SPECIAL TOWN COUNCIL MEETING

Jamestown Philomenian Library
26 North Road
Tuesday, January 30, 2001
6:30 PM

Rescheduled from January 29, 2001 which meeting was cancelled.

A special meeting of the Jamestown Town Council was called to order at the
Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Road, at 6:41 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, CPA, Town Administrator/Finance Director
Kimberly A. Turcone, Deputy Town Clerk
James T. Murphy, Town Solicitor
Tina Collins, Deputy Finance Director

I.   EXECUTIVE SESSION ANNOUNCEMENT:

Adjourn to Closed Session, Closed Pursuant to RIGL 42-46-5(a)(2)
(collective bargaining); to discuss status of contract negotiations with
I.B.P.O. Local 305.

It was moved by Councilor Long and seconded by Councilor Swain to adjourn
to Closed Session, Closed Pursuant to RIGL 42-46-5(a)(2) (collective
bargaining); to discuss status of contract negotiations with I.B.P.O.
Local 305, at 6:42 pm.
      So voted: Councilor Long - Aye, Councilor Littman - Aye, Councilor
Amerigian - Aye, Councilor McIntyre - Aye, Councilor Swain - Aye

A motion was made by Councilor Littman and seconded by Councilor Long to
closed the executive session and return to the regular meeting at 7 pm.
      So unanimously voted.

A motion was made by Councilor Long and seconded by Councilor McIntyre to
seal the executive session minutes.  So unanimously voted.

The meeting reconvened at 7:05 pm after a short break.

II.  NEW BUSINESS:

1. Approval of increase in Tax Certificates from $6.00 to $12.00
A motion was made by Councilman McIntyre and seconded by Councilman
Amerigian to approve the increase in Tax Certificates from $6 to $12.
      So unanimously voted.

2. Council Approval of Warrant and Resolutions for Financial Town Meeting
A motion was made by Councilman Amerigian and seconded by Councilman
Littman to approve the Warrant & Resolutions for the Financial Town
Meeting.  So unanimously voted.

3. Council Approval for Jamestown Budget - 2001/2002
The Town Administrator reviewed an addition to the capital budget due to
grant funding of Police vests.  She noted this was the only change.  

Norma Willis of North Main Road stated her concerns regarding the 5 year
plan for the capital budget.
      Councilman Long explained to Mrs. Willis that the Town can not put
an amount to every item for purchases 5 years down the road.
      The Town Solicitor agreed with Councilman Long stating that the Town
cannot forecast everything that is to come.
      Mrs. Willis reiterated that the public just wants to know what the
Town plans to purchase over the next 5 years.

The Council then started to discuss the school budget.
      Councilman Amerigian stated that he assumed that the School
Committee would have met to discuss cutting their budget before meeting
with the Council at tonight's meeting.
      He then asked Dr. Gallo to express her thoughts on the budget.

Dr. Gallo explained that the school budget was at its bare bones.  Sirje
Carl of the School Committee stated she was opposed to the cut of $50,000
to repair the school roof on Lawn Avenue and would hate to see the Council
take away $30,000 for the new Kindergarten program.  

The Council discussed the school budget further.
      Mr. William Brennan of Narragansett Avenue reported that ceiling
tiles fell while his daughter was having band practice after school today,
disrupting the children.
      Mrs. Carl stated that the school doesn't have $350,000 to fix the
roof right now and it is in the school capital budget's 5 year plan.
      Councilman McIntyre felt that it is unacceptable when ceiling tiles
are falling when the Town has a surplus of money.

The Council then discussed cutting the schools budget.
      Councilman Swain stated that half of the population of Jamestown are
over the age of 50 and do not have children in the schools.
      Councilman Long suggested that the Council cut the school budget by
$80,000 and recommended that the Town transfer $300,000 to the school
capital budget to repair the roof.  

Bruce Livingston of Howland Avenue stated that he was disgusted with the
Town Council and that repairing the roof at Lawn Avenue was an emergency
issue.
      Mrs. Carl stated that fixing the roof has been discussed at School
Committee meetings and that the repairs can't be put off any longer.
      The Town Solicitor stated that the Town can transfer the money over
to the school but it cannot tell the School Committee how to use it or how
to label it in their budget.
      He also recommended that it be put into the warrant to be voted upon
at the Financial Town Meeting. 

A motion was made by Councilman McIntyre and seconded by Councilman Long
for the Town to cut the general fund items agreed upon in the Town budget
to total $222,773 and the $110,000 already suggested taken out by the Town
Administrator at the last meeting.  So unanimously voted.

A motion was made by Councilman McIntyre and seconded by Councilman Long
to transfer $300,000 out of the undesignated Town Capital Fund and into
the Capital Improvement budget of the school with a note that it's being
transferred to the school budget as a separate warrant item.
      So unanimously voted.

A motion was made by Councilman Long and seconded by Councilman Swain to
reduce the school budget by $80,000.
      So voted: Councilor Long - Aye, Councilor Littman - Nay, Councilor
Amerigian - Aye, Councilor McIntyre - Aye, Councilor Swain - Aye.
      Vote passed 4-1.

A motion was made by Councilman McIntyre and seconded by Councilman Long
to adopt the Town Budget at the total of $13,779,431.00.  So unanimously
voted.

4.   Harbor Management Budget

The Town Administrator reported that Chief Tighe would like to discuss
some issues with the Harbor Management Commission before the Council
reviews the budget.
      Councilman Swain also noted that the Commission needs to discuss the
mooring rates.
      Councilman Long recommended that the budget be tabled for tonight
and brought before the Council at another meeting.  
  
A motion was made by Councilman Long and seconded by Councilman McIntyre
to move the Harbor Management Budget to the February 12, 2001 meeting.
      So unanimously voted.

The Town Administrator thanked Debra Shea, Executive Secretary and Tina
Collins, Deputy Financial Director with their help in the budgeting
process this year.  

A motion was made by Councilman Long and seconded by Councilman McIntyre
to adjourn the meeting at 9:50 pm.  So unanimously voted.

  Attest:

  Kimberly A. Turcone
Deputy Town Clerk