TOWN COUNCIL
JAMESTOWN, RHODE ISLAND
September 13, 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 Vice
President Kenneth J. Littman. The following members were present:
Craig A. Amerigian
Bruce W. McIntyre
David Swain
Absent: Council President David J. Long

Also present were:
Maryanne Crawford, CPA, Town Administrator/Finance Director
Arlene D. Kalooski, Town Clerk
A. Lauriston Parks, Esq., Town Solicitor
Patrick Bolger, Harbor Management Commission Chair
Richard Allphin, Zoning Vice Chair
Dennis Webster, Quonset Davisville Liaison Committee Chair
Christopher Powell, Conservation Commission Chair
Charles McSoley, Town Sergeant
Arthur J. Christman, Fire Chief

SITTING AS ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSING COMMISSION:

a)   Application of the Jamestown Lions Club for a Class F (19 hour; beer
& wine only) alcoholic beverage license (09/26/99; Rembijas Pavilion)
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Swain to
approve the alcoholic beverage license for the Septemberfest and car show
on September 26, 1999, subject to obtaining the required insurance.
      So unanimously voted.

CONSENT AGENDA

Councilor Amerigian asked that items # 7 and 8 be removed. Motion by
Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to approve the consent
agenda as amended. So unanimously voted. The amended consent agenda
consisted of:

1)   Adoption of Council minutes:
  a) 08/23/99 (regular meeting and Board of Water & Sewer meeting)
2)   Bills and Payroll
3)   Copies of minutes of Boards and Committees
  a) Jamestown Quonset Davisville Liaison Committee (07/12/99, 07/06/99)
  b) Planning Commission (08/04/99)
  c) Jamestown Philomenian Library (07/20/99)
4)   RICRMC notice
  a) Finding of no significant impact: Linda Alexander Anderson to replace
24' x 28' garage  (Plat 4, Lot 30; 440 East Shore Road)
  b) Finding of no significant impact: John and Arline Howard to construct
a 6' x 10' tool shed and install new window (Plat 12, Lot 172; 7 Grey Gull
Lane)
  c) Finding of no significant impact: Joseph J. Oliveira to convert
existing deck to an enclosed sun porch (Plat 1, Lot 296; 1046 East Shore
Road)
5)   RIDEM notice of residential assent: Robin Main and  Robert Powers to
construct a residential dwelling with attached decks, individual well and
municipal sewer connection (Plat 8, Lot 664; Westwind Drive
6)   Letter of reply re: Quonset Point Partners from Keith Stokes,
Executive Director of Newport County Chamber of Commerce and member of the
RIEDC
9)   Newsletters
  a) National Organization on Disability
  b) RIEDC - Quonset Quarterly  

The Town Administrator requested that the minutes of August 23, 1999 be
amended to show that she was absent from that meeting.
      Additionally, the Town Administrator requested that the executive
minutes from July 12, 1999 and July 26, 1999 show that the Town Solicitor
was absent.
7)   Notice re: Water Quality Improvement Awards presentation
Councilor Amerigian stated his concern about receiving this notification
on September 7, 1999, the day of the event.
      The Town Administrator explained that she had been notified by
telephone and arranged for the Town Planner, Public Works Director and
herself to attend.
      It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Littman
to accept this communication.  So unanimously voted.
8)   Notice re: meeting presented by Charlestown Wastewater Management
Commission and the University of RI Cooperative Extension - September 30,
1999
Councilor Swain stated that he is planning to attend the meeting on
September 30, 1999.
       The Town Administrator informed the Council that she will forward
this meeting invitation to the Town Planner and the Wastewater Management
Commission.
      It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Littman
to accept this communication.  So unanimously voted.

EXECUTIVE SESSION ANNOUNCEMENT

Motion by Councilor Littman, seconded by Councilor Swain to enter into
executive session as scheduled to discuss the acquisition of land, in
accordance with RIGL 42-45-5 (5)(real estate). 

Richard Allphin, Clarke Street, requested information on which property is
being considered for acquisition by the Town.
      The Town Solicitor noted that it was not necessary to disclose the
property being considered as that disclosure could jeopardize on-going
negotiations.  

