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Town Administrator Contente Implements Local Two-Week COVID-19 “Pause”

BRISTOL, RI – On Friday, November 20th, 2020, Bristol Town Administrator Steven Contente announced several actions being taken at the local level to coincide with the State of Rhode Island’s two-week “pause”.

Beginning Monday, November 30th, 2020:

  • Town Hall will be open to the public, but limited to essential services only. The Town of Bristol is urging residents to conduct their business with the Town through its website www.bristolri.gov, by phone (401-253-7000), or by U.S. mail. More information on Bristol’s online and mail-in services is below. 
  • Compost curbside pickup will be discontinued for the year. The last day for weekly compost pickup will be Saturday, November 28th, 2020. Residents will still be able to bring their yard waste to the compost facility located at the Transfer Station. The hours of operations can be found here.
  • Indoor classes and programs at the Quinta-Gamelin Community Center will be suspended. 
  • Municipal Court will be postponed until March 2021.
  • Land Evidence recordings will only take place between the hours of 12:00 PM (Noon) and 3:45 PM in the Bristol Town Clerk’s Office.
  • The Rogers Free Library will have no in-person book browsing and restricted computer use.
  • The Town of Bristol’s annual Christmas Festival programs have been modified to limit in person gatherings. Additional information can be found at christmasbristolri.com/.

The measures above will be in place until December 13th, 2020. At that time, the Town will reassess these preventative measures and determine if further action is required.

“Now more than ever, it is important that we all do our part to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” said Steven Contente, Town Administrator. “I’d like to thank our employees in the Town of Bristol. They are part of our essential, critical infrastructure here in town, and it’s important that we keep our employees healthy and working so we can continue to serve the public.”

Tax Payments: Residents and businesses can conveniently pay their property taxes online at www.ri.gov/bristol/tax/payment/ or by U.S. mail. Checks should be mailed to 10 Court Street Bristol, RI 02809.  A drop box is also available outside Town Hall. 

Building Permits: Residents and businesses can apply for a variety of building permits through the Town’s Viewpoint Cloud platform at bristolri.viewpointcloud.com

Municipal Court Fees: Constituents can pay traffic and parking tickets online at www.curiasystems.com/payment

File a Police Report: The Bristol Police Department provides a convenient alternative for citizens to report non-emergency situations that have occurred with the Town of Bristol, RI. The online reporting system can be used to report vandalism, identity theft, credit card fraud, lost/missing items, theft of packages, harassment and other non-emergency incidents. To file a report, please visit www.bristolri.gov/online-police-reporting/. If you are reporting an incident to Bristol Police that involves an emergency requiring immediate police response DIAL 9-1-1. 

Town Clerk Services: The Bristol Town Clerk’s Office offers constituents several online services including access to the land evidence database, submission of a public records request, and vital records requests. To learn more, please visit the Town website at www.bristolri.gov/town-clerk/

More information about the Town’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak can be found online at www.bristolri.gov/covid-19/. To view the latest guidance from the State of Rhode Island, please visit reopeningri.com/.

“Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation. We look forward to the vaccine being delivered locally in the coming months, and we are hopeful that by this time next year, we will be in a much better place,” said Bristol Town Administrator Contente.

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Silver Creek Bridge Reopens to Two-Way Traffic

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Bristol Announces New Bicycle Connector Planning Study

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 18, 2020

CONTACT
Diane Williamson, AICP – Director of Community Development
Town of Bristol, RI
401-253-7000 x 126
[email protected]

Bristol, RI– The Town of Bristol has launched efforts to design and establish the Bristol Bicycle Connector, a series of improvements to bicycle and pedestrian facilities to connect the southern terminus of the East Bay Bike Path with the southern area of Bristol for safer and more efficient commuting and recreation.

For the past several years, the Town of Bristol has been exploring options to enhance connectivity for bicyclists and pedestrians in town. A focus has been on the connection from the Roger Williams University campus to the East Bay Bike Path and downtown Bristol to expand opportunities for students, staff, and faculty to commute and further integrate with the community and spur economic growth for downtown businesses.  

