TOWN COUNCIL
JAMESTOWN, RHODE ISLAND
September 27, 1999

A regular meeting of the Jamestown Town Council was called to order at the
Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Road, at 7:08 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
A. Lauriston Parks, Esq., Town Solicitor
Steven J. Goslee, Public Works Director
Richard Allphin, Zoning Vice Chair
Patrick Bolger, Harbor Management Commission Chair
Dennis Webster, Quonset Davisville Liaison Committee Chair
Arthur J. Christman, Fire Chief
AWARDS PRESENTATION AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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SITTING AS ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSING COMMISSION

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CONSENT AGENDA

It was requested that items # 1b and 2 be removed from the consent agenda.
      Motion by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Long to approve
the consent agenda as amended. So unanimously voted. The amended consent
agenda consisted of:
1)   Adoption of Council minutes:
     a) 09/02/1999 (special meeting)
3)   Copies of minutes of Boards and Committees
  a) Board of Canvassers (04/14/1999)
4)   RICRMC notice: 
a)   no significant impact:  Robert T. Gallucci to trim and remove limbs
on tree on Southerly side of property (Plat 7, Lot 98; 52 East Shore Road)
  b) residential assent:  Euan Hutchinson to construct a residential
dwelling, driveway, an in-ground pool and associated landscaping - filling
and grading to be serviced by well water and a DEM approved 5-bedroom
design ISDS (Plat 3, Lot 486; 164 North Main Road)
  c) corrected assent:  Estate of Carolyn F. Delmonico to construct a
residential boating facility to consist of a 4' x 150' fixed timber pier
with six (6) tie-off piles.
     Said pier to be elevated 5' above mean high water and extend to 75'
beyond mean low water (Plat 14, Lot 21; 1 Seaside Drive)
5)   RICRMC agenda:  Semi-monthly meeting - Full Council, September 14,
1999
6)   Resolution from the Town of Cumberland:  Resolution in support of a
timely intervention by a United Nations Peacekeeping Force in East Timor
7)   Draft copy of minutes from Naval Station Newport, Restoration
Advisory Board meeting (August 18, 1999); sent to Jamestown Town Council
by member and Jamestown resident James Myers
8)   Abatement/Addenda of taxes report of Tax Assessor filed 09/23/1999
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1)   Adoption of Council minutes:
     b) 09/13/1999 (regular meeting)
Councilor Amerigian informed the audience that the Town Clerk corrected an
error and replaced the first page of the minutes.
      It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Swain to
accept the minutes for the 09/13/1999 with the amended page.
      So unanimously voted.
2)   Bills and Payroll
Councilor Littman requested additional information from the Town
Administrator regarding the Bills and Payroll; namely, RI Interlocal Risk
Management in the amount of $89,728.00.  The Town Administrator informed
the Council that this item covers the cost of the yearly premium for the
Town's Workmen's Compensation and general liability covering all Town
vehicles.
      It was moved by Councilor Swain, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to
accept the Bills and Payroll.  So unanimously voted.

