TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
A special meeting of the Jamestown Town Council was called to order at the Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Road, by Council President Kenneth G. Littman for the purpose of holding an executive session at 6:15 PM, pursuant to RIGL 42-46-5 (a) (2) to discuss collective bargaining and to conduct a regularly scheduled meeting at 7:00 PM. The following members were present:
David J. Long, Vice President
Julio J. DiGiando
Claire M. Ferguson
Absent: Guy J. Settipane
Maryanne Crawford, CPA, Town Administrator
J. William W. Harsch, Town Solicitor
Arlene D. Petit, Town Clerk
Lisa Bryer, Town Planner
James R. Bryer, Fire Chief
Thomas P. Tighe, Police Chief
Steven J. Goslee, Public Works Director
Fred Pease, Town Sergeant
Victor Calabretta, Planning Commission
Betty Hubbard, Planning Commission
Thomas P. Tighe left at
It was moved by Councilor DiGiando, seconded by Councilor Ferguson to enter into executive session at 6:20 PM, pursuant to 42-46-5 (a) (2) collective bargaining. The vote was Councilor DiGiando, aye; Councilor Ferguson, aye; Councilor Long, aye; Council President Littman, aye.
Upon the return of the Council from executive session at , it was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor DiGiando seal the minutes of the executive session from the public. It was voted Councilor DiGiando, aye; Councilor Ferguson, aye; Councilor Long, aye; Council President Littman, aye.
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor DiGiando to put the International Brotherhood of Police Officers (IBPO) contract on the agenda for the April 12, 2004 Town Council meeting. So unanimously voted.
Council President Littman called for a break at .
The Council returned to the regular meeting at .
AWARDS, PRESENTATIONS AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
1) Jamestown Police Department: Presentation and award ceremony re: swearing in for probationary Police Officers:
a) John Areson
b) Derek Carlino
Council President Littman administered the oath of office to John Areson and Derek Carlino as probationary officers to the Jamestown Police Department.
Erin Howard presented a resolution regarding the high cost of health care. Ms. Howard requested that the Council consider the adoption of the resolution and forward it to Rhode Island Legislatures.
It was moved by Councilor DiGiando, seconded by Councilor
Long to put the Resolution regarding
Council President Littman requested that item #4 be taken next.
Education Awareness Day, Saturday March 27
School Superintendent Katherine Sipala and PTO President Karen Rafanelli invited the Town Council to join the community in celebrating Community Week, March 27 –
Presentation from Vollmer Associates re: cost estimates
for new Highway Facility (cont. from
In attendance for the presentation by Vollmer Associates:
John T. Hannigan
Mr. Hannigan presented a summary of the cost estimates for the construction of the highway facility. The total project cost, which consists of construction, engineering, administration and contingency costs is $3,800,000.00. The summary included the following breakdown:
Water Quality Enhancement Areas
Relocation of Path
Diesel Fuel Storage
Engineering and Permitting
Total estimated costs
Following Mr. Hannigan’s review of each aspect of the summary, Council President Littman invited Council comment.
The Council discussed in great detail ways in which costs could be reduced without jeopardizing the safety and durability of the project. Areas discussed for potential savings included mechanical systems, architectural building style, yard size and outdoor storage area.
Mr. Hannigan noted that the retaining walls needed for the
site work were extensive and costly.
Additionally, Mr. Hannigan stated that in his experience with
construction in that particular area of
It was the consensus of the Council to have Vollmer
Associates return to the
It was the consensus of the Council to instruct the Town Administrator to provide an estimate on the cost for bonding this project.
4) Jamestown School Department represented by Katherine Sipala, Superintendent and Karen Rafenelli, Jamestown PTO President re: Education Awareness Day, Saturday, March 27
SITTING AS ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSING COMMISSION
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Ferguson to approve the Consent Agenda. So unanimously voted. The Consent Agenda consisted of the following:
1) Adoption of Council minutes:
2) Bills and Payroll
3) Minutes from Boards, Commissions and Committees:
Personnel Board (
of Canvassers (
4) CRMC Notices:
a) Revised Public Notice to Bradford
5) Statewide Planning Program re: Public Notice of hearing on Wednesday, April 21st at
Proclamations & Resolutions from other
i) Resolution in support for “Healthy Cat Rooms”
re: the old
ii) Resolution re: property tax burden
i) Resolution re: Open Space & Recreation Bond
EXECUTIVE SESSION ANNOUNCEMENT
Pursuant to RIGL 42-46-5 (a) (2) collective bargaining and agenda notice the executive session was scheduled and held at .