“We are very excited about the opportunity for a potential bicycle path to connect the end of the East Bay Bike Path to the southern part of Bristol.  There are many benefits for the residents, including an increased opportunity for more active recreation.” said Diane Williamson, Director of Community Development.    

 The Town has convened a Steering Committee to help guide the planning process and build consensus for the preferred design concept.  In June, the Town selected the consultant team of Fuss & O’Neill and Toole Design to assist the Town with the Connector’s design. During August and September 2020, the team will conduct an alternatives analysis to evaluate potential routes and engage with the public to assess the routes and make recommendations for a preferred alternative. Once selected, the Town will move forward to complete the design and permitting of the chosen route.

Members of the public can participate in the process in several ways:

  • Presentations and workshops will take place on Zoom, and links to all meetings will be on the Bristol Bicycle Connector website. The following events are currently scheduled:
    • Town Council presentation of Route Alternatives on 8/19/20 – 7 pm
    • Community Workshop to discuss Route Alternatives on 8/25/20 – 7 pm (Zoom Invite)
    • Town Council presentation of prioritized Route Alternatives on 9/9/20 – 7 pm
    • Community Workshop to discuss prioritized Route Alternatives on 9/16/20 – 7 pm
    • Presentation to Town Council on 9/30/20 – 7 pm

The study is funded by a grant from the 2018 Green Economy Bond of Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. The program supports communities improving facilities for cycling and recreation. The Town of Bristol has no local match for this study.

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Bristol Announces Retirement of Library Director Prescott

BRISTOL, RI-Earlier today, Library Staff and supporters gathered to celebrate Rogers Free Library Director Joan Prescott. Director Prescott announced her retirement after over 30 years of service to visitors of the Library. Joan has been integral in the successful operation and expansion of the Rogers Free Library. Director Prescott’s last day will be this Friday, August 14th, 2020. The Town of Bristol extends its best wishes and appreciates her many years of service. Pictured are Town Administrator Steven Contente and Town Treasurer Raquel Pellerin presenting Joan Prescott with the Town Coin at the Library.

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Tropical Storm Isaias Update

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
AUGUST 3, 2020

CONTACT:
CHRISTOPHER J. PARELLA, EMA SPECIALIST
BRISTOL FIRE DEPARTMENT
(401) 253-2310
[email protected]

BRISTOL, RI-The Town of Bristol is closely monitoring the movements of Tropical Storm Isaias as it makes its way up the east coast towards Southern New England. A Tropical Storm Warning is currently in effect as high winds and heavy rain are expected to arrive by Tuesday afternoon and continue into Wednesday. While the Town stands ready and prepared for any emergency, residents are asked to prepare in advance for possible power outages. Please tune in to local news and weather forecasts for any developments.

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Motor Vehicle Tax Bills Delayed

BRISTOL, RI – Due to the uncertainty surrounding the State budget process, Motor Vehicle Tax bills are not being sent at this time. The Town of Bristol has been made aware that there may be changes made to the Motor Vehicle tax phase-out program. As a result, the Town will wait until the State budget is finalized before sending out the tax bills.  Quarterly due dates will be adjusted accordingly. For more information, please contact Michelle DiMeo, Bristol’s Tax Assessor / Collector at [email protected].

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Bristol Awarded $623K Boating Infrastructure Grant for Expansion of Bristol Maritime Center, RIDEM

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Town Administrator Contente Issues Statement on Peaceful Protests

“Dear Residents of Bristol,

The Town of Bristol’s local government condemns the murder of George Floyd. We believe that positive changes will help bring better understanding and improve our communities.

Bristol Chief of Police Kevin Lynch has met with organizers of a peaceful protest that are planning to meet at Colt State Park tomorrow morning, Saturday, June 6, 2020, at 10:00 AM. The intentions are to walk to Independence Park and stand for change, justice, and peace. The Town of Bristol has coordinated with Local, State, and Federal Departments to ensure that the rights to assemble are protected and that all residents and business owners are safe. The Rhode Island Department of Health will be present during the event to promote guidance on preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Tomorrow’s event is part of the pursuit for change and advancement in living conditions and equality for all. We in Bristol have always supported our Constitutional values, the first of which is the right for freedom of speech and right to assemble. The Town of Bristol will also protect all of our residents’ right to security and safety. It is our hope that our Nation and Town of Bristol will slowly heal and that we will succeed in our efforts to further improve our community.”

