TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
Jamestown Philomenian Library
26 North Main Road
Monday, February 26, 2001
7:00 PM

(Amended March 12, 2001)

A regular meeting of the Jamestown Town Council was called to order at the
Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Road at 7:03 PM by Council
President Long.  The following members were present:

Craig Amerigian
Kenneth G. Littman
Bruce W. McIntyre
David Swain
Also present were:

Maryanne Crawford, CPA, Town Administrator/Finance Director
Patricia L. Salley, Town Clerk Pro Tem
James Murphy, Town Solicitor
Steve Goslee, Director of Public Works
Thomas Tighe, Chief of Police
Richard Allphin, Zoning Board Member

Arthur Christman, Fire Chief

AWARDS, RESOLUTIONS AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:

1)   Resolutions from the City of Newport:

a) Resolution #2001-016 re: Senate Bill 0071 to increase Hotel-Motel Room
Tax

b) Resolution #2001-017 re: PILOT appropriation

Town Administrator Crawford stated that she did not speak with Sen.
     Weed but gave the Council some background on how these two
resolutions would affect the Town of Jamestown.
      Discussion generated on the town's Housing Authority and the Bridge
and Turnpike agreement noting that these resolutions would not affect
either entity.   

It was moved by Councilor McIntyre, seconded by Councilor Long to support
the City of Newport's Resolution #2001-016 a one per cent increase in the
Hotel-Motel Room Tax distributed to the communities in which the hotel is
located that generated the tax.  So unanimously voted.

It was moved by Councilor McIntyre, seconded by Councilor Littman to
support Resolution #2001-017 to increase the PILOT appropriation in FY02
to 35% of all tax that would have been collected had the property been
taxable.  So unanimously voted.

SITTING AS ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSING COMMISSION

None

CONSENT AGENDA:

It was requested by Councilor Amerigian that item #1a be removed from the
consent agenda.
      It was requested by Councilor Littman that item # 2 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:

3)  Copies of Minutes of Boards & Committee Meetings:

c) Planning Commission (1/17/2001)

d) Jamestown Harbor Management Commission (1/10/2001, 1/17/2001, 1/22/2001
& 2/6/2001)

e) Jamestown Substance Abuse Task Force (2/7/2001)

4) RICRMC 

a)   Assents: 

1. Leo & Shirley Damoise to construct a 2 bedroom dwelling with an ISDS
located at Seaside Drive, Plat 14/Lot 18;

2. Jeffrey Cammans to construct buffer zone management located off North
Main Road, Plat 3/Lot 483;

3. Aidan Petrie to construct buffer zone management located at 1005 Fort
Getty Road, Plat 11/Lot 55.

b)   Decision:

i) Walter & Diane Wallace proposed project located at 32 Orient Avenue,
Plat 2/Lot 102.

5)   Naval Station Newport Restoration Advisory Board Meeting minutes from
1/17/2001

1)   Adoption of Council minutes:

a.  02/12/2001 Regular Meeting

Councilor Amerigian clarified that the minutes of 1/22/2001 page 3, first
paragraph should be corrected noting that "services were provided by my
company to the design engineer's company".  

It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Littman to
approve the February 12th minutes as corrected.  It was noted that the
January 22, 2001 minutes need to reflect this correction.

2).       Bills and Payroll 

Councilor Littman questioned two large payments, one made to Fleet Bank
and one to Washington Trust Bank.
      The Town Administrator stated that both payments were the town's
contribution to the Police Pension Plan made once a year at the end of the
fiscal year. 

It was moved by Councilor Long seconded by Councilor McIntyre to accept
item 2 as submitted.   So unanimously voted.

EXECUTIVE SESSION ANNOUNCEMENT

None

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

An Ordinance relating to Prohibited Parking on Portions of Beach Avenue
and Lincoln Street in the Town of Jamestown:

The Town Council of the Town of Jamestown hereby ordains that Section
18-27 (prohibited or restricted parking on specific streets) of the
Codified Ordinances of the Town of Jamestown is hereby amended to provide
and include the following:

Beach Avenue: No parking on either side of Beach Avenue southward from its
intersection with Spindrift Avenue to its entrance to the Route 138
connector road.

Lincoln Street: No parking on the north side of Lincoln Street westward
from its intersection with Conanicus Avenue for a distance of 100 feet.