EXECUTIVE SESSION ANNOUNCEMENT

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PUBLIC FORUM

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OPEN FORUM

1)   Scheduled Requests to Address
  a) Richard Allphin, 59 Clarke Street re: removal of advertising from the
RIPTA bus stop (previously addressed by council 03/22/1999)
Mr. Allphin spoke to the Council regarding the advertising signage on the
waiting stations at the RIPTA bus stops.
      Mr. Allphin stated that Jamestown has a zoning ordinance prohibiting
this type of advertising.
      The Town Administrator informed the Council that she had spoken to
the marketing agent for RIPTA and was assured that this advertising would
be taken down.
      Mr. Allphin will continue to monitor this issue and report back to
the Council on the progress.
2)   Non-Agenda Requests to Address
Raymond Iannetta, 1219 North Main Road read portions of a letter regarding
notice of suspension of order of approval #1063, Jamestown Sludge
Composting Facility, addressed to the Town Administrator, dated June 15,
1999, from Warren M. Towne, Supervising Sanitary Engineer for RIDEM and a
letter addressed to the Jamestown Public Works Director, dated October 21,
1996, also from Warren M. Towne.  Mr. Iannetta expressed his concern with
the information referencing uncomposted sludge and the possible connection
with tests Mr. Iannetta had done on his own property showing fecal
coliform present.
       The Town has ceased composting and has entered into a consent
agreement with the State.
      Mr. Iannetta asked for assurance from the Council that these types
of problems would not continue to occur.
      After additional discussion Council President Long requested that
Mr. Iannetta give the Council a chance to work on this issue.
Anthony Simeone, 54 Hull Street informed the Council that he attended a
meeting in North Kingstown hosted by RIDOT regarding the old Jamestown
Bridge.
      Mr. Simeone stated that RIDOT will be looking to the towns of
Jamestown and North Kingstown to make a decision on the fate of the old
Jamestown Bridge.
      Discussion ensued on the waterline connecting Jamestown to the North
Kingstown water supply.
      Councilor Swain noted that Jamestown has a fact finding committee
looking into solutions for our critical water needs.
      Councilor Long announced that RIDOT will be hosting an informational
meeting in Jamestown on October 14 at the Melrose Avenue School at 6:30 PM
and encouraged residents to attend.
Dianne D'Alessandro, 82 Narragansett Avenue, requested that a stop sign be
put up in the area of the Cumberland Farms driveway and Watson Avenue.
      The Town Administrator suggested that she would discuss this request
with the Chief of Police and report back to the Council with additional
information.

The Town Planner arrived at 7:36 PM

REPORTS OF BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND TOWN OFFICIALS

1)   Town Administrator's report (attached hereto)
The Town Administrator reported that the reservoir is at 64 inches.
      In a follow up to a request by Probate Judge Peter McGuirl, the Town
Administrator informed the Council that she had discussed with the Town
Clerk the noise which occurs during Probate Court sessions and the request
from Probate Judge Peter McGuirl to close the town hall for business while
Probate Court is in session.
        The Town Administrator recommended that the town hall close for
one hour on the first Wednesday of every month so that Probate Court can
be held.
      This will be advertised and posted at the town hall, on a trial
basis for six months.  
  a) Requested action by Council 
     i) Award water supply management plan to Pare Engineering for
$12,600.00
There was a lengthy discussion on the bid award recommended by the Town
Administrator.
      Concern was raised regarding the December 31, 1999 time frame when
the Water Supply Management Plan is due to the State.
      The Town Solicitor informed the Council that statute requires
updates to this plan every five years and recent legislation states that
this plan must be considered part of the Town's Comprehensive Plan;
thereby, requiring a public hearing and the approval of the Planning
Commission and Town Council.
      The Town Planner assured the Council, if the report is finished on
time, the Planning Commission can schedule hearings to meet this deadline.
      It was moved by Councilor McIntyre, seconded by Councilor Long to
approve the request of the Town Administrator to expend the money on this
consultant and that the Town Administrator provide the Council with a copy
of that file for Council review.  So unanimously voted. 

After a request from Councilor Long, the Town Administrator reported on a
meeting held with RIDEM and Jamestown officials for the purpose of
reviewing the permitting process for a Town well.
      The Town Administrator informed the Council that she was able to
review the measures taken by the Town to help alleviate our water
problems.
      The Town Administrator stated that she will be submitting a report
to RIDEM addressing the Town's master well plan and future plans that the
Town will be taking to solve our water crises.

Council President Long took this time to thank the emergency management
team and Town employees for their hard work in preparation for Hurricane
Floyd.

