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Community Development Press Releases

RIDEM Public Meeting Announcement

Public Meeting Announcement

Topic: Bay View Avenue, Bristol – Plat 47 / Lot 4
When: May 11, 2022, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Bristol Parks and Recreation Department Building, Quinta-Gamelin Community Center Meeting Room (101 Asylum Road, Bristol, RI 02809)

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management’s (RIDEM’s) Office of Land Revitalization and Sustainable Materials Management’s Targeted Brownfield Assessment (TBA) Program is providing notice to the community that a public meeting for the Bay View Avenue property in Bristol, further designated as Plat 47, Lot 4, will be conducted on May 11, 2022, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Bristol’s Parks and Recreation Department Building.

This meeting is being held to educate the community about RIDEM’s TBA Program and to discuss future assessment activities to be completed at Plat 47 / Lot 4. The community will have an opportunity to learn about the prior use of the Site, the anticipated use of the Site in the future, and how the assessment activities completed by RIDEM will help Bristol transform this property. It is also an opportunity for the community to provide RIDEM with any knowledge they might have about this particular property and voice any concerns.

Should you not be able to make the meeting and have any questions and/or concerns regarding this project, please contact:

Rachel Simpson
R.I. Department of Environmental Management
Office of Land Revitalization & Sustainable Materials Management
235 Promenade Street
Providence, RI 02908-5767
Phone: (401) 222-2797 ext. 2777105
Email: [email protected]

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Administration Community Development Press Releases

Arbor Day Foundation Recognizes Bristol as a Tree City USA®

FOR IMMEDIATE  RELEASE

Contact:
Arbor Day Foundation
Lauren Weyers
[email protected]

ArborDay Foundation Recognizes Bristol as a Tree City USA®
Bristol earns the Tree City USA recognition for its commitment to urban forestry

LINCOLN, Nebraska (3/18/2022)- Bristol was named a 2021 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor its commitment to effective urban forest management.

Bristol achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: forming a tree board or department,  creating a tree-care ordinance, having an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor  Day observance and proclamation.  The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor  Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

“Tree City USA communities benefit from the positive effects that an urban tree canopy has year after year,” said Dan Lambe, chief executive of the Arbor  Day Foundation. “The trees being planted and cared for by Bristol ensure that generations to come will enjoy a better quality of life. Additionally, participation in this program  helps  cultivate a sense of stewardship and pride for the trees the community plants  and cares for.”

Planting trees in an urban space comes with a myriad of benefits past the recognition of this program. Urban tree plantings help reduce energy consumption by up to 25%, which will reduce general energy costs and help with the overall cooling of the city as well. In addition, members of the community benefit from properly placed trees as they increase property values from 7-to 20%. Trees also positively affect the local ecosystem by helping to clean water and create animal habitats to encourage biodiversity.

More information on the program is available at arborclay.org/TreeCityUSA.

About the Arbor  Day  Foundation

Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members,  supporters, and valued partners, Since 1972, almost 500 million  Arbor  Day Foundation trees have been planted in neighborhoods, communities, cities, and forests throughout the world. Our vision is to lead toward a world where trees are used to solve issues critical to survival.

As one of the world’s largest operating conservation foundations, the Arbor Day Foundation, through its members, partners, and programs, educates and engages stakeholders and communities across the globe to involve themselves in its mission of planting, nurturing, and celebrating trees. More information is available at arbordav.org.

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Walley Beach/Halsey C. Herreshoff Park Temporarily Closed

BRISTOL, RI– Please be advised, the Town of Bristol has temporarily closed Walley Beach/Halsey C. Herreshoff Park while it undergoes construction. The Town of Bristol anticipates work to be completed by June 2022.

For questions related to the project, please contact Diane Williamson at 401-253-7000 ext. 126 or [email protected].

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as the Town completes these important infrastructure improvements.

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Press Releases Storm

UPDATED: Bristol Winter Storm Information for February 25th, 2022

February 25th, 2022 3:45 PM

BRISTOL, RI- As of 02/25/2022 at 4:00 PM, the Town of Bristol will lift its parking ban.

Please Note: Cars that are parked in emergency lots must be moved within one hour of the parking ban being lifted. Thank you for your cooperation.

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February 24th, 2022 11:45 AM

BRISTOL, RI-The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Bristol, Rhode Island from Friday, February 25th, 2022, at 12:00 AM through Saturday, February 26th, 2022, at 12:00 AM EST. Snow accumulation is forecasted to be between 3-6 inches, with wind gusts as high as 35 MPH.

In preparation for the winter storm, the Town of Bristol is taking the following precautions:

  • A parking ban will go into effect starting at 1:00 AM on Friday, February 25th, 2022, until further notice.
  • Trash & Recycling Collection will continue as planned for Friday, February 25th, 2022.
  • The Bristol Transfer Station will be closed Friday, February 25th, 2022.

During the parking ban, all vehicles must be moved off the street to accommodate emergency vehicles and crews.

For your convenience, the Town has included a list of off-street parking locations available downtown here.