Following discussion, a roll call vote was taken with the results as
follows:  Council Vice President Littman, aye; Councilor Amerigian, aye;
Councilor McIntyre, aye; Councilor Swain, aye.
      The motion to enter into executive session as scheduled unanimously
passed.

OPEN FORUM

1)   Scheduled Requests to Address
Edwin W. Connelly, Chair, Friends of Conanicut Battery re: continued
Council support for Conanicut Battery Historic Site Project on Prospect
Hill
Mr. Connelly gave an overview of the study being presented to the Council,
Historic Preservation & Treatment Plan for Conanicut Battery on Prospect
Hill, Jamestown Rhode Island, as prepared by Landscapes, Charlotte, VT and
Westport, CT.
      Additionally, Mr. Connelly informed the Council that there is a
vegetation management program in place at the Battery which is an
important aspect of the overall property's rehabilitation.
      Mr. Connelly requested the Council's approval and endorsement for
two grants being applied for by the Friends of Conanicut Battery in
cooperation with the Jamestown Historical Society.
      Those grants being; the Greenways Program grant for $15,582.50 and
the Trails Program grant for $15,582.50.    This grant money would be put
towards the additional funds of approximately $114,000.00 needed to
continue the rehabilitation of the Conanicut Battery.
      It was moved by Councilor Swain, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
sign the two grant applications.  So unanimously voted. 

2)   Non-Agenda Requests to Address
William Murphy, 705 North Main Road, thanked the Council for their support
and informed the Council that, as in the past, the Jamestown Lions Club
would be hanging their banner up across Narragansett Avenue for the
Septemberfest.

Councilor McIntyre requested that the Town Barn be put on the agenda for
the next Council meeting on September 27, 1999.
      Additionally, Councilor McIntyre requested that an inventory be
provided to the Council for the September 27th meeting of the disposition
of the Town equipment to be stored.   Councilor Amerigian stated that the
Council has been supplied that list in the past.

REPORTS OF BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND TOWN OFFICIALS

1)   Town Administrator's report (attached hereto)
The Town Administrator informed the Council that on September 8, 1999
Jamestown was connected to North Kingstown water supply and that with the
recent rain, the reservoir was up about three inches.
      The Town Administrator reported that DEM will be meeting with the
Town Administration to discuss the permitting process for the wells to be
used in conjunction with the Municipal water supply.
      Following the reading of the Town Administrator's report, several
residents were heard:

