JAMESTOWN TOWN COUNCIL

JAMESTOWN, RHODE ISLAND

May 14, 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 Town Clerk,
Arlene D. Kalooski.  The following newly elected members were present:

Kenneth G. Littman
David J. Long
Guy J. Settipane
Norma B. Willis
Absent:  David A. Swain

Also present were:

Maryanne Crawford, CPA, Town Administrator/Finance Director
James T. Murphy, Town Solicitor
Steven J. Goslee, Public Works Director
Lisa Bryer, Town Planner
Fred Pease, Town Sergeant
J. Peter McGuirl, Probate Judge
Dennis Webster, Jamestown Quonset Davisville Liaison Committee Chair

Other newly elected officials present were:

William C. Brennan, School Committee member
Catherine L. Kaiser, School Committee member
Susan Q. Romano, Town Moderator

II.     ANNOUNCEMENT OF ELECTION CERTIFICATION; INTRODUCTION OF HONORABLE
JUSTICE MAUREEN MCKENNA GOLDBERG

The Town Clerk announced the certification of the results for the election
held on May 2, 2001:

  Name           Position       Term Ending

  Kenneth G. Littman      Town Council         May 7, 2003
  David J. Long        Town Council         May 7, 2003
  Guy J. Settipane     Town Council         May 7, 2003
  David A. Swain    Town Council         May 7, 2003
  Norma B. Willis      Town Council         May 7, 2003
  William C. Brennan      School Committee     May 4, 2005
  Elizabeth H. Gooding    School Committee     May 4, 2005
  Catherine L. Kaiser     School Committee     May 4, 2005
  Susan Q. Romano      Town Moderator    May 7, 2003

III. ADMINISTRATION OF OATHS AND PRESENTATION OF CERTIFICATES

The Honorable Justice Maureen McKenna Goldberg administered the oaths of
office to the Council, School Committee members and the Moderator.
      The Town Administrator assisted in the distribution of certificates
of election to the newly elected Council and other officials.

IV.  SELECTION OF COUNCIL PRESIDENT AND VICE-PRESIDENT

SELECTION OF TOWN COUNCIL PRESIDENT

The Town Clerk called for nominations for Council President.
      It was moved by Councilor Willis, seconded by Councilor Littman to
nominate Guy J. Settipane as Town Council President.  There being no other
nominations, the Town Clerk put the motion to a vote; so unanimously
voted.

SELECTION OF TOWN COUNCIL VICE PRESIDENT

It was moved by Councilor Willis, seconded by Councilor Long to nominate
David A. Swain as Town Council Vice President.  There being no other
nominations, the Council President put the motion to a vote; so
unanimously voted.

V.   PROCEDURAL VOTES

TOWN COUNCIL MEETINGS

It was moved by Councilor Willis, seconded by Councilor Long to hold the
regular Town Council meetings on the second and fourth Monday of each
month at 7:00 PM, except when there is a Monday holiday when it will be on
the Tuesday following.  So unanimously voted.

BOARD OF WATER AND SEWER COMMISSION MEETINGS

It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Willis to hold the
Board of Water and Sewer meetings on the third Monday of each month at
7:00 PM at the Library.  So unanimously voted.

PROBATE JUDGE

It was moved by Councilor Littman, seconded by Councilor Willis to
reappoint J. Peter McGuirl as Probate Judge for a two year term.  So
unanimously voted.

TOWN SERGEANT

It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Littman to reappoint
Fred Pease as Town Sergeant for a two year term.  So unanimously voted.

TOWN SOLICITOR

It was moved by Councilor Willis, seconded by Councilor Littman to request
letters of interest for the position of Town Solicitor to be received
within the next two weeks.  

Following a discussion regarding the length of time required for receipt
of letters and time of appointment, Councilor Willis withdrew the motion.
      It was moved by Councilor Willis, seconded by Councilor Littman to
request letters of interest for the position of Town Solicitor to be
received within one month with the proper advertising being carried out by
the Town administrator.
       It was suggested by Council President Settipane to amend the motion
to include publishing the advertisement in the Jamestown Press on May 17,
2001, letters of intent be received within two weeks from the date of
publication and a vote to be taken within sixty (60) days.   

The amended motion made by Councilor Willis, seconded by Councilor Littman
was to request letters of interest for the position of Town Solicitor to
be advertised in the Jamestown Press on May 17, 2001; letters to be
received within two weeks after that publication; the present Town
Solicitor to remain in that position for sixty (60) days so that
interviews can take place for the selection.  So unanimously voted.

COMMITTEE LIAISONS

Fort Wetherill Committee  

It was moved by Councilor Willis, seconded by Councilor Littman to
continue the selection of Council Liaison for the Fort Wetherill Committee
to the next Council meeting.  So unanimously voted. 

