TOWN COUNCIL
JAMESTOWN, RHODE ISLAND
November 22, 1999

A regular meeting of the Jamestown Town Council was called to order at the
Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Road, at 7:05 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
Lisa Bryer, Town Planner
A. Lauriston Parks, Esq., Town Solicitor
Betty Hubbard, Town Planning Commission Chair
Richard Allphin, Zoning Vice Chair
Christopher Powell, Conservation Chair
Thomas P. Tighe, Chief of Police
Arthur J. Christman, Fire Chief
Patrick Bolger, Harbor Management Commission Chair arrived at 7:58 PM

AWARDS, PRESENTATION AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

None

SITTING AS ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSING COMMISSION

1)   Public hearing on renewal applications:

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

The hearing was opened at 7:06 PM by Council President Long requesting
comments from the audience.
      The Chief of Police presented a verbal report to the Council
regarding his meeting with establishments that were found in violation of
the law following police surveillance held in September and October.
      Chief Tighe informed the Council that each establishment found in
violation has established clear policies on the proper procedure to be
followed to ensure their compliance with Rhode Island Law.
      Additionally, Chief Tighe made it very clear that the police
department will be performing spot checks periodically and any
establishment found in violation would run the risk of prosecution.
      The Council was informed by Chief Tighe that, at this point, he
would not have any problem with the Council issuing these licenses.
      It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Long to
approve the applications for renewal for the Class A, Class B - Tavern,
Class B - Victualer, and Class D - Full; subject to the resolution of
debts, taxes and appropriate signatures.  So unanimously voted.

CONSENT AGENDA

It was requested that items # 1a, 6, 7, 8 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 amended
consent agenda consisted of:
2)   Bills and Payroll
3)   Copies of minutes of Boards and Committees
  a) Harbor Management Commission (10/13/1999)
  b) Planning Commission 
     i) 09/01/1999 (regular meeting)
     ii)   09/15/1999 (regular meeting)
     iii)  10/06/1999 (regular meeting)
     iv)   10/20/1999 (regular meeting)
4)   RICRMC notice:
  a) assent re: Adele Beck to construct residential boating facility
consisting of a 100' by 4' wide fixed timber pier with a lower fixed
vessel access section; extending approximately 58' beyond MLW; remove
timber deck on coastal bluff (63 Seaside Drive, Plat 14, Lot 6)
  b) residential assent re: William Kalander to construct additions and
renovations to an existing dwelling: an attached garage, second floor,
sunroom and portico, also a new DEM approved 4-bedroom ISDS (59 Seaside
Drive, Plat 14, Lot 7)
5)   US Department of Housing and Urban Development letter to Jamestown
Housing Authority re: Public Housing Management Assessment Program score
and status (Council copy)
9)   Abatement/Addenda of taxes report of Tax Assessor filed 11/22/1999
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1)   Adoption of Council minutes:
  a) 11/08/99 (Regular Meeting)
Councilor Amerigian requested that there was additional comment regarding
the Waste Water Treatment Plant financing.
       At the November 8 Council meeting Councilor Amerigian further
stated that the Council had not yet made a decision on whether general
funds would be used.  It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by
Councilor Swain to approve the November 8, 1999 minutes with the
correction as stated.  So unanimously voted.
6)   US Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census re: New Construction
Program (original notification referred to Town Planner on October 25,
1999)
The Town Administrator noted that this program would include any new
construction that is completed as of April 1, 1999 in the census.
      Additionally, the Council was informed that the Zoning Official
provides updated reports on new construction periodically and would have
no trouble providing this information to the census bureau.
      It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Swain to
request that the Town Planner notify the US Department of Commerce, Bureau
of the Census that Jamestown will be participating in the New Construction
Program.  So unanimously voted.
7)   Letter from Jackie Bell re: RI 2000 information and request
It was moved by Councilor Swain, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to refer
this letter and information regarding RI 2000 to the Jamestown Millennium
Committee.  So unanimously voted.
8)   Thank you note from Jamestown Shores Association
It was moved by Councilor Swain, seconded by Councilor Amerigian that
Councilor Swain would send notification to the Jamestown Shores
Association that Councilor Littman is the Vice President.

