Bristol council quadruples tender threshold, expands library hours

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Deborah Powell


Deborah Powell

BRISTOL – Council held its regular meeting August 6. Some residents asked about the provincial flood plain mapping. Mayor Brent Orr stated it’s definitely a concern for the municipality as it will impact property values and taxes. He said the building inspector is available to answer any questions. Orr announced that compensation will be received from the government for the sand used for bagging during the spring flood.
Council passed By-Law 316, Contract Management. Previously the municipality was required to tender any contract over $25,000, but the new bylaw raises that amount to $100,001.
Regarding winter road maintenance contracts for roads north of Highway 148, Council agreed to supply the sand and salt to the contractor and share the extra money received from the Ministry of Transport for last year’s snow plowing with the contractor.
Orr shared a call for entries to the Shawville Fair’s Cake Boss Competition, call for
projects from the MRC—one for family-related programs and one for FARR projects involving more than one MRC. Councillor Greg Graham mentioned that funding is also available through the Regional Outaouais Arts and Culture Touring (ROACT) network for travelling arts programs.
The Bristol library is now in full operation in its new location downstairs in the municipal building. The librarian noted that more evening hours were requested, so the facility is open Tuesday and Friday evenings along with Tuesday and Saturday mornings to make up the 15 hours as required by the grant received for renovations.
The municipality is continuing to investigate ways to make the water at the
municipal building palatable for drinking.