2)   Town of Jamestown Zoning Board of Review Notice of Hearing re: notice
to abutters (town owned property, plat 8, lot 283 - Jamestown Country
Club)
It was moved by Councilor Swain, seconded by Councilor Littman to accept
the notice of hearing before the Zoning Board.  So unanimously voted.
3)   Conservation Commission memo to Council re: proposed tree ordinance
Councilor Long inquired if it would be possible to utilize a volunteer or
commission staff to assist with the additional duties as proposed in this
ordinance, rather than burden the town staff.
      The Town Solicitor cited Rhode Island General Law 2-14-1 and 2-14-7
regarding his concern with this proposed tree ordinance, stating that
there may be a problem with the Town  interfering with these regulations.
      The Town Solicitor requested that he be allowed time to review this
proposed ordinance.
      It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Littman to
request that the Town Solicitor research the legality of this proposed
ordinance, meet with the Planning Board and Conservation Commission, and
be prepared to review this with the Council in six weeks.
      So unanimously voted.  Conservation Commission Chair, Christopher
Powell suggested that the Town Solicitor may want to discuss this with
Norma Willis, as she was instrumental in putting this ordinance together.
     4) Tax Assessment Board of Review (one vacancy, duly advertised; for
term ending June 2002)
  a) Anne Maxwell Livingston (request for reappointment)
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to
reappoint Anne Maxwell Livingston to the Tax Assessment Board of Review
for a term ending June 2002.  So unanimously voted.
5)   Water Resource Protection Committee for the Acquisition of Land (four
vacancies, duly advertised on July 16 and re-advertised on August 17 with
Council edits; for term ending: unspecified)
  a) Letter of interest from Daniel E. Lilly, Jr.
  b) Letter of interest from Ellicott Wright
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Swain to readvertise
the positions available on the Water Resource Protection Committee and
have the Town Clerk set up an interview schedule.  So unanimously voted.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

1)   Highway Barn (as requested by Councilor McIntyre)
  a) disposition of town equipment
Councilor McIntyre stated that many community members have expressed
concern regarding the equipment being considered for storage at the
proposed highway barn.
      With this in mind, Councilor McIntyre reviewed the list presented to
the Council by the Public Works Director.
      This review focused on List C, under Town Owned Equipment - Excess
Equipment.
      It was determined that the Toyota pickup and the wrecker were both
sold, the portable generator will be held for emergencies, of the
remaining equipment, the Town Administrator will meet with the Fire Chief
and Public Works Director to determine what equipment can be used or
disposed of.
      It was moved by Councilor McIntyre to dispose of the fire truck as
listed under excess equipment within thirty days.
      After additional discussion, it was moved by Councilor Amerigian,
seconded by Councilor Swain to amend the motion to include, unless after
the Town Administrator's discussion with the Fire Chief and Public Works
Director shows any use for this equipment.
     So unanimously voted.   It was moved by Councilor McIntyre, seconded
by Councilor Swain to approve the motion as amended to dispose of the fire
truck as listed under excess equipment, within thirty days, unless after
the Town Administrator's discussion with the Fire Chief and Public Works
Director shows any use for this equipment.
      So unanimously voted.  Following the discussion on what equipment is
needed by the Town and what services could possibly be subcontracted out,
it was moved by Councilor McIntyre, seconded by Councilor Swain to request
that the Town Administrator supply data to the Town Council relating to
the total costs that the Town spends on labor, equipment, maintenance and
storage for lawn mowing and gardening services so it can be determined if
it would be more cost effective to have these services contracted from
outside.
      Following discussion on the possibility of including additional Town
equipment and services, it was the consensus of the Council to instruct
the Town Administrator to include plowing and road repair and request that
she review the various services of each department.  So unanimously voted.
2)   Beavertail lighthouse caretaker appointment (continued from
09/13/1999 meeting)
There was a lengthy discussion on the general needs of the lighthouse and
who would be best suited for this position.
        It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Littman to
appoint Mr. Schmall as the Beavertail lighthouse caretaker, as recommended
by the Town Administrator.
      It was voted Councilor Long aye, Councilors Amerigian, Littman,
Swain and McIntyre nay.
      The motion failed.   It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by
Councilor Amerigian to appoint Mr. Shutt as lighthouse caretaker.  It was
voted Councilor Long nay, Councilors Amerigian, Littman, McIntyre and
Swain aye.
      The motion passed.  The Council discussed Mr. Shutt's ambitious
suggestions and recommendations for projects at the lighthouse.
      The consensus of the Council was that the projects should be
reviewed on an annual basis to ensure that the work is progressing as
planned.  Mr. Shutt thanked the Council for this appointment and their
confidence in him.
3)   Proposed ordinances (referred to Town Solicitor for review
02/22/1999)
  a) proposed tree ordinance (as requested by Town Administrator)
Previously discussed.
  b) proposed zoning ordinance amendment relating to ferries and ferry
parking  (as requested by Councilor Amerigian)
Councilor Amerigian reviewed the proposed ordinance and the need for
present zoning to address parking issues effecting any business that is
located on the water.
      The Town Solicitor requested that he be allowed to review the
proposed zoning ordinance amendment relating to ferries and ferry parking
as there are some aspects that he is concerned with.
      It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Littman to
have the Town Solicitor meet with the Zoning Official and Town Planner for
review of this proposed ordinance and return to the Council on October 25,
1999.  So unanimously voted.  
4)   Ferry boat discretionary funds re: draft letter to deobligate funds
(if approved - to be signed by Council President Long and mailed)
It was moved by Councilor McIntyre, seconded by Councilor Littman to
approve the letter to deobligate the ferry boat discretionary funds.
     So unanimously voted.  After considerable discussion, the Harbor
Management Commission Chair informed the Council that he had spoken to Mr.
Alves, Chief of RIDOT Intermodal Transportation Planning and was informed
that although these funds were being held for Jamestown, a new grant could
be written by a private enterprise for such funds.
      It was moved by Councilor McIntyre, seconded by Councilor Amerigian
to amend the motion to add that RIDOT inform the Town if any private
enterprise should apply for these funds.  So unanimously voted. 

