TOWN COUNCIL
JAMESTOWN, RHODE ISLAND
January 25, 1999
(as amended on February 8, 1999)

A regular meeting of the Jamestown Town Council was called to order at the
Jamestown Philomenian Library, at 7:30 PM by Council President, Craig A.
Amerigian. The following members were present:
David E. Dolce
William H. Murphy
Fred F. Pease
Ellicott Wright

Also present were:
Maryanne Crawford, CPA, Town Administrator/Finance Director
Arlene D. Kalooski, Town Clerk
Quentin Anthony, Esq., Town Solicitor
Lisa Bryer, Town Planner
Stephen J. Goslee, Public Works Director
J. Christopher Powell, Conservation Commission
Richard Alphin, Zoning Vice Chair
Thomas P. Tighe, Chief of Police
Arthur J. Christman, Fire Chief

AWARDS, PRESENTATION AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

a)   Presentation of Citizens Police Academy Awards     
Chief of Police, Thomas P. Tighe, presented the following graduates of the
Jamestown Police Department Citizens Police Academy with a Certificate of
Completion:
Jack Anderson, Stephen Baker, Theresa Botelho, Kathleen Brown, Chris
Carroll, Susan Carroll, Mark Cote Jr., Domenic Curfman, James Doorley,
Donna Drago, Margaret Gloria, Jonathan Lindgren, Ronald Lindgren, Alfred
Lopes, Sam Paterson, Sandra Paterson, Fred Pease, Laurent Peltier, Candace
Powell, Katie Ryng, Russell Secor, Erik Umbenhauer, and Vincent Vesella.  
Chief Tighe commended these volunteers for giving their time to this
program which was designed to give the community a better understanding of
the Police Department and what is involved in keeping our community safe.
      Additionally Chief Tighe thanked the Council and Town Administrator
for their support for this program.

LETTER OF CONDOLENCE
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Murphy so send
a letter of condolence to the family of Richard Waters.
      Mr Waters was a very active member of the Jamestown community,
serving on the Planning Commission for many years and other community
organizations.  So unanimously voted.

SITTING AS ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSING COMMISSION

None

CONSENT AGENDA

The Council requested that item #6 be removed from the Consent Agenda.
      It was moved by Councilor Dolce, seconded by Councilor Murphy to
approve the consent agenda as amended. So unanimously voted.  The approved
Consent Agenda consisted of:

1)   Adoption of Council minutes:
  a) 1/11/99  (Regular Meeting)       
2)   Bills and Payroll
3)   Copies of minutes of Boards and Committees
  a) Jamestown Housing Authority (11/10/98)
  b) Harbor Management Commission (12/09/98)
     i) Attendance record
  c) Planning Commission (01/06/99)
  d) Quonset/Davisville Liaison Committee (01/04/99)             
4)   RICRMC notices
  a) Finding of no significant impact: 
     i) Joseph R. Cappucio to construct and maintain a deck (Plat 3, Lot
25; 
        503 Seaside Drive)
     ii)   David Guiney to replace roof shingles (Plat 9, Lot 69; 32 East
Shore Road)
5)   Memorandum from RI Historic Preservation & Heritage Commission re:
National Register of Historic Places listing
7)   Vision 2001: a new hospital for a new century "The Visionary" (Winter
1999 edition)
8)   Letter of thanks from Eagle Scout Daniel Anthony

Removed from Consent Agenda:
6)   Letter from the Portsmouth Town Council President re: Special
Education in RI/Municipal costs, responsibilities and effectiveness   
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Pease to refer
the letter from the Portsmouth Town Council President regarding Special
Education in RI/Municipal costs, responsibilities and effectiveness, to
the School Committee and request that the Council be notified of their
action on this communication.
      So unanimously voted.  It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded
by Councilor Murphy to accept item #6.  So unanimously voted.

EXECUTIVE SESSION ANNOUNCEMENT
None

PUBLIC HEARINGS
None

OPEN FORUM

1)   Scheduled Requests to Address
  a) James K. Cardi, M.D. re: transfer station    
James K. Cardi, M.D.,1181 North Road:  Dr. Cardi expressed his concerns
for the health of the residents that live near the landfill.
      Additionally, Dr. Cardi requested that the test wells for the
landfill be tested on a regular basis to monitor the water quality in and
around the landfill area.
       Dr. Cardi read a memo dated May 18, 1988 from the Jamestown
Conservation Commission to the Jamestown Planning Board and asked that
this letter be entered into the minutes (attached).
      Councilor Amerigian informed Dr. Cardi that the Town of Jamestown
intends to go into the State's programming, specifically called, Rhode
Island Site Remediation Program, which involves studying the landfill
site.  
2)   Non-Agenda Requests to Address
Raymond Iannetta, 1219 North Main Road:  Mr. Iannetta distributed a map to
the Council dated 1991 which addressed a site survey for the landfill
area.
      Additionally, Mr. Iannetta presented a series of requests for the
Council.
      Specifically, Mr. Iannetta would like to have 1)  the group of
concerned residents included in discussions regarding the remediation for
the landfill site, and 2)  the Town should adopt a resolution which states
that nothing will be done in that area until this remediation is complete.
      
