TOWN COUNCIL
  JAMESTOWN, RHODE ISLAND
  January 13, 1997

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
  Thomas P. Tighe, Chief of Police
  Steven J. Goslee, Public Works Director
  Arthur J. Christman, Fire Chief
  J. Christopher Powell, Conservation Commission Chair
  Betty Hubbard, Planning Commission Chair
  James A. Donnelly, Esq., Town Solicitor

  AWARDS, PRESENTATIONS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Budget Work Sessions: Council President Pease announced the budget work
session for January 14 has been cancelled and all items on that agenda
have been rescheduled to follow the scheduled subjects on January 16.

  SITTING AS ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSING COMMISSION

1)   Letter from the Chief of Police re: incident at Narragansett Cafe:
Council President Pease: I visited the owner, Daniel Alexander, and he
indicated that although he supports the Special Olympics cause, he is
disenchanted with the way things have gone and is no longer willing to
sponsor his portion of the event; he may not even open on that New Year's
Day again because he feels badly about the problems and that they were
beyond his control.
     Chief Tighe: I would still like to have a work session with him to
air these problems and work on solutions.
     Council consensus: The Clerk is to contact Mr. Alexander and schedule
discussion under the Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Commission segment of
the agenda on January 27.

  CONSENT AGENDA

Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Robertson to approve
the consent agenda as presented. So voted.
1)   Adoption of Council minutes: 12/23/96 (regular meeting)
2)   Bills and payroll
3)   Copies of minutes of Boards and Committees
  a) Groundwater Quality Study Committee (09/16/96)
  b) Harbor Management Commission (12/11/96)
  c) Planning Commission (12/04/96)
  d) Zoning Board of Review (11/26/96)
4)   Invitation to Phyllis C. Schmidt Appreciation Day (01/17/97)
5)   CRMC Assent Modification: John and Elizabeth Perez (27 Aquidneck
Court; Plat 2, Lot 106) re: "as built" approval of modifications to a
residential boating facility
6)   Abatements/Addenda Report of Tax Assessor received 01/09/97

  EXECUTIVE SESSION ANNOUNCEMENT

Council agreed to enter executive session as scheduled, at the request of
the Town Administrator to discuss two matters each of real estate and
personnel, pursuant to RIGL 42-46-5(a), subsections (5) and (1)
respectively.

  OPEN FORUM

1)   Scheduled Requests to Address (none)

2)   Non-Agenda Requests to Address



Ms. Hubbard: There is nothing on the agenda about replacing the Town
Planner; when will it be discussed? I understand several options were
discussed during Council's budget work session on Saturday (01/11); I
would fully support interim contracting of a professional planner until
the options could be explored further.

Richard Waters: We need the consultant as soon as possible; there are at
least two developers working on projects right now that the Town needs to
be overseeing.

Mr. Powell: We started with a part-time planner several years ago and
quickly found that to be insufficient.

Arthur Milot: We would have a planner today if not for personality
problems; it was not a money issue.

  REPORTS OF BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND TOWN OFFICIALS

1)   Town Administrator's Report (attached hereto)

2)   Memoranda from the Town Clerk

a)   Fire/Rescue/Ambulance Compensation Committees: The Clerk suggested
the Council ratify the members currently sitting on both committees so
they may be duly sworn in and completed their report to the Tax Assessor
in a timely manner (by January 31), then to amend the ordinance to provide
for staggered terms and appointments coordinated with each department's
annual meeting.
     Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Robertson to
appoint James R. Bryer, Jr., Arthur J. Christman, Americo DiPetrillo, Jr.
(all three fire department representatives), Raymond Dunlevy and Eric T.
Lexow (both public representatives) to the Fire Department Compensation
Committee for two-year terms, pending amendment to the ordinance so as to
provide for staggered terms.
     So voted. Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor
Robertson to appoint Joseph DeAlteris, Bruce Page, Francis Stephenson (all
three ambulance association representatives), Thomas Puckett and Richard
Wing (both public representatives) for two-year terms, pending amendment
to the ordinance so as to provide for staggered terms.
     So voted. The Solicitor was requested to submit a draft amendment to
Section for next meeting.

b)   Agent for Non-Resident Landlord: The Clerk indicated this new law
would be discussed further by the RI Town and City Clerks Association at
its meeting on January 31, and she requested continuation until February
10 for further report.

