TOWN COUNCIL
JAMESTOWN, RHODE ISLAND
February 22, 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/Finance Director
Arlene D. Kalooski, Town Clerk
Steven J. Goslee, Public Works Director
Lisa Bryer, Town Planner
Thomas Tighe, Police Chief
Arthur Christman, Fire Chief
Betty Hubbard, Planning Commission Chair
Christopher Powell, Conservation Commission Chair
Richard Alphin, Zoning Vice Chair

AWARDS & PRESENTATIONS

Police Chief Thomas Tighe announced that the Jamestown police officers
participated in the Annual Firearms Qualification Testing.
      Chief Tighe congratulated the officers and awarded plaques to the
High Scorer, Officer William Paiva, who achieved a perfect score of 250.
      Sgt.
     William Donovan's third shift was awarded the Team Award with a score
of 222.25.  Each member of the third shift, namely, Officer Thomas Balcom,
Officer Lori Meadows and Officer Joel Pinocci received an individual
plaque.
CONSENT AGENDA

It was requested that items # 1b, 3a, 6 be removed from the Consent
Agenda.
       Motion by Councilor Dolce, seconded by Councilor Pease to approve
the consent agenda as amended. So unanimously voted. The amended consent
agenda consisted of:
1)   Adoption of Council minutes:
     a) 02/01/99 (Special Meeting re: 1999-2000 Budget)
2)   Bills and Payroll
3)   Copies of minutes of Boards and Committees
  a) Planning Commission (01/20/99)
  b) Fort Wetherill Committee (01/12/99) 
4)   RICRMC notices
  a) Application for assent: William S. and Marilyn A. Munger to make
modifications to an existing marina facility (Plat 9, Lot 354, 791D and
791E; 1 Ferry Wharf and Conanicus Avenue)
5)   Invitation:  City of Newport's  43rd Annual St.
     Patrick's Day Parade (03/13/99)

1)   Adoption of Council minutes
  b) 02/08/99 (Regular Meeting) 
Councilor Murphy pointed out that under Unfinished Business regarding
Quonset/Davisville Liaison Committee, the name of the Councilor to second
the motion is missing.
      The clerk will listen to the tape and provide the Councilor's name.
It was moved by Councilor Wright, seconded by Councilor Pease that the
town clerk telephone Senator Paiva-Weed and Representative Levesque to see
if they will be attending the Council meeting scheduled for March 2, 1999
regarding the developments at Quonset.
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Wright to
approve the minutes as corrected.  So voted, 4 in favor, with Councilor
Murphy abstaining due to his recusal from the discussion and vote
regarding water regulation/conservation.
3)   Copies of minutes of Boards and Committees
  a) Planning Commission (01/20/99)
The Planning Commission Chairperson, Betty Hubbard informed the Council
that recently the Planning Commission voted not to have the Citizen's
Advisory Committee.
      Ms. Hubbard stated that this decision was made with the thought that
the goals outlined by the Comprehensive Plan have not had significant
changes and therefore did not warrant the forming of another Citizen's
Advisory Committee; rather, the Planning Commission will hold public work
shops to access public input for further updates on the Comprehensive
Plan.
      It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Dolce to
accept the minutes of the Planning Commission for January 20, 1999.
      So unanimously voted.
6)   Copy of resolution from the City of Woonsocket re: aqua fund   
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Murphy to
accept the resolution from Woonsocket.
      So unanimously voted.  It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded
by Councilor Pease to put Aqua Fund on the agenda for the next Council
meeting.  So unanimously voted.

EXECUTIVE SESSION ANNOUNCEMENT

None
OPEN FORUM

1)   Scheduled Requests to Address

None

2)   Non-Agenda Requests to Address
Dennis Webster, Quonset Davisville Liaison Committee, informed the Council
that the impact analysis, which was due to the Stakeholders, has been
delayed.  Mr. Webster suggested that the Meeting for March 2, 1999 will
need to be rescheduled because of this delay.
      It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Pease to
have a Special Town Council meeting on February 25, 1999 at 7:20 PM before
the Landfill Work Session to set a new date for the meeting with the
Quonset Davisville Liaison Committee.   So unanimously voted.

  REPORTS OF BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND TOWN OFFICIALS

