TOWN COUNCIL
JAMESTOWN, RHODE ISLAND
December 22, 1997

A regular meeting of the Jamestown Town Council was called to order at the
Town Hall, 93 Narragansett Avenue, at 7:35 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:
Maryanne Crawford, CPA, Interim Town Administrator/Finance Director
Theresa C. Donovan, CMC, Town Clerk
Arthur J. Christman, Fire Chief
J. Christopher Powell, Conservation Commission Chair
MaryJo Carr, Esq., Town Solicitor

CONSENT AGENDA

Councilor Murphy asked that items #3, 6 and 7 be removed. Motion by
Councilor Dolce, seconded by Councilor Murphy to approve the consent
agenda as amended. So unanimously voted. The amended consent agenda
consisted of:
1)   Bills and payroll
2)   Copies of meeting minutes of boards and committees
  a) Jamestown Housing Authority (11/12/97)
  b) Zoning Board of Review (11/25/97)
  c) Library Board of Trustees (11/18/97)
4)   RICRMC notices of finding of no significant impact: 
  a) John O'Brien to rebuild existing stairs to water (Plat 9, Lot 596; 30
Highland Drive)
  b) Bertram Parker to replace cedar shingles on boathouse roof, repaint
sidewalls and repair/replace existing steps along boathouse (Plat 2, Lot
87; East Shore Road)
  c) Donald and Ann Muir to erect fence along northerly and southerly
property lines and to erect landscape retaining wall (Plat 7, Lot 73; 44
East Shore Road)
5)   RICRMC notice of assent: William J. Geib to conduct commercial
aquaculture operations (330' x 600' area located off the shores of
Jamestown, north-northeast of Dutch Island) 

3)   Public notice of proposed permit action from RIDEM re: Draft RIPDES
(Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) General Permits: Motion by
Councilor Murphy, seconded by Councilor Wright to forward a copy to the
Public Works Director for his review and possible attendance of the public
hearing. So unanimously voted.
6)   Workshop announcement (01/13/98) from RIDEM re: proposed amendments
to wetlands regulations: Motion by Councilor Murphy, seconded by Councilor
Wright to direct this notice to the attention of the Conservation
Commission. So unanimously voted.

7)   Copy of resolution from the City of Woonsocket re: taxation of
personal property: Motion by Council President Amerigian, seconded by
Councilor Pease to refer this item to the Tax Assessor to determine if
this would have any impact on the Town or be of concern to our business
community. So unanimously voted.

EXECUTIVE SESSION ANNOUNCEMENT

Motion by Council President Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Pease to
enter into executive session as scheduled to discuss collective
bargaining, in accordance with RIGL 42-46-5(a)(2). So unanimously voted.

(Samuel Paterson, Harbor Master, arrived at this point; 7:44 PM.)

OPEN FORUM

1)   Scheduled Requests to Address
a)   Edwin Connelly re: Conanicut Battery preservation: We are working on
a grant application for $45,000 to the National Parks Service, and have
received a complete history of the Army Corps of Engineers' involvement;
we have asked Council for a letter of endorsement (see Reports, #9).
     Ms. Crawford: I will work with the Town Planner tomorrow on the
letter.
     Motion by Councilor Wright, seconded by Councilor Murphy to authorize
Council President Amerigian to sign the letter of endorsement after
consultation with Ms. Crawford. So unanimously voted.

2)   Non-Agenda Requests to Address
Chief Christman: Officer Lori Meadows put on a Careers in Public Safety
night, which was hosted by the Fire Department with over 300 attendees;
she did a lot of work putting it together, almost single handedly; I
suggest recognition by the Council.
     Motion by Councilor Murphy, seconded by Councilor Wright to issue a
certificate of appreciation to Officer Meadows for her outstanding work on
organizing a public safety career night. So unanimously voted.

Mr. Powell: I hope the Jamestown School is flying the American flag daily,
contrary to newspaper reports.
     Motion by Council President Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Pease to
direct Ms. Crawford to check on same. So unanimously voted.

REPORTS OF BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND TOWN OFFICIALS

1)   Town Administrator's report (attached hereto)
Additionally: The north pond reservoir is down 50".

(Donald T. Armington, Harbor Management Commission Chair, arrived at this
point; 8:00 PM.)

2)   Library Board of Trustees: Motion by Councilor Wright, seconded by
Councilor Murphy to reappoint Barbara Nesto, Joseph Farnham and John A.
Murphy, Esq. to the Board for three year terms, terms ending December
2000. So unanimously voted.

