TOWN COUNCIL
  JAMESTOWN, RHODE ISLAND
  September 8, 1997

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 Craig
A. Amerigian. The following members were present:
  David E. Dolce, Vice President
  William H. Murphy
  Fred F. Pease
  Ellicott Wright

Also present were:
  Frances H. Shocket, Town Administrator
  Theresa C. Donovan, CMC, Town Clerk
  Steven J. Goslee, Public Works Director
  Arthur J. Christman, Fire Chief
  J. Christopher Powell, Conservation Commission Chair
  Patti Campo, Ambulance Association Commander
  Quentin Anthony, Esq., Town Solicitor

  AWARDS, PRESENTATIONS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Motion by Councilor Murphy, seconded by Councilor Pease to send a letter
of condolences  to the family of Ralph Fuller. So unanimously voted.

  CONSENT AGENDA

Motion by Councilor Wright, seconded by Councilor Murphy to approve the
consent agenda as presented. So unanimously voted. The consent agenda
consisted of:
1)   Adoption of Council minutes: 08/25/97 (regular meeting)
2)   Bills and payroll
3)   Copies of meeting minutes of Zoning Board of Review (06/24/97)
4)   Letter from the RI State Council on the Arts re: National Arts and
Humanities Month (October)
5)   Copy of letter of thanks from School Superintendent to Public Works
Director re: removal of dated, hazardous playground equipment 
6)   Abatements/Addenda of taxes report of Tax Assessor submitted 09/04/97

  OPEN FORUM

1)   Scheduled Requests to Address
a)   Deborah Nordstrom and Joan Breakell of Jamestown Youth Organization:
Proposal to create a part time position: (both described the position as
proposed in their information packet).
     Ms. Shocket: The total cost of the program is to be funded by
donations, including the salary and usual payroll deductions.
     Ms. Breakell: It would be five hours per week with no retirement
benefit.
     Ms. Shocket: I am comfortable with the proposal, as long as it is
understood that the individual would be a Town employee, who would report
to the director of parks, beaches and recreation; the proposal meets the
conditions of our liability insurer; the recreation director and I support
the program, but would want a full evaluation of the program itself, not
just the employee, after one year.
     Ms. Breakell: We agree; the proposal is just during the school year
for now.
     Ms. Shocket: The donations collected by the organization and given to
us to fund the position would show up as miscellaneous revenue; the
position would be continent upon funding and the availability thereof.
     Councilor Wright: My daughter is involved in the project, but I feel
I can still participate without conflict.
     Motion by Councilor Murphy, seconded by Councilor Pease to create a
part time position for leader for the Jamestown Youth Organization, and
authorize the hiring of an employee, subject to the availability of funds
from the Jamestown Youth Organization. So unanimously voted.

b)   Anthony Faria re: Beavertail Lighthouse as proposed United States
Lighthouse Museum site (read aloud the letter he received from Senator
John H. Chafee): As a volunteer at and President of the Beavertail
Lighthouse Museum Association, we have received information on a proposed
National Lighthouse Center and Museum; the Association would like an
expression from Council as to how you would feel about pursuing this for
Beavertail; we currently get between 10,000 and 14,000 visitors annually;
this would be a large facility located somewhere north of the light, and
would attract a lot more visitors; as an organization, we would support
your position; our group would probably be put out of business if this is
built here; we have a tremendous number of dedicated volunteers who staff
the museum, who would probably not be happy; the proposal if for a 35,000
to 50,000 square feet facility.
     Councilor Wright: Since we just received this information, we need
more time than allowed in open forum to go into this.
     Mr. Faria: There is also more information available. Motion by
Councilor Wright, seconded by Councilor Pease to continue this matter to
September 22 as unfinished business.
     Mr. Faria: We will respond to Senator Chafee; our annual meeting is
September 30 and will discuss it formally then; however, we will try to
have a special meeting before Council's meeting on September 22.
     Motion so unanimously voted.