This ordinance shall take effect upon adoption.

Gary Gerard , 12 East Shore Rd. noted that he was addressing the Council
on behalf of Chief Tighe and the Parking Committee.
      He noted that Beach Avenue has a cul-de-sac at the end and that the
committee recommended "no parking" on Beach Avenue.
      In reference to Lincoln Street he presented a diagram stating that
the committee recommended no parking for the first 100' in order to give
ample room for emergency vehicles to enter and exit the street.  

Councilor McIntyre questioned the length of Lincoln Street.
      Councilor Littman, a member of the Parking Committee, stated that
the 100' was a compromise and that originally the request was to erect
signage the entire length of Lincoln Street.  

Donna Cote, 82 Spindrift Street stated that she has given the Council
correspondence in reference to signage on Beach Avenue.
      She again was requesting that the signage for  '"No Parking" be
extended from Rt.
     138 to Neptune Street.
      She also asked that a map be appropriately posted in several
languages so that everyone would be aware of the area marked "no parking".
      She also suggested that the town post a map indicating where a
person can legally fish and park stating that without this, the problem
just keeps moving.
      Once an area is posted the problem moves to another.
      Her suggestion was to make an effort to remedy the entire problem
not just one area at a time.

William Munger, 102 Cole Street stated his concerns for no parking on
Lincoln Street and requested that the Council work on a plan to direct an
alternate location for parking as spaces are eliminated.  

Dan Lilly, 231 Seaside Drive also requested that alternate parking be made
available.
      Councilor Littman stated that it was his feeling that the ordinance
could be only be acted on as advertised and extending the Beach Street
signage could not be considered at this time.
      Councilor Swain asked if the Parking Committee explored implementing
one-way traffic on Lincoln Street for safety issues.
      Councilor Littman stated "no".
       Discussion generated on the use of residential parking stickers and
parking restrictions.
      Councilor Long felt that the Council could approve both the Beach
Avenue and Lincoln Street ordinance and then recommend to the Parking
Committee that they review all concerns and in necessary, amend the
ordinance.
      Councilor McIntyre stated that he would like to approve the
ordinance and make an ongoing effort to find a suitable solution for
downtown parking.  

Chief Tighe recommended approval of both ordinances and if necessary,
study the problems and amend the ordinance at a later time.  

Arthur Christman, Fire Chief, asked that when the Council is considering a
solution to these problems, that they consider fire department access on
these narrow streets.  

At this point Council President Long closed discussion for the Public
Hearing.

It was moved by Councilor Littman and seconded by Councilor McIntyre to
approve an amendment to the Ordinance Prohibiting Parking on Portions of
Beach Avenue (see copy herewith).  So unanimously voted.

It was moved by Councilor Amerigian seconded by Councilor Swain to ask the
Parking Committee to look at possibilities of extending "no parking"
signage further down Beach Avenue and also to look at possible solutions
to find an area large enough that movement of this problem away from the
costal area would be considered.  So unanimously voted.

It was moved by Councilor Littman and seconded by Councilor McIntyre to
approve an amendment to the Ordinance Prohibiting Parking on Portions of
Lincoln Street (see copy herewith).  So unanimously voted. 

It was moved by Councilor McIntyre seconded by Councilor Swain to place on
the next Council agenda, discussion to find a solution to the downtown
parking issue.  So unanimously voted.

  OPEN FORUM: 
1) Scheduled request to address - RI Turnpike & Bridge Authority

After Councilor Swain gave a short review of the package submitted by the
RI Turnpike & Bridge Authority, motion made by Councilor Swain, seconded
by Councilor McIntyre to accept correspondence submitted by the RI
Turnpike & Bridge Authority.  So unanimously voted.  

2) Non-scheduled request to address

Raymond Iannetta, 1219 North Main Road asked why GZA was not on tonight's
Council agenda.
      Town Administrator Crawford stated that they could not attend due to
another commitment.