3)   Zoning Board of Review: Motion by Councilor Murphy, seconded by
Councilor Pease to reappoint Guy J. Settipane as first alternate, Don E.
Wineberg as second alternate and Raymond W. Iannetta as third alternate
members for one year terms, terms ending December 1998.
     So unanimously voted.

4)   Golf Course Advisory Committee: Motion by Council President
Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Pease to table this matter in order to
interview Ira E. Murphy and John "Jack" Wilson on Tuesday, January 6 at
6:30 PM. So unanimously voted.

5)   Highway Barn Committee: Mr. Powell: The Conservation Commission's
representative will be Kevin Sutherland.
     Motion by Councilor Pease, seconded by Councilor Wright to appoint
Gerard Barrette to the committee for an unspecified term.
     So unanimously voted. Motion by Council President Amerigian, seconded
by Councilor Murphy to readvertise for at least one public vacancy on the
committee and eliminate a budget deadline at this point.
     So unanimously voted. (Mary M. Brennan will be the Planning
Commission representative.)

6)   Town Administrator Search Committee: Motion by Councilor Pease,
seconded by Councilor Wright to appoint Steven M. McInnis as a public
representative.
     So unanimously voted. Motion by Council President Amerigian, seconded
by Councilor Pease to appoint Richard P. Eannarino as a public
representative.
     So unanimously voted. Motion by Councilor Dolce, seconded by
Councilor Murphy to appoint Betty L. Hubbard of the Planning Commission to
represent boards, committees and commissions.
     So unanimously voted. Councilor Wright: The committee may also wish
to call upon Nancy Kolman for professional and historical expertise.
     Motion by Councilor Wright, seconded by Councilor Murphy that Ms.
Crawford be instructed to contact Town/City Managers from other
communities who would be willing to serve as a consultant to the
committee, and to present those names to Councilors Amerigian and Pease as
the Council representatives on the committee. So unanimously voted.

7)   Planning Commission
  a) Memorandum from the Town Clerk re: history and appointments
Motion by Councilor Pease, seconded by Councilor Murphy to accept, with
regrets, the resignations of David B. Butterfield and Thomas M. Foley. So
unanimously voted. Motion by Councilor Wright, seconded by Councilor
Murphy to accept the report of the Town Clerk dated  December 10, 1997
regarding the history of appointments to the Planning Commission.
     So unanimously voted. Motion by Councilor Murphy, seconded by
Councilor Pease to send a letter to Arthur C. Milot explaining that his
term does not end until December 1999 and thanking him for his continued
service.
     So unanimously voted. Motion by Councilor Wright, seconded by
Councilor Pease to notify Michael F. Smith that his term will, in fact,
expire December 1999 (not 2000), as a result of the report on correct term
dates.
     So unanimously voted.  Motion by Councilor Pease, seconded by
Councilor Murphy to appoint Gary A. Girard for a four year term, term
ending December 2001.
     So unanimously voted. Motion by Councilor Murphy, seconded by Council
President Amerigian to appoint Dennis H. Webster for a four year term,
term ending December 2001.
     So unanimously voted. Motion by Councilor Pease, seconded by
Councilor Wright to appoint Rob Lambert to fill the unexpired term of Lisa
W. Bryer, term ending December 1998. So unanimously voted. Motion by
Councilor Pease, seconded by Councilor Wright to appoint Sue Barker for a
four year term, term ending December 2001.
     So unanimously voted. Motion by Councilor Wright, seconded by
Councilor Pease to send letters of thanks to all others who expressed
interest in serving on the Commission. So unanimously voted.

8)   Status report from the Conservation Commission re: proposed Conanicut
Island Land Bank: (Mr. Powell distributed a memorandum to Council.) Motion
by Councilor Murphy, seconded by Councilor Pease that the Conservation
Commission take the lead for proposed land bank legislation and public
education program.
     Following discussion, Councilor Murphy withdrew his motion.
     Motion by Councilor Dolce, seconded by Councilor Wright that the
Clerk contact the Towns of Little Compton and New Shoreham and ask that
they share information on their land conservation trusts, specifically
regarding the percentage rate of the tax, history of money generated, and
any exemptions that are allowed. So unanimously voted. Motion by Council
President Amerigian to direct Ms. Crawford to have staff produce data on
property sales for last three years along with comments from the Tax
Assessor as to what percentage of those sales would fall into exemptions,
and also identifying if the property sold was raw land or improved
property.
     So unanimously voted. Motion by Council President Amerigian, seconded
by Councilor Murphy to put this matter on the January 12 agenda and invite
Mr. Powell, the Town Planner, the Planning Commission Chair and Jack
Hubbard, President of the Conanicut Island Land Trust to discuss the roles
they might play. So unanimously voted.

