TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
January 8, 2001

A regular meeting of the Jamestown Town Council was called to order at the
Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Road at 7:00 PM by Council
President David J. Long.  The following members were present:

Kenneth G. Littman, Vice President
Craig A. Amerigian
David Swain
Absent:      Bruce W. McIntyre

Also present were:
Maryanne Crawford, CPA, Town Administrator/Finance Director
Arlene D. Kalooski,, Town Clerk
Dennis J. McCarten, Town Solicitor
J. Christopher Powell, Conservation Commission Chair
Thomas Tighe, Chief of Police
Arthur J. Christman, Fire Chief
Patricia L. Salley, Town Clerk, Pro Tem
Nancy Kolman, Personnel Board
Jeffrey Brier, Personnel Board

AWARDS, PRESENTATION AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

None

SITTING AS ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSING COMMISSION

It is hereby given by the Town Council of the Town of Jamestown, being the
Licensing Board in said Town as provided under Title 3, Chapters 1-12 of
the General Laws of Rhode Island 1956, and as amended that the following
application has been received by the Town Council for license transfer
under said Act, for the year ending December 1, 2001:

TRANSFER:

CLASS B-VICTUALER

Midwest Electric, Inc.
dba: Bayview Bar & Grille
53 Conanicus Avenue, Unit 1R

TO:

James J. Thompson
dba: (undetermined at this time)
53 Conanicus Avenue, Unit 1R

NEW LICENSE:

James J. Thompson
dba: (undetermined at this time)
53 Conanicus Avenue, Unit 1R

It was moved by Council President Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
order advertising for January 19th and January 26th in the Newport Daily
News for a hearing to be held at the Jamestown Library on February 12th at
7:00 PM.  So unanimously voted.

CONSENT AGENDA

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

2)   Bills and Payroll

3) Copies of Minutes of Boards & Committee Meetings:

a) Planning Commission (11/15/2000, 12/06/2000)
b) Affordable Housing Committee Minutes (11/08//2000)
c) Jamestown Philomenian Library Board of Trustees (11/14//2000)
d) Zoning Board of Review (10/03/2000, 11/28/2000)
e) Harbor Management Commission 11/08/2000)
f) Jamestown Substance Abuse Task Force (12/06/2000)
g) Jamestown Conservation Commission (10/10/2000)
h) Wastewater Management Sub-Committee (01/11/2000, 02/08/2000,
05/17/2000)

4)   RICRMC Notices: 

a)   No significant impact
i) William Bucklin re: replacing existing cesspool with new and approved
septic system located at Plat 2/Lot 36 at 620 East Shore Road

b)   Assents
i)   Daniel & Michol O'Leary re: raze and remove an existing dwelling and
shed located at Plat 2/Lot Lot 71 at 578 East Shore Road
ii) Sandra Nardolillo re: approved site/foundation plan as stipulated
according to Assent Modification 00-7-64

c)   Certificate of Maintenance
i) Curt Richardson re: construct maintenance repairs to an
existing greenhouse by replacing windows and roof located at Plat 4/Lot
130 at 466 East Shore Road

     d) Notice
i) Sheree Kaplan & David S. Allen re: to construct and maintain a "shared"
residential boating facility located at Plat 1/Lot 130 at 42 Orient Avenue
ii)  Town of Jamestown re: the addition of four slips to an   existing
marina located at Fort Wetherill (Fort Cove) Plat 10/Lot 145 in the East
Passage of Narragansett Bay

5)   Naval Station Newport Restoration Advisory Board Meeting 11/15/2000

1) Adoption of Council minutes:

a)   12/11/2000 Regular Meeting

Councilor Littman noted that on page 5, New Business, item 2 should
reflect that it was the letter only that was accepted from Amy and Ming
Cheng.
      It was moved by Councilor Littman, seconded by Councilor Swain to
amend the minutes changing the word request to letter.
      So unanimously voted.  It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded
by Councilor Littman to accept the minutes as amended.  So unanimously
voted.
 
