2005-12-01 / News

Council meeting cancelled due to the lack of quorum

The Town Council meeting scheduled for Monday was cancelled due to lack of a quorum, but before the cancellation, Town Solicitor J. William W. Harsch advised Council Vice President Julio DiGiando that the presentation on design plans for the new town hall could go on providing there was no council discussion or action.

Only two councilors, DiGiando and William Kelly were present at starting time, and they were expecting a third, quorum-making member, Barbara Szepatowksi, to come possibly within an hour. She had reported that she had a family medical matter delaying her, and that she would try to arrive by 8 p.m. Two others, Council President David Long and Councilman Michael Schnack, were out of state and would not be there.

After consulting with the town solicitor, DiGiando and Kelly determined they could proceed with the presentation but not discuss it in detail and they could not take any action unless Szepatowksi showed up .

After the town hall presentation, the non-meeting recessed for about 20 minutes, and DiGiando declared the wait for Szepatowski over at 8:10 p.m. He announced the council would convene for an emergency meeting Wednesday, when it would act on bids and license renewals involving deadlines. All other business will be carried over to the Dec. 12 council meeting.

It was not known at press time what was decided at yesterday’s emergency meeting.


The licenses of three liquor vendors were being withheld because of reports that they had sold alcohol to under-aged people. A session about the regulations they violated was conducted Monday for the vendors, and it was expected the licenses would be approved by the council sitting as the Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Board. Involved were the Narragansett CafĂ©, the Grapes & Gourmet liquor store, and Page’s Wines & Spirits.

Among other expected actions at the special meeting last night were licenses for:

• Special Olympics Rhode Island for the annual Penguin Plunge on January 1, 2006 at Mackerel Cove from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• The annual Jamestown Chamber of Commerce Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at East Ferry on Dec. 3 from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

• The chamber-of-commerce sponsored annual Dog Parade coordinated by Councilor Szepatowski, with the route from the fire station on Narragansett Avenue to East Ferry on Dec. 17 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. A one-day peddler license to Diane Wright on behalf of the Jamestown School Yearbook Committee to sell glow necklaces at the Tree Lighting ceremony at East Ferry on Dec. 3 from 5 to 9 p.m. was also on Monday’s agenda.

Among other items on this week’s agenda were a letter from the Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association requesting funding for replacement of four exterior doors and two basement bulkheads for $1,500 per bulkhead and $750 per entry door, for a total amount not to exceed $6,000. There a was also a request to remove pine logs from the Jamestown Town Forest at the Melrose schoolyard for an amount not to exceed $4,480.

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