TOWN COUNCIL
JAMESTOWN, RHODE ISLAND
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
Mary Jo Carr, Town Solicitor
Arlene D. Kalooski, Town Clerk
Christopher Powell, Conservation Commission

SITTING AS ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSING COMMISSION
  
1)   Renewal application

CLASS B-VICTUALER

Midwest Electric, Inc.
dba Bay View Bar and Grille
53 Conanicus Avenue, Unit 1R

Councilor Pease moved, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to order this
renewal advertised for a hearing on Monday, November 23, 1998 at 7:30 PM.

CONSENT AGENDA

Items removed from the Consent Agenda were:  Items #1a and 7.  Motion by
Councilor  Dolce, seconded by Councilor Murphy to approve the consent
agenda as amended. So unanimously voted. The amended consent agenda
consisted of:

2)   Bills and Payroll
3)   Copies of minutes of Boards and Committees
  a) Jamestown Housing Authority (09/09/98)
  b) Fort Wetherill Committee (08/08/98 and 09/08/98)
  c) Planning Commission (09/16/98 and 10/07/98)  
4)   RICRMC notices
  a) Finding of no significant impact
     i) Joseph Barron to replace failed individual sewage disposal system,
remove damaged trees and asphalt pave driveway (Plat 3, Lot 989; 469
Seaside 
Drive)
     ii)   Chris Cottle to replace roof shingles (Plat 8, Lot 492; 74 Bay
View Drive)
5)   Invitation from the Newport County Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner
Dance and Silent Auction (11/20/98)
6)   Copy of resolution from the Town of Exeter re: dumping of waste in
Mount Hope Bay or any RI waters
8)   Abatements/Addenda of taxes report of Tax Assessor submitted 10/22/98

1)   Adoption of Council minutes:
  a) 10/13/98 (Regular Meeting)
Page 4 of 9, 1a; Councilor Murphy requested that the Council's discussion
pertaining to the cost and size of the Highway Barn be included to read: 
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.
Page 5 of 9, 7; Councilor Murphy requested that Sage Environmental was the
lowest qualified bidder.
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Murphy to
approve the minutes as amended.  So unanimously voted.
7)   Response letter from Governor Almond re: Quonset Point port
development
It was moved by Councilor Murphy, seconded by Councilor Wright to accept
the response letter from Governor Almond and refer it to the Quonset Point
Liaison Committee.  So unanimously voted.

EXECUTIVE SESSION ANNOUNCEMENT
None

PUBLIC HEARINGS
None
     
OPEN FORUM
None

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Councilor Amerigian requested that item #3 under Unfinished Business be
addressed at this time.
3)   Save The Bay/John Torgan re: dredging project
Mr. Torgan devoted his presentation to the proposed dredging of the
Providence River and disposal sites in the Narragansett Bay and off Hog
Island.
      Mr. Torgan made reference to the Bay Bulletin, volume 28, number 4,
Fall 1998 issue for additional information on this issue.
      The map used during the presentation showed the approximate location
of the proposed dumping sites.
      Mr. Torgan informed the Council that the material that will be
dumped includes approximately 5 million cubic yards total, about one
quarter of which is contaminated.  The contaminated material would be
separated and buried in a pit off Watchemoket Cove in East Providence.
      The contaminated material would be covered with a cleaner dredge
fill.
      The remaining material would be dumped in the East Passage off Hog
Island into a 70 foot natural deep depression in the Bay bottom and a
natural habitat for fish and lobsters.
      Mr. Torgan stated that Save The Bay strongly objects to site #3
(deep depression of Hog Island) and would like to see it removed from any
plans.
      Mr. Torgan reiterated that failure to remove site #3 would mean
filling in this area and bringing it to grade level, resulting in the
destruction of a natural marine configuration.
       Mr. Torgan informed the Council that although Save The Bay is not
encouraging communities to oppose the dredging, they are urging
communities to support their request to eliminate sight #3.
      The Council was informed that at the present time, there are eight
communities that have passed resolutions siting this Hog Island area as
having a very high level of environmental use and not suitable for any
disposal.
      Mr. Torgan stated that the public comment period has been extended
until November 19, 1998.
      At this time, Mr. Torgan expressed his appreciation to the Council
for their concern and their efforts to educate the Jamestown community.
      Councilor Amerigian invited public participation.

Councilor Murphy inquired as to what studies have been done on sites for
the disposal of clean fill and if there are any cost estimates on both the
proposed sites and other sites.
      Mr. Torgan answered that the studies which have been done are
inadequate and the data is scarce.
      As part of the discussion, the possibility of the recycling  of
dredge material and the financial benefit was brought up.
      At which point Mr. Torgan informed the Council that he would supply
them with the information that he has on this.
      In the process of gathering information, Councilor Pease asked where
the Army Corps of Engineers are in the process of site determination.
      The Conservation Commissioner, Christopher Powell stated that the
sites have been determined; however, he believes that public comment will
sway where the actual site locations.
      Additionally, Mr. Powell informed the Council that this is probably
only a fifteen year fix.
      Due to the length of discussion, Councilor Amerigian asked that this
issue be continued to the scheduled point in the Agenda.
REPORTS OF BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND TOWN OFFICIALS

1)   Town Administrator Report and requested action by Council qualified
lowest bidder
  a) Level of reservoir
Not addressed.

