TOWN COUNCIL
JAMESTOWN, RHODE ISLAND
OCTOBER 25, 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 G. Littman, Vice President
Bruce W. McIntyre
David Swain
(Absent: Councilor Craig A. Amerigian)

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
Charles McSoley, Town Sergeant
Patrick Bolger, Harbor Management Commission Chair

AWARDS AND PRESENTATION AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

On behalf of the Jamestown Town Council, Council President Long expressed
condolences on the passing of United States Senator John H. Chafee. 
Councilor Long further noted Senator Chafee's many years of dedicated
service to the State of Rhode Island.

SITTING AS ALCHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSING COMMISSION

Renewal application:

CLASS B - VICTUALER

Midwest Electric, Inc. 
d/b/a Bay View Bar & Grille
Conanicus Avenue

The Town Solicitor informed the Council that he has reviewed this
application and discussed with the applicant the necessary steps to be
taken in order for her to renew the Class A license.
      It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to
accept this renewal application and request that the Town Clerk advertise
it for hearing on November 8, 1999.  So unanimously voted.     

CONSENT AGENDA

It was requested that items # 6 and #9 be removed from the consent agenda.
      Motion by Councilor Swain, 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)   10/12/99 (regular meeting)
2)   Bills and Payroll
3)   Copies of minutes of Boards and Committees
a)   Board of Canvassers (10/14/1999)
b)   Jamestown Housing Authority (08/18/1999 and 09/08/1999)
c)   Jamestown Philomenian Library Board of Trustees (09/21/1999)
d)   Beavertail State Park Advisory Committee (05/26/1999)
4)   RICRMC notice:
a)   no significant impact:  Ferry Wharf East Condo Association to replace
6' x 30' deck; replace sliding door and windows (Plat 9, Lot 791-C; 5
Ferry Wharf)
b)   residential assent:  Russell G. and Norma Straight to construct a
residential dwelling, crushed stone driveway, DEM approved three (3)
bedroom design individual sewage disposal system, retaining wall and
gazebo (Plat 15, Lot 209; Seaside Drive)
5)   EFTPS (Electronic Federal Tax Payment System) informational packet
7)   Commitment to Justice (notice of conference)
8) National Organization on Disability/United Parcel Service Community
Awards Competition (invitation for Town to enter competition to compete
for cash prizes - deadline 10/31/1999)
10) Abatement/Addenda of taxes report of Tax Assessor filed 10/25/1999)
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6) Humane Society of Jamestown (notice and invitation of meeting to be
held on 10/27/1999)
It was noted that Town Council members have another commitment on October
27 and requested that the Town Administrator send the Council's regrets
and inform the Humane Society of Jamestown that the Council would be happy
to meet with them at another time.
9)   Copy of letter sent to Public Utilities Commission from anonymous
Jamestown Resident
Councilor Long suggested that the Council adopt a policy of not accepting
any unsigned correspondence for the Council agenda.
      Discussion ensued on whether this policy would prohibit the Council
from receiving information that may be of importance to the community.
      Also discussed was the possibility of considering each unsigned
submission separately.
       It was moved by Councilor Swain, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to
request the Town Administrator contact the Public Utilities Commission and
the Electric Company about this communication dated September 28, 1999 and
report back to the Council as soon as possible.
      So unanimously voted.  The Council requested that the issue
regarding anonymous communications to the Council be put on the agenda for
the meeting on November 8, 1999.
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Swain to accept
items #6 and #9.  So unanimously voted.

EXECUTIVE SESSION ANNOUNCEMENT

1)   Police contract negotiations, pursuant to RIGL
42-46-5(a)(2)(collective bargaining)
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to enter
into executive session, pursuant to RIGL 42-46-5(a)(2)(collective
bargaining), to discuss police contract negotiations.
       Councilors Long, Littman, McIntyre and Swain voted aye, there were
no nay votes.  Motion passed.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

None

OPEN FORUM
1)   Scheduled Requests to Address
a)   Fred Pease re:  J2K time capsule
Stephanie Amerigian addressed the Council in place of Mr. Pease, to
request permission from the Council to bury a time capsule for 100 years
on the Town Hall grounds in a hole approximately 1' x 4' as part of the
millennium celebration planned for Jamestown.
      Ms. Amerigian also requested permission to put up a banner
advertising the millennium celebration.
      It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Littman to
give permission to bury the time capsule and to request that the
millennium celebration committee coordinate the plans with the Town
Administrator.  So unanimously voted.
 
2)   Non-Agenda Requests to Address
Don Richardson, 12 Davis Street, informed the Council that there were time
capsules buried many years ago on the property where the library now
stands.
      Mr. Richardson requested that this be looked into so that they could
be dug up.
      The Town Administrator stated that she would speak to Mr. Richardson
and gather additional information; noting, that this would be of great
interest to the community.  
Norma Willis, 1191 North Main Road, encouraged the Council to respond to
RIDOT regarding the poor job of tree cutting done by them, as mentioned in
the letter from the Quononoquott Garden Club.
      The Town Administrator informed the Council that the Town Planner
had a discussion with the landscape architect for the State and was told
that the State had originally bid this job out; however, when they did not
receive any applications, they did the work themselves.
      It is expected that in the future the State will have any tree
pruning done by a professional.

