TOWN COUNCIL
JAMESTOWN, RHODE ISLAND
March 8, 1999

A regular meeting of the Jamestown Town Council was called to order at the
Jamestown Philomenian, 26 North Road, at 7:30 PM by Council President
Craig A. Amerigian. The following members were present:
William H. Murphy
Fred F. Pease
Ellicott Wright
Absent:  David E. Dolce, Vice President

Also present were:
Maryanne Crawford, CPA, Town Administrator/Interim Finance Director
Arlene D. Kalooski, Town Clerk
Quentin Anthony, Esq., Town Solicitor
J. Christopher Powell, Conservation Chair
Dennis Webster, Quonset/Davisville Chair
Richard Allphin, Zoning Vice Chair
Stephen J. Goslee, Public Works Director
Arthur J. Christman, Fire ChiefLisa Bryer, Town Planner arrived at 7:43
P.M.

AWARDS, PRESENTATION AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

a)   Proposed proclamation honoring Arbor Day (04/30/99)
  i) Request from the Quononoquott Garden Club
It was moved by Councilor Pease, seconded by Councilor Murphy to issue a
proclamation in honor of Arbor Day requesting that a tree be planted in
the location noted at the Cemetery on Narragansett Avenue.
      So unanimously voted. 
b)   Proposed proclamation honoring Earth Day (04/24/99)
i)   Request from RIDEM, Earth Day Committee
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Murphy to adopt
the proclamation honoring Earth Day.  So unanimously voted.

SITTING AS ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSING COMMISSION

  a) Application of the Jamestown Chamber of Commerce, Inc. for a Class F
(19 hour; beer & wine only) alcoholic beverage license (04/25/99;
Community Center, 41 Conanicus Avenue)
It was moved by Councilor Wright, seconded by Councilor Pease to approve
the Class F alcoholic beverage license for the Jamestown Chamber of
Commerce, Inc. for April 25, 1999.  So unanimously voted.  It was moved
and seconded to amend the motion to include, with the appropriate
insurance.  So unanimously voted.  

CONSENT AGENDA

Councilor Amerigian asked that item # 1e be removed.   Motion by Councilor
Pease, seconded by Councilor Murphy 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 (Open Space Hearing)
  b) 02/04/99 (Work session with Quonset/Davisville Liaison Committee) 
  c) 02/22/99 (Regular Meeting)
  d) 03/01/99 (Special Meeting)    
2)   Bills and Payroll
3)   Copies of minutes of Boards and Committees
  a) Library Board of Trustees (01/19/99)
  b) Planning Commission (02/17/99)
  c) Jamestown Housing Authority (01/13/99)
  d) Conservation Commission (01/13/98,03/10/98,04/14/98,06/09/98,
     07/14/98,09/08/98 & 01/12/99)    
4)   RICRMC notices
  a) Finding of no significant impact: Harry F. Kurz to install a new
replacement Individual Sewage Disposal System (Plat 2, Lot 28; 24 Orient
Avenue)
  b) Application for Assent: The Seaside Trust to construct a residential
boating facility (Plat 3, Lot 126; 437 Seaside Drive)
  c) Cease & Desist Order: Dr. John Yasher (Plat 9, Lot 792; 76 Highland
Drive) 
5)   Quonset Quarterly, Volume Two, Number 1
6)   Invitation to the RI Commission on Women's State House Reception
(03/11/98)
7)   Abatements/Addenda of taxes report of Tax Assessor filed 03/04/99
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1)   Adoption of minutes
  e) 03/01/99 (Financial Town Meeting)   
Councilor Amerigian requested that the statement on page 1 regarding the
debt service be clarified.  It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded
by Councilor Pease to approve item #1e as corrected.  So unanimously
voted.

EXECUTIVE SESSION ANNOUNCEMENT
None
OPEN FORUM

1)   Scheduled Requests to Address
2)   Non-Agenda Requests to Address
Norma Willis, North Main Road:  Ms. Willis thanked the Council for
forwarding a copy of the response from the Town's consultant to her,
regarding the report submitted by the North End Citizens.
      Ms. Willis also went over the qualifications of J. Ronald Williams,
author of the report.
Sandy Kane, North Main Road:  Mr. Kane directed questions to the Council
regarding the removal of the grit from the water tower to the former
landfill and the length of time it has taken for the Council to respond to
these questions.
      Councilor Amerigian informed Mr. Kane that these questions have been
answered several times at previous Council meetings; the black beauty has
been removed from the site, it was an error in judgment on the part of the
Town to have this material dumped at the landfill; therefore, the Town had
to bare the cost of that mistake.
     Ray Iannetta, North Main Road:   Mr. Iannetta expressed concern that
the PCLP testing called for in the contract was not done.
      The Town Administrator informed the Council that the contractors
submitted a plan to Department of Environmental Management.

