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TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
October 28, 2002
	
A regular meeting of the Jamestown Town Council was called to order at the 
Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Road at 7:05 PM by Council 
President Guy J. Settipane.  The following members were present:
David A. Swain, Vice President
Kenneth G. Littman
David J. Long
Norma B. Willis
Also present were:
Maryanne Crawford, CPA, Town Administrator/Finance Director
Arlene D. Kalooski, Town Clerk
Douglas R. DeSimone, Esq., Town Solicitor
Susan Brayman, Tax Assessor
Representative William H. Murphy
Representative Bruce J. Long

AWARDS, PRESENTATIONS AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

1) Proposed resolution in opposition to increased gambling (per Town 
Council President Settipane and Councilor Willis)

A proposed resolution in opposition to increased gambling was introduced 
by Council President Settipane and Councilor Willis.  Following suggested 
changes to include in the resolution the specific type of gambling being 
increased; that being video slot machines, it was moved by Council 
President Settipane, seconded by Councilor Willis to adopt resolution 
number 02-023R in opposition to increased video slot machine gambling.  
So unanimously voted.

SITTING AS ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSING COMMISSION

None

CONSENT AGENDA

It was requested that item #1 (a) be removed from the Consent Agenda.  It 
was moved by Councilor Settipane, seconded by Councilor Littman to 
approve the Consent Agenda as amended.  So unanimously voted.  The 
Consent Agenda consists of:

1) (a)
2) Bills and Payroll
3) Copies of Minutes of Boards & Committee Meetings:
a) Zoning Board of Review (09/24/2002)
b) Planning Commission (09/18/2002, 10/02/2002)
c) Harbor Management Commission (09/18/2002, 
09/25/2002, 10/02/2002)
d) Beavertail State Park Advisory Committee (05/15/2002)
e) Parking Committee (08/27/2002)
f) Library Board of Trustees (09/20/2002)
g) Tree Preservation and Protection Committee 
(08/20/2002) 
4)	CRMC Notices:
a)	Postponement of Jamestown Right-of-Way: High Street 
meeting
5)	Abatements/Addenda from the Tax Assessor
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1)	Adoption of Council minutes:
a)	10/15/2002 Regular Meeting

The Town Clerk informed the Council that there was an error on page 6.  
The area on Melrose Avenue being considered for parking restrictions 
should state "twenty feet south of the first driveway..."   The Clerk was 
directed to change the minutes accordingly.

Council President Settipane requested that a summary of the comments 
made by residents when discussing the Fort Wetherill site be recorded in the 
minutes.  Additionally, Council President Settipane requested that minutes 
correctly reflect his statements when discussing the Planning Commission.

It was moved by Council President Settipane, seconded by Councilor Willis 
to have the Clerk correct the minutes and resubmit for Council approval.  So 
unanimously voted.

EXECUTIVE SESSION ANNOUNCEMENT

None

PUBLIC HEARINGS

1) Jamestown Code of Ordinance Section 18-27: Proposed 
amendment to Prohibited Parking on Specified Streets (cont. 
from 10/15/2002)
a)	Copies of photographs submitted by the Chief of Police
b) Letter from Jim Archibald from the Jamestown Boatyard, 
re: Dumpling Drive area

Council President Settipane opened the hearing at 7:20 PM.  

Police Chief Thomas Tighe informed the Council that to the north of the 
shipyard Dumpling Drive is very defined; however, in the area of the 
shipyard it is not clearly defined.  Chief Tighe requested that the Council 
refer the Dumpling Drive parking issue back to the Parking Committee for 
further review.

It was the consensus of the Council that the Parking Committee reviews the 
parking restrictions on Dumpling Drive and return to the Council with their 
recommendations.

James Archibald, Mast Street, expressed his concern with the proposed 
parking restriction on Melrose Avenue.  Mr. Archibald stated that with 
parking only on the west side of Melrose Avenue only, children being 
dropped off for school would be crossing two lanes of traffic with no 
crosswalk and no supervision.  

Councilor Willis reviewed the school plan for the picking up and dropping 
off of students.  Parents would go through the parking lot, stopping at the 
school in a designated area for pickup and drop off.  

There being no further comments, the public hearing was closed at 7:35 PM.  

It was moved by Councilor Swain, seconded by Councilor Willis to approve 
the proposed amendment to Prohibited Parking on Specified Streets Section 
18-27, excluding the issue relating to Dumpling Drive.  So unanimously 
voted.

It was moved by Council President Settipane, seconded by Councilor Swain 
to accept the communication presented to the Council by James Archibald 
concerning Dumpling Drive.  So unanimously voted.

