TOWN COUNCIL
JAMESTOWN, RHODE ISLAND
December 29, 1999
(as amended on January 24, 2000)

A regular meeting of the Jamestown Town Council was called to order at the
Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Road, at 7:04 PM by Council
President David J. Long. The following members were present:
Kenneth G. Littman, Vice President
Craig A. Amerigian
Bruce W. McIntyre
Absent was:  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
Thomas P. Tighe, Chief of Police
Arthur J. Christman, Fire Chief
Councilor Amerigian acknowledged the work done by Fred Pease in
coordinating the millennium celebration.
      The Council discussed how best to recognize the efforts of Mr.
Pease.
      It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Littman
to send a letter to the Jamestown Press on behalf of the entire Council
recognizing the outstanding dedication and commitment by Fred Pease in
organizing the JK2 Millennium Celebration.  So unanimously voted.

CONSENT AGENDA

It was requested that items # 2 and 3b be removed from the Consent Agenda.
      It was noted that there was a submission by the Town of Narragansett
that was in the Council packet but not on the Agenda, this will be
resubmitted for the next Council meeting.
      Motion by Councilor  Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
approve the consent agenda as amended. So unanimously voted. The amended
consent agenda consisted of:
1)   Copies of minutes of Boards and Committee
  a) Zoning Board of Review (11/30/1999)
  b) Jamestown Philomenian Library Board of Trustees 11/16/1999
3)   RICRMC notices
  a) residential assent re:
  i) Larry and Elizabeth Allen to construct new stairs to existing
dwelling, install cisterns in lawn tied to down-spouts and to grade lawn
(418 East Shore Road; Plat 4, Lot 28)
     ii)   Eric A. and Suzanne L. Simonsen to construct additions to an
existing residential dwelling and install a DEM-ISDS approved septic
system (86 Highland Drive; Plat 9, Lot 349)
  iii)  Harry F. Kurz and Gloria J. Scott-Kurz for restoration of buffer
zone in accordance with submitted "Consent Agreement Plan" by Gates,
Leighton and Associates, Inc. (388 East Shore Road; Plat 4, Lots 11 & 49)
  c) finding of no significant impact re: George and Susan Bohnenberger to
repair individual sewage disposal system as per approved plan (26 Coultier
Drive; Plat 7, Lot 33)
  d) assent re: Theodore H. Petit to construct buffer zone management and
relocate deck (415 Seaside Drive; Plat 3, Lot 129) 
4)   Thank you letter from Virginia Chafee
5)   Quononoquott Garden Club re: correction of pruning method
6)   Abatements/Addenda of taxes report of Tax Assessor received
12/23/1999
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2)   Statewide Planning Program Rhode Island Department of Administration
re: Notice of Public Hearing February 1, 2000
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Long to refer
this item to the Town Planner.  So unanimously voted.
3)   RICRMC notices
  b) full Council decision re: Donald and Ann Muir; project location 44
East Shore Road
Councilor Littman inquired if the Town Council would be receiving
additional information on this decision which includes an order by the
CRMC to remove a knee wall within 60 days of the issuance of this Order,
dated August 6, 1999.
      The Town Administrator noted that she would follow up on this order
and report back to the Council.
      It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor McIntyre
to accept the items 2 and 3b.  So unanimously voted.

EXECUTIVE SESSION ANNOUNCEMENT

None

PUBLIC HEARING (continued from December 13, 1999) 