1)   Town Administrator's report (attached hereto)
  a) Requested action by Council
The Town Administrator informed the Council that her lap top computer
malfunctioned and she was unable to provide them with a written copy of
her report.
      The Town Administrator presented the following items for the
Council's consideration:
  i) Gateway computers ($8720.00)
The Town Administrator recommended that the bid for computers to be
installed in the Town Police cars go to Gateway Computers.
      This bid, although not the lowest, is recommended because Gateway
manufactures, distributes, and repairs their product, affording the Town
easy access to repairs and problem solving.
      It was moved by Councilor Pease, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
approve the purchase of computers from Gateway Computers.
      So unanimously voted.
  ii)   Computer Study Committee
It was moved by Councilor Murphy, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
reinstate the Computer Study Committee.
      So unanimously voted.  It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded
by Councilor Pease to appoint the Deputy Finance Director as Chairperson
and Town Representative for the Computer Study Committee.
      So unanimously voted.
2)   Letter from Arthur J. Christman, Fire Chief re: Bed & Breakfast at 20
Lincoln Street
Fire Chief Arthur Christman informed the Council that the Bed & Breakfast
located at 20 Lincoln Street is refusing to cooperate with the Fire
Department and their ability to inspect the fire alarm system.
      It was moved by Councilor Wright, seconded by Councilor Murphy to
refer this letter from Chief Christman to the Town Administrator for
review with the Town Solicitor and Fire Chief for policy and procedure
regarding this issue.
      So unanimously voted.   Chief Christman stated to the Council that
he would inform the State Fire Marshall of the problem with access to 20
Lincoln Street.
3)   Memorandum from the Planning Commission re: Recommendation for
adoption of the Tree Preservation and Protection Ordinance
Planning Commission Chairperson Betty Hubbard informed the Council that
there have been specific changes to this proposed ordinance, as requested
by the Council.
      Additionally, Ms. Hubbard stated that, as proposed, this ordinance
should make the least amount of impact on Town staff.
      As a start to this program, Ms. Hubbard reported that the $1,000
budgeted by the Town Council for tree removal, preservation and protection
is enough to begin work on this project; however, in the near future more
funds should be considered.  Additionally, Ms. Hubbard stated that as more
funds are targeted for tree preservation, matching funds may be available
through grants from the State.
       Ms. Hubbard also noted that Newport Electric has committed to
$2,000.00 worth of trees for the community through their Tree Management
Program.
      Councilor Amerigian reiterated that what the Planning Commission was
requesting is to form a committee to review and coordinate activities
required by the Tree Ordinance and to hire a consultant to act as Tree
Warden to initiate the permitted activities.
       It was moved by Councilor Murphy, seconded by Councilor Pease to
have this proposed ordinance referred to the Town Solicitor for review.
      So unanimously voted.4)   Memorandum from the Conservation
Commission re: Resolution for Bay and Coastal Habitat Restoration
Conservation Commission Chairperson, Christopher Powell introduced a
Resolution for Bay and Coastal Habitat Restoration for the Council's
consideration.
        It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Murphy
to proceed with this resolution and forward it to the legislators in both
the Senate and the House.  So unanimously voted.
5)   Fort Wetherill Committee draft of minutes (01/26/99) for review
Duncan Laurie, Chairperson of the Fort Wetherill Committee reiterated the
concerns of the Committee as stated in their memo dated January 30, 1999.
      Additionally, Mr. Laurie stated that the concerns addressed in this
memo may be helpful to the Town Solicitor in drawing up an agreement with
the State.
      The Town Administrator requested that Mr. Robert W. Sutton, Jr.,
Chief of Planning and Development for the Rhode Island Department of
Environmental Management address the time table under consideration for
the Town.
      Upon questioning from the Council, Mr. Sutton allayed the Council's
concerns regarding the time frame for the removal of Town equipment at the
Fort Wetherill site.
      Mr. Sutton stated that the State's plan for Fort Wetherill will
begin in late June or early July; however, taking into consideration the
bid time for this project, the Town should plan to vacate the property by
early Fall around September 1, 1999.
      In addition, Mr. Sutton addressed the possibility of the Town
continuing to store some of its supplies at the current stock pile
location at Fort Wetherill.
      In reference to the commercial boats, Mr. Sutton stated that these
should be off the pier by December 31, 1999.
      Mr. Sutton also stated that he sent a letter to the National Parks
Service with a copy to the Town Administrator which speaks about setting a
date for the Town.
      An additional concern which Councilor Amerigian addressed was the
lighting plan for this site.
      Mr. Sutton suggested that the State's plan for lighting is for
public and employee safety only, and, as in other State facilities, should
not be a problem; however, it can be addressed in the agreement between
the State and the Town.
      The Town Administrator informed the Council that a meeting has been
set up with Attorney Mary Kay, and Robert Sutton from RIDEM, and the Town
Administrator.
      It was moved by Councilor Murphy, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
request that the Town Administrator and the Town Solicitor work with the
State representatives from RIDEM on an agreement between the Town of
Jamestown and the State.
      So voted, 4 in favor with Councilor Pease abstaining.
Duncan Laurie questioned the Council regarding the water use plan for the
cove and its management.
      Councilor Amerigian stated that this will be discussed with the Town
Solicitor and will be considered in the agreement with the State.
      In answer to the question by Mr. Laurie, Conservation Chairperson
Christopher Powell informed the Council that the sizes of the boats under
consideration are a 50' - 60' boat, 38', 29' and a 21' boat.  

