March 11, 1996

A regular meeting of the Jamestown Town Council was called to order at the
Town Hall, 93 Narragansett Avenue, at 7:40 PM by Council President Fred
Pease. 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
  Thomas P. Tighe, Chief of Police
  Steven J. Goslee, Public Works Director
  Prescott Froberg, Fire Chief
  James A. Donnelly, Esq., Town Solicitor


1)   National TV-Turnoff Week (April 24 - April 30, 1996) (request of
Library Director Judith Bell)
Heidi Keller-Moon (member of Friends of the Library): This is a national
event; we are seeking endorsement of Council; there will be many
coordinated activities; this year, we are trying to target adults and
young adults as well to broaden the participation.
     Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Robertson to
proclaim April 24 through 30, 1996 as TV-Turnoff Week in Jamestown, and to
urge all Jamestowners to give this experiment a try. So voted.


Motion by Councilor Hines, seconded by Councilor McInnis to accept the
consent agenda as presented. So voted. The consent agenda consisted of:
1)   Adoption of Council Minutes
  a) 02/12/96 (regular meeting)
  b) 02/26/96 (regular meeting)
  c) 03/05/96 (emergency meeting)
2)   Bills and payroll
3)   Copies of minutes of Boards and Committees
  a) Zoning Board of Review (01/23/96)   
  b) Planning Commission (02/21/96)   
4)   CRMC Notices
  a) Application for Assent: Charles and Jane Masso (10 Seaview Avenue;
Plat 7, Lot 134) to construct and maintain a residential recreational
boating facility
  b) Application for Assent: Craig R. and Gloria A. Callen (75 Walcott
Avenue; Plat 9, Lot 459) to construct and maintain a residential boating
5)   DEM Notice of Insignificant Alteration-Permit: Carolyn M. Mattera
(Seaside Drive; Plat 16, Lot 13) request for preliminary determination


1)   Solicitor: Two real estate matters (as scheduled)


1)   Scheduled Requests to Address
a)   Robert Sisson and Edwin Connelly, Commander and Vice Commander of the
Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) and James McLoughlin, Commander of the
American Legion re: Veterans Memorial Lease
Edwin Connelly: Commander Sisson was not able to attend due to injury;
Donald Richardson is here instead; the memorial monument at the east
landing recognizes veterans from the Spanish-American through Vietnamese
Wars; in fact, Jamestowners served in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812
and Civil War; both local veterans groups are looking at ways to remove
the placque and revise or replace it to honor all Jamestown veterans of
wars and conflicts; our fundraiser would accomplish that; the veterans
community feels that the are around the memorial is a veterans memorial
square; for the last 20 years, it has been designated by the Town as such;
we would like Council to adopt resolution renaming it "Veterans Memorial
Square"; we would put that on the placque along with the official seal of
the town; cost is estimated at $2,500 and we are targeting Memorial Day
1997 for dedication; federal government leases to other groups are
generally for 35 years.
     Solicitor: This is not really a lease, but a resolution; Council has
directed the new one to be for 25 years.
     Mr. Connelly: Why have a time limit on it when the area is being
specifically designated for a certain use? Solicitor: It was based upon a
prior request to Council.
     Councilor Liberati: I agree it should be renamed and without a
specific time limit.
     Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Liberati to adopt
the resolution submitted by the Solicitor in the form presented with the
following changes: to replace the sentence identified as #2.
     to read "this resolution shall remain in effect in perpetuity.", to
add the following to the end of the sentence identified as #6.
     "after suitable public hearings and consultation with local veterans
groups.", and to add a new sentence #7. to read "That the lot or parcel of
land herein mentioned, or any alternative area as provided in Section 6,
shall be known as "Veterans Memorial Square".
     So voted.
     Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Robertson to
donate $100 toward the proposed placque replacement on the Veterans
Memorial monument. So voted.

Donald Richardson: We want to fly the Flag at the memorial 24 hours each
day; there seems to be a problem with lighting.
     Ms. Shocket: All of the lights at East Ferry are out; I contacted an
electrician last week; it is a systemic problem and it will be addressed.

2)   Non-Agenda Requests to Address

Clyde Park: I have submitted a petition under new business regarding
elderly tax relief; it is time to address it again; 400 signatures were
easily obtained; our exemption rate is way behind most other communities;
please consider further; I spoke to Timothy Baker of Baker's pharmacy; RI
Assistance to the Elderly gives up to 60% toward the cost of prescription
costs; Mr. Baker says there are 70 Jamestowners eligible for this program,
many of whom are residents of Pemberton Apartments, so the impact would be
quite small.
     Councilor Hines: We need a first year impact report; our objective
should be to get it before this legislative session.
     (Solicitor distributed copy of Narragansett's ordinance which
provides for both tax exemption and deferral.) Councilor Hines: The
Administrator needs to finish what was started when this was last
addressed on September 25, 1995.
     Solicitor: We need more direction from Council.
     Councilor McInnis: We may be able to be more generous with a deferral
program than exemption.
     Councilor Hines: The Clerk is to pull all minutes for the last year
regarding this topic and give it to Council to see what was discussed; put
it on the next agenda (03/26).