1)   An ordinance amending section 5-43(h) of the Code of Ordinances of
the Town of Jamestown re: fees
  a) revised December 15, 1999
  b) Jamestown Harbor Management Commission recommendation
Councilor Long opened the continuation of this hearing at 7:11 PM.
      It was suggested by Councilor Long that because this issue is of
such importance, the Council should continue the hearing until all Council
members are present.
      It was moved by Council President Long, seconded by Councilor
McIntyre that following tonight's discussion on the proposed amendment to
section 5-34(h) of the Jamestown Code of Ordinances, the hearing will be
continued to Monday, February 14, 2000.  So unanimously voted.
James Filkins, 3 Bayberry Road raised his concerns regarding the proposal
to repair and maintain the retaining walls at considerable expense to the
mooring owners.
      Mr. Filkins asserted that the maintenance of these walls should be
no different than maintaining any other type of community property and
cautioned the Council to carefully consider setting a precedent.
      Councilor Amerigian, although agreeing that community property
should be maintained by the residents, stated that when a it extends into
the water as a pier, perhaps it should be considered differently than
sidewalks and roads.
      Councilor Amerigian further stated that the Harbor Management budget
should be looked at to decide what the Town should be responsible for and
that these items should be addressed just like you would any other
infrastructure that benefits the general public.
      In conclusion, Councilor Amerigian suggested that bonding or other
financial solutions to spread this funding out over several years could be
considered so that the cost of addressing these problems comes more from
lease returns rather than mooring fees.Agnes Filkins, 3 Bayberry Road
inquired if it would be possible to take back moorings from non-residents
so that they would then become available for Jamestown residents.  
The Harbor Management Commission Chair informed the Council that Jamestown
conforms to the guidelines from CRMC which state that a waiting list must
be a ratio of 3 residents to 1 non-resident.
Dennis Nixon, 47 Standish Road reviewed a letter which the Council will
receive for the next Town Council meeting from Victor Calabretta, noting
that there are three critical issues; those being, the completion of
Memorial Square seawalls, budget $75,000.00; repairs to north seawall at
the timber pier, budget $25,000.00; and closure at the end of the steel
pier, budget $75,000.00.  Mr. Nixon continued with Mr. Calabretta's
suggestion of imposing a one-time surcharge on each issue to help defray
the costs and allow for proper debate during the review of the
Comprehensive Plan.
Larry Buckley, 6 Rosemary Lane commented that a mooring holder has very
little need to go to the docks; therefore, they should not be burdened
with the costs of maintaining those docks.  
Jane Sprague, 4 Reservoir Circle, endorsed the sentiments which have been
presented this evening.  
Randy Tyson, 229 Seaside Drive asserted that the sidewalks on Shoreby Hill
are open to the public and should be protected; the piers at West Ferry
and East Ferry, along with any other area that is owned publicly or has
public access should also be protected.  The community at large should
maintain all of these structures on a long range capital program.
Councilor Amerigian pointed out that the revenues from the leases held by
the Town have been turned back to the Harbor Management Commission and in
that way the Town has contributed to the maintenance of these facilities.
The Harbor Management Commission Chair presented a breakdown showing that
the revenue to Harbor Management has been as follows:   50% from the Town
leased properties, 30% from private mooring owners and 20% from commercial
mooring owners.
      Of that revenue stream, 70% of the revenue has gone back into the
repair of infrastructure for the past nine years.
      Mr. Bolger stated that it is the intention of the Harbor Management
Commission to balance an increase to private mooring owners, a substantial
increase to the commercial mooring owners and a contribution from the Town
for the special projects.  
Mr. Nixon spoke about the possibility of using Fort Getty pier as an area
to increase moorings and revenue.  
Councilor McIntyre acknowledged the work that the Harbor Management
Commission is doing to prepare the proposal and noted that with the
continuation of discussion the Council will be attempting to arrive at a
fair solution.
Frank Newman, 23 Avenue B stated how encouraged he felt after attending
this meeting and the Council's references to what best suits this
community as being an important part of the decision.
     It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Littman to
continue the hearing to the February 14, 2000 Council meeting.
      So unanimously voted.  It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by
Councilor Littman to adjourn the public hearing at 7:52 PM.
      So unanimously voted.

OPEN FORUM

1)   Scheduled Requests to Address

2)   Non-Agenda Requests to Address
John Doty, 17 Union Street expressed his concern about the South Pond and
inquired why the water is being pumped into the bay.
      He also emphasized that the cutting of the brush at the South Pond
has improved that area immensely.
      The Town Administrator informed Mr. Doty that the Public Works
Director reduced the level of water in order to repair a crack in the dam.

