TOWN COUNCIL
JAMESTOWN, RHODE ISLAND
September 28, 1998
A regular meeting of the Jamestown Town Council was called to order at the
Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Road, at 7:40 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, Town Administrator/Interim Financial Director
Quentin Anthony, Esq., Town Solicitor
Lisa W. Bryer, Town Planner
J. Christopher Powell, Conservation Commission
Cliff Largess, Tax Assessment Board of Review

CONSENT AGENDA

Items removed from the Consent Agenda were #1a, #1b, and #5.
      Motion by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Pease to
approve the consent agenda as amended.  So unanimously voted.

2)   Bills and Payroll
3)   Copies of minutes of Boards and Committees
  a) Quonset/Davisville Liaison Committee (09/08/98)
  b) Jamestown Housing Authority (08/12/98)
  c) Library Board of Trustees (07/30/98)
  d) Tax Assessment Board of Review (09/09/98)
4)   RICRMC notices
  a) Cease & Desist Order: Edward and Louise White (Plat 10, Lot 2; 140
Highland Drive)
  b) Assent: Philip H. K. and Kristin Zhivago to conduct clearing, trash
removal and landscape work (Plat 16, Lot 237; 381 Seaside Drive)
  c) Finding of no significant impact: Marcia S. Sallum to construct
dormer additions and a "turret".
      Replace shed roof with a gable roof an existing addition (Plat 9,
Lot 296; 7 High Street)
  d) Meeting notice: September 22, 1998
6)   Notice from the RI Department of Administration, Office of Municipal
Affairs re: municipal legislation

1)   Adoption of Council minutes:
  a) 09/14/98 (Work Session re: Elderly Tax Exemption)
Councilor Dolce requested the wording of the reply he made to Mr. Silvia
be corrected to read "the exemption would apply only to the $130,000...."
Councilor Amerigian corrected the wording on page 2, second paragraph, his
comment should read "....value of the house in excess of the cap would not
be exempt..."
  b) 09/14/98 (Regular Meeting)
Councilor Murphy asked for a correction on page 8, item #13; it should
read "Deputy/Finance Director".
      Councilor Amerigian moved, seconded by Councilor Murphy, to approve
#1a and #1b with modifications.
     Councilor Pease abstained due to his absence at the September 14
meeting.  So voted.

5)   Resolutions from other municipalities re: dumping of material into
Mount Hope Bay or any RI waters
  a) Town of Barrington
  b) Town of Glocester
The consensus of the Council was to refer these resolutions to the
Conservation Commission for their review and suggestions.
      Whereas there is an end of October deadline, the Council asked for
the Commission to report back as soon as possible to allow time for the
Council's response.
      It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Murphy to
approve item #5.
     
EXECUTIVE SESSION ANNOUNCEMENT
None

PUBLIC HEARINGS
  
1)   Proposed amendment to Chapter 18 entitled "Traffic" re: parking on
designated area of so-called "Jamestown Shores Beach" (boat ramp)
(continued from 09/14/98)
Councilor Murphy asked to have this tabled while it is being researched to
find how this issue originally came about and to have the Parking
Committee do a parking survey next summer at the peak of the summer season
to see if there is an actual problem in this area. 

2)   Proposed amendment of Section 15-11 of the code of ordinances
(Parking at Mackerel Cove Beach and Jamestown Shores Beach) re: parking
stickers (continuation of public hearing)
It was moved by  Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Pease to
continue these two hearings until the Parking Committee has had a chance
to do an actual parking survey of this area.  So unanimously voted.
  