REPORTS OF BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND TOWN OFFICIALS:

1) Town Administrator's report

Maryanne Crawford, Town Administrator gave the Council a verbal report.
      She stated that the Public Works Department has been busy plowing
and sanding roads due to recent storms.
      Recreation Department held its annual Pizza Classic noting it was
successful.
     The new Fire Department ladder truck will be received and tested next
week.
      As previously stated GZA could not attend tonight meeting due to
another commitment but, they will be attending the March 12th Council
Meeting.
      DeBlois Oil on Douglas Avenue will no longer be selling oil to the
Town.
      Both the School and Public Works Departments have opened an account
at Heffie's but they are looking into a local distributor.
      Finally the Big Red Boat has begun processing claims to residents.
     A Wastewater Management workshop meeting is scheduled for March 1,
2001

2) Town Solicitor

a) High Street Obstruction of Town Right-of-Way;

Town Solicitor Murphy stated that he has sent correspondence to Mrs.
Glassie and noted that he has not received a response to his letter.
      If further complaints are received and they have merit, he suggested
asking Coastal Resources to join with us to get the matter straighten out
once and for all.

It was moved by Councilor Littman and seconded by Councilor McIntyre to
accept the correspondence from the Town Solicitor.  So unanimously voted.

It was moved by Councilor Littman, seconded by Councilor Swain to place on
the March 12th, 2001 agenda an update from the Town Solicitor on the High
Street obstruction issue.  So unanimously voted.

b) Claim concerning damage to basketball backstand during recent snow
emergency;

Councilor Amerigian questioned the location of the basketball stand.
      Town Solicitor Murphy and Steve Goslee, Public Works Director
satisfied his concerns.  

It was moved by Councilor Littman and seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
accept the correspondence from the Town Solicitor in reference to a claim
submitted by James Bennett.  So unanimously voted.

c) Easement to allow Verizon to provide service to cell tower on
town-owned property located on Howland Ave. (FYI)

Town Solicitor Murphy stated that questions have come up on the
Telecommunications Act of 1996.
      He explained that this act was designed to level the playing field
between the various carriers.
      He stated that compensation must be public, neutral and
non-discriminatory and communities can regulate and grant easements so
long as they treat all parties equal.
       Mr. Richard Allphin, Zoning Board member questioned the visibility
of antennas.
      Mr. Murphy stated that if the board does not want antennas visible
they can regulate visibility but all applicants must be treated equal.  

It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to accept
and send a signed copy of the agreement to Verizon.  So unanimously voted.

d) Correspondence to Councilman Swain re: Jamestown Harbor Management
Commission.

Councilor Swain explained a written response sent to him by Town Solicitor
Murphy on the fee schedule for mooring users.  

It was moved by Councilor Long seconded by Councilor Amerigian to accept
the correspondence to Councilor Swain.  So unanimously voted.

3)   Zoning Board of Review

a)   Three (3) vacancies for alternate members (term ending 12/31/2002);
duly advertised, if favorable appoint 

i) Requests for reappointment: 
* Raymond Iannetta
* Richard Boren
* Joseph Logan 

It was moved by Councilor Long seconded by Councilor Littman to appoint
Raymond Iannetta an alternate member of the Zoning Board of Review.
     Councilor Swain recused from voting.  Motion carried.

It was moved by Councilor Long seconded by Councilor Littman to appoint
Richard Boren an alternate member of the Zoning Board of Review.
      So unanimously voted.

It was moved by Councilor Long seconded by Councilor Littman to appoint
Joseph Logan an alternate member of the Zoning Board of Review.
     Councilor Swain recused from voting.  Motion carried.

4)   Jamestown Harbor Management Commission 

  a) 2001-2002 Budget

After general discussion and as suggested by Town Administrator Crawford
it was agreed to move $446.00 from revenues to the expenditure line item
4706267, WF Wharf repairs.

It was moved by Councilor Swain seconded by Councilor McIntyre to move
$446.00 to the WF Wharf repair project, capital item 4706267.  So
unanimously voted.

Town Administrator Crawford stated that the bid award for the Harbor
Management Commission will be on the Council agenda for March 12, 2001.

It was moved by Councilor Long seconded by Councilor Amerigian to accept
the Jamestown Harbor Management budget as amended.  So unanimously voted

b)   One (1) vacancy for Environmental Community member (term ending
12/31/2005); duly advertised, if favorable appoint:

i)   Requests for appointment:

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

Mr. Condon questioned the term posted for this vacancy stating that he
thought it was a 3-year term.
      The Town Clerk will verify the term ending date.  

It was moved by Councilor Amerigian seconded by Councilor Long to appoint
Mr. Richard Condon an Environmental Community member of the Jamestown
Harbor Management Committee.
       Discussion generated on who would be best suited for this
appointment noting their qualifications.  

