July 22, 1996

A regular meeting of the Jamestown Town Council was called to order at the
Town Hall, 93 Narragansett Avenue, at 7:37 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
  Arthur J. Christman, Fire Chief
  Steven J. Goslee, Public Works Director
  Samuel C. Paterson, Harbor Master
  James A. Donnelly, Esq., Town Solicitor


Councilor Hines asked that item #2 be removed.
     Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Hines to adopt the
remainder of the consent agenda.
     So voted. The amended consent agenda consisted of:
1)   Adoption of Council minutes: 07/08/96 (regular meeting)
3)   Invitations
  a) Conanicut Grange #21: membership honors awards ceremony (July 28,
  b) Conanicut Island Art Association: art show reception (July 31, 1996)
4)   Copies of meeting minutes of Boards and Committees
  a) Library Board of Trustees (05/14/96)
  b) Conservation Commission (06/11/96)
  c) Harbor Management Commission (06/12/96)
5)   CRMC maintenance certificate: Felix Porcaro (Plat 7, Lot 67; 2
Coulter Street) to replace failed 3 bedroom septic system with 4 bedroom
6)   Abatements/Addenda Report of Tax Assessor received 07/18/96

2)   Bills and payroll: Following clarification of several items, motion
by Councilor Hines, seconded by Councilor Robertson to approve bills and
payroll. So voted.


1)   Administrator: real estate (1) and personnel (2), pursuant to RIGL
42-46-5, sections (a)(5) and (1) respectively (no objection from Council;
as scheduled)


1)   Scheduled Requests to Address

a)   Curt Spaulding (Executive Director of Save The Bay re: annual The
Good, The Bad and The Ugly report on publicly owned wastewater treatment
Pollution into Narragansett Bay has been reduced by 50% since our report's
inception in 1972; better technology has been employed; most facilities
were built with federal funds about 20 years ago; the rating of "pollution
control trend" has been added to this year's report; the operation and
maintenance ratings are the same as RIDEM's data; Jamestown's trends are
excellent; Jamestown's practice of composting is a beneficial reuse;
Jamestown essentially received a very positive rating.

(Maryanne Crawford, Finance Director arrived at 7:52 PM.)

Mr. Spaulding: Our mission is to bring these findings to the attention of
each community to be certain the citizens are aware of the importance of
the plant's operation; RI has a rigorous inspection program; your plant
operators are to be commended.
     Councilor Liberati: There is nothing here about efficiency levels;
Jamestown has perhaps the highest rating in the state in terms of quality
of water being discharged into the bay.
     Mr. Spaulding: That is generally reflected in the trends. Councilor
Liberati: If you are measuring what is ultimately important to the people,
an efficiency rating should be incorporated.
     Mr. Spaulding: Perhaps that does need to be clearer; Jamestown is
over and above compliance, and actually does lead the state; we do realize
we made a mistake in Jamestown by overrating the chlorine issue a couple
years ago.
     Ms. Shocket: Allowing towns to review the information and comment on
the report's text prior to public release is also an improvement.
     Mr. Spaulding: Agreed; we will continue to focus on operations and
maintenance, and will try to incorporate better language than "good",
"bad", "not-so-bad" and "better".
     Ms. Shocket: Major renovations will probably be needed just about the
time our debt is falling off; a $10,000 feasibility study included in this
year's budget to prepare for that likelihood.

(Michael F. Smith, Planning Commission Chair arrived at 8:15 PM.)

b)   David Swain of Ocean State Scuba re: second annual kayak race (August
17, 1996): We are seeking permission to cross the road a Mackerel Cove
beach; last year we used volunteer help and no police; this year, we are
starting earlier and including youngster races; last year we funded the
whole thing and turned over the earnings to benefit the senior center;
there will be more sponsorship this year, with proceeds going toward the
senior center again; the fire department, harbormaster, and recreation
department have volunteered to assist.
     Mr. Paterson: There was no problem with the event last year. Chief
Tighe: We had no problem either.
     Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Robertson to
approve the request with respect to crossing roads and the use of town
beaches. So voted.

2)   Non-Agenda Requests to Address

Michael F. Smith: I want to discuss potential litigation; I want to
know what happened to my request for reimbursement of legal bills.
     Solicitor: I will give you a response tomorrow.
     Mr. Smith: Will it be the response I want? Solicitor: No. Mr. Smith:
Then I will want to discuss it at the next meeting.
     Solicitor (to Council): After I have spoken with Mr. Smith, I will
let the clerk know whether the matter will be discussed in open or
executive session on August 13. Mr. Smith: Agreed.


1)   Town Administrator's Report (attached hereto)

Computer Software: Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor
Robertson to approve the expenditure of $5,755 for the MUNIS utility
billing software package. So voted.

