TOWN COUNCIL
JAMESTOWN, RHODE ISLAND
December 14, 1998
(as amended on January 11, 1999)

A regular meeting of the Jamestown Town Council was called to order at the
Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Road, at 7:33 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
Steven J. Goslee, Public Works Director
Quentin Anthony, Esq., Town Solicitor
Arthur J. Christman, Fire Chief
Richard Allphin, Zoning Vice Chair

Councilor Amerigian noted that John Doty is retiring from his position as
operator of the Transfer Station after twenty-six years of employment with
the Town.
      It was moved by Councilor Murphy, seconded by Councilor Pease to
request that the Town Clerk send him a letter thanking  him for his years
of service.  So unanimously voted.

CONSENT AGENDA

It was requested that items #1a and b, and item #2 be removed. Motion by
Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Murphy to approve the consent
agenda as amended. So unanimously voted. The amended consent agenda
consisted of:
3)   Copies of minutes of Boards and Committees
  a) Zoning Board of Review (10/27/98)
  b) Planning Commission (11/18/98)
  c) Quonset/Davisville Liaison Committee (11/09/98 & 12/01/98)
  d) Harbor Management Commission (10/14/98, 11/12/98 and 11/12/98 Budget
Committee Meeting)
  e) Board of Canvassers (10/09/98)   
4)   RICRMC notice of assent: Walter J. & Diane E. Wallace to construct a
residential boating facility (Plat 2, Lot 102; 32 Orient Avenue)
5)   About Vision 2001: The Campaign for Newport Hospital pamphlet
6)   Copy of newspaper article submitted by Dennis Webster re: Quonset
Point Partners information
7)   Notice of application deadline (01/22/99) from RI Housing and
Mortgage Finance Corp.
8)   Copy of Harbor Management Commission attendance record   

1)   Adoption of Council minutes:
  a) 11/23/98 (Regular Meeting)
Councilor Dolce corrected the comment made by David Martin on page 4, the
end of the sentence should be exception (not election).
      Councilor Wright corrected the motion on page 6 to appoint Bertram
Lippincott, It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor
Wright to reappoint Bertram Lippincott for term ending December, 1999.
      Also corrected was motion to appoint Robert Griffin, It was moved by
Councilor Wright, seconded by Councilor Pease.  
  b) 11/30/98 (Public Hearing re: mopeds & personal water craft) 
Councilor Dolce pointed out that Councilor Murphy was in attendance;
however, his name did not appear as present.  
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Murphy to
approve the Council Minutes with revisions as noted.  So unanimously
voted.
2)   Bills and Payroll
Councilor Dolce requested clarification regarding the legal bill for labor
issues.
      The Town Administrator explained that she had researched this and it
was not paid.
      It was moved by Councilor Dolce, seconded by Councilor Wright to
approve the payment of bills and payroll.  So unanimously voted.

EXECUTIVE SESSION ANNOUNCEMENT

None

OPEN FORUM

1)   Scheduled Requests to Address
  a) Philip J. Willis re: highway barn
Mr. Willis addressed the Council requesting answers to various questions
and concerns regarding the Town Transfer Station and the abutting lot #47.
      Upon conclusion of this discussion, Mr. Raymond Iannetta requested
to be heard by the Council.
      Mr. Iannetta presented documents from as far back as 1982; in which
he stated were reports of violations at the Transfer Station / landfill,
by the Town of Jamestown.
      Mr. Iannetta discussed these documents in great detail, stating his
concerns and his request for answers.
      Both Mr. Willis and Mr. Iannetta referenced a Certificate of Closure
for the landfill and their concern that the State does not have a record
of ever issuing one to the Town of Jamestown.
      It was moved by Councilor Murphy, seconded by Councilor Pease to
have this matter referred to the Town Administrator requesting her to
compile historical data and come back with a recommendation or at least an
in process review so that we can go forward.  So unanimously voted.

2)   Non-Agenda Requests to Address
REPORTS OF BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND TOWN OFFICIALS