A vote was taken on the motion to appoint Richard Condon:

  Councilor Long and Councilor Amerigian -aye

  Councilor Littman, Councilor McIntyre and Councilor Swain -nay

     2 -Aye      3 -Nay         Motion denied.
Councilor Swain suggested that Julio DiGiando would work nicely to balance
the committee.
      It was moved by Councilor McIntyre seconded by Councilor Littman to
appoint Julio DiGiando a member of Environmental Community Committee.
      So unanimously voted.  

5)   Beavertail State Park Committee

a) Two (2) vacancies exist (one term ending 12/31/2002 and one (1) term
ending 12/31/2003); duly advertised

i) Requests for reappointment* & letters of interest:

* Bertram Lippincott, III*
* Agnes R. Curtis*
* Linda Warner

It was moved by Councilor Long seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
reappoint Agnes R. Curtis as a member of the Beavertail State Park
Committee.  So unanimously voted.

The one remaining vacancy on this committee will be appointed after Mr.
Rammrath has been interviewed.  

  6) Conservation Commission

a) Two (2) vacancies exist (one term ending 12/31/2002 and one term ending
12/31/2003); duly advertised, if favorable appoint:

i) Requests for appointment:

* Thomas C. Johnson
* Don Minto
* Elaine L. Gotovich

It was moved by Councilor Long seconded by Councilor Littman to appoint
Don Minto a member of the Conservation Committee.  So unanimously voted.

It was moved by Councilor Amerigian seconded by Councilor McIntyre to
appoint Thomas Johnson a member of the Conservation Committee.
      So unanimously voted.

7) Board of Canvassers

a) Reappointment of Alcina L. Blair, if favorable appoint

i) Letter from Alcina L. Blair
ii) Letter from Marian Clarke
iii) Letter from Mary Meagher
iv) Letter from Robert P. Ritacco

It was moved by Councilor Swain seconded by Councilor McIntyre to
reappoint Alcina L. Blair a member of the Board of Canvassers.  So
unanimously voted.

It was moved by Councilor Long seconded by Councilor McIntyre to accept
letters from Marion Clarke, Mary Meagher, and Robert Ritacco recommending
Alcina Blair.  So unanimously voted.

b) Appointment of Alternate Member: re: recommendation from Democrat Town
Committee

i) Jean Britton

It was moved by Councilor Littman seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
appoint Jean Britton an alternate member of the Board of Canvassers.
      So unanimously voted.

It was moved by Councilor Long seconded by Councilor Swain to accept
correspondence from Mary Meagher recommending Jean Britton for
appointment.  So unanimously voted.

Councilor Long then asked that correspondence from the Jamestown Memorial
Post be moved up on the agenda for discussion.

Mrs. Eleanor Volpe, 275 East Shore Rd. reviewed with the Council her
concerns about the circus, as she is an abutter to the location in
question.
      Mr. Don Richardson, 12 Davis Street representing the VFW and
American Legion stated that the circus would be held under a tent for one
night with two performances, all cars will be parked on the property and
that the area will be left clean.
      There will be no wild animals.
      The performances will be a clown act, dogs, cats, lima and a one
motor cycle act.
      He has not yet discussed their plans with the neighbors.
      Mr. Ellicott Wright of 994 Fort Getty Road stated that last year,
the location that was used for the circus was well taken cleaned up after
the performances.
      Mr. Raymond Iannetta asked if the park would be available for the
circus.
      After general discussion, Mrs. Volpe and Mr. Richardson agreed to
meet and review all concerns and report back to the Council with their
results.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

1) Rehabilitation of the Sewer Treatment Plant

a) Bid Award

The Council members then reviewed with the Town Administrator their
thoughts on awarding a bid for the Rehabilitation of the Sewer Treatment
Plant.
      There were concerns that the low bidder was to low and was it
realistic.
      All members seemed to feel that they should ask two bidders to
return for another interview before they award a bid.
      The Town Administrator will schedule interviews for March 7th, one
at 7 pm and one at 8:15pm

2) Tree Warden

a) Appointment of David Nickerson

It was moved by Councilor McIntyre seconded by Councilor Long to appoint
David Nickerson as the town's Tree Warden.  So unanimously voted.

b) Grant endorsement recommended by Tree Committee:  America the Beautiful
Tree Grant

It was moved by Councilor Long seconded by Councilor Swain to endorse the
"America the Beautiful Tree Grant" as recommended by the Tree Committee.
      So unanimously voted.

