TOWN COUNCIL
JAMESTOWN, RHODE ISLAND
May 24, 1999
A regular meeting of the Jamestown Town Council was called to order at the
Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Road, at 7:03 PM by Council Vice
President Kenneth G. Littman. The following members were present:
Craig A. Amerigian
Bruce W. McIntyre
David Swain
Absent: President David J. Long

Also present were:
Maryanne Crawford, CPA, Town Administrator/Finance Director
Arlene D. Kalooski, Town Clerk
Quentin Anthony, Esq., Town Solicitor
Stephen J. Goslee, Public Works Director
Richard Allphin, Zoning Vice Chair
Thomas P. Tighe, Chief of Police
Arthur J. Christman, Fire Chief
AWARDS, PRESENTATION AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
1)   Proposed proclamation honoring Jamestown Graduates Week (Week of June
13, 1999)
It was moved by Council Vice President Littman, seconded by Councilor
McIntyre to accept this proclamation and forward it to the graduating
class. So unanimously voted.

2)   Proposed proclamation honoring Quononoquott Garden Club's 50th
Anniversary
  as requested by the Quononoquott Garden Club
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to
approve this proclamation honoring Quononoquott Garden Club's 50th
Anniversary and forward it to the Garden Club. So unanimously voted.
SITTING AS ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSING COMMISSION
None

CONSENT AGENDA

It was requested that items 1a, 3b, 3e, 6b and 7 be removed from the
consent agenda.
     It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor McIntyre
to approve the consent agenda as amended. So unanimously voted. The
consent agenda consisted of:
2)   Bills and Payroll
3)   Copies of minutes of Boards and Committees
  a) Library Board of Trustees (03/16/99)
  c) Zoning Board of Review (03/23/99)
  d) Fort Wetherill Committee (04/08/99)
4)   RICRMC notice
  a) Finding of no significant impact: Sarah R. Torrey & Catharine T. Hoff
to construct maintenance repairs to the existing structure by reshingling
the roof and replacing windows (Plat 7, Lot 88; Seaview Drive)
  b) Application for assent: Estate of Carolyn F. Delmonico to construct
and maintain a residential boating facility (Plat 14, Lot 21; 1 Seaside
Drive)
  c) Notice of violation: Alexander Hodosh (Plat 11, Lot 56; Fort Getty
Road)
5)   RIDEM notice of insignificant alteration-permit: RI Department of
Transportation's request for preliminary determination (Southwest Avenue
to Hamilton Avenue)
6)   Copy of resolutions from other municipalities: 
  a) Town of Coventry re: legislation for school districts
  c) City of Central Falls re: Child Safety Awareness Week (May 17-23,
1999)
8)   Notice re: reorganization of the Statewide Planning Program and the
Office of Municipal Affairs
9)   Letter from Senator John A. Chafee re: Land and Conservation Fund
10)  Congratulations from the First Presbyterian Church of Newport
11)  Annual election results:
  a) Jamestown Ambulance Association
  b) Jamestown Fire Department        
12)  Abatements/Addenda of taxes report of Tax Assessor received 05/21/99