Mr. Willis, 1191 North Main Road:  Mr. Willis delivered a petition to the
Council protesting the location of the highway garage at the transfer
station.
The Council and residents devoted considerable discussion on the
feasibility and practicality of locating the highway garage in the area
next to the landfill, namely lot 47.
      Several residents expressed concern over utilization of this area
and the effects it may have on their water supply.
Discussion concluded, Councilor Amerigian requested that the meeting go
forward with a report from the Town Administrator.

REPORTS OF BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND TOWN OFFICIALS

1)   Town Administrators report
As previously requested by the Council, the Town Administrator read her
report on the issue of the Transfer Station and former Jamestown Landfill.
      Attached documents to the Town Administrator's report were presented
to help allay both resident's and Town Council's concerns regarding recent
allegations and misunderstandings.
      In addition, the Town Administrator informed the Council that the
Town would be entering into a voluntary program to remove the landfill
from the CERCLIS list.
      This process, which will take approximately two to three years to
complete, will entail the Town digging two to four more monitoring wells
and hiring a consultant to oversee the data collection process.
      The Town Administrator strongly recommended to the Council that the
Town hire an environmental consultant immediately and proceed with this
project.
      After discussion, it was moved by Councilor Murphy, seconded by
Councilor Amerigian that we hold a public workshop with representatives
from the Department of Environmental Management (Office of Waste
Management), Department of Health, and the Environmental Protection Agency
to assist us in assessing where we stand with the landfill issue and what
we should be doing to comply with safety requirements.
      An update for this workshop will be on the agenda for the next Town
Council meeting on February 8, 1999.

Kelsey Hyman, Deputy Finance Director arrived at 8:43 PM.

a)   Requested action by Council
  i) Land Bank Workshop
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Pease to hold
the Land Bank Workshop on Wednesday, February 10, 1999 at 7:30 PM at
either the Library or the Melrose Avenue School.  So unanimously voted.
  ii)   Golf Course Committee
It was moved by Councilor Murphy, seconded by Councilor Pease to appoint
the Deputy Finance Director, Kelsey Hyman, to the Golf Course Committee.
      So unanimously voted.
  iii)  Environmental Consultant
It was moved by Councilor Murphy, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
instruct the Town Administrator to contract the services, through the
bidding process, of an environmental consultant to assist the Town in
their investigation and remediation efforts at the Transfer Station.
      So unanimously voted. 
2)   Harbor Management Commission (1 vacancy from the following category:
Interested; Otherwise Unaffiliated; term ending 12/2001)
  a) 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               
  b) Letter of support from Richard C. Gallagher, M.D. re: Mr. Parsons and
Mr. Hutchinson
It was moved by Councilor Murphy, seconded by Councilor Pease to appoint
William Hahn to the Harbor Management Commission, representing interested;
otherwise unaffiliated, term ending December 2001.  So unanimously voted.
3)   Copy of letter from the Planning Commission to Lucian J. and Denise
M. Asselin re: subdivision
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Murphy to
accept the copy of correspondence from the Planning Commission to Lucian
J. and Denise M. Asselin.  So unanimously voted.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

1)   Upcoming meeting schedule
  a) 02/01/99: Continuation of hearing for Proposed Zoning Ordinance
amendments re: Open Space  (continued from 11/23/98)
     ii)   Memo dated 01/23/99 from Town Planner
Christopher Powell, Conservation Commission Chairman, requested that the
Council refer the proposed zoning ordinance amendment regarding open space
to the Conservation Commission for their review before the hearing on this
issue continues.
      It was the consensus of the Council that the Town Planner would
forward this information to the Conservation Commission for their review
at their February 9th meeting.
      Subsequently, it was recommended by the Town Solicitor that the
Council meet on February 1, 1999 to discuss the possibility of again
continuing the hearing on the Proposed Zoning Ordinance amendments to a
date in the near future.
  b) 02/04/99: Joint workshop with Quonset/Davisville Liaison Committee
     i) Letter dated 01/21/99 from the Quonset/Davisville Liaison
Committee
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Wright to
accept the letter from the Quonset/Davisville Liaison Committee.
      So unanimously voted.  Dennis Webster, Chairman of the
Quonset/Davisville Liaison Committee requested that the Council meet with
the Liaison Committee on a date after the workshop to provide the
committee with some guidance and direction for future meetings with
stakeholders.
      It was moved by Councilor Wright, seconded by Councilor Pease to put
this meeting on the agenda for the February 8th Town Council meeting from
7:00 PM - 7:30 PM.  So unanimously voted.
2)   Civic Group Signs
Councilor Murphy requested the status from the Town Administrator on
requests by civic groups to display signs.
      The Town Administrator advised the Council that she had sent a
letter to RIDOT and would follow up on this situation.
      There was no action taken on this item.
3)   Town barn
Councilor Murphy addressed several concerns he had pertaining to the costs
for the proposed highway barn and the necessity of keeping all the
equipment mentioned in the matrix provided by the Highway Barn Committee.
      In particular, Councilor Murphy inquired as to the feasibility of
keeping surplus equipment that is no longer used or needed.  The Public
Works Director advised the Council that it may be possible to auction the
surplus equipment off.
      There was a lengthy discussion on the possibility of a less
expensive structure and the type of foundation needed.  Laszlo S.
Siegmund, P. E. of Siegmund and Associates, Inc., the engineering
consultant for the Town, stated that the estimated cost was specifically
tailored to the site and may be updated when a definite site is decided. 
Additionally, Mr. Siegmund stated that the estimate was for a
pre-engineered building with a concrete floor throughout.
      With discussion continuing, it was moved by Councilor Murphy,
seconded by Councilor Amerigian to move item number 7) Highway Barn
Committee Report, up on the agenda.
7)   Highway Barn Committee Report
Arek Galle, the Highway Barn Committee Chairman, stated that the committee
was charged with determining the size of the new proposed building and
overall site for the Highway Barn, and to providing an estimated cost;
however, the committee did not address cost reduction steps.
      Discussion also revolved around the timetable from the State on the
removal of stockpiled Town items at Fort Wetherill.
       Again, area residents raised great concern about the placement of
the highway facility on the lot adjacent to the Transfer Station.
      The Council considered various options for cutting costs on the
proposed facility.
       Discussion concluded and no action was taken on this item.
4)   Golf Course Committee re: appointment/replacement of Council
representative
Previously addressed.
5)   Transfer station re: recycled material 
It was moved by Councilor Murphy, seconded by Councilor Wright to table
this item.  So unanimously voted.