Council President Littman requested that item #6 under New Business be moved up on the agenda.
Award bid for the
Council President Littman noted that the purchase of a fire/rescue boat has been discussed several times at previous Council meetings. Additionally, President Littman mentioned that the price of the boat is significantly lower than expected.
Captain Gladding informed the Council that the original cost of the rescue boat included a pump. The price as submitted to the Council is lowered because it was decided that the pump on the old boat could be retrofitted for the new boat for a cost savings of approximately $200,000.
It was moved by Councilor Ferguson, seconded by Councilor Long to accept the bid as presented. So unanimously voted. The motion to award the bid for the Jamestown Fire Department for a fire/rescue boat to Protector Boats, not to exceed $145,632.75 passed.
1) Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment to Subsection 61 and 104 of Section 82-103 re: Protection of Critical Lands
a) Letter from the President of the Jamestown Shores Association re: proposed amendment change
Council President Littman opened the public hearing relating to the proposed zoning ordinance amendment to Section 314 – High Ground Water Table and Impervious Layer Overlayer District at .
Town Planner Lisa Bryer reviewed the changes to the Zoning Ordinance stating that the new paragraph in section 314 describes how the building official determines whether an application is in sub-district A or sub-district B. This change is an in-house administrative procedure and has been added to the ordinance as the official methodology so that it would leave a little less up to the discretion of the building official while giving additional guidance. Additionally, the Town Planner noted that there was a change in the definition of impervious layer and seasonal high ground water table, bringing them more in line with the definitions used by RIDEM.
Council President Littman opened the public hearing for comment.
Daniel Silva, attorney representing
several builders and land owners of property located in the
Councilor DiGiando noted that the High Ground Water Table ordinance is stating that there must be a minimal impact upon the land. The ordinance does not take the development rights away; however, it may be necessary to limit the size of the house.
There being no further comments, it was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Ferguson to close the hearing at . So unanimously voted.
It was moved by Councilor DiGiando, seconded by Councilor Long to adopt the amendments to the High Ground Water Table and Impervious Layer Overlay District. So unanimously voted.
2) Proposed Code of Ordinance Amendment to Section 66-64 re: Elderly Tax Relief
Council President Littman opened the public hearing relating to the proposed changes to Section 66 – 64 relating to elderly tax relief at 8:35 PM.
There being no public comment or comment from the Council, it was moved by Council President Littman, seconded by Councilor Long to close the hearing at 8:39 PM.
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor DiGiando to adopt the proposed amendment to Section 66-64 relating to the Elderly Tax Relief as presented. So unanimously voted.
1) Scheduled request to address
a) Mary McDonagh of 02835 Jamestown Journal re: advertising bid
E. Mary McDonagh, Executive Editor and Publisher of 02835,
The Jamestown Journal thanked the Council for the opportunity to bid on the
advertising for the Town of
2) Non-scheduled request to address
Carol Nelson Lee,
Representative Bruce Long reported on the following:
Council President Littman noted that
REPORTS OF BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND TOWN OFFICIALS
1) Town Administrator’s report (attached)
Town Administrator's Report
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.
I spoke with John O'Brien,
Chief of Statewide Planning as to the result of the
As I reported to you at the last Council meeting, the Tall
Ships will be visiting
At the last Council meeting, during the open forum. Tot Wright discussed the conflict that now exists with the Town Financial Meeting's scheduled for the first Monday in June, and the fact our local election is held in May. Town Solicitor Bill Harsch and I discussed this issue we will include it on the April 12th Council agenda for discussion.
