***** UNAPPROVED MINUTES *****

PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES

January 2, 2002
7:30 PM
Jamestown Library

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. and the following members
were present:

Rob Lambert
Gary Girard
Victor Calabretta 
Laura Aibel
Mary Brennan
Dennis Webster
Michael Schnack

Also present:

Lisa Bryer, AICP, Town Planner
Cinthia Reppe - Recording Clerk
Kevin Menard - Vice President - Business Services Narragansett Electric
Tim McElroy - Engineering Supervisor Narragansett Electric
Rich Armstrong - Engineer - Narragansett Electric
Alan Salk - Account Manager Jamestown - Narragansett Electric
Dave Donahue - Arborist - Narragansett Electric
Dave Nickerson - Tree Warden - Town of Jamestown
Norma Willis
Richard Allphin
Michaela Kennedy - Jamestown Press

Commissioner Webster asked the Planning Commission to take New Business 1.
Narragansett Electric Co. first. All the Commissioners agreed.
Commissioner Barker arrives at 7:35 p.m.

VI. New Business

1. Narragansett Electric Co. - Review of Proposed Cable across west
passage to Clarke St.

Kevin Menard, Vice President of Business Services for Narragansett
Electric made a presentation of the proposed work involving a cable that
will run from the URI bay Campus to Fort Getty.
     The reason that this crossing location was chosen is that there is an
approved cable crossing already.
     A discussion ensued and several questions and comments were made by
the audience and Planning Commissioners.
     William Berman from 136 Southwest Ave questioned whether the tree
trimming that will have to be done has a negative impact on some of the
trees that are on his property that are very sensitive right now, if they
die will Narragansett Electric replace them.
     Dave Donahue an arborist representing Narragansett Electric stated
that the electric company will take the utmost care in placing the poles
in the vicinity of these trees.
     The Planning Commission discussed the severe visual impacts of the
project and inquired about the possibility of placing the utility lines
underground. In the event of a storm they would be safer.

Dave Nickerson the tree warden from Jamestown stated that there is always
a risk involved when doing trimming to a diseased tree.
     Mrs. Berman asked if the poles would extend over the canopy of trees?
Narragansett Electric responded that yes they will.
     Norma Willis asked if the cable cannot be underground, would the
Electric Co.
     commit to using innovative and progressive methods to disguise the
wires? Mrs. Willis stated that different techniques should be looked into
to make this as unobtrusive as possible.
     Commissioner Calabretta stated that years ago during a storm a school
bus was washed away and what makes Narragansett Electric think that this
will not happen to the poles? A motion was made by Commissioner Brennan to
send a letter to the Town Council recommending that other alternatives be
explored to reduce the visual impacts.
     The project as proposed has significant negative visual impact to the
project area.
 So voted:

Rob Lambert - Aye Gary Girard - Aye
Victor Calabretta - Aye Laura Aibel - Aye
Mary Brennan - Aye Dennis Webster - Aye
Michael Schnack - Aye Sue Barker - Aye

Motion passes by a vote of 8-0

I. Reading and Approval of Minutes from December 19, 2001 

A motion was made by Commissioner Webster and seconded by Commissioner
Barker to accept the minutes as written. So voted:

Rob Lambert - Aye
 Gary Girard - Abstain
Victor Calabretta - Abstain 
Laura Aibel - Abstain
Mary Brennan - Aye 
Dennis Webster - Aye
Michael Schnack - Abstain 
Sue Barker - Aye

Motion passes by a vote of 4-4 Abstain

II. Correspondence

1. FYI - Letter to Town Council-Re: 2002-2003 Town Budget. Received

III. Citizen's Non Agenda Item- nothing at this time 

IV. Reports

a. Town Planner's Submitted Report 

Lisa Bryer, Town Planner reported that she has been reviewing the Downtown
Improvement Project.
     The archeological study was paid for through the DOT budget.

Town Council member Norma Willis asked if underground utilities were still
being considered for this project? It is still being considered but
funding will not come from DOT.
     Ms. Bryer informed the Planning Commission that the Comprehensive
Community Plan workshop is scheduled for February 28, 2002.

b. Town Committees 

Commissioner Webster reported that at the next Harbor Management
Commission meeting they will be discussing the Comprehensive Community
Plan Action Plan section regarding responsibilities and Commissioner
Schnack will be taking over.
Commissioner Lambert reported that at the Town Charter Review Group
Committee there was a suggestion to lower the members on all Commissions
to no more than 7 members.

c. Sub Committees

Commissioner Webster reported that the Cell Tower sub committee has met a
few times and they need to hire a Technical Advisor.
     They may have an ordinance in the next few months.
     Dick Allphin asked if there is anything we can do regarding
prevention of a high tower.

V. Old Business

1. Aquaculture - Discussion 

A discussion ensued and the Planning Commission decided to change the
parking requirement for aquaculture to 1 space per 2 employees, and to add
a clause to Section 602.1 requiring adequate space for loading and storage
of equipment.
     A motion was made by Commissioner Lambert and seconded by
Commissioner Calabretta to send the Aquaculture ordinance on to the Town
Council with the above changes. 
So voted:

Rob Lambert - Aye Gary Girard - Aye
Victor Calabretta - Aye Laura Aibel - Aye
Mary Brennan - Nay Dennis Webster - Aye
Michael Schnack - Aye Sue Barker - Aye

Motion passes by a vote of 7-1

2. Businesses Operating from Marinas including Parking - Discussion 
Commissioners Webster and Calabretta recused themselves.
     A discussion ensued regarding Businesses operating from Marinas.
     Commissioner Brennan made a motion to table this discussion and the
following proposed ordinance amendments on Open Space/ Public Zone, and
High Groundwater Table until the next meeting.
     Commissioner Schnack seconded the motion. 
So voted:

Rob Lambert - Aye Gary Girard - Aye
Victor Calabretta - Aye Laura Aibel - Aye
Mary Brennan - Aye Dennis Webster - Aye
Michael Schnack - Aye Sue Barker - Aye

Motion passes by a vote of 8-0

3. Open Space/ Public Zoning - Discussion - tabled until next meeting 

4. High Groundwater Table Ordinance - Discussion - tabled until next
meeting

VI. New Business

1. Consistent Care Corporation - Gail M. Sheahan - request to discuss
Adult Day Care - postponed until the applicant submits a request

A motion to adjourn was made by Commissioner Lambert and seconded by
Commissioner Schnack at 10:10 p.m. All in Favor.

Attest:
Cinthia Reppe