Boiler at the Sewer Treatment Plant:  Councilor Pease moved, Councilor
Wright seconded to award the bid for the replacement of the boiler at the
Sewer Treatment Plant to the lowest qualified bidder, Chaves Heating in
the amount of $4,300.00.  So unanimously voted.
Engineering Services for the proposed Highway Barn:  It was moved by
Councilor Wright, seconded by Councilor Pease to award the qualified
lowest bidder, Siegmund & Associates the bid for engineering services for
the proposed Highway Barn for an amount not to exceed $5,000.00.  So
unanimously voted.
Joint meeting between Council and Harbor Commission:  It was moved by
Councilor Wright, seconded by Councilor Pease to hold a joint meeting with
the Harbor Commission on November 30, 1998 at 8:00 PM at the Jamestown
Philomenian Library.
      So unanimously voted.  Councilor Wright moved, seconded by Councilor
Amerigian to change the time for the hearing of the proposed zoning
ordinance amendment for mopeds and personal water craft to 7:00 PM on
November 30, 1998.  So unanimously voted.
Request from Paul Richard to intercept water:  A site plan for plat 4, lot
12, prepared for Paul Richard of Wright Lane to correct the problem of
water runoff from Mr. Richards property.  This water, at the present time
is running onto Wright Lane, missing the catch basin, causing standing
water.
      In the winter this water freezes and becomes a safety issue.
       Additionally, stone and gravel is being washed onto the road.
     One of the principle concerns discussed was if CRMC needs to be
notified of any changes.
      It was concluded that because this was a correction to an
inadequately placed catch basin and no additional water was being
collected, that this was not an issue.
      It was moved by Councilor Pease, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
approve this course of action.  So unanimously voted.
2)   Memorandum from the Town Clerk re: Quonset/Davisville Liaison
Committee and Beavertail State Park Advisory Committee
The clerk was requested by the Council to check with Mr. Howard and Mr.
Karentz to see if they are able to continue their service on the
Quonset/Davisville Liaison Committee if the process  should continue to
after the first of the year. 
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Wright to have
the clerk set up interviews for the two standing members on the Beavertail
State Park Advisory Committee whose terms are expiring.
      So unanimously voted.
3)   Quonset/Davisville Liaison Committee (2 vacancies) 
  a) Letter of interest from Paul Sullivan
It was moved by Councilor Wright, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
appoint Paul Sullivan to the Quonset/Davisville Liaison Committee.
      So unanimously voted.
  b) Letter from the Quonset/Davisville Liaison Committee re: appointment
of new members
It was moved by Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Wright to advertise for
any additional vacancies on the Quonset/Davisville Liaison Committee.
      So unanimously voted.
4)   Memorandum from the Library Board of Trustees re: staff salaries
The Town Administrator recommended that the Council accept this
communication as she will be working with the Board of Trustees during the
budgeting process on this issue.
      Barbara Nesto, a member of the Board of Trustees for the Jamestown
Philomenian Library, requested a meeting between the Board of Trustees and
the Council to review their salary recommendations and other concerns.
      It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Pease to
refer this communication to the Town Administrator and request that she
investigate the numbers and whatever other supporting data is needed so
that this can be put on the Agenda for discussion.  So unanimously voted.
5)   Memorandum from the Harbor Management Commission re: members terms 
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Pease to
advertise for the two available positions on the Harbor Management
Commission.  So unanimously voted.
6)   Local Emergency Planning Commission vacancy (per Town Administrator)
It was moved by Councilor Wright, seconded by Councilor Pease to advertise
the vacant position for the Local Emergency Planning Commission
representative.  So unanimously voted.
7)   Personnel Board (1 vacancy)
  a) Letter of interest from Eric T. Lexow (present term expires 12/1998)
It was moved by Councilor Murphy, seconded by Councilor Wright to appoint
Eric Lexow to the Personnel Board.  So unanimously voted.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS