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1)   Adoption of Council minutes:
  a) 04/26/99 (regular meeting)
Councilor Amerigian mentioned his concern regarding the composition of the
Land Bank Committee; however he would address this at another time.
     It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor McIntyre
to accept the minutes as presented. So unanimously voted.
  b) 05/17/99 (special meeting)
It was requested that the following corrections be made regarding Council
liaisons on committees: Harbor Management Commission - Councilors Swain
and McIntrye are interested; Highway Barn Committee - Councilors Amerigian
and McIntyre are interested. It was moved by Councilor Swain, seconded by
Councilor McIntyre to accept the minutes from the Special Council meeting
as corrected. So unanimously voted.
3)   Copies of minutes of Boards and Committees
  b) Planning Commission (04/07/99, 04/21/99 & 05/05/99)
Councilor Amerigian noted that the Planning Commission minutes of April 7,
1999 stated that the Conservation Easement is in a form acceptable to the
Town Council, when in fact, it is in a form acceptable to the Town
Solicitor.
     It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor McIntyre
to accept the April 7, 1999 minutes. So unanimously voted. 
  e) Beavertail Advisory Committee (05/20/98)              
This item was removed from the consent agenda to discuss their meeting
schedule.
     The Town Administrator advised the Council that this committee
usually meets twice a year.
     It was moved by Councilor Littman, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to
accept the minutes as presented. So unanimously voted.
6)   Copy of resolutions from other municipalities: 
  b) Town of North Kingstown re: disposal of used motor oil
Councilor Amerigian requested information from the Public Works Director
regarding the disposal of used motor oil in Jamestown.
     The Public Works Director informed the Council that in Jamestown, we
have our own container at the Transfer Station for disposal of used motor
oil. It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Swain to
support this resolution and the efforts to regain funding of this program
for the regulated collection of used motor oil and request the Town Clerk
forward the appropriate resolution.
     So unanimously voted. It was noted that two resolutions were received
from North Kingstown; however, only one was referenced on the agenda.
     It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor McIntyre
to put the resolution regarding the 1999 Summer Youth Litter Corps grant
money on the agenda for the Town Council meeting of June 14, 1999.
     So unanimously voted. 
7)   Meeting notice from the Town of Exeter (05/27/99) re: State aid to
education equitable distribution coalition
The Town Administrator notified the Council that she had spoken to the
school Superintendent and was informed that the state aid for Jamestown
has increased over the past few years.
     After additional discussion regarding this resolution, it was moved
by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to accept this
communication. So unanimously voted.

EXECUTIVE SESSION ANNOUNCEMENT

Councilor Littman announced that there would not be an executive session
this evening.
     At this time the Town Solicitor addressed the Council in reference to
the proposed expansion of the Conanicut Marina.
     The Town Solicitor informed the Council that he expects the zoning
hearing for this issue to be continued to June 15, 1999, which will allow
for all Council members to be present for an update and discussion on this
matter.
     It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor McIntyre
to defer further discussion and communications regarding the Conanicut
Marina until the Town Council meeting on June 14, 1999.
     So unanimously voted.

OPEN FORUM

1)   Scheduled Requests to Address
None

2)   Non-Agenda Requests to Address
None

REPORTS OF BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND TOWN OFFICIALS

1)   Town Administrator's report (attached hereto)
     a) Requested action by Council
        i) Council tours of town facilities
The Town Administrator invited the Council to tour the town facilities.
     It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor McIntyre
to schedule the tour for June 8, 1999 at 2:00 PM. So unanimously voted. 
        ii)   Special Town Council meeting / work shop
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to
hold a Special Town Council meeting at 7:00 PM, June 7, 1999 to discuss
the Water Resource Protection Act and request that the Town Administrator
invite Senator Teresa Paiva-Weed and Representative George Levesque to
attend this meeting and give their suggestions and guidance on how the
Town should proceed for the passage of this bill.
     The Town Solicitor stated he would send a copy of this bill to the
Council members.
     So unanimously voted. It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded
by Councilor McIntyre to hold a one-half hour work session with the Water
Study Committee at 7:45 PM, June 7, 1999 to review the Water Treatment
Feasibility Study by Faye, Spofford & Thorndike, Inc. So unanimously
voted.
        iii)  Fireworks display, July 2, 1999
The Town Administrator reported that the Rocket Dawgs have the proper
insurance naming the Town as an additional insured. The Fire Chief
informed the Council that the Rocket Dawgs must also obtain a permit
through the Fire Marshall.
     It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Swain to
allow the Town Administrator to sign the agreement requested by the State,
whereby the Town assumes responsibility for the fireworks display, subject
to the Rocket Dawgs having the proper insurance coverage naming the Town
as additionally insured. So unanimously voted.
        iv)   Memorial Day parade
The Town Administrator passed on a verbal communication from Edwin
Connelly, a representative of the American Legion Arnold-Zweir Post 22,
inviting the Council to attend the Memorial Day service and parade.
2)   Conservation Committee re: congratulations and issues of concern 
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to
accept this communication. So unanimously voted.
3)   Memorandum from the Town Clerk re: newly established Land Trust
Commission
There was a lengthy discussion on the history of this commission and the
need to establish the responsibilities and charge for the Land Trust
Commission.
     The Town Solicitor reminded the Council that the residents voted at
the Financial Town meeting to support this endeavor.
     It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Swain to
have the Town Solicitor and the Town Administrator provide the Council
with a draft of the responsibilities and duties of the Jamestown Land Bank
Commission by the June 14 Council meeting.
     So unanimously voted. It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded
by Councilor Littman to proceed with advertising for this commission,
noting that expertise in real estate, property acquisition or water
resource issues would be beneficial.
     So unanimously voted.4)  Letter from Quonset Davisville Liaison
Committee Chair, Dennis H. Webster re: update and draft response to
RIEDC's letter dated April 12, 1999.
Councilor Amerigian read the draft letter provided by the Quonset
Davisville Liaison Committee Chair.
     Discussion ensued regarding what the Town Council would accomplish by
sending this letter and if there are other alternatives available.
     Councilor Swain suggested writing a letter to Mr. Swen stating the
issues that we would like to address.
     It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Littman to
table this item until the June 14 Council meeting, at which time Mr.
Webster is expected to be available. So unanimously voted.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