  EXECUTIVE SESSION ANNOUNCEMENT

1)   Acquisition of real property; pursuant to RIGL 42-46-5 (a)(5) (real
estate)
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Long to enter
into executive session, pursuant to RIGL 42-46-5 (a)(5) (real estate).
      Councilors Long, Littman, Amerigian, McIntyre, and Swain voted aye,
there were no nay votes.  The motion passed.

OPEN FORUM

1)   Scheduled Requests to Address
  a) Fred Pease
     i) Mine casement at Fort Wetherill and draft resolution
Fred Pease introduced the newly formed Friends of Fort Wetherill to the
Council.
       Additionally, Mr. Pease asked the Council for their approval of the
resolution submitted by the Friends of Fort Wetherill and to support their
efforts to restore the Mine Casemate for the purpose of preserving it as
an example of a harbor mining defense feature protecting the Narragansett
Bay, and to use it as an interpretive center for those interested in the
military history of Fort Wetherill.
      Mr. Pease presented the Council with a resolution for their
consideration.
      It was moved by Councilor Swain, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to
accept the resolution in support of the efforts of the Friends of Fort
Wetherill.  So unanimously voted.

     ii)   J2K update
Fred Pease, Chair of the Jamestown Millennium Committee, reported to the
Council that there are approximately thirty days remaining before the
millennium celebration.
      Mr. Pease went over the agenda being planned for this celebration
and the logistics for the fireworks display.
      Mr. Pease stated that with the Council's permission, he would like
to work with the Police Chief and the Fire Chief in coordinating traffic
flow for the fireworks.
      It is expected that the area of approximately 200 feet on Conanicus
Avenue near Shorby Hill will need to be closed from 11:45 PM to just after
the fireworks because of safety issues, and a portion of Narragansett
Avenue would be closed because of pedestrian traffic.
      There will be a trolley running to transport people from each area.
      It was suggested that Richard Gallagher of 40 Emerson Road, a
representative of Shorby Hill, be informed of these plans relating to that
area.
      Chief Tighe stated that he will be notifying the State Traffic
Division of the plans for Narragansett Avenue.
      The Fire Chief expressed his concern about emergency access to the
surrounding areas and was informed by the Chief of Police that access
would not be restricted for emergency services.
      It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Long to
approve the closure of Conanicus Avenue between Narragansett Avenue and
Union Street from dusk to the end of the celebration and the closure of
Conanicus Avenue opposite the Shorby Hill Green for the firework display,
pending the favorable response from the Traffic Commission and the Shorby
Hill area contact.  So unanimously voted.

2)   Non-Agenda Requests to Address
Don Richardson, 12 Davis Street, representing the Rotary Club, requested
that the Council approve the stringing of Holiday lights across
Narragansett Avenue.
      It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor McIntyre
to approve the request from the Rotary Club pending receipt of a formal
written request.  So unanimously voted.
REPORTS OF BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND TOWN OFFICIALS

1)   Town Administrator's report (attached hereto)
  a) Requested action by Council
     i) Statistical update of property value to Jerome Appraisal for an
amount not to exceed $60,000.00
After a discussion on the need for this statistical update of Jamestown
property, it was moved by Councilor Amerigian seconded by Councilor
McIntyre to approve the bid from Jerome Appraisal for an amount not to
exceed $60,000.00.  So unanimously voted.

     ii)   Special Olympics Penguin Plunge
The Town Administrator informed the Council that there are some parking
concerns due to the reconfiguration of the Mackerel Cove parking area and
the redesign of Southwest Avenue.
      In addition, the Town Administrator and the Emergency Management
Director are coordinating efforts to address any Y2K (year 2000) problems
that may occur.
       The Town Administrator will be communicating with both Police Chief
Tighe and Mr. McGovern to see if we can accommodate the Special Olympics.

     iii)  Proposed Zoning Amendment relating to Seasonal Off-Site Marina
Parking
The Town Administrator informed the Council that a Planning Commission
meeting was canceled due to a posting error; therefore, the Town Solicitor
has arranged for an extension of time so the Council will have ample time
to review the Planning recommendations for this proposed zoning amendment.
      At the Council's request, the Planning Commission is in the process
of reviewing this proposed zoning amendment in addition to the previous
proposed amendment relating to ferries and ferry parking.
      These items will be discussed at a future Council meeting in
preparation for a hearing in January.

