TOWN COUNCIL
  JAMESTOWN, RHODE ISLAND
  November 25, 1996

A regular meeting of the Jamestown Town Council was called to order at the
Town Hall, 93 Narragansett Avenue, at 7:38 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
  Arthur J. Christman, Fire Chief
  J. Christopher Powell, Conservation Commission Chair
  Sam Patterson, Harbor Master
  James A. Donnelly, Esq., Town Solicitor

  CONSENT AGENDA

Councilor Hines: Remove item #2.
     Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Robertson to
approve the remainder of the consent agenda.
     So voted. The amended consent agenda consisted of:
1)   Adoption of Council minutes: 11/12/96 (regular meeting)
3)   Copies of minutes of Boards and Committees
  a) Jamestown Housing Authority (06/12/96, 07/10/96, 08/14/96 & 09/11/96)
  b) Library Board of Trustees (10/15/96)   
4)   Abatements/Addenda Report of Tax Assessor received 11/21/96

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

  EXECUTIVE SESSION ANNOUNCEMENT

1)   Solicitor: personnel pursuant to RIGL 42-46-5(a)(1).
     Mr. Donnelly noted a correction: the citation should be 42-46-5(a)(4)
not (1), for discussion of investigative proceedings regarding allegations
of misconduct, not personnel.

  PUBLIC HEARINGS

1)   Proposed amendment to Section 500 of Article 5 of the Zoning
Ordinance of the Town of Jamestown (copy attached hereto)
The hearing was called to order by Council President Pease at 7:41 PM.
     Richard Allphin: I support the amendment creating the position of a
third alternate member on the Zoning Board of Review; some applicants have
to be sent home through no fault of their own due to lack of quorum and
possible conflicts of interest; this will alleviate that problem.
     Hearing no others for or against, the hearing was closed at 7:43 PM.
     Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Robertson to
approve the amendment as advertised. So voted.

  OPEN FORUM

1)   Scheduled Requests to Address
a)   Andrea Buelow re: proposed 5 kilometer road race (03/16/97): I am
planning this race in memory of my father, with proceeds to the American
Heart Association; the course has been mapped out, and we have insurance
through the US Track and Field organization; we would be starting at
Melrose Avenue (the school has been reserved) to Narragansett Avenue to
Southwest Avenue, with the turnaround at Fort Getty back up Southwest
Avenue to North Road, then left on Watson Avenue ending at the tennis
courts on Melrose Avenue; we will need traffic control.
     Ms. Shocket: We usually station police at significant intersections
for events like this.
     Ms. Buelow: It is scheduled for 1:00 PM on a Sunday. Ms. Shocket: I
can speak to the Police Chief about possibly bringing someone in early;
the cost could range from zero to paying two officers for 4 hours minimum
at time and one half.
     (Alternate route discussed, but rejected.) Motion by Councilor
Robertson, seconded by Councilor McInnis to approve the request subject to
the support of the Police Chief and other officials, and their approval of
the route.
     Ms. Buelow was instructed to supply the insurance information in
writing to supplement the letter already on file; together, they will be
circulated for the appropriate signatures. So voted.

2)   Non-Agenda Requests to Address


Mr. Powell: The holiday tree will be going up this weekend, with
lighting scheduled for 5:30 PM on December 7.

Donald Richardson: Did Council approve the Harbor Management Commission
(HMC) spending money to do soundings? Councilor McInnis: We approved the
funding of the Siegmund and Associates design.
     Mr. Richardson: The extension of the pier is not part of Phase I; the
soundings are being done in an area where the pier extension would be;
also, is Council going to approve a voters referendum on the pier
extension? Councilor McInnis: We have to wait until we hear more from the
HMC; it is possible we will make a decision without a referendum question,
depending upon the scope of the plan.

Gary Girard: When the HMC presents a plan, the public should be allowed
sufficient time to comment.
     Ms. Shocket: Chair Donald Armington said a meeting will probably be
scheduled in January.
     Mr. Girard: When exactly did the Town get the RIDOT grant for the
pier extension? Council consensus: Late summer, early fall 1995.
     Mr. Girard: I am looking for concrete numbers, and who specifically
made the grant application and to whom.