REPORTS OF BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND TOWN OFFICIALS

1)   Town Administrator's report
Following the reading of the Town Administrator's report, Councilor
McIntyre inquired if a well could be dug at the Eldred Avenue field and
used for lawn and grounds care.
      The Town Administrator advised the Council that because of deed
restrictions on that property, no well could be dug.   
The Council was in agreement with the letter attached to the
Administrator's report, which, in an effort to conserve water, will be
sent to residents with high water usage. 
2)   Jamestown Harbor Management Commission
a)   Letter from Patrick K. Bolger, Chair re:  FHWA funding
Discussion ensued regarding the return of funds expended by the Harbor
Management Commission to pursue a grant to be used for the modifications
of the wood pile pier and a storage deck at the West end of the wood pile
pier, and funds for parking.
       Mr. Bolger stated that these funds were approved for spending by
the Town Council; however, the Council rejected the grant, causing the
Harbor Management Commission to exceed their budget by $21,000.00.  The
Town Administrator informed the Council that this loan was approved at a
Financial Town Meeting and should be reviewed by the Town Solicitor prior
to any decision.
      It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Littman to
request the Town Solicitor to review the request from the Harbor
Management Commission to absolve them from repaying these funds to the
Town, and to report back to the Council at the November 8 meeting.
      So unanimously voted.
3)   Water Resource Protection Committee for the Acquisition of Land (four
vacancies, duly advertised on July 16 and re-advertised on August 17 and
October 4; for term ending: unspecified)
a) Letter of interest from Daniel E. Lilly, Jr. (interview scheduled for
10/25/1999)
b) Letter of interest from Ellicott Wright (interview scheduled for
10/25/1999)
c) Letter of interest from Arthur C. Milot (interview to be scheduled)
d) Letter of interest from James Turenne (interview to be scheduled)
e) Letter of interest from Spencer W. Potter (interview to be scheduled)
f) Letter of interest from John H. Hubbard (interview to be scheduled)
g) Letter of interest from Richard Hutchinson (interview to be scheduled)
h) Letter of interest from Laura M. Aibel (interview to be scheduled)
It was requested by the Council that the Town Clerk set up an interview
schedule for the Council regarding appointments to the Water Resource
Protection Committee.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

1)         Beavertail Lighthouse lease for approval by Council
The Beavertail Lighthouse lease was reviewed by the Council, with the
following suggestions:  Councilor Long:  On page 2, under subletting -
change the first sentence to read The Lessee agrees that the premises
shall be used by the Lessee and one adult companion.  
The Town Administrator stated that on page 1, under consideration - the
Town Administrator will provide a list of specific duties and their time
schedule to be incorporated in the lease.
       It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Littman to
approve the lease as amended, beginning on November 3, 1999.
      So unanimously voted.
2)   Town Solicitor for review 

proposed zoning ordinance amendment relating to ferries and ferry parking
(continued from 09/27/1999)
There was a lengthy discussion and review of this proposed zoning
ordinance amendment, with the Town Solicitor reviewing a memo from the
Planning Commission, dated July 23, 1997, and a draft of the amendment
from the previous Town Solicitor.
      The Town Solicitor advised the Council that from the legal
standpoint, he would like to see something along the lines on what the
planning commission did - incorporating into zoning both rental and
charter facilities, as another type of use required to provide satellite
parking for its customers.
      It was suggested by Councilor McIntyre that this issue be put on the
next agenda to give the community an opportunity to comment.
3)   Site Investigation Work Plan (continued from 10/12/1999)
Previously discussed.
COMMUNICATIONS

1)   Recommendation from Nicholas Schaus re:  Harbor Management Commission
- mooring permit fee and recommendations (received in clerk's office
10/12/1999)
2)   Letter from Nicholas Schaus re:  Harbor Management Commission
(received in clerk's office 10/18/1999)
The Harbor Management Commission Chair, Patrick Bolger requested the
Council not to take a position on this issue at the present time, as the
Commission is reviewing the fee schedule and they would like an
opportunity to present recommendations to the Council.
      It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to
accept the recommendations regarding mooring permit fees from Nicholas
Schaus.  So unanimously voted.
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to accept
the communication from Nicholas Schaus.  So unanimously voted.
3)   Letter from Barbara B. Ritter re:  bicycle and pedestrian - old
Jamestown Bridge
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to accept
the communication from Barbara B. Ritter.  It was requested by Councilor
Littman to put the old Jamestown Bridge on the agenda for the November 8
Council meeting to further discuss Council feedback to be sent to RIDOT.
      So unanimously voted.
4)   Notification from United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the
Census (Council to appoint New Construction program contact person) 
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Littman to accept
this notification regarding the census and refer it to the Town Planner.
      So unanimously voted.
 5)  Letter from Quononoquott Garden Club re:  cutting of trees by RIDOT
Previously discussed.   It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by
Councilor Swain to accept  the communication from the Quononoquott Garden
Club.  So unanimously voted. 

NEW BUSINESS

None

OTHER COMMUNICATIONS

None

EXECUTIVE SESSION

It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Swain to adjourn
into executive session pursuant to RIGL 42-46-5(a)(2)(collective
bargaining) at 8:11 PM.  So unanimously voted.   
Council returned to regular session at 9:49 PM.
     Motion by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Littman to seal the
minutes of the executive session to the public. So unanimously voted.

There being no further business before the Council, motion by Councilor
Long, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to adjourn the meeting at 9:52 PM.
      So unanimously voted.

Attest:

Arlene D. Kalooski
Town Clerk