2)   Jamestown Harbor Management Commission
  a) letters from commercial operators responding to proposed ordinance
amendment regarding mooring permit fee & recommendations
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Swain to accept the
communications responding to the proposed ordinance amendment regarding
mooring permit fees.  So unanimously voted.
  b) funding infrastructure projects
There was a lengthy discussion regarding the five year plan from the
Harbor Management Commission for funding of infrastructure projects.
      The Harbor Management Commission is requesting that the Council
consider funding one-third of the cost for these projects, with the
balance being paid through Harbor Management budget and mooring fees.  

Patrick Bolger arrived at 7:58 PM

Following the arrival of the Harbor Management Commission Chair, the
Council reviewed other options available for funding; such as, bonding for
a 5,10,15 or 20 year term, consideration for in-kind services.
      In addition to funding, the proportional cost to Jamestown residents
was discussed and the possibility of reducing the Town's portion.
      The Harbor Management Commission Chair noted that this five year
capital budget covers the needs of East Ferry, West Ferry, and Fort Getty.
       Additionally, Mr. Bolger informed the Council that the Harbor
Management Commission is attempting to make these areas more accessible to
Jamestown residents.
       It was the consensus of the Council to have the Harbor Management
Commission Chair work with the Town Administrator to prepare figures for
the cost of funding this item by bond for 5, 10, 15 and 20 year term and
present this to the Council for their consideration for the Town Council
meeting on December 13, 1999.
      3) Jamestown Fire Department letter re: response from Rhode Island
Chief Deputy Fire Marshal, as requested by Jamestown Fire Chief 
The Fire Chief discussed the communications received from the Chief Deputy
State Fire Marshal regarding his interpretation of RI General Law 23-28.35
(1.2) relating to the spending of monies generated by smoke detection
inspections by the fire department.
      The Town Solicitor informed the Council that this is an
interpretation only.
       Fire Chief Christman informed the Council that there is
approximately $12,000.00 in that account and his request is to use
$4,000.00 to purchase the encoder system.  It was moved by Councilor
McIntyre, seconded by Councilor Swain to permit Chief Christman to
purchase the encoder system from funds generated by the inspection of
smoke detectors.  So unanimously voted.

4)   Water Resource Protection Committee for the acquisition of land (four
vacancies; terms ending: unspecified) for appointment of four members
  a) Ellicott Wright      f) John H. Hubbard
  b) Arthur C. Milot      g) Richard Hutchinson
  c) James Turenne     h) Laura M. Aibel (withdrawn)
  d) Spencer W. Potter    i) Anthony B. Simeone
  e) Dan Lilly, Jr.
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Swain to set up an
interview with Richard Hutchinson on December 13, 1999 at 6:45 PM and to
put this on that agenda for appointment selection.  So unanimously voted.

5)   Jamestown Harbor Management Commission (three vacancies; terms
ending: 12/31/2003); letter of recommendation from Chair
  a) Fred Lorensen, representing commercial mooring operators
  b) David Pritchard, representing commercial fishing industry
  c) David Willis, representing recreational boating community
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Long to
advertise for the three vacancies on the Jamestown Harbor Management
Commission.
      Councilors Long, Littman and Amerigian voted aye.
      Councilors McIntyre and Swain voted nay.  The motions was passed.

  6) Zoning Board of Review (four vacancies; terms ending: regular member,
12/31/2005; alternate members 12/31/2000) letter of recommendation from
Chair and attendance records
  a) Guy Settipane, alternate 
  b) Don Wineberg, alternate member
  c) Raymond Iannetta, alternate member 
Richard Allphin, Zoning Board of Review Chair, requested that advertising
be immediate as there is a great need to fill these positions.
      It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Long to
order the advertising for the position vacated by Mr. Knudson.  So
unanimously voted.  The Council requested additional information regarding
terms served and attendance records for other members.