3) Discussion of Quonset/Davisville Container Port joint meeting per
Councilman Amerigian

Councilor Amerigian stated that the presentation at the joint meeting with
the N. Kingstown Town Council was informative.  He noted that the Council
should review with the Quonset/Davisville Committee the previous
resolution looking for ideas and suggestions regarding this issue.
      Dennis Webster, Quonset/Davisville Committee Chairman stated that
the committee would have a letter for the Council at their next meeting.
      Councilor Littman requested a copy of the resolution for the next
Council meeting. 

  COMMUNICATIONS:   

1) Letter from the Family & Juvenile Drug Court re: informational meeting

It was moved by Councilor Long seconded by Councilor Littman to accept and
refer to the Town Administrator correspondence from the Family & Juvenile
Drug Court.  So unanimously voted.

2) Letter from Ocean State Defense League re: Container Port Rally

It was moved by Councilor Long seconded by Councilor McIntyre to accept
the correspondence in reference to the Container Port Rally.
      So unanimously voted.

3) Letter from the City of Newport re: 45th Annual St.
     Patrick's Day Parade

It was moved by Councilor Long seconded by Councilor Swain to accept and
discuss the Newport 45th Annual St.
     Patrick's Day Parade.
      So unanimously voted.  Councilor Long urged all Council members to
attend.

4) Letter from the Department of Administration re: Notice of Proposed
Property Tax Rate Change

It was moved by Councilor Long seconded by Councilor McIntyre to accept
correspondence from the Department of Administration regarding the
property tax rate.  So unanimously voted.

  NEW BUSINESS:

1)   Sunday Sales Renewal Licenses:

a)   Applicants:

i. R&R Gallery
ii. Ocean State Scuba
iii. Conanicut Marine Services, Inc.
iv. Baker's Pharmacy
v. Jamestown Designs
vi. Chopmist Charlies
vii. Jamestown Golf & Country Club aka: Caddy Shack
viii. East Ferry Market & Deli
ix. Truffles by the Bay
x. The Conanicut Store
xi. Jamestown Xtra Mart
xii. Jamestown Oyster Bar
xiii. Jamestown True Value Hardware
xiv. North End Antique & Bargain Center
xv. Jamestown Boat Yard
xvi. Portuguese American Citizen's Club
xvii. Conanicut Christmas Trees
xviii. House of Pizza
xix. Trattoria Simpatico
xx. Cumberland Farms Store #1108
xxi. Conanicut Island Art Association
xxii. Theatre Family Restaurant
xxiii. Spinnakers
xxiv. Narragansett Café
xxv. McQuade's Laundromat
xxvi. McQuade's Super Market

It was moved by Councilor Long seconded by Councilor McIntyre to approve
all Sunday Sales licenses listed in 1.a.  Councilor Swain recuse from
voting.  Motion carried.

5) Private Investigator License:

a)   Applicant:

i. Ronald F. Lewis

It was moved by Councilor Long seconded by Councilor Littman to grant a
Private Investigator license to Ronald F. Lewis.  So unanimously voted.

6) Peddler License:

a)   Applicant

  i.    A.B. Munroe Dairy

ii. Freddie Bing's Hotdog Thing (cart)

iii. Del's of Jamestown

iv. Cove Grill

Town Administrator stated that three of these licenses are issued to
applicants that set up on town property and suggested that insurance
certificates listing the town as an additional insured be received before
these licenses are issued.

It was moved by Councilor Amerigian seconded by Councilor Long to approve
all peddlers licenses and that item a) ii, iii, iv provide an insurance
certificate with the town named as an additional insured before the start
of the season.  So unanimously voted.

7) Trash Collector's License:

a)   Applicant

i. Waste Management of Rhode Island, Inc.
ii. Island Rubbish Service, Inc.

It was moved by Councilor Long seconded by Councilor Littman to approve
trash collector's licenses (a.i, ii).  So unanimously voted.

It was moved by Councilor Long seconded by Councilor McIntyre to adjourn
the meeting.  So unanimously voted.

Attest:
Patricia L. Salley
Town Clerk Pro Tem