2013-09-05 / News

Task force ready to fight Lyme

Newspaper articles, public meetings will be first steps
By Margo Sullivan

Jamestown’s newly formed Tick Task Force has decided on a course of action to combat Lyme disease, according to Town Councilor Eugene Mihaly. He told the Town Council at its Sept. 4 meeting that the panel has had some “very good meetings and agreed on the initial outlines of the program.”

The first stage calls for placing several in-depth articles in the Jamestown Press with advertisements, he said. Also, the task force will invite experts to speak about Lyme disease and other tickborne illnesses. The format will be public meetings at the library, and the goal is “to talk about the dimensions of the problem,” he said.

Other topics for public meetings will be prevention, to give people information on how to treat their clothing and take other precautions. Some residents will not want to spray their lawns, Mihaly said, but lawn treatment is an option.

“And we’ll be looking at deer management down the road,” he said. According to Mihaly, the task force will come back to the council for funding.

Meagher asked about the source of funds.

Interim Town Administrator Tina Collins said the money could come from emergency funds, if necessary. However, Mihaly said the money involved was a small amount.

In other business, efforts to find a successor for retired Town Administrator Bruce Keiser continued this week. The search committee was set to conduct interviews on Wednesday with selected candidates, according to Town Solicitor Peter Ruggiero.

“We have interviews planned with a group of candidates,” he said. Based on the outcomes, he indicated, the panel would schedule additional interviews with those hopefuls or would start to interview other possibilities.

The interviews have been held behind closed doors, but councilors have been receiving reports from the screening committee.

As the councilors approach their first full year in office, they took time to assess their progress. Meagher said many of the goals have been completed and others are advancing. She predicted the fall will be busy as the Town Council deals with the plans for the golf course building, the conclusions of the recreation department study, and the establishment of an Shoreby Hill historic district.

Also during new business, the council awarded the bid for a used dump truck for the Public Works Department to Crawford Industries for $75,000.

Town Engineer Michael Gray said Crawford was not the lowest bid received. However, he recommended the bid because the truck had been driven by only one owner. The other trucks belonged to a construction company and had been used by multiple drivers.

The price is half the cost of a new vehicle, he said, and added he expects the truck to last for 20 years.

In other business, the councilors voted to advertise license renewals for several downtown establishments in advance of public hearings scheduled for November. According to a memo to the councilors from Assistant Town Clerk Heather Lopes, the local liquor licenses are due to expire on Dec. 1. The hearing on the liquor licenses is set for Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers. The hearing will be advertised on Oct. 3 and Oct. 10 in the Jamestown Press.

The council’s vote served only to advertise the license renewals, Councilor Mary Meagher said.

The applications are renewals for two Class A retail stores for Jamestown Wine & Spirits and Grapes & Gourmets; seven Class B victualer’s licenses for Chopmist Charlie’s, Jamestown Golf Course, Jamestown Fish, Jamestown Oyster Bar, Narragansett Cafe, Simpatico Jamestown and Slice of Heaven; one Class D club license for Conanicut Yacht Club; and one Class B tavern license for the Bay Voyage.

Councilor Eugene Mihaly, who is a member of the Conanicut Yacht Club, recused himself from the decision to advertise the yacht club’s license renewal. He voted to advertise the others.

The council also voted to advertise the transfer of the Bay Voyage’s liquor license to Plantation Catering, doing business as Plantation at the Bay Voyage, both at 150 Conanicus Ave. The hearing on the transfer will be held on Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall. If the council approves the transfer, Ruggiero said the new operator at the Bay Voyage will have to address the application to renew the liquor license.

Also, the councilors voted to advertise for extended hours for two businesses: Jamestown Mist at 35 Narragansett Ave. and Cumberland Farms at 41 North Main Road. Both have applied to renew their license to stay open from 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.

Finally, the council approved a one-day entertainment license for John Kelly to hold the La Salle Academy class of ’67 cookout at the Fort Getty pavilion on Saturday, Sept. 7.

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