OPEN FORUM

1)	Scheduled request to address 
	a)	Representative William H. Murphy 
		i)	Russian Fish Processing Vessel
ii) Jamestown Verrazano Bridge construction

Representative William Murphy updated the Council regarding the 
possibility of the Russian Fish Processing Vessel using Quonset Point as 
their area of operation.  Mr. Murphy stated that it is expected that William 
Quinby of Mayflower International, the U. S. representative for the Russian 
factory vessel will be meeting with the Economic Development Corporation 
(EDC) in the near future to discuss this possibility.  

Mr. Murphy noted that he attended a meeting with Dr. Ankner from RIDOT.  
Mr. Ankner is requesting permission for the removal of the barriers on the 
Jamestown Verrazano bridge in the evening hours after rush hours thus 
eliminating traffic tie-ups.  Following construction, RIDOT and the 
contractor will discuss plans for the Spring.  

2) Non-scheduled request to address

Representative Bruce Long presented a copy of a letter that he sent to 
William Quinby requesting that Quonset/Davisville Port and Commerce 
Park be considered for the berthing option for the Russian Fish Processing 
vessels.

Additionally, Mr. Long reported that he has spoken to Mr. Ankner and he is 
willing to meet with representatives of the Town of Jamestown regarding 
work on the Jamestown Varrazano bridge.


REPORTS OF BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND TOWN OFFICIALS

1) Town Administrator's report

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                            Town Administrator's Report
                                  October 28, 2002
    
    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.
    
    Last spring the Town received a $25,000.00 grant to develop a Storm Water 
Management Plan. The Town has contracted the engineering firm of Fuss & O'Neill 
Inc. to develop the Plan for the Town. The scope of the work will include a 
review of current conditions, resources, and practices in the Town, as well as 
an updated cost effective plan for program improvements and the schedule of 
implementations. The grant requirement includes public participation and 
workshop. It is anticipated this Plan will be completed within a year.
    
    Thanks to Town Clerk Arlene Kalooski and Charter Review Chairman Sav 
Rehecchi, included in the October 24, 2002 edition of the Jamestown Press is the 
list of proposed charter amendments and brief summary. This will allow 
interested voters the opportunity to review and become familiar with the 
proposed amendments and ballot presentation prior to Election Day on November 5, 
2002. All registered voters are encouraged to review these proposed charter 
amendments.
    
    I have requested the Town Solicitor review the RI General Laws relating to 
changing the Town's fiscal year. Once he has completed his review I will forward 
my recommendation to the Council.
    
    The Community Center beautification dedication took place on Sunday, October 
13, 2002. In spite of the heavy drizzle, all in attendance had a great time. 
Thanks again are extended to the Committee and the entire Jamestown Community 
who made this project a great success.
    
    As I stated in my report to Council on October 15, 2002, in the coming 
weeks, most of my time will-be dedicated to the fiscal 2003/04 budget.
    
    For your information I have attached a copy of the latest electrical savings 
for the Town. Our involvement with the League of Cities and Towns made this 
available. 

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In addition to the items on the Town Administrator's report, there was 
discussion on the following:

School Budget Workshop
November 7, 2002

Narragansett Electric Cable Project
A press release is scheduled for November 7, 2002.  Council members are 
invited to attend.  There will be a boat trip to view the laying of cable along 
the bay.

South Reservoir
Councilor Willis inquired if there would be any pumping at the South 
Reservoir.  The Town Administrator noted that a protocol for pumping is 
being established at this time; however, some pumping will be done.

Skate Park
The Town Administrator noted that the timetable for completing the project 
is approximately November 28, 2002. 
 
2)	Town Clerk Memorandum
a) Committee term expirations

The Town Clerk informed the Council that vacancies on Planning 
Commission, Harbor Management Commission and the Zoning Board of 
Review would be advertised this week.  No action taken.

3) Jamestown Housing Authority
a) Letter requesting to waive PILOT funds

A request from Jamestown Housing Authority to waive Pilot funds for 2001 
through 2003 was discussed.  The Town Administrator informed the Council 
that these funds have been waived in the past.  

It was the consensus of the Council that they would like additional 
information from the Jamestown Housing Authority regarding the waiving 
of Pilot funds.    

4) Harbor Management Commission
a) East End Repair of Steel Pier Bid approval

James Archibald, Harbor Commission Representative, reviewed the bids 
received for repair to the East end of the steel pier.  The Council discussed 
the amount budgeted for that particular project and because the bid is 
slightly higher than expected, that it may be necessary to defer some other 
projects and funds to the next budget session.  The Town Administrator 
noted that the repair is scheduled to be completed before March 15, 2003.