7)   Jamestown Fire Department Compensation Committee (2 vacancies, terms
ending 05/31/2002)
  a) Request for reappointment from Eric T. Lexow
The Town Administrator reviewed the committee with the Council, noting
that there is an additional position which needs to be filled; that being,
a representative of the Fire Department.
      It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
advertise for the position of resident at large.  So unanimously voted.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

1)   Proposed Zoning Ordinance amendment relating to ferries and ferry
parking (continued from 11/08/1999)
The Planning Commission Chair, Betty Hubbard informed the Council that she
had recently met with the Town Planner to address the proposed zoning
ordinance amendment and how it will effect the proposed amendment relating
to "Seasonal Off-Site Marina Parking".
       Ms. Hubbard stated that there were some questions sent to the Town
Solicitor; however, this will be on the agenda for the next Planning
Commission meeting.
       It was noted that this will be on the December 13, 1999 Council
agenda for discussion.

2)   Old Jamestown Bridge re: bicycle and pedestrian path
  a) response to RIDOT (continued from 11/08/1999)
The draft letter to RIDOT regarding the bicycle and pedestrian path on the
old Jamestown Bridge was discussed.  It was requested that the second
paragraph, last sentence be changed to read Additionally, we would like to
request that RIDOT allow for bicycle access to the Jamestown Verrazano
Bridge.
      It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to
approve the letter with the changes.  So unanimously voted.

3)   Community Development Block Grant, Section 108, Capital Delivery
System (continued from 11/08/1999)
The Town Planner reviewed the Community Development Block Grant program
set up by the State to cover small businesses that would not otherwise be
eligible for bank loans.
      The Town Planner stated that the Town would be required to pledge
$5,000.00   The Town Administrator suggested taking the funds out of the
incidentals and emergencies account if the Council would like Jamestown to
be involved in this program.
      Ms. Bryer reported that to date, the Planning office has had no
inquiries for funding of small businesses in Jamestown; however, if
Council does not wish to participate no business in Jamestown would be
eligible for this program.
      It was the consensus of the Council not to take any action on this
item. 

4)   Letter from Emmet E. Turley, Jamestown Shores Association re: ISDS
variance plat 5, lot  160 (lot number previously reported incorrectly),
located on Seaside Drive (continued from 11/08/1999)
  a) response from Jamestown Conservation Commission
The Council reviewed the recommendations of the Conservation Commission
regarding the ISDS variance for plat 5, lot 160 and their request that the
Town Council send a strong position in objecting to this variance
application.
      There was some concern raised because owners of the property being
reviewed by the Council were not formally notified of the Council's
review.
      The Conservation Commission Chair reminded the Council that the
purpose of sending this notification to the Town was to inform and provide
the process for comment from citizens.
      Additionally, it was mentioned that the Town Council agenda is
posted and clearly notes the properties requesting variances.
       It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to
send a letter to RIDEM requesting that they deny this variance as
suggested in the attached letter from the Conservation Commission.
      So unanimously voted.

COMMUNICATIONS

1)   Letter from Irene Bottis re: tree removal
It was moved by Councilor Swain, seconded by Councilor Long to refer this
letter to the Town Administrator and request that she report back to the
Council.  So unanimously voted.

2)   Letter from Chris Powell re: Jamestown Village Christmas Lighting
It was moved by Councilor Swain, seconded by Councilor Littman to approve
the village Christmas tree and lighting at East Ferry.
      So unanimously voted.

3)   Letter from Governor Lincoln Almond re: statewide Y2K compliance
The Town Administrator informed the Council that with the help of the
Emergency Preparedness Committee, the necessary steps have been taken to
avoid problems and prepare for emergencies which may be associated with
Y2K.  The Fire Chief expressed some concern regarding emergency procedures
for 911 if the telephone connections go down.
      Councilor Long suggested that the Town Administrator check with the
Emergency Preparedness Committee to determine if it is necessary to hold a
public work shop regarding Y2K.
      It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Swain to
accept this communication.  So unanimously voted.

4)   Letter from John E. Zimmerman re: parking on Lincoln Street
Discussion ensued regarding the parking situation on Lincoln Street.
       The Town Administrator informed the Council that an officer spoke
to Mr. Zimmerman about his concerns which include and would suggest that
this communication be referred to the Parking Committee.
      Fire Chief Christman expressed great concern with parking on both
sides of any street, as that makes it difficult and sometimes almost
impossible to move emergency vehicles and equipment on the streets.
      It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
accept this communication and refer it to the Parking Committee.
      So unanimously voted.

