TOWN COUNCIL
JAMESTOWN, RHODE ISLAND
OCTOBER 12, 1999

A regular meeting of the Jamestown Town Council was called to order at the
Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Road, at 7:06 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
Richard Allphin, Zoning Vice Chair
Arthur J. Christman, Fire Chief
AWARDS, PRESENTATION AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:

  None

III. SITTING AS ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSING COMMISSION:

1)   Renewal applications: if favorable, order advertised for hearing on
Monday, November 8, 1999 at 7:00 PM:

CLASS A

Jamestown Liquors, Inc.      Jean Ceppi, Inc.
dba Jamestown Liquors     dba Page's
9 Ferry Wharf             30 Southwest Avenue

CLASS B - TAVERN

Long Wharf Marina Restaurant, Inc.
dba The Bay Voyage
150 Conanicus Avenue

CLASS B - VICTUALER

Alexander Enterprises, Inc.        IslanDish, Ltd.
dba Narragansett Cafe        dba Chopmist Charlie's
25 Narragansett Avenue          40 Narragansett Avenue

Jamestown Oyster Bar, Inc.         Trattoria Simpatico, Inc.
dba Jamestown Oyster Bar        dba Trattoria Simpatico
22 Narragansett Avenue          13 Narragansett Avenue

New England Golf Course Management, Inc.
dba the Caddy Shack
aka Jamestown Golf and Country Club
245 Conanicus Avenue (lower level rear)

Oral's Specialty Food Service Management, Inc.
dba Schoolhouse Cafe
14 Narragansett Avenue
                           
CLASS D - FULL

Conanicut Yacht Club      Portuguese American Citizens Club
40 Bay View Drive         11 Pemberton Avenue

Questions were raised regarding the number of liquor licenses in the Town
of Jamestown.
      The Clerk informed the Council that there are at present, in
addition to the licenses on the Agenda, one additional license that is
being reviewed by the Town Solicitor.
      It was requested by Councilor Amerigian that all license
applications be completed before the hearing date on November 8, 1999.
Councilor Amerigian also expressed concern regarding requests for site
plan changes as mentioned on the letter sent to applicants for Class B
Victualer license renewals.
      Councilor Amerigian suggested that applicants should be prepared to
answer Council inquires regarding any site changes.
      It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Long to
advertise the hearing for renewal of applications for Class A, Class B -
Tavern, Class B - Victualer, and Class D - Full, and ask that applicants
include site plans for any outside liquor service when put before the
Council on November 8, 1999.  So unanimously voted.

CONSENT AGENDA

It was requested that item #6 be removed from the consent agenda.
      Motion by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Swain to approve the
consent agenda as amended.  So unanimously voted.  The amended consent
agenda consisted of:
1)   Adoption of Council minutes:
  a) 09/27/1999 (regular meeting)
2)   Bills and Payroll
3)   Copies of minutes of Boards and Committees
  a) Jamestown Philomenian Library Board of Trustees (August 24, 1999)
  b) Jamestown Zoning Board of Review (July 27 and August 24, 1999)
4)   RICRMC notice: 
  a) assent:  Sydney C. Waller to construct maintenance repairs to an
existing (riprap) seawall, re-establish a five food (5') seawall,
construct a four foot (4') walkover structure with six foot (6') wide
access path through coastal buffer zone (Plat 9, Lot 502; 7 Beavertail
Road)

  b) assent modification: Robert T. and Marcia J. Gallucci to conduct
modifications to an existing residential boating facility to consist of
adding one 5' x 24' float  (Plat 7, Lot 98; 52 East Shore Road)
5)   RICRMC agenda:  Semi-monthly meeting - Full Council, October 12, 1999
7)   Thank you from Save the Bay re:  support of the Jantzen's Save the
Bay Swim
8)   Reply from the Honorable Governor Lincoln Almond re: gambling in
Rhode Island
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6)   Letter from Sheldon Whitehouse, Attorney General re: establishment of
a "Senior Line" within the Consumer Protection Unit
It was the consensus of the Council that the notification from the
Attorney General establishing a "Senior Line" be circulated to the proper
individuals so that the elderly community of Jamestown be informed.  It
was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Long to accept
this communication.  So unanimously voted.

EXECUTIVE SESSION ANNOUNCEMENT

None

PUBLIC HEARINGS

None
  
OPEN FORUM

1)   Scheduled Requests to Address

2)   Non-Agenda Requests to Address
Richard Allphin, 59 Clarke Street informed the Council that the bus
shelter advertising has been removed from the RIPTA bus shelters in
Jamestown and thanked the Town Administrator and State for their prompt
response to this problem. 