3)   Memorandum from the Deputy Town Clerk re: proposed zoning ordinance
amendments: Ms. Hubbard: The Planning Commission's report on its
recommendations for revisions regarding Open Space zones had been
submitted to the Town Clerk for tonight's Council packet, but I removed
them because portions appeared to be missing; we will be responding soon.

4)   Zoning Board of Review: Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by
Councilor Robertson to reappoint Catherine Finney as a regular member for
a period of five years, term ending December 2001.
     So voted. Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Hines to
appoint Dennis T. Grieco II as a regular member to fill the unexpired term
of Maurice Vandal, term ending December 1998.
     So voted. Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor
Robertson to appoint Don E. Wineberg as an alternate member, term ending
December 1997.
     Councilor Liberati: He is highly qualified, but so is Guy Settipane,
who is an incumbent and also received endorsement from the Chair.
     Councilor McInnis withdrew his motion on Wineberg.
     Motion by Councilor Liberati, seconded by Councilor Hines to
reappoint Guy J. Settipane as an alternate member, term ending December
1997.
     Councilor Robertson: The is no policy requiring reappointment of
incumbents; there is a certain amount of frustration indicated by
interviewees; if reappointment is expected, we should not repeatedly
interview new people.
     Councilor Liberati: If someone has volunteered their time, served
honorably and received the endorsement of their Chair, it would be unfair
not to reappoint.
     Councilor Hines: I know of no reason not to reappoint Mr. Settipane,
and the Chair endorses it.
     Councilor Robertson: I weigh the Chair's comments, but that is not
the sole governing factor.
     Motion so voted. Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor
Robertson to appoint Don E. Wineberg as an alternate member, term ending
December 1997.
     So voted. Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor
Robertson to appoint Raymond W. Iannetta as an alternate member, term
ending December 1997.
     So voted. Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor
Robertson to designate Mr. Settipane as First Alternate, Mr. Wineberg as
Second Alternate and Mr. Iannetta as Third Alternate in accordance with
the provisions of RIGL 45-24-56 and Jamestown Ordinance Article 5, Section
500. So voted. Councilor Robertson: In the future, we might consider
shorter terms to allow more opportunities to serve.
     Councilor McInnis: There is also the value of longer term members who
can give historical background.

5)   Library Board of Trustees: Motion by Councilor Hines, seconded by
Councilor Robertson to reappoint Lisa G. Tyre for a three-year term, term
ending December 1999. So voted.

6)   Planning Commission: Motion by Councilor Robertson, seconded by
Councilor McInnis to reappoint Michael F. Smith for a four-year term, term
ending December 2000.
     Councilor Hines: Our usual practice is to interview candidates;
during the revisions to the zoning ordinance last Fall, we also said we
would appoint a representative of the business community.
     Councilor McInnis: We did, and that was Mr. Smith; we just discussed
the frustration of interviewing when there is an incumbent.
     Councilor Liberati: He did not receive the endorsement of the
Planning Commission.
     Councilor Robertson: I am aware that Mr. Smith does not always agree
with all committee members, but that can be beneficial.
     Anthony Travisono: I was out of town the night that vote was taken;
if I had been present, the vote would have been 4 to 4, since Mr. Smith
himself abstained; the newspaper account incorrectly stated that I had
abstained. Council President Pease: This would be the first time the
Council received a letter stating a committee voted for or against a
reappointment; each committee's Chair communicates with the Council; I do
not understand this being a Commission vote.
     Councilor Liberati: The committee should have voice in who they want
to serve with; in this case it appears evenly split.
     Ms. Hubbard: The issue is the very problem that occurred last year
put us in turmoil and kept us from doing our job in a timely fashion; we
want to put it behind us; it has nothing to do with difference of
opinions.
     Councilor Liberati: Since the Planning Commission is divided equally,
that letter must be discounted; since Mr. Smith has subsequently replaced
as Chair, are you working better? Ms. Hubbard: Yes. Motion so voted.