  REPORTS OF BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND TOWN OFFICIALS

Donald Armington (HMC Chair) arrived at 8:06 PM.

1)   Town Administrator's Report (attached hereto)
Additionally:
Katie Lybrook of East Bay Economic Initiative: Jamestown, along with other
communities, allocated $5,000 of its 1996 CDBG funds toward a study for
the creation of a marine center; we are asking that each town re-direct
these funds toward a non-site specific marketing and jobs training
project; if you approve, a letter needs to be forwarded to the RI Economic
Development Corporation by December 1 in order to provide the required
match of the Federal EDA funds ($333,000).
     Ms. Shocket: If we do not redirect the CDBG funds as requested, we
could request that the funds be reallocated toward our other CDBG
projects, but there is no guarantee that that would be approved. Councilor
Liberati: I am concerned about how other Newport County communities will
receive this.
     Ms. Lybrook: You and Portsmouth are the first communities being
approached, both tonight.
     Councilor McInnis: This is an absurd use of CDBG funds; this is a
good industry for RI which should be encouraged, but I have a problem with
this type of funds, usually used to rehabilitate housing for low-income
families, for this type of use.
     Ms. Lybrook: If approved, this would be used for work force training.
Councilor McInnis: We are not creating an industry; this would be boosting
one that is already here.
     Motion by Councilor Liberati, seconded by Councilor McInnis that we
need evidence as to whether the RI marine industry endorses this idea and
some kind of budget showing that this money is being specifically
allocated for job training and that, in fact, this training is needed to
produce the kind of yachts you are looking to market. So voted.

Council President Pease: The Fire Chief has asked for thanks to be sent to
the City of Newport's Fire Department, the Naval Education and Training
Center Fire Department, the Salvation Army Canteen Truck and David Swain
of Ocean State Scuba for their assistance at the site of a house fire on
Calvert Place on the morning of November 24.
     Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Robertson that
Council President Pease be authorized to send letters of thanks to said
individuals and organizations. So voted.

i)   Approve bid of Harbor Marine Corporation of RI for Town pier
construction
Councilor Liberati: The bids are over budget; we do not have the legal
authority to approve any more than is in your budget, do we? Mr.
Armington: It will be carried over into the next budget year; your
approval should be total not to exceed $250,000, which will include funds
yet to be budgeted and collected; we can go as far as we can with existing
money; that will be enough to complete all of the work through February;
we would use $196,200 from the marine development funds, plus $51,500 from
the Veterans Memorial Square funds; we met with Harbor Marine Corp.
     and Siegmund and Associates; by deleting some items, we will be able
to keep it under $250,000; we have been using Veterans Memorial Square
funds for engineering for the south bulkhead.
     Councilor Liberati: Even if the Town does not think the extension is
a good idea, the complete refurbishment and installation of the bulkhead
at Memorial Square will be paid for in full by this budget.
     Mr. Armington: That is correct; we will eventually need an additional
$100,000 for a new deck and to finish railings, sidewalks, etc., if we do
not get any federal funding.

Andrew Weicker: Could we end up giving money to RIDOT for something they
did not supervise? I am trying to determine just how much RIDOT is riding
this and how much the Town is; I asked to see the original application for
the grant, but no one was able to show it me.
     Mr. Armington: The prior Town Planner applied for the grant
specifically for the pier extension and a deep water launch ramp; that
went to RIDOT, which in turn applied to the federal government; it was
approved; this was done through the ferry budget.
     Ms. Shocket: The grant was applied for by the State; the Planner
should be able to produce a copy.
     Mr. Weicker: I am concerned that is what is good for the State is not
necessarily good for us.

Police Chief Thomas P. Tighe arrived at 8:50 PM.

Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Robertson to approve
the expenditure of up to $247,700 from marine development funds to Harbor
Marine Corporation on the specific terms as may be further negotiated by
the chairman of the Harbor Management Commission. So voted.

ii)  Authorize application of CDBG award of $12,500 (previously addressed)

2)   Letter from the Tax Assessment Board of Review re: hearings of
appeals for the fiscal year ending February 28, 1997 (noted)

3)   Board of Canvassers (1 vacancy; term ending 03/2001)
  a) Lists from the Republican and Democratic Town Committees of those
interested in serving
  b)    Letter of interest from Alcina L. Blair
Council President Pease nominated Alcina L. Blair to fill the vacancy
created by the resignation of F. Gavin Fitzgerald, term ending March 2001.
Nomination seconded by Councilor Robertson. So voted.

4)   Town Clerk re: registration of non-resident landlords
Ms. Donovan: An amendment to RIGL 34-18 (Residential Landlord and Tenant
Act) became effective August 9; it requires nonresident landlords to
designate a RI agent for service of process, and to do so by filing forms
to that effect with both the Secretary of State and Town Clerk's office;
since the statute is silent as to fees and procedure, I am seeking
Council's input.
     Council consensus: Maintain a separate file as you do trade name
registrations; do not record in land evidence; speak to the Secretary of
State and call other clerks to see what they are charging; report back.

  UNFINISHED BUSINESS

1)   Report of Parking Committee
Councilor Liberati: The focus of the committee's attention has been on
parking at East Ferry; when cars are parking on both sides of Conanicus
Avenue south of Brook Street, there is insufficient room for two cars or
emergency vehicles to pass; if parking was restricted, the neighbors are
concerned that that would push out-of-state cars onto side streets and
into residential neighborhoods; a petition was circulated exhibiting a lot
of resident concern; also, eastbound Brook Street entering onto Conanicus
Avenue is very dangerous (blind corner); the committee recommends we
consider making Brook Street one-way westbound; consequently, the
committee recommends Council have a work session on parking in January.
     Council consensus: Schedule same for Tuesday, January 21 at 8:00 PM
following the Water and Sewer Commissioners meeting at the library.

  COMMUNICATIONS

1)   Copy of letter from RIDEM Planning and Development to Quentin
Anthony, Esq. re: conservation easement on portion of property at the Town
golf course
Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Robertson to accept the
communication. So voted.

  NEW BUSINESS

1)   Damage claim from Ronnie Jaworski
Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Hines to deny the
claim. So voted.

2)   Victualing license renewal applications:
Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Robertson to approve
the renewal application of Bay Voyage Dining, subject to resolution of
taxes and debts and signatures of local officials. So voted.

Motion by Councilor Hines, seconded by Councilor Robertson to approve the
renewal application of McQuade's Supermarket, subject to resolution of
taxes and debts and signatures of local officials. So voted.

Motion by Councilor Robertson, seconded by Councilor Hines to approve the
renewal application of Narragansett Cafe, subject to resolution of taxes
and debts and signatures of local officials.
     So voted by 4 in favor, none opposed and Councilor Liberati
abstaining.

Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Robertson to approve
the renewal application of Peking Garden, subject to resolution of taxes
and debts and signatures of local officials. So voted.

3)   Miscellaneous license renewal applications:
Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Robertson to approve
the following renewal applications of Narragansett Cafe, subject to
resolution of taxes and debts and signatures of local officials.
     So voted by 4 in favor, none opposed and Councilor Liberati
abstaining.
        Pinball        Pool Table
        Video Game     Jukebox
        Entertainment

4)   One-day license application:
Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Hines to approve the
request of Jamestown Lions Club to peddle merchandise on public property
in the vicinity of 5 Ferry Wharf on December 7, and to waive the fee for
this non-profit corporation. So voted.

  EXECUTIVE SESSION

Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Robertson to adjourn to
executive session at 9:20 PM.
     So voted. Council returned to regular session at 10:23 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 Hines to adjourn at 10:24 PM. So voted.

Attest:

Theresa C. Donovan, CMC
Town Clerk

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