Walcott Avenue Parking: Council consensus: Need "no parking" signs on the
west side between Brook and High Streets, as well as "loading zone" signs
on the east side near the Ferry Wharf block.

2)   New Visions for Newport County: Motion by Hines, seconded by
Robertson to appoint Tomasz Jankowski as Jamestown's liaison to the Board
of Directors for New Visions for Newport County for an unspecified term.
     So voted.


1)   East Ferry parking request of commercial fishermen: Solicitor:
Council could designate specific spaces to the lessee of the wooden pier
(Conanicut Marine Services, Inc.), but other groups are likely to be
     Councilor McInnis: The Comprehensive Community Plan says parking
plans for East Ferry should specifically take into account the needs of
commercial fisherman utilizing the East Ferry area; Newport uses resident
parking stickers for various roads from May to October; we could do the
     Councilor Robertson: We are only talking about 7 spaces, and probably
not all would be in use at the same time.

Paul Levesque: I cannot get a preferred parking spot in where I work in
     Councilor McInnis: There are designated spots for judges, the
handicapped, etc.. (An unidentified speaker also spoke against preferred
parking spaces.)

Wendy Warner: You are talking about giving prime parking spaces to a
certain group and not to others.
     Councilor McInnis: By virtue of their business, they are gone all day
so they need long term parking.
     Councilor Robertson: There is a need to off load quickly to transport
product while fresh, so the spaces have to be near the dock.
     Councilor McInnis: The intent is to exempt them from the time limit,
probably in the 2-hour zone.
     Councilor Robertson: Correct, on a space available basis.
     Chief Tighe: If a parking sticker is used, you must determine if it
should be affixed.

Jonathan King: As a commercial fisherman, I can lose $5,000 worth of
lobsters in the heat while moving my vehicle closer or waiting for a tow
truck to remove a car in the loading zone.
     Councilor McInnis: It was felt that the previously requested loading
zone was inappropriate; the fire department had a conflict with access.
     Councilor Liberati: It is troubling to me to have two different
classes of parking for the same spots (2 hour and all day).
     Councilor Hines: I would feel more comfortable with two spaces
instead of seven.
     Councilor Robertson: Two is not enough; we could issue stickers for
one year; if there are problems, then we do not renew them.
     (Lengthy discussion followed.)

Motion by Councilor Robertson, seconded by Councilor McInnis to ask the
Solicitor to draft an ordinance for seven permits good for one year, that
they be affixed to vehicle that is assigned to the boat, limited to
parking in the 2-hour time zone at East Ferry from Memorial Day to Labor
Day. So voted.

2)   Walcott Avenue Parking: Administrator: There is a problem from Union
Street south to Brook Street on the west side.
     Councilor Robertson: Set backs from intersections should be enforced,
or perhaps increased.
     Councilor Liberati: We should consider an ordinance prohibiting
parking from Lincoln Street south to Brook Street.
     Chief Tighe: Because State Traffic Commission permission is needed,
perhaps Council could resurrect the parking committee for full
recommendations for Council consideration.
     Council consensus: Reactivate the Parking Committee and wait for its
report; in the meantime, put up "No Parking From Here to Corner" signs and
put up "No parking" signs between Brook and High Streets (Chief Tighe, Mr.
Goslee and Ms. Shocket to coordinate).


1)   Community Development Block Grant award notice from Governor Lincoln
Almond ($52,000 for housing rehabilitation, lead abatement, downpayment
assistance and international boat exhibit): Motion by Councilor McInnis,
seconded by Councilor Hines to approve receipt of the communication.
     So voted.


1)   Request of Jamestown Early Learning Center for endorsement to the
State Traffic Commission re: placement of a "Slow/Children" sign on North
Main Road (also requires concurrence of police department): Motion by
Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Robertson to authorize Council
President Pease to write a letter to the State Traffic Commission
indicating approval, pursuant to the requirements of the zoning decision
of July 25, 1995. So voted.

Narragansett Water Pollution Control: Ms. Shocket: I am concerned about
liability insurance for liquor licensees using the Rembijas Pavilion.
     Ms. Donovan (distributed information packets to Council,
Administrator and Solicitor): Very few entities now qualify for Class F
(one day) licenses, so this matter is not often before Council, although
liquor is served frequently at that location by private parties who are
not required to obtain a license.
     Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Robertson to
require Narragansett Water Pollution Control to provide a certificate of
insurance for at least $500,000 with specific liquor liability naming the
Town of Jamestown as additionally insured for its event on August 7, 1996.
     So voted.


Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Robertson to adjourn to
executive session at 9:35 PM.
     So voted.
     Council returned to regular session at 10:46 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 10:47 PM. So voted.


Theresa C. Donovan, CMC
Town Clerk

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