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                                                                                                                                March 2021
Bristol Elections and Warrant
Bristol Voters Will Be asked to Consider Several Candidates and Warrant Articles as Part of the 2021 Town Meeting This Year
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 By donna rhodes
BRISTOL – Voters in the town of Bristol will be faced with decisions on 11 elected positions and eight zoning changes on March 9th, then head to New- found Regional High School on March 13th to consider 14 additional articles that will be presented during their annual Town Meeting.
Among the articles up for discussion and vote this year is the $6,993,714 operating bud- get, which is unanimously rec- ommended by both the Budget Committee and the Bristol Board of Selectmen.
Solar energy at Ayers Island Rd. is another consideration for voters as the town looks to have a qualified third party install and maintain a solar energy system on a portion of property located at 180 Ayers Island Road in Bristol. According to the article, the town would then purchase the solar energy produced by the system at a cost of no more than $0.10 k/Wh in the first year if operation, with an increase of not more than 1.7-percent in each subsequent year. It would also authorize the town to pur- chase the system “for no more than the depreciated market rate during the term of the agreement.”
However, that article is con- tingent upon the approval of
the following article, Article 12, which asks for approval for the 25-year lease of the Ayers Island Road property to BP Bristol, LLC for 25 years for the so- lar-powered generating facility.
Articles 14 through 17 ad- dress items such as the establish- ment of a $25,000 contingency fund from monies in the unas- signed fund balance, the discon- tinuation of the Bicentennial Capital Reserve Fund from 2015 (remaining funds to be transferred to the town’s gen- eral fund); the appointment of the Select Board as agents to expend the Fire Department (Fire Engine) Capital Reserve Fund established in 1972; and the appropriation of $12,000 from taxpayers, which would be placed in the Patriotic, Rec- reation and Special Events Ex- pendable Trust Fund that was established last year. Each of those articles have been ap- proved unanimously by both the Budget Committee and the Board of Selectmen.
Other unanimous approv- als were given to requests for $150,000 for the construction of a salt and sand shed at the highway department; a $93,260 appropriation for 36 portable radios, chargers and subsequent programming costs for the fire department ($9,328 to be paid in the first year of any poten-
tial agreement); and a total of $110,000 for additions to Cap- ital Reserve Funds established for required town revaluations, highway equipment, town build- ing maintenance and police ve- hicles.
As reported in another story this month, the Bristol Sustain- ability Committee, with a 3-2-1 approval by the Budget Com- mittee and unanimous approval from the Select Board, has an article to begin the process of bringing recycling back to the community. For that project, $22,000 is being sought through taxation, $32,000 is being re- quested from the Highway Equipment Capital Reserve Fund and an additional $32,500 is to be appropriated from the Transfer Station Revolving Fund.
Remaining articles are for
the town’s discontinuation of a portion of Fox Run that would be conveyed to the Pacino Re- alty Trust as part of the “Fox Run Cul-de-Sac Boundary Line Adjustment Agreement,” which was approved by the Planning Board on December 9, 2020, and a final proposal to reduce the Planning Board from seven to five members.
Candidates running for elected positions this year are: incumbent Wayne Anderson, Steve Coffill, and former se- lectman Shaun Legueux, are all seeking one opening on the Board of Selectmen; incum- bents Janet Cavanaugh and Charles Therriault wish to re- tain their three-year positions on the Budget Committee, and Paul Regan seeks a one-year term on that same committee. Elizabeth Seeler is running unopposed for
Trustee of the Trust Funds. For the Cemetery Trustees, incum- bents Cheryl Cizewski and Cade Overton are up once again for two-year terms while Richard LaFlamme is running for a three-year opening as a trustee. Lucille Keegan is also looking to maintain her one-year seat as a Library Trustee while four candidates, incumbents Mar- tha Hulsman, Karen Boyd, and Nancy Dowey, along with new- comer Richard LaFlamme, all seek one of the three three-year openings on that board.
Elections for those openings will take place March 9th from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. at Bristol’s Historic Town Hall on Summer Street, while the Town Meeting will begin at 9 a.m. the following Saturday, March 13, in the New- found Regional High School gymnasium.
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