Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Town councilors decided last week that more research is needed before a new ordinance can be considered.
In response to uncertainty over the benefits of imposing a ban on plastic shopping bags in the town, Bristol Town Councilors last week decided to suspend a decision on a new ordinance, East Bay Newspapers reported. Councilor Timothy Sweeney proposed a bag ban earlier this year; residents' reactions have been split over the idea. At a special workshop held Feb. 20, residents told the council that plastic bags are less of a problem than discarded cigarettes, bottle caps, and other litter, an article on eastbayri.com noted. What do you think? Was the council right to put off a decision on a plastic bag ban? Do you agree with residents about where the town's priorities should be — for example, in beautifying the shoreline? Have your say in…
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The Bristol Town Council is scheduled to meet at 6:30 pm at Town Hall.
About a month after Bristol Town Councilman Timothy Sweeney proposed the idea, the council is scheduled to hold a workshop tonight to discuss a plastic bag ban at local stores. Sweeney brought up the idea at the council's Jan. 23 session, and local residents seemed to be split over the idea — with one group saying the ban would protect wildlife and another arguing that a ban amounts to unwanted government control over businesses. According to the agenda posted for tonight's meeting, Channing Jones of Environment RI — who also proposed the idea in Warren last year — is scheduled to speak on the issue. Town Solicitor Michael A. Ursillo is also expected to discuss the Barrington ordinance which Bristol may use as a model. A copy of the …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Our readers have already offered lots of thoughts on Councilor Tim Sweeney's proposal to ban plastic bags in Bristol stores — check out their responses and add yours.
A proposal to follow Barrington in banning plastic bags from local retail stores has already generated lots of local reaction — including several comments posted on the Bristol-Warren Patch Facebook page. Town Councilor Timothy Sweeney has suggested the ban, and the reaction of our readers showed a fairly mixed reception to the idea. In the comment board of our initial article, Jack Baillargeron simply said: NO!! Reader Lorraine F wrote: I have given up on the replacement paper bags that Shaw's and other stores provide. The plastic bags have strong handles capable of carrying three large bottles of water (yes, I recycle the plastic bottles). The paper replacement bags Shaws is using with those little glued on handles (using paper mache …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
A Bristol town councilor recently proposed following Barrington's lead in banning plastic bags at stores.
Bristol appears to be the next community considering a ban on plastic bags in stores, EcoRInews.com reported this week. The website quoted Town Councilor Timothy Sweeney as saying that Bristol should consider following Barrington's lead in imposing a prohibition on single-use plastic bags in markets and other shops, which went into effect on Jan. 1. Sweeney proposed the idea at the council's Jan. 23 meeting, citing the potential dangers to fish and other marine life, the website noted. What do you think? Should Bristol ban plastic bags in stores? Would you be more likely to buy a reusable shopping bag — or do you use them already? And do you think banning plastic bags can really help the environment — or is it more of a symbolic gesture…
Monday, January 28, 2013
The local economic development group is scheduled to discuss its progress with the Bristol Town Council on Wednesday night.
As part of its meeting scheduled for Wednesday night at Bristol Town Hall, the Bristol Town Council will hear from representatives of Explore Bristol, the local initiative aimed at promoting the local economy. Mike Byrnes, one of the organizers of the collaborative effort, explained in an email message that the workshop is a chance for Explore Bristol to introduce its work to the three new council members and give an update on its progress. "Our workshop with the Town Council in November of 2011 and the Council's subsequent support is what put us on the road to enhancing economic vitality in our community and thus Explore Bristol," Byrnes wrote. "Town support remains important— both the Town Council and the Administrator are engaged with…
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Bristol County Water Authority officials told town councilors from Bristol, Warren, and Barrington that the agency will run out of cash for operating expenses by the end of next year without more revenue.
UPDATE, Dec. 23, 12:30 pm: The BCWA presented a plan that amounts to a 31-percent increase over the next five years, according to East Bay Newspapers. The Eastbayri.com website quoted state Rep. Raymond Gallison as calling the Authority "the Grinches that stole Christmas." Original article, Dec. 20, 10 am: The Bristol County Water Authority is in bad financial shape. Pamela Marchand, executive director of the water authority, delivered that message to the town councils of Bristol, Warren, and Barrington on Wednesday evening, Dec. 19, at Barrington Town Hall. The Tri-Town Meeting was set up by the water authority to brief the 15 councilors on its new strategic and financial plans, and its need for a double-digit rate hike for next year. …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The Bristol Town Council, Bristol County Water Board, the Warren Zoning Board and a rescheduled Warren Recreation Commission meeting are on this week's schedule.
Public Meetings for Wednesday, Dec. 19: Warren Zoning Board 7 pm. Warren Town Hall Agenda: Tri-Town Meeting — Bristol, Warren, and Barrington Town Councils 7 pm, Barrington Town Hall, 283 County Rd., Barrington Agenda: Warren Recreational Board 7 pm, Warren Community Center, 790 Main St. Agenda: Thursday, Dec. 20: Bristol County Water Authority 6 pm, Mt. Hope High School, 199 Chestnut St. Agenda: Note: Information taken from agendas filed with the Rhode Island Secretary of State's office, which are attached to this article.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The Bristol Town Council is scheduled to meet in Bristol Town Hall tonight at 7.
A proposal to extend the Church Street dock and an update on the Bristol Animal Shelter construction project highlight tonight's Bristol Town Council meeting. The council is expected to consider an appropriation for up to $50,000 for applications and necessary paperwork with the state Coastal Resources Management Council in order to expand the Church Street Dock, according to the agenda listed on the Town Council website. The council will also hear an update on the animal shelter project, which may be subject to a delay. The Capital Projects Committee is scheduled to meet at 3:30 p.m. today to consider whether to send the proejct — which has reportedly been beset with design problems — out to re-bid, which could delay it for months. The …
Monday, September 10, 2012
Plan your vote ahead of time. Take a look at Tuesday's primary ballot for both Bristol and Warren.
An interesting race shaping up for Congress and a slate of Bristol Town Council candidates highlight the ballot as East Bay voters head to the polls Tuesday. Rep. David Cicilline faces a challege from Anthony Gemma and Christopher Young to continue his position as District 1 Representative. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse is unopposed in this year's primary. Locally, Bristol Town Council candidates square off for a two year term. Voters may choose five candidates among Armand Bilotti, Nathan Calouro, Raymond Cordeiro, Richard Ruggiero, Edwad Stuart, Jr., Stephen Katz and Timthy Sweeney. Council Chairman Kenneth Marshall and Warren resident John Hanley face off for a shot at Distrct 68 state representative. Check out the attached pdf sample …
Friday, April 27, 2012
Bristol Council heard from no one in favor or opposed to the proposed FY13 town budget.
The Bristol Town Council heard only their own voices on Thursday night during a meeting slated for residents of the town to voice their concerns regarding the proposed town budget. "Do you think you'll be able to see if anyone raises their hand in the back row, Ken?" Councilor Halsey Herreshoff joked while scanning the empty room. Council Chairman Kenneth Marshal directed his attention to the Town Clerk, asking if the meeting was meant for the Council to discuss outstanding questions. "Well, you can, but it is a public hearing scheduled for you to listen to the residents, not talk," Town Clerk Lou Cirillo said. Last budget season, very few residents attended the public hearing to voice their concerns over a tax hike, so officials were not …