TOWN COUNCIL
JAMESTOWN, RHODE ISLAND

PUBLIC HEARING
November 30, 1998
(as amended on December 14, 1998)

A public hearing on the Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment for mopeds and
personal water craft was called to order at the Jamestown Philomenian, 26
North Road at 7:00 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
Richard Alphin, Zoning Vice Chair
 
Also present from the Harbor Management Commission were:
Donald T. Armington, Chairman
David Pritchard, Vice Chairman
Dennis Webster
Amy Barclay de Tolly, Public Relations
Sandy Lareau, Budget & Personnel

Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment for mopeds and personal water craft
Discussion ensued on the terminology to be used in the proposed zoning
ordinance amendment to further identify the vehicles.
     The Town Planner stated that the law indicated anything over 2.0
horsepower requires a license to operate.
      It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Dolce to
add to the language under Moped to read as follows:   Moped: (Motorized
Bicycles) - Two-wheel vehicles which may be propelled by human power
and/or helper power, or by both, with a motor rated not more than 1.5
brake horsepower or 2 (S.A.E.) horsepower, and not more than 50 cc
displacement, which is capable of a maximum speed of not more than thirty
(30) miles per hour.  So unanimously voted.

It was moved by Councilor Murphy, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to vote
on this proposed zoning ordinance amendment at the next Town Council
meeting on December 14, 1998.
      So unanimously voted.  The public hearing ended at 7:45 PM.  

After a fifteen minute recess, Councilor Amerigian opened the joint
meeting of the Jamestown Town Council and the Harbor Management Commission
at 8:00 PM.

1)   Review Projected 1998-1999 MDF Budget
The Harbor Management Commission Chair, Donald Armington reviewed the
budget for 1998-1999, including the $21,000.00 borrowed from the Town. 
Mr. Armington informed the Council that the Harbor Management Commission
is expected to end the year with a balanced budget without any significant
loss or gain.
2)   Discuss Preliminary 1999-2000 MDF Budget
  a) Interpretation of HMO Section 7 paragraph 1 "...substantive
change..."
It was suggested by Mr. Armington that because of the overall plans of the
Harbor Commission, an increase in harbor fees should be considered by the
Council.
      Mr. Armington stated that there has not been any increase in fees
since the inception of the Ordinance in 1990.
      Additionally,  Mr. Armington informed the Council that Coastal
Resources, as mentioned in their letter dated November 23, 1998, is not
required to review or approve this type of change to the Harbor Management
Ordinance.
      Harbor Commission feels that mooring fees would be one way of
increasing the revenues.
      Mr. Armington pointed out that the Harbor Management Commission is
responsible for equitably distributing the burden of Harbor Management and
development along to all users, including the Town of Jamestown.   
3)   Discuss Long Range Capital Improvement Program (LRCIP)
In his presentation of Schedule #1, Mr. Armington included $1.2 million in
repairs that must be done.
      The Harbor Management Commission has come up with a schedule for
their Long Range Capital Improvement Program.
      These projects would be done as monies are accumulated.
  a) Preliminary Schedule #1
 Schedule #1 draft is as follows:
1)   Town Pier Bulkhead and South Bulkhead cannot be completed until 2003
2)   The $21,000 loan from the General Fund will be paid by 9/15/99
3)   Maintenance work on the West Ferry should be completed by 2006
4)   Plans to construct a Wood Pile Pier Extension, Wave Screen, Storage
Deck Long Term Parking and Boat Launch Ramp cannot be considered.
5)   Retained Earnings for emergencies and capital improvements will not
reach an optimum level of $200,000 until 2015.
  b) Preliminary Schedule #2
Schedule #2 is as follows: (This schedule includes Federal FHWA funds and
restrictions/ guidelines.
      Additionally, Schedule #2 includes Ferry Boat Discretionary Funds)
1)   Capital improvements to the Town Pier, the Wood Pile Pier, Extension,
Storage Deck and a Long Term Parking Area can be completed by 2001
2)   Using FHWA funds, the $21,000 loan relating to design costs on the
Town Pier can be repaid to the General Fund by 2/28/99
3)   West Ferry Wharf improvements can be completed by 2005
4)   Retained Earnings for emergencies and capital improvements will reach
an optimum $200,000 level by 2009
5)   A Deep Water Boat Launch Ramp can be completed after 2009

Also included in Mr. Armington's presentation was a proposed Zoning
Ordinance Amendment for Ferry Service and Satellite Parking, and a Town of
Jamestown/RIDOT Memorandum of Understanding.
      With regards to the proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment for Ferry
Service and Satellite Parking, Mr. Armington informed the Council that the
Harbor Commission would encourage the passage of this type of ordinance.
      Concern was raised with The Memorandum of Understanding, in that, 
if this Federal money is used, would the Town of Jamestown be able to
control the spending.
      Mr. Armington stated that without the use of Federal Funds, we would
have to extend our finances well out into the next decade.
       Several ways to increase revenue were raised by residents during
discussion.
      Specifically, as all residents enjoy the features and activities,
the possibility of the Town sharing in some portion of the maintenance of
these facilities; additionally, the possibility of raising the lease
payment for the Conanicut Marina, or even, the possibility of the sale of
the piers at East Ferry and Dutch Harbor.  
4)   Determine Capital Improvement Program for 1999-2000 MDF Budget
Previously discussed.
5)   Ferry Satellite Parking Ordinance
This Ordinance has been discussed previously and at this time it is in the
hands of the Town Solicitor and Town Planner.
6)   Discuss Town/RIDOT Memorandum of Understanding
The Council would like to have this reviewed by the Town Solicitor.

As an additional course of action, it was suggested that funding for this
infrastructure may be available from another State or Federal department.
      The Council requested that the Harbor Management Commission look
into this possibility.

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

Attest:

Arlene D. Kalooski
Town Clerk

cc:  Town Council Members (5)
  Town Administrator
  Town Solicitor
  Administrative Circulation

TOWN COUNCIL 11/30/98