BOARD OF WATER AND SEWER COMMISSIONERS
JAMESTOWN, RHODE ISLAND
July 13, 1998

A special meeting of the Jamestown Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners
was called to order at the Jamestown School, 76 Melrose Avenue at 7:05 PM
by Commissioner 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
Steven J. Goslee, Public Works Director
Arlene D. Kalooski, Town Clerk
Quentin Anthony, Esq., Town Solicitor

The meeting was called by unanimous consent of the Commissioners for the
purpose of addressing the water level in the municipal water tower.

Commissioner Amerigian asked the Public Works Director, Steve Goslee, for
an update on the water level in the municipal water tower.
      The Public Works Director stated that although the reservoir water
level was up, the level of water in the water tower is dangerously low at
43 feet  due to the large amount of rain we have had in the past few days
and the change in the water quality in the reservoir.
      This condition requires us to backwash several times a day.
       Although the turbidity seems to be dropping the color is pretty
fixed.  The turbidity is normally 1 to 2 and it has been up as high as 25;
 the color is normally 30, it is now around 150.
      With the high water usage we cannot go through another weekend like
this.  

Commissioner Wright: Do you see a time frame for how long it will take to
get back to normal?  Public Works Director: Demand drops dramatically
after September.
      I think we're talking at least six weeks, providing the water
quality doesn't change.
      Commissioner Pease: The water at the reservoir is fairly full.
      Do you think that now that the rain deluge is over that things will
settle down?  Public Works Director: I'm not sure how long it will take.
      The water level in the tower has never been this low in the past.
      The six inches of rain has caused the water at the north reservoir
to be as bad or worse than the south pond.
      Commissioner Dolce: Apart from putting a restriction on, is there
anything you can do or is there anyone we can call in to help?  Public
Works Director: We have two proposals for treating the south pond water.
      We may have to treat the reservoir the same way.
      At present, the south pond is twice as bad as it usually is.
      Commissioner Pease: What exactly is causing the problem?  Public
Works Director: The water runoff  into the reservoir is like meadow tea.
      Town Solicitor: At this time, we look to the Public Works Director
for some guidance as to what we should be doing.
      Public Works Director: This is definitely an emergency, at this rate
we won't make it through another weekend.
      We need to keep consumption down so that we can catch up.
      I'd like to get to a level of 85 feet at the water tower.
      We're at 43 right now.
      Commissioner Pease: This is running the plant all day, every day? 
Commissioner Murphy:  What about one of the wells that have been dug? 
Where do we stand on this?  Town Administrator: I spoke to Mr. Caito about
this today.
      He has some paperwork that he is doing and will hand deliver this to
DEM tomorrow.
      DEM will give us a one day turn-around time to approve that
paperwork and then we have to do the draw down test, which we will do the
week of the 20th, afer that, the information collected has to be
resubmitted to the state.
      Mr. Caito said that will take about 45 days.  I've asked him to work
with DEM to see if we can get that time frame cut down.
      Commissioner Wright: All that's down the road.
      We have to deal with this situation tonight.
      Commissioner Pease: We can enact a 60 day emergency ordinance to
immediately deal with this problem.
      The Town Solicitor went over wording for this ordinance.
      Town Administrator: What Steve (Goslee), Public Works Director, and
I discussed was the banning of all non-essential watering for both
residential and commercial .
       Commissioner Murphy: Can we use North Kingstown water for a week or
so?  Town Administrator: North Kingstown usually wants us to be off their
water by Memorial day; however, I will contact them.
      Commissioner Amerigian: Can we fill our tank with North Kingstown
water?  Commissioner Pease:  Could you backwash with North Kingstown
water?  How many gallons do we need?  Public Works Director:  We need
50,000 gallons a day to get us up to 85 feet in the water tower.  
Commissioner Amerigian:  It is important that it is clear that we have a
water production problem at the plant which is related to the high color
and turbidity of water in the reservoir as a result of the heavy rainfall.
      Our production capability, because of the need for constant
backwashing, is not meeting our daily demand and consequently, the storage
in the tank is dropping as time passes.
      The water ban is an attempt to allow the production to bring the
water level in the tank up to the needed level of 85 feet. 

Commissioner Dolce moved that we enact an emergency ordinance regarding
the municipal water in the Town of Jamestown.
      The Town of Jamestown hereby ordains that an emergency exists in the
municipal water system due to the low level of water in the water tower
and the inability to replenish the tower to an acceptable level, and in
view thereof, the following activities are hereby regulated as herein
provided:  
  
  Ban residential car washing
  Ban boat washing (except for approved boat washing conservation plan)
  Ban filling of swimming pools
  Ban garden and flower watering
  Ban all lawn watering

Any violation of this ordinance shall be punishable by a fine not
exceeding $500.00.  This ordinance shall take effect on Monday, July 13,
1998 at 12:00 A.M. and shall terminate automatically upon certification by
the Director of Public Works that water level at the water tower has
reached 85 feet.
      Commissioner Murphy: Should that be midnight?  Commissioner Dolce: 
I will amend the motion to say Monday, July 13, midnight.
      Commissioner Wright seconded. So unanimously voted.  Commissioner
Amerigian: I move that we ask the Town Administrator to contact North
Kingstown to see if there is any possibility that they can sell water to
us for a period of approximately one week.
      Seconded by Commissioner Murphy.  So unanimously voted.  

Commissioner Murphy requested the status of search for the consultant for
the remedy for south pond.
     Town Administrator: This should be awarded at the next meeting.
      Commissioner Amerigian: I move that we direct the Town Administrator
to develop a press release regarding the problem we are having with the
water level in the tower.
      Commissioner Dolce seconded this motion.  So unanimously voted.

There being no further business before the Board, motion by Commissioner
Wright, seconded by Commissioner Amerigian to adjourn the special meeting
at 7:42 PM. So unanimously voted.

Attest:

Arlene D. Kalooski
Town Clerk