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COVID-19 Press Releases

UPDATED: Bristol Amends Masking Requirement for Town Buildings

UPDATED February 10th, 2022 10:45 AM

BRISTOL, RI-On Thursday, February 10th, 2022, Town Administrator Contente issued an Administrative Directive removing face mask requirements inside town facilities. This directive aligns with the State’s expiring Executive Order.

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BRISTOL, RI– In response to favorable COVID-19 data, Town Administrator Steven Contente announced that Bristol will be updating its masking requirement for town buildings.

Effective Thursday, February 10th, 2022, at 8:00 AM, individuals who are up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations will not be required to wear a face mask in town facilities.

The full administrative directive can be read below.

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Press Releases Storm

UPDATED: Bristol Winter Storm Information for January 29th, 2022

January 30th, 2022 7:45 AM

BRISTOL, RI- As of 01/30/2022 at 7:45 AM, the Town of Bristol has lifted its parking ban. 

Please Note: Cars that are parked in emergency lots must be moved within one hour of the parking ban being lifted. Thank you for your cooperation.

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January 28th, 2022 12:00 PM

BRISTOL, RI- Beginning tomorrow, January 29th, 2022, at 8:00 AM, the Quinta-Gamelin Community Center (101 Asylum Road, Bristol, RI 02809) will be open to residents as a Warming Center. Residents in need of transportation are encouraged to contact the Bristol Police Department at 401-253-6900.

The Town of Bristol advises residents to avoid any non-essential travel to allow for response crews to effectively clear roadways.

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January 28th, 2022 9:45 AM

BRISTOL, RI-The National Weather Service has upgraded their weather alert to a Blizzard Warning for Bristol, Rhode Island from Saturday, January 29th, 2022, at 12:00 AM through Sunday, January 30th, 2022, at 12:00 AM EST. Snow accumulation is forecasted to be between 15-19 inches, with wind gusts as high as 60 MPH.

Travel should be restricted to emergencies only. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle.

For your convenience, the Town has included a list of off-street parking locations available downtown here.

For additional storm preparedness resources, please visit the Town of Bristol’s Emergency Management page here.

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January 28th, 2022 3:30 AM

BRISTOL, RI-The National Weather Service has upgraded their weather alert to a Winter Storm Warning for Bristol, Rhode Island from Saturday, January 29th, 2022, at 12:00 AM through Sunday, January 30th, 2022, at 12:00 AM EST. Snow accumulation is forecasted to be between 15-19 inches, with wind gusts as high as 60 MPH.

For storm preparedness resources, please visit the Town of Bristol’s Emergency Management page here.

For your convenience, the Town has included a list of off-street parking locations available downtown here.

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January 27th, 2022 12:00 PM

BRISTOL, RI-The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Bristol, Rhode Island from Saturday, January 29th, 2022, at 12:00 AM through Sunday, January 30th, 2022, at 12:00 AM EST. Snow accumulation is forecasted to be between 12-18 inches, with wind gusts as high as 55 MPH.

In preparation for the winter storm, the Town of Bristol is taking the following precautions:

  • A parking ban will go into effect starting at 1:00 AM on Saturday, January 29th, 2022, until further notice.
  • A partial parking ban will go into effect at the Prudence Island Ferry Dock lot starting at 1:00 AM on Saturday, January 29th, 2022, until further notice. No parking will be available in the center area of the parking lot, and will be marked off with cones. Violators of this partial parking ban will be towed immediately.
  • The Bristol Transfer Station will be closed Saturday, January 29th, 2022.

During the parking ban, all vehicles must be moved off the street to accommodate emergency vehicles and crews.

For your convenience, the Town has included a list of off-street parking locations available downtown here.

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COVID-19 Press Releases

Bristol Increases Availability of COVID-19 Test Kits for At-Need Residents

BRISTOL, RI- On Wednesday, January 26th, 2022, the Town of Bristol announced that it will offer COVID-19 test kits to residents in its senior population or who are immunocompromised. For additional questions or to receive a test kit, please contact Coordinator of Senior Services Mary Ann Quinn by phone at 401-253-1611 or via email at [email protected].

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Administration COVID-19 Press Releases

Bristol Provides Update on COVID-19 Testing Availability

BRISTOL, RI- On Wednesday, January 19th, 2022, the Town of Bristol provided the community an update on COVID-19 test availability. For more information, please visit the State of Rhode Island’s COVID-19 site at: covid.ri.gov/testing.

Federal At-Home Test Kit Program

The federal government has launched a new program to provide every U.S. residential address four (4) free at-⁠home rapid COVID-⁠19 tests. Bristol residents can order their test kits through the United States Postal Service (USPS) online at COVIDTests.gov. Test kits will typically ship within 7-12 days of ordering and are completely free.

Please Note: The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) encourages residents to report their self-test results by visiting portal.ri.gov/s/selftest.

State COVID-19 Testing

The State of Rhode Island operates a rapid testing site at 655 Metacom Avenue (Former Benny’s). Residents that require a COVID-19 test should schedule their appointment by visiting portal.ri.gov or by calling 401-222-8022.

To learn more about scheduling a Rapid or PCR COVID-19 Test, please visit the State website here.