1)   Town Administrators report
  a) Requested action by Council   
     i) Kelsey Sorenson, Deputy Finance Director
     The Town Administrator announced that Kelsey Sorenson Hyman, CPA has
accepted the position as the Deputy Finance Director.
      Ms. Hyman is scheduled to begin working for the Town of Jamestown in
the middle of January.
     ii)   EMT daytime coverage
     The Council heard a progress report from Fire Chief, Arthur
Christman, regarding the serious need for EMT coverage in the daytime.
      The Town Administrator will continue to be updated on this issue and
as recommended by Councilor Murphy, this item will be put on the agenda
for the January 11th Council meeting.  
     iii)  Drainage on Southwest Avenue
The Town Administrator informed the Council that she would be meeting with
Mr. Cherry from RIDOT and would request an update from him regarding the
drainage on Southwest Avenue.
     iv)   Land Bank Workshop
The Town Administrator suggested postponing this workshop until sometime
in January because some participants were not available to put the work
shop together.
      It was moved by Councilor Murphy, seconded by Councilor Pease to
cancel the Land Bank Workshop for December 21st.
      So unanimously voted.  It was moved by Councilor Murphy, seconded by
Councilor Amerigian to reschedule the Water & Sewer meeting on December
21st at 7:30 PM.  So unanimously voted.
     v) Budget Hearings
It was moved by Councilor Wright, seconded by Councilor Dolce to accept
the schedule for budget hearings as presented.  So unanimously voted.
     vi)   Southwest Avenue Project
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Murphy to send
a letter to the Director of RIDOT with a copy to the Resident Engineer
thanking the department for doing such a good job in getting Southwest
Avenue ready for the winter.  So unanimously voted.
2)   Quonset/Davisville Liaison Committee
  a) Letter re: letter dated 11/16/98 from Quonset Point Partners [see
item X. 1)]
  b) Status report
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Murphy to
accept the letter from Quonset Point Partners.  So unanimously voted.
3)   Planning Commission
  a) Memorandum: re: Rural Development Council
It was moved by Councilor Murphy seconded by Councilor Wright to approve
the appointment of Lisa Bryer, Town Planner, as the local official from
Jamestown to the Rural Development Council and to forward a letter to go
Governor Almond endorsing her appointment.  So unanimously voted.
     i) Copy of letter from the Planning Commission to the Honorable
Governor Lincoln Almond
b)   Invitation from Planning Commission to meeting (12/16/98) re:
proposed Open Space I & II Zoning Amendment discussion (hand delivered to
Council on 11/30/98)            
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Wright to
accept the invitation from the Planning Commission to attend the Planning
Meeting scheduled for 7:30 PM on December 16, 1998 at the Jamestown
Philomenian Library.  So unanimously voted.
4)   Harbor Management Commission (2 vacancies [1 from each of the
following categories: West Harbor Riparian Owner & Interested; Otherwise
Unaffiliated]; term ending 12/2001)
  a) Letters of interest representing West Harbor Riparian Owner
     i) Irving Jennings
     ii)   David M. Ryan
  b) Letters of interest representing Interested; Otherwise Unaffiliated
     i) Eric T. Lexow     vi)   Stephen H. Garnett
     ii)   William Hahn      vii)  David Welsh
     iii)  Alex Bronovitsky     viii) Mary Ann Joyce
     iv)   John B. Parsons      ix)   Steve Moreau
     v) Richard Hutchinson   
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Wright to ask
the town clerk to set up interviews for the West Ferry Riparian Owner on
December 21st before the Water and Sewer meeting, beginning at 7:00 PM and
then continue with the interviews at the conclusion of the Water and Sewer
meeting at 8:30 PM.  So unanimously voted.  
  c) Letter of support from Richard C. Gallagher re: Mr. Parsons & Mr.
Hutchinson  
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Murphy to
accept the letter of support from Richard C. Gallagher.  So unanimously
voted.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

