TOWN COUNCIL
JAMESTOWN, RHODE ISLAND
October 13, 1998
(as amended on October 26, 1998)

A regular meeting of the Jamestown Town Council was called to order at the
Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Road, at 7:35 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, Town Administrator/Interim Finance Director
Arlene D. Kalooski, Town Clerk
Lisa Bryer, Town Planner
Steven Goslee, Director of Public Works
Quentin Anthony, Esq., Town Solicitor
Betty Hubbard, Planning Commission

Christopher Powell, Conservation Commission arrived at 8:30

At the start of the meeting, Craig Amerigian, Council President, informed
the audience of the passing of Anthony Vieira, former President and Vice
President and member of the Jamestown Town Council for many years.
      It was moved by Councilor Amerigian and seconded by Councilor Murphy
to have the town clerk send a communication to the family of Mr. Vieira
expressing their appreciation for Mr. Vieira's service to the town and
sending the family the Council's condolences for their loss.
       So unanimously voted

SITTING AS ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSING COMMISSION

  1) Renewal applications:
CLASS A

Jamestown Liquors, Inc.      Jean Ceppi, Inc.
        dba Jamestown Liquors      dba Page's
        9 Ferry Wharf        30 Southwest Avenue

CLASS B - TAVERN

Long Wharf Marina Restaurant, Inc.
dba The Bay Voyage
150 Conanicus Avenue

CLASS B - VICTUALER

Alexander Enterprises, Inc.        IslanDish, Ltd.
     dba Narragansett Cafe         dba Chopmist Charlie's
     25 Narragansett Avenue        40 Narragansett Avenue

     Jamestown Oyster Bar, Inc.       Trattoria Simpatico, Inc.
     dba Jamestown Oyster Bar         dba Trattoria Simpatico
     22 Narragansett Avenue        13 Narragansett Avenue

New England Golf Course Management, Inc.
dba the Caddy Shack
aka Jamestown Golf and Country Club
245 Conanicus Avenue (lower level rear)

Oral's Specialty Food Service Management, Inc.
dba Schoolhouse Cafe
14 Narragansett Avenue
                           

CLASS D - FULL

Conanicut Yacht Club      Portuguese American Citizens Club
     40 Bay View Drive          11 Pemberton Avenue

It was moved by Councilor Pease, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to order
advertising for the renewal of  the above mentioned licenses, for hearing
on Monday, November 9, 1998 at 7:00 PM.  So unanimously voted.

CONSENT AGENDA

Items removed from the Consent Agenda were: #2, #5a, #5c, #7a and #7b.
      Motion by Councilor  Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Wright to
approve the consent agenda as amended. So unanimously voted. The amended
consent agenda consisted of:

1)   Adoption of Council minutes:
  a) 09/28/98 (Regular Meeting) 
3)   Copies of minutes of Boards and Committees
  a) Planning Commission (02/10/98, 02/18/98, 03/04/98, 03/18/98,
04/15/98, 05/06/98, 05/20/98, 06/03/98, 06/17/98, 07/01/98, 07/15/98,
08/05/98 and 09/02/98)
  b) Quonset/Davisville Liaison Committee (09/21/98)
  c) Beavertail State Park Advisory Committee (05/20/98
  d) Tax Assessment Board of Review (09/16/98)
4)   RICRMC notices
  a) Finding of no significant impact: Maria Lopes to install new roof on
dwelling (Plat 3, Lot 14; 509 Seaside Drive)
  b) Application for assent: Paul R. and Sandra M. Edgerly to construct a
residential boating facility (Plat 8, Lot 645; 90 Bay View Drive)
5)   RIDEM notices
  b) Application: Marjorie Kazin Boyce request for preliminary
determination (Plat 16, Lot 356; 9 Mount Hope Avenue)   
6)   Resolutions from other municipalities re: dumping of material into
Mount Hope Bay or any RI waters
  a) Town of Tiverton
  b) Town of Hopkinton
8)   Invitation from the Board of Trustees of Newport Hospital re: ground
breaking ceremony for the new East Wing (10/15/98)
9)   Copy of letter of thanks from the Highway Barn Committee to Raymond
Iannetta re: size of proposed highway barn 
10)  Letter from Newport Hospital re: "Vision 2001: A New Hospital for a
New Century"