Sincerely,

Steven Contente
Bristol Town Administrator

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Bristol Announces Temporary Eat Out Zones, Extends Sidewalk Use Licenses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

BRISTOL, RI – To promote safe public access to restaurants and local businesses, Bristol Town Administrator Steven Contente signed Executive Order 20-09, which authorizes the temporary expansion of outdoor dining spaces and extends expiring sidewalk use licenses through the duration of the State of Emergency.

Beginning Monday, May 18th, 2020, restaurants will be able to temporarily expand their outdoor service areas into sidewalks and adjacent public or private spaces. 

The Town will issue Temporary Outdoor Dining Expansion Permits to interested businesses anywhere in the Town and without application fees or permit fees. Permit applications will be available online beginning Thursday, May 14th, 2020, at 4:00 PM. 

Expansions must follow the executive orders issued by Governor Gina Raimondo as well as directives issued by the Rhode Island Department of Health, Department of Business Regulation, or any other state agency, including but not limited to the ’Phase I Guidelines for Restaurants,’ on www.reopeningri.com

The full executive order is available online here.

For additional information on this program, please contact Chris Vitale, Bristol’s Economic Development Coordinator by emailing [email protected].

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Businesses that want to submit for a Temporary Outdoor Dining Expansion Permit can do so
through the Town’s online e-permitting platform.

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Bristol Reopens Town Hall, Announces Changes to In-Person Service

Beginning today, Monday, May 11th, 2020, Bristol Town Hall will resume its in-person services for the public. Over the past two weeks, Town Hall has undergone interior renovations to limit exposure.

In addition to the new physical barriers, Town is implementing the following additional safety protocols:

  • All persons entering Town Hall must wear a cloth face-covering mask per RIDOH regulations and active executive orders. Individuals will not be serviced without a face covering.
  • All persons should remain at least six (6) feet apart at all times. Markings have been placed along the floor to indicate proper spacing between individuals.
  • One-way foot traffic has been instituted inside a majority of Town Hall’s public area to help more individuals avoid coming into close contact with others as they conduct their business.
  • Hand sanitizer has been made available at all entryways, service counters, and public workspaces for individuals.
  • All high-touch, high-traffic areas will undergo increased cleaning and disinfecting throughout the day per CDC guidelines.

The Town of Bristol is pleased to reopen Town Hall and looks forward to serving constituents in a safe and professional manner. 

As always, residents are encouraged to conduct their business with the Town by phone (401-253-7000), by U.S. Mail, or online at www.bristolri.gov

Online services include:

Tax Payments: Residents and businesses can conveniently pay their property taxes online at www.ri.gov/bristol/tax/payment/ or by U.S. mail. Checks should be mailed to 10 Court Street Bristol, RI 02809. A drop box is also available outside Town Hall. 

Building Permits: Residents and businesses can apply for a variety of building permits through the Town’s Viewpoint Cloud platform at bristolri.viewpointcloud.com

Municipal Court Fees: Constituents can pay traffic and parking tickets online at www.curiasystems.com/payment

File a Police Report: The Bristol Police Department provides a convenient alternative for citizens to report non-emergency situations that have occurred with the Town of Bristol, RI. The online reporting system can be used to report vandalism, identity theft, credit card fraud, lost/missing items, theft of packages, harassment, and other non-emergency incidents. To file a report, please visit www.bristolri.gov/737/Online-Police-Reporting. To report an emergency that requires an immediate police response, DIAL 9-1-1. 

Town Clerk Services: The Bristol Town Clerk’s Office offers constituents several online services, including access to the land evidence database, submission of a public records request, and vital records requests. To learn more, please visit the Town website at www.bristolri.gov

More information about the Town’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak can be found online at www.bristolri.gov/COVID-19. To view the latest guidance from the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH), please visit health.ri.gov/news/.