TOWN COUNCIL MEETING

July 26, 2004

(as amended August 10, 2004)

 

A regular meeting of the Jamestown Town Council was called to order at the Melrose Avenue School, 76 Melrose Avenue at 7:00 PM by Council President Kenneth G. Littman.  The following members were present:

David J. Long, Vice President

Claire M. Ferguson

Julio J. DiGiando

Guy J. Settipane

 

also present were:

Thomas P. Tighe, Interim Town Administrator

Arlene D. Petit, Town Clerk

J. William W. Harsch, Town Solicitor

Representative Bruce Long

Richard Condon, Harbor Management Commission

 

 

COUNCIL SITTING AS ALCOHOLIC LICENSING BOARD

All approvals for licenses and permits are subject to the resolution of debts, taxes and appropriate signatures as well as, when applicable, proof of insurance.

 

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CONSENT AGENDA

An item on the Consent Agenda need not be removed for simple clarification or correction of typographical errors.  Approval of the Consent Agenda shall be equivalent to approval of each item as if it had been acted upon separately.

 

It was requested that items 1 (a), (b) and (c) be removed from the consent agenda.  It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Ferguson to accept the consent agenda as amended.  So unanimously voted.

1)       Adoption of Council minutes:

a)      

b)     

c)      

2)       Bills and Payroll

3)       Minutes from Boards, Commissions and Committees:

a)       Conservation Commission (05/25/2004)

b)      Jamestown Housing Authority (06/22/2004)

c)       Ft. Getty Master Plan Committee (05/27/2004, 06/24/2004)

d)      Tax Assessment Board of Review (06/30/2004, 07/14/2004)

4)       CRMC Notices:

a)       Public notice re: Lois J. Mariorenzi & Priscilla Szneke, 84 Bay View Drive, Jamestown to construct modifications to an existing boating facility by installing a boat lift system; located at Plat 8, Lot 271, said location

5)       Abatements/Addenda of Taxes

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1)       Adoption of Council minutes:

a)       07/12/2004 Regular meeting

 

Council President Littman requested that the following change be made:

Unfinished Business, 2.  Petition for street abandonment – change the word petition to petitioner and add the word seeking.  The sentence should read, Council President Littman stated that the attorney representing the petitioner seeking to abandon….

 

It was moved by Council President Littman, seconded by Councilor Settipane to approve the minutes as amended.  So unanimously voted. 

 

b)      07/15/2004 Work Session

 

Council President Littman noted that the date was not on the minutes for the July 15, 2004 Council work session.

 

It was moved by Council President Littman, seconded by Councilor Long to approve the minutes as amended with the date corrected to July 15, 2004.  So unanimously voted.  

 

c)       07/22/2004 Special Meeting

 

Council President Littman stated that the special meeting was called as a special meeting on Monday by the Council President pursuant to the provisions as set forth in the Town Charter and asked that the minutes be changed to reflect that.

 

It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Ferguson to accept the minutes as amended by President Littman.  So unanimously voted.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION ANNOUNCEMENT

 

1)       Pursuant to RIGL 42-46-5 (a) (5) Real Estate: Lease Negotiations

 

Council President announced that the Council would go into executive session at the end of the business meeting to discuss lease negotiations, pursuant to RIGL 42-46-5 (a) (5).   

 

COUNCIL, ADMINISTRATOR, SOLICITOR, COMMISSION/COMMITTEE COMMENTS & REPORTS

 

1)       Town Administrator verbal report

 

The following issues were reported by the Town Administrator:

 

Conanicut Island Art Association – location of trailer

 

The Town Administrator informed the Council that GZA GeoEnvironmental has recommended that the trailer not be located at the former landfill as this would not be an appropriate storage area.  Mr. Tighe will continue to work with Mrs. Bolger to find an appropriate location.

 

Floating Dock at East Ferry

 

The Town Administrator noted that Acting Chief Donovan has consulted with a marine engineer to determine the number of individuals that can safely fish on the floating dock at one time.  Chief Donovan has reported that there should be not more than ten people allowed to fish on the floating dock at one time.

 

The Town Administrator informed the Council that he would see that the proper notice be posted on the floating dock at East Ferry.

 

2)       Conservation Commission

a)       Memorandum re: deer management on Conanicut Island

 

It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Ferguson to accept the memorandum from the Conservation Commission regarding deer management on Conanicut Island.  So unanimously voted.

 

Council President Littman introduced a letter he received from the Acting Chief of RIDEM, Division of Fish & Wildlife, Michael Lapisky requesting Council input on opening Beavertail State Park for controlled deer hunting.  President Littman stated that RIDEM would be holding a hearing regarding the controlled deer hunt on August 30.  Additionally, President Littman noted that the first date available for a Council work session to further discuss the deer situation is August 5.   Following that work session, the Council is expected to vote on the issue at the August 10 Council meeting.

 

Patrick Bolger, Conservation Commission, stated that the memorandum from the Conservation Commission was put on the agenda so that the Council could take a vote this evening on the issue of the controlled deer hunt.  Mr. Bolger mentioned that RIDEM’s deadline for comment is July 30, 2004. 

 

The Council expressed concern because it was not clear on the agenda that the Council would be taking action this evening; however, they would be agreeable to holding a work session as soon as possible.

 

It was the consensus of the Council to move item 9 Controlled Deer Hunt under unfinished business up on the agenda.

 

Unfinished Business

 

9)       Controlled Deer Hunt

 

It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Ferguson to hold a work session on August 5, 2004 at 7:00 PM at the Jamestown Philomenian Library.  So unanimously voted. 

 

REPORTS

 

3)       Jamestown Police Department

a)       Request from Police Chief Donovan re: accept COPS UHP Grant

 

Council President Littman stated that the grant from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) for the hiring of one new full-time police officer was applied for prior to the Financial Town Meeting; however, it was awarded after the budgeting process.  As such, there was a question as to whether the grant could be used for the hiring of the officer that was hired in the 2004-2005 budget cycle, or would it be necessary to hire another new police officer.

 

The Town Administrator noted that the funds could be accepted and if not used within one year they would be returned.  The deadline for response to the grant is August 15, 2004. 

 

It was the consensus of the Council to have the Town Solicitor review the grant for the specifics of how this grant can be used and continue further discussion to the next Council meeting on August 10, 2004.

 

PUBLIC HEARING

 

1)       Proposed amendment to the Jamestown Charter re: Town Council and School Committee, number, selection and terms (cont. from 07/19/2004)

a)       Memorandum from School Committee re: committee terms to accommodate a change in election dates

 

Council President Littman opened the public hearing at 7:30 PM.

 

Council President Littman noted that the purpose of changing the election date is to avoid the ve