EXECUTIVE SESSION ANNOUNCEMENT

1) Acquisition of real estate, pursuant to RIGL 42-46-5 (a)(5) (real
estate)
It was moved by Council President Long , seconded by Councilor Amerigian
to enter into executive session pursuant to RIGL 42-46-5(a)(5) (real
estate).
      The vote was, Council President Long, aye; Councilor Littman, aye;
Councilor Amerigian, aye; Councilor Swain, aye.  The motion passed.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

None

OPEN FORUM

1)   Postal Service - Update on new Post Office Site - Kathleen Walker 
Kathleen Walker, Real Estate Specialist for the United States Postal
Services and Ronald E. Lucas, Post Office Operations Manager discussed the
plans to expand and build a new post office at the same location in
Jamestown.
       The possibility of building a new post office next to the old one
was reviewed.  The Council was informed that Mr. DeLeo will be making a
presentation to the Town for a site plan review.
      Ms. Walker noted that it is expected that an archeological survey
will be conducted in the spring prior to any further presentations to the
Town.
      Additionally, it is expected that the house and land to the west of
the present post office will be purchased for this expansion.
      Construction is expected to begin in the Fall.  
The Town Administrator suggested that any plans should be put before the
Building/ Zoning Official prior to proceeding with any plans. 
Mr. Lucas noted that the facility being planned will take into
consideration the expected growth of Jamestown.  

Mary Webster, Mt.
     Hope Avenue, informed the Council that she liked the plans for the
new post office; however, she was concerned with the siting of the
building allowing for a great amount of paving to the front of the
property.
      Ms. Walker noted that these concerns would be taken into
consideration.
Mary Webster, Mr. Hope Avenue addressed the Council regarding a
communication on the agenda from Guido Carella regarding street lighting.
      Ms. Webster noted that she does not believe a street light is needed
in that area.  

REPORTS OF BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND TOWN OFFICIALS

1) Town Administrator's report as attached to these minutes

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      Town Administrator Report
                             January 8, 2001
    
    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
    
    With the winter season in full swing, the Public Works Department has
been busy plowing snow and repairing equipment.
    
    Recreation
    
    The recreation department is taking registration for winter programs.
     Winter programs will begin soon after the first of the year.
     Keith Anderson, program supervisor for the recreation department, is
working on some new program ideas for the February vacation.
      Interest in the once popular weeklong "Pizza Classic" has dropped in
recent years.
     The recreation department is looking into a series of field trips,
single day of sports, and game competition.
    
    The window project is almost complete.
     The windows already installed are making a huge difference in heat
retention and certainly have improved the overall appearance.
    Fire alarm testers were recently testing the alarms at the Community
Center. They
    noticed soot build-up around some vents, which are at ceiling height
and not usually,
    noticed. They inspected the furnace and found the exhaust pipe had
become detached.
    Temporary repairs were immediately made to the furnace, parts were
ordered, and
    permanent repairs were made when all parts were received.
    
    Tax Collection
    
    Attach please find the Tax Collectors report for the month of
November.
    
    Fire
    
    Jamestown Fire Department participated in a statewide open house on
Saturday, January 6, 2001.
     With the recent of number of tragic house fires, the State Fire
Marshall organized the event to remind the residents about fire prevention
and safety.
     In addition to the organizing the open house, the State Fire Marshall
is providing our fire department with smoke detectors and batteries for
distribution to residents.
    
    Chief Christman reports the fire department responded to fifty-three
fire/rescue calls from December 4 through January 1, 2001.

    Building Inspector
    
    Fifty-six permits were issued in the month of December.
     There were eleven building permits, seven new dwellings, and four
certificates of occupancies.
    
    Administration
    
    Town Clerk Arlene Kalooski is scheduled to have surgery in the middle
of the month and will be out of work for eight weeks.
     In her absence, recently retired Town Clerk from Scituate will serve
as interim Town Clerk.
     Ms. Patricia L. Salley will work approximately three days a week and
will attend all Council meetings and the Financial Town Meeting.

    Ms. Salley was the Town Clerk for two years and the Deputy Town Clerk
for eighteen years.
     I do not anticipate any interruption in the professional services the
Town Clerk's Office provides the residents of Jamestown during Arlene's
absence.
     I wish Arlene a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her in
about eight weeks.
    
    The end of the comment period for the Town's Wetherill Marina
application is January 8th, 2001.
     1 spoke with CRMC on January 4, 2001 and they informed me they
received a memo from RIDEM Fish & Wildlife regarding the possibility of
eelgrass growing in the area where the Town intends to install two
additional floats. I will work with CRMC to resolve this issue.
    
    We advertised and received five proposals from engineering firms to
design and provide engineering services for the rehabilitation of the
Sewer Treatment Plant.
     I would like to conduct interviews sometime during the week of
January 8th and award the bid on the January 16'h Water and Sewer Meeting.
     I would like to have at least one Council member assist with the
interviewing. If any of you are interested please let me know.
    