1)   Removal of tree from Highland Drive (town property) (continued from
11/23/98)
It was moved by Councilor Murphy, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to table
this until the next Council meeting on January 11, 1999.
      So unanimously voted.
2)   Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment for mopeds and personal water
craft (if favorable, vote) (Public Hearing was held on 11/30/98)
After discussion on the proposed amendment, it was moved by Councilor
Dolce, seconded by Councilor Murphy to amend the Proposed Zoning Ordinance
for mopeds and personal water craft to state under mopeds:  Moped:
Motorized multi-wheel vehicles which are or may be propelled by human
power and/or motor power, or by both, and which have motors/engines not
more than 1.5 brake horsepower or 2 (S.A.E.) horsepower, and not more than
50 cc displacement, and which are capable of a maximum speed of not more
than thirty (30) miles per hour.
      So unanimously voted.  It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded
by Councilor Pease to approve the Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment for
mopeds and personal water craft.  So unanimously voted.
  a) Memorandum dated 12/10/98 from the Planning Commission
3)   Southwest Avenue update
Previously discussed.
4)   Golf Course
Councilor Murphy recommended that the makeup of the Golf Course Committee
be changed so that the needs and concerns of this committee can be met in
a more timely fashion and having direct contact with the Town
Administrator.
      It was moved by Councilor Murphy, seconded by Councilor Pease that
Councilor Murphy be removed as Council representative from the Golf Course
Committee  and the Town Administrator be appointed in his place.
      Following discussion, it was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded
by Councilor Dolce to table this recommendation to the Council meeting on
January 11, 1999.  So unanimously voted.
5)   Civic group signs
The Town Administrator noted that the Jamestown Lion's Club has not yet
contacted her with the specifications regarding their sign.
      Councilor Murphy   stated that he would provide the Town
Administrator with the written request from the Jamestown Lion's Club the
next morning (December 15).
6)   Transfer Station
The increase in recycle material being left at the Transfer Station was
discussed.  The Town Administrator stated she would discuss this with the
Public Works Director and get back to the Council with suggestions.
      Council Amerigian requested that this be put on the agenda for the
Council meeting on January 11, 1999.
7)   Elderly Tax Exemption
After substantial discussion regarding the tax relief for the elderly, it
was moved by Councilor Dolce, seconded by Councilor Murphy to amend the
draft of November 17, 1998, Section 4 (E) to read  "Assessment cap: means
the sum of One Hundred Forty-Two Thousand Dollars as the same may be
adjusted from time to time as hereinafter provided.  So unanimously voted.
It was moved by Councilor Murphy to approve the amended Tax Relief Act for
the Elderly and to have it sent to the Legislature for enabling
legislation.  So unanimously voted. 
8)   Church Community Housing and affordable housing re: Route 138 (per
Administrator)
The Town Administrator reported to the Council that, as directed at the
Council meeting in November, these properties have been researched and the
Town will be withdrawing from one because of the possibility of well or
septic system problems with that property.
      The Town will go forward with the remaining four properties.
      The Public Works Director noted that Church Community Housing has
had these properties surveyed and the remaining four are acceptable to
them.
      The Town Administrator informed the Council that there is still the
possibility that the previous owners may also exercise their option to
purchase.  

COMMUNICATIONS

1)   Letter from Quonset Point Partners, Inc. re: development of Quonset
Point  
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Pease to accept
the communication from the Jamestown Quonset Davisville Liaison Committee.
      So unanimously voted.  Councilor Amerigian requested that a date be
set for a workshop with the Jamestown Quonset Davisville Liaison Committee
at the Water and Sewer meeting on December 21st.
2)   Letter from Troop 1, Jamestown re: Eagle Scout, Marcus Cochran
  a) Invitation to Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Pfc Marcus Lee Cochran
(12/29/98)
3)   Letter from Troop 1, Jamestown re: Eagle Scout, Daniel Anthony
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Wright to have
the town clerk assemble a resolution for achieving Eagle Scout for Pfc.
     Marcus Lee Cochran and Daniel Anthony and to have these available for
the respective presentations on December 29th and January 8th.
      So unanimously voted.  It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded
by Councilor Wright to invite Pfc.
     Marcus Cochran and Daniel Anthony to a Town Council meeting for
acknowledgment and recognition of their accomplishments.
      So unanimously voted.
4)   Letter from Chief Sachem, Matthew Thomas (Narragansett Indian Tribe)
re: agreements
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Murphy to
accept the letter from Chief Sachem, Matthew Thomas.
      So unanimously voted.
5)   Memorandum from Andrea Brayman, Race Director re: request for
approval of 1999 St. Daddy's Day 5k Run/Walk (03/14/99)
It was moved by Councilor Pease, seconded by Councilor Murphy to approve
the request from Andrea Brayman to hold the 1999 St.
     Daddy's Day 5k Run/Walk on March 14, 1999.  So unanimously voted.
6)   Letter from Raymond Iannetta re: landfill on North Main Road
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Pease to accept
the letter from Mr. Iannetta.  So unanimously voted.
7)   Letter from Norma B. Willis representing "Citizens concerned about
the relocation of the Jamestown highway garage" re: highway garage
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Pease to accept
the letter from Norma Willis.
      So unanimously voted.  It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded
by Councilor Murphy to request that the Town Administrator provide Mr.
Iannetta with information from the contract to sandblast the water tower.
      So unanimously voted.
8)   Letter from Newport County Community Mental Health Center, Inc. re:
1999/2000 budget appropriation
The Town Administrator informed the Council that this request from Newport
County Community Mental Health Center, Inc. should be brought up at the
budget hearing.
      Councilor Amerigian suggested that we need more information
regarding population and share of money requested from other communities.
      It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Pease to
accept this communication.  So unanimously voted.

NEW BUSINESS

1)   Joint pole location request from New England Telephone and Telegraph
and The Newport Electric Corp. re: Racquet Road
It was moved by Councilor Murphy, seconded by Councilor Pease to approve
the joint pole location request.  So unanimously voted.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business before Council, motion by Councilor
Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Pease to adjourn the meeting at 9:34 PM.
     So unanimously voted.

Attest:

Arlene D. Kalooski
Town Clerk