FINANCIAL TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
Jamestown Lawn Avenue School
55 Lawn Avenue
Monday, March 5, 2001
7:00 PM
(as amended March 12, 2001)

The Financial Town Meeting of the Jamestown Town Council was called to
order at the Jamestown Lawn Avenue School, 55 Lawn Avenue, at 7:05 pm by
the Town Moderator, Susan Romano.  The following members were present:

David J. Long, President
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
Susan Romano, Town Moderator
Sirje Carl, School Committee
Donna Patterson, School Committee
Barbara Davis, School Committee
Laura Clarke, School Committee
Mary Keen, School Committee
Fred Pease, Town Sergeant
Thomas Tighe, Police Chief
Arthur Christman, Fire Chief
James Bryer, Deputy Fire Chief
Lisa Bryer, Town Planner
Matthew Bolles, Parks & Recreation Director
Sam Patterson, Harbormaster
Chris Powell, Conservation Commission
Mary Brennan, Planning Commission
Richard Allphin, Zoning Board of Review 

The Town Moderator opened the meeting and invited the Town Solicitor to
speak regarding to adjourn and/or continue the meeting due to the
inclement weather.
      The Town Solicitor quoted the law that would allow for a
cancellation or postponement.  

Guy Settipane of 301 Seaside Drive made a motion to continue the meeting
to another night and Councilman Amerigian seconded.  Councilman Amerigian
requested that the date be announced in the Jamestown Press.

Mr. Settipane amended his motion to continue the Financial Town Meeting to
March 12th so it can be announced in the Thursday edition of the Jamestown
Press.

John Murphy of 75 Highland Drive stated he was opposed to the motion
stating that the crowd would not get any larger than its current count of
119.

Nancy Lush of 17 Bay Street was in agreement with the motion stating that
no one showed up because of the weather.

Richard Allphin of 59 Clarke Street stated that he called the Town Hall
and they stated that the meeting was still on for tonight.

Steven McInnis of 56 Wright Lane stated that the Town Moderator would be
out of town on March 12th, could the meeting still be held?

The Town Solicitor stated that a Pro Tem Moderator could be voted upon
until such time the duly elected Town Moderator returned.

Mr. Settipane restated his motion that due to the weather and poor
attendance the motion stands to readjourn the meeting for March 12th with
publication in the Jamestown Press, Steven McInnis seconded.

Councilman Amerigian stated that on March 12th a Council meeting was
scheduled and suggested that the 13th might be more appropriate.

Mr. Settipane amended his motion to readjourn the meeting for March 13th
with publication in the Press, Steven McInnis seconded.

The motion was put to a head count and did not carry by a vote of 47 to
62.

The Town Moderator entertained a motion from the audience to waive the
reading of the warrant and resolutions, the motion was seconded by a voter
in the audience and the motion passed by a voice vote.

The Town Moderator invited Council President Long and School Committee
Chair Sirje Carl to make their speeches but both declined due to the
weather.

A motion was made by Councilman Amerigian and seconded by Councilman Long
to approve the Town Budget in the amount of $5,655,592.00.  The motion was
put to a voice vote and passed.

A motion was made by Councilman Amerigian and seconded by Councilman Long
to approve the School Budget in the amount of $8,123,840.00.  

Nancy Logan of 149 Seaside Drive asked if the proposed budget included
money for the all day kindergarten.

Sirje Carl stated that the budget included money for the teachers but not
to renovate the area.

The motion was put to a voice vote and passed.

A motion was made by Councilman Amerigian and seconded by Councilman
Littman to approve the Town Budget and the School Budget in the amount of
$13,779,432.00.  The motion was put to a voice vote and passed.

A motion was made by Councilman Amerigian and seconded by Councilman
Littman to approve Resolution #1 Sewer Line Frontage Tax Rate of 63.
      The motion was put to a voice vote and passed.

A motion was made by Councilman Littman and seconded by Councilman
Amerigian to approve Resolution #2 Borrowing in Anticipation of Taxes.
      The motion was put to a voice vote and passed.

A motion was made by Councilman Littman and seconded by Councilman Long to
approve Resolution #3 Disposition of Collected Back Taxes.
      The motion was put to a voice vote and passed.

A motion was made by Councilman Littman and seconded by Councilman
Amerigian to approve Resolution #4 Tax Relief for the Elderly.
      The motion was put to a voice vote and passed.

A motion was made by Councilman Littman and seconded by Councilman Long to
approve Resolution #5 Transfer of $300,000 from the Town Reserve Funds to
the School Committee's Capital Reserve Fund.

William Brennan of 238 Narragansett Avenue opposed the motion because the
money should not be coming from the Town surplus, instead it should have
come from the School surplus.

Michael Larkin of 188 Narragansett Avenue agreed with the motion stating
the roof needed repairs.

Nancy Lush stated that the roof needs repair badly and hoped the motion
passed.

The motion was put to a voice vote and passed.

A motion was made by Councilman Littman and seconded by Councilman
Amerigian (Councilman Amerigian and seconded by Councilman Littman) to
approve Resolution #6 Setting the Tax Rate and hereby order the assessment
and collection of a tax on the ratable real estate and tangible personal
property in the sum not less than $11,102,652.00, or not less than $12.83
per 1000, nor more than $13.08 per 1000 of the assessed evaluation.  The
motion was put to a voice vote and passed.

The Town Moderator entertained a motion to adjourn and a motion was made
and seconded by the voting members in the audience to adjourn the meeting
at 7:30 pm.  So unanimously voted.

  Attest:

Kimberly A. Turcone
Deputy Town Clerk