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a)   Requested action by Council (none)

Sewer Treatment Plant Rehabilitation
Councilor Littman requested the names of the five engineering firms that
submitted proposals.
      The Town Administrator noted that the firms submitting proposals
were:

* Siegmund and Associates, Inc.
* Tutela Engineering Accociates, Inc.
* James J. Geremia and Associates, Inc.
* Weston and Sampson Engineers, Inc.
* Vollmer Associates, LLP

2) Planning Commission

a)   Memo re: 2001-2001 budget

The Town Administrator recommended that these issues be discussed at the
budget hearings.
      It was moved by Council President Long, seconded by Councilor
Amerigian to accept the memorandum from the Planning Commission.
      So unanimously voted.

3) Town Solicitor

a)   Memorandum re: Parking Ordinance

It was moved by Council President Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
advertise the parking ordinance relating to parking on Beach Street and
Lincoln Street for hearing on February 12, 2001.  So unanimously voted. 

4)   Personnel Board

a)   Memorandum re:  Salary Recommendations for Department Heads and
Managers
Nancy Kolman and Jeffrey Brier discussed the findings of the salary survey
studied by their committee.
      It was noted that the salary surveys, along with comparative data
and job descriptions were used in developing a salary structure that is
based on pay ranges for specific positions in Jamestown.
      These recommendations were made as guidelines to be used by the Town
Administrator in evaluation and merit of job performance.
      The high end of this salary range is considered the median.
      It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Swain to
request that the Town Administrator work with the Personnel Board in
establishing and evaluation process for Town employees, including forms
and procedure.
      So unanimously voted.  It was moved by Councilor Swain, seconded by
Councilor Amerigian to accept the Salary Survey as presented.  So
unanimously voted.

5)   Jamestown Harbor Management Commission

a) Future responsibilities per Mr. Harrison Wright

b) Proposed $10,000 Marine Development Fund Administrative Fee   Line Item
Police Chief Tighe requested that the Council hold a work session with the
Jamestown Harbor Management Commission.
      It was the consensus of the Council that the work session be held on
January 17, 2001 at 7:00 PM.
      The Clerk was directed to find a location for this work session.

c)   Two (2) vacancies; one (1) Environmental Community Representative,
one (1) East Harbor Riparian Owner Representative (terms ending
12/31/2003); duly advertised

i) Environmental Community Representative letters of interest; if
favorable, interviews to be scheduled

* Julio DiGiando
* Thomas C. Johnson
* Richard D. Condon
* Jill E. Anderson

It was moved by Councilor Swain, seconded by Council President Long to
schedule interviews for applicants to the Jamestown Harbor Management
Commission, Environmental Community representative.  So unanimously voted.

ii)  East Harbor Riparian Owner Representative request for reappointment*
and letters of interest; if favorable, for appointment
* David Laurie*
* Barrett Sand
It was moved by Councilor Long , seconded by Councilor Littman to
reappoint David Laurie to the Jamestown Harbor Management Commission as
East Harbor Riparian Owner representative.  So unanimously voted

iii) Attendance Record - 2000

It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to accept
the attendance record for 2000 for the Jamestown Harbor Management
Commission.  So unanimously voted. 

6)   Jamestown Library Board of Trustees

a)   Three (3) vacancies exist (terms ending 12/31/2003); duly advertised;
if favorable, for appointment

i) Requests for reappointment* and letters of request

* John A. Murphy*
* Barbara Nesto*
* Elaine L. Gotovich

It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
reappoint John A. Murphy to the Library Board of Trustees for a term
ending 12/31/2003.  So unanimously voted.  

It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
reappoint Barbara Nesto to the Library Board of Trustees for a term ending
12/31/2003.  So unanimously voted.

The Council requested that the Clerk check to see if there were any other
applicants for the remaining position.

ii)  Attendance Record - 2000

7)   Jamestown Conservation Commission

a)   Three (3) vacancies (2 terms ending 12/31/2002 and 1 term ending
12/31/2003); duly advertised; if favorable, interviews to be scheduled

  i) Request for reappointment* and letters of interest

* Richard H. Tyre*
* Don Minto
* Thomas C. Johnson
* Elaine L. Gotovich

It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Littman to reappoint
Richard Tyre to the Conservation Commission, term ending 12/31/2002.
      So unanimously voted.

The Conservation Commission Chair noted that Carol Crafts was omitted from
the agenda as a request for reappointment.
      Mr. Powell requested that she be considered for appointment as a
regular member to the Commission.
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
schedule interviews for the remaining applicants to the Jamestown
Conservation Commission.  So unanimously voted.

8) Tree Warden

a)   Request to be removed as a candidate for Tree Warden

It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Swain to accept the
request to be removed as a candidate for Tree Warden from Matthew Largess.
      So unanimously voted. 

