TOWN COUNCIL
AND
BOARD OF WATER & SEWER COMMISSIONERS
August 23, 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:
Arlene D. Kalooski, Town Clerk
A. Lauriston Parks, Town Solicitor
Steven J. Goslee, Public Works Director
Richard Allphin, Zoning Vice Chair
Arthur J. Christman, Fire Chief

AWARDS, PRESENTATION AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

None

SITTING AS ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSING COMMISSION

None

CONSENT AGENDA

It was requested that items #3d and #5 be removed from the consent agenda.
      Motion by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to
approve the consent agenda as amended.  So unanimously voted.  The consent
agenda consists of:
1)   Adoption of Council minutes:
  a) 08/10/99 (regular meeting)
2)   Bills and Payroll
3)   RICRMC notices:
  a) Full Council Decision:
     i) Petition of Donald and Ann Muir re: knee wall
  b) Assents:
  i) James D. Bishop, Sr., Trustee to construct a residential boating
facility (Plat 8, Lot 268; 50 Bay View Drive)
  ii)   Louis J. Moriorenzi and Priscilla Szneke to reduce 125' wide
coastal buffer zone (Plat 8, Lot 271; 84 Bay View Drive)
  iii)  Dr. John Yashar to perform buffer zone management (Plat 9, Lot
792; 76 Highland Drive)

c)   Finding of no significant impact: Earle R. Bennett to replace roofing
and siding (Plat 12, Lot 133; 6 Arnold Street)
4)   Invitation from RIDEM re: 1999 Youth Litter Corps Appreciation Day
(08/18/99)
6)   Conference notice re: Council on Governmental Ethics Laws
(12/05/99-12/08/99) 
7)   Invitation and request for contribution to the Jamestown Medical Fund
(09/26/99)
8)   Invitation to the 1999 Appreciation Day Tea (08/29/99)
9)   Copy of grievance submitted by the International Brotherhood of
Police Officers re: Officer Thomas Balcom
10)  Abatement/Addenda of taxes report of Tax Assessor filed 08/19/99

3)   RICRMC notices:
d)   Report entitled, Freshwater Wetlands in the Vicinity of the Coast
Councilor Amerigian informed the Council that after reviewing the map
associated with this notice, he is concerned because the regulatory
jurisdiction of some areas has changed.  These changes may effect the
permitting process on wells being installed by the Town.
      It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Long to
ask the Town Administrator and Mr. Goslee to inquire from CRMC as to what
the well permitting process would be; and to provide a copy of this memo,
any other information gathered regarding the permitting process, and a
copy of the map to the Water Study Committee.  So unanimously voted.
5)   Resolution from the Town of Bristol re: Sakonnet River Bridge
After discussion on how this would effect traffic flow on this side of the
bay, it was the consensus of the Council that Jamestown should wait until
all cities and towns directly effected in the area of the Sakonnet River
Bridge have expressed their opinions and concerns before taking a stand.
      It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Littman
to accept the resolution from the Town of Bristol.  So unanimously voted.

EXECUTIVE SESSION ANNOUNCEMENT

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PUBLIC HEARINGS

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OPEN FORUM

1)   Scheduled Requests to Address
None
2)   Non-Agenda Requests to Address
Richard Shutt, 6 Clinton Avenue expressed his concern regarding the
information in the Town Administrator's report whereby the Town
Administrator recommends appointing a Jamestown family to Beavertail
lighthouse.
      Mr. Shutt posed two questions to the Council; was having a family
part of the criteria for this position, and has he been eliminated because
he does not have a family?  Councilor Long explained to Mr. Shutt that
this will be discussed further on in the meeting.

Jamestown Medical Fund, "Bridging the Gap"
Pamela Fuller, 60 Grinnell Street, informed the Council that the newly
established Jamestown Medical Fund was formed to raise funds for
individuals with expenses that are not covered under their medical
insurance.
     Additionally, Ms. Fuller stated that the first fund-raiser will be
held on September 26, 1999 and will consist of four two-man teams playing
golf from Fort Wetherill to the Jamestown Golf Course.
      Ms. Fuller also reported that she has spoken to the Chief of Police
and he does not appear to have a problem with the use of Jamestown Streets
and he will approach the State to see if they have a problem.
      Ms. Fuller expects to be covered under the insurance plan of a
sponsor.
      The Town Solicitor advised the Council that this was not listed on
the agenda properly and should, at this time, not be formally voted on.
      As this event is scheduled for September 26 and Councilor Swain
stated that this was clearly a miscommunication as to what their request
was for, it was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Littman to
grant permission for the event with the stipulation that the Police Chief
and Fire Chief approve and are supplied a map of the course, and that this
be put on the agenda for the September 13 meeting for a formal vote.
      So unanimously voted.
Norma Willis, 1191 North Main Road, requested clarification from the Town
Solicitor regarding how action items should appear on the agenda.
      Ms. Willis maintains that the items for consideration in the Town
Administrator's report should be agenda items.
      Councilor Long replied that Council members will be attending a
seminar given by the Department of Attorney General on Wednesday, August
25, and he will specifically address this question.
      The Town Solicitor suggested that these items probably should be on
the agenda; however, as they are posted with the agenda, they may be
addressed.

