Press Releases

Bristol’s 2022 Tangible Tax Form Now Available

Businesses that operate in Bristol and whose total tangible property is assessed at ten thousand ($10,000) or less can now request to be exempt from completing the full annual return and paying the applicable tax.

Eligible businesses can now request the new tangible tax exemption on the Annual Return.

The Annual Return form is available for download on the Finance page of the Town of Bristol website. Returns are due to the Bristol Tax Assessor’s Office (10 Court Street, Bristol, RI 02809) by 12 o’clock midnight EST, January 31, 2023.

For more information on Bristol’s tangible tax exemption, please contact Tax Assessor Michelle DiMeo at [email protected].

Economic Development Press Releases

‘Take it Outside’ grants available for small businesses. DEADLINE APPROACHING

The Rhode Island Rebounds Take It Outside program is a statewide effort to encourage and increase outdoor activities in an effort to reduce the transmission rate of COVID-19 and support small businesses recovery.

The Take It Outside program awarded approximately $4.8 million to 21 eligible proposers to allow them to create, design, and offer programs/activities that increase outdoor capacity of small businesses.

Awarded funds can be used to cover the cost of purchasing, obtaining, delivering, or installing

  • chairs
  • tables
  • heat lamps
  • bike racks
  • other costs for purchasing or obtaining goods or services that are deemed necessary to increase outdoor opportunities for impacted small businesses.

Rhode Island based businesses that are interested in participating in the Take It Outside program must meet a number of requirements including:

  • Have less than $1 million in annual gross revenues
  • Demonstrate a negative economic impact from the COVID-19 pandemic
  • At least twenty percent of all funds awarded to small businesses will be reserved for awards to assist minority-owned and women-owned business enterprises.

The project is being supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number SLFRFP0136 (State Fiscal Recovery Funds) awarded to the State of Rhode Island by the U.S. Department of Treasury.

For more information, please visit the RI Commerce website >

Press Releases

$650k available in Small Biz Grants

Rhode Island Commerce announced the allocation of $650,000 to grant partner lenders through the Small Business Assistance Program.
The program, through partner lenders, provides loans to businesses with fewer than 200 employees that are having difficulty obtaining funds through other means.
The lenders and micro-lenders receiving new funds for the fiscal year 2023 include:

To learn more about the program and apply for a loan, visit Commerce RI’s website.


Police Press Releases

Police Officer Recruitment

The Bristol Police Department is currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Police Officer. Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

All applicants for the position of police officer must meet the following standards and requirements:

  • Must be a United States citizen
  • Must be at least 21 years of age on or before appointment to a probationary police officer
  • Must possess a valid motor vehicle operator’s license
  • Shall have satisfactorily completed four years of accredited high school or the equivalent thereof.
  • If he/she has served in the armed forces of the United States or a foreign country, he/she shall have received a discharge therefrom under honorable conditions.
  • Must be of good moral character and habits and successfully passed a background investigation.
  • Must be in good health and meet physical, medical, and psychological requirements for entry into the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy.

Probationary Patrol Officer (year 1) $59,673.22.
Second Class Patrol Officer (year 2) $62,602.85.
First Class Patrol Officer (year 3) $70,771.41.

If you are interested in a rewarding career with the Bristol Police Department, applications may be obtained beginning Wednesday, November 9, 2022 by clicking here.

Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on Friday, February 3, 2023.

For an in-depth benefits package and requirements, please see the Applicant Handbook by clicking here.

The Town of Bristol is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply.

To view a printable version of this Police Officer Recruitment notice, please click here.

Press Releases

Job Opening-Library Assistant/Circulation

This is a para-professional, part-time position within the Circulation Department of the Rogers Free Library. The position works under the direct supervision of the Collection and Circulation Librarian.

EXAMPLES OF WORK: (partial list)

  • Completes circulation duties in the ILS system including checking materials in/out, registering patrons for cards, locating materials online and in the library, enforces patron privacy.
  • Assists patrons with using and accessing library services and resources.
  • Promotes library resources and programs.
  • Maintains the accuracy of items on the reserve and collection shelves.
  • Serves at the circulation desks during various shifts: mornings, afternoons, evenings, and weekends; flexible and set schedules available.
  • Shelves library materials accurately and efficiently.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • High school diploma or GED essential, with advanced study (Associate’s degree or higher) desirable.
  • Demonstrated “people” skills secured through retail or other public service experience.
  • Good work ethic: punctuality in reporting for work, organizational skills, thoroughness in work completion, attention to detail.
  • Competence in computer skills and willingness to learn new applications.