Andrew Weicker, 197 Narragansett Avenue objected to the consideration of
the appointment of Fred Lorensen to the Harbor Management Commission as
Mr. Lorensen has a contract with the Town leasing West Ferry docks.  Mr.
Weicker also requested that the Council consider that area for a Town
facility to be used by all residents as a fishing pier.
The Harbor Management Commission informed the Council that the specifics
of Mr. Lorensen's lease are being reviewed and that he does not expect any
problems or violations with that lease.

REPORTS OF BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND TOWN OFFICIALS

1)   Town Administrator's report (verbal)
  a) Southwest Avenue project
The Town Administrator noted that although the Southwest Avenue project
has shut down for the winter season, the drainage has been completed and
an overlay has been put on that road surface.
      The permanent surface will be completed in the Spring.
  b) Acquisition of property
The Town Administrator reported that the Town closed on the purchase of
the Capozzi property located near the Jamestown Reservoir.
      The Town Administrator recognized the dedication and hard work of
the Conservation Commission Chair, Christopher Powell; the Town Planner,
Lisa Bryer; Jack Hubbard; the current Town Solicitor and the former Town
Solicitor.
      Councilor McIntyre recognized the efforts of the Town Administrator
in putting together the financial package for the purchase of the Capozzi
property.

  c) US Post Office
The Town Administrator reported that the Jamestown Post Office is
considering relocating.
      Ms. Crawford requested that an elected official be present at a
meeting that is scheduled on January 11, 2000 at 10:00 AM to discuss this.
      It was the consensus of the Council that Councilor Craig Amerigian
attend this meeting. 
2)   Letter from Highway Barn Committee Chair re: GZA GeoEnvironmental
presentation
It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Long to
continue any action relating to this letter to the next Council meeting on
January 10, 2000.  So unanimously voted.
3)   Letter from Jamestown Fire Department re: payment for emergency
dispatcher
Chief Christman reiterated the information in his letter regarding the
payment for a dispatcher to cover an emergency situation.
      The Town Administrator informed the Council that the reason this
request was denied was because Robert Bryer, the Fire Department
dispatcher is a paid Town employee and Mr. Bento is a volunteer in the
Fire Department.
      After additional discussion, it was moved by Councilor Long,
seconded by Councilor McIntyre to reimburse the Jamestown Fire Department
for the cost of the emergency dispatcher used on December 5, 1999.
      So unanimously voted.
It was suggested by Richard Allphin that this type of management issue
should be handled in an executive session.
      Councilor Amerigian felt that because Mr. Bento is a volunteer and
not a Town employee that this would not fall under the parameters of
executive session.  