Golf Course Advisory Committee

It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Willis to reappoint
Councilor Littman to the Golf Course Advisory Committee.
      So unanimously voted.

Harbor Management Commission

It was moved by Councilor Willis, seconded by Councilor Littman to appoint
Council President Settipane to the Harbor Management Commission.
      So unanimously voted.

Highway Barn Committee

It was moved by Councilor Willis, seconded by Councilor Long to table the
appointment for Council Liaison to the Highway Barn Committee to the next
Council meeting.  So unanimously voted.

Street Light Committee

It was moved by Councilor Willis, seconded by Councilor Littman to table
the appointment of Council Liaison to the Street Light Committee to the
next Council meeting.  So unanimously voted.

Water Study Committee

It was moved by Councilor Willis, seconded by Councilor Littman to appoint
Councilor 

Long and Councilor Swain be appointed to the Water Study Committee.
      So unanimously voted.

Wastewater Management Committee

It was moved by Councilor Willis, seconded by Councilor Littman to appoint
Councilor Swain to the Wastewater Management Committee.
      So unanimously voted.

It was requested by Council President Settipane that the establishment of
the Charter Review Committee be placed on the agenda for the next Council
meeting.

It was requested by Council President Settipane that the Jamestown Quonset
Davisville Liaison Committee be placed on the next Council agenda for
selection of a Council liaison.

VI.  CONSENT AGENDA

It was requested that Bills and Payroll be removed from the consent
agenda.  

2)   Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority re:  invitation to Annual
Meeting, May 16, 2001

3) Coastal Resources Management Council re:  Calendar for May 2001 

It was moved by Councilor Littman, seconded by Councilor Long to approve
the consent agenda as amended.  So unanimously voted.

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1) Bills and Payroll

Councilor Willis requested additional information relating to the bills,
suggesting that a new column be included stating the project item or
description of item purchased.  The Town Administrator reviewed the
present procedure for payment of bills, which includes Department Head
approval for any payments requested.  The Town Administrator informed the
Council that she is always prepared to answer any questions that the
Council may have regarding bills and payroll.
      The Town Administrator noted that the addition of a descriptive
column would slow down the payment of bills by increasing the number of
hours spent on processing these bills.  

Following a lengthy discussion, it was moved by Councilor Long, seconded
by Councilor Littman to request that the Town Administrator include a
descriptive column for bills in excess of $1,000.00 for a trial period of
ninety (90) days, at which point it will be reviewed.  So unanimously
voted.

It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Littman to accept
the bills and payroll.
      It was voted Councilor Settipane, aye; Councilor Littman, aye;
Councilor Long, aye; Councilor Willis, nay.  The motion passed.

VII. EXECUTIVE SESSION ANNOUNCEMENT

1) Pursuant to RIGL 42-46-5(a)(5) acquisition of property
2) Pursuant to RIGL 42-46-5-(a)(2) litigation
a) Town of Jamestown vs. Stolarz
b) Town of Jamestown vs. Norton
c) Town of Jamestown vs. Potter
d) Concerned Boaters vs. Town of Jamestown
e)   Vieira vs. Town of Jamestown

Council President Settipane requested that the executive session be moved
towards the end of the meeting.

VIII.   OPEN FORUM

1) Non-Agenda Request to Address

James West, 17 Green Lane, requested permission to access his lawn
equipment, which is being stored on property owned by Norman Messinger,
through the Town property at the water tower.
       Mr. West stated that he will only be using his equipment one or two
days per week.
      He further noted that he has been using this right of way for many
years and would maintain ten feet for the privilege of doing this.
       The Town Administrator informed the Council that this Howland
Avenue property is where the Jamestown water tower is located.  Sprint is
installing a communication tower on the water tower and as part of their
Zoning approval, they are planting trees across the property boundary
every six (6) feet.
      Residents Hazel Turley and Maryanne Joyce requested that the Council
deny this request.  

It was moved by Council President Settipane, seconded by Councilor Littman
to have Mr. West submit his request in writing for the next Council
meeting.  So unanimously voted.

IX.  REPORTS OF BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND TOWN OFFICIALS

1)   Town Administrator Report

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                         Town Administrator Report

                             May 14, 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
    
    Steve Goslee has advertised and received one bid for a used yard horse
to replace the current one, which is approximately thirty years old.
     I would recommend awarding the bid to Colony Ford in the amount of
$15,000.00
    
    The Public Works Department continues with small drainage projects and
road sweeping.
    
    Recreation
    
    The busy season for the Recreation Department is rapidly approaching.
     Fort Getty opens on May 17, 2001 and Mackerel Cove on June 16, 200 1.
Most of the seasonal staff has been hired.
    
