Johnston Town Council

1385 Hartford Avenue, Johnston, RI



Town Council Agenda

June 13, 2022

Johnston Municipal Court Building



Council President Russo will call the meeting to order at 7:00 PM at the Johnston Municipal Court Building located at 1600 Atwood Avenue, Johnston, RI 02919.

Town Sergeant, Stephen Mallane will lead with the Pledge of Allegiance


Please note: pursuant to Rule 3 Section E of the Town Council Rules, adopted by

Resolution 2021-1, the Council shall adjourn at 10:30 p.m. and any unfinished business shall be carried to the fourth Monday of the month or to a date agreed upon by the Council.

Roll Call


District 1 – Councilwoman Linda L. Folcarelli

                                               District 2 – Councilwoman Lauren A. Garzone

      District 3 – Vice-President Joseph M. Polisena, Jr

                                               District 4 – President Robert V. Russo

                                               District 5 – Councilman Robert J. Civetti



Award & Recognition Ceremonies



Status on Public Hearings



Petition for a Zone Change submitted by Attorney, Joseph Shekarchi on behalf of Trinity Properties of RI, LLC to change the Zone for 198 Shun Pike, Assessor’s Plat 33, Lot 63 from R-40 to Planned District

For referral to the Planning Board for an Advisory Opinion

Pending Planning Board Advisory Opinion




Resolution 2022-04-21 from the Johnston School Committee relinquishing the care, control and management of the George C. Calef School Located at 7 Waveland Street to the Johnston Town Council; for referral to the Planning Board for an Advisory Opinion

Pending Planning Board Advisory Opinion



Ordinances to be Read


Ordinance 2022-10

An Ordinance amending Article II and Article III of Section 340 of the Town of Johnston Code of Ordinances; Said Ordinance amends the definitions and Use Table regarding Solar Energy Systems; for referral to the Planning Board for an Advisory Opinion




Desamor Boutique / Location: 1709 ½ Plainfield Pike

Business Operating License- Phone Calls Only

Holiday Sales-

Online Women’s Clothing Store




Integrative Healing Center, LLC / Location: 33 Rachela Street

Business Operating License- Phone Calls Only

Holiday Sales-

Mental Health Services




Supreme Star Fitness, LLC / Location: 1395 Atwood Ave, #108

Business Operating License- Change of Location

Holiday Sales-





Donald F. Codori d/b/a Pegasus Financial Group / Location: 34 Cherry Hill Road

Business Operating License- Phone Calls Only

Financial Counseling, Investment Planning




Elegant Nails Salon / Location: 59 Putnam Pike

Business Operating License- Transfer

Nail Salon




Nails by Alex / Location: 1481 Atwood Avenue

Business Operating License-

Nail Salon




Juicebox Junkies, LLC / Location: 2952 Hartford Avenue, #2

Business Operating License-

Infant & Toddler Play Gym-Parents on site at all times




RI Elder Info / Location: 2111 Plainfield Pike

Special Event License-

Information & Resource Fair for veterans and their families- June 18, 2022

10:00 am to 2:00 pm



Liquor Licensing Commission




Our Lady of Grace Church / Location: 4 Lafayette Street

Special Class F License- Beer and Wine

Annual Feast-September 8, 2022 to September 11, 2022




101 Bar & Grill, Inc d/b/a Bar 101  / Location: 1478 Atwood Ave-Units 103, 104 & 105

Expansion of BV Full License to include Suite 105-

Pub, Spirits & Food




The Chicken Coup Kitchen & Bar, LLC, d/b/a The Chicken Coup Kitchen & Bar  / Location: 1463 Atwood Ave, Suites E&F

Patio License-





Roman Enterprises, d/b/a The Atwood Grill  / Location: 1413 Atwood Ave

Patio License-

Full Service Restaurant



Constituent Requests


Unfinished Business



Petition from National Grid & Verizon to relocate a Jointly owned pole #4 on Belfield Drive

Continued from May 9, 2022



New Business



Petition from National Grid & Verizon to install a new jointly owned pole #1 on Joy Street for service to 27 Joy Street




Presentation by Mayor Polisena regarding the expenditure of Johnston’s share of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funds




Conveyance of Land from the Town to the Operating Engineers Local 57 Apprenticeship and Training Fund

For referral to the Planning Board for an Advisory Opinion




Petition submitted by Hartford Realty Holdings, LLC to change the Zone on Assessor’s Plat 54, Lot 97 on Hartford Avenue from a B-3 to B-2 Zoning District; for referral to the Planning Board for an Advisory Opinion




Petition submitted by Robert A. Recchia, Jr requesting to abandon a portion of Naples Avenue, located on Assessor’s Plat 5 near Mill Street



Resolution 2022-23

A Resolution authorizing the Purchase of a new AFIS Fingerprinting Machine for the Johnston Police Department



Resolution 2022-24

A Resolution awarding a bid and authorizing the Mayor to enter into an agreement for Fire Alarm Testing Services for Town Buildings



Resolution 2022-25

A Resolution ratifying a tentative agreement between the Town of Johnston and The Rhode Island Laborers’ District Council on behalf of Local Union 808 of the Laborers’ International Union of North America AFL-CIO for July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2025






Tax Assessor Abatements – June, 2022



Public Hearings for Ordinances


Ordinance 2022-7

An Ordinance to abandon a portion of Genoa Street on Assessor’s Plat 5 formerly known as Petition 2021-CP-182, submitted by Peter St Lawrence



Ordinance 2022-8

An Ordinance to abandon a portion of Matthew Drive on Assessor’s Plat 57 2021-CP-194  formerly known as Petition 2021-CP-194, submitted by Edward R. McCormick III on behalf of Russell and Tracy Boehm and Patrick and Kelly Martin



Ordinance 2022-9

An Ordinance changing the Zone for Assessor’s Plat 6, Lot 44 (278-300 Morgan Avenue) from R-20 to B-1; formerly known as Petition 2022-CP-50 submitted by David and Paula Corsi


Approval of the minutes and transcripts from previous meetings


Transcripts Prepared by the Stenographer

April 11, 2022 Regular Meeting, Special Meeting & Executive Session

May 9, 2022 Regular Meeting


Minutes prepared by the Town Clerk:

May 9, 2022 Regular Meeting






Claim from Carl Walker for damage to his vehicle




Claim from Gary McNally for damage to his vehicle




Claim from Lydia Scungio for damage caused by a sewer backup




Claim from Kayla Clunan for damage to her vehicle




Claim from Gina Sabitoni-Arakelian for damage to her vehicle



Requests to be heard


Please note: pursuant to Resolution 2021-1 of the Johnston Town Council, any person requesting to address the Council shall be heard for a maximum of 3 minutes. This will be strictly enforced. The Council may not take any action on matters appearing in the request to be heard portion of the agenda.



Chris Dibble to discuss: Comprehensive Plan Update and associated regulations









Vincent P. Baccari, Jr.,  Town Clerk




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