Wednesday, November 28, 2012
JohnstonPatch readers say they think the new rule requiring covers for trash bins — under potential penalty of stopping trash service — is more trouble than it's worth.
On Monday, we reported on the Johnston Town Council decision to impose a requirement for residents to have covers for their trash bins — and the topic has sparked lots of coversation on JohnstonPatch and our Facebook page.
Monday, November 26, 2012
In response to a rat problem in some parts of town, the Johnston Town Council passed an ordinance mandating covers for trash bins at all local homes.
Homeowners and residents of Johnston are now required to cover their trash bins, under an ordinance passed by the Johnston Town Council last week. Following complaints of rats in several areas of town, councilors unanimously approved a new ordinance that would cut off trash service to repeat offenders of the new rule, the Johnston Sun Rise reported. During the Nov. 20 meeting at Johnston Municipal Court, the newspaper noted, Councilman David Santilli (D-Dist. 3) said that he'd recieved many complaints over the summer, and Council Vice President Stephanie Manzi (D-Dist. 5) proposed language, also approved by unanimous vote, that requires residents to bag their trash before placing it in bins. Responding to a resident's suggestion of …
Saturday, September 1, 2012
The incumbent Town Council President is seeking his tenth term.
Name : Mr. Robert V. Russo Date of birth : 19 May 1965 Place of residence : 14 Colony Drive Johnston, RI Attended college : Yes College : Bryant University Degree : B.S. Criminal Justice Year of graduation : 1987 University : n/a Degree : n/a Year of graduation : n/a University : University of Baltimore Area of research : Law Year of graduation : 1990 Job titles held : Attorney Employers : Self-Employed Attorney Party affiliation : Democrat Running for a: Local office Running for position: Town Council Dist 4 Chamber/district: 4 Incumbent: Yes First elected: 04 November 1994 Previous elective offices : None Unsuccessful bids for elective offices : None Address 1500 Atwood Ave Johnston RI 02919 Name : Greg Russo Title : Campaign Manager I …
Monday, July 9, 2012
The Johnston Town Council is scheduled to meet tonight at 7 pm at Johnston Municipal Court.
At tonight's Johnston Town Council meeting, councilors are expected to consider two bond items totalling $5 million to repair roads and preserve open space. Tonight's session is scheduled to begin at 7 pm at Johnston Municipal Court. According to tonight's agenda, which is attached to this article, the council is expected to vote on adding a $4 million bond item to the November ballot "for the design and construction of roadway improvements" at various sites around town. The second bond item, valued at $1 million, would provide funding to the Johnston Municipal Land Trust to purchase land and preserve it as open space. Town Councilors are also expected to set the town's schedule of collecting taxes in fiscal 2013, including the $24.75-…
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The two Johnston School Committee seats on the 2012 ballot will remain unchanged, after the filing deadline for candidates ended Wednesday.
Incumbent Democrat Mayor Joseph Polisena is expected to face Republican challenger Peter Filippi III for the top municipal post in Johnston, and three town council seats are up for grabs in this year's elections. The Rhode Island Secretary of State's Candidates web page listed all of the Johnston candidates who filed their candidacy papers at Johnston Town Hall this week to qualify for the ballot. From here, each candidate must gather 50 signatures to officially secure their ballot spots. In Ward 1, where the council seat is currently held by Councilwoman Eileen Fuoco, the decision could be made at the September primary, if Democrats Edward Cardillo and Paul Crowell III complete the process to qualify. Following Ward 2 Councilman Ernest …
Thursday, June 21, 2012
At a show cause hearing Monday night, councilors revoked the license of the Raymond Acciardo Company.
Following the June 18 budget hearing, two Johnston Town Councilors voted unanimously to revoke the business license of the Raymond Acciardo Company, of 1133 Hartford Ave., over concerns that the owner had not met the terms of a court order imposed in June, 2010. Council Vice President Stephanie Manzi and Councilman David Santilli were the only members left after Council President Robert V. Russo and Councilwoman Eileen Fuoco recused themselves from the hearing, and Councilman Ernest Pitochelli walked out of the Municipal Court following the approval of the fiscal 2013 budget. During a phone interview on Tuesday, Russo explained that he owns three units in the Woodland Estates condominium development that sits next to Acciardo's land; …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
On Monday night, the Johnston Town Council voted 4-1 to approve Mayor Joseph Polisena's $90.7 million spending plan for fiscal 2013.
Even with an expected increase in town spending of about $1.2 million — or about 1.3 percent over current levels — Johnston's tax rate will not go up for fiscal 2013 under Mayor Joseph Polisena's budget, which the town council approved on Monday night by a 4-1 margin. Prior to the meeting, held at the Johnston Municipal Court, Polisena explained that the increase in costs will be covered by a higher tax collection rate in 2013 — meaning no hike in the town's current $24.75-per-$1,000 residential tax rate to cover the new $90.7 million spending plan. "Whatever bill [homeowners] got this year, they'll get the same bill next year," Polisena explained, adding he felt holding taxes level was important in the midst of the current financial …
Monday, May 7, 2012
The Johnston Town Council is scheduled to meet tonight at 6 pm.
The Johnston Town Council is scheduled to consider a resolution tonight on possible changes to poll assignments in town, starting at 6 pm at the Johnston Municipal Court. Following the recent work by a General Assembly committee to realign voting districts according to the 2010 census, each city and town in Rhode Island is required to make local adjustments, if necessary. According to an agenda posted on the Rhode Island Secretary of State's office, the voting maps issue is the only item to be considered at the special meeting.
Monday, April 9, 2012
Mayor Joseph Polisena announced this afternoon that Gov. Lincoln Chafee is expected to speak about his recent legislative proposals to ease state mandates on cities and towns.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee is expected to attend tonight's Johnston Town Council meeting to speak about the recent package of bills he submitted to the General Assembly aimed at helping cities and towns, Mayor Joseph Polisena announced in a press release this afternoon. The council is scheduled to hold a vote in support of Chafee's proposals, which would, among other initiatives, seek to ease state mandates on cities and towns "to help offset the loss of state revenues," according to tonight's agenda. Tonight's session is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the Johnston Municipal Court.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Once added to the ballot by Rhode Island Secretary of State Ralph Mollis, Johnston voters will have the chance to vote on term limits for the mayor's office this fall.
Voters in Johnston will have the chance to change the terms of office for the mayor in November, following the town council's vote on Monday night to request a referendum item be added to the ballot. Councilors, at their meeting held at the municipal court, voted 5-0 to send the ballot item — which would change Title IV of the Town Charter to limit future mayors to two four-year terms — to Rhode Island Secretary of State Ralph Mollis for inclusion on this year's voting sheet. Mayor Joseph Polisena, who recommended the change, said during a phone interview on Monday that the new terms, if approved by voters, would apply to him in the 2014 election. "I think the time has come for term limits," Polisena explained. "I also think there should …