JAMESTOWN TOWN COUNCIL
QUONSET/DAVISVILLE LIAISON COMMITTEE
WORK SESSION
February 4, 1999

A work session of the Jamestown Town Council and the Quonset/Davisville
Liaison Committee was called to order at the Jamestown Philomenian
Library, 26 North Road, at 7:30 P.M. by Council President, Craig A.
Amerigian. The following members were present:

William H. Murphy
Fred F. Pease
Ellicott Wright
Absent:  David E. Dolce, Council Vice President

Quonset/Davisville members present were:
Dennis Webster, Chairman
Samuel Patterson, Harbor Management Commission
Nancy A. Logan
Emmet E Turley
John H. Howard
Paul J. Sullivan
Absent:  Arthur Lemke, Jr.

Also present were:
Maryanne Crawford, CPA, Town Administrator/Finance Director
Arlene D. Kalooski, Town Clerk
Betty Hubbard, Planning Commission

Dennis Webster, Quonset/Davisville Liaison Committee Chairman, in his
opening remarks, stated that the Stakeholders have spent a great deal of
time gathering scientific information about the bay and the surrounding
areas, and trying to understand the economics of container ports.
      Mr. Webster further pointed out that on February 8, 1999 the
Stakeholders will meet to develop a range of alternative port
configurations; it is expected that some of these configurations will not
be container ports.
      Additionally, Mr. Webster reported that the technical consultants
for this project will evaluate the impact of each proposed configuration.
       These evaluations should be back to the Stakeholders by February
25, 1999, and then on March 12, 1999, the Stakeholders will reconvene and
attempt to identify two or three alternatives to be recommended to
Governor Almond.
       Mr. Webster further identified the possible alternatives as:
  1) Container Port - 2 terminals (+ autos)
  2) Container Port - 1 terminal (+ autos)
  3) Move Port of Providence to Davisville (+ autos)
  4) No change - maintain existing port
  5)    Marina/Fishing Port
  
Mr. Webster also discussed the evaluation criteria for these possible
options:
  1) Financial
  2) Environmental impacts
  3) Quality of life impacts
  4) Existing businesses and bay activities
  5) Dredging
  6) State impacts (jobs, sprawl)

John Howard, Quonset/Davisville Liaison Committee member, addressed the
areas of concern identified as most important to Jamestown residents,
namely, safety on the bay and impact on recreational boating, dredging and
the effects on our fresh water supply, impact on the quality of bay water,
and the impact of light and noise on the quality of life in Jamestown.
       Mr. Howard stated that these concerns have been presented to the
Stakeholders Committee, and by doing so, they are now a matter of public
record.
      Additionally, a number of Stakeholder's concerns were discussed;
such as, the effects on marine life, filling the bay, truck and rail
traffic, regional growth and urban sprawl, economic development, and jobs.

Councilor Amerigian opened the session for questions.  
Jamestown residents expressed concern in several areas of this project.
      In an effort to address these concerns the following information was
discussed by the Council members and the Jamestown Quonset/Davisville
Liaison Committee.
      Residents were informed by Mr. Webster that to allay fears regarding
the Jamestown fresh water supply, the consultants did a sonar survey to
determine where the bedrock is in the proposed channel and what impact
blasting would have in this area.
      Based upon that study, it was found that the channel may have to be
moved somewhat to the North of the present plan.

Another concern addressed was that of increased air traffic and the belief
that because of the size of the cranes used at container ports the airport
would not be a compatible use.
      Councilor Murphy indicated that the Master Plan for the airport has
not been updated as yet; however, once the decisions on the use of the
Quonset Port are in place the Master Plan would be addressed.

A lengthy discussion occurred on wether or not this project would bring in
the work force that the promoters have predicted.  Councilor Amerigian
polled the audience and the consensus was that the number of workers being
considered by the Quonset Point Partners seems highly inflated for the
beginning stages of the development of this port, with the additional
feeling that even years down the road those numbers may not be reached.  

Additional traffic on the bay, the increase in noise from both air traffic
and shipping traffic, the chance of  algae or any destructive
microorganisms being introduced to the bay was of great concern to the
residents.
       Mr. Webster acknowledged that once the decision has been made on
the particular use chosen for Quonset Port then an environmental impact
study will be conducted.  

Other information that surfaced during discussion was that only two towns
are represented on this Stakeholders Committee, Jamestown being one and
North Kingstown being the other.  

In conclusion, Mr. Webster urged the public to read the many documents
which have been made available for them at the Jamestown Philomenian
Library to aid them in their understanding of this process and the
progress made to date.
       Mr. Webster emphasized that if anyone has additional questions or
if they have any technical expertise  to assist in the understanding of
this data to please feel free to contact him.

There being no further discussion, the work shop concluded at 9:26 P.M.

Attest:

Arlene D. Kalooski
Town Clerk