COMMUNICATIONS

1)   Letter from Jamestown Memorial Post 9447 VFW re:  Vidbel's Olde Time
Circus
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Littman to accept
the communication from the Jamestown Memorial Post 9447 VFW.
      So unanimously voted.
2)   Letter from Jamestown Shores Association, Emmet E. Turley, President
re: invitation to attend Jamestown Shores Association meeting on October
27, 1999
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to
accept the communication from Jamestown Shores Association.
      So unanimously voted.
3)   Letter from Paul Greenberg re: purchase of town owned property, plat
16, lot 299
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Long to request
that the Town Administrator and the Town Solicitor look at this request
and come up with a position on how to proceed and to put this item on the
agenda for the next Council meeting.  So unanimously voted.
4)   Letter from Adam McCarthy re: permission to shoot scene for
television on town docks at Conanicut Marina (East Ferry)
There was a general discussion on how area businesses would be effected
with this request.
      Mr. McCarthy stated that the only businesses that should be effected
would be Spinakers, The Conanicut Marina, and the liquor store.
      As in the past, Mr. McCarthy is speaking directly to these
businesses about any inconvenience to them.
      Councilor Long requested that any negotiations with these businesses
be arranged prior to this shoot.
      Mr. McCarthy stated that the expected day of the shoot is for
Tuesday, October 5 and he assured the Council that this was on a much
smaller scale than the previous production.
      Mr. McCarthy was directed to coordinate this schedule with the Town
Administrator and the Jamestown Chamber of Commerce.
      It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Swain to allow
the filming of a segment of the television show Providence on Tuesday,
October 5.  So unanimously voted.

NEW BUSINESS

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EXECUTIVE SESSION

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ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business before Council, motion by Councilor Long,
seconded by Councilor McIntyre to adjourn the meeting at 9:29 PM.
     So unanimously voted.

Attest:

Arlene D. Kalooski
Town Clerk