    Once again Mary Wright and the Jamestown Community Theater should be  
 congratulated for another fine spring production.
     Preliminary figures from the Jamestown Community Theater production
of "On Borrowed Time" indicate that the show realized a small profit.
     Audiences for this production were larger than anticipated for the
small and relatively unknown play.
     This fall the Community Theater will produce Peter Pan, a well known
musical that will feature many young Jamestown actors.
    
    Registrations for summer programs are being taken daily at the West
Street Office and the Community Center.
     Evening sign-ups for the convenience of working parents are scheduled
for May 14, 15, 23 and 24.
     The entire list of summer programs will be published in the Jamestown
Press.
    
    Police
    
    Chief Tighe, Officer Benedetti and school personnel attended a two-day
conference on school violence.
     Also, members of the police department participated in the annual
Police Officers Memorial Parade in Newport.
    
    " Minimum manning" which requires a minimum of three officers on duty
24 hours per day goes into effect the end of this month and continues
until Labor Day.
    
    Tax Collector
    
    Attached please find a copy of the tax collector's report for the
month of April.

    Building Inspector
    
    Of sixty-five permits were issued in the month April.
     There were thirty-five building permits and four certificates of
occupancy issued.
    
    Planning
    
    The Planning Department received a $1500 grant from DEM, Division of
Forest
    Environment.
     The grant is intended to cover an Inventory of Public Trees as well
as a Public Education Program in community forestry, tree awareness and
tree education.
    
    Library
    
    The library held a number of programs during TV turnoff week.
     As in past years these programs were well attended. Circulation
remains consistent in comparison to last year at this time.
     Well-respected children's librarian Maureen McGuirl has submitted her
letter of resignation effective June 15, 2001.
     Maureen is planning to pursue a career in teaching.
     We are sorry to see her leave and wish her well.
     Library Director Judy Bell has started the process of replacing
Maureen.
    
    Fire
    
    Chief Arthur J. Christman reports there were forty-two fire/rescue and
public service calls between April 16 through May 6, 2001.
    
    On Thursday May 3, 2001, the Fire Department held it's annual
election. Attached please find a copy of the new officers
    
    Administration
    
    On April 28, 2001 the Town of Jamestown participated in the annual
hazardous    household waste drop-off program coordinated by the City of
Newport.
     This was the first time the Town of Jamestown participated. This
event, the only one of its kind in the, State of Rhode Island, took in
three hundred seventy participants, (they count the number of cars that
enter to dispose of waste).
     One hundred and nine were from Jamestown.
     The program was well received by residents and I intend to budget
funds to continue the Town's participation in coming years.
    
    The interior of the Community Center is currently being painted. The
Art Association has donated the cost of the paint and is assisting with
some of the labor.
     The new paint is giving the interior of the building a much needed
face-lift.

    The Friends of the Jamestown Community Center continue to meet on the
second and fourth Thursday of the month.
     Local architect Andy Yates has volunteered his service to assist the
Town in bid specifications.
     Advertisements for requests for bid proposals will be published May
26, 2001.
     A pre-bid conference will take place on June 7 and bids will be due
on June 21, 2001.
     If everything proceeds as scheduled, the Friends anticipate the
Council awarding the bid at its July 9, 2001 Council meeting.
    
    For Council Consideration
    
Award the bid for a yard horse to Colony Ford for $15,000.00 

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a)   For Council consideration

i) Bid award to Colony Ford in the amount of $15,000.00 for a yard horse

It was moved by Councilor Littman, seconded by Councilor Long to accept
the Town Administrators report.  So unanimously voted.

The Public Works Director informed the Council that the yard horse would
be used to jockey trailers around at the Jamestown Landfill so that they
can be completely filled and compacted prior to being hauled away; thus
saving the Town money by allowing fewer trips to the dumping facility.  

It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Littman to accept
the bid from Colony Ford in the amount of $15,000.00 for the purchase of a
yard horse.  So unanimously voted.

2) Planning Commission

a) Comprehensive Plan Update - Status

The Town Planner reviewed the present status of the Jamestown
Comprehensive Plan noting that although Jamestown is in the forefront of
updating their plan, delays have occurred to the originally scheduled
timeframe.
      Therefore, the Planning Commission has requested an extension of
time from the State Department of Administration to June 2002.
      This will allow the Planning Commission time to complete and adopt
their plan within the next six months and allow the Town Council time to
hear and adopt the final plan for submittal to the State.  

It was moved by Councilor Willis, seconded by Councilor Long to accept the
Planning Commission's report.  So unanimously voted.

It was moved by Councilor Willis, seconded by Councilor Long to approve
the request by the Planning Commission to the State Department of
Administration for a one-year extension.  So unanimously voted.

b) Town Meeting Space

It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Littman to accept
the memorandum regarding Town meeting space.  So unanimously voted.

