September 7, 2005

7:30 PM

 Jamestown Library


The meeting was called to order at 7:45 p.m. and the following members were present:

Gary Girard                              Betty Hubbard

Jean Macgregor-Brown            Barry Holland


Not present:

Victor Calabretta

Andrew Kallfelz – arrived at 7:46 p.m.


Also present:

Lisa Bryer, AICP – Town Planner

Cinthia Reppe – Recording Clerk

A.Lauriston Parks – Town Solicitor

Michael Gray – Town Engineer

Peter Brockmann – Attorney

Varjoun Karentz




I.       Approval of Minutes from August 17th, 2005

A motion was made by Commissioner Holland and seconded by Commissioner Girard to accept the minutes with the following change:

Page 2 last paragraph, first sentence add greater than an acre triggers this ordinance.

So unanimously voted.  Commissioners Hubbard and Kallfelz abstain.


II.    Correspondence-nothing at this time


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


IV. Reports

1.               Town Planner’s Report

2.               Chairpersons report

Commissioner Girard invited the Planning Commission to attend the meeting on Sept 22nd.

3.               Town Committees

a.       Harbor

b.      Fort Getty- a consultant was selected and the council will give their approval at the next meeting and then the consultant will start working on the plan.

c.       Buildings and Facilities


d.      Others

4.               Sub Committees


V.   Old Business


Commissioner Girard asked the Planning Commission to take item 2 before 1 since the solicitor is present at this time.


1.      Zoning Ordinance Amendment related to Excavation within Public Highway


Town Solicitor Larry Parks explained the proposed ordinance amendment related to Excavation within Public Highway.  The blank on page 2 should read “to be determined by the Department of Public Works at the time the application is filed.”

Commissioner Girard made a motion to recommend this to the Town Council, this was seconded by Commissioner Hubbard.  Commissioner Holland wanted an exclusion made for the Town Tree Warden.  Commissioner Girard amended the motion to include the changes and Commissioner Kallfelz seconded the motion.  So voted:

Gary Girard – Aye              Andrew Kallfelz – Aye

Barry Holland – Aye                       Betty Hubbard – Aye

                                                                                          Motion carries by a vote of 4-0



2.      Jay S. Bilow - Zoning Ordinance Section 314 Sub-District A Review, High Groundwater Table and Impervious Layer Overlay District, Plat 15, Lot 234, Proposal for new house on Mizzen Avenue, Recommendation to Zoning Board – Continued

Attorney Peter Brockmann made a presentation to the Planning Commission regarding this application.  Mr. Brockmann said that all of the questions that the Planning Commission had at the last meeting have been addressed.  The questions about the distance from the neighbors pool, the closet in the sitting room upstairs, the detail added to the drawing of the house and on site plan, and the fill has been completely eliminated.  The well was moved off of the property line, it is 15 ft from neighbors well, and the house was moved further north by 4 feet.  They  stepped the slab so it mirrors the natural grade of the property.

Commissioner Hubbard asked about the glass doors shown in the den and asked how many bedroom ISDS was approved by DEM.  It has a  2 bedroom ISDS approval and there is a deed restriction for the 2 bedroom.  Mr. Brockmann said there will be no heat in this room either.

Commissioner Hubbard asked if this is a wall on the site plan, the land surveyor xxxxxxx explained the retaining wall.  Commissioner Kallfelz made a motion to send a positive recommendation to the zoning board and it was seconded by Commissioner Holland.  So voted:

Gary Girard – Aye              Betty Hubbard – Aye

Andrew Kallfelz – Aye                   Barry Holland – Aye

                                                                                          Motion carries by a vote of 4-0




VI. New Business 

Commissioner Girard explained that this item will be struck from our agenda and handled administratively.

1.      Proposed Amendment to Section 70-81 of the Code of Ordinance regarding parking at    Town Ambulance Barn, 11 Knowles Court


2.      Beavertail Light Station Use Plan – Review of Proposal by Beavertail Light Museum Association

Varjoun Karentz made a presentation to the Planning Commission and handed out an outline to the Planning Commisison.

Mr. Karentz said the keepers house on the inside is in excellent condition but the basement is in very bad condition.


Their plan would be to move the custodian to the second floor and put a kitchen in so therefore the museum could expand.  It’s easier to expand the museum on the ground floor.

Commissioner Hubbard is amazed at what a wonderful museum it is.

Commissioner Kallfelz asked who does the landscaping, the state does the mowing and the caretaker takes care of the gardens. 

What are the responsibilities of the town asked Commissioner  Kallfelz?  Mr. Karenetz said they (the association contacts the town.)  Frank has talked to the town administrator about getting some labor help to install some roof shingles that the association purchased.

Town Planner Lisa Bryer said a lot of work has gone into this plan and the association has done a lot with it.  It is an aggressive plan but that’s good.  The town should support the plan but there is going to be a change in policy since the town does not put any money into it now.

Mr. Karentz will identify a series of items that the town can participate in, anything from septics etc. any kind of money.  The visitors that come to the museum also support our local businesses.

Commissioner Girard this is one of the most beautiful places around.


If no body steps forward the state will auction it off possibly.  Since the Coast Guard left the light house the association has been responsible for renovations.


A motion was made by Commissioner Kallfelz and seconded by Commissioner Hubbard to adjourn the meeting at 8:45 p.m.  So unanimously voted.




Cinthia Reppe                                       This meeting was recorded in 1 micro-cassette.