TOWN COUNCIL
JAMESTOWN, RHODE ISLAND
Special Town Council Meeting
June 29, 1998

A special meeting of the Jamestown Town Council was called to order at the
Jamestown Philomenian Library conference room, 26 North Road, at 7:45 P.M.
by Council President Craig A. Amerigian. The following members were
present:

David E. Dolce
William H. Murphy
Fred F. Pease
Ellicott Wright

Also present were:
Maryanne Crawford, CPA, Interim Town Administrator/Finance Director
Arlene D. Kalooski, Town Clerk
Steven J. Goslee, Public Works Director
Arthur J. Christman, Fire Chief
Quentin Anthony, Esq., Town Solicitor
Lisa Bryer, Town Planner
Arthur Christman, Fire Chief

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

1)      Status of Proposed Tree Ordinance.
      Councilor Amerigian requested a status on the Proposed Tree
Ordinance from the Town Administrator.
      The Town Administrator reported that she spoke with the Chairman of
the Planning Commission a few weeks ago to set up a meeting with the
Building Inspector, Town Planner and herself, to discuss some of the
administrative concerns that she and the Building Inspector had.
      The Chairman, Betty Hubbard, stated that she had a couple of trips
planned and would get back to us when she was ready to sit down and go
through this information with us.
      The Town Administrator said she would try and contact the Chairman
again to see what the status is.
      Councilor Wright moved to table the Proposed Tree Ordinance for
further update.  Seconded by Councilor Dolce.  So unanimously voted.

2)      Open Space Zoning Ordinance Amendment.
      Councilor Amerigian:  Lisa, I believe you have some changes?  Lisa
Bryer, Town Planner: The copy that I gave to you was the original copy
that went to the  Council.
      After this copy went to the Council, it went to the Town Solicitor
and some changes were made.
      You should have those changes, which reflect the Council's comments,
on the second page.
      I should say, that I spoke with Chris Powell, who has been in Alaska
for the last two weeks, and he has expressed his desire to be in on the
discussion regarding the Open Space Zoning Ordinance Amendment.
      Councilor Amerigian: I was hoping to get the bulk of the discussion
out of the way tonight.
      Town Planner: That's fine, I am ready to talk about it.
      Councilor Amerigian: Has this changed enough so that we will have to
readvertise this?  Town Solicitor:  I don't think that this was ever
advertised, so we will have to advertise.
      Also, I haven't seen these changes. 

Use under Section IV,  Government, Education, Institution; specifically,
Ft. Wetherill was addressed.  The Town Planner stated that Ft. Wetherill
is under both OS-I and OS-II.
     Also, at this time the Town Planner pointed out that no matter who
the owner of property is (private ownership or Town of Jamestown
ownership) they are governed by whatever the zoning allows.
      For example, on page 33, VI Commercial Retail, (F) Commercial
Outdoor Recreation, (1) Golf Course including clubhouse accessory to
Operation of a Golf Course, Zoning Ordinance must be followed whether a
golf course is owned commercially or by the Town of Jamestown.
      Councilor Murphy stated his concern about the interpretation of the
Zoning Ordinance with regards to the possible expansion of the golf
course.
      The Town Solicitor restated the question by asking if the golf
course is now a nonconforming use in the zoning presently, and what
expansion would be allowed?  Councilor Murphy: I think the way it is
written now is that  the golf course, itself, is acceptable.
      Town Solicitor: It is acceptable as it predates the zoning and is
only allowed by special exception.
      Discussion ensued on whether a separate category was needed to cover
existing usage and expanded usage of the golf course.
     Councilor Dole suggested that the council make note of their
suggestions and present them to the Planning Commission.
     Steve Goslee, Public Works Director, stated that any plans to expand
the golf course should include a maintenance facility.
      Councilor Dolce: Is the Golf Course Committee addressing this? 
Councilor Murphy: No. 

Lisa Bryer, Town Planner gave additional input as to the rationale of
Planning Commission's proposal.
      Councilor Murphy: Why don't you (Town Planner) take this back to the
Commission and tell them we are very concerned about #1 under VI
Commercial, Retail, (F) Commercial Outdoor Recreation, (1) Golf Course
including clubhouse accessory to operation of a Golf Course.
      Ask them to please review it.
      Town Planner: I'd like to take it back, with your recommendations.
      Councilor Murphy: They need to review that whole line. 