Qualified candidates only please submit resume, employment application to Library Director, 525 Hope Street, Bristol, RI 02809 or [email protected] Preference will be given to applications received by 4 PM on 11/18/22. Posting will remain open until filled. E/O/E

Press Releases

Job Opening-Collection/Circulation Librarian

The Rogers Free Library has a job opening for a Collection/Circulation Librarian.

Statement of Duties:
This is a full time, professional librarian position reporting to the Library Director, responsible for the overall management of Circulation, Acquisitions and Technical Services at the library. This includes serving as the coordinator/liaison of the ILS (integrated library system/catalog) and eZone (e-book/OverDrive/Libby) with OSL (Ocean State Libraries). This position requires general knowledge of ILS systems and functions which includes cataloging, web development tools and library acquisitions software.

Examples of Work:

The essential functions listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed and are not all inclusive.

  • Supervise main circulation – answer staff and patron questions; create training and instruct staff in circulation procedures and guidelines; evaluate staff performance of circulation duties
  • Oversee acquisitions processes, technologies and monitor budgets; train materials selectors in acquisitions software, guidelines and principles; create collection analysis reports
  • Manage technical services – oversee all guidelines related to materials processing, collaborate to create juvenile collection processes and monitor related budgets
  • Serve as library coordinator and representative for the library’s Integrated Library System with the Ocean State Libraries Consortium

Abilities, Skills, and Knowledge Required:

  • This position requires general knowledge of all modules of the ILS, web development tools and library acquisitions software.
  • Library policies and procedures, including automated circulation systems and information technology.
  • Computer applications and how to troubleshoot common problems, including MS Office, Sierra, and EnvisionWare.
  • Work independently.
  • Handle a great many details, often simultaneously, with accuracy and composure.
  • Communicate effectively with others, both verbally and in writing.
  • Work collaboratively with other staff members in a supportive team atmosphere.

Minimum Qualifications/Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

  • Master’s in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution;
  • At least one year as a professional or para-professional librarian; or an equivalent combination of experience and education.
  • Demonstrated experience with MS Office, GSuite ILS Systems, EnvisionWare, Constant Contact, or similar platforms.
  • A genuine desire and ability to interact pleasantly and effectively with the public is essential.
  • Must be able to lift/move/carry up to 50 lbs. occasionally.
  • Usual office working conditions. Potential minimal exposure to noise, dust, inclement weather, temperature fluctuations.
  • Frequently required to sit, stand, walk, and talk for potentially long periods of time. This includes using a computer monitor, monitor(s), keyboard, and mouse to complete many of the daily tasks as well as usual office equipment.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

This is a $45,000 per year, full-time, non-union position with 37.5 hours minimum per week. This may include some night and weekend hours. This position will follow Town of Bristol Employee Handbook and the Non-Union Employee Benefits Summary.

The Rogers Free Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, or any other protected status under federal, state, or local laws. All employees must be eligible for employment in the United States.

Qualified candidates only please submit resume, employment application to Library Director, 525 Hope Street, Bristol, RI 02809, or to [email protected] Preference will be given to applications received by 4 PM on 11/18/22. Posting will remain open until filled. E/O/E

Press Releases

Public Workshop: “Shared Street”

The Town of Bristol is hosting a “Thames Street as a Shared Street” Design public workshop on November 9, 2022 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, in -person at the Bristol Maritime Center, located at 127 Thames Street, Bristol, RI.

As part of its overall Bristol Bicycle Network Project, funded by a grant from the RIDEM Bikeways Program, the Town of Bristol has been studying ways to improve overall safety for bicyclists, pedestrians and vehicles, and foster economic growth in downtown Bristol. We are studying ways to create a more bicycle friendly downtown as a first step in an overall bicycle network throughout Town.

In earlier phases of the project, the project team proposed Thames Street as a shared street. A shared street is a roadway designed for slow travel speeds where pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists all share the right of way.

As part of this phase of the study, we are exploring design options for improvements for Thames Street to become a shared street.

