TOWN COUNCIL
  JAMESTOWN, RHODE ISLAND

  March 25, 1996

A regular meeting of the Jamestown Town Council was called to order at the
Town Hall, 93 Narragansett Avenue, at 7:35 PM by Council President Fred
Pease. The following members were present:
  Paul A. Robertson, Vice-President
  Mark E. Liberati
  Steven M. McInnis
(Absent: Richard A. Hines)

Also present were:
  Frances H. Shocket, Town Administrator
  Theresa C. Donovan, CMC, Town Clerk
  Arthur J. Christman, Deputy Fire Chief
  James A. Donnelly, Esq., Town Solicitor

  AWARDS, PRESENTATIONS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Phyllis M. Tiexiera: Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor
Robertson to adopt a resolution declaring this date as Phyllis M. Tiexiera
Day in honor of her retirement after serving twenty years on the Board of
Canvassers, most of them as Chair.
     Councilor McInnis remarked that this is a very active board with
significant responsibility and Ms. Tiexiera deserves thanks for her many
years of service and leadership. Motion so voted.

  CONSENT AGENDA

Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Robertson to approve
the consent agenda with the exception of #2.
     So voted.
     Following clarification, motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by
Councilor Robertson to approve #2 as submitted.
     So voted. The consent agenda consisted of:
1)   Adoption of Council Minutes:
  a) 03/04/96 (Financial Town Meeting)
  b) 03/11/96 (regular meeting)
2)   Bills and Payroll
3)   Copies of minutes of Boards and Committees
  a) Library Board of Trustees (01/23/96)
  b) Harbor Management Commission (02/14/96 & 02/28/96)
  c) Jamestown Housing Authority (02/14/96)
  d) Planning Commission (03/06/96)
4)   CRMC Notices
  a) Assent Modification: Spencer W. Potter (191 Narragansett Avenue; Plat
9, Lot 398)
  b) Application for Assent: Robert & Mariam Atamian (1111 North Main
Road; Plat 3, Lot 482)
5)   Notice of Public Hearing from the State Planning Council (04/08/96)
re: RI Water Transportation Plan
6)   Abatements/Addenda Report of Tax Assessor received 03/21/96

  EXECUTIVE SESSION ANNOUNCEMENT

Administrator: potential litigation and real estate (noted; as scheduled)

  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 (attached hereto; no action required)

2)   Library Board of Trustees (3 vacancies)
  a) Rosemary Bashaw (letter of resignation)
  b) Helen H. Smith (request for reappointment)
     i) Letter of support from the Chair
  c) Letters of interest: Barbara Nesto, Diane C. Caswell, Debra Vierra
Murphy and Sue Maden
  d) Request to reactivate letter of interest from Mary E. Meagher
Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Robertson to reappoint
Helen H. Smith for a 3-year term, term ending January 1999 and postpone
consideration of others until Ms. Maden can be interviewed. So voted.

3)   Zoning Board of Review (1 vacancy)
  a) Letters of interest: Elizabeth Hocutt Brazil and Dennis T. Grieco, II
Council instructed Ms. Donovan to schedule interviews on April 8 before
the regular meeting.

4)   Letter from Fire Department Compensation Committee re: members
appointed: Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Robertson to
confirm the appointments of Arthur J. Christman, Howard F. Tighe and
Santino Campo, Jr.
     to the committee for an unspecified term.
     So voted.
     (Their terms had expired and no one had been sworn in to replace
them; this vote ratifies their reappointment; all three continue to serve
under their initial oath.)

5)   Board of Canvassers (1 vacancy; term ending 03/2001)
  a) Letter of resignation from Phyllis M. Tiexiera, Chair
     i) Memorandum from Town Clerk re: procedure
Council instructed Ms. Donovan to contact the political party chairs in
accordance with RIGL 17-8-1.

Golf Course Study Committee: Since Council will be requesting a report
from this committee in October, Ms. Donovan was directed to schedule
interviews with interested residents on April 15 before and after the
Water and Sewer Commissioners meeting to facilitate appointments on April
22.