9)   Memorandum and copy of draft resolution from the Town Planner re:
Conanicut Battery preservation (previously addressed)

10)  Harbor Management Commission: Copy of draft letter to RIDOT,
Intermodal Transportation Planning re: Marine Development Fund Budget:
Motion by Councilor Wright, seconded by Councilor Pease to approve the
draft as presented and authorize Council President Amerigian and Mr.
Armington to sign and send the letter. So unanimously voted.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

1)   Conanicut Yacht Club lease (continued from 11/24/97): Motion by
Council President Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Wright that written
confirmation is needed from the Mistowskis (golf course lessees)  that
this will not impact the operation of the golf course, or, if he wants to
move the green, what it would cost, to ensure long term stability of the
use of the property.
     So unanimously voted. Ms. Crawford will contact the lessees. Motion
by Councilor Pease, seconded by Councilor Wright to accept the
communication. So unanimously voted.

2)   Watering of Conanicut Yacht Club tennis courts re: effluent and
RIDEM's response (continued from 11/24/97): still pending

3)   ISO rating follow up (continued from 12/8/97): Ms. Crawford is
pursuing.
     Motion by Councilor Dolce, seconded by Council President Amerigian
that Chief Christman to submit a prioritized list of desired sites for dry
hydrant locations. So unanimously voted.

4)   Recycling and Recovery Plan (continued from 12/8/97): Christopher
Irby: There will be a story in this week's Jamestown Press; expanded
recycling is already being done here.
     Councilor Murphy: More facilities need to be available at the
transfer station.
     Council President Amerigian: I would like monthly reports of the
loads from the transfer station to determine the impact.
     Ms. Crawford will speak with the Public Works Director about the
possible need for a committee.

5)   Real Estate Transfer Tax (previously addressed)

6)   Make up of proposed Fort Wetherill Committee: Motion by Councilor
Dolce, seconded by Council President Amerigian to put this matter on the
January 12 agenda, with Councilors Wright and Murphy to come up with a
proposed charge and make up. So unanimously voted.

7)   Review of Executive Session minutes

8)   Status of Quattrocchi water hook-up issue

Motion by Councilor Wright, seconded by Councilor Murphy to continue items
#7 and 8 to the January 12 meeting. So unanimously voted.

COMMUNICATIONS

1)   Letter from Conanicut Yacht Club regarding installation of paddle
tennis courts and property leased to the Town (previously addressed)

2)   Notice from the RIDEM re: Marketable Record Title Act: Ms. Carr: This
legislation  (RIGL 34-13.1-1 et seq.) Is intended to clear up any chain of
title problems for titles 40 years old or older; I am not sure that
Jamestown has any properties that would be affected. Motion by Councilor
Wright, seconded by Councilor Dolce to put this on the January 12 agenda
to allow for Quentin Anthony, Esq.'s comment. So unanimously voted.

3)   Notice from the RI Fire Safety Code Board of Appeal & Review re:
proposed rules and regulations: Chief Christman: They are consolidating
the rules into a current document.
     Motion by Council President Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Pease to
accept the communication. So unanimously voted.
4)   Letter from James A. Donnelly, Esq. re: Spencer Potter v. Town of
Jamestown: Motion by Councilor Wright, seconded by Councilor Pease that
the Clerk notify Mr. Donnelly that it has been referred James F. Hyman,
Esq. as special counsel, with a copy same to Mr. Hyman. So unanimously
voted.

NEW BUSINESS

(None)

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Motion by Councilor Wright, seconded by Council President Amerigian to
adjourn to executive session at 9:54 PM.
     So unanimously voted. Council returned to regular session at 10:46
PM. Motion by Councilor Murphy, seconded by Councilor Wright to seal the
minutes of the executive session to the public. So unanimously voted.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business before Council, motion by Councilor
Wright, seconded by Councilor Murphy to adjourn the meeting at 10:47 PM.
     So unanimously voted.

Attest:

Theresa C. Donovan, CMC
Town Clerk