Daniel Capuano, 648 East Shore Road requested that the Town consider
charging the Bridge Authority more than they are and that those additional
funds could be used to help correct the water situation in Jamestown.
      Mr. Capuano suggested that the Town should be bringing in well over
$100,000.00 from the Bridge Authority.  The Town Administrator stated that
she will provide the Council with the present agreement and the acreage
being used by the Bridge Authority.
Richard Allphin, Clark Street, requested that the minutes show the
Recreation/Planning clerk was promoted to Deputy Town Clerk.
  a) Approve the Town Administrator's recommendation for Beavertail
Lighthouse caretaker
Richard Shutt, Clinton Avenue, questioned the process used in selecting
the Beavertail Lighthouse caretaker.
       After a lengthy discussion on the process for selecting the
lighthouse caretaker, it was moved by Councilor McIntyre, seconded by
Councilor Amerigian to interview the two finalists at 6:00 PM before the
Water and Sewer meeting.
      It was moved and seconded to amend the motion to interview the two
finalists at 6:00 PM before the Water Study Committee work session with
the Town Council on September 15, 1999.
      The amended motion was unanimously accepted.
  b) Re-approve the Town's Policy on Disposal of Municipal Properties
The Town Solicitor explained that this policy serves as a guide to the
Town Administrator; however, the Council can vote to amend this policy at
any time.
      There was concern raised by both residents and Town Council
regarding the ramifications of property bought to increase the size of a
presently owned lot, thereby making it either a developable piece of
property, or property that would be purchased to enlarge the size of an
existing system.
      The Council discussed the possible need for recording deed
restrictions on property sold by the Town.
      It was suggested by the Conservation Commission Chair that the
Council consider having properties reviewed by the Planning Commission or
the Conservation Commission prior to sale.
      The consensus of the Council was to take no action at this time and
table this issue for further discussion at the next Council meeting on
September 27, 1999.
  c) Approve the hiring of a surveyor for the Community Center
In support of the project to provide the community center with
landscaping, drainage and other improvements through donations made by the
Quononoquot Garden Club and the interest shown by other civic groups, it
was moved by Councilor Swain, seconded by Councilor Littman to approve the
funds for hiring of a surveyor, in the amount of  $500.00 - $1,000.00.  So
unanimously voted.
  d) Approve the installation of an ISDS at the Golf Course
It was moved by Councilor Swain, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
approve the installation of an ISDS at the Golf Course.
      So unanimously voted.
2)   Harbor Management Commission
  a) Copy of letter to Harbor Management Commission from Joseph Medeiros,
President of the Fort Wetherill Boat Owners Association
Following the letter being read to the audience, it was moved by Councilor
Amerigian, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to accept this communication
from the President of the Fort Wetherill Boat Owners Association.
      So unanimously voted.
  b) Memo from Jamestown Harbor Management Commission re: appointment of
contract negotiating committee for Ft. Wetherill Boat Owner Association
Lease
Concern was raised regarding these negotiations not being held at public
meetings.
      The Harbor Management Commission Chair stated that they welcome
public input and will be happy to share the structure of the lease, the
approach and the methodology to be recommended at a public meeting;
however, the negotiations will not be held at a public meeting.
      The Town Solicitor stated that this  procedure is acceptable when
negotiations are being discussed.  It was moved by Councilor Amerigian,
seconded by Councilor Swain to approve the negotiating committee as
submitted.  So unanimously voted.  The negotiating committee for the Ft.
Wetherill Boat Owners Association (FWBOA) lease is as follows:  
     Patrick K. Bolger Chairman, Jamestown Harbor Management Commission
     Maryanne Crawford Town Administrator
     David Swain    Jamestown Town Council Liaison
     David Willis      Jamestown Harbor Management Commission,
Recreational Boating Representative
     Town Solicitor For legal review only
c)   Ferry boat discretionary fund (continued from August 10, 1999)
Discussion ensued on the reasoning behind the Council's past
recommendations to turn down the Ferry Boat Discretionary funds; the main
reason being, the future possibility that Jamestown would be forced into
providing space for a ferry boat terminal.
      The Town Solicitor stated that he met with Mr. Alves from the
Department of Transportation regarding these funds and was assured that if
these funds were accepted by Jamestown, the Public Utilities Commission
would have the authority to regulate any ferry service in that area and
the Town would not be allowed to pass any ordinances that would interfere
with their decision on ferry service.
      After additional discussion, it was moved by Councilor Amerigian,
seconded by Councilor McIntyre to send a letter to the Department of
Transportation stating that the Town of Jamestown has no further interest
in the ferry boat discretionary funds and that these funds can be
deobligated.  So unanimously voted.
Ray Iannetta, North Main Road, raised the concern that the State would use
the large dock at Fort Wetherill as a ferry terminal.
      Councilor Swain stated that there are deed restrictions there and
that type of activity would not be allowed in that area.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

1)   Jamestown Medical Fund "Bridging the Gap" (continued for additional
information and permission as requested by the Council on August 23, 1999)
       
After discussion with the event coordinators, it was moved by Councilor
Swain, seconded by Councilor Littman to amend the original vote made on
August 23, 1999 to reflect the new date of October 10, 1999 and approve
this event.  So unanimously voted. 
2)   Letter from Fred Pease re: Millennium Celebration update as requested
by the Council (continued from July 26, 1999)
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Swain to accept
this communication.
      So unanimously voted.  Several residents expressed their concern
that Shoreby Hill would be used as an area to watch the fireworks display.
      The consensus of the Council was that there have been many events
held in the East Ferry area and to their knowledge, there has never been a
problem reported.