2)   Bills and Payroll
It was moved by Councilor Murphy and seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
accept Bills and Payroll subject to the Town Solicitor reviewing his
budget and approving the expenditure for Morneau & Murphy in the amount
$450.00.  So unanimously voted.
5)   RIDEM notices
  a) Insignificant Alteration-Permit: Anna Templeton-Cotill (c/o Stephen
Baker) request for preliminary determination (Plat 11, Lots 55, 56, and
57; 881 Fort Getty Road)
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Murphy to
accept Item #5a.  Councilor Wright abstained from this issue.  So voted.
  c) Letter of thanks re: Wetlands Application 98-0119, Jamestown Water
Supply Well
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian and seconded by Councilor Murphy to
accept the communication from Andrew H. McLeod, Director of Rhode Island
Department of Environmental Management.  So unanimously voted.  
7)   Proposed resolutions
  a) RI Island Recycles Day (11/15/98)
It was moved by Councilor Murphy, seconded by Councilor Pease to submit a
Municipal Resolution supporting November 15, 1998 as RI Recycles Day.
      So unanimously voted.
  b) YWCA Week Without Violence (10/18/98-10/24/98) 
It was moved by Councilor Wright, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
accept the communication regarding a request for Proclamation.
      So unanimously voted.

EXECUTIVE SESSION ANNOUNCEMENT

None

PUBLIC HEARINGS

None

OPEN FORUM

1)   Scheduled Requests to Address
  a) Norma B. Willis re: size of proposed highway barn
Norma Willis, North Main Road:  Ms. Willis expressed concern about the
size of the highway garage and the size of the planned office/storage
area.
      Ms. Willis inquired as to what type of analysis was done in the
planning of this building and stated her dissatisfaction with present
plans.
      After considerable discussion on this issue, Councilor Amerigian
informed those present that the Highway Barn Committee has not yet brought
any definite size speculations to the Council other than the speculations
used to determine the engineering and site costs.
     Mr. Barrett confirmed that cost could be adjusted without new
estimates being needed.  The unit pricing would be established and then
would be adjusted either up or down depending on the size of the building.
     Ms. Willis encouraged the Council to look at the size of the
structure and go back to the Highway Barn Committee to do a cost and needs
analysis.
      After additional discussion Councilor Amerigian stated that at this
point, he did not feel that the Council should begin debating about the
size of the building until the Highway Barn Committee formally brings
their information to the Council for their review.
      After additional discussion, Councilor Amerigian invited interested
residents to attend the next Highway Barn Committee meeting at 4:00 PM on
Thursday, October 15, 1998 at the Jamestown Philomenian Library on North
Road.  There was no action taken on this issue.

Letter from Deborah Slattery re:  Southwest Avenue
(Communications #3 on agenda) Mrs. Slattery, 64 Southwest Avenue requested
that she be heard at this time on the issue of Southwest Avenue.
       Ms. Slattery expressed concern about the road and the close
proximity to some of the homes located on Southwest Avenue.
      Councilor Amerigian discussed a previous walk-by of that area with
DOT officials, resulting in specific promises from DOT to area residents.
      Discussion ensued regarding some of the problems and concerns that
both  the Council and residents have in that area of Southwest Avenue.
      It was moved by Councilor Murphy and seconded by Councilor Wright to
request the Town Administrator arrange for a walk-by, as soon as possible,
with Rhode Island Department of Transportation, the Town Administrator,
representatives from the Council, and area residents to make suggestions
on what would mitigate the problem.  So unanimously voted.
2)   Non-Agenda Requests to Address
Barrett Sand, 9 Marcello Drive requested permission to address Council on
several items of concern to him.
      Mr. Sand inquired as to the status of the alterations on the
Southwest Avenue area North of Anthem Street to McQuades Market.
      The Town Administrator stated that RIDOT is drafting a letter to be
sent to neighbors in this area regarding a general summary from RIDOT's
plans and schedule up until December 15, 1998.
      Mr. Sand also addressed the raising of tolls on the Pell Bridge. Mr.
Sand was informed by Councilor Murphy that the Council has sent a letter 
stating that we do not want tolls raised on the Pell Bridge.
      Additionally, Mr. Sand stated his concern about the parking
situation on East Shore Road while people access Potter's Cove.
      No action was taken on these issues.

REPORTS OF BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND TOWN OFFICIALS

1)   Town Administrator's report (attached hereto)
The Town Administrator requested the Councils consideration regarding the
following issues:
  a) Award of Town Office UST site remediation to Sage Environmental for
base price of $39,090.00
After discussion on bidding process and qualifications of Sage
Environmental, Councilor Amerigian moved and Councilor Murphy seconded to
award the contract to the lowest qualified bidder, Sage Environmental for
$39,090.00.  So unanimously voted.
  b) Abatement totaling $10,079.79 for donated properties and properties
acquired through tax sales
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian moved, Councilor Murphy seconded to
abate the $10,079.79 for donated properties and properties acquired
through tax sales.  So unanimously voted.
  c) Legal action for delinquent taxes
After the Town Administrator presented information on the process that has
already been used to collect delinquent taxes, it was moved by Councilor
Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Wright to allow Rossi Law Offices to
continue the legal process of collecting these taxes.
      So unanimously voted.