6)   Computer study
  a) Reactivation of Computer Study Committee
  b) Consultant
It was moved by Councilor Murphy, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
direct the town clerk to contact previous members of this committee and
inquire as to their availability for reactivation and ability to work with
a consultant.  So unanimously voted.
8)   Open space acquisition 
  a) proposed proposition
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Murphy to
present this proposed proposition as a resolution for the Financial Town
Meeting on March 1, 1999.  So unanimously voted.
9)   Copy of site plan submitted by the Building/Zoning Official re:
Individual Sewage Disposal System (ISDS) variance application of Thomas
Bray (Plat 3, Lots 61 & 62; Beacon Avenue) 
It was moved by Councilor Pease, seconded by Councilor Wright to accept
the site plan regarding the variance application of Thomas Bray.
      So unanimously voted.

COMMUNICATIONS

1)   Letter from Alexander "Sandy" Wood re: delinquent tax notice and
interest
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Murphy to
accept this communication and refer it to the Town Administrator.
      So unanimously voted.
2)   Letter from Georgina Stanger re: proposed highway barn site(s) 
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Murphy to
accept the communication from Georgina Stanger.  So unanimously voted.
3)   Copy of letter from Raymond Iannetta to the Town Administrator re:
landfill
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Pease to accept
the communication from Raymond Iannetta.  So unanimously voted.
4)   Copy of letter from Norma B. Willis to the Town Solicitor re:
painting contract for the water tower
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor to accept the
communication from Norma B. Willis.  So unanimously voted.
5)   Letter from Norma B. Willis re: painting contract for the water tower
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Murphy to
accept the communication from Norma B. Willis.  So unanimously voted.

NEW BUSINESS:

1)   Approval of 1999/2000 Budget and warrants
In review of the budget, the Town Administrator recommended the following
changes to the 1999/2000 General Government budget:  Fire Protection, Line
item 70320.319, Fuel Oil, to be cut by $1500.00 leaving $4000.00 proposed;
Public Buildings, line item 70490.343, Heat, to be cut by $3,000.00
leaving 11,300.00 proposed; Library, line item 70700.311, Electricity, to
be cut by $500.00 leaving $13,292.00 proposed.   Additionally, the Town
Administrator advised the Council that at present, the $12,000.00 for the
proposed salary study remains in the budget.
      Following a lengthy discussion on the type of salary study needed,
it was the consensus of the Council that $6,000.00 would remain in the
budget for the salary study and the Town Administrator could utilize the
Personnel Board, in conjunction with an intern, to help reduce the costs
for this item.
       It was moved by Councilor Pease, seconded by Councilor Murphy to
approve the budget as amended at $11,153,096.00.  So unanimously voted.
2)   Millennium celebration (per Council President Amerigian)
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Murphy to have
the town clerk prepare a notice to all community organizations regarding
an organizational meeting to plan a Millennium Celebration for the Town of
Jamestown.  So unanimously voted.
3)   Informational workshop re: Transfer station     
Previously discussed.

OTHER COMMUNICATIONS
None

OPEN FORUM (continued)

EXECUTIVE SESSION
None

There being no further business, it was moved by Councilor Murphy,
seconded by Councilor Pease to adjourn the meeting at 11:48 PM.
      So unanimously voted.

Attest:

Arlene D. Kalooski
Town Clerk