Administration
  
  The revised Fort Cove Marina perimeter survey showing forty-four boat
slips has been submitted to the CRMC.
      CRMC is requiring a thirty-day public comment period prior to the
application being presented to the full board.
      It is the opinion of the staff at CRMC that the Town's application
should be approved within the next two months.
  
  GZA GeoEnvironmental has installed the additional test well at the
landfill.
     The first round of water samples will be tested within the next two
weeks, and will continue quarterly for at least one year.
  
  Attached is the proposed schedule for the budget hearings.
      I would like Council to approve the schedule.
      I have also attached a letter received by the Town Welfare Director
Margaret Grenier.
  
  Upon returning to our offices on Monday morning December 4, 2000, the
cleaning
company had closed my door.
     The bottom of the door and frame was damaged. Further review led the
Public Works Director to believe we had four-legged visitors visiting over
the weekend.
     A hole leading to the outside of the building was closed. As much as
we enjoy and welcome visitors to my office and Jamestown, we would prefer
not to have "certain" four-legged visitors.
     (I think this was an isolated incident).
  
  Town Solicitor Jim Murphy, Chief Tighe, and I continue to negotiate with
the police union for a new contract.
      Their current contract expires on February 28, 2001.
  
  Chief Tighe continues to work with the Harbor Management Commission.
      Currently he is working on their budget.

  FINALLY! Attached is a copy of the state approval allowing the Town to
install a well on state property adjacent to the Eldred Avenue Soccer
Field.
  
  For Council Consideration:
  
   Approval of the schedule for the budget hearings

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a) Requested action by Council 

i) Approval of the schedule for the budget hearings
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Swain to
approve the schedule for budget hearings as presented.  So unanimously
voted.

b) Communication from the Welfare Director

The Council discussed the letter from Welfare Director, Margaret Grenier,
which outlined her duties and responsibilities.
       The letter was welcomed as a reminder of how important these
services are to the residents of Jamestown.

2)   Parking Committee re:  recommendations

Police Chief Tighe informed the Council that the recommendations from the
Parking Committee were prompted by two separate requests from the Council.
      The recommendations for parking are as follows:

* That there be no parking on either side of Beach Street south from
Spindrift to the Route 138 connector road

* That there be no parking on the north side of Lincoln Street west from
Conanicus Avenue for a distance of 100 feet

In addition, the Parking Committee has made a recommendation to lease or
purchase a parcel of land in the downtown area that would alleviate
parking concerns in that area.  

Gary Girard, Planning Commission member, informed the Council that the
Planning Commission would be discussing the downtown parking at their next
meeting and it is expected that they will endorse the recommendation of
the Parking Commission.
      It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Littman
to ask the Town Solicitor and Town Clerk to work together to draft the
language for the proposed parking ordinances.  So unanimously voted.

3)   Ambulance Association Compensation Committee (2 vacancies;  one
unaffiliated, term ending 04/30/2003 and one Ambulance Association member,
term ending 04/30/2002); if favorable, appoint member; (unaffiliated
position may be advertised)

a) Letter of interest from Wendy Harvey - unaffiliated
b) Letter of resignation from Michael Schnack - unaffiliated
c) Request for appointment of Mary Ann Joyce - member; from Vincent
Vessella, Commander

It was requested that an interview for the unaffiliated position be set up
for Wendy Harvey.
      It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Swain to
advertise for the unaffiliated position on the Ambulance Association
Compensation Committee.  So unanimously voted.

It was moved by Councilor Littman, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
accept the letter of resignation from Michael Schnack.
      So unanimously voted.  
It was moved by Councilor Littman, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
appoint Mary Anne Joyce to serve as the Ambulance Association member on
the Compensation Committee.  So unanimously voted. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS
  
  1) Skateboard Park (per Town Administrator)

Parks and Recreation Director, Matthew Bolles and Clayton Carlisle,
representing residents in favor of a skateboard park, appeared before the
Council to answer any questions or concerns that they may have.
       The Council reviewed the guidelines as outlined by the Rhode Island
Interlocal Risk Management Trust.
      The Council was assured by Mr. Bolles that if these guidelines are
followed, the Town will be covered by "The Trust".
      The Trust rates this as a tier one skate park and as such does not
require fencing or supervision.
      Mr. Carlisle presented a preliminary drawing of the park showing a
10' buffer between the basketball courts and the skateboard area.
       Additionally, the Council was informed that lighting is not being
considered for that area. 