4)   Jamestown Harbor Management Commission (three vacancies; terms
ending: 12/31/2003); previously advertised 11/1999; if favorable, schedule
interviews
  a) Fred Lorensen, representing commercial mooring operators re: request
for reappointment
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to accept
the letter from Mr. Lorensen.  So unanimously voted.
  b) David Pritchard, representing commercial fishing industry re: request
for reappointment
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to accept
the letter from Mr. Pritchard.  So unanimously voted.
  c) David Willis, representing recreational boating community re: request
for reappointment
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to accept
the letter from Mr. Willis.  So unanimously voted.
  d) letters of interest to represent the recreational boating community 
     i) Harrison M. Wright
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to accept
the letter from Mr. Wright.  So unanimously voted.
     ii)   Frank D. Meyer
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to accept
the letter from Mr. Meyer.  So unanimously voted.
  e) letter of interest to represent the commercial fishing industry
     i) Richard Romano
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to accept
the letter from Mr. Romano.  So unanimously voted.
  f) letters of interest to represent (unspecified)
     i) Kenneth D. Farrelly
It was clarified that Mr. Farrelly was applying for the position to
represent recreational boating.
      It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
accept the letter from Mr. Farrelly.  So unanimously voted.
     ii)   James T. Archibald 
It was clarified that Mr. Archibald would be representing the commercial 
mooring operators.
       It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to
accept the letter from Mr. Archibald.  So unanimously voted.
  g) recommendation from Jamestown Harbor Management Commission Chair,
Patrick K. Bolger (dated October 29, 1999)
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to accept
the recommendation from the Jamestown Harbor Management Commission Chair.
      So unanimously voted.
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to schedule
interviews before Council meetings beginning at 6:30 PM, allowing for ten
minutes per interview.  So unanimously voted.
6)   Zoning Board of Review (four vacancies; terms ending: regular member,
12/31/2005; alternate members 12/31/2000) previously advertised 11/1999;
if favorable, schedule interviews
  a) Guy Settipane, alternate re: request for reappointment
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to accept
the request for reappointment from Mr. Settipane.  So unanimously voted.
  b) Richard A. Boren re: letter of interest 
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to accept
the letter of interest from Mr. Boren.  So unanimously voted.
c)      Joseph S. Logan re: letter of interest 
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to accept
the letter of interest from Mr. Logan.  So unanimously voted.
5)   Jamestown Fire Department Compensation Committee (2 vacancies, terms
ending 05/31/2002) previously advertised 11/1999; if favorable, schedule
interviews
  a) Request for reappointment from Eric T. Lexow
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to accept
the request for reappointment from Mr. Lexow.  So unanimously voted.
  b) Nancy Kolman re:  letter of interest
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to accept
the letter of interest from Ms. Kolman.  So unanimously voted.
  c) Memorandum re: request for appointment of Samuel Paterson as Fire
Department representative
Because Mr. Paterson is employed by the Town of Jamestown there was a
question raised as to his eligibility for this position.
      It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
refer this to the Town Solicitor and postpone discussion on this until the
next Council meeting.  So unanimously voted.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS

1)   Memorandum from Town Planner re: Ferry Ordinance and other water
related businesses
  a) Continued for Planning Commission recommendation
     i) off-site marina parking (continued from 10/12/1999 and 11/22/1999;
12/13/99 hearing to be scheduled & order advertising)  
     ii)   proposed zoning ordinance amendment relating to ferries and
ferry parking (continued from 11/22/1999, 12/13/99; for consideration with
above recommendation)
  b) Communication from Town Solicitor re: marina off site parking
proposed amendments to the Zoning Ordinance
It was recommended by the Town Solicitor to hold the hearing on the
proposal for off-site marina parking on January 24, 2000.
      The Town Solicitor noted that he expects some indication from the
Planning Commission as to their feelings regarding the proposed ordinance
relating to ferries and ferry parking.
      It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Amerigian to
hold the hearing on the proposed amendment regarding off-site marina
parking.  So unanimously voted.
2)   RICRMC meeting scheduled for January 13, 2000 re: desalination plant
permit requirements
The Town Administrator informed the Council that this meeting is now
scheduled for January 13 at 3:30 PM to be held at the Jamestown Police
Station. 

COMMUNICATIONS

1)   Letters regarding change to the Code of Ordinance relating to Section
5-34 (h) Fees
  i) Fred and Joyce Lorensen
  ii)   Fred Lorensen
  iii)  Morton J. Pollack
  iv)   Conrad Henselder
  v) Alan G. Burse
  vi)   Leigh Atwood
2)   Letter from U.S. Census Bureau re: How America Knows What America
Needs
3)   Letter from Department of Labor and Training re: full service
one-stop career centers
It was moved by Councilor Long, seconded by Councilor Littman to accept
the communication items #1, 2 & 3 as submitted.  So unanimously voted.

NEW BUSINESS
None

EXECUTIVE SESSION
None

ADJOURNMENT
There being no further business before Council, motion by Councilor Long,
seconded by Councilor McIntyre to adjourn the meeting at 8:29  PM.
     So unanimously voted.

Attest:

Arlene D. Kalooski
Town Clerk