REPORTS OF BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND TOWN OFFICIALS

1)   Town Administrator's report (attached hereto)
  a) Requested action by Council
     i) Police appointments
It was moved by Councilor Murphy, seconded by Councilor Pease to appoint
Officers Archambault and Pinocci as permanent police members of the
Jamestown Police Department.  So  unanimously voted.
     ii)   Wastewater management contract
The Town Administrator stated that the Interview Committee is recommending
that the bid be awarded to the joint venture of Brenda Dillmann and Jane
Weidman, McMahon Preston Communications, and URI Cooperative Extension in
the amount of $20,000.00.  The Town Planner stated that although the
recommended firm is not the lowest bidder, they are the ones which the
Committee felt have the qualifications and experience for this project;
additionally, this firm has had experience in obtaining grant money for
their projects and would apply for a $5,000.00 grant, lowering the cost to
$15,000.00, and bringing them in line with the lower bid.  It was moved by
Councilor Wright, seconded by Councilor Pease to continue this until the
next Town Council meeting on March 22, 1999.  So unanimously voted.
2)   Planning Commission, Conservation Commission & Jamestown Housing
Authority 
  a) Reschedule interviews canceled on 03/02/99
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Murphy to
reschedule the interviews prior to the Sewer and Water meeting on March
15, 1999.  So unanimously voted.
3)   Memoranda from the Town Clerk
  a) May 5, 1999 Election
There being no questions planned for the May election, it was moved by
Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Wright to accept the
communication from the Town Clerk.  So unanimously voted. 
  b) 1999 Independence Day Fireworks
Questions on whether the Rocket Dawgs are planning their fireworks display
at Beavertail State Park or Mackerel Cove, and the State and Town
requirements are for this function were discussed.  It was moved by
Councilor Murphy, seconded by Pease to refer this to the Town
Administrator with a request that she contact our public safety officials
to review both the Beavertail State Park location and Mackerel Cove for
the 1999 Independence Day Fireworks sponsored by the Rocket Dawgs and
report back to the Council by the next Council meeting on March 22, 1999.
      So unanimously voted.
4)   Memorandum from Planning Commission re: Future use of Fort Wetherill
facility
It was moved by Councilor Murphy, seconded by Councilor Pease to accept
the memorandum from the Planning Commission.  So unanimously voted.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

1)   RI Aqua Fund (continued from 02/22/99)
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Wright to
receive the information on the RI Aqua Fund and request that the Town
Administrator provide the Council with updated material, if available.
      So unanimously voted.
2)   Highway Barn
  a) Updated list of equipment storage needs submitted by the Highway Barn
Committee
In Councilor Wright's summary of the last Highway Barn Committee meeting,
he stated that the Committee suggested the following: at Taylor's Point,
do test borings to see what could be learned about the shale; at lot 47,
dig a well and have a backhoe push some soil around to see what could be
found.
      The Town Planner spoke about the deterrents for using the Fort
Wetherill facility for future use by the Town.
      The size of the overall building and the storage needs of the
equipment was discussed in great detail with the Director of Public Works.
       With the intent of reducing the size of the highway facility, the
list of equipment compiled by the Highway Barn Committee was further
marked noting the equipment that must be stored inside and the equipment
that could be stored outside.
      Councilor Murphy shared information regarding the construction of a
metal building and the possibility that this type of structure could be
instrumental in keeping the costs down.
       Also discussed was the possibility of a multilevel building with a
lower ceiling height for non-storage areas, which would lower the cost of
the building.
      Two separate buildings or a building of a smaller size, with the
thought of adding on to it at a later date, was discussed.  In an effort
to better understand the area needed to house equipment and supplies, it
was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Pease to request
that the Highway Barn Committee  come back to the Council with a
configuration on the placement of the equipment in the hypothetical bays.
      So unanimously voted. 