Pharmacy COVID-19 Testing & At-Home Kits

COVID-19 test appointments and at-home test kits are available at select pharmacies and respiratory clinics throughout the State of Rhode Island.

Please Note: The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) encourages residents to report their self-test results by visiting portal.ri.gov/s/selftest.

FEMA Public Assistance At-Home Test Kit Program

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is preparing to distribute approximately 6,500 rapid at-home test kits to specific community groups within Bristol. Eligibility to receive these test kits was determined by FEMA Public Assistance guidance. In Bristol, these at-home test kits will be provided to the Bristol-Warren Regional School District, Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, and the Bristol Health Equity Zone (HEZ) for distribution.

Please Note: The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) encourages residents to report their self-test results by visiting portal.ri.gov/s/selftest.

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Economic Development Press Releases

Bristol Announces Partnership with Church Community Housing Corporation, Provides 2021-2022 CDBG Program Details

BRISTOL, RI–On Wednesday, January 12th, 2022, the Town of Bristol announced a new partnership with Church Community Housing Corporation (CCHC) to administer the municipality’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

“The Town of Bristol is pleased to bring Church Community Housing on board to assist with local CDBG grant administration,” said Economic Development Coordinator Chris Vitale. “This new partnership will boost the Town’s capacity to seek and manage these important federal funds.”

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is one of the longest-running U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs. CDBG funds support an array of community development activities including affordable housing, home rehabilitation, essential public services, and infrastructure improvements. Over the past five years, these funds have supported several local projects, including the recent $1.7M Wood St. Neighborhood Streetscape Project.

In 2021, the Town of Bristol issued a Request for Proposals (#955) for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) administrative services. Church Community Housing Corporation was awarded the service contract and will serve as the point of contact for Bristol’s Home Repair Program and Competitive Applications.

“With over 50 years of experience, we look forward to our partnership with the Town of Bristol and expanding our service to a new community,” said Church Community Housing Corporation’s CDBG Program Director Rain Daugherty.

Church Community Housing Corporation (CCHC) is an affordable housing developer that has been working in Newport County since 1969. Starting in 1976, CCHC became the administrator for the City of Newport’s housing rehabilitation revolving loan program. Since that time, CCHC has expanded its efforts to include all six communities in Newport County for both housing rehabilitation and CDBG Administration.

Bristol Home Repair Program

Beginning Tuesday, January 18th, 2022, the Town of Bristol will begin accepting 2021-2022 Bristol Home Repair Program applications.

Funded through CDBG, this program helps to revitalize the local community and provide safe, suitable living environments for low and moderate-income residents. Applicants can seek funding for various home improvement projects, including emergency roof replacements, window replacements, and code violation corrections.

All funding assistance is in the form of a 0%-interest forgivable loan with no closing costs or fees when conditions are met. CDBG grant funds can cover up to 100% of project costs.

Funding is limited and will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis to eligible households. Application information is available online through the Town of Bristol website.

For more information, please contact:

Rain Daugherty, CDBG Program Director at 401-846-5114 ext. 119 [email protected].

Competitive Application Process

Earlier this week, the State of Rhode Island announced the PY2020/2021 CDBG competitive application process. Eligible activities include public facility/infrastructure improvements, essential services, and planning activities.

An organization’s activity must meet one of the three national objectives:

·         Benefiting low and moderate-income persons,
·         Preventing or eliminating blight, or
·         Meeting other community development needs that are of particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community, and other financial resources are not available to meet such needs.

Organizations planning to seek CDBG funds through this application cycle must submit a Letter of Intent announcing their interest in applying for either a public service or a public facilities grant.

Letters of Intent are a one-page notice on organizational letterhead that includes a summary of project activities as well as the estimated amount being requesting.

Letters of Intent are due via email to Rain Daugherty at [email protected] by Thursday, January 20th, 2022.

Grant application forms will be provided by CCHC once a Letter of Intent is received and the proposed activity has been verified for eligibility.

Completed application packets are due by 4:00 PM on Thursday, February 9th, 2022.

Please Note: Bristol is limited on the number of proposals it can submit to the State of Rhode Island. Regional organizations may apply through any one eligible community and may serve an entire area.

To discuss an activity’s eligibility, reporting requirements, program obligations, or submission details, please contact:

Rain Daugherty, CDBG Program Director at 401-846-5114 ext. 119 [email protected].

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Economic Development Press Releases

Bristol Extends 2021 Annual Business Survey Submission Deadline

BRISTOL, RI-On Thursday, January 6th, 2022, the Town of Bristol announced it would extend the submission deadline for its 2021 Annual Business Survey.

The new deadline date to submit survey responses is January 21st, 2021, at 12:00PM (noon).

To access the business survey, please scan the QR code below or visit www.bristolri.gov/abs.

2021 Annual Business Survey QR Code

In 2021, the Town of Bristol announced it would begin tracking local business data through an Annual Business Survey. The information collected will help Town measure the state of the Bristol economy, assess the effectiveness of municipal programs, support planning and economic development efforts, and inform key decisions.

For additional information, please contact Bristol Economic Development Coordinator Chris Vitale at [email protected] or 401-253-7000 ext. 129.

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