SPECIAL TOWN COUNCIL
JAMESTOWN, RHODE ISLAND
June 7, 1999

A special meeting of the Jamestown Town Council was called to order at the
Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Road, at 7:07 PM by Council
President David J. Long. The following members were present:

Kenneth G. Littman  , Vice President 
Craig A. Amerigian
Bruce W. McIntyre
David Swain
Also present were:

Maryanne Crawford, CPA, Town Administrator/Finance Director
Arlene D. Kalooski, Town Clerk
Arthur J. Christman, Fire Chief
Christopher Powell, Conservation Commission Chair
Dennis Webster, Quonset Davisville Liaison Committee Chair
Senator Teresa Paiva-Weed
Representative George Levesque

Steven J. Goslee, Public Works Director arrived at 7:10 PM

1)   Water Resource Protection Act
  a) Overview and update on the legislation submitted to the Senate and
House of Representatives for the Protection of Jamestown's Water Resources
Council President David Long welcomed Senator Paiva-Weed and
Representative George Levesque and requested that they update the Council
on the Water Resource Protection Act submitted to the Legislation by the
Town of Jamestown.

Senator Paiva-Weed reviewed the history of funds to the community through
the real estate conveyance tax, which the State allocates to the
communities for use as determined by local  town or city government.
      Senator Paiva-Weed stated that in some instances towns and cities
use this money to protect open space.
      Senator Paiva-Weed informed the Council that a number of communities
have devised land trust legislation without a request for funding.
      As an example, Senator Paiva-Weed handed out legislation submitted
by the town of Smithfield.
      In addition to the non-funded legislation, Smithfield has created a
viable strategy for accepting donations to be used specifically for the
protection of open space.
      Senator Paiva-Weed encouraged the Council to rework the proposed
legislation and delete the request for State funding and resubmit the
legislation.

Representative George Levesque suggested that if the Town were to come up
with a revenue stream, it may be possible that they then could apply for
matching funds or grants through the State, to be used for the purpose of
protecting our open space/water resources.
      Certainly the Town's requests would be looked on more favorably if
Jamestown had a plan in place for the collection and disbursement of
funds.
      Representative Levesque also discussed a bill that he has introduced
to the Legislature, requesting that the real estate conveyance tax be
increased to $2.00, which would then increase the Town's revenue by
another $.55 per thousand.  Representative Levesque requested that the
Town Council contact other Town Councils throughout the State to encourage
their legislators to vote for this bill.

Senator Paiva-Weed suggested that the Town Administrator should check with
other communities to see how they are handling funds brought in for the
land trust; we would then have an indication of what strategies are
working and be able to take that into consideration when preparing our own
approach.
      If this legislation is to be resubmitted at the present legislative
session, it would necessitate the submission of a "Sub A" addressing
specific issues, such as, tax purposes, permanency, strategy and any legal
issues.
Christopher Powell, Conservation Commission Chair stated that a possible
strategy would be to have all the legislation in place, without asking the
State for funds, and then, as both Senator Paiva-Weed and Representative
Levesque mentioned, set up an account with funds to be used for the
purchase of real estate for the purpose of protecting our water resources,
or to apply for matching funds from the State and other areas.   

There was a general debate about the immediacy of any action the Council
may take to resubmit the proposed legislation without the funding clause.
      It was the consensus of the Council that the bill should not be
rushed through this year, it should be looked at again and submitted to
the Legislature  as a new bill.
Council President Long thanked Senator Paiva-Weed and Representative
Levesque for their assistance and stated that he expects that the Council
will need more time to put this together.

It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Long to put
this issue on the Agenda for the Council meeting on June 14, and request
that the Town Solicitor examine the legislation that Senator Paiva-Weed
brought from Smithfield to determine if there are substantive differences
between that and what we have in our Bill (minus the funding mechanism),
and be ready to discuss what those differences might be and any advantage
of going to the Legislature with a Bill of this nature.
      So unanimously voted.

There being no further business, motion by Councilor Swain, seconded by
Councilor Littman to adjourn the meeting at 8:40 PM.
      So unanimously voted.

Attest:

Arlene D. Kalooski
Town Clerk