Councilor Amerigian moved, Councilor Pease seconded to instruct the town
clerk to put Southwest Avenue on the Agenda for the next Town Council
Meeting so that the composition of the sidewalk can be discussed.  So
unanimously voted.

2)   Quonset/Davisville Liaison Committee (3 vacancies)
     a) Letters of interest reactivated
        i) Emmet E. Turley (still interested)
        ii)   Katherine Maxwell
        iii)  Duncan Pendlebury
     b) Letter of interest from Paul Sullivan (not previously interviewed)
The Council directed the town clerk to call Ms. Maxwell and Mr. Pendlebury
by telephone to see if they still have an interest in serving on this
committee.
      It was moved by Councilor Dolce, seconded by Councilor Murphy to
appoint Emmet E. Turley to the Quonset/Davisville Liaison Committee.  So
unanimously voted.  Councilor Amerigian moved, seconded by Councilor
Murphy to have the town clerk set up an interview for Paul Sullivan prior
to the Water Sewer meeting on October 19, 1998 at 7:00 PM.
      So unanimously voted.

3)   Beavertail State Park Advisory Committee (1 vacancy; term ending
12/1998)
  a) Letters of interest
     i) Herbert G. Rammrath
     ii)   Robert Bruce Griffin
     iii)  Barry S. Holland   
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Murphy to
appoint Barry S. Holland to the Beavertail State park Advisory Committee
for a 3 year term ending December of 1998.
     So unanimously voted.  The Council instructed the town clerk to
research the composition of this committee to see if other Jamestown
members are needed, if so, the clerk is to put this on the agenda for
selection.
4)   Memorandum from the Conservation Commission re: Providence River and
Harbor Maintenance Dredging Project
  a) Informational packet submitted by Conservation Commission Chair
There was extensive discussion on this issue between the Council, the
Conservation Commission Chair, Chris Powell, and concerned residents.
       The Council felt that because of the magnitude of this issue,
coupled with the Quonset/Davisville proposed plan, more information was
needed before there could be any formal decisions can be made.
      Mr. Powell informed the Council that we have until mid November to
make a decision.
      With that in mind, it was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by
Councilor Pease to put this on the Agenda and invite Mary Hutchinson, who
chaired the meeting pertaining to this issue, to the meeting; and to have
the Town Administrator find out the details for cost sharing the expense
for hiring a consultant to address this issue.  So unanimously voted.
5)   Memorandum from the Planning Commission re: Revised zoning ordinance
amendment related to aquaculture (continued from 06/22/98)
Councilor Amerigian moved, Councilor Pease seconded a request to have the
Town Solicitor review this proposed revised zoning ordinance amendment
related to aquaculture and report back to the Council with his findings.
      So unanimously voted.
6)   Local Emergency Planning Commission vacancy
  a) Letter of interest from Robert A. J. Manni
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Pease to
interview Mr. Manni for the available position on the Local Emergency
Planning Commission at 7:15 PM prior to the Water Sewer meeting on October
19, 1998 at the Jamestown Philomenian Library. So unanimously voted.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS
1)   Letter from Welcome House re: "The Gene Abbruzzi Memorial Plunge"
(continued from 08/24/98)
Linda Barden, Executive Director of Welcome House of South County
presented her plans for "The Gene Abbruzzi Memorial Plunge", and asked the
Council for permission to use Mackerel Cove Beach for this event.
      Ms. Barden estimated the number of people that may attend this event
to be approximately fifty people.
      It was moved by Councilor Amerigian and seconded by Councilor Murphy
to approve the use of the town beach for the plunge, subject to
participants being required to sign a waiver which would be approved by
the Town Solicitor, waiving any action against the town; additionally, the
request will be referred to Police Chief Tighe and Fire Chief Christman.
      So unanimously voted.
2)   Memorandum from the Building Official re: modifications to the zoning
ordinance (continued from 08/4/98) 
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Murphy to
advertise the Modifications to the Zoning Ordinance for a hearing on
November 23.  So unanimously voted.
3)   Memorandum from the Planning Commission re: proposed zoning ordinance
amendment re: mopeds and personal water craft (continued from 09/14/98)
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian and seconded by Councilor Dolce to
advertise a hearing on the proposed zoning ordinance amendment regarding
mopeds and personal water craft, to be held on Monday, November 30, 1998
at 7:30 PM.  So unanimously voted.
4)   Response (to Council's letter dated 09/17/98) from RIDEM re: Fort
Wetherill
Councilor Murphy moved, Councilor Amerigian seconded to refer the, three
letters regarding Fort Wetherill to the Fort Wetherill Committee with the
request that the Committee respond back to the Council before the next
Council meeting on October 26, 1998; these letters are specifically
identified as:  a)  FROM:  Rhode Island Department of Environmental
Management TO:  Mr. John Kelly, National Park Service, dated September 24,
1998;  b)  FROM:   Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management TO:
 Mr. Craig A. Amerigian, dated October 1, 1998; and c)  FROM:  Mr. John
Kelly, National Park Service  TO:  Mr. Robert W. Sutton, Jr. Division of
Planning & Development, RIDEM, dated October 8, 1998.
      So unanimously voted.
5)   Highway Barn (per Council President Amerigian)
Previously addressed
6)   High Street right-of-way
Councilor Murphy stated that because there have been some questions
relating to the High Street right-of-way, he has requested that this item
be put on the agenda.
      Councilor Murphy cited some of the concerns that have been brought
up, such as, paying taxes and maintaining the road (plowing or paving).
       It was moved by Councilor Murphy, seconded by Councilor Amerigian
to refer this issue to the Town Solicitor for a preliminary review of the
facts pertaining to High Street right-of-way.  So unanimously voted.

