TOWN COUNCIL
JAMESTOWN, RHODE ISLAND
July 26, 1999
(as amended on August 10, 1999)

A regular meeting of the Jamestown Town Council was called to order at the
Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Road, at 7:00 PM by Council
President David J. Long. The following members were present:

Kenneth J. 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
Quentin Anthony, Esq., Town Solicitor
Steven 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)   Presentation of Citizens Police Academy Awards (per Chief Tighe)     
Chief of Police, Thomas P. Tighe, presented the following graduates of the
Jamestown Police Department Citizens Police Academy with a Certificate of
Completion:
Alcina Blair, Sandra A. Bowder, Joseph K Ford, Joseph Ford, Lisa Kelly,
Sonya Knudsen, Nancy Koleman, Fran Lopes, Roger Marshall, JoAnn Mitchell,
Carol A. Peltier, Stephanie Peltier, James Rhodes, Joan Shaffer, Francis
J. Stephenson, Lee Waterbury.
Chief Tighe commended these volunteers for giving their time to this
program which was designed to give the community a better understanding of
the Police Department and what is involved in keeping our community safe.
      In closing, Chief Tighe thanked the Council and Town Administrator
for their support of this program.

SITTING AS ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSING COMMISSION

None 

CONSENT AGENDA

It was requested that item #4 be removed from the consent agenda.
      It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Long to
accept the consent agenda as amended.  So unanimously voted.  The consent
agenda consists of:
1)   Adoption of Council minutes:
  a) 06/07/99 (regular meeting)

  b) 07/12/99 (regular meeting
     
2)   Bills and Payroll

3)   Copies of minutes of Boards and Committees
  a) Library Board of Trustees (06/15/99)
  b) Jamestown Housing Authority (06/09/99)                
5)   The No Port Coalition re:  notice of rally at East Ferry, July 27,
1999 @ 6:00 PM 
  ( 2 versions)

6)   Americian Cancer Society re:  invitation to Comprehensive School
Health Education Conference, August 13, 1999 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

7)   Abatement/Addenda of taxes report of Tax Assessor filed 07/22/99
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4)   Copy of resolutions from other municipalities: 
  a) Town of Portsmouth re: support for the construction of a new Sakonnet
River Bridge
There was a general discussion by the Council regarding the resolution
submitted by the Town of Portsmouth.
       It was the consensus of the Council that at this point the they
would not take a position on this issue.
      It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Littman
to request that the Town Administrator report back to the Council with any
additional information on this item, as received.  So unanimously voted.

EXECUTIVE SESSION ANNOUNCEMENT:

1)   Acquisition of land, pursuant to RIGL 42-46-5(5)(real estate)

2)   Town Solicitor selection status, pursuant to RIGL
42-46-5(a)(1)(personnel) 
It was moved by Councilor McIntyre, seconded by Councilor to enter into
executive session as scheduled to discuss the Town Solicitor selection
status, in accordance with RIGL 42-46-5(a)(1)(personnel) and to discuss
the acquisition of land, in accordance with RIGL 42-46-5(5)(real estate) 
So unanimously voted.  Richard Allphin requested the specific property
being discussed.  The Town Solicitor identified the proposed property as
that property bordering the watershed, immediately off of Eldred Avenue.

PUBLIC HEARINGS
None
  
OPEN FORUM

1)   Scheduled Requests to Address
  a) Mary Webster re:  Highway Barn petition
Mary Webster, 8 Mount Hope Avenue presented a petition signed by 464
residents, requesting that the new highway barn not be located at Taylor
Point.
      Ms. Webster informed the Council that in the Jamestown Comprehensive
Community Plan we have a policy and goal to preserve and protect our
scenic coastal areas and to direct development away from those areas.
      Additionally, Ms. Webster reminded the Council that at this year's
Financial Town Meeting the taxpayers supported the warrant for $100,000.00
to acquire and protect open space, and this is an area that should be
protected.  

2)   Non-Agenda Requests to Address
Arthur Christman, 42 Windsor Street, suggested that citizens put on work
clothes and try working in the deplorable conditions that these Town
workers must work in.
      Chief Christman encouraged the Council to make a decision on the
issue of where to put the highway barn.
Gary Girard, 94 East Shore Road as a representative for East Shore Road
residents, requesting that you do not put the highway barn on East Shore
Road near the soccer field.
Norma Willis, 1191 North Main Road stated that what she is concerned about
is our water.
      Ms. Willis continued, stating that, if it proves no harm to our
water then there is no problem putting the highway barn on lot 47.
      Additionally, Ms. Willis requested that the installation of the
catch basin for North Road be delayed until the permitting process has
been completed.
Raymond Iannetta, 1219 North Main Road stated that he believed the
location for the pipe to correct the problem of icing should be in the
area further South of the transfer station near David King's property. 
Fred Pease, 29 Maple Avenue informed the Council that the Millennium
Committee will be seeking the Council's endorsement to erect a tent on the
square and for a fireworks display at midnight at East Ferry area.
      Town Council President Long requested that Mr. Pease put the
committee's requests in writing and submit them to the Council.
      Mr. Pease asked for a Council vote on using the East Ferry area
tonight because there is a deposit due for the tent.
      It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Long to
approve the erection of a tent on the town square for the millennium
celebration, contingent on receiving confirmation and details from the
Millennium Committee.
      So unanimously voted.   It was moved by Councilor Amerigian,
seconded by Councilor Long to approve the fireworks display contingent on
written confirmation of all details from the Millennium Committee.
      So unanimously voted.  Mr. Pease informed the Council that the
committee has raised $3,000.00 so far and that the committee was hoping
for some funds from money donated to the Town from the movie organization
that the Town Administrator said may be available.  
Edwin Connelly, North Main Road requested that the reference to the Town
square be clarified.  Mr. Pease clarified the area as the location where
the Christmas tree is placed.