Donald T. Armington, Harbor Management Commission Chair, arrived at 8:45
PM.

7)   Harbor Management Commission: Motion by Councilor Robertson, seconded
by Councilor Hines to reappoint Frederick Lorensen for a three-year term,
term ending December 1999, representing the commercial mooring operators.
     So voted by 4 in favor, none opposed and Councilor McInnis
abstaining.
     Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Robertson to
reappoint David B. Willis for a three-year term, term ending December
1999, representing the recreational boating community.
     So voted. Council consensus: continue consideration of David
Pritchard's reappointment to January 27 to determine if he is interested
in continuing service in light of the other commercial fishing
applications; no Council action is required for the Planning Commission
representative (David Butterfield).

8)   Board of Canvassers (1 vacancy; term ending 03/2003)
     a) Letter of support from the Chair
        i) Dolores M. Christman (request for reappointment)
The Clerk will contact the Town Committees for lists of nominees in
accordance with RIGL 17-8-1; continue to January 27.

  UNFINISHED BUSINESS

(none)

  COMMUNICATIONS

1)   Letter from RIDEM, OSCAR section re: grant for the 1997 OSCAR Youth
Litter Corps program (no action taken)

2)   Letter from B.J. Whitehouse re: Seaside Drive: Ms. Shocket: As part
of the Route 138 project, the State agreed to pave a certain amount of
road area impacted by the construction equipment; Seaside Drive was
originally on the list of roads they said they would do; when the time
actually came, we told RIDOT to take all the asphalt they had available
and put it on North Road, which was in the worst condition of all and most
heavily travelled. Mr. Goslee: I will put it in next year's paving budget.

3)   Letter from Adler, Pollock & Sheehan re: East Ferry steel pier and
bulkhead reconstruction project bid: Solicitor to address.

4)   Letter from Stephen Cirella re: condition of Ferry Street: Mr.
Goslee: We removed the big stone at the end of November; I will check it
out; there are 2 houses on this street; it is one of many dirt roads up
there.

5)   Letter from Paul Vieira, Tree Warden re: limb removal in Town Hall
parking lot: Ms. Shocket: This was an emergency; a limb was coming down on
the Planning/Recreation office roof; in spite of the circumstances, we
still were able to obtain two verbal estimates, and took the lowest of the
two; it was a matter of public safety; I will respond.

6)   Letter from the Jamestown Village Association re: lighting at East
Ferry: Timothy Baker: We were hoping it would be addressed in this budget
session.
     Ms. Shocket: It is part of the Planning Commission's budget request;
the cost was estimated by them at $2,700 each for 10 units, excluding
wiring.
     Mr. Armington: There is no money allocated in the East Ferry plan for
it. Councilor McInnis: We will discuss it during a budget work session.

7)   Letter from Richard Allphin re: underground storage tanks: Mr.
Allphin: My goal is to remove it from the zoning purview, since it is
otherwise regulated. Chief Christman: Propane tanks are regulated by the
Fire Marshall until they are in the ground, then they are governed by the
mechanical inspector.
     Councilor Hines to Ms. Shocket: Ask for the Zoning Officer's
interpretation of the current wording.
     Councilor McInnis: If no relief from the ordinance is required, then
leave it as is; if not, refer to the Planning Commission for comment.

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

  NEW BUSINESS

Mr. Powell: The Conservation Commission is working on a final draft of a
proposed tree ordinance; it will be forthcoming.

  EXECUTIVE SESSION

Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Robertson to adjourn to
executive session at 9:29 PM.
     So voted. Council returned to regular session at 10:37 PM. Motion by
Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor Robertson to seal the minutes of
the executive session to the public. So voted.

Interim Town Planner: Motion by Councilor McInnis, seconded by Councilor
Hines to enter into a contract with Jane Weidman for professional planning
services over a four month period at a rate of $45.00 per hour, not to
exceed ninety (90) hours. So voted.

  ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business before the Council, motion by Councilor
McInnis, seconded by Councilor Hines to adjourn at 10:39 PM. So voted.

Attest:

Theresa C. Donovan, CMC
Town Clerk

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