1)   Proposed resolution re: gambling (continued from 04/26/99) for
adoption by Council        
The consensus of the Council was that although they are against additional
gambling in our community and our state, it is not up to the Jamestown
Town Council to decide what West Warwick should or should not be doing.
     Therefore, it was moved by Councilor McIntyre, seconded by Councilor
Amerigian to change all references to West Warwick to read the State of
Rhode Island.
     Further discussion regarding the type of gambling being petitioned
against resulted in the motion being amended, adding that the Town of
Jamestown is against any casino gambling in the state.
     It was moved by Councilor McIntyre, seconded by Councilor Amerigian
to change all references to West Warwick to read the State of Rhode Island
and further clarify the type of gambling that the Town of Jamestown is
against, that being casino gambling. So unanimously voted.
2)   Procedural votes: (continued from 05/17/99)
  a) Appointments
     i) Town Sergeant
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to
table this item and request the parties that have shown an interest in
this position forward a letter of interest to the Council.
     So unanimously voted.
  b) Select Council representatives to each of the following:
     i) Golf Course Advisory Committee
     ii)   Harbor Management Commission
     iii)  Highway Barn Committee
     iv)   Street Light Committee (2)
     v) Water Study Committee         
It was moved by Councilor Littman, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to table
the appointments to these committees until June 14, 1999, at which time
Councilor Long will be present. So unanimously voted.
Police Chief Tighe noted that the Parking Committee also has a Council
liaison.
     It was moved by Councilor McIntyre, seconded by Councilor Littman to
add the Parking Committee and the Conanicut Battery to the list of
appointments. So unanimously voted.
3)   Application of Beaverbody Corp.
     for water hook-up (continued from 05/17/99 Water and Sewer meeting)
This continuation from the Board of Water and Sewer Commission was
reviewed by Councilor Amerigian, reiterating the Commissions belief that
any residents from that area requesting a water hook-up would be asked to
drill a well first to see if water could be accessed in that manner.
     Councilor Amerigian stated that this application should be looked at
under those terms and procedures.
     Councilor McIntyre noted that a well had been drilled and no water
was found.
     It was moved by Councilor McIntyre, seconded by Councilor Swain to
approve the request for water hook up from Beaverbody Corporation.
     So unanimously voted. The Council requested that the procedure for
granting Municipal water access be reviewed at the next Water and Sewer
meeting.
4)   East Ferry Marina proposed expansion re: Town's position as abutter  
5)   Highway Barn
  a) Public Works Department re: temporary storage needs
The Town Administrator reported that the Public Works Director and she are
in the process of looking at storage needs and will give a formal report
on this at the next Council meeting.
  b) Test borings/drilling of wells re: update 
Councilor Amerigian reported that the Council has tabled this until a
consultant is hired. The Town Administrator informed the Council that she
is getting assistance on drafting an RFP for this and will have that
available for the Council at the June 14 meeting.
     Mr. Raymond Iannetta requested that the residents be informed about
this draft. The Town Administrator noted that it would be available to the
public with her Town Administrator's report.
6)   Town Council/Water Study Committee joint work session re: set date
(possibly June 7, 1999)
Previously addressed.

