Bristol council considers ordinance establishing pothole claim limit


The following items are among those discussed and acted on by the Bristol Town Council at its general meeting Aug. 7, 2013:


Limit on pothole claims

Bristol Town Council held a first reading of a proposed ordinance that would cap claims against the town for damage caused by potholes to $300. Once the town is notified of a pothole, it is then liable for damages subsequently filed as a result of the same pothole. Over the past two years, the two has paid out $1,016 for a total of five claims.


Petitions: No paving, and live music

A request by a Platt Street resident to pave a section in front of her home was denied. Council members said that by approving her requesting, they would be setting a precedent to allow paving all over the town, creating random parking spaces.

The Bristol Merchants Association was granted its request to have live music at its events, such as TGIFB and the art expo. The music will not be amplified. Since the events encompass the entire downtown area of Bristol, the council approve the request to have several musicians on the same night, provided they were spread out. The approval was conditional, and would be revisited at the Sept. 18 council meeting.


Volunteers sought 

Andrew A. Noronha, Barbara Healy and Robert S. Hamel were reappointed to the Harbor Commission Advisory Committee, for a term set to expire August 2016.

Daniel Eagan was appointed to the Harbor Commission. His term expires in March 2014.

Volunteers are needed to fill vacancies to the Post Retirement Benefits Fund Board of Trustees.

Council members accepted the reappointment of David Swanson to the Rogers Free Library Board of Trustees.



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