COMMUNICATIONS

1)   Letter from David Laurie re: John and Cathy Gregory
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Littman to
accept the communication from David Laurie.  So unanimously voted.
2)   Letter from Marti J. Gastineau re: Beavertail lighthouse caretaker
position
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to
accept the communication from Marti J. Gastineau.  So unanimously voted.
3)   Letter from Gerard F. Lindenberger re: damage claim from August 28,
1999
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to
refer this damage claim from Gerard F. Lindenberger to the Town Solicitor.
 So unanimously voted.
4)   Letter from Isabel Coyle re: eyeglass damage
It was moved by Councilor Littman, seconded by Councilor Swain to refer
this damage claim from Isabel Coyle to the Town Solicitor.
      So unanimously voted.  Councilor Swain was reassured by the Town
Administrator that the problem with the sidewalk would be taken care of.

NEW BUSINESS

1)   Petition from the New England Telephone and Telegraph Company to
excavate approximately 55' of conduit and a pole bend from existing area
to Pole 4 in sidewalk area on Helm Street (if favorable, refer to Public
Works Director for review and administration)
2)   Petition from the New England Telephone and Telegraph Company and
Newport Electric Company to place one new joint pole and anchor guy
location on Ft. Getty Road. 
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to
refer these requests to the Public Works Director for review and
administration.  So unanimously voted.
3)   One-day license requests:
     Applicant         Type        Location-Date  
     Jamestown Parks & 
     Recreation Department * One-day Peddler   Community Center,
10/24/1999
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Swain to
approve the one day peddler license for the Jamestown Parks & Recreation
Department and to waive the fee, subject to obtaining all required
signatures.  So unanimously voted.
     Jamestown Lions Club ** One-day Peddler   Rembijas Pavilion,
09/26/1999
     Jamestown Lions Club    One-day Entertainment   Rembijas Pavilion,
09/26/1999
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Littman to
approve the one day peddler and one day entertainment license for the
Jamestown Lions Club for September 26, 1999 subject to obtaining all
required signatures.
      So unanimously voted.  It was moved by Councilor Swain, seconded by
Council McIntyre to waive the fee for the Rembijas Pavilion.
      So unanimously voted.       
  *Request waiver of license fee ($5.00)
  **Request waiver of pavilion fee ($100.00)

OPEN FORUM

Ray Iannetta, 1219 North Main Road, requested that someone from the North
End Citizens Group be allowed to meet with GZA GeoEnvironmental as his
group has serious concerns about what happens in the area of the landfill.
      Mr. Iannetta stated that the North End Citizens Group has stacks of
documents that GZA should be aware of.
      Councilor McIntyre was in agreement with this request and suggested
that the group should be allowed to select a representative to meet with
GZA.  Councilor Littman inquired if Mike Woodside would be agreeable as
someone to represent the North End Citizens.
      Mr. Iannetta assured the Council that Mr. Woodside would be a great
candidate to represent the North End Citizens.
      It was moved by Councilor McIntyre, seconded by Councilor Littman
that the residents of the North End Citizens Group delegate a
representative to sit down with the GZA GeoEnvironmental representative to
review documents that the representative from the North End deem fit and
the Town Administrator is to facilitate that meeting.
      So unanimously voted. 

The Fire Chief informed the Council that the skimmer boat was used over
the weekend on a recovery of 1000 gallon of fuel.
      With the use of the skimmer boat the Fire Department was able to
recover 90% of the leak.
      Chief Christman stated that the Federal Government will reimburse
the Town for most of the recovery costs.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Motion by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Littman to adjourn to
executive session at  9:25 PM.
     So unanimously voted. Council returned to regular session at 9:59 PM.
Motion by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to seal the
minutes of the executive session to the public. So unanimously voted.

After discussion regarding the steps to be taken in anticipation of
acquiring property, it was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by
Councilor Littman to approve the hiring of an appraiser and instruct the
Town Solicitor to draft a Purchase and Sales Agreement.
      So unanimously voted.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business before Council, motion by Councilor
Amerigian, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to adjourn the meeting at 10:01
PM. So unanimously voted.

Attest:

Arlene D. Kalooski
Town Clerk