COMMUNICATIONS

1)   Letter from William and Rebecca Farrell re: paving of Sampan Avenue
The Town Administrator stated that the paving list will be finalized and
available for review by the next Town Council meeting; upon approval by
the Council, it will be advertised in the Jamestown Press.
     The Town Administrator further explained that there are several
drainage projects being completed; once these projects are complete they
will be followed by paving, using approximately one-third of the funds.
     The Public Works Director stated that, as is the usual process, he
will canvas the residents of Sampan Avenue to make sure that all are
agreeable to this paving and then proceed with putting this road on the
list of roads to be paved. It was moved by Councilor McIntyre, seconded by
Councilor Littman to refer this communication to the Town Administrator
for paving consideration and to request that grading be scheduled for
Sampan Avenue, and that the Farrells be notified of the Town's intentions.
     So unanimously voted.
2)   Letter from the Coalition for Consumer Justice re: canvassing
The Town Solicitor informed the Council that this canvassing is allowed by
the State and the letter from the Coalition for Consumer Justice is to
notify the Town when this canvassing will take place.
     It was moved by Councilor McIntyre, seconded by Councilor Swain to
accept this communication. So unanimously voted.
3)   Letter from Alma Davenport re: request for street signs
It was moved by Councilor McIntyre, seconded by Councilor Littman to refer
this communication to the Town Administrator and request that she
communicate with Ms. Davenport regarding the street signs. So unanimously
voted.
4)   Letter from Peerless Insurance re: damage claim submitted by
Frederick Brown
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Littman to
accept this communication. So unanimously voted.
5)   Letter from the Jamestown Chamber of Commerce re: remeasuring and
repainting of the parking spaces along Narragansett Avenue and East Ferry
area
The Town Administrator reported that the Public Works Director has
Narragansett Avenue on the schedule for sweeping and that arrangements for
repainting of the parking spaces would be addressed with the Public Works
Director.
     It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Littman to
have the Public Works Director contact Mr. Timothy Baker from the
Jamestown Chamber of Commerce and the Chief of Police to go over the areas
to be painted. So unanimously voted.
6)   Letter from RICRMC re: request Town's support for the "No Discharge
Area" designation
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Swain to
forward this document "No Discharge Area" to the Harbor Management
Commission. So unanimously voted.
7)   Letter from Mark Rotondo, Representing Citizens Encouraging Safety on
America Way re: request for stops signs
The Town Administrator informed the Council that she has been working with
the Chief of Police regarding concerns of safety in that area.
     The Council discussed the possibility of using caution signs, such
as, children at play.
     It was moved by Councilor McIntyre, seconded by Councilor Littman to
defer this matter until the Town Council meeting on July 12, 1999 so the
Chief of Police can provide the Council with a report of traffic flow in
that area. So unanimously voted.
8)   Letter with attachments from Dorsey M. Beard re: proposed expansion
of Conanicut Marina
It was moved by Councilor Littman, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to
accept this communication and defer any action until the Town Council
meeting on June 14, 1999. So unanimously voted.
9)   Letter from John P. Caito Corporation re: ISDS variance application
of Maria T. Verona (Plat 5, Lot 105; Nautilis Street)  
The Town Administer informed the Council that this letter was sent to the
Town as an abutter to this property.
     The Town Solicitor suggested that he contact RIDEM and request
additional time so that the Council would have adequate time to review
this application.
     It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor McIntyre
to refer this to the Town Planner, Building Official, Public Works
Director, and the President of the Jamestown Shores Association.
     So unanimously voted.