Chief Arthur Christman addressed the Council regarding the bid
specifications for the ladder truck for the Fire Department.
      Chief Christman expressed his concern and frustration over the
length of time this process has taken.
      The Town Administrator stated that she and the Town Solicitor will
be meeting with the Fire Chief and another representative of the
department this Friday and will report back to the Council with the
results of that meeting.
      It was the consensus of the Council to have the this issue put on
the October 18, 1999 Water & Sewer agenda.

Dorcey Beard, 1 Blueberry Lane, expressed her concern regarding the cruise
ships anchored on the Jamestown side of the bay and the tour busses that
were lined up at East Ferry to pick the passengers up.
      Additionally, Ms. Beard mentioned tour boats with 40 or 50
passengers being brought to Jamestown for disembarkment.
      Councilor McIntyre stated that this may have something to do with
the landing fee that Newport is now charging.
      After a lengthy discussion, it was moved by Councilor Amerigian,
seconded by Councilor Littman to request that the Town Administrator
inquire as to the details of the ships offloading in Jamestown, and to
request that the Town Solicitor address the legal issues surrounding this
type of situation and return to the Council at the next Council meeting.
      So unanimously voted.

REPORTS OF BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND TOWN OFFICIALS:

1)   Town Administrator's report
  a) Requested action by Council (none)
The Town Administrator announced that the Downtown Improvement Project
will hold a second work session with the Town on Tuesday October 19, 1999
at 7:30 PM in the Jamestown Philomenian Library.
      The Town Administrator also informed the Council that she expects to
have a draft of the Site Investigation Work Plan available in the Water &
Sewer meeting packet for the October 18 meeting.
      This will be put on the Agenda for the October 25th Council meeting
and upon the Council's approval, GZA will submit it to RIDEM for their
approval before proceeding with the site investigation.

After inquires regarding the Water Supply Systems Management Plan for
Jamestown and concern about the December 31, 1999 deadline, the Town
Administrator reassured the Council that when the engineering firm bid on
this project, part of the RFP was that they would be able to meet this
deadline.

Councilor Littman initiated discussion on the soccer field at Eldred
Avenue.
      The Town Administrator reported that the field was being fertilized
and seeded along with other scheduled maintenance.
      The Town Administrator noted that the Eldred Avenue field relies
solely on rain water and that has been an area of concern for the Town and
will be reporting the recommendations, if any, from a meeting between the
Recreation Director and a turf specialist. 
2)   Town of Jamestown Zoning Board of Review Notice of Hearing re: notice
to abutters for application of:
  a) McQuades Market (abutting town owned property, plat 9, lots 25 -
Planning Office, 34 - Town Hall, 120 - vacant land )
  b) Paws and Claws, Inc. (abutting town owned property, plat 9, lots 173
- Ambulance Barn, 252 - Recreation Center, 573 - parking lot
  c) David and Kathleen Maurice (plat 16, lots 12 & 13 - Town of
Jamestown, et Sydney Sherwood)
These issues are before the Zoning Board of Review and no Council action
was taken.
     
UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

1)   Letter from Paul Greenberg re: purchase of Town owned property - plat
16, lot 299 referred to Town Administrator and Town Solicitor for review
of Town policy (continued from 09/27/1999)
The Town Administrator reported to the Council that the Town Solicitor has
a copy of the plat map for this parcel and is working on language for the
Town's position.
     The Town Solicitor noted that this is an extremely wet lot and the
Town may wish to limit the use for this property to passive recreation.
      Councilor Amerigian confirmed that there is a house on the abutting
lot and inquired if the property owner could use lot 299 to ease setback
requirements for construction of a garage.
      The Town Solicitor stated that they could possibly merge it with
their existing lot for that purpose.  No action was taken.
2)   Beavertail lighthouse (continued from 09/27/1999)
  a) review of lease
The Town Solicitor supplied the draft of the Beavertail lighthouse lease
to the Council for their review.
      The Town Administrator requested clarification from the Council
regarding the possibility of listing the proposed projects for the
lighthouse within the actual lease.
      In order to give the Council time to review this lease, it was moved
by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to put this item on the
agenda for the Water & Sewer meeting scheduled for the 18th of October.