1)   Southwest Avenue re: composition of sidewalk (continued from
10/13/98)
  a) Letters dated 10/21/98, 09/24/97 and petition from Lynn F. Berman
Ms. Berman reiterated the information in her letter of September 24, 1997,
additionally stating that if there is now going to be additional
discussion to change the texture of this sidewalk, she would like to be
informed.  Councilor Amerigian informed Ms. Berman that a walk-by of the
area was being planned by the Town Administrator for Wednesday, October
29, at which time representatives from DOT will be going over some of the
issues on Southwest Avenue.
     One of the issues being the sidewalk and other alternatives for the
material to be used.  Jeanne Spinosa, Southwest Avenue, suggested that
this should have been advertised so that residents in that area would be
able to present their concerns.
      Because of the time frame, it was moved by Councilor Amerigian,
seconded by Councilor Dolce to have the Town Administrator arrange for
flyers to be delivered to area residents notifying them of the walk-by.
      So unanimously voted.
Mary Hutchinson, Conservation Committee, requested to have the issue of
erosion on Spring Street addressed at the time of the walk-by.
      Councilor Amerigian requested that Ms. Hutchinson  put this request
in writing so that the Town Administrator could present this at her next
regularly scheduled meeting with RIDOT.    
2)   Elderly Tax Exemption (continued from 10/13/98)
It was moved by Councilor Wright, seconded by Councilor Pease to table
this matter until a review is done by the Town Administrator on the
existing people who qualify for an exemption, using caps of $131,000,
$142,000 and 150,000; and to include with this, a median and average home.
      So unanimously voted.
3)   Save The Bay/John Torgan re: dredging project
Mary Hutchinson, Conservation Commission presented the Commission's
position on the dredging project.
      The Conservation Commission found that the alternative is
unacceptable because of a concern with the loss of the habitat that the
dumping would create and secondly, this was essentially a short term
solution to a longer term issue that the State and the communities around
the State will have to address.
      In addition to the dredging material from the Providence Bay will be
the Quonset Point project dredging.
      What the Corps has proposed could set a precedent for other
projects.
      We are at the point now where we are controlling runoff into the bay
of soil erosion or contaminants;  why now would we want to use the Bay as
a dumping ground for this dredging material.
      The Conservation Commission would like to see other alternatives
used; such as, the gravel removed could be used in making concrete, the
sand could be used for roads in the winter.
      The Commission recommends that the Council join with the other eight
cities and towns  and oppose the dredging project as planned.  It was
moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Wright to have
Councilor Murphy and Councilor Pease write a draft resolution and bring it
back to the Council at the next meeting.  So unanimously voted.

COMMUNICATIONS

1)   Letter from Thomas F. Ginnerty re: request for stop sign at the
intersection of Stern and Bow Street
Mr. Ginnerty requested that the Council arrange for a stop sign at the
intersection of Stern Street and Bow Street to alleviate a speeding
problem in that area.
      Mr. Ginnerty reported that due to the increase in families with
young children and the dense population, speeding cars were presenting a
safety problem.
      It was moved by Councilor Murphy, seconded by Councilor Pease to
refer this matter to the Chief of Police and request that he review the
situation and signage and make recommendations to the Council.
      So unanimously voted.
2)   Letter from James K. Cardi, M.D. re: request a change in time of
Highway Barn Committee meetings
Councilor Wright reported that he had researched this issue and it was
found that the meeting time for the Highway Barn Committee could not be
changed because of scheduling problems with the members.
       It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Wright
to accept this communication and send a response to Dr. Cardi relating the
reasons the Highway Barn Committee is unable to change their meeting time.
      So unanimously voted.
3)   Letter from Charles & Karan Osenton re: suggestion regarding
controlling dog litter
Councilor Amerigian moved and Councilor Pease seconded to refer this
letter of suggestion to the Town Planner so that it can be addressed when
the Planning Commission is considering the details of the Downtown
Improvements Plan.  So unanimously voted.
4)   Letter from Special Olympics of RI re: request for permission to use
Mackerel Cove Beach for the 23rd Annual Penguin Plunge (01/01/99)
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Pease to
approve this request from Special Olympics of RI requesting permission to
use Mackerel Cove Beach for the 23rd Annual Penguin Plunge on January 1,
1999, contingent on the terms and conditions of last years approval.
      So unanimously voted.
5)   Letter from RI 2000 (First Night Providence) re: $1,000 competitive
challenge grant
It was moved by Councilor Wright, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
circulate this letter from RI 2000 to the committees that may take
advantage of this grant, some of those organizations being, Jamestown Art
Association, Jamestown Historical Society, Jamestown Millennium Quilt
Committee and other organizations that the Town Administrator feels may be
interested; additionally, this letter is to posted in the Jamestown
Library and Jamestown Town Hall.   So unanimously voted.

NEW BUSINESS

1)   Telephone poles on North Road (per Councilor Murphy)
This issue was resolved prior to this Council meeting.  
2)   Extended operating hours Victualing License renewal application

APPLICANT              HOURS
Cumberland Farms, Inc.          5:00 AM to 11:00 PM
dba Cumberland Farms Store #1108      (RIGL allows 2:00 AM 
41 North Road             closing)

It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Pease to
advertise this renewal for public hearing on Monday, November 23, 1998 at
7:00 PM.

OTHER COMMUNICATIONS

Letter of interest for Ambulance Compensation Committee
Councilor Amerigian moved, Councilor Wright seconded to request the clerk
to contact Priscilla Szneke and inform her that the position has been
filled and ask her if she would like to remain on the list for
consideration in the future.  So unanimously voted.
Town Clerk re: executive session minutes
In preparation for the release of executive session minutes, Councilor
Amerigian suggested that Council members review the minutes being
considered, complete the worksheet and return it to 
the clerk by the second Council meeting in November.
      The clerk will then compile comments and submit to the Town
Solicitor for his review.

There being no further business, it was moved by Councilor Wright,
seconded by Councilor Amerigian to adjourn the meeting at 10:02.
      So unanimously voted.

Attest:

Arlene D. Kalooski
Town Clerk