REPORTS OF BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND TOWN OFFICIALS

1)   Town Administrator's report
  a) Requested action by Council
     i) Veteran Square lighting project
The Town Administrator informed the Council that there approximately
twelve light fixtures to be installed along with the improvement and
repair to the electrical work that must be done for the completion of this
project.
      Edwin Connelly informed the Council that there are eleven double
hung lights to be installed and they will produce a village atmosphere.
      It was moved by Councilor Swain, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
award the contract for the Veteran Square lighting project to K Electric,
Inc. for an amount not to exceed $60,479.00.  So unanimously voted.

Other issues reported:
     ii)   Report on reservoir 
The Town Administrator reported that the reservoir is down about 40"
     iii)  Skimmer boat 
The Fire Department received the donation of a skimmer boat to be used in
case of an oil spill in the bay.
      Fire Chief Christman stated that the Department of Environmental
Management has assigned  this skimmer to Jamestown and will be offering
training on its use, at no cost to the Town.
     iv)   Old Jamestown Bridge
The Town Administrator informed the Council that she has been contacted by
Edmund Parker, Chief of Design for RIDOT notifying us that the Coast Guard
would like to take down the old Jamestown Bridge.
      The Town Administrator stated that she believes we need to keep the
bridge up for at least another two years because the water pipeline
connecting Jamestown to North Kingstown is critical.
      Discussion ensued regarding the time table for the removal of the
bridge and the concern regarding the effect on present emergency measures
for Jamestown's water supply.
      In further discussing this matter, it was suggested that possibly we
could request that the State relocate the pipeline to the new bridge.
     It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to
request that the Town Administrator write to Mr. Ankner at RIDOT
expressing our critical need to have the pipeline to the North Kingstown
water supply in place, enumerating the conservation methods already taking
place and request that we be allowed time to respond to this notification.
      So unanimously voted.

     v) North Road drainage project
The consensus of the Council was that this project could wait until the
permitting process was complete.

     vi)   Beavertail lighthouse caretaker
The Town Administrator informed the Council that she would be working with
the Public Works Director and the Building Official to establish the
criteria to be used in the selection of a caretaker, which will be based
on the job description for that position.
      The Town Administrator stated that she would provide the Council
with lease information, affordable housing requirements, and any
additional information that will assist them in assessing the requirements
for this position.

2)   Appointment for Planning Commission (1 vacancy; term ending 12/2002)
  a) Michael F. Schnack, previously interviewed (for appointment or
readvertise)
It was moved by Councilor McIntyre, seconded by Councilor Littman to
appoint Machael F. Schnack to the Planning Commission, term ending
December 2002.  So unanimously voted.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Chief Christman responded to an emergency call and left the meeting at
7:45 PM

1)   Water Resource Protection Committee
  a) Establish responsibilities
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Long to table
this item to the first Town Council meeting in August.
      So unanimously voted.
  b) Advertisement
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to table
the rewording of this advertisement until the next meeting in August.
      So unanimously voted.

2)   Jamestown Fire Department
  a) Award of bid for ladder truck (continued from July 19, 1999)
The Town Solicitor stated that although he met with the Fire Chief and
Robert Bryer, he has not as yet received a final response.
      It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Swain to table
this item unless the Chief advises us otherwise.

3)   Selection of Town Solicitor

4)   Re-Appointment of a council member to serve on the sub-committee for
Wastewater Management Program (to replace Council President David Long)
It was moved by Councilor Littman, seconded by Councilor Long to open the
position of council member to serve on the sub-committee for Wastewater
Management Program.
      So unanimously voted.  It was moved by Councilor Littman, seconded
by Councilor Amerigian to appoint David Swain as the council member on the
sub-committee for Wastewater Management Program.  So unanimously voted.