NEW BUSINESS

1)   Rules & resolutions for adoption
It was moved by Councilor McIntyre, seconded by Councilor Littman to adopt
the General Rules and Procedures for Town Council Meetings, as adopted by
former Councils in November of 1989, May 1990 and May 1991.
     So unanimously voted.
2)   North Road drainage
The Town Administrator reported that she had met with and received
communication from Warren Hall on improving the drainage along North Road.
     Two area resident expressed concern regarding the culvert and water
that they feel is being diverted to their property.
     It was moved by Councilor McIntyre, seconded by Councilor Swain to
suspend the decision on this proposal submitted by Warren Hall.
     So unanimously voted. It was moved by Councilor McIntyre, seconded by
Councilor Swain to include the drainage on North Road as part of the
Request for Proposal (RFP) for the consultant handling the remediation of
the former landfill. So unanimously voted.
3)   Pole/manhole location request from New England Telephone and
Telegraph Company re: area of Newport Bridge and Police Station (if
favorable, refer to Public Works Director for review)
It was moved by Councilor McIntyre, seconded by Councilor Littman to refer
this issue to the Town Administrator. So unanimously voted.
4)   Request from Sean McCarthy, East Passage Sailmakers dba Sosbtad
Norhteast for permission to host party and fund-raiser (aid to Kosovo
refugees) at 245A Conanicus Avenue
Discussion ensued regarding the use of alcoholic beverages at any Town
owned facility.
     The Town Solicitor advised the Council that the Town must require
adequate insurance in the amount of $1,000,000.00 (dram shop insurance),
naming the Town of Jamestown as the insured. It was moved by Councilor
McIntyre, seconded by Councilor Littman to approve the request from Sean
McCarthy to host a party and fund-raiser to aid Kosovo refugees at 245A
Conanicus Avenue.
     Mr. McCarthy informed the Council that the money earned at this
fund-raise will go directly to the Red Cross Relief Fund and he assured
the Council that he is sponsoring this event, not the Red Cross.
     So unanimously voted.

5)   One-day license requests:
  Applicant         Type        Location-Date  
  East Passage Sailmakers
  dba Sosbtad Northeast*  Entertainment  245 Conanicus Ave.-06/12/99
It was moved by Councilor McIntrye, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
approve the one day entertainment license for East Passage Sailmakers, dba
Sosbtad Northeast, subject to the resolution of taxes, debts and required
signatures and to waive the license fee. So unanimously voted.
The Town Administrator expressed concern regarding the issue of allowing
alcoholic beverages, either for sale or the serving of, on Town owned
property.
     It was moved by Councilor McIntyre, seconded by Councilor Amerigian
to refer the serving or the sale of alcoholic beverages on Town property
to the Town Administrator and request that she report back to the Council
with information on how other communities handle this issue.
     So unanimously voted.
  Lisa M. Ryan         "        Rembijas Pavilion-07/04/99
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Swain to
approve the one day entertainment license for Lisa M. Ryan, subject to the
resolution of taxes, debt and appropriate signatures.
     So unanimously voted.
  Kimberly Harpool     "        Rembijas Pavilion-06/26/99
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Littman to
approve the one day entertainment license for Kimberly Harpool, subject to
the resolution of taxes, debt and appropriate signatures.
     So unanimously voted.
  Anne M. Flynn and
   John L. Caranci     "        Rembijas Pavilion-07/17/99
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Swain to
approve the one day entertainment license for Anne M. Flynn and John L.
Caranci, subject to taxes, debt and appropriate signatures.
     So unanimously voted.
*Request waiver of license fee
(items 1 and 2 requested by Council President Long)
OTHER COMMUNICATIONS
None
EXECUTIVE SESSION
None
ADJOURNMENT
There being no further business before Council, motion by Councilor
Littman, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to adjourn the meeting at 10:09
PM. So unanimously voted.
Attest:
 
Arlene D. Kalooski
Town Clerk