2012-05-24 / Front Page

Bids sought for seawall repair at East Ferry

Only half of the cost will come out of harbor fund
BY SAM BARI

The Town Council on Monday approved Town Administrator Bruce Keiser’s recommendation to put the East Ferry seawall repair project out to bid.

In a memorandum to the Town Council, Keiser said that Public Works Director Michael Gray had prepared a recommendation for repairs to the East Ferry seawall.

Keiser suggested that the cost for the project be shared 50-50 between the general fund and the harbor fund. He said that if the Town Council were in agreement, the project expenses can be charged to the undesignated fund balance initially, and the harbor fund will pay back a 50 percent share through annual appropriations from the harbor capital budget.

The approved fiscal year 2012- 13 harbor budget includes $38,700 for the seawall replacement. Keiser further recommended that the harbor fund allocation be determined through the annual budget process, but should be a minimum of $35,000 per year. He said that the Harbor Commission’s obligation would require a maximum of seven years to repay the general fund if the seawall project amounts to $500,000.

The council voted 4-1 to approve the project being put out for bids not to exceed $500,000. Ellen Winsor cast the dissenting vote saying that she didn’t believe the seawall was the Harbor Commis- sion’s responsibility.

In other news, Keiser said that the energy services company, Johnson Controls, has delayed delivery of the final performancecontracting proposal to the town. However, he did receive a draft report and held discussions with the Washington County Regional Planning Council staff. The preliminary plan recommended by Johnson Controls shows that the town can reduce power and heating consumption by following a few standard measures and save as much as $33,000 per year.

Keiser said that the annual savings could be used to pay for facilities improvements that would reduce energy consumption.

Also, the town completed the closing on the sale of the town offi ce buildings at 44 Southwest Ave. to The Chemical Company for a sum of $350,000. Keiser said that the proceeds of the sale would go to the water division because it was the official owner of the property.

No warrants were submitted to amend the Town Council’s recommended budget by $10,000 or more. As governed by Article XI, Section 1106, of the Town Charter, only motions to change the budget by less than this amount will be in order.

Keiser said that the projected property-tax increase will be 14 cents, from $9.21 to $9.35 for every $1,000 of assessed property value.

The Town Council sitting as the Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Board unanimously approved a motion for the application of the transfer of the Class B liquor license held by the Portuguese American Citizens Club to the Jamestown Tavern be in order for a hearing at a meeting on Monday, June 11.

The meeting will be advertised in the Jamestown Press in the May 24 and May 31 editions. The Town Council received the application for license transfer for the period Dec. 1, 2011, to Nov. 30.

To address inquiries about the Jamestown Tavern operating without an approved license, Keiser discussed the matter with Town Solicitor Peter Ruggiero. According to Keiser, Ruggiero said that the state recognizes a transition period that allows applicants time to complete the application process, which often takes a few weeks.

In Fort Getty news, Narragansett Dock Works, the contractor rebuilding the pavilion, is making steady progress, according to Keiser. This week the roof will be decked and columns will be finished with cedar casing. The metal roofing will arrive next week, and the project is slated for completion by June 11.

Also, the Town Council unanimously approved a one-day event license application by the American Legion Arnold Zweir Post 22 for the annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 28. The council also gave unanimous approval of a one-day peddler license application to the Veterans of Foreign Wars for their annual poppy sale at Veterans Square on the same day.

Councilman Michael White read a proclamation of the Town Council that approved the week beginning June 10 through June 16 being proclaimed Jamestown Graduates Week. The council unanimously approved the resolution.

Finally, the Town Council voted for a continuance to its June 18 meeting to address the approval of agreement for animal shelter services with North Kingstown, and authorization for signing by the town administrator.

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