In addition to the Town Administrator’s report, the following information was discussed:
The Town Administrator assured that
Council that the State has agreed to the placement of the waterline from
a) One (1) vacancy exists for a resident-at-large member, term ending 180 days from the commencement of the committee; duly advertised and interviews complete. If favorable:
i) Letters of Interest:
· Frank D. Meyer
· Mary Meagher
· Rachel C. Burnett
· David C. Pritchard
It was moved by Council President Littman, seconded by Councilor DiGiando to appoint Mary Meagher to the Fort Getty Master Plan Committee. So unanimously voted.
3) Personnel Board
a) Letter from Chair re: request of Town Council
It was the consensus of the Council that it would not be necessary to create financial incentives to attract volunteers for boards and commissions.
a) Letter from F. Galvin Fitzgerald re: resignation
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Ferguson to accept the letter of resignation from F. Galvin Fitzgerald. So unanimously voted.
It was the consensus of the Council that because advertising for vacancies had recently been posted it would not be necessary to readvertise for this vacancy.
5) Planning Department
a) Memorandum from the Town Planner re: 2004 Community Development Block Grant Program
Following a presentation by the Town Planner, it was moved by Councilor DiGiando, seconded by Councilor Ferguson to approve the priority grant list and that the application for the amount of $263,090 be submitted by the Town Administrator, Maryanne Crawford. So unanimously voted.
6) Town Clerk's Office
a) Reminder from Town Clerk re:
i) Harbor appeal
ii) Continuation of hearing on Harbor Ordinance
No action taken.
& Go Dock at East Ferry (cont. from
a) Report from Harbor Management Commission
Councilor DiGiando stated that Town Solicitor Parks submitted an opinion which states that the existing touch & go dock and the future touch & go dock could be limited to no fishing and no swimming.
It was the consensus of the Council to have this item continued so that the Town Solicitor could draft language for an ordinance relating to the touch & go docks at East Ferry.
Notice from Coalition for Responsible Siting of LNG
Facilities (cont. from
It was the consensus of the Council that the siting of LNG facilities remain on the agenda for additional information from the Town Administrator following discussion with other community administration.
1) Letter from Debra A. D’Agostino re: variance request for Plat 5 Lot 94
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Ferguson to accept the letter from Debra A. D’Agostino. So unanimously voted.
It was the consensus of the Council to forward the letter from Debra A. D’Agostino to the Conservation Commission.
1) Sunday Sales Licenses - renewals
a) Stonecraft Sterling
b) Zeek’s Creek
It was moved by Council DiGiando, seconded by Council Long to approve of the Sunday Sales License renewal for Stonecraft Sterling and Zeek’s Creek, subject to the resolution of debts, taxes and appropriate signatures. So unanimously voted.
2) Peddler License – renewals
It was moved by Council DiGiando, seconded by Councilor Long to approve of the Peddler License renewal for Del’s of Jamestown at the following locations: Mackerel Cove Beach, Fort Getty and the Jamestown Shores Beach; pursuant to receipt of an updated liability insurance certificate and subject to the resolution of debts, taxes and appropriate signatures. So unanimously voted.
3) One Day Peddler License Application
Quononoquott Garden Club to hold a plant sale at East
moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor DiGiando to approve of the One Day
Peddler License for Quononoquott Garden Club for
b) Junior Women’s Club of Jamestown to sell balloons and phone books on Narragansett Avenue during the Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 31st
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Ferguson to approve of the One Day Peddler License for the Junior Women’s Club of Narragansett for Monday,
4) Award bid for local advertising
a) Memorandum of recommendation from the Town Clerk
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Ferguson to accept the bid for advertising from the Jamestown Press. So unanimously voted.
5) Claim from Walter James Anderson, Jr.
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Ferguson to accept the letter from the office of Peter M. Iascone & Associates, LTD, regarding a claim submitted on behalf of Walter James Anderson, Jr. So unanimously voted.
It was the consensus of the Council to refer the letter regarding Walter James Anderson, Jr. to the Jamestown Housing Authority.
6) Award bid for the Jamestown Fire Department for a Fire/Rescue boat to Protector Boats not exceed $145,632.75
There being no further business before the Council, it was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor DiGiando to adjourn the meeting at . So unanimously voted.
Arlene D. Petit
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