TOWN COUNCIL
JAMESTOWN, RHODE ISLAND
SPECIAL MEETING
March 5, 1998

A special meeting of the Jamestown Town Council was called to order at the
Town Hall, 93 Narragansett Avenue, at 7:30 PM by Council President Craig
A. Amerigian. The following members were present:
William H. Murphy
Fred F. Pease
Ellicott Wright

(Absent: David E. Dolce, Vice President)

Also present were:
Maryanne Crawford, CPA, Interim Town Administrator/Finance Director
Theresa C. Donovan, CMC, Town Clerk
Quentin Anthony, Esq., Town Solicitor

The meeting was called by unanimous consent of the Councilors during their
regular meeting on February 23 for the purpose of conducting a public
hearing on a proposed ordinance to restrict water usage (copy attached
hereto).

PUBLIC HEARING

Council President opened the hearing to general comments and questions.

Charles T. Masso, 808 East Shore Road: We voluntarily conserve at our
restaurant [Chopmist Charlie's], using water saving dishwashers and trying
to wash during off-peak hours; I do not know how much more we can do.
     Council President Amerigian: There is a penalty clause in the
painters' contract, which should keep them to schedule.
     Mr. Masso: How much will the pressure be diminished while we are on
the North Kingstown line? Council President Amerigian: It is difficult to
calculate; we used that supply as a supplement to our own in the past, not
as a sole source.
     Councilor Pease: The pressure will be adequate; it will be a function
of how many are using water at the same time; the pressure will drop with
the level of use.
     Councilor Murphy: We cannot fill the tower, but the pipeline and
treatment plant will be running.
     Council President Amerigian: The necessary backflush of the treatment
system will also reduce pressure.

Richard W. Allphin, 20 Lincoln Street: Has any consideration been given to
renting a small tank during this period to augment the pressure changes?
(Steven J. Goslee, Public Works Director, arrived at this point; 7:37 PM.)
 Mr. Goslee: There will be less resistance when the flow starts, but also
lower pressure; we can run the treatment plant for 3 hours, then will have
to backflush with North Kingstown water; we are set up to switch over
automatically; we have holding tanks at the water plant; we will treat the
water and fill the tank; we could use our water for that; we pumped 350
gallons per minute for 12 hours straight last Sunday; actual use was
probably 330 gallons per minute; it is usually 175 gallons per minute on a
weekday morning and 100 at night.

Paul J. Levesque, 37 Coronado Street: Conservation measures do not seem to
have been working.
     Council President Amerigian: The second municipal well should be on
line this summer; if we are drawing 30% of our water from the wells, then
perhaps the restrictions will not be as dire.
     Councilor Wright: I think this ordinance is satisfactory for the
outcome we are anticipating.

Mr. Allphin: A two week test period might help. Mr. Goslee: We are leaving
the tower filled while they set up (a day or two).

Motion by Councilor Wright, seconded by Councilor Murphy to adopt the
ordinance as advertised. Council President Amerigian: We are trying to
impose restrictions that are effective but which people can live with; we
may have to revisit it after it starts with an emergency ordinance with
more restrictions.
     Mr. Goslee: The crew will start on the inside; the paint has to cure
and vapors have to vent out of the tank before it can be refilled; there
are factors beyond the control of how many people will be working at one
time; I am anticipating they will be working inside and out at the same
time; from start to finish, it will take 6 to 8 weeks if the weather is
favorable; condensation is a factor for timing as well; we will try to
maintain a pressure of 20 psi; we currently maintain 40 to 45 psi at the
high end of the system.

There being no further requests for discussion, motion so voted by 4 in
favor, none opposed.

Councilor Pease: I got a letter from McQuade's Laundromat; they want to
know why they cannot stay open five continuous hours; the total gallons
used may be the same, but they cannot operate during peak periods.
     Motion by Councilor Pease to send a letter explaining that we hope we
can stick with this and may have to impose even further restrictions.
     Lengthy discussion followed; the motion failed due to lack of a
second.
     Motion by Councilor Wright, seconded by Councilor Pease that the
Council President respond to McQuade's management in person.
     So unanimously voted.

There being no further business before the Council, motion by Councilor
Wright, seconded by Councilor Pease to adjourn the special meeting at 8:17
PM. So unanimously voted.

Attest:

Theresa C. Donovan, CMC
Town Clerk

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