9) Tree Preservation & Protection Committee

a) Letter of interest for Business Community Representative from Matthew
C. Largess

It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to accept
the letter of interest from Matthew Largess as business community
representative.  So unanimously voted. 
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Long to appoint
Matthew C. Largess to the Tree Preservation & Protection Committee as the
Business Community Representative.  So unanimously voted.

10)  Beavertail State Park Advisory Committee

a) Two (2) vacancies exist (one (1) term ending 12/31/2002 and one (1)
term ending 12/31/2003); if favorable, advertise for positions

It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
advertise for the two vacancies on the Beavertail State Park Advisory
Committee.  So unanimously voted. 

11)  Jamestown Quonset Davisville Liaison Committee

a)   Letter re: update of Committee

b) Letter re: granting a leave of absence to Varoujan Karentz

It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to grant
the leave of absence to Varoujan Karentz.  So unanimously voted.

It was noted by Councilor Amerigian that if Mr. Karentz is unable to
return, the Council be notified.

12)   Jamestown Housing Authority

a) Town Representative vacancy

The Town Administrator informed the Council that previously Representative
Levesque held this position.
      It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Swain to
inform Representative William Murphy of the vacancy and to request that he
fill this position.  So unanimously voted. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

1) Approval of minutes from the November 13, 2000 meeting

It was requested by Councilor Amerigian that the minutes reflect that the
time of his arrival was following the discussion by the Council sitting as
the Alcoholic Beverage Commission.  So unanimously voted.
It was moved by Councilor Swain, seconded by Councilor Littman to accept
the amended minutes for the Council meeting held on November 13, 2000.
      So unanimously voted.

COMMUNICATIONS

1) Letter to the Jamestown Press from Cynthia & Paul Levesque 

It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to accept
the communication from Cynthia and Paul Levesque.  So unanimously voted.

2) Letter from Lindsey Muldoon re: financial funding
It was moved by Council Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to accept
the letter from Lindsey Muldoon and to refer the letter to the Rotary Club
and the Lions Club.  So unanimously voted. 

3) Letter from Guido Carella re: street lighting

It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to accept
the letter from Mr. Carella and to refer it to the Police Chief.  So
unanimously voted. 

4) Letter from RIDEM re: Beavertail State Park - Omnipoint Communications

It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Littman to accept
the letter from RIDEM regarding Omnipoint Communications and to request
the the Town Solicitor review the Communications Act as mentioned by Ms.
Ignasher.  So unanimously voted.

5) Letter from Arthur Capaldi re: RI Municipal Court Judges Association 

It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to accept
the letter from Arthur Capaldi.  So unanimously voted.

6) Letter from the VFW re: "the Wall that Heals"

It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Swain to forward the
request from the Middletown VFW to the Jamestown VFW for their response.
      So unanimously voted.

NEW BUSINESS

1) Bingo License Renewal 

a) Letter from Charlotte Richardson re: waiving fee

b) Application

It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Littman to renew the
Bingo License for the Jamestown Senior Citizen's Association, Inc. and to
waive the $100.00 filing fee.  So unanimously voted.

2) Letter from Paula Smith re: donation of Plat 5/lot 251 to the Town
The Town Administrator expressed her concern with the possibility of
environmental issues relating to property given to the Town and suggested
that the Building Official review this issue.
      It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
forward this request to the Building Official for further investigation.
      So unanimously voted.

3) Letter from Verizon re: easement along Howland Avenue
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to refer
this easement to provide service to the cell tower on town owned property
on Howland Avenue in Jamestown to the Town Administrator and Town
Solicitor.  So unanimously voted.

4) Letter from Andrea Brayman re: St. Daddy's Day 5K Race
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Littman to grant
permission to Andrea Brayman for the St.
     Daddy's Day 5K Race.  So unanimously voted.

OTHER COMMUNICATIONS

OPEN FORUM CONTINUED (if necessary)

EXECUTIVE SESSION

It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to adjourn
into executive session at 7:56 PM, pursuant to RIGL 42-46-5 (a)(5) (real
estate).
      The vote was, Council President Long, aye; Councilor Littman, aye;
Councilor Amerigian, aye; Councilor Swain, aye.  The motion passed.

The Council returned to regular session at 8:30 PM.
      It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Littman to
seal the minutes of the executive session.
      It was voted, Council President Long, aye; Councilor Littman, aye;
Councilor Amerigian, aye; Councilor Swain, aye.  The motion passed.

It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
authorize the Town Administrator to send a letter beginning negotiations
for parcel one and to contact the owner of parcel two for discussion.
      So unanimously voted.

It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to adjourn
the meeting at 8:35 PM.  So unanimously voted. 

Attest:

Arlene D. Kalooski
Town Clerk