5)   Bid award re:  Environmental Consultant for landfill (GZA
GeoEnvironmental, Inc.)
The Town Administrator reported that there had been seven companies
interviewed and it is her recommendation that GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.
be awarded the contract.
      The Town Administrator informed the Council that the committee,
consisting of Councilor Amerigian, resident Richard Ayen,  The Public
Works Director, resident Michael Woodside, and herself, unanimously voted
to submit GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. (GZA) as the recommended company. 
Although, not the lowest bidder, the testing that they would be providing
and their extensive experience with landfills throughout the State of
Rhode Island, the committee feels that the contract should be awarded to
them in the amount $25,200.00 for Option 1 and an additional $750.00 for
Option 2.  Option 2 was including the site investigation of lot 47. 
Councilor Amerigian reinforced the information that GZA was the
committee's unanimous choice.
       The Town Administrator stated that the lowest bid was in the amount
of $8,200.00; however, as Mr. Ayen and Mr. Woodside further informed the
Council, this is the first landfill in the State to go through this
process to be taken off the CERIS list.
      This is pioneering on the part of the Department of Environmental
Management and the Town of Jamestown and the committee strongly recommends
GZA.  Resident Raymond Iannetta told the Council that although he wasn't
involved in this selection, he supports using GZA.
      The Town Administrator notified the Council that GZA has accepted
her request to attend a public meeting to educate the Council and
residents and answer any questions anyone may have.
      It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Swain to award
the bid to GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.  So unanimously voted. 
Chief Christman returned to the meeting at 8:14 PM

Fire Chief Christman reported to the Council that he has discussed the bid
for the ladder truck with his committee members and they have decided to
put the specifications out for rebid.

COMMUNICATIONS

1)   Letter from Jamestown Yacht Club re: 22nd Annual Fool's Rules Regatta
(permission to use Town beach at East Ferry)
It was moved by Councilor Swain, seconded by Councilor Long to allow the
Jamestown Yacht Club to use the beach on August 21, with a rain date of
August 22 for their 22nd Annual Fool's Rules Regatta.
      So unanimously voted.

2)   Letter from Alexander "Sandy" Wood re:  delinquent tax notice
The rules and regulations regarding payment of Town taxes were reviewed. 
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to have
the Town Administrator inform Mr. Wood that he is responsible for payment
of interest on delinquent taxes.  So unanimously voted.

3)   Letter from State of Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage
Commission re:  National Register of Historic Places listing

  a) Horsehead/Marbella, 240 Highland Drive, Jamestown
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Long to accept
this communication from the State of Rhode Island Historical Preservation
& Heritage Commission.  So unanimously voted.

4)   Letter from Mary M. Webster re:  Highway Barn   
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Swain to accept
this communication from Mary M. Webster.  So unanimously voted.

5)   Letter from Nancy Cloud re:  municipal water system
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Littman to accept
the letter from Nancy Cloud.
      So unanimously voted.   Discussion ensued on a response to this
letter.
      It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Swain to
request that the Town Administrator respond to Ms. Cloud's letter with a
copy to the Jamestown Press for publication.  So unanimously voted.

6)   Letter from Governor Lincoln Almond re:  Quonset Davisville Port and
Commerce Park
A portion of the letter from Governor Almond was read by Councilor Swain.
      It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Long to
accept this communication.
      Councilor Long took this opportunity to thank all the members of the
Quonset/Davisville Liaison Committee.  So unanimously voted.

NEW BUSINESS

1)   One-day license request:
     Applicant      Type     Location       Date  
Karen Montoya Entertainment  Rembijas Pavilion August 21, 1999
              Pavilion            "                  "
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Littman to
approve the one-day entertainment license for Karen Montoya, subject to
the resolution of debt, taxes and required signatures.
      So unanimously voted.

2)   Council representation at public forums (per Councilor Amerigian)
Councilor Amerigian informed the Council that the reason this is on the
agenda is because more and more Council members are being requested to
speak at events and it is important when giving personal opinions, these
opinions be qualified as such.  No action was taken on this issue.

OTHER COMMUNICATIONS

None

OPEN FORUM CONTINUED

Olifur Gislason, 392 Beavertail Road requested Councilor Amerigian to give
an overview on what comments he would be delivering at the No Port Rally.
      Councilor Amerigian made a brief statement highlighting some of the
points he would like to make.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Before going into executive session Councilor Long acknowledged the hard
work of Quentin Anthony as Town Solicitor.
      It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Swain to
adjourn to executive session at 8:39 PM.  So unanimously voted.
Council returned to regular session at 10:03 PM.
      Motion by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to seal the
minutes of the executive session to the public. So unanimously voted.

It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Littman to accept
the proposal submitted by Ursillo, Teitz & Ritch, LTD for the period of
one year as Solicitor of Jamestown.
      So voted with Councilor Littman voting aye, Councilors Long, Swain,
McIntyre and Amerigian voting nay.  Motion failed.  
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to accept
the proposal submitted by Hanson, Curran, Parks & Whitman for the period
of one year as Solicitor of Jamestown.
      So voted with Councilors McIntyre, Long and Swain voting aye,
Councilors Littman and Amerigian voting nay.  Motion passed.
It was moved by Councilor Swain, seconded by Councilor Littman to have the
Town Clerk notify all firms of the Council's vote and that she be free to
answer telephone questions regarding this vote; additionally, the Council
President is instructed to draw up a letter to Quentin Anthony and signed
by all Council members thanking him for his service to the Town.
      So unanimously voted.

There being no further business before the Town Council, it was moved by
Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Swain to adjourn the meeting at
10:10 PM.  So unanimously voted.

Attest:

Arlene D. Kalooski
Town Clerk