TOWN COUNCIL
JAMESTOWN, RHODE ISLAND
MARCH 30, 1998

A special meeting of the Jamestown Town Council was called to order at the
Town Hall, 93 Narragansett Avenue, at 8:35 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
Denise Jennings, Deputy Town Clerk
Steven Goslee, Public Works Director

(Absent: Quentin Anthony, Esq., Town Solicitor)

This meeting was called by unanimous vote of the Council during its
regular meeting on March 23, 1998 for the purpose of discussing proposed
questions and answers re: rabies education as submitted by Dr. Civic.  

The additional subject matter re: status report regarding the Town
Administrator Search Committee was added on March 27, 1998 at the request
of Council President Amerigian.

1)   Proposed questions and answers re: rabies education as submitted by
Dr. Civic
Councilor Murphy to Chris Irby (Jamestown Press):  Could "with the support
of the Town Council" be added to the article?  Mr. Irby: Probably. 
Council Consensus: Clerk to call Jamestown Press on Tuesday morning to see
if wording could be added.  Motion by Councilor Murphy, seconded by
Councilor Wright to approve the article as presented by Dr. Civic.  So
unanimously voted.

8:45 PM: The Interim Town Administrator left the room at this point.

2)   Status report from Council President Amerigian re: Town Administrator
Search Committee
Council President Amerigian: The search committee met on March 26 and
reviewed all resumes and narrowed it down to 12 out of 59.
      It was suggested that we send a packet out to the 12 finalists and
do telephone interviews.
      It was also suggested that we ask the applicants to answer questions
in essay form.
       Mr. Alfred, Town Manager of South Kingstown and member of the
search committee commented that  some of the applicants may not respond,
which would narrow it down even more.
      I would like to do this as soon as possible.
      How many people does the Council want the committee to bring back to
Council.
      Councilor Wright: It was three last time.
      Four would be OK and two would not be enough.
      Councilor Dolce: Three to five would be OK.
      Council President Amerigian:  How many people do you want to pay to
fly to Jamestown?   Many of the applicants are within driving distance.
      Councilor Murphy: I do not think cost should be a factor.
      This is a key position in the Town.
      Councilor Wright: I feel that the fewer the people we have, the
better we will be.
      Three people at one hour a piece, rather than many people at 35
minutes a piece.
      Would like to show them around Town.
      Council President Amerigian: The committee would like to have
questions on growth, labor negotiations, and to ask them  how would you
handle complaints regarding small and large issues and would also like to
ask them how they would manage people without sitting on them.
        Can you give us (the committee) some guidance on what Council
wants.
      Councilor Pease: Need someone with a strong personality.
      Council President Amerigian: If we start doing phone interviews,
they may ask about moving expenses.
      Councilor Murphy: To be negotiated.  Councilor Wright: What did we
do last time?  Council President Amerigian: I guess that they can wait
until we are down to final selection.
      Councilor Wright: Leave that up to negotiation.
      Councilor Wright: Moving expenses are tax deductible.
      Council President Amerigian: For the packet, we thought about
including the budget, a few copies of the Jamestown Press, a zoning map, a
post card book, front pages of the comprehensive plan.
      Councilor Wright: Would like to include Town Council meeting
minutes.
      Councilor Dolce: You may get someone that can answer a question very
well on paper, but can not handle a day to day situation or problem.
      Council President Amerigian: Any other ideas for questions?  
Councilor Wright: Could add, "Describe recent labor problem in your
community and tell what your part in this was".
      Councilor Dolce: If you check references you may be able to find out
about this great event and that it is not as instrumental as the person
says it is.
      Councilor Pease: Good questions, everyone knows that this process
will cost a few dollars.

There being no further business before the Council, motion by Councilor
Murphy, seconded by Councilor Wright to adjourn the special meeting at
9:06 PM and to reconvene to the special meeting  of Board of Water and
Sewer.  So unanimously voted.

Attest:

Denise Jennings
Deputy Town Clerk