REPORTS OF BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND TOWN OFFICIALS

1)   Town Administrator's report
With the Town Administrator being on vacation, the Town Clerk read the
report for the Council.
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Littman to request
that the Town Administrator to send a letter to the Jamestown Press
congratulating the Youth Litter Corp on their being selected by Rhode
Island Department of Environmental Management as the "Outstanding Litter
Corp".  So unanimously voted.
The Town Administrator reported that she has received a request from the
Jamestown Library Board of Trustees to hold a work session with the
Council.
      It was moved by Councilor Long seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
hold a work session with the Library Board of Trustees on Thursday,
September 2, 1999 at 7:00 PM, with the place to be determined.  So
unanimously voted.
  a) Requested action by Council 
     i) Council tour of outdoor facilities
Councilor Long stated that he was particularly interested in touring the
well sites, piers, tennis courts and golf course.
      It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Littman to
tour outdoor facilities on September 8, 1999 at 3:00 PM with the meeting
location to be determined and posted.  So unanimously voted.
     ii)   Caretaker for Beavertail Lighthouse
 It was moved by Councilor Swain, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to table
this item until the next scheduled Town Council meeting and request that
the Town Solicitor give the Council feedback on the Town Charter in
relation to the hiring of a lighthouse caretaker.  So unanimously voted.  
     iii)  Allstate Asphalt 
After establishing that this was the low bid, it was moved by Councilor
Long, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to accept the bid from Allstate
Asphalt for the Town's annual road oiling project, at a price of $1.35 per
gallon. So unanimously voted.
     iv)   Sale of Town owned property
Councilor Amerigian expressed his concern regarding developable lands, as
stated in the Policy on Disposal of Municipal Properties which was adopted
by the Town Council in 1995; that being, Developable lands may be used for
activities which are permitted by the Zoning Ordinance.
      The Town Council may place developmental restrictions or limitations
on a property as it deems necessary or desirable.
      The Town Solicitor assured the Council that they could, if deemed
necessary, put added restrictions on these properties.
        In reference to the statement in the Policy on Disposal of
Municipal Properties, In order to safeguard the health, safety, and
welfare of the community..... the following restrictions apply, Councilor
Amerigian stated that he believed it was the intent of the previous
Council to protect land in the Jamestown Shores area.
       Councilor McIntyre suggested that proceeds from the sale of Town
owned property go into our land trust account.
      It was suggested by Councilor Swain that the Town require a letter
of intent from the purchaser of Town owned property.
      After continued discussion, it was moved by Councilor Amerigian,
seconded by Councilor McIntyre to ask the Town Administrator to convey to
the Council,  the nature of the property being requested to buy; in
addition, to  inquire of the members from the past Council that developed
this policy their intent regarding the five points at the end of the
policy as they may apply to developable or undevelopable lands, and report
back to the Council with her findings.  So unanimously voted. 
2)   Library Board of Trustees re: copy of letter to the Town
Administrator regarding diseased trees
No action taken

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None

COMMUNICATIONS
1)   Letter from the Humane Society of Jamestown, Inc. re: permit for
Vidbel's Olde Tyme Circus
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Swain to refer
this communication to the VFW Post 9447 and the American Legion Post 22
and request that they respond to the Council.  So unanimously voted.
2)   Letter from Meghan Cloud re: support for Cathy & John Gregory
regarding Beavertail Lighthouse Keeper position
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to accept
the communication from Meghan Cloud.  So unanimously voted.
3)   Letter from Save Our State re: Quonset/Davisville port   
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Swain to refer this
communication from 

Save our State to the Quonset Davisville Liaison Committee for their
response.  So unanimously voted.

NEW BUSINESS

Councilor Amerigian read a letter that he received from William D. Ankner,
Director of the Department of Transportation regarding the removal of the
old Jamestown Bridge.
      As this issue is of the utmost importance to Jamestown, it was moved
by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Long to refer the letter to
the Town Administrator so that she can inquire about any additional
information and report back to the Council.  So unanimously voted.

OTHER COMMUNICATIONS

None

OPEN FORUM CONTINUED

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EXECUTIVE SESSION

None

There being no further business before the Council, it was moved by
Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Swain to adjourn the Council meeting
at 7:55 PM.  So unanimously voted.

 SITTING AS BOARD OF WATER & SEWER COMMISSIONERS

A special meeting of the Board of Water & Sewer Commissioners was called
to order by Commissioner David Long at 8:02 PM.

COMMUNICATIONS
  
1)   Paws and Claws-change of use, water service
Commissioner Long called for comments or discussion, there being none, it
was moved by Commissioner Long, seconded by Commissioner Amerigian to
grant the request for the change of use and installation of a separate
meter hookup for Paws and Claws.  So unanimously voted.
2)   Peter Marcus-sewer extension
Following the report from the Public Works Director that this request was
consistent with the Town's  Water and Sewer Regulations, it was moved by
Commissioner Long, seconded by Commissioner McIntyre to grant this request
for sewer extension.  So unanimously voted.

NEW BUSINESS

  1) Award of Line Stopping Bid to Hydra-Stop Inc. in the amount of
$26,625.
The Public Works Director informed the Commissioners that this item was
budgeted for in the Town's capital budget.
      Additionally, he stated that the bid from Hydra-Stop, Inc. was the
low bid and meets the required specifications.
      It was moved by Commissioner Swain, seconded by Commissioner  Long
to accept the bid from Hydra-Stop, Inc. in the amount of $26,625.00  So
unanimously voted.  

The Public Works Director reported to the Commissioners that the reservoir
was dropping rapidly, almost one inch per day; at present the reservoir is
at 58 inches.
      The Public Works Director summarized that although there has been a
significant effort by most residents to conserve water, usage is still
high.
      If the drought continues without any relief before the winter, The
Public Works Director emphasized that we could have continued water
problems in the Spring.   

There being no further business before the Commission, it was moved by
Commissioner Long, seconded by  Commissioner Amerigian to adjourn the
meeting of the Board of Water & Sewer Commission at 8:13 PM.
      So unanimously voted.

Attest:

Arlene D. Kalooski
Town Clerk