The primary goals of the project are to:

  • Create conditions for safer pedestrian and bicycle travel
  • Slow vehicular speeds and reduce “cut-through” vehicular traffic
  • Service resident, customer, visitor, and delivery traffic to the area
  • Create everyday spaces and places where residents and visitors can gather, sit, and enjoy the commercial and scenic waterfront area
  • Enhance connectivity to/from key spaces and destinations such as the entrances to East Bay Bike Path, Independence Park, State Street Dock, Rockwell Park, Prudence Island Ferry Terminal, and Fireman’s Memorial Park
  • Create zones for community events and gatherings where sections of street may be temporarily closed and made into pedestrian/limited vehicular areas.

The project team has created several potential design options for improvements that meet these goals, including changes to pavement materials, curb modification, enhanced gateways, street furniture, wayfinding signs, and enhanced landscape features, including landscaping that addresses coastal resiliency.

We invite you to come to an in-person workshop where the project team will present these design options and be available to hear your feedback.

If you can’t attend in person to participate, the presentation portion of the event will be simultaneously broadcast on Zoom for VIEWING ONLY.

To view the live presentation on Zoom, please visit and type in the meeting code: 86822467500.

Please be advised that the link to the virtual meeting will allow viewing only and will not allow for public participation. However, we welcome you to join us in person for feedback, or email us via the project website where you can also learn more about the project.

For questions, please contact:
Diane M. Williamson
Director of Community Development
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 401-253-7000 ext. 126

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you!

Press Releases

AED installed at Town Beach

The Town of Bristol recently installed an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) device outside the Romano Building at Bristol Town Beach. The AED can be a critical, lifesaving measure when a person is experiencing sudden cardiac arrest.

This device can be used by the general public, if necessary, to help a victim’s heart return to its natural rhythm, until emergency responders arrive.

The AED was obtained by Parks and Recreation Director Warren Rensehausen, through a grant from the RI Interlocal Trust.

The Bristol Fire Department provided the AED that is contained inside an insulated box for year-round availability.

In an emergency, a user simply needs to call 911 to receive a code to open the box and access the device.

Currently, at least one AED is located in most town buildings. In addition, external AEDs are located at:
• Bristol Town Beach
• Town Softball/Baseball Sports Complex
• Town Common basketball court
• State St. dock

Many of the devices and their enclosures were acquired as surplus equipment, donations, or grant funding.

Pictured below are (l-r): Fire Chief Michael DeMello, Town Administrator Steven Contente, and Parks and Recreation Director Warren Rensehausen.

Town Officials display AED at Bristol Town Beach

Press Releases

Mail Ballot Application Deadline

Any registered voter wishing to vote by mail–in ballot for the November 8, 2022, General Election must submit a mail ballot application to the Bristol Board of Canvassers, located in Bristol Town Hall, 10 Court Street, Bristol, RI no later than 4:00 PM on Tuesday, October 18, 2022.

Administration Community Development Press Releases

Bristol To Begin Tanyard Brook Phase III Project, Announces Groundbreaking Ceremony

BRISTOL, RI-Today, the Town of Bristol announced the start of the long-awaited Tanyard Brook Phase III Project. This project is the final phase of culvert replacements in the Tanyard Brook Watershed that will go from the north side of Richmond Street to the State Street Reservoir.

“I am proud and pleased we are on track to complete this stormwater improvement project in the Tanyard Brook Watershed,” said Bristol Town Administrator Steven Contente. “These improvements will provide the neighborhood residents additional relief and mitigation from flooding during significant rain events in the future.”

The Tanyard Brook Culvert Replacement Project began in 2002 when the Town commissioned a Watershed Study. In August 2019, the Town successfully completed Phase II, which went from Garfield Avenue to Richmond Street.

CB Utility was awarded Bid #973 in the amount of $3,876,890 for the Phase III construction. BETA Group, Inc. will serve as the design engineer for the project.

The Tanyard Brook Phase III Project will be funded through the use of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds and local bonds.

The Town of Bristol is holding a Groundbreaking Ceremony on Wednesday, August 17th, 2022, at 10:00 AM at the northeast corner of Third School Street and Mt. Hope Avenue. Refreshments will follow. Members of the public are encouraged to attend.