2)   Non-Agenda Requests to Address
Carl Bednarczyk: The public works department has no written plans, goals
or objectives; records need to be kept; the director has a lot of
information, but it is not written down; we  need something to look at in
terms of costs and repeat costs; they have been redoing my road (Capstan
Street) repeatedly over the last ten years; there should be an accounting
of all projects, hours and costs; we are paying taxes for semipublic
services (water and sewer); this needs to be discussed further and I
request placing it on Council's next agenda.
     Motion by Councilor Wright, seconded Murphy to place Mr. Bednarczyk's
request on the September 22 agenda as unfinished business.
     So unanimously voted.

  REPORTS OF BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND TOWN OFFICIALS

Conanicus Avenue Seawall: Councilor Murphy stated the seawall will be
repaired by the State at the same time Southwest Avenue is being done.

1)   Town Administrator's report (attached hereto)
Additionally:
Water Level: Ms. Shocket: The reservoir was down 37" at noon today. Motion
by Council President Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Murphy to repeal the
emergency water use ordinance (adopted July 8, 1997) as well as the
voluntary restrictions adopted the same date as of midnight tonight.
     So unanimously voted.

Mast Street Light: Ms. Shocket: I recommend sending letters to the
residents on that block regarding the request for a fixture replacement,
which would result in a significant increase in the  amount of light.
     Councilors Murphy and Wright (Street Light Committee) concurred. Ms.
Shocket will write the letter.

Highway Department Facility: Councilor Murphy: Has the highway barn or a
new town hall been prioritized? Ms. Shocket: Not formally, but it would be
the highway barn; two sites have been discussed: the transfer station site
and Taylor Point; the transfer station land was actually purchased for
that purpose; CRMC and RIDEM flagging has been done at Taylor Point; I
will provide John Caito, PE's evaluation of Taylor Point to Council.

Town Planner: Council President Amerigian: There are ten applicants.
     Ms. Shocket: Middletown's Town Administrator Michael E.  Embury and
Mary Hutchinson of Jamestown's Conservation Commission will review the
applications; I plan to begin interviews during the week of September 22.

2)   Parking Committee: Motion by Councilor Pease, seconded by Councilor
Murphy to appoint E. W. Sterling Graham, Jr. as a public member to the
committee.
     So unanimously voted. Motion by Councilor Murphy, seconded by Council
President Amerigian to appoint Darcy Magratten as a public member to the
committee.
     So unanimously voted. Ms. Shocket: In addition to those members, the
committee consists of Police Chief Thomas P. Tighe, Councilor Murphy,
David Butterfield of the Planning Commission, Patricia Jutras of the
Harbor Management Commission, Gary Girard of the Jamestown Shores
Association, a member of the Village Association and me; the next meeting
is scheduled for October 7 at the police station at 7:00 PM; does Council
want parking at rights of ways or downtown addressed first? Council
President Amerigian: Both are important.
     Councilor Murphy: The solutions for downtown might involved budget
consideration.
     Councilor Wright: The committee should set its own agenda.
     Motion by Councilor Wright, seconded by Councilor Murphy that the
charge of the Parking Committee should be to explore the problem of
parking, identify when the stress times are and options for relieving
that; it needs to determine causes before seeking solutions; it should
also make recommendations for solutions, if appropriate.
     Mr. Powell: The first thing the new Town Planner should do is pull
out all information garnered by prior parking committees.
     Motion so unanimously voted.

3)   Memorandum from the Town Clerk regarding Council minutes: Councilor
Wright: It appears that clearer motions, used consistently, will reduce
the need for inclusion of discussion in the minutes; open forum rules
should be adhered to (5 minutes for scheduled speakers, 3 minutes for
unscheduled); those two measures will improve the conduct of the meeting
and shorten the minutes thereof.

4)   Street Light Committee re: request of Mrs. Carl Vouros for light on
Mast Street (addressed previously)

5)   Reminder from Town Clerk re: expiration of emergency water regulation
ordinance adopted 07/14/97 (addressed previously)

6)   Automobile Damage Claim (Beavertail Road): Ms. Shocket: We are
lacking information. Ms. Donovan: No claim has been filed with me.

  UNFINISHED BUSINESS

1)   Review Council Rules and Procedures (continued from 08/12/97):
Councilor Murphy: In consideration of residents who have already attended
one Council meeting, I suggest we switch unfinished business with open
forum in the agenda format.
     Councilor Wright: If open forum is managed with better dispatch, that
problem will solve itself.
     Councilor Dolce: Keep unfinished business where it is.
     Council President Amerigian: We will limit the length of open forum
and the length of presentations.

