TOWN COUNCIL
  JAMESTOWN, RHODE ISLAND
  January 16, 1996

A regular meeting of the Jamestown Town Council was called to order at the
Town Hall, 93 Narragansett Avenue, at 8:02 PM by Council President Fred
Pease.
     (This meeting followed the Water and Sewer Commissioners' meeting,
and had been continued to this date from January 8, 1996 due to a major
snow storm.) The following members were present:
  Paul A. Robertson, Vice-President
  Richard A. Hines
  Mark E. Liberati
  Steven M. McInnis

Also present were:
  Frances H. Shocket, Town Administrator
  Theresa C. Donovan, CMC, Town Clerk
  Steven J. Goslee, Public Works Director
  Arthur J. Christman, Deputy Fire Chief
  Donald T. Armington, Harbor Management Commission Chair
  James A. Donnelly, Esq., Town Solicitor

  CONSENT AGENDA

Motion by Councilor Hines, seconded by Councilor Robertson to adopt the
consent agenda as presented. So voted. The consent agenda consisted of:
1)   Adoption of Council minutes: 12/26/95 (regular meeting)
2)   Bills and payroll
3)   Copies of minutes of Boards and Committees
  a) Zoning Board of Review (11/28/95)
  b) Harbor Management Commission (12/13/95)   
4)   Attendance records from the Harbor Management Commission and the
Planning Commission
5)   State Planning Council schedule of regular meetings in 1996
  a) Technical Committee
  b) State Planning Council
6)   Newsletter from Eastern Utilities entitled "Community Briefings"
7)   "The East Bay Economic Initiative" submitted by East Passage Yachting
Center
8)   Abatements/Addenda Report of Tax Assessor received 01/04/96
        
  EXECUTIVE SESSION ANNOUNCEMENT

Administrator requested discussion of personnel; Solicitor requested
discussion of litigation; no objection; as scheduled on agenda.

  OPEN FORUM

1)   Scheduled Requests to Address: none
2)   Non-Agenda Requests to Address

: none

  REPORTS OF BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND TOWN OFFICIALS

1)   Town Administrator's Report (no written report submitted)

Public Works Department: Snow removal continues; storm drains have been
cleared.

Planning Department: The new Town Planner begins February 1.

Harbor Office Clerk: Mr. Armington: The recommendation of the Harbor
Management Commission is to hire Paula Swistak for harbor office clerk;
she was the unanimous choice of the commission members from 18 applicants.
     Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Robertson to
approve the selection of Paula Swistak for the position. So voted.

2)   Commerce Committee (cont. from 12/26/95)
  a) Memorandum from the Town Clerk
  b) Memorandum from the Deputy Town Clerk and copy of charge and minutes
Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Hines that Council
President Pease send a letter to the Village Association indicating that
the Commerce Committee has not been giving input recently, and asking
their opinion for the continuing need for its existence.
     Council President Pease: We should also note that there has been no
apparent meeting of the committee for almost two years. Motion so voted.

Memorandum from the Barrington Town Council re: Policemen's Arbitration
Act (cont.
     from 12/26/95): Administrator: Having been through the process,
Barrington's Administrator feels the Town has been harmed through the
current system of binding arbitration for labor contracts; they are
seeking input from other communities.
     Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Liberati to answer
in the affirmative. So voted.

3)   Planning Commission (2 vacancies)
Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor to not consider two
letters of interest received after the deadline of January 2. So voted.
The Clerk was instructed to schedule interviews for Lisa Wray-Bryer,
Dennis P. Mello, Virginia Perry, Jerrold Rosenberg and Jean MacGregor
Brown after the Water and Sewer Commissioners' February 20 meeting, with
appointments scheduled for the February 26 Council meeting (no interview
necessary for Betty L. Hubbard, current member seeking reappointment). So
voted.

  UNFINISHED BUSINESS

1)   Ratify resolution re: proposed third alternate member for the Zoning
Board of Review
Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Robertson to approve
the resolution for a third alternate in the form presented for submission
to Jamestown's State legislators. So voted.

  NEW BUSINESS

1)   Real estate proposal of Anna Templeton-Cottle (cont. from 12/26/95)
Administrator: I have not received anything yet; I will contact them and
ask their representative to attend a Council meeting.

2)   Ratification of one-day license application (approved by majority of
Council on 12/29/95):
  Applicant                     Type        Location
  Jamestown Elementary School            Peddlar     Mackerel Cove
  (6th grade)                   (01/01/96)     Beach

Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Robertson to ratify
approval of the peddlar license. So voted.

Water Supply: Motion by Councilor Liberati, seconded by Councilor Hines to
approve the expenditure of $10,000 from the Town's coffers for the purpose
of drilling another water well, said funds to be reimbursed by the water
customers. So voted.

Snow Removal: Motion by Councilor Robertson that the Administrator and
Public Works Director, at their discretion and after the road plowing and
sanding is done, are to direct the highway crew to remove accumulated snow
at intersections, especially on Narragansett Avenue and at East Ferry as a
matter of policy as quickly as possible after the storm is over.
     There being no second, the motion failed.
     Motion by Councilor Robertson, seconded by Council President Pease
that any snow storm resulting in an accumulation of over one foot will be
followed by Council members polling each other and communicating with the
Administrator as to course of action to take. So voted.

Ambulance Association Compensation Committee: Councilor McInnis
volunteered to serve as one of the public members on the committee.

  EXECUTIVE SESSION

Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Robertson to adjourn to
executive session at 8:55 PM.
     So voted.
     Council returned to regular session at 10:14 PM, without Councilor
Liberati who excused himself during executive session.
     Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Robertson to seal
the minutes of the executive session to the public. So voted.

  ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business before the Council, motion by Councilor
McInnis, seconded by Councilor Hines to adjourn at 10:15 PM. So voted.

Attest:

Theresa C. Donovan, CMC
Town Clerk

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