Councilor Amerigian: The consensus of the council is that Fort Wetherill
should remain as it is presented.  Councilor Amerigian: I move that we ask
the Town Planner to take the concerns that we've aired regarding the Golf
Course/Country Club property as it relates to the open space uses, and
Steve's (Goslee) comments regarding the need for a maintenance facility at
the golf course back to the Planning Commission.
      Seconded by Councilor Pease.  So unanimously voted.

Town Solicitor.
      Do we want them to look at the potential facility at theTransfer
Station property as OS-II considered with that?  Councilor Amerigian: So
moved.  Seconded by Councilor Murphy.   So unanimously voted.  

Councilor Amerigian: I move that the Planning Commission report back in
two weeks.  Seconded by Councilor Murphy.  So unanimously voted.

3)      Reservoir  Councilor Amerigian asked for a status of measurement
for the reservoir.
      Town Administrator: It's 1/2" down today (July 29, 1998).
      Councilor Wright: I put this on the agenda because of my concern
regarding the issue of water conservation.
      I would like to see us authorize the next step of the Water
Conservation Regulations.
      Councilor Murphy: Step one is top of spillway to -6" .
      We are there now, even if we are only 1/2" down.
      Step two is -6" to 1'.
      Town Solicitor: Let's assume that you voted tonight to implement the
second step.
      What would the town administration do?  Councilor Amerigian:
Authorize the implementation of the second step, upon certification by the
Public Works Director that the level is down six inches.
      Councilor Wright: I'd like to authorize the town administration to
start step number one, which is public notification - voluntary
conservation, and ban outside water sales.
      Public Works Director: One of the problems is that we have had to
back-wash at least four times what we normally do because the water is the
same color and condition (acidity) that we usually only see in the South
Pond.
      Councilor Amerigian: This motion would take care of two steps to
authorize the Town Administrator to implement steps one and two should the
proper levels be reached.  Councilor Wright: So moved.  Seconded by
Councilor Murphy.
      Discussion:  Fire Chief, Arthur Christman stated his concern that
all the water on the island is somehow connected.  He suggested that all
island residents should be involved in the water conservation bans,
whether they are on town water or they have a well.
      Councilor Pease, addressing the Town Solicitor asked: Can you tell
someone that owns land with a well what he can and cannot do with his
water?  Town Solicitor: That is a complicated question.
      I believe that an awful lot of scientific data would have to be done
before you could go to that step.
      A vote was called for on the motion to authorize the Town
Administrator to implement steps one and two, should the proper levels be
reached.  So unanimously voted. 

4)      Town Administrator selection.
      Councilor Amerigian: We've gone through a long process with quite a
number of people.
      We have weighed the pros and cons of background, salary requirements
and things of that nature and have come to a conclusion in the process.
      Councilor Dolce: I move to appoint Maryanne Crawford as the Town
Administrator of Jamestown at a salary of $55,000.00 per year, subject to
terms and conditions as prepared by the Town Solicitor.
      Seconded by Councilor Wright.
      Town Solicitor: Are you making an offer at this point, and then she
(Maryanne Crawford) will be appointed at another date?  Councilor Dolce
amended the motion.
      Councilor Dolce:  I move to offer Maryanne Crawford the Town
Administrators position in the Town of Jamestown for a salary of
$55,000.00 subject to the terms and conditions as prepared by the Town
Solicitor.
      Councilor Wright: It is my understanding that if she accepts this
offer we would change her title to drop the interim from Town
Administrator and add interim to the Finance Director until a new Finance
Director is selected.  Councilor Dolce:  Yes.  Councilor Amerigian: I'll
second the amended motion.  So voted, with Councilor Murphy abstaining.

Maryanne Crawford accepted this offer.

There being no further business before the Council, Councilor Amerigian
moved to adjourn to Executive Session.
      Councilor Pease seconded.  So unanimously voted.  Meeting adjourned
at 8:58 PM.

Attest:

Arlene D. Kalooski
Town Clerk