OPEN FORUMNone

REPORTS OF BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND TOWN OFFICIALS

1)   Town Administrators report
The Town Administrator requested the Council to respond to the following
items:
  a)     Administration  Delinquent taxes - Rossi Law Offices is
requesting permission to take legal action on collecting a delinquent tax
account.
      Discussion ensued as to whether the Town would or would not want to
pursue legal action in collecting this delinquent tax.
     It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Pease to
table this until the Town Administrator finds out what action has been
taken on this particular case.
      So unanimously voted.  The Town Solicitor requested the details on
this account  be forwarded to him for his review.
  b)   Community survey  It was moved by Councilor Pease, seconded by
Councilor Murphy to approve the expenditure of $925.00 to be used towards
the completion of this survey.  So unanimously voted
     c)     Bus shelter  The Town Administrator reported that the bus
shelter had been discussed with the appropriate department heads and Dr.
Gallo at the Jamestown School.
      It was moved by Councilor Murphy and seconded by Councilor Amerigian
to approve the bus shelter located on Town property at the North end of
the island.   So unanimously voted. 
  d)     Local Emergency Planning Commission  The Town Clerk was
instructed to set up an interview with Mr. Robert Manni, applicant for the
Local Emergency Planning Commission.
      The interview is to take place on Monday, October 5 at 7:00 PM.
  e)     The Crusher pond  The Town Administrator reported that this pond
is owned jointly by several residents and spills out onto North Road (a
town road).
      The Council expressed concern regarding the safety issue of this
water being frozen in the winter months.
     It was moved by Councilor Pease, seconded by Councilor Murphy to have
the Town Administrator and the Public Works Director return to the Council
with a report on what this situation needs, in a general way; after which,
we may need to contact the owners of the property.
       So unanimously voted.  
  f)     Open space amendments  After a lengthy discussion on the
requirements for moving forward with the Open Space Amendments, it was
moved by Councilor Amerigian and seconded by Councilor Murphy to schedule
the hearing for these Open Space Zoning Amendments on the Council Agenda
for the November 23rd Council Meeting at 7:00 PM. 
  
At this time, it was announced that Caleb Carr, a longtime Plumbing
Inspector for the Town of Jamestown had passed away.
      It was moved by Councilor Dolce and seconded by Councilor Murphy to
have the clerk put together a resolution to the family of Caleb Carr.
      So unanimously voted.
  
2)   Personnel Board (2 vacancies; one term ending 12/1998; one term
ending 06/2000)
  a) Letters of interest
     i) Michael F. Schnack
     ii)   Betty R. Kinder
     iii)  Eric T. Lexow
     iv)   Nancy Kolman
     v) Jeffrey G. Hunter
It was moved by Councilor Pease, seconded by Councilor Dolce to appoint
Nancy Kolman to the Personnel Board with the term ending June of 2000.
      So unanimously voted.  It was moved by Councilor Dolce, seconded by
Councilor Pease to appoint Eric T. Lexow to the Personnel Board with the
term ending December of 1998 and ask him for a letter for reappointment.
      So unanimously voted.  It was moved by Councilor Wright, seconded by
Councilor Pease to send Jeffrey G. Hunter a note thanking him for applying
for this position and requesting that he remain on the list.
      So unanimously voted.

3)   Quonset/Davisville Liaison Committee
  a) Outline of planned presentation re: 10/05/98 meeting
John Howard, representing the Quonset/Davisville Liaison Committee,
presented the committee's planned presentation which will be given to the
Quonset Point Stakeholders meeting and answered questions from the
Council.  
  b) Draft letter to Governor Almond
Varoujan Karentz, Quonset/Davisville Liaison Committee requested that the
Council send a letter to Governor Almond regarding the non productive
nature of the Stakeholders meetings.
      It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Murphy
that Councilor Amerigian meet with Mr. Karentz to revise the wording on
the letter drafted by Committee and being sent from the Town Council to
Governor Almond.  So unanimously voted.
  c) Letter re: membership of the committee
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Wright to have
the clerk contact  former applicants to ascertain if they are still
interested in serving on this committee.  So unanimously voted.
  