As the building plan is designed now, it has two separate locker rooms for
men and women, with both shower facilities.
      It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Murphy to
request that the Town Administrator confer with the Building inspector
regarding the requirements related to gender specific showers and locker
rooms.  So unanimously voted.
Discussion ensued regarding the possibility of outsourcing specific
functions to reduce storage needs and costs by contracting with vendors.
       It was moved by Councilor Wright, seconded by Councilor Amerigian
to have the Town Administrator, Director of Public Works and the Highway
Barn Committee Chair review the 3700 sq. ft. and prioritize the space
needs for the highway facility and look for ways to outsource some of the
functions that are presently done by the Town.
      So unanimously voted.  b) Continued discussion (2/22/99)
Mr. Laszlo Siegmund, consultant, suggested doing some testing to determine
the characteristics of the soil at both the Taylor Point and lot 47 sites.
      Mr. Siegmund further explained that test pits and short borings 
would give the Town a good deal of information about the soil and
subsurface.
Michael Woodside, Skysail Court expressed his concern regarding the
remediation study for the transfer station and the possibility of
disturbing underground debris and contaminating the water supply.
       Mr. Woodside stated that he had researched other alternatives to
borings and digging, and requested that the Town consider having a non
invasive survey, such as magnetic radiometer or ground penetrating radar.
      The Conservation Chair informed the Council that the Department of
Statewide Planning should have aerial photographs of these sites, possibly
dating back to around 1938, showing what was on that land.

It was moved by Councilor Murphy, seconded by Councilor Wright to request
that the consultant being hired for the remediation plan for the former
landfill site also be asked to address a plan on how to proceed with lot
47.  After discussion, Councilor Murphy withdrew this motion.
It was moved by Councilor Murphy seconded by Councilor Amerigian to refer
the process for  a magnetic detection sweep or ground penetrating radar
sweep survey to the Town Administrator and request that she confer with
the Director of Public Works and report back to the Council with the best
way to proceed with this type of survey. So unanimously voted.
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Pease to put
the question of proceeding with test borings on the agenda under Town
business for the Water and Sewer meeting on March 15, 1999.
       So unanimously voted.

Councilor Amerigian recessed at 10:26 PM and resumed at 10:31 PM.

Quonset/Davisville Liaison Committee Chairperson, Dennis Webster,
requested that the Council set a date for a Special Town Council meeting
to discuss recent information received by the Committee regarding plans
for Quonset.
      It was moved by Councilor Murphy, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
hold a special Town Council meeting on March 16, 1999 at 7:30 PM at the
Jamestown Philomenian Library and to invite Senator Paiva-Weed and
Representative Levesque.  So unanimously voted.   

COMMUNICATIONS

1)   Letter from William G. Bucklin re: items of concern
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Murphy to
receive the communication and refer to it to the Harbor Management
Commission and School Committee.
      It was moved and seconded to amended the motion to also include a
copy to the Building Official.  So unanimously voted.
2)   Letter from Amy L. Mower re: Quonset/Davisville
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Pease to
receive the communication and refer it to the Quonset/Davisville Liaison
Committee.  So unanimously voted.
3)   Copy of letter to CRMC from Ronald B. Waldman re: East Ferry marina  
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Pease to
receive the communication and request that the Town Administrator contact
Mr. Waldman and inform him of the actions that the Planning Commission has
taken on this issue and that it will be necessary for this to come before
the Council for water and sewer considerations.
      So unanimously voted.  There was a brief discussion on whether the
Town is an abutter to this property and, if so, have they been notified as
such.
      It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Wright to
request that the Town Solicitor and the Town Administrator investigate the
Town's position as an abutter and report back to the Council under Town
business at the Water and Sewer meeting.  So unanimously voted.

NEW BUSINESS

  1) Appointment of constable re: federal surplus property
Councilor Pease reported on the federal surplus property that is available
and the possibility of appointing a constable to do a screening of this
property for use by the Town of Jamestown.
      Councilor Pease also offered his services if a constable would be
needed in Jamestown.
      It was moved by Councilor Murphy, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
put this item on the agenda for the next Council meeting on March 22, 1999
and to request that the Town Administrator work on a job description for
this volunteer position.  So unanimously voted.
2)   Peddlar license renewal applications:
     Applicant:  Del's of Jamestown      
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Wright to
approve the license subject to the resolution of debt and taxes and
required signatures.  So unanimously voted.

EXECUTIVE SESSION
None
ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business before the Council, motion by Councilor
Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Pease to adjourn the meeting at 10:50 PM.
       So unanimously voted.

Attest:

Arlene D. Kalooski
Town Clerk