  7) Southwest Avenue update
Previously addressed
  8) Southwest Avenue sidewalk
Previously addressed
  9) Fort Wetherill development
Previously addressed
  10)   Land Bank Legislation
Councilor Murphy made the following statement for the record:  Because
everything takes longer than expected, this Council should begin the
process of reviewing and if necessary revising the Land Bank Legislation.
      I believe it would be in the best interest of the Town to schedule a
workshop and collect input from the people, then move forward.
      As the Land Bank has had superb community support, we should not
lose this initiative.
      If this were submitted to the legislature early in the session we
could begin the process of soliciting support and overcoming whatever
barriers there are.
      With that in mind, I would like to move that we schedule a
work-session for November 16, 1998 at 7:00 - 8:30 PM to collect public
input regarding the Land Bank legislation.
      After the statement it was moved by Councilor Murphy, seconded by
Councilor Pease to hold a workshop on November 16, 1998 from 7:00 - 8:30
PM before the Water Sewer meeting, to collect public input regarding the
land bank legislation.
       So unanimously voted.  Councilor Amerigian moved, Councilor Murphy
seconded to change the Water Sewer meeting time from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM to
accommodate the land bank workshop scheduled for November 16.
      So unanimously voted.  It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded
by Councilor Wright to have this put on the Agenda for the next council
meeting and request that the Town Administrator confer with the
appropriate groups for comments and suggestions.  So unanimously voted.
  
COMMUNICATIONS

1)   Letter from the Jamestown Garden Club re: Police Station property,
and other public areas
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Wright that
this letter be referred to the Town Administrator for discussion with the
Director of Parks and Recreation.  So unanimously voted.
2)   Copy of letter from M. Colleen Smyth to the Zoning Board of Review
re: zoning ordinance regarding businesses in the R8 zone
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Murphy to refer
this letter from M. Colleen Smyth to the Zoning Official for a response to
Ms. Smyth and a copy of that response to the Council.  So unanimously
voted. 
3)   Letter from Deborah Slattery re: Southwest Avenue
previously discussed
4)   Letter from Donald L. Davis re: complaint to quiet title (Lippett
Street adverse possession)
Donald Davis suggested that the road in question, Lippett Street, is
considered a public road and the Town should be involved in the complaint
to quiet title.
      The Town Solicitor explained that Lippett Street is considered a
paper street and as such is not considered a public road.
      Additionally, the Town Solicitor stated that, as a matter of
practice, the Town has not been involved in issues of this sort unless the
road went to the water or there was a significant municipal interest in
the road.  No action was taken by the Council on this item.

NEW BUSINESS

1)   Recycling at transfer station (per Councilor Murphy)
Councilor Murphy requested an update from the Public Works Director
regarding the status of volunteers for recycling.
      The Public Works Director informed the Council that contact had been
made with volunteers; however, they have not gotten back to the him as
yet.  No action taken on this item.
2)   Extended operating hours Victualing License renewal application (if
favorable, order advertised for public hearing on Monday, November 9, 1998
at 7:00 PM)

     APPLICANT               HOURS
     Kenyon Oil Company, Inc.            24 hours daily
     dba Jamestown Xtra mart
     35 Narragansett Avenue
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Pease to
advertise for a hearing on Monday, November 9, 1998 for the renewal of the
present operating hours for Kenyon Oil Company, Inc., dba Jamestown Xtra
mart, which allows them stay open 24 hours a day.   So unanimously voted. 

It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Murphy to have
the clerk put the Elderly Tax Exemption on the Agenda for the next Town
Council meeting on October 26, 1998.  So unanimously voted.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

None

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business before Council, motion by Councilor
Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Pease to adjourn the meeting at 10:40 PM.
     So unanimously voted.

Attest:

Arlene D. Kalooski
Town Clerk