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Hot topics to be discussed at next council meeting

Bristol City Hall. Photo (c) Mike Uchalid

The monthly meeting of the City Council will be held on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, beginning at 6:45pm with the Joint Board meeting, followed by the City Council meeting at 7pm. The meetings are held on the first floor of City Hall and are open to the public.

“There are a variety of items on the agenda to accomplish city business,” stated Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu. In addition to adopting 8 ordinances and ordinance changes,” there are also announcements and committee reports, appointments to boards and commissions, requests for proposals on a city-owned parcel on Munchausen St, a report of New Hires, and awarding bids to 4 local businesses for local infrastructure and public improvements on streets.”

The Bristol Eastern High School Class L State Championship Wrestling team will be recognized at 6:45pm, and the Agape House is the non-profit spotlight of the month under Public Participation, which is at the beginning of the agenda and allows members of the public to address the Council on issues of concern.

The City is seeking interested citizens to serve on the Inland-Wetlands & Conservation Commission which is a land use board that currently has 2 vacancies.

Ordinances scheduled to be introduced for adoption include the creation of the Arts & Culture Commission, prohibition on fracking waste, and additional tools for code enforcement including changes to housing rehabilitation opportunities and citation authority.

The Council will also be voting on a new location for this summer’s Farmer’s Market which has to be relocated on North Main Street due to construction at Centre Square. It will now be held on Saturday mornings in the parking area adjacent to the McDonald’s from late June through October.

A request to sign the Net Neutrality Pledge is also on the agenda, as well as updates on the city’s response to the Opioid epidemic and progress being made at Charter Revision.

“Preliminary work continues in advance of the State making it official concerning the Memorial Boulevard being designated as a Magnet School,” Zoppo-Sassu explained. “Various boards are sending in recommendations about the discontinuance of that portion of Willis St that runs behind the school. We are also officially disbanding the first MBS Building Committee so that the Intradistrict Magnet School Building Committee that is required by the State can begin its work. We hope to receive an official designation on this project and project funds in the next few weeks.”

The full agenda may be seen by going to Agenda Center on the City website, www.bristolct.gov and clicking on the City Council meeting.

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