2)   Report from Town Solicitor regarding Amended Consent Agreement re:
Quattrocchi (continued from 08/12/97): Motion by Council President
Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Pease to table this matter until
September 22. So unanimously voted.

3)   Letter from Barbara Hamilton Porter regarding removal of underbrush
on Town property (continued from 08/25/97): Ms. Porter: I originally
requested about 5 feet of clearing, but now find I need about 3 feet more,
since the  backhoe is 8 feet wide; they cannot get in through my 
property.
     Mr. Goslee: She is planning on leaving trees up, just removing bull
briars.
     Ms. Porter: Once done, the clearing can revert back to 5 feet; I will
maintain it.
     Mr. Goslee: Ms. Shocket and I did not see any restrictions against
this clearing in the deed; we have no objection, but it does need to be
coordinated with the golf course lessees.
     Motion by Councilor Wright, seconded by Councilor Murphy to allow
clearing of approximately 8 feet of brush on municipal property behind the
stone wall opposite Ms. Porter's house, pending Joseph and Harriet
Mistowski's approval. So unanimously voted.

4)   Jamestown Ambulance Association's request to meet regarding
renovation plans for 11 Knowles Court facility (continued from 08/25/97):
Council President Amerigian: This is intertwined with downtown parking; we
need to know the cost of building an addition to the existing facility,
the number of parking spaces now available, the number of spaces that
would be left after the addition, the number that would become available
if the existing building is torn down; if the facility is moved, the cost
of demolition of the current facility, the cost of purchasing alternate
property, the cost of demolition of any buildings there, an estimate of
how large a facility would be needed if attached to the fire department
building, considering shared facilities; would there be adequate parking
there if the facilities are combined? Ms. Shocket: I understand Champlin
Grant funds are not in danger of being lost as long as we use the money
for what we intended to use it for.
     Council President Amerigian: We do not have enough information to
make a decision; the Town Planner should be able to provide information on
parking and building needs and projected costs.
     Ms. Shocket: I will ask the interim Town Planner tomorrow. Thomas
Greig: We can develop schematic plans and a budget, but we are not
currently in compliance with OSHA  because of a carbon monoxide problem,
which needs to be resolved in near future.
     (Schematic drawing distributed to Council members).
     Council consensus: The Association needs to provide more information.
     Motion by Councilor Murphy, seconded by Councilor Wright that Ms.
Shocket  coordinate Council President Amerigian's list of concerns with
the interim Town Planner and report back to Council on September 22.
     Mr. Greig: The Jamestown Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. owns its
building, built on Town land; our situation is similar where the Ambulance
Association built the building through donations on Town land.
     Council agreed to tour the existing facility on September 11 at 7:00
PM and invited the press. Motion so unanimously voted.

  COMMUNICATIONS
  (none)

  NEW BUSINESS

1)   One-day license application:

Applicant        Type        Location    Date
Paula McCann, Island   Entertainment     Rembijas Pavilion 9/13/97
Realty dba PSM, Inc.

Motion by Councilor Wright, seconded by Councilor Murphy to grant the
license, subject to obtaining the signatures of all appropriate local
officials. So unanimously voted.

Retirees' Medical Coverage: Council reviewed a draft of a letter voted
upon on August 25, proposed some amendment and directed that a new draft
be prepared for Council President Amerigian's signature on September 22.

Plat 5, Lot 287: Motion by Councilor Murphy to accept the offer to donate
property to the Town.
     Councilor Dolce: Do we need more land; what is the purpose? There
could be options without actually taking title.
      Mr. Powell: The Conservation Commission will review and report to
Council.
     Motion by Council President Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Pease to
table to the subject to September 22 and ask the Conservation Commission
to examine the offer and give its opinion, and to ask the Town Solicitor
to look at the title from the current owner forward. So unanimously voted.

  ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business before Council, motion by Councilor Pease,
seconded by Councilor Wright to adjourn the meeting at 9:29 PM.
     So unanimously voted.

Attest:

Theresa C. Donovan, CMC
Town Clerk