Following a discussion of the Council's concerns relating to meeting room
space, it was moved by Councilor Littman, seconded by Councilor Long to
request the Town Clerk to provide the Council with a list of current
committee meetings and their location for meeting and put it on the next
agenda for continued discussion.  So unanimously voted.

c) Recommendation for Zoning Amendment Approval to Town Council - Thompson
- Bay View Condominium

It was moved by Council President Settipane, seconded by Councilor Willis
to place the advertisement for the hearing of the proposed zoning
amendment by James Thompson, hearing date June 11, 2001.
      So unanimously voted.  

3) Jamestown Quonset Davisville Liaison Committee

a) Citizens for Rhode Island's Future (CIRF) (as requested by Council on
4/23/2001)

Amie Bergin reiterated the request by Citizens for Rhode Island's Future
to include the Town of Jamestown on their letterhead as one of the Towns
supported by her organization.
       The Council expressed their concerns relating to possible
statements being made by CIRF that might be construed as being endorced by
the Town of Jamestown when in fact it may not be.
       No action was taken on this item.

Dennis Webster, Jamestown Quonset Davisville Liaison Committee Chair
reminded the Council that there will be a meeting on May 17, 2001 at the
Quonset Officer's Club, held by the Economic Development Corporation.
      Mr. Webster informed the Council that he expects to present a draft
of written comments to the Council on May 21, 2001 for their approval.
      It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Willis to put
the draft of written comments on the agenda for the Water and Sewer
Commission meeting on May 21, 2001.  So unanimously voted.  

X.   NEW BUSINESS

1) Request from Barry Cook re:  permission to use Mackerel Cove for
fireworks display on June 15, 2001

Mr. Fred Brohm appeared before the Council representing the request from
Barry Cook.
      The Council expressed their concerns with this request to use Town
property for a private fireworks display; those being, Town's liability,
proof of responsibility by applicant, the need to close the road at
Mackerel Cove, certificate of insurance indemnifying the Town and a
licensed agent responsible for fireworks display.
       Hazel Turley and Craig Amerigian stated their opposition to this
request.
      The Town Administrator advised that this is a policy issue and
should not be granted at this time.

It was moved by Councilor Littman, seconded by Councilor Long to deny
permission for the use of Mackerel Cove for a fireworks display on June
15, 2001.  So unanimously voted.  

2)   License Applications

a) ONE DAY PEDDLER

Applicant              Date

*Junior Women's Club of Jamestown  05/28/2001

          Jamestown Medical Fund         05/28/2001
          Quononoquott Garden Club       05/19/2001

It was moved by Councilor Willis, seconded by Councilor Littman to approve
the peddler license for the Junior Women's Club of Jamestown for
05/28/2001 and to approve the waiver of fee.  So unanimously voted.

It was moved by Councilor Littman, seconded by Councilor Willis to approve
 the license to the Jamestown Medical Fund for 05/28/2001.
      So unanimously voted.

It was moved by Councilor Willis, seconded by Councilor Long to approve
the license for the Quononoquott Garden Club for 05/19/2001.
      So unanimously voted.

b) ONE DAY PEDDLER AND ENTERTAINMENT

Applicant              Date

*Central Baptist Church         05/28 and 06/23/2001

* request to waive license fee

It was moved by Councilor Willis, seconded by Councilor Long to approve
the license to the Central Baptist Church for 05/28/2001 and 06/23/2001
and to waive the fee.  So unanimously voted.

XI.  EXECUTIVE SESSION

1)   Pursuant to RIGL 42-46-5(a)(5) acquisition of property
2)   Pursuant to RIGL 42-46-5-(a)(2) litigation
a)   Town of Jamestown vs. Stolarz
b)   Town of Jamestown vs. Norton
c) Town of Jamestown vs. Potter
d) Concerned Boaters vs. Town of Jamestown
e)   Vieira vs. Town of Jamestown

It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Willis to adjourn
into executive session at 9:10 PM, pursuant to RIGL 42-46-5(a)(5)
acquisition of property.
      It was voted, Councilor Settipane, aye; Councilor Long, aye;
Councilor Littman, aye; Councilor Willis, aye.  The motion passed.

It was moved by Councilor Littman, seconded by Councilor Long to adjourn
into executive session, pursuant to RIGL 42-46-5-(a)(2) litigation.
      It was voted, Councilor Settipane, aye; Councilor Long, aye;
Councilor Littman, aye; Councilor Willis, aye.  The motion passed.

The Council returned to regular session at 10:45 PM.
      It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Littman to
seal the minutes of the executive session.
       The vote was, Council President Settipane, aye; Councilor Littman,
aye; Councilor Long, aye; Councilor Willis, aye.  The motion passed. 

There being no further business, it was moved by Councilor Long, seconded
by Councilor Littman to adjourn the regular meeting at 10:47 PM.
      So unanimously voted.

Attest:
Arlene D. Kalooski

Town Clerk