6)   Letter of support from the Chairman of the Quonset/Davisville Liaison
Committee re: Letter of interest submitted by Nancy Logan for the Planning
Commission
It was moved by Councilor Wright, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
accept the letter of support from Dennis Webster for Nancy Logan for the
Planning Commission.  So unanimously voted.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

1)   Highway Barn (continued from 02/08/99)
The Highway Barn Committee Chair, Arek Galle discussed a draft list of
Town equipment and its storage needs.
      There was additional discussion on the number of bays needed, size
of bays, seasonal storage, and other possible alternatives for equipment
storage.
     The Fire Chief informed the Council that the garage at Taylor Point
could not be used for storage of vehicles because of the danger of fire
from fuel vapors.
       It was moved by Councilor Murphy, seconded by Councilor Wright to
refer this list to the Highway Barn Committee and request that they report
back to us at the next Town Council meeting.
      Councilor Murphy amended the motion to include options for
configurations namely, pieces of equipment and number of bays for storing
this equipment.
      So unanimously voted.  Mr. Galle presented the Council with a letter
he received from Siegmund and Associates, Inc. regarding the report
submitted by the Citizens from the North End.
      It was moved by Councilor Murphy, seconded by Councilor Wright to
accept this letter.
      So unanimously voted.  It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded
by Councilor Murphy to forward a copy of this letter to Mrs. Norma Willis
and J. Ronald Williams.  So unanimously voted.
2)   Land Bank (per Town Administrator)
The Council discussed the need for establishing a land trust and the need
for community support.
      Councilor Wright stated that if the $100,000.00 budgeted for this
purpose is passed at the Financial Town Meeting, it would be an good
indication that the residents are willing to make a commitment to this
program.
      After additional discussion, it was moved by Councilor Pease,
seconded by Councilor Murphy that the Town Council intends to form a Land
Trust Commission to administer funds collected from multiple sources to
acquire land and development rights in the Town of Jamestown with the
express intent of protecting and preserving water and other natural
resource.  So unanimously voted.
3)   Fort Wetherill (continued from 02/16/99 workshop)
Previously discussed.
4)   Water regulations/conservation (continued from 02/16/99)
It was the consensus of the Council that because the Town Solicitor was
not present, this item should be continued until the next Council meeting.

COMMUNICATIONS

1)   Request for Proposals from the RI Resource Protection Project
It was moved by Councilor Murphy, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to refer
this request to the Town Administrator.  So unanimously voted.
2)   Letter from the Quonset Point Partners, LLC
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Murphy to
accept the communication from Quonset Point Partners.
      So unanimously voted.
3)   Letters re: highway barn 
  a) RI Turnpike and Bridge Authority 
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Murphy to
accept the communication from RI Turnpike and Bridge Authority.
      So unanimously voted.
  b) Phil & Janet O'Neill 
It was moved by Councilor Pease, seconded by Councilor Murphy to accept
the letter from Phil and Janet O'Neill and to request that the Town
Administrator inform them that the decision on the size of the highway
barn has not been made as yet and that there concerns regarding
departmental matters will be part of the discussion at Thursday's work
shop.
      So unanimously voted.  It was moved by Councilor Wright, seconded by
Councilor Murphy to refer this letter to the Highway Barn Committee.
      So unanimously voted.
4)   Letter from Edward Manish re: Beavertail Lighthouse
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Murphy to refer
the letter from Mr. Manish to the town clerk and to retain this in a file
for when we advertise for the Beavertail Lighthouse caretaker position.
      So unanimously voted.  The Town Administrator informed the Council
that she would contact the current caretaker regarding their position and
respond to Mr. Manish.
5)   Letter (sent directly to Council members) from Norma Willis re:
landfill (per Councilor Wright)
It was moved by Councilor Wright, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
continue this until the Town Solicitor can review the letter.
      So unanimously voted.

NEW BUSINESS

3)      1) Peddlar license renewal applications:
     Applicant
     A.B. Munroe Dairy, Inc.
It was moved by Councilor Murphy, seconded by Councilor Pease to approve
the Peddlar license renewal for A.B. Munroe Dairy, Inc. subject to
resolution of taxes, debt and required signatures.  So unanimously voted.
  2) Sunday Sales license renewal applications:
     Applicant
     Conanicut Hardware
     Zeek's Bait and Tackle  
It was moved by Councilor Pease, seconded by Councilor Murphy to approve
the Sunday Sales license renewal for Conanicut Hardware and Zeek's Bait
and Tackle subject to the resolution of taxes, debt and required
signatures.  So unanimously voted.
  3) Trash Collector license renewal application:
     Applicant
     Waste Management of RI, Inc.  
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Murphy to
approve the Trash Collector license renewal for Waste Management of RI,
Inc. subject to the resolution of taxes, debt and required signatures and
the completion of the application.  So unanimously voted.

OTHER COMMUNICATIONS

OPEN FORUM CONTINUED: (if necessary)

EXECUTIVE SESSION

None

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business before Council, motion by Councilor
Wright, seconded by Councilor Dolce to adjourn the meeting at 10:02  PM.
     So unanimously voted.

Attest:

Arlene D. Kalooski
Town Clerk