Deputy Fire Chief Richard Wing: The Fire Department thanks Council for its
support of our truck acquisition program by including the $70,000 in the
capital budget; we are going to the bank to renegotiate our position with
them (it has been almost a year since the loan was taken); we are still
trying to raise money; we offered up a truck acquired from the Providence
Journal, with no interest; we advertised old Engine 3, with no bidders;
old Rescue 2 needs to be disposed of also; we have met with the
Administrator; our total debt is $138,000 before applying the Town's
$70,000; we have $18,000 in an account with $10,000 to be applied to the
principal when we renegotiate the loan; we have a $2,500 grant coming from
the State of Rhode Island through the efforts of Senator M. Teresa
Paiva-Weed; we also have a donated boat (value about $7,500) which we
intend to sell or raffle in the Spring.
     Councilor McInnis: With the pay down on the loan, will the bank
release the lien on this vehicle (new Engine 3)? Deputy Chief Wing: I do
not know; they hold the title on the new tanker truck as well; all of the
other vehicles are titled in the Town of Jamestown's name.
     Councilor Liberati: It might be worth paying a commission and hiring
a broker to sell the surplus equipment.
     Councilor McInnis: We want to make it clear that when the debt is
paid that the Town will end up owning title to both new vehicles.
     Deputy Chief Wing: Absolutely.
     Solicitor: We are bound by statute when purchasing, but nothing in
the law dictates disposal of equipment.
     Deputy Chief Wing: Old Rescue 2 was 100% funded by the Fire
Department when we got it (1976); perhaps the Town could use it by putting
a dump body on it.
     (Mr. Goslee will look at it.) Ms. Shocket: When solicitations first
went out, we requested sealed bids with minimums, but there were no
     Motion by Councilor Hines, seconded by Councilor McInnis to authorize
the Fire Department to solicit the best price possible for any or all of
the 3 discussed vehicles, said price subject to approval by the Town
Administrator and Council. So voted.


1)   Town Administrator's Report (attached hereto)
a)   Bid Awards: Motion by Councilor Hines, seconded by Councilor McInnis
to approve awarding the bid for a new police cruiser and equipment to AMI
for $22,695 subject to approval by the Chief of Police and meeting all bid
     So voted.
     Motion by Councilor Hines, seconded by Councilor McInnis to approve
awarding the bid for a tape recorder system to Lanier for $8,476 subject
to approval by the Chief of Police and meeting all bid specifications.
     So voted.

2)   Conservation Commission (1 vacancy)
a)   Letter of interest from Richard H. Tyre
Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Robertson to appoint
Richard H. Tyre to the Conservation Commission to fill the unexpired term
of James Estes, term ending December 1996. So voted.


1)   Commerce Committee
a)   Response from the Jamestown Village Association
Councilor Hines: I do not understand the need for another group between
the Village Association and us to benefit their organization.
     Councilor Liberati: We still do not have any active committee giving
us input.
     Councilor McInnis: the Village Association itself was vocal during
revision of the zoning ordinance.
     Councilor Hines: Exactly my point; I do not understand the need for a
middle man.
     Council President Pease: If they really want to meet, they need to
meet regularly and send us their minutes as all other committees do.
     Councilor Robertson: The Clerk should send the committee members a
letter asking whether they wish to continue to serve.
     Councilor McInnis: Indicate that we think committees should meet
periodically; if no issues are presenting themselves, they can let us know
and we will disband the committee.
     Council consensus: Send a letter to the committee members with a copy
to the Village Association.


1)   Requests for road repair:
  a) James Keller re: Highland Drive
  b) Cottrell Pier Association re: Racquet Road
Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Robertson to inform the
State in writing of the deteriorating condition of Beavertail Road and ask
them to repair it as soon as possible.
     So voted.
     Ms. Shocket: Mr. Goslee and I toured our roads today; he is working
on a priority list.
     Mr. Goslee: CRMC and RIDEM are considerations with the paving of
Racquet Road; we will continue to address with gravel and grading.
     Ms. Shocket: (Responding to Councilor Robertson's inquiry) The RIDOT
paving was redirected to North Road, but we will do under the Jamestown
Bridge on Seaside Drive.
     Mr. Goslee: We will patch Highland Drive initially until the weather
warms, then we will pave it; it will be on the priority list.
     Ms. Shocket: I will have the list ready for the meeting after next
(April 8).


1)   Petition re: elderly tax exemption (previously addressed under open

2)   Letter from Mary Murphy, owner of the Jamestown Bed and Breakfast (59
Walcott Avenue) re: 1996 renewal (new zoning regulations)
Council consensus: Solicitor and Clerk to propose hearing and licensure

3)   One-day license application:
  Applicant               Type        Location
  Quononoquott Garden Club      Peddlar     East Ferry Green
Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Robertson to grant the
application their annual plant sale for May 18. So voted.


Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Robertson to adjourn to
executive session at 9:12 PM.
     So voted.
     Council returned to regular session at 10:08 PM.
     Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Robertson to seal
the minutes of the executive session to the public. So voted.


There being no further business before the Council, motion by Councilor
McInnis, seconded by Councilor Hines to adjourn at 10:09 PM. So voted.


Theresa C. Donovan, CMC
Town Clerk

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