4)   Memorandum from the Planning Commission re: Proposed Zoning Ordinance
amendments re: potential ferry service and parking
Lisa Bryer, Town Planner went over changes in the Proposed Zoning
Ordinance amendment regarding potential ferry service and parking.
     The necessity of this ordinance was discussed.   It was moved by
Councilor Wright, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to have this item tabled
until the Town Solicitor, Town Planner and Zoning Official can provide a
report to the Council regarding their findings on this zoning ordinance.
      So unanimously voted.
     
UNFINISHED BUSINESS

1)   Elderly Tax Exemption (continued from 09/14/98 work session)
Cliff Largess  presented his concerns regarding the two proposals being
considered by the Council.
       Mr. Largess suggested that the cap in proposal #1 be raised to
$142,000.
      Also, Mr. Largess informed the Council that the tax deferral program
offered to the elderly as another option has never been applied for by
anyone in Jamestown.
Donna Marie Crotty, 6 Walcott Avenue expressed concern about appraised
property values being raised and in turn property taxes being raised. 
After a lengthy discussion on Proposal 1 and Proposal 2, and the
possibility of using the deferral option for additional relief, it was
moved by Councilor Wright and seconded by Councilor Pease to have the Town
Solicitor begin puting together the legal language for this elderly tax
exemption ordinance.  So unanimously voted.

2)   Ambulance Association Compensation Committee (continued from
09/14/98) 
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Murphy to
appoint Betty Kinder to the Ambulance Association Compensation Committee,
term ending January, 2001.
      So unanimously voted.  Councilor Pease moved, Councilor Amerigian
seconded to appoint Michael Schnack to the Ambulance Association
Compensation Committee, term ending January, 2000.  So unanimously voted.

3)   Letter from the Jamestown Fire Department re: lack of daytime EMT
coverage (continued from 09/14/98)
Previously addressed in Town Administrator's report.

4)   Local Emergency Planning Commission vacancy (continued from 09/14/98)
  a) Letter of interest from Robert A. J. Manni
It was the consensus of the Council to interview Mr. Manni for the Local
Emergency Planning Commission position on October 5, at 7:00 PM.

5)   Report from Solicitor re: Council minutes (continued from 09/14/98)
The Council discussed what type of minutes are needed, both legally and as
record keeping, for the Town Council meetings.
      The Town Solicitor informed the Council that as a legal issue only
motions and actions are required; however, if a Council member would like
pertinent and important information included in the minutes, he need only
instruct the clerk, at that time, to do so.
      The consensus of the Council was that the clerk would present a more
succinct set of minutes of this meeting to see if they meet the Council's
needs.
      Council Pease moved, Councilor Wright  seconded to review the
minutes of this meeting and advise the clerk if this format is acceptable.
      So unanimously voted.

  6) Report from Public Works Director re: Letter from Philip Calcina
regarding collection of water on North Main Road (continued from 09/14/98)
Previously addressed in Town Administrator's report.

  7) Proposed Zoning Ordinance amendment re: Mopeds and personal water
craft
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Murphy to table
this item for review by the Council until the October 13th  Town Council
meeting.  So unanimously voted.

  8) Fort Wetherill (per Councilor Murphy)
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Murphy to
request the Town Administrator contact Mr. Andrew H. McLeod, Director of
the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management,  for the purpose
of alleviating any confusion or misunderstanding that he may have
regarding the Town's position on the Mission Statement for Fort Wetherill.
       So voted by 4 in favor, none opposed and Councilor Pease
abstaining.
  
COMMUNICATIONS

  1) Letter from Philip J. Willis and other concerned residents re:
relocation of highway barn
It was moved by Councilor Wright, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
request the Town Administrator to contact Mr. Willis with a response to
his requests.  So unanimously voted.

  2) Letter from Walter K. Schroder re: Fort Wetherill  
It was moved by Councilor Murphy, seconded by Councilor Pease to accept
the letter from Walter Schroder.  So unanimously voted.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business before the Council, motion by Councilor
Pease, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to adjourn at 9:50 PM.
      So unanimously voted.

Attest:

Arlene D. Kalooski
Town Clerk