It was moved by Council President Settipane, seconded by Councilor Swain 
to award the bid for repair to the east end of the steel pier to Specialty 
Diving Services, Inc. for an amount not to exceed $41,950.00.  So 
unanimously voted.

5) Beavertail State Park Advisory Committee 
a) Letter requesting funds for a permanent year-round restroom 
facilities at Beavertail State Park

The Council reviewed the letter from the Beavertail State Park Advisory 
Committee regarding permanent year-round restroom facilities at Beavertail 
State Park.  The Town Administrator informed the Council that she made it 
clear to the Committee that the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners 
may have a problem with a significant increase in water use at the Beavertail 
State Park facility; therefore, the Committee is researching alternate 
methods, which have been used in some other parks.  It is expected that the 
Town will be asked to support grant applications for this $200,000.00 
project.  

It was moved by Council President Settipane, seconded by Councilor Long 
to accept the letter from Beavertail State Park Advisory Committee.  So 
unanimously voted.

	6)	Planning Commission
a) Memorandum re: joint workshop set for November, 20 
2002

It was the consensus of the Council to accept the date for the joint workshop 
for the High Groundwater Table Ordinance on November 20, 2002 at 7:30 
PM at the Jamestown Philomenian Library.

7)	Affordable Housing Committee
a)	Letter from Steve Ostiguy, Church Community Housing, 
re: Residential Rehabilitation Loan Application No. J048

Peter Lally representing Church Community Housing reviewed the letter 
relating to the rehabilitation for the Grinnell Street property.  The building 
is 
eligible to receive a $20,000.00 residential rehabilitation loan to be 
amortized at an annual interest rate of 3% for a term of five years and a 
$5,000.00 lead abatement grant.  It is expected that the fair market rent of 
$775.00 per month will cover the costs of the loan.  Additionally, Mr. Lally 
informed the Council that the Affordable Housing Committee will assist in 
the screening of applicants and will oversee the rehabilitation of the 
property.  

As it was the original intent of the Town to move the house in a year or so, 
the Council discussed how that would effect the requirement that the 
property remain in the affordable housing stock for five years.  

It was the consensus of the Council that the Executive Director, Stephen 
Ostiguy be invited to the next Council meeting to further address this issue.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS

1)	Elderly Exemptions
a) Memorandum from the Town Administrator 

The Town Administrator reported that in 1999 the elderly exemption was 
amended based upon a percentage of the federal poverty level as determined 
by the federal guidelines.  The same formula is being suggested now; 
however, the maximum income level would be adjusted to 220% of the 
federal poverty guideline.  With this adjustment it is thought that more 
residents would be eligible for the exemption.  Also of concern was Section 
(3) which discusses residency and title to property for a five (5) year period.  

The Town Administrator informed the Council that the next step in the 
procedure is to have this exemption forwarded to State Legislators.  The 
Town Administrator recommended continuing this on the agenda until the 
Town Solicitor and she review the document language.

It was the consensus of the Council to continue the Elderly Exemptions to 
the next Council meeting on November 12, 2002.
  
3) Fort Wetherill 
a) Request from State for an extension of storage (cont. 
from 10/15/2002)

Christopher Powell reviewed the request by the State for additional storage 
time for their floats.  Presently the Memorandum of Understanding between 
the State and the Town limits their outside storage of anything to three 
months.  The Division of Fish and Wildlife is requesting that the 
Memorandum of Understanding be revisited to address this issue.  

The Town Administrator recommended waiting until the Division of Fish 
and Wildlife have occupied Fort Wetherill for one year before considering 
any changes to the Memorandum of Understanding.  In that time, it would 
give both the Town and State adequate time to access their needs.

The Town Solicitor advised that the Council could, at this time, choose to 
take no action on this issue rather than make any changes to the 
Memorandum of Understanding.  No action taken.

b) Memorandum of Understanding between the State of 
Rhode Island, Department of Environmental 
Management and the Town of Jamestown entered May 
14, 1999

Previously discussed.

c) Budget proposal for site evaluation by Siegmund & 
Associates (per Town Administrator)

It was moved by Council President Settipane, seconded by Councilor Willis 
to set the budget for site evaluation by Siegmund & Associates to not more 
than $5,000.00.  It was voted Councilor Willis, aye; Councilor Swain, aye; 
Councilor Littman, aye; Council President Settipane, aye; Councilor Long, 
nay.  The motion passed with four in favor and one opposed.

d) Letter from Mark Gibson, Deputy Chief of Marine 
Fisheries re: request to modify Memorandum of 
Understanding

No action taken.