5)   Letter from Jane Sprague re: offsite parking
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Littman to
accept the letter from Jane Sprague.  So unanimously voted.

6)   Petition re: tree trimming
In addressing the concerns of this petition, the Town Administrator
informed the Council that the Jamestown Department of Public Works has
limited machinery and landscaping skills.
      The Town Administrator suggested that the Town piggyback with the
State bid when they hire a professional landscaper.
      The Town Planning Commission Chair suggested that we complain to the
Chief of Maintenance of RIDOT, noting our concerns with the type of
machinery being used to cut back brush and trees.
      It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Littman to
request that the Town Administrator speak to RIDOT regarding a solution to
this issue and to accept this petition from Town residents.
      So unanimously voted.

7)   Request from Special Olympics of Rhode Island re: use of Mackerel
Cove Beach for the 24th Annual Penguin Plunge on January 1, 2000
It was moved by Council Long, seconded by Councilor Swain to table this
issue until the next Council meeting on December 13, 1999.
      So unanimously voted.

NEW BUSINESS

1)   Council Liaison to the General Assembly (per Councilor Littman)
There was a discussion on the need for a Council liaison to work with our
two legislatures on issues that directly relate to Jamestown.
      It was moved by Councilor Swain, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to
appoint Council President David J. Long as the liaison to the General
Assembly.
      So unanimously voted.  The Town Administrator informed the Council
that the League of Cities and Towns is also available to assist in
presenting the concerns and issues of Jamestown.  
2)   Victualing license renewal applications:
     Applicant
     Bayview Bar & Grille (Midwest Electric)
     Bay Voyage Dining
     Chopmist Charlie's
     Conanicut Yatch Club
     Coffee Bean
     Cove Grille
     Cumberland Farms
     Del's of Jamestown
     East Ferry Market & Deli
     Freddie Bing's Hotdog Thing
     House of Pizza
     Jamestown Golf and Country Club aka Caddy Shack
     Jamestown Oyster Bar
     Jamestown Xtra Mart
     McQuade's Supermarket
     Narragansett Cafe
     Page's
     Peking Garden
     Piotti's
     Portuguese American Citizens Club
     Schoolhouse Cafe
     Spinnakers Cafe (restaurant)
        "            (mobile unit)
     Take Time Cafe 
     Theatre Family Restaurant
     Trattoria Simpatico
There being no concerns brought forward, it was moved by Councilor
Amerigian, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to approve the victualing
licenses upon notice that hours have not been changed and upon the
resolution of debts, taxes and appropriate signatures.
      So unanimously voted.

3)   Miscellaneous license renewal applications:
Applicant              Type

Chopmist Charlie's        Entertainment (full year)

Conanicut Yacht Club         Entertainment (full year)

House of Pizza            Video

Narragansett Cafe            Entertainment (full year)
  "              Jukebox
  "              Pinball & Video
  "              Pool Table

Portuguese American Citizens Club  Entertainment (full year)
  "              Jukebox
  "              Pool Table

Senior Center*            Bingo 

Trattoria Simpatico       Entertainment (full year)

* request for fee to be waived
There being no comments from the audience, it was moved by Councilor
Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Swain to approve the Miscellaneous
License applications subject to the resolution of debts, taxes and
appropriate signatures, in addition to the waiving of the Senior Center
fee.  So unanimously voted.  Betty Hubbard, 41 Emerson Road, suggested
that amplified sound should not be allowed for outdoor use; however, this
suggestion came after the Council's vote on approving the licenses.  

EXECUTIVE SESSION

It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to adjourn
into executive session.
      It was voted with Councilors Long, Littman, Amerigian, McIntyre and
Swain voting aye.
      The motion passed unanimously.
      The Council entered into executive session at 9:53 PM.

ADJOURNMENT

The Council returned to regular session at 10:19 PM.
      It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to
seal the minutes of the executive session.
      It was voted aye by Councilors Long, Littman, Amerigian, McIntyre
and Swain.
      The motion passed unanimously.
      There being no further business before Council, motion by Councilor
Long, seconded by Councilor Swain to adjourn the meeting at 10:23 PM.
     So unanimously voted.

Attest:

Arlene D. Kalooski
Town Clerk