TOWN COUNCIL
  JAMESTOWN, RHODE ISLAND
  December 23, 1996

A regular meeting of the Jamestown Town Council was called to order at the
Town Hall, 93 Narragansett Avenue, at 7:32 PM by Council President Fred
Pease. The following members were present:
  Paul A. Robertson, Vice-President
  Richard A. Hines
  Mark E. Liberati

(Councilor McInnis arrived late)   

Also present were:
  Frances H. Shocket, Town Administrator
  Denise Jennings, Deputy Town Clerk
  Arthur J. Christman, Fire Chief
  Thomas Tighe, Police Chief
  James A. Donnelly, Esq., Town Solicitor
 
  CONSENT AGENDA

Councilor Hines requested removal of items #2 and 3a.
      Motion by Councilor Robertson, seconded by Councilor Liberati to
approve the remainder of the consent agenda.
      So voted. The amended consent agenda consisted of:

1)   Adoption of Council minutes: 
  a) 12/09/96 (regular meeting)
3)   Copies of minutes of Boards and Committees
  b) Planning Commission (11/20/96)
  c) Library Board of Trustees (10/15/96)
4)   CRMC notices:
  a) Assent modification: Paul R. & Sandra Edgerly (Bay View Drive) re:
garage, underground propane storage tank and landscaping
  b) Finding of no significant impact: Carol Ann DiStefano (Plat 5, Lot 8;
165 Seaside Drive) re: to construct a timber deck
  c) Modified assent: Dr. John Yashar (Plat 9, Lot 792; 72 Highland Drive)
re: to construct and maintain a residential boating facility
  d) Finding of no significant impact: Daniel E. Lilly (Plat 15, Lot 204;
235 Seaside Drive) re: to construct and maintain foundation, square off
dwelling and ad a 8' x 35' open deck
5)   Workshop notice from Ursillo, Teitz & Ritch, Ltd. and S. Paul Ryan
(12/19/96) re: cellular communications towers
6)   Copy of resolution from Richmond Town Council re: educational
financial support
7)   1997 meeting schedule from the State Planning Council
  a) State Planning Council  
  b) Technical Committee
8)   Notice of public hearing (01/13/97) from the Department of
Environmental Management re: Municipal Recycling Regulations

2)   Bills and payroll
3)   Copies of minutes of Boards and Committees
  a) Zoning Board of Review (10/22/96 & 11/26/96)
Following clarification of a few items, motion by Councilor Hines,
seconded by Councilor Robertson to approve items #2 and 3a.  So voted.

Planning Commission:  Motion by Councilor Liberati seconded by Councilor
Robertson to request a status report on the proposed Zoning Ordinance
amendments.  So voted.

  EXECUTIVE SESSION ANNOUNCEMENT

  (none)

  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)

Additionally:
Ice rink:  Administrator distributed information and samples of the
materials found to cover pond lining.
      Administrator:  Approximate cost for this material would be $2,000.
      Councilor Liberati:  You need to look into this and research to see
if this will work.
      This looks like it should be covered with gravel or dirt.   

Councilor Steven M. McInnis arrived at 7:41 PM 

Councilor Hines: Is the Public Works Director comfortable with this? 
Administrator: Yes, but we still have some concerns.
      Chip Young:  We could put hay bales over the liner.
      The hay would protect the liner and people could sit on the bales.
      Administrator:  I was not thinking that this would be permanent.
      Councilor Hines:  At the end of the season it could be rolled up and
put away for next season.
      Administrator:  The Recreation Director was going to look into
rubber mats.
      Councilor Liberati:  That would be expensive.
      Councilor McInnis:  Could put metal fencing over the liner or
chicken wire.
      Administrator:   Mr. Young is getting offers for donations.  Mr.
Young:  Claire Ferguson is going to donate $250 and her time.
      I have about $500 already, without soliciting.
      Council President Pease:  Is the lessee is ok with this? 
Administrator:  Yes, I spoke to Mr. Mistowski.  Council President Pease: 
His position is to go ahead, but he is not going to administer it and will
not open his business.
      Councilor McInnis:  Checks should be made out to the Town of
Jamestown, so that the donation could be tax deductible.
      Motion by Councilor Liberati, seconded by Councilor Hines to expend
up to $2,500 for the purchase of materials (liner, fencing, hay etc.), on
the condition that there is an attempt to receive donations to cover that
cost.  So voted.

Budget workshop schedule: Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by
Councilor Robertson to approve the budget schedule as amended.  So voted. 
(Administrator to amend and distribute.)

Police Detective Position: Administrator: We assigned a police officer to
be a detective for a period of four months, to see if this position would
work.
      This person would conduct investigations.
      The Chief feels that this is beneficial to the department.
      It would be an addition to the police department and would be an
addition to the union contract.
      Councilor McInnis:  You would not be adding a man?  Administrator:
No.  Chief Tighe:  We have the manpower now to cover those hours. 
Councilor Hines: Someone traditionally is already doing this job.
      Solicitor:  Right now court work is done on overtime.
      The position would be detective/prosecution officer.
      Administrator:  This would not be an increase in manpower.
      Councilor Hines:  Will he be detecting full time?  Chief Tighe:
Primarily, yes.
      Councilor Hines:  Person would still be available for patrol if
necessary?  Chief Tighe: Yes.
      Council President Pease: The union is ok with the Chief being the
sole appointor of the detective?  Administrator: That has been discussed. 
Chief Tighe: We have the right to appoint.
      Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Hines to
authorize the creation of the Police Detective position on the terms
outlined in the Chief's letter dated December 19, 1996, with the
understanding that it is creating a position but not an additional person
in the department, subject to the terms and conditions of the position as
outlined by the Administrator.   So voted.  

2)   Zoning Board of Review (5 vacancies: 2 full members; terms ending
12/1998 and 3 alternate members; terms ending 12/1997)
  a) Letter of support from the Chair
        i) Catherine Finney, Member (request for reappointment)
        ii)   Dennis Grieco, II, Alternate (request for reappointment)
        iii)  Guy Settipane, Alternate (request for reappointment)
  b) Letters of interest
        i) Don E. Wineberg
        ii)   Raymond W. Iannetta
        iii)  David Durand
        iv)   Joseph Logan
        v) Melody Drnach
        vi)   David Clancy
Council consensus: To continue item #2 to the next meeting on January 13,
1997.

3)   Library Board of Trustees (1 vacancy; term ending 12/1999)
  a) Letter of support from the Chair
        i) Lisa G. Tyre (request for reappointment)
  b) Letters of interest
        i) Delia Klingbeil
        ii)   Ray Freiman
Council consensus: To continue item #3 to the next meeting on January 13,
1997.

  UNFINISHED BUSINESS

  (none)

  COMMUNICATIONS

1)   Letter from Donald Richardson re: parking 
Motion by Councilor McInnis seconded by Councilor Robertson to accept the
above communication.  So voted.

  NEW BUSINESS

1)   Investments:  Councilor Liberati asked the Administrator to forward a
communication received by Council to the Finance Director.
  
  ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business before the Council, motion by Councilor
McInnis, seconded by Councilor Robertson to adjourn at 8:37 PM. So voted.

Attest:

Denise Jennings
Deputy Town Clerk

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