The inhabitants of the Town of Johnston within the corporate limits as now established or as hereafter established in the manner provided by law, shall continue to be a municipal body politic and corporate, under the name of Town of Johnston.
The form of town government provided by this Charter shall be the mayor council form of government. Pursuant to its provisions and subject only to the limitations imposed by the state constitution and by this Charter, all powers of the town, including those powers formerly vested in and exercised by the financial town meeting which is hereby discontinued, shall be vested in an elected town council which shall enact local legislation, and (in) an elected mayor who shall be responsible for the execution of the laws and the administration of the town government.
The town shall have all the powers granted to towns by the Home Rule Amendment and other provisions of the constitution, general laws of this state and special acts applicable to the town together with all such additional powers as hereafter may be granted to the towns by the laws of the state, together with all powers implied in or incident to the powers expressly granted. The town shall have power to sue and be sued, to enact ordinances and pass resolutions, and to make rules and regulations necessary and proper for carrying into execution its powers, and such ordinances may be made enforceable by the imposition of fines, forfeitures and penalties. The town may enter into contracts with the state or any political subdivision thereof for services and the use of facilities. The town may acquire property within or without its corporate limits for town purposes, in fee simple or any lesser interest or estate, by purchase, lease, gift, devise or condemnation within the town for public use, and may hold, manage and control, and may sell, lease, and convey such property as its interests may require. Except as prohibited by the constitution of this state or by laws enacted by the general assembly in conformity with powers reserved to the general assembly by the constitution of this state or as restricted by this Charter, the town shall have and may exercise all municipal powers, functions, rights, privileges and immunities of every name and nature whatsoever. The enumeration of particular powers by this Charter shall not be deemed to be exclusive, and in addition to the powers enumerated herein or implied hereby, or appropriate to the exercise of such powers, it is intended that the town shall have and may exercise all powers which, under the constitution of this state, it would be competent for this Charter specifically to enumerate. All powers of the town shall be exercised in the manner prescribed by this Charter and by state law, or if the manner is not prescribed, then in such manner as may be prescribed by ordinance.
Editor's Note: For constitutional provision granting home rule for cities and towns, see R. I. Const., Amend. XIII.