4) Liquor Licenses (cont. from 10/15/2002)
a) Draft ordinance presented by Council President Settipane 

Council President Settipane introduced a draft ordinance to provide 
standards and to guide establishments holding alcoholic beverage licenses.  
Additionally, Council President Settipane noted that the State is requiring all 
cities and towns that issue Class B alcoholic beverage licenses to forward a 
formal plan for approval no later than December 1, 2002 and with an 
implementation by January 1, 2003.   

It was the consensus of the Council that the Town Solicitor review the draft 
ordinance and prepare it for advertising for a hearing.  If approved by the 
Council, the ordinance would become effective December 1, 2002.

It was moved by Council President Settipane, seconded by Councilor Long 
to advertise the Ordinance Regulating Alcoholic Beverage Licenses for 
public hearing.  So unanimously voted.

b) Letter from Jeffrey Greer, Department of Business 
Regulation, re: Class B Liquor Licenses with Town 
imposed Entertainment License restrictions

It was moved by Council President Settipane, seconded by Councilor Long 
to accept the letter from Jeffrey Greer.  So unanimously voted.

COMMUNICATIONS

1)	Copy of letters to the Editor re: Highway Barn - Fort Wetherill
	a)	Letter from Barbara Lundy 
	b)	Letter from Kay Worden
c) Carol & Tom Todd

It was moved by Council President Settipane, seconded by Councilor Willis 
to accept the letters from Barbara Lundy, Kay Worden, and Carol and Tom 
Todd.  So unanimously voted.

2) Letter from Rep. William H. Murphy re: curbing on 
Narragansett Avenue from Ocean Avenue to West Ferry

It was moved by Councilor Willis, seconded by Councilor Long to accept 
the communication from Representative William H. Murphy.  So 
unanimously voted.

3) Letter from Clean Water Act 30 re: proclamation

It was moved by Councilor Willis, seconded by Councilor Long to accept 
the communication relating to the Clean Water Act.  So unanimously voted.

NEW BUSINESS

	1)	Letter from Ernest A. Almonte, State office of the Auditor re: 
annual audit

The Town Administrator informed the Council that the Town is preparing a 
corrective action plan and is in compliance with State law.

	2)	Letter of the Town Administrator from the Department of 
Transportation
re: repairs to the Jamestown Bridge

The Council reviewed the letter submitted by William Ankner, Director of 
RIDOT detailing the repairs made on the Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge and 
the request to remove barriers and other construction support materials in the 
evening after the rush hour.

It was moved by Council Littman, seconded by Councilor Willis to approve 
the removal of barriers on the bridge during the evening hours.  So 
unanimously hours.  

3)	Event Application:
a)	Jamestown Rotary Club request to hang Christmas lights 
on Narragansett Avenue for the time of November 30, 
2002 to January 4, 2003

It was moved by Councilor Willis, seconded by Councilor Long to allow the 
Jamestown Rotary Club to hang Christmas lights on Narragansett Avenue 
from November 30, 2002 to January 4, 2003.  So unanimously voted.

5) Letter from Richard Romanelli re: Donation of Plat 16 Lot 60, 
Beacon Avenue

The Town Administrator recommended the property be accepted subject to 
an inspection by Town Officials. Councilor Swain requested additional 
information regarding wetlands, tax assessment and any other implications.

It was the consensus of the Council that this be continued to the next 
Council meeting on November 12, 2002.
6) Tax Exemptions proposed ordinances (per Town Solicitor) 
a) Gold Star Exemption
b) Veterans Exemption
c) Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Exemption
d) Persons Visually Impaired Exemption

The Town Solicitor reported that the proposed ordinances have been 
prepared in order to effectuate the decisions made by the Council in March 
and April of 2002.  It was noted that enabling legislation was enacted and 
now the Town must have the ordinances adopted.  

It was moved by Council President Settipane, seconded by Councilor 
Littman to advertise the updated exemption and proposed ordinances for 
hearing prior to December 30, 2002.  So unanimously voted.  

OTHER COMMUNICATIONS

None

OPEN FORUM CONTINUED

Sav Rebecchi, Sail Street, inquired if the Harbor Management Commission 
budget would be considered along with the Town's budget.

Council President Settipane indicated that this issue is currently being 
addressed by the Harbor Management Commission.

There being no further business, it was moved by Councilor Long seconded 
by Councilor Swain to adjourn the meeting at 9:20 PM.  So unanimously 
voted.


Attest:



Arlene D. Kalooski
Town Clerk

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