The Town Solicitor recommended that the Council include specific language
in the motion to comply with the loss prevention guidelines of the Rhode
Island Interlocal Risk Management Trust.

It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Littman to
approve the plan submitted for the skateboard facility at the Lawn Avenue
School with the proviso that the design and operation of the facility be
consistent with the guidelines presented by the Risk Management Trust and
that it be a tier one facility.  So unanimously voted.

COMMUNICATIONS

1)   Letter to the Board of Directors, RI Economic Development Corporation
and the Board of Directors, Quonset Davisville Management Corporation from
Representative-elect William H. Murphy (Council copy)

Discussion of the letter sent to the Board of Directors of the RI Economic
Development Corporation and the Quonset Davisville Management Corporation
by Representative-elect William H. Murphy brought about concerns relating
to the environmental impacts to the Narragansett Bay.
      It was the consensus of the Council that Narragansett Bay is a
unique area and air quality, noise quality and other environmental
concerns should be held to the highest of standards.
       It was suggested that a copy of this letter be given to the
Jamestown Quonset Davisville Liaison Committee Chair, Dennis Webster.
      It was moved by Councilor Littman, seconded by Councilor Swain to
accept the letter from Representative-elect Murphy.  
So unanimously voted.

2) Letter from Donald Richardson re:  repairs to town owned waterfront
related infrastructure

Councilor Swain noted that this letter will be reviewed by the Harbor
Management Commission at their next meeting.
      It was moved by Councilor Littman, seconded by Councilor Swain to
accept the letter from Donald Richardson.  So unanimously voted.

3) Letter from Steven C. Davis, Principal, Rickman Strategic Consulting,
Inc. re:  Quonset Davisville Master Plan

Dennis Webster noted that this letter is in reply to the letter of comment
from the Town Administrator to the Boards of the Rhode Island Economic
Development Corporation and the Quonset Davisville Management Corporation
referencing the strategic guiding principals.
       It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Swain to
accept the letter from Steven C. Davis.  So unanimously voted.

NEW BUSINESS

  1) Request from Verizon re:  relocation of two joint poles on West
Street

It was moved by Councilor Littman, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
refer this request to the Public Works Director.  So unanimously voted.

2)   Request from Amy & Ming Cheng re:  Falun Dafa Week Proclamation
(01/08 - 01/14/20001)

It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Littman to
accept the request letter from Amy & Ming Cheng.  So unanimously voted.

3) Victualing License Renewal Application:

a)   Truffles By the Bay
It was moved by Councilor Swain, seconded by Councilor Littman to approve
the Victualing License Renewal for Truffles By the Bay, subject to
signatures and the resolution of debts and taxes. So unanimously voted. 

OTHER COMMUNCIATIONS

None

OPEN FORUM CONTINUED (if necessary)

EXECUTIVE SESSION

It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Littman to
adjourn into executive session at 8:30 PM, pursuant to RIGL 42-46-5 (a)(5)
(real estate) and pursuant to RIGL 42-46-5 (a)(2) (collective bargaining).
      The vote was, Councilor Littman, aye; Councilor Amerigian, aye;
Councilor Swain, aye.  The motion passed.

The Council returned to regular session at 9:29 PM.
      It was moved by Councilor Littman, seconded by Councilor Amerigian
to seal the minutes of the executive session.
       The vote was, Councilor Littman, aye; Councilor Amerigian, aye;
Councilor Swain, aye.  The motion passed. 

There being no further business, it was moved by Councilor Amerigian,
seconded by Councilor Littman to adjourn at 9:30 PM.
      So unanimously voted.

Attest:

Arlene D. Kalooski
Town Clerk