COMMUNICATIONS

1)   Letter from Nicholas Schaus re: proposed amendment to the Zoning
Ordinance (for referral to the Planning Commission for study and
recommendation - per Article 17, Section 1701 - procedure for adoption or
amendment to the Jamestown Zoning Ordinance)
The Town Solicitor informed the audience of the procedure to be followed
when the Council is presented with a proposed amendment to the Zoning
Ordinance from someone other than the Planning Commission; that being, the
ordinance must be immediately referred to the Planning Commission which
shall then make a report back to the Council within 45 days and then the
Council must hold a public hearing within 65 days of receipt of the
proposal.
      It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Long to
refer the proposed amendment to the Planning Commission and to inform them
that they may be seeing associated parking ordinance issues relative to
this as well.  So unanimously voted.
2)   Copy of letter to William D. Ankner, RIDOT from Mrs. Barbara B.
Ritter re: proposed bicycle path on the old Jamestown bridge
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Swain to accept this
communication from Mrs. Barbara B. Ritter.  So unanimously voted.
3)   Letter from Nancy Logan re: proposed bicycle/pedestrian path old
Jamestown bridge
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to accept
the letter from Nancy Logan.  So unanimously voted.
4)   Request to purchase Town owned property (plat 5, lot 42) from Alder
Brooks Builders, Inc.
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Littman to refer
this request to purchase Town owned property to the Town Administrator.
      So unanimously voted.  There was additional discussion on the
Council's concern of not wanting to be in the business of offering
property for sale for the purpose of combining unbuildable lots to conform
with zoning requirements. 
5)   Letter from RIDOT, William Chuck Alves, Chief of Intermodal
Transportation Planning re: response regarding Ferry Boat Discretionary
Funds
The letter from RIDOT was read to the audience by Councilor Amerigian.
      It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
accept this response from RIDOT.  So unanimously voted.
6)   Letter from Kate Lemery and Nancy Crawford, Humane Society of
Jamestown re:  invitation to an informational meeting on October 27, 1999
regarding rabies and the possibility of using an oral rabies vaccine
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Swain to accept the
communication from the Humane Society of Jamestown.  So unanimously voted.
7)   Letter from Staci K. Lanphear, Development Events Coordinator for
Save the Bay re: request to use Potter's Cove/Taylor Point as landing site
for 24th Annual Save the Bay Swim event (July 15, 2000 or fog date of July
16, 2000)
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Swain to grant the
use of Potter's Cove/Taylor Point as the landing site for the 24th Annual
Save the Bay Swim event on July 15, 2000 or a fog date of July 16, 2000.
      So unanimously voted.
8)   Letter from Edwin Wilmot Connelly, Friends of Conanicut Battery re:
permission for an overnight encampment by Troop One, Jamestown Boy Scouts
on Town land (Prospect Hill off South Battery Lane) on Friday, October 22
and Saturday October 23, 1999
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Long to grant
permission to Troop One, Jamestown Boy Scouts to camp overnight on Town
land on Prospect Hill off South Battery Lane on Friday, October 22 and
Saturday October 23, 1999.  So unanimously voted.
     NEW BUSINESS

1)   Affordable Housing Committee (per Councilor Littman)
  a) status of committee
Councilor Littman informed the Council that current members have inquired
as to the status of this committee.
      The Town Administrator stated that she had contacted the Town
Planner to inform her about Council Littman's concern and there will be a
meeting of the Affordable Housing Committee tomorrow night, October 13th.
      Additionally, the Town Administrator noted that Church Community
Housing is paid to administer our affordable housing on an ongoing basis.
      The Town Administrator stated that this last week she had signed
three loans/grants for individuals to rehabilitate their houses, and at
present, the executive director of Church Community Housing, Steve
Ostergy, is currently researching affordable housing in Jamestown.
2)   Jamestown Golf Course (per Town Administrator)
  a) lease renewal 
The Town Administrator recommended that the letter requesting a lease
renewal or a longer lease, from Donald J. Lally, Jr., Esq., representing
New England Course Management, Inc (Jamestown Country Club) be referred to
the Jamestown Golf Course Committee so they can review the $450,000.00 of
capital improvements completed by the tenant and the lease renewal.
      It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Long to
refer this communication to the Golf Course Advisory Committee.
      So unanimously voted. Nicholas Schaus inquired about the mention of
starting times for residents in the lease and if that has ever been
amended.  The Town Administrator stated that this issue could be brought
before the Committee for review.

OTHER COMMUNICATIONS

None

There being no further business before the Council, motion by Councilor
Long, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to adjourn the meeting at 8:04 PM.
       So unanimously voted.

Attest:

Arlene D. Kalooski
Town Clerk