  UNFINISHED BUSINESS

1)   Elderly Tax Exemption
  a)    Memorandum from the Town Clerk   
Administrator: Of the 15 individuals who currently qualify for exemption,
5 are included in 38 qualifying for the low-income prescription drug
program; the estimated total of people who would qualify if the income
limit was raised to $13,500 is 44; that would result in $36,828 total
possible abatements, with a net difference from the current amount of
about $25,000; these are rough estimates.
     Councilor Liberati: There is still the issue of outright abatement or
deferring the tax; we can solve a lot of problems of perceived inequities
by deferring the tax.
     Councilor McInnis: I would be against taking anything away that
someone has now (ie.
     someone who now receives an exemption should not be switched to
deferral); Narragansett seems to have a good formula.
     Solicitor: I can prepare a draft based on their ordinance.
     Councilor McInnis: I would agree with abatement income level left at
a maximum of $10,000, with tax deferral available for those with higher
income; perhaps include the federal definition for "poverty level" and tie
qualification to that; that keeps it flexible without requiring frequent
legislative amendment.
     Following discussion, consensus was that the Solicitor is to prepare
a draft for Council's review on April 8.

  COMMUNICATIONS

1)   Letter from Jonathan Paquette, First Class Scout re: snow plowing and
parking bans

2)   Letter from Brendan Crawford re: open recreation

3)   Damage claim from Roger Marshall
Council consensus: Send Mr. Marshall a letter to advise him it is a state
road.
     Councilor Robertson: He should also be made aware of the claim
process.
     [Clerk's note: Administrator later determined it was a Town road and
follow up.]

4)   Letter from Richard Allphin re: proposed zoning ordinance revision
Mr. Allphin: The idea is to split out propane from all other kinds of
tanks since it is not the same contamination danger when buried as other
fuels; a copy has been forwarded to the Planning Commission for
consideration.

5)   Letter from Gus Bullock re: condition of Racquet Road
Administrator will refer to Goslee

6)   Copy of letter from William G. and Morna G. Bucklin to the Zoning
Board of Review re: boards decision

Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Robertson to accept all
six communications. So voted.

  NEW BUSINESS

1)   Request from Save The Bay to use Potter's Cove/Taylor Point as the
landing site for their annual Swim The Bay event (07/27/96)
Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Robertson to approve
the request subject to the usual insurance conditions imposed in the past
and coordination with police, fire and rescue departments. So voted.

2)   Renewal license application:
  Applicant               Type        Location
  Zeek's Bait and Tackle, Inc.
  dba Zeek's Bait and Tackle       Sunday Sales      194 North Main Road
Council questioned the sale of "seafood" at this location.
     Ms. Donovan stated the applicant does not have a victualer license
for the preparation of food for human consumption.
     Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Robertson to
approve the license renewal subject to resolution of taxes and debts.
     So voted.

3)   New license applications:
  Applicant               Type        Location
  Joseph G. Hyde
  dba Joe's               Peddlar     Mackerel Cove Beach
     "              Victualing     " (Town property)
Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Robertson to deny the
license requests due to the existence of two licenses already at the same
location, and any more than two would interfere with parking and the
recreational use of the beach. So voted.

  Applicant               Type        Location
  Captain Paul D. Sprague                East Ferry
  dba Conanicut Rentals         Sunday Sales      (Town property)
Capt. Sprague: I plan on renting 15 bicycles, 10 kayaks and 3 Sunfish sail
boats on the grassy area just north of the hotdog stand, and also by the
new ferry dock (either/or); most of my customers will come from the marina
and ferry, so parking should not be a problem; there will be no racks or
permanent structures; I will remove all items daily.
     Ms. Shocket: The zoning officer stated Capt. Sprague needs a special
use permit from the Zoning Board of Review, but would need permission of
the property owner (Town) first.
     Capt. Sprague: I filed a zoning application today for the next
meeting (4/23).
     Council consensus: Applicant is to develop a more specific plan and
return to Council on April 8.

  Applicant               Type        Location 
  Jamestown Senior Citizens Assn.,Inc.   Bingo       6 West Street
                             (Senior Center)
  a) Request waiver of license fee
Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Robertson to approve
the request subject to approval by the Fire Chief and resolution of debts
and taxes.
     So voted.
     Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Robertson to waive
the fee. So voted.



  EXECUTIVE SESSION

Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Robertson to adjourn to
executive session at 9:05 PM.
     So voted.
     Council returned to regular session at 10:06 PM.
     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 Robertson to adjourn at 10:07 PM. So voted.

Attest:

Theresa C. Donovan, CMC
Town Clerk

cc:  